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1. PUT MY PLANS ON PAPER
It is good you are learning the easy ways to motivate yourself. Sometimes we find it difficult to motivate ourselves and I believe this article will help you greatly.
That’s the first thing you ought to do in order to motivate yourself is to : Write out what you want to accomplish. Spell it out. Dawson Trotman said, ”Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and the fingertips.”

2. BREAK BIG TASKS INTO SMALL ENOUGH STEPS SO THAT YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE FOR NOT STARTING.

When you know you have got something coming up, for instance you know on Thanks giving you have a lot of things to do, break the big tasks into small ones

3. DECIDE HOW YOU WANT TO START
Ask yourself what needs to be done first. Let’s say you’re a lay pastor and you think, “I really ought to have more contact with the people in my group. You need to call them.” Break it down: Make a list of all the people you want to call and invite to the group. Collect the phone numbers, put them together. Pick up the phone. Break it down into steps.

It has to be done by you. As the saying goes, first things first.

4. ESTABLISH CHECK POINTS TO CHECK MY PROGRESS
Set some deadlines, write a date on each of the tasks

Time is like an illusion. Do you remember the time you decided that you wanted to do something and then when you woke up, you just said to yourself, Oh I have 8 more hours to do this thing. Then you begin by doing something which you did not plan. After a period of time you realized that the day is almost over and you havent done what you really want to do. Setting deadlines really helps. For example you can say by 10am I should be done with this part of the task. At 2pm, this other part should be completed. Check points are really important.

5. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “I CAN’T” AND “I DON’T WANT TO.”
Be honest with yourself. “I can’t do that” – Yes, you can. Just be honest: you don’t want to. Sometimes you’ve got to get tough. It wasn’t Robert Schuller who first said, “There’s no gain without pain.” It was Ben Franklin. In Poor Richard’s Almanac. There is no gain without pain. It takes time and effort and sometimes you just have to get tough with yourself and say, “I’m going to do this whether I feel like it or not.” Most of the people who succeed in the world, most of what’s done in the world is done by people who don’t feel like doing what they’re doing. Secret of success in one sentence: Successful people have developed the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t feel like doing. Because we’re in a very feeling society that says, “Live for comfort.”

This may be the most difficult for most of us but it is true and if we can over it, we can easily motivate ourselves.

6. REMIND YOURSELF OF THE BENEFITS OF COMPLETING THE JOB
Jesus did this. The Bible says in Hebrews, that Jesus endured the cross because He looked to the joy beyond it. He looked beyond the cross and saw the result of it.

Focus on the price. Focus on what you will get at the end when the task is completed. Imagine how football/soccer will be if there was nothing to gain from it. I guess no one would have even started to play it in the first place.

7.DO A SMALL PART OF IT RIGHT NOW.
In other words, Get started. Do a small part of it right now.Take it a bite at a time and give it five minutes

We try to do everything within a short time. But doing things in bits helps alot. Imagine you have food in front of you. You dont just eat everything instantly. You take it bit by bit and after sometime you are done. If I was to put a big humburger in your mouth to swallow at one time, how would you feel about it? I guess it sounds difficult, right? But taking bits of it makes it easy and comfortable to eat.

8. BE OPTIMISTIC.
Optimism creates energy. The person who says, “I can” and the person who says, “I can’t” are both right. In Christ. you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint.”

9. USE VISIBLE REMINDERS
Use Post-It Notes to remind you of things you have got to do.Collect anti-procrastination slogans. For example:
Tomorrow is too late.
Do the worst first.
Doing gets it done.
Tomorrow is never.
Make the day count.
Doing beats stewing.
In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.
Do it anyway.
Get the Now habit.
Get a “round tuit.”
Be a doer not a dawdler.
Why wait?
If not today, when?
You don’t find the time, you make time.

Visible reminders are very helpful in that once you see it you know you have to act. The other good thing is that your partner,room mate or people around you will see and then keep you accountable for what you have written. Accountable is a key and it helps to motivate us to do things.
This is not an exhaustive list, therefore feel free to comment and list the ways which you keep yourself motivated.

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