Maybe, perhaps and possibly – these are the words of someone who lacks determination in their life and often makes excuses or procrastinates throughout their day. Successful people do not use these words in their vocabulary. Instead, they have their own set of words and habits that help propel them through their day, and they get the things that matter done.
Determination is not a skill that many people naturally have. It takes practice to get the strength of mind to keep pushing forward despite failures and negative occurrences throughout the day. Many people stop, give up, and do unproductive things after a setback occurs.
How To Be More Determined In Life
You can train yourself to be more determined and get things done. You can actually learn how to be more committed to tasks throughout your day, and it is surprisingly simple once you start taking action and just doing it.
Get Your Goals Clear In Your Mind
First, create meaningful goals and get excited to reach them. You cannot have indecisive goals that you are not excited about and expect to be fired up throughout your day to do tasks without purpose.
If you are determined to meet your goals, then you will be less likely to give up when the times get tough. Instead, you will stay motivated and excited about accomplishing your goals and this will keep you on track.
One trick is to put images of your goal around your workspace or in areas where you will see them often. Images are a powerful reminder of what you are working for and where you are heading, and they can reproduce that feeling of excitement (that keeps you moving forward) every time you look at them.
You may also want to visualize the result of your actions. For instance, if you are building an online business, then you may want to visualize the joy and pride you will feel once it becomes successful. This will help you to keep taking steps towards your goal right now.
Make Determination a Habit
Get into the habit of just doing it, even if you don’t want to. For instance, if something goes wrong in the morning, and you start to feel down on yourself and the day ahead, it can be very easy to skip over important tasks. However, if you just do it, then you will build a neuropathway in your brain that says, “I will keep going even though I am upset.”
Once that neuropathway becomes stronger, determination will be a habit, and you will automatically keep getting things done no matter what happens in your day. It will become a habit to keep pushing forward no matter what happens.
Reward Yourself Every Day
At the end of the day, when you have finished everything you need to do, reward yourself. This reward has two purposes. First, it will make you feel good about the tasks that you accomplished. Second, it will reward you for following through. That reward will stay in your mind, and you will want to be rewarded repeatedly.
We do things in life for one purpose: to receive pleasure. Because the ultimate pleasure of the goal can take some time to accomplish, we must be able to give ourselves pleasure in some other way to keep ourselves motivated and determined.
The reward doesn’t have to be something big. It can be something as simple as some alone time with a good book or a phone call to a friend. You can even withhold pleasurable activities like Facebook until you have completed all your daily tasks. The reward should be something that you enjoy.
Optimism will help you to keep moving forward, even in the tough times. You need to stay positive and hopeful for the future, or else why would you bother to stay too determined and get anything done throughout your day.
Becoming more positive is not a hard task. It takes a shift in the way you view things and react to things.
One way to become optimistic is to realize that you will successfully accomplish your goals as long as you keep moving forward. As long as you keep knocking off tasks that help you move towards your goal, then there is no way that you can fail. Once you realize that all things are possible with determination and dedication, then it becomes easy to be positive about the tasks you are doing and the future ahead.
Another way to be optimistic through hard times is to realize that everything comes into your path for a reason. That hardship that caused you so much pain in the morning is likely a lesson that you needed to learn in order to succeed later in the day.
Every failure and obstacle is there to help you learn and become stronger, not push you down, and once you start to view failures like that, then you can start to feel good about them occurring instead of letting them ruin your day. I know this seems hard to believe, but it is true. Understanding that failures and obstacles are an important part of success will help you to be more optimistic.
Live in The Now
Perhaps the most important part of determination and getting things done is living in the now. This helps you focus on the tasks that need to be done, instead of looking that big picture that can become overwhelming and cause you to give up.
Just because you live in the moment doesn’t mean that you have to stop getting excited about your future goals. But being aware of the moment helps you to stay centered and focused on the goals of today.
The choices you make today have a direct influence on your future, and by living in the now, you can stay focused on the tasks of today.
In the end, no matter where you are in life right now, you can learn determination and get things done now. Not only will this benefit you in the future, by helping you to achieve your goals, but also it will cause you to be happier and fulfilled right now.