Goals are as different as people: finding a new job, earning over $80,000 per year or getting pregnant are long-term goals. Short-term goals include surviving the summer holidays or making it to the end of the month with ten bucks in the bank. No matter what they are, finding the motivation to achieve your goals is what counts.

Achieving your goals requires determination, perseverance, good timing, and a stroke of luck here and there. Not all of these are in your control – but you have power. Here’s the motivation to achieve your goals and get what you want out of life.

5 Ways to Find the Motivation to Achieve Your Goals

Enjoy your past achievements.

Savor your accomplishments! Getting an education, finding the right job, raising your kids, or surviving a health crisis are steps to success in the future. Remind yourself of how far you’ve come and what you’ve survived; use that knowledge to help you get what you want out of life.

Break your goal down into small pieces.

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If you want to get a high school diploma, university degree or welding ticket — break the end goal into smaller, easily accomplished steps. Get information. Collect applications. Put feelers out. This way, you’ll avoid feelings of being overwhelmed and scared when you’re working to achieve your goals.

Learn from your failures.

If you didn’t lose weight on the Zone Diet, try exercising and eating local. If you didn’t get into the first three schools or get hired for the first few jobs you applied for, figure out why. If your relationships keep ending in disaster, be honest with yourself or go into counseling to find the truth. Don’t just ignore your mistakes and failures; learn from them when you’re getting what you want out of life.

Abandon or tweak what isn’t working.

Your kid calls you names, your mother-in-law keeps feeding you homemade chocolate covered donuts, your wife never wants to have sex. How are you contributing to the situation — what’s your role? You can’t control other people’s behavior, but you can change what you’re doing. If what you’re doing isn’t working — stop doing it. Replace it with new and scary behaviors that work when you’re achieving your goals.

Envision what you want out of life.

Picture yourself where you want to be: respected in your relationship, going back to work after being a stay-at-home mom, or having regular sex. What you envision, you will achieve. Focus on getting what you want out of life, not what you don’t want.