The journey to wealth is long and trying. It’s easy to lose heart when you hit a hurdle such as seeing the price of a stock you invested in suddenly tumble. In order to achieve your financial goals, you’ll need to find ways to stay motivated even in the face of setbacks.

One method to boost motivation is to create a list of “wants” and “don’t wants” for your personal reference.

For example: “I do not want to end up like my parents” and “I want to be free of my debts within three years.”

Pull out these lists any time you need a reminder of why you must persevere on your journey to wealth.

Another good way to stay motivated is to spend money on yourself before paying your bills.

Though somewhat counterintuitive, this way you’ll see exactly how much extra money you need each month to satisfy both of your objectives: fulfilling desires like buying that vintage guitar you’ve had your eye on, and meeting your bill collectors’ demands.

This doesn’t mean you should rack up lots of credit card debt, but do keep “paying” yourself first; the extra pressure of paying off your bills afterward will inspire you to find creative ways to make enough money to satisfy both.

This method will also sharpen and develop your financial self-discipline, which is a key trait of all financially successful people.

For outside inspiration, research the life stories of wealthy people like Warren Buffett or Donald Trump. Reading about how they overcame struggles to achieve triumphs will help keep you ambitious.

Put these tips into practice and you’ll be sure to find that staying motivated on the road to wealth isn’t that difficult.

The road to wealth is long, so you must keep yourself motivated.