A Super Easy Way to Motivate Yourself to Follow Through on Goals

This one tip might revolutionize your #goals.

Image courtesy of Unsplash

Some people say what motivates us to stick to our goals is the end result — for example, if I put time into learning the ins and outs of Excel, I’d be able to pull budget reports so much faster. But personally, I’m pretty impatient, which means I can’t wait months to reap the benefits of spending my evenings taking an online course and doing extra homework outside my job. I’m sure you can relate.

So how can we start to feel good about our habits today? For writer James Clear, all it takes is a calendar and a pen. He refers to this method as “the Seinfeld Strategy,” due to an urban legend that the actor himself used this simple strategy to force himself to come up with new material every day.

Although Seinfeld himself has come out and said he has no idea where this rumor came from or how it got attached to his name, the idea itself still resonated with me. (So thanks to whoever out there did come up with this.)

Here’s the gist: Every time you do what you say you’re going to do, you put a big “X” on your calendar.

That’s it. And it actually works, because once we see a row of X’s on our calendar, we feel motivated not to break the chain. So that means we get up and do our task again, and again, and every time we check off another box we get that satisfying feeling that we accomplished something.

Because honestly, when you’re trying to build up a new habit, it doesn’t matter how well you did something, but that you did it. If you think of it this way, the how well will come naturally — you’ll start to get better and better at using Excel over time. And best of all, when the end result does come, it’s just an added bonus, not the light at the end of the tunnel.

Originally published at www.themuse.com on March 4, 2017.

Originally published at medium.com

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


'The Buffett Formula' Is a Simple Strategy That Will Make You Smarter

by Shane Parrish

Are You Leading or Lagging?

by Lindsay Satterfield

Feeling Lazy? 4 Mental Tricks Healthy People Use to Exercise More Often

by Tyler Read

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.