Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
While playing sports in high school, I was often told by my coaches to keep your eyes on the prize. The prize being to win. After high school lots of things change. What we think of as winning changes as do the prizes we want. But the basic principles of how to win stay the same.
Your prize may change from winning a sports game to:
- Graduating college
- Losing 10 pounds
- Eating healthier
- Exercising more
- Getting a promotion
- Buying your first home...
There will always be things we want in life. Some are just a passing whim, others are real desires or prizes. When you come across one of those prizes, don't let it slip away. Keep it in focus. Remembering what you want and why, so you can continue to move toward it step by step.
That is the essence of keeping your eyes on the prize. If there is something you really want, keep it in your thoughts. We often come up with great goals when feeling optimistic and strong, but then as life moves on, we get caught up in our routines and schedules. Suddenly a strong want or goal slips away.
The tips below are designed to help keep your goals in front of you. If you see your goals on a regular basis, you are more likely to be motivated to work on them. As you consistently work on them, you will be moving closer and closer to accomplishment.
Here are 5 tips to keep your eyes on the prize
1. Use your Computer.
Set your desktop background with a picture that represents your goal. You can also add some text as a reminder or motivator.
2. Print them up.
Print your goals and post them in important places that you're likely to see. Some great places to use are - the fridge, bathroom mirror, and by the alarm clock.
3. Wallet sized card.
Create a wallet sized card with your goals printed on it. Keep this with you all the time. Put it in your wallet, pocket, or purse near something you use daily, perhaps your ATM or credit card. This way every time you use your ATM card, you'll also see your goals.
4. Use a dry erase board.
A dry erase board is an excellent tool. You can write your goals and add an inspirational quote.
5.Twice a day.
Commit to reading your goals twice a day. Once in the morning and again when going to sleep.
Remember to keep it simple. Using the above tips should be an easy part of your routine. Pick one and give it a try.
Keeping your goals in front of you on a regular basis will refresh your positive mind set. you may still hit a rough patch at times, but that's normal. Setting up reminders are like having a personal cheering section. They are there to support you and remind you of how you felt when you first chose the goal-inspired, strong, and optimistic.
People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing,that's why we recommend it daily. Good luck with your goals.