Being 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 like you can’t reach your goals?
There are weeks when we run into barriers or setbacks. Whether you’re having a bad day, feeling exhausted at work, or merely don’t know where to start, it’s essential to define your “why.”
Your why is the intent behind what you’re going after. Clearly defining your why will help you stay energized during those difficult days and continue to progress toward your own goals.
Today, spend some time to consider your why–your focus–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you determine your why, jot it down on a piece of paper and keep it in an area you’ll see it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unmotivated, remember your why and let that drive you to continue achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Get rid of weight? Increase fitness? Change your eating habits?
Establishing goals is a fundamental piece of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s Greenwood. 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 good ideas to help you remain motivated to meet your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This appears easy, but establishing new routines can be challenging. It takes three weeks to make a habit. Whatever your goal, schedule time to chip away at it daily.
If you want to exercise when you wake up, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, pencil it in your agenda. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a piece of your daily routine.
Keep it Straightforward
Break your goals into smaller, more achievable tasks. For example, if you want to finish a marathon, you initiate training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same approach every time to make a new goal. Lay it out in simpler tasks that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Fun
There’s no reason you can’t have fun during the process! Having an enjoyable time is not the enemy–actually, it can be a great energizer. Take the time to appreciate your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your work is particularly challenging, pamper yourself once you’ve completed them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Develop a mental picture of yourself achieving your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that moment?
Making a mental image is a strong aid that can help keep you on schedule and inspired while working toward your objective. It’s a particularly useful technique when your work is difficult.
Take consistent action daily–even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take a lot of action, while other days you might take not as much action. That’s OK! The important part is to stay consistent.
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