Have you ever started a new project full to the brim withenthusiasm only to have your enthusiasm and motivation waneas the months go by? When we're pursuing something of worthin our lives, enthusiasm and motivation are two veryimportant factors. They act as driving forces for us andkeep us on course to achieve our goals. So how can wemaintain high levels of both? Try these ideas:

1. The most important one: Have at least one person in yourlife who is like-minded. This means someone who wants to bethe best they can be, who has dreams and goals and takesaction to make them a reality. I know such people can behard to find! They don't have to be following the samecourse in life as you. My best friend is studying to becomea pilot and I enjoy computers and writing, yet because welove what we do, we help each other stay focused andmotivated. But where can you find similar people? Try clubsand associations connected with your interests, theworkplace, and of course, the Internet. Pick any subject and I guarantee you will find groups and forums for it online. Be proactive - seek out positive people. What they bring into your life - and you theirs - is priceless.

2. Watch inspirational movies. This is going to be down topersonal taste, obviously, but here's a selection of filmsthat inspire me: The Star Wars films, Rocky I & II (the rest are no where near as good!), Shawshank Redemption, Twelve Angry Men, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, The Count Of Monte Cristo - There's many more but these are my favourites and never fail to give me a boost. You could also add to thisvideos and DVDs of your favorite sporting moments - in fact anything that inspires you. Build your collection and watch them when you feel enthusiasm levels dropping.

3. Related to the first tip: read biographies about peopleyou admire. Again, personal taste will dictate who you readabout but here's some people I admire greatly: Martin Luther King, Lance Armstrong, Helen Keller, Sir Winston Churchill, Lord Horatio Nelson, Franklin D and Eleanor Roosevelt,Muhammad Ali to name but a few. The beauty about this is that you read about people who achieved so much with their lives. You are learning about people who "walk the talk" rather than listening to people who haven't done anything and may well be negative about life. If you want to achieve your dreams it is absolutely vital to stay positive. Reading about people you admire will do for your positive attitude what pizzas do for your waistline, i.e expand it!

4. Have a picture board and fill it with pictures of yourgoals: Type of house, views of the area where you want tolive, car or boat or bike you want, jewelry, clothes -whatever it is you want! This is to give you a visualreminder everyday about the goals you are pursuing andreminds you that what you are working towards is somethingvery worthwhile. It boosts enthusiasm and keeps you focusedand on track.

5. Read quotations everyday. I'm a big believer in the useof quotations to inspire and I'm always on the lookout fornew ones to add to my list of favourites. My list is 6 pages long and growing! Here's a couple of good websites tocheckout:

www.quotationspage.com & www.motivatingquotes.com

And to practice what I preach and to close this articlenicely, here is the lastest quote I've added to my list andthe one that inspired me to write this article:

"If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm." - Vince Lombardi

And there you have 5 tips to help you maintain yourenthusiasm and motivation. Put all 5 to use and you willstay positive and on course to achieve your goals!

Until next time.

Author's Bio: 

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