Develop the Discipline:
One way to strengthen your willpower is to work on your goal every day, no matter how long you spend on it. For example, if your goal is to gain some muscle, you can tell yourself that you will do at least 20 pushups a day no matter what. On days where you have more energy, you can add more exercises to this routine, and you can gradually move to a greater number of exercises over time. The point here is not to break the chain. If needed, you can make a calendar that you will checkmark everyday after your routine.
In his book The War of Art, Steven Pressfield tells us that you must overcome Resistance to reach your full potential. “Resistance is the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise. Pressfield offers ways for defeating Resistance. You have to become a “pro.” He doesn’t mean it in the sense of being the best in a certain profession. He simply means showing up every day and doing the work. He offers many unique and helpful ways to do just that. This book is a must for anyone looking to overcome resistance — it’s short (165 pages) and powerful. For those who prefer, I highly recommend the audiobook version, the narrator does a great job of bringing the author’s passion to life.
Visualize the End Result:
This idea seems simple, but most people set goals and forget to focus on the end result. Keep picturing the end result in your head! It is important to remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing in the first place. Give yourself some time everyday to visualize yourself when you achieve your goal. What it will bring you? How will you feel when you get there?
Now I am not preaching that motivation is not an important factor, only that it is only one of theelements necessary to achieve your goals. That is why those who can both develop the dedication and also get a boost from motivation are the ones that will eventually make their dreams come true.