As we go forth into a life we’re constantly having to be ever-present. Cognizant of whom we are and what we desire or require within personal and career goals. Furthermore, as we grow moments in life come in and remind us to remember to take stock of where we are. Forcing us to ask, “Does this help me have actionable confidence towards my goals.”
According to Andrew Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we are motivated by 5 basic needs in order to be happy or satisfied: Self Actualization, Esteem, Love/Belonging, Safety, and Physiological Needs.
Therefore, how do we evaluate our motivations and keep ourselves present within our actions? Here are five tips to keep you pushing forward and remembering to incorporate your needs.
Remove What Doesn’t Matter
– David Allen
Sometimes we don’t need to finish what we started because a project took another direction. Review your list and old projects. See what needs to be removed that no longer serves you and take down that cobweb.
Don’t Overthink It
Don’t overthink it. Nine times out of ten we worry about the outcome to the point of anxiety. Save yourself the stress. Trust in you, the process, and your powerful capabilities. Your boss wouldn’t have assigned you the project if they didn’t believe in you. Take 3 deep cleansing breaths and tell yourself, “You got this!”
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” — Lucille Ball
Take time for yourself, celebrating your wins, with the ones you love. Feed into the belonging portion of Andrew Maslow’s theory of needs. Give gratitude and in doing so reset and breathe, to go forward stronger and more determined.
Break Up Large Goals
“There’s a reason donut holes are so lovable. They’re easy to eat. Before you know it, you’ve eaten a dozen of them. This is how goals should be too. Of course you should have a really big, audacious goal. But make sure you break down that goal into bite-sized, consumable goals. This way you’ll feel like you’re making progress in your journey….” - Nelson Wang
Nelson Wang said it best, donut holes are amazing! Large goals can seem daunting and as if they’ll take forever to complete. What if you broke them up and tackled them one at a time. Maybe use the Pomodoro Technique to complete the task. Read our 3 step guide to creating everyday goals here.
Set A Stopping Time
You must be safe with yourself and set boundaries to avoid burnout. No matter your schedule ensure you stay within your start and stopping time. For most schedules this can be hard, therefore start small and try to hold firm to your working hours at least 3 days a week. Then build from there. Sometimes incentives are the best. Incentivize yourself by booking a dinner with family or friends and stick to it.