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10 Tips for Staying Motivated and Achieving Your Goals

This week marks a time of the year where different sports’ playoffs and season openers overlap. From Monday to Saturday, we have the college basketball tournament, the start of the NHL playoffs, the master’s golfing tournament, and the NBA playoffs on Saturday.

Not to forget the final season of Game of Thrones starts Sunday. Please let Jon Snow win.

While all of these sports are drastically different, one thing remains constant between the players: a competitive edge. These professional athletes set goals as individuals or as a team and take the necessary steps to accomplish them.

This is what sets professional athletes apart from the average joes. Unfortunately, It’s not always easy to maintain a competitive edge. Not to worry, we got you covered.

Here are our tips for maintaining a competitive edge and staying motivated.


 1. Set a Goal That’s Actually Yours

With so many demands from family, friends, work or school, it’s easy to get swayed by outside influences. You may think you are doing the best you can for yourself, but it is important to reflect on the choices you make and the goals you set.

Next time you set a goal, ask yourself: “Is this what I want or what someone else wants for me”. We’re not saying ignore your loved ones, coaches, or mentors, but encouraging you to be the main influencer of your future.

2. Visualize Your Success

Don’t bank on this alone. Without hard work, you won’t get far. However, if you can visualize your success, you may be more likely to achieve your goals.

See yourself actively participating in the future you want for yourself and you might just live out your ambitions.

3. Make Checkpoints to Hit Your Main Goal

We know you have outrageous ambitions and together, we can help you achieve them. But the road to success is a process, and a long one at that.  That’s why it’s important to set sub-goals within your main objective.

Each sub-goal you hit will get you that much closer to what you want most. These checkpoints are milestones. Celebrate these minor achievements and one day you will achieve your primary aspiration.


4. Surround Yourself With Those That Share Your Mindset

We all have that friend who is content with the life that he or she has. But you’re different. You want more out of life.

Surround yourself with aspirational people and feed off their energy. This can help promote healthy and friendly competition as well as keeping you on track with the task at hand.

5. Organize Everything

Look around your room or office. Are there loose pieces of paper on your desk? Dirty socks on the floor? These are signs of distress or a lack of motivation.

Often the first step in affecting change is changing the environment you’re surrounded by. You’re only hindering your success if you neglect some type of order to your routine.

Organize the life you live and your achievements will be more streamlined and consistent.

6. Remember That Not Everything is Within Your Control

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of thinking about all the negative possible outcomes. There will be roadblocks on your journey to success and achievement and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll be on the right path. But not taking the first step only fuels regret.

There’s no pain like the pain of thinking about “what if”. Less talking, more doing.

7. Be Open to Failure

Embrace failures as opportunities to learn. This is how we grow. Without failure, there is no progression.

Every mistake is lesson. So avoid making the same mistake twice by actively thinking about where you made a wrong move. Don’t fear these failures either.

Instead, use these moments as motivation.

8. Remind Yourself Why You Set a Goal in the First Place

Every time you feel like giving up, it’s important to remember why you started making changes in the first place. Something wasn’t right in your daily routine. It wasn’t making you better or more healthy. It was hindering progress.

So you made necessary changes and you stuck to them. Once you start, its already too late to turn back. And if you do, you’ll only be regressing to that unhealthy state.

 9. Ask for Help

There’s no shame in asking for it. Having a solid support system is one of the best things you can do for yourself if you want the best results.

Sometimes its hard to see past barriers or acknowledge your own errors. Having a group of individuals by your side to call you out when you’re not being yourself or when you stray from a positive plan is highly underrated.

10. Look at The Big Picture

You’ll set a goal. You’ll make the changes you want to make. You’ll face setback after setback. But you can’t get discouraged.

During these times, think about how far you’ve come. Think about all the times you said you were going to achieve your goal and all the people that believed you. You made it all this way. Now finish it.

Bottom line

Professional athletes use tips like these to maintain a competitive edge. They set a goal and they stick to it. No matter the sport, most athletes have a support system. We’re here to be that for you. You have a goal, we have the tools to help you achieve it. So no more waiting. Let’s work together.

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Ian Roden

Ian Roden

Writer and expert

A Fordham University graduate, Ian majored in communications and media studies with a focus in journalism and a minor in anthropology during his time at college. Here, he wrote for the university newspaper ranked top ten in the nation.

A competitive athlete for most of his life, Ian has spent almost a decade working as an ocean rescue lifeguard in New Jersey. Within that role, he has competed in endurance sports competitions against other lifeguards for the last 8 years.

As a lifelong surfer, Ian spends most of his spare time in the ocean regardless of the time of year. He also enjoys distance running, photography, and frequently spending entirely too much money on concert tickets.

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