Motivating yourself boils down to two completely simplistic ideas, 1) make things enjoyable and 2) use positive public pressure. A main reason people attribute to not sticking with their goals is what they believe to be a lack of discipline. But, is it really a lack of discipline or do they really mean they lack the motivation to stick to something. Let’s use an example of a young man or young woman entering basic training for the military. Every day they must follow a strict schedule; wake up at dawn, neatly make his bed, participate in early morning exercise, and act in a disciplined manner for all his task throughout the day. However, is it discipline that inspires him or is it mostly based on the situation?
If he or she doesn’t execute these tasks in their required manner he will be disciplined or called out for his or her behavior in front of his peers, while if the private does do these tasks accordingly he or she is an outstanding soldier, this creates a public pressure. After a while this public pressure will become pleasurable and he or she will receive a sense of satisfaction. So when it boils down to it, there are two things that make him retain these habits: positive public pressure and the enjoyment gained from his ability to maintain.
So how do we achieve this in a more rational scenario? First create the public pressure for yourself, if you have goals tell your friends, family, and co-workers, write about it on social media posts, or join an online forum related to your task at hand. Creating this positive public pressure will make you more inclined to stick with your goal, especially with goals you may not necessarily want to do. However to achieve goals you want, most of the time you’re going to have to do things you don’t enjoy. The key is to focus on the parts you do enjoy and focus on the positive.