Maintaining motivation is one of the hardest things for me to do. It’s easy to have an idea, get all excited about it, and get started, but finishing up a project? Not so much. Especially when there are lots of projects to choose from. If your house or files are littered with partially finished projects, you may be in need of a way to maintain motivation.

There’s a quote from Zig Ziglar that goes, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” I think that maybe that’s the key — there’s no reason to expect motivation to last. Instead, we’ve got to work on becoming freshly motivated every day.

Some of the ways I used to get motivated are:

  • Reading helpful books and articles (including blogs)
  • Listening to podcasts
  • Talking with people with similar interests and goals
  • Measuring my progress at regular check-in points
  • Listening to upbeat music
  • Small rewards

Finally, it helps to recognize that sometimes you don’t have to be motivated — you just have to do it anyway. In other words, sometimes the motivation comes from the doing itself; from pressing on regardless of how unmotivated I feel. So I want to go to sleep? I just need to do this one thing first, and then I can.

After all, nothing motivates quite like seeing progress toward a goal.