Staying motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take every day that activates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?
There are times when we experience roadblocks or setbacks. Whether you’re experiencing a horrible day, feeling exhausted at work, or merely don’t know where to get going, it’s crucial to determine your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re going after. Fully identifying your why will help you remain driven during those difficult times and continue to move toward your own goals.
Today, use a few moments to consider your why–your focus–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you determine your why, write it down on a sticky note and tape it in a place you’ll see it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unmotivated, ponder your why and let that motivate you to keep reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Gain fitness? Change your eating habits?
Defining goals is an essential part of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s Colorado Springs. See it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Keep Motivated After Setting Goals
Now that you’ve decided your why, here are some great suggestions to help you stay working to achieve your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This seems easy, but making new routines can be hard. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Whatever your goal, make time to make progress on it daily.
If you want to work out in the morning, add it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, add it in your agenda. With three weeks of following it, it will become a part of your regular routine.
Keep it Straightforward
Portion your goals into smaller, more possible tasks. As an example, if you want to finish a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same technique every time to make a new goal. Lay it out in smaller tasks that will lead you to the final goal.
Make it Enjoyable
There’s no reason you can’t have fun during the process! Having an enjoyable time is not your foe–in fact, it can be a fantastic energizer. Set aside time to be grateful for your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your assignments are extremely hard, treat yourself once you’ve finished them!
Think About the Finish Line
Make a mental image of yourself achieving your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that moment?
Visualization is a strong aid that can help keep you on schedule and motivated while working toward your goal. It’s a very valuable technique when your tasks are difficult.
Take the same action every day–even if you don’t feel like it. Some days you may take huge action, while other days you might take a lesser amount of action. That’s OK! The key is to keep consistent.
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