The longest journey may begin with a single step, but if you can’t shake a leg, you’ll never get anywhere. Rev yourself up to make that first move with these tips:
• Commit to starting. Motivation is a matter of momentum: Most of the real work is just getting started. Don’t obsess about the half-hour you need on the exercise bike—concentrate on climbing aboard and pedaling for a few minutes. Once you’ve actually begun a project, you’ll be more motivated to keep going than to quit.
• Identify what you don’t want. Positive goals are important, but negative consequences can spur you on. Wanting to get rich is fine; wanting NOT to be poor can spark your determination in constructive ways, too.
• Don’t wait for motivation. If you’re looking for the right circumstances—a sunny day, a creative mood, a burst of energy—you’ll waste time without getting any closer to your goal. You won’t always feel cheerful or optimistic when working toward a goal. Get used to it, and keep going anyway.
• Learn as much as you can. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and the more you know about what you want to accomplish, the smoother your course will be. Read, seek out people with the expertise you need, and educate yourself on the issues and obstacles so you feel prepared for anything.