I have a former student working toward a major academic goal in her life. I shared this insight with her and wanted to archive and share it here.
When I was "stuck" - not writing my Ph.D. Dissertation - these things helped me. While personal to my situation, I hope there is pragmatic experience here that might help others achieve their academic or project specific goals!
Four insights and practices from my life that helped me finish my academic goals - specifically writing my dissertation.First, it was really helpful to me, after learning from Tony Robbins when I was stuck in my dissertation work, to think about The Christmas Story in order to succeed. Yes, Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas Story. Here is Tony Robbin's insight, that's perfectly clear in the story, that helped me. In the three night visitors that Scrooge had, he was able to see the possibility of his future, in light of his past. And, most specifically, when Scrooge saw the pain that would come in the future, from his own choices and actions, Scrooge was able to chart a new course in life. As Robbins points out, when we associate enough pain with a certain future - and/or - enough pain with a certain other future - the "pain/pleasure" of the possible future can motivate us to move on. When I was desperately stuck in my dissertation work, on many occasions I used the "pain of not finishing my dissertation" and/or the "pleasure of finishing my dissertation" to motivate me. I actually had the pain issues written down - and knew I did not want them - as well as the pleasure issues - and knew I wanted them!
I hope these tidbits of my unique experience have some helpful resonance for you as you plan toward your successful goals in life!