Mister Rogers

When I was a child, my favorite television program was “Mister Rogers Neighborhood.” We can learn something about motivation from Fred Rogers. He had a song that he would sing: “You’ve Got to Do It.” The message of this song is simple, and it has stuck with me all these years.

    You can make believe it happens.
    Or pretend that something’s true.
    You can wish or hope or contemplate
    A thing you’d like to do.
    But until you start to do it.
    You will never see it through.
    ‘ Cause the make-believe pretending
    Just won’t do it for you
    You’ve got to do it.
    Every little bit

Nike followed suit with a similar slogan for their ad campaign: “Just Do It.” This successful ad campaign, that was originally launched in 1988, inspired athletes and fitness buffs. It can also be taken to a greater level to inspire and propel different genres. Jumping out and starting an action is the main hurdle.

We all have procrastination demons that we must slay. I have ideas, plans and goals, and you probably do too. But, life happens, problems arise and all of life’s dramas play out. We then get side tracked, losing sight of the plans that we had and the path to get them accomplished. I’ve often said, “Someday I’ll…” and “After this is caught up, I’m going to…” Many times the action is lacking. Keeping self-motivated is essential to bringing anything into fruition.

Here are a few tips for attaining goals:

Specify Your Target
Set realistic goals for yourself. Aim for something that is attainable, rather than such a far stretch that you could end up letting go part way though because you get discouraged.  However take caution of setting the bar too low. Seth Godin offers some great advice in “The Icarus Deception”.  Godin says, “But it’s far more dangerous to fly too low than too high, because it feels safe to fly low. We settle for low expectations and small dreams and guarantee ourselves less than we are capable of.”

Keep your goal visible.
 One idea is to make a poster or collage to keep your goal visible so you can see it as a reminder. Think about breaking your goal up into 30-day, 90-day and one-year steps. Also keep the steps you’ve taken visible, so you’ll be able to see what you’ve done to inspire you to keep moving.  Keeping it visual, in a way, keeps it real.

Mix it up
It’s good to have a schedule or routine, but that can make it easier for boredom to seep into your life. If you mix things up once in a while, it helps to add variety to ward off boredom.

The most important part of any goal is doing something about it. So remember, you’ve got to do it!



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