These are some of the things that I have learned personally about staying motivated. We as Christians tend to be highly motivated at the beginning of our goals but for some reason that motivation tends to fade away over time. There are many reasons why we lose that motivation such as financial problems, sickness, addiction, etc. But we must find a way to press through those things and continue on the path that God has set for us. Philippians 3:13-14 [Amplified version] says: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
There has been many times in my life that I have set high goals but I ended up abandoning those goals because I didn't approach them in a Godly way. God doesn't mind us setting high goals but he doesn't want those goals to exclude him. Proverbs 3:6 [Amplified version] says: In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. I'm am baffled by how we can sometimes get so caught up in climbing up in society, that we forget who's going to guide us and help us maintain those goals. Without God we can do nothing and without God we are nothing.
1. Set a major goal, but follow a path- The path has smaller goals that go in many directions. When you learn to succeed at smaller goals, you will be motivated to challenge grand goals. Everything that we do should be step by step, day by day. Change doesn't happen overnight, it happens over a period of time which is why we must keep our focus on God.
2. Finish what you start- A half finished project is of no use to anyone. Quitting is a habit. Develop the habit of finishing what you start. Colossians 1:22b-23 says: ....to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard
3. Socialize with others of similar interests and goals- Mutual support is motivating. We will develop the attitudes of our best friends. If they are losers, we will be a loser. If they are winners, we will be a winner. To really live a life that's pleasing to God, we must hang around people who love the Lord. There's a difference between witnessing to unbelievers and hanging out with unbelievers.
4. Learn how to self-educate- Dependency on others for knowledge supports the habit of procrastination. It also creates disappointment which also breeds resentment and bitterness.
2 Timothy 2:15 says: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. God has given us Pastor's in the spiritual realm and supervisors in the natural realm, we help make their job's easier by our willingness to self-educate. There are certain things that you shouldn't have to be told to do if you want to excel in life.
5. Harmonize natural talent with interests that motivates- Natural talent creates motivation, motivation creates persistence and persistence gets the job done.
6. Increase knowledge of subjects that inspires- The more we know about a subject, the more we want to learn about it. Another thing that we can do is find people who have already achieved the goals that we are trying to reach. We learn about this in the story of Elisha and Elijah. Elisha followed Elijah around everywhere he went, even when Elijah tried to get rid of him. God gave Elisha a double portion of Elijah's anointing because of his refusal to give up.
7. Don't be afraid of failure- Failure and bouncing back are elements of motivation. Failure is a learning tool. No one has ever succeeded at anything worthwhile without a string of failures. The problem that Christians have is fear. They fear what others will think of them if things don't work out. How will you ever know what you can do if you never try?