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Plan to Take Motivating Action

Part of the Motivation For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Planning to take positive action helps you to overcome barriers and keeps you moving forward. Here are some general tips to help you with your planning.

  • Decide what your first steps are going to be, even writing a ‘to do’ list first! Your first steps are the mini-goals to achieving your end goal.

  • Know what’s going to keep you motivated: a deadline, family pressure, fear of failure. Having a timescale is wonderful for keeping you focused.

  • Make sure you have the time available for your task. Commit time in your diary, prioritise, and stop putting off what you want to achieve.

  • Get into a positive frame of mind. Feeling positive gives you the momentum to take action and believe that the task is worthwhile.

  • Tell yourself you need to have a positive outcome. For some people having a positive outcome is more important than for others. Decide if there is a specific outcome that could make all the difference for you.

  • Make sure you can afford what you are setting out to achieve. Don’t let the cost be a barrier to achieving your goal. If money is a problem, try to find cheaper alternatives or ways of overcoming your financial problems.

  • You need to have the right skills for your task. You may need to think about acquiring new skills, updating your current skills, or asking other people for help.

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