May 28, 2024

A Successful Summer by Niels Johnson-Lameijer

Motivate, breakdown and celebrate.

The season of summer fun has started, so how can we maintain, and even increase our motivation when the sun keeps calling us out to play? Having a strong commitment to our end desired result is a key component to ultimately realizing a goal or dream. Goals give us direction and add meaning to our lives. Even though it is important to think big when crafting goals, a target too far out of your reach can end up becoming paralyzing and discouraging. Here’s how to do it right:

The first step to motivation is to simply set a goal. What do you want to accomplish? Each one of us approaches realizing our goals differently. Some dive into it head first; some plan extensively and proceed with caution. Write your goal down, details and all!
The second step is to believe that the ultimate goal is achievable! Based on this belief, ask, “what can I do today (or this week) that gets me closer to my goal?” The answer to this question will help breakdown the larger goal into smaller more tangible targets to accomplish in the very near future. Marking these smaller tasks off your to-do list will give you a feeling of accomplishment and will move you closer to your long term goal. When jotting down the smaller action steps, make sure that the list is manageable. Make it easy and accessible to insure that by the end of the day you are able to mark things off. This will create momentum, so add some to-do’s that you know you will easily achieve.

The final piece of the motivation puzzle is to CELEBRATE! At the end of each day, write down successes you achieved that day. Write down at least three every day, no exceptions, and celebrate them!

Niels is an internationally certified Corporate Coach and Life Mastery Coach. He guides passionate individuals to raise productivity and realize the life of their dreams, both in a corporate and private environment. For more information, visit or email Niels at or call 805-617-3513.

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