It was a hot summer’s day as my client and I unfolded a colourful blanket and laid it on the grass in a nearby park; our venue for the day.
“I always seem to get started on a project feeling all excited and raring to go, only to lose interest halfway through, if not sooner,” my client said agitatedly once we settled down and had a sip of water.
“Are you working on a project now?” I asked and she nodded. “Does the idea of that project excite you or does it annoy you?” I continued.
“It excites me a lot. It could mean a promotion for me,” she said, “one that I’ve wanted for ages. Yet I can’t seem to get myself right into the project.”
A good and effective method to get yourself back on track is to look at your project, or desire, from another perspective. Begin with the end in mind and work back from that outcome. Reverse your thoughts and pretend you were promoted, and picture yourself deeply enjoying the feelings of your success and achievement.
“This way you can regain and retain your enthusiasm and motivation to focus on what you could do, as in this case, you can complete your project,” I clarified. “You will face less resistance or procrastination because you emotionally reminded yourself what this promotion means to you, so you will be more determined and enthusiastic to achieve it.”
Regain and retain your motivation by beginning with the end in mind.
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