How many of your New Year’s Resolutions are you still working to accomplish? It can be hard to maintain your motivation. The trick is to turn your goal into a habit so you work towards it on “autopilot” rather than constantly thinking about it and “striving” to achieve it. Begin by breaking your goal into small steps where you reward yourself after each step. Your brain secrets dopamine and you feel satisfied. This frequent reinforcement motivates you to take the next small step. Organize your tasks so you build in frequent positive reinforcement. Feeling the sense of achievement is a great motivator. Create structure but allow for flexibility. Set backs are par for the course and are learning experiences, not punishments. Avoid negativity and judgmentalism. You want to build up your self-esteem. Plan ahead. Identify both external and internal obstacles that prevent you from accomplishing your goal. What specific thoughts or acts can you apply to circumvent those obstacles? You must first have awareness so work on increasing it. Meditation is a prime way of increasing it. Envision your future. Make today’s decisions with it in mind. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” To paraphrase Lewis Carroll’s Cat in Alice in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you’re going then any road will get you there.” The lesson is that having a direction, a goal, in life makes all the difference. Once you have that then become your most loving, compassionate friend and each day with gratitude take one small step towards accomplishing that goal. It gives your life a sense of purpose and makes it enjoyable.