Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take once a day that initiates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling like you can’t reach your goals?
There are days when we experience barriers or setbacks. Whether you’re having a no-good day, feeling frazzled at work, or simply don’t know where to get going, it’s crucial to define your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Distinctly identifying your why will help you keep driven during those challenging times and continue to progress toward your personal goals.
Today, spend a few moments to ponder your why–your focus–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you find your why, write it down on a sticky note and stick it in an area you’ll spot it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or unmotivated, think about your why and let that inspire you to persist in achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Add fitness? Revamp your eating habits?
Setting goals is a fundamental part of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s Hudson. Try it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Finalizing Goals
Now that you’ve established your why, here are some good suggestions to help you remain working to meet your goals!
Make it Part of Your Schedule
This sounds simple, but creating new routines can be challenging. It takes about a month to develop a habit. Whatever your goal, make time to make progress on it once a day.
If you want to get your workout done 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 consistency, it will become a component of your daily routine.
Keep it Easy
Portion your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. As an example, if you want to finish a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same approach every time to make a new goal. Lay it out in easier tasks that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Enjoyable
There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Fun is not the enemy–in fact, it can be a good motivator. Take the time to appreciate your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow during the journey. And if your tasks are extremely challenging, treat yourself once you’ve finished them!
Think About the Finish Line
Make a mental image of yourself accomplishing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that moment?
Creating a mental picture is a great mechanism that can help keep you focused and inspired while working toward your end result. It’s a particularly valuable technique when your assignments are challenging.
Take constant action daily–even if you don’t feel like it. Some days you may take a lot of action, while other days you might take a lesser amount of action. That’s OK! The essential part is to remain consistent.
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