Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day.

It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.

How to Set Goals and Achieve Them

Achieving a goal offers a great feeling like no other.  You’ll feel better about yourself and be more motivated.  Before you know it, you will be on a roll that cannot be stopped.

1. Decide what you really want to achieve.  Don’t be concerned about what others want for you.  Make your goals for yourself.

2. Be specific and realistic about what it is that you want to achieve.  “I want to live in a nice house,” is an open-ended dream compared to, “I want to own a three bedroom house with two bathrooms in Orange County.”  The more detailed you can be about what it is that you want to do or have the better.

3. Set a deadline for your goals.  Your deadline doesn’t have to be exact, but it should be your best guess.  Your deadlines must be realistic based on your goals.  If you’re a part-time worker making minimum wage, don’t make your goal to have earned a million dollars by the end of the year.  Give yourself enough time to accomplish what you’ve set out to do.

4. Once you’ve decided what your goals are and when you (hopefully) would like to achieve them by, you need to write out your goals.  Be detailed, be clear, and include your deadlines.

5. Make your plan of action.  Think about what you need to do in order to make it happen.

If your goal is to buy that three bedroom house, set up an account for a down payment, figure out how much you need and start saving.

Go to real estate websites and look around for houses that meet, (or are close to) the criteria of what you want.

6. Execute your plan.  No one else is going to do it for you.  You have to take action.  Without action on your part, nothing you want will get done.

7. Review your goals daily.  Read over your goals at least once a day.  The more often you do, the better.  Read your goals when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed at night.

8. Always stay focused and never give up.

Notable Quotes From Famous People

Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.

– Charles Stanley –

Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.

– Napoleon Hill –

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

– B. C. Forbes –

You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success – on the far side of failure.

– Thomas J. Watson –

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

– Lance Armstrong –

Without pain, there would be no suffering, without suffering we would never learn from our mistakes. To make it right, pain and suffering is the key to all windows, without it, there is no way of life.

– Angelina Jolie –

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