2 Ways to Increase Motivation

Looking for some help in the motivation department?

Do you have some things you need to do, but can’t seem to find the motivation to do them?

Have you put off some things on your to-do list for way too long?

I want to share a solution that is working for me. But beware, only do this if you mean business. These instructions are only for those who are sick and tired of their own excuses.

If you mean business and are done making excuses, then I have a solution for you.

Method A

  • Write a check for $50, $100, or $1,000, some dollar amount that creates incentive for you.
  • Make it out to a local charity.
  • Give the check to a friend with instructions to mail it if you do not complete your goal.

Need more incentive to get moving?

Method B

  • Set a goal.
  • Tell someone close to you. This really works well if you have children.
  • Make a promise involving them,  that will be received when you meet your goal.

For example. Let’s say you have a goal to start a regular exercise routine. Tell your children. “Hey kids, I am going to start walking every evening for 20 minutes. If I do this successfully for 3 weeks, I will treat you guys to the movie of your choice.” Imagine the incentive your children have to make sure that you go walking. Picture yourself trying to lounge in your favorite chair with live-in personal coaches on the job. Ain’t gonna happen.

By involving your team, you have eliminated one of your first barriers to reaching any goal – quitting early. When you involve someone else in your goal. When you give another person a stake in your success, you drastically up your chances at succeeding.

If you are serious about making goals and completing them, put yourself at risk. Write a check for an amount that is beyond your comfort zone. Make a promise to someone you would never want to let down. Tell the world what you are attempting to do. And get to it!

My Recent Goal

Recently I set a goal for myself. I had only 14 days to complete it. I placed this goal in a prominent place in our home. I committed to it in front of all of my children. And I put myself at risk. If I did not complete my goal, I was going to run a 5K.

Now, what you must understand is, I DO NOT like to run. In my eyes the only good reason to run is if something is chasing you. A vicious dog or something like that. But to get up early on a perfectly good lazy Saturday morning. Pay my hard earned money. And then have to run a 5K? This is not my idea of fun. It is more akin to torture for me. So when I told my children that I would run a 5K, their eyes told me everything I needed to know. They knew momma was serious. Well today is my day 14. Did I make my goal? You bet!!! You will not see me at the next 5K race. But to all you runners out there, I am applauding you from under my covers. Now it’s your turn.

  • Make a goal
  • Tell someone
  • Put yourself at risk
  • Make a grand promise
  • Get to work
  • Achieve success
  • Share your goal and your risk here.

I can’t wait to hear about your success, because success in itself is – A Powerful Moment!



  1. Excellent and simple. I have tried to reach a certain goal for over a year…laugh if you must. I never considered “encouraging” my children to help me by use of an incentive. This I must try!

  2. This made me laugh. I like the check idea! I may have to try this. Thanks for these tips.

  3. I loved this story and will definitely keep this in mind as I set my next goals!  Thanks, Susan!

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