Self Motivation & Positive Attitude

Goal Setting

Going for your Goal

Setting goals is a critical part of motivating yourself. Goals give you bites of achievements that you can see. Each time you get that thrill, you are motivated to do more.

Your goals should be a bit out of reach but not out of sight. Most athletes’ best performance comes when the odds are slightly out of reach. Then there is challenge in them. Out of reach is motivating. But out of sight is demotivating. Goals also help focus your life. Take the case of a camera–if it is not focused, what kind of picture would you get? Unless we focus and have a sense of direction, we won’t know where we are headed or even when we have arrived.

Goals can be short-term, mid-term or long-term. Everyday our actions should lead us towards our goals. Check your progress daily and never lose sight of your goals. If you stay focused on your goals, you won’t be outdone by obstacles.

“Going Are Dreams With A Deadline”

  • Have a clear & written goal
  • Have a plan to accomplish it
  • Read the first two twice a day

Achieving Goals

If you can Dream it, You can achieve it

Identify Key Goal Areas

  • Mental and educational
  • Financial and career
  • Spiritual and ethical
  • Family and home
  • Physical and health
  • Social and cultural

Identify the specific area in your life where you would like to focus and where you would like to make changes

Make Your Goals “Smart”

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Time bound

Exercise: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted

1. In column A list everything you’ve ever wanted to do or be. If you could do anything you want and be paid for it, what would it be? What are your real desires? Envision your life as you’d like it to be. Pull out all the stops and imagine your fantasies, from wild to conservative.

2. In column B record for each item listed in column A the area of life it touches.

Areas of life include:

  • Mental and educational
  • Financial and career
  • Spiritual and ethical
  • Family and home
  • Physical and health
  • Social and cultural


3. In column C record the date you are entering this information.

4. After you have completed your list, then go back and rank each item. If you have 10 items listed in column A, then that which is most important to you should be ranked 1, the next important, is ranked 2, and so on until all 10 have been ranked.

5. When you have completed the ranking, take a look and find out which areas of your life need the most attention.

Be Determined

  • Make a commitment to work your plan.
  • Visualize how each small step will contribute to the larger goal.
  • If the task is difficult, focus on what you’ll learn in the process.
  • The immediate reward for any goal is the learning
  • Growth that takes place when you meet the challenge

 Adjust Attitude

  • The slightest change in your attitude works wonders.
  • Will you use a good attitude to help pave the road to success, or use a bad attitude to build walls and roadblocks along the way?
  • There are many things we can’t control in life, but attitude is a life experience over which we have direct control

Review Your Plan

  • Review your plan to make sure you’re on track and on schedule
  • Perform an occasional reality check to ensure that you haven’t gotten off track.
  • Ask someone with whom you’ve shared your goals if his or her perception of how things are going matches yours

 Remain Motivated

  • You may experience a letdown along the way.
  • Remember to change your strategy, if necessary.
  • If the process seems monotonous, add some flavor.
  • Get a “coach” or a “cheerleader”—
  • Keep in mind why you are aspiring toward this goal