Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can swallow every morning that activates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
There are times when we run into obstructions or setbacks. Whether you’re experiencing a bad day, feeling frazzled at work, or simply don’t know where to get going, it’s important to establish your “why.”
Your why is the intent behind what you’re working toward. Clearly identifying your why will help you keep energized during those tough periods and continue to progress toward your individual goals.
Today, spend some time to think about your why–your focus–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you determine your why, scribble it down on a sticky note and keep it in a place you’ll notice it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling adrift or uninspired, think about your why and let that drive you to keep meeting your goals.
What’s your goal? Get rid of weight? Gain fitness? Change your eating habits?
Setting goals is a fundamental piece of the healthy habits we teach at Farrell’s West Des Moines. Try it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Finalizing Goals
Now that you’ve decided your why, here are some fantastic tips to help you stay energized to achieve your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This seems uncomplicated, but making new practices can be hard. It takes about a month to develop a habit. No matter your goal, schedule time to make progress on it every day.
If you want to exercise in the morning, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, add it in your planner. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a component of your regular routine.
Keep it Simple
Portion your goals into smaller, more achievable assignments. For instance, if you want to run a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same approach every time to set a new goal. Reduce it into easier assignments 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–in reality, it can be a great energizer. Make time to to acknowledge your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your tasks are particularly hard, treat yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Make a mental photo of yourself accomplishing your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that minute?
Creating a mental picture is a strong mechanism that can help keep you focused and inspired while working toward your goal. It’s a particularly useful method when your tasks are challenging.
Take the same action every day–even if you don’t feel like it. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might take not as much action. That’s OK! The essential part is to stay consistent.
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