Are you lacking in motivation? Are you looking to achieve a goal, but it feels like it is slipping further away? Do you feel like giving up? Many of us are familiar with a lack of motivation – and getting it back can be tough.
The truth is, it’s much easier to set goals than to actually get them done. It all comes down to motivation, and we’ll be honest. It’s so much easier to sit back and think about all the things we’re going to do… eventually.
It’s not going to be easy, and it won’t be quick, but it will be worth it. The satisfaction that comes from accomplishing just one of your goals, is enough to keep us taking baby steps toward everything else on our list. Here are our top tips to help to keep your motivation high!
Make sure that the goal is your own. Nothing will drain your energy as much as trying to go after a goal that someone else has set for you and which you don’t believe in.
Surround yourself with people who are enthusiastic. Other people can either dampen your enthusiasm and your motivation, or they can help you to keep your motivation high. Choose wisely!
Focus on your present reality.Motivate yourself to work on your goal by thinking about how it will improve the quality of your life right now.
Be motivated by the past. Make a list of all of your past successes. Whenever you’re feeling unmotivated, take out your list. Remind yourself of everything that you’ve accomplished so far.
Expect obstacles. If you’re trying to do something worthwhile, it’s not a question of “if” you’ll come across an obstacle, it’s a question of “when”. This applies to all types of obstacles: people, events, circumstances, and so on. Accept that overcoming obstacles is part of the process to reaching your goals.
Create “To Do” lists to tick off. One of the best ways to make sure that you stay motivated is to know exactly what needs to be done. Keep track of the progress that you’re making. A great way to do this is by creating a list that you can tick off; each tick is progress!
Join a challenge. Whatever your goal is, find a challenge that’s related to that goal, and go for it! For example; maybe you’ve taken up running? Challenge yourself to entering that 5K race in a couple of months or maybe swimming is your thing? Commit to swimming so many miles a month and a use a fitness tracker.
Give yourself a break. If you’re constantly “on”, and you’re always striving to achieve your goal, sooner or later, you’re going to burn out. Allow yourself to take breaks and do stuff that’s not productive, but that you enjoy doing. We all need some downtime. Think of these scheduled breaks as an opportunity to recharge your battery, so that you’re fully charged and ready to go when it’s time to get back to working on your goal.