Maintaining motivation is a huge factor in accomplishing your goals in life. We’ve all been there before when we embarked on a particular project full of energy and enthusiasm only to find ourselves losing interest a few months later. Losing your passion and motivation is a common challenge. That’s just exactly what it is, a challenge to your internal drive. How much do you really want to achieve your goals. How much effort are you willing to put in? It’s important to understand how to manage your own particular motivational factors whether internal or external. Feeling you really have to do something from deep down inside you is very powerful indeed. Reaching deep within your internal drive can maintain the impetus to stick to your journey to the very end. External factors on the other hand are subject to change and could be influenced by other circumstances, therefore they are not usually as powerful as what come from within you.

A crucial mistake that people make when chasing their dreams is lack of preparation and adequate planning. You only have to look around and see the road to success is not an easy journey by any stretch, if it was, the world would not look the way it does now. Success comes to those with the drive and determination inside to last the full four quarters. Before you embark on your journey, spend time to research and devise a detailed plan. Consider alternate options to your goals as well as various stages to implement new and different strategies. Spend the time to stretch your mind now to other possibilities, other avenues to get to your destination. After all, if you were to plan a cross-country drive from a West coast city to the furthermost Eastern point, you wouldn’t just want to have one fixed route. We all know that things could possibly go wrong, life itself is unpredictable, the weather is unpredictable, bridges could collapse, freeway ramps could close down unexpectedly. If you only planned for one strategy to reach your outcome, you are hoping for flawless execution which is rare. The road to success is usually paved in time, patience and experience. So taking extra time and initiative to plot out alternate routes is a wise option. It’s better to do something and not need it than need something and not have it. In doing the research to accomplish your goals, taking the time to explore other avenues will only serve to provide you more knowledge, more information, more intelligence.

So as you take steps to embark on reaching your life goals, remember the trip could be short if Lady Luck shines brightly upon you, or more likely the trip may be a long and arduous one of ups and downs. Be fully prepared to deal with circumstances should they arise. Investigate numerous scenarios and devise contingency plans. If you wish to start a new business venture, explore all alternatives, keep in mind that new technologies may arise as you progress on your journey that may help or negate your plan. You see how Google affected the Yahoo plan and how Facebook technology replaced Myspace. The world is unpredictable, innovation can happen with technology especially seemingly overnight. Stay as positive minded as possible, but keep your eyes and ears open and thoroughly do your homework. Commit to learning new information as you go along. Good luck along the way.

Author's Bio: 

Henry Okwo is the Founder and CEO of SalesGymUSA, a Targeted Sales Training company. Henry is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley where he was a 2-time National Champion. He has over 15 years sales and management experience and has developed a specialized sales training program based on sports performance development to boost sales. Find out more targeted sales strategies to increase your sales results at Henry also conducts a daily mental workout on his blog,