When seeking motivation to achieve a goal - say a dietary goal or a weight loss goal - I place the goal within grasp. I don't create a goal for myself that is too difficult and I don't put it too far out in the future. Loosing 5 to 7 lbs is a good goal and two weeks is not too far out there, I set the goal and then pursue it doggedly. When that goal is reached I can set another. For me, short bursts of energy is the key.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
It was Winston Churchill who gave a speech back in the 40s to never give in! I just looked it up so I wouldn't misquote him...
The road to success is not straight
My friends are SO encouraging. They know how much of a struggle this is for me and they help me remember to rejoice over small victories and to not give up when I do get off track. I want to reach for perfection, but they remind me that setbacks do not equal failure.