Motivation is a problem for many people. I know it has been in the past for me. The key here is that my motivation problems are now a thing of the past. We often hear that we should set goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method to stay motivated. While I mostly agree with the S.M.A.R.T. approach, I believe that things should be handled one bite at a time.
Keep It Small
Most people go wrong right at the start. They set a goal to lose 50 pounds. While that's an admirable goal to have, it is impossible to stick to because you won't be tracking real progress. Instead, have the main goal be to lose 50 pounds and then break that goal into smaller pieces. By doing that you will have multiple smaller goals that you can measure progress against. By achieving those smaller goals you are going to be more motivated.
A Little Bit Each Day
I also strongly believe in small daily goals. By setting a goal to drink 2 gallons of water today you can be focused on achieving that goal. Each little daily goal you accomplish creates momentum. That momentum is going to continue to build daily.
The age old question is how to go about eating a frog. The answer to that question is simple…one bite at a time. You don't take the entire frog and try to swallow it. Goals should be the same. You take bite sized pieces each day until you reach the ultimate goal.
Follow the Approach Strictly
Don't be tempted to set huge goals. Follow the approach I've listed above. Take small steps towards the bigger goal and you can't really lose.