Over the past few months I took a poll on my site to see what you thought was the most difficult part of Personal Progress. The winner was “Those loooooooooooong value experiences.” Yes, I agree they can be difficult. Some times you forget how long you were working on, loose motivation, and at the end check it off hoping you completed it correctly. Some have had to start them over, and over, and over again.
Why are they so long?
Well the reason is not to torture you, it is so you build a habit from whatever you are learning. The purpose of Personal Progress is to build your testimony, bring you closer to Christ, and prepare you for the temple. All of this is done by doing the simple things such as saying prayers, reading scriptures, and keeping Christ like attributes. In order to build up these habits it takes more than just one day of doing them.
By having you do the same thing for two weeks, three weeks, or a month, it is hoped that you continue to do what you learned. It is not always fun, but it does work.
Get to the point already! How do I keep myself motivated?
Alright, here you go:
Set Reminders for Yourself
This can include anything which will help you remember that you are working on a long experience, what you need to do each day, and when you will be finished. Try some of these:
- Daily reminders on your phone
- Mark the finish date on your calendar
- Create a check list with the days on it. Mark it off at the end of each day.
- Leave a post-it reminder on your refrigerate, mirror, desk, door, or place you will see it regularly
- Put what you are suppose to do on the back and front of your bedroom door. Whenever you leave or enter, you will remember
At the end of each day if you did what you were suppose to, give yourself a gold star, movie time, extra sleep, or whatever will motivate yourself. This reminder jar will also help.
Write About Your Experience
I know this is usually part of the requirement any way, but it works. At the beginning of the day write down what you will do and then report back in your journal at the end of the day. Write about your struggles, success, what you learned, how you can improve.
Let Others Know What You are Doing
This means people may ask you at any time “Hey, how is that experience going?” If don’t want to tell them, “Ah, I haven’t really been working on that,” then this is a good motivation. Tell your friends, family, or leaders when you begin an experience and ask them to check up on you every once in a while (I’m sure they would love to help you with that).
For more advice check out this great article from the New Era here.