The first step to getting started with a meditation practice and maintaining motivation is to identify what you enjoy doing along with what will benefit you most (e.g. strengthen your weaknesses).
The second step is for an experient to get support from their doctor. This is especially important if an experient has had physical injuries in the past, has other medical issues such as a heart condition, and for experients over the age of 40.
The third step is for experients to set reasonable goals, including several small goals leading up to their ultimate goals. Experients should think realistically and set practical goals that do not reside outside of their limitations.
The fourth step involves experients avoiding viewing their practice as a chore or duty. If experients see their meditation practice as something they “should” do, they may be more inclined to view meditation as work rather than play, or as a job rather than a fun activity.
The fifth step involves the experient addressing their limitations. While this will be done to a degree when the experient attempts to set reasonable goals, the experient should continue to make note of limitations they find along the way. Some limitations can be temporary, where with application and dedication the weakness can become a strength.
The sixth step is for the experient to prepare for setbacks and obstacles. . Just because an experient missed a session one day, does not mean the experient cannot maintain a meditation practice. Rather, their ability to get back on tract the next day means the experient was prepared for setbacks and obstacles because they continued to maintain a positive mindset and dedication to their meditation practice.
The seventh step is for the experient to choose, or create new, motivational words that can help them achieve their goals. When these messages are absorbed, these motivational cues can assist the experient in positive change. Example: “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill