Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take every day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
There are days when we hit obstructions or holdups. Whether you’re having a horrible day, feeling frazzled at work, or just don’t know where to begin, it’s important to define your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re working toward. Clearly determining your why will help you stay driven during those difficult days and continue to work toward your own goals.
Today, spend some time to think about your why–your focus–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you establish your why, scribble it down on a piece of paper and tape it somewhere you’ll spot it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling adrift or uninspired, remember your why and let that drive you to persist in reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Gain fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Setting goals is an essential part of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s Little Elm. Experience it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Setting Goals
Now that you’ve settled on your why, here are some fantastic ideas to help you stay motivated to achieve your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This seems uncomplicated, but creating new ways can be challenging. It takes about a month to create a habit. No matter your goal, schedule time to work on it daily.
If you want to get your workout done in the morning, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, write it in your datebook. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a part of your daily routine.
Keep it Straightforward
Divide your goals into smaller, more possible assignments. For instance, if you want to finish a marathon, you initiate training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same technique every time to establish a new goal. Lay it out in simpler tasks that will lead you to the final goal.
Make it Exciting
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the process! Having an enjoyable time is not the enemy–actually, it can be a great driving force. Take the time to acknowledge your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are extremely hard, treat yourself once you’ve completed them!
Think About the Finish Line
Develop a mental photo of yourself completing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that instant?
Creating a mental picture is a strong tool that can help keep you on schedule and inspired while working toward your goal. It’s a very valuable method when your work is hard.
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 not as much action. That’s OK! The essential part is to remain consistent.
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