It’s hard to stay motivated (long-term), especially now when our lives and sense of “normalcy” has completely changed.
Below are 2 strategies that I find to be very helpful ways to stay motivated and follow through on your most challenging tasks.
|2. The Ulysses Pact
This pact is named after the hero of the Trojan war & is a technique for holding yourself accountable to stick with a goal, even when it is hard.
The key in this pact is that we make a choice in the present that binds us to perform an action in the future.
Suppose you want to stick to a plan of making a healthy dinner for your family 5 nights a week. Or, you make a decision to workout with a buddy 3 times each week. You could write your good friend or even your child a series of checks for $20 each and instruct them to cash one of these checks and use the money however they want, if you skip out on meeting for a workout or don’t meet your 5th dinner for your family for that week.
The Ulysses Pact helps you maintain a high level of motivation when things get tough by locking in a future behavior ahead of time.
I personally thought that these techniques are good ones for setting new goals and sticking to them. Hope you give them a try and strive for something bigger and better in the future!