The Ultimate Guide to Motivation – How to Achieve Any Goal

Being that this is a meet week again, here is a toughness training assignment for the team gymnasts.  This assignment focuses on goals setting and motivation to reach those goals.  Please print this out for your gymnast. Let’s see what we can accomplish this week! 

“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford

One of the biggest challenges in meeting any goal, whether it be related to productivity, waking early, changing a habit, exercising, or just becoming happier, is finding the motivation to stick with it. If you can stick with a goal for long enough, you’ll almost always get there eventually. It just takes patience, and motivation.

Motivation is the key, but it’s not always easy, day in and day out, to find that motivation.

How Does Motivation Work?
   Motivation is what drives you toward a goal, what keeps you going when things get tough, the reason you get up early to exercise or work late to finish a project. There are all kinds of motivations, of course, from positive to negative. Having a boss threaten to fire you is motivation — you’ll likely work harder to complete a project with that kind of pressure. But I find that positive motivation works better — if it’s something you really want to do, you’ll do a much better job than to avoid something you don’t want (such as being fired).

So motivation, in its best form, is a way for you to want to do something. There may be times, for example, when you don’t feel like getting up early, and in those times you may seriously just want to sleep in (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But if you have a reason to want to get up early, something you really, really want to do, you’ll jump up out of bed with excitement.

The best motivation, then, is a way for you to really want something, to get excited about it, to be passionate about it. Remember that, as there are many other types of motivation (especially negative), but positive motivation works the best.

8 Ways to Motivate Yourself From the Beginning
 If you start out right, you have a much better chance of succeeding. Here are some tips for starting out:

  1. Start small. Start out with a ridiculously easy goal, and then grow from there.
  2. One goal. Choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely.
  3. Examine your motivation. Know your reasons. Give them some thought … and write them down.
  4. Really, really want it. It has to be something you’re passionate about, something you’re super excited about, something you want deeply.
  5. Commit publicly. None of us likes to look bad in front of others. Hold yourself accountable.
  6. Get excited. Well, it starts with inspiration from others but you have to take that excitement and build on it.
  7. Build anticipation. This will sound hard, and many people will skip this tip. By delaying your start, you are building anticipation, and increasing your focus and energy for your goal.
  8. Print it out, post it up. Print out your goal in big words.


Set a goal for this next competition/week. It can be one goal or one for each event.   Write your goal(s) below. Draw or find pictures to go along with this goal:





Use the 8 steps above to help you achieve that goal.   Write down what you will do this week to achieve that goal.

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