The Power of Internal Motivation in Goal Setting

Let’s talk about something we all do: setting goals. It’s a crucial part of growing and finding our way, but have you ever stopped to think about what really fuels these goals? In this blog, we’re diving into internal motivation and its impact on goal setting. We’ll explore why we set specific goals, how to spark that inner inspiration and ways to keep the momentum going as you work towards being your best self.

Understanding Your Goals

A big part of understanding your goals is knowing where the driving force behind them comes from. Are your goals internal or external? If you aren’t sure, don’t worry. Let’s break it down. There is a critical distinction between societal and personal goals. External influences and societal expectations drive the former. They may include aspirations like financial success or professional recognition. However, emphasizing the significance of setting goals that align with your internal desires steers away from the societal pressure to conform. It’s the best way to
uncover what you truly want. And true fulfillment comes from pursuing goals that resonate with your authentic self. Remember, if a goal is based on where you think you should be in society, it’s not truly your goal.

Have you ever thought, “I have to do this?” When this happens, take caution. Goals shouldn’t feel like a burden. They should be something you’re excited about and feel right for you. Be your own cheerleader, advocating for goals that spring from internal motivation. Goals born out of personal passion and intrinsic drive are more likely to be authentic and sustainable in the long run.

Gaining Inspiration for Your Goals

Here’s a little secret: a goal becomes super powerful when tied to a strong “why”.  This emotional tether provides a deeper meaning to the goal, making it more resilient in the face of challenges. This meaning, in turn, is a powerful catalyst in achieving and sustaining long-term objectives. Just because we live with social media giving us instant gratification doesn’t mean life outside of your phone works like that. Remember, it’s not just about the end result; it’s about the journey and how it makes you feel. That emotional connection is your fuel.

Internal desires are those driven by a personal commitment to self-improvement. These can evolve into a burning passion. When goals are rooted in the genuine pursuit of bettering oneself, the power created becomes a formidable force that moves you forward, even in the face of adversity.

Sustaining Motivation

The gap between intention and action is one of the most significant obstacles to achieving our goals. Ever find yourself spending more time planning your goals than actually chasing them? You’re not alone. The truth is that it’s human nature to get caught up in the excitement of setting ambitious objectives without executing the steps needed to reach them. The true challenge lies in the consistent effort required to turn those aspirations into reality.

Sometimes, all it takes is an approach focusing on taking small, consistent steps toward our goals. Breaking things down into bite-sized portions makes them more attainable. Emphasizing these incremental steps, though seemingly minor, is pivotal in maintaining motivation. Each small win is a step forward, building your confidence and keeping you motivated.

Remember, challenges and distractions are part of the journey. But if you plan to tackle these head-on, you’re already ahead. Think about the possible issues that might arise while trying to reach your goals and the feelings that might occur because of those challenges. Then, think about how best you can dodge or overcome those issues, always remembering that the bad
feelings associated with them will pass.

To wrap up, true power in goal setting comes from understanding why you’re setting the goals in
the first place. By aligning goals with personal desires, establishing a strong emotional connection, and adopting strategies for sustained motivation, individuals can unlock their full potential and achieve lasting success in their endeavors. So, set those goals, but make sure they’re ones that truly matter to you. Trust me, it makes all the difference.


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Amy Gleaves is a dedicated Life Coach who has earned the reputation as an advocate of change. To date, she has helped dozens of people find their place in the business world and ultimately pave the path to personal and financial prosperity.