Being motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can swallow every day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling like you can’t reach your goals?
There are weeks when we hit barriers or complications. Whether you’re having a horrible day, feeling exhausted at work, or just don’t know where to get going, it’s essential to determine your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re working toward. Fully defining your why will help you keep energized during those challenging periods and continue to progress toward your individual goals.
Today, spend some time to think about your why–your objective–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you find your why, write it down on a sticky note and stick it somewhere you’ll spot it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or uninspired, think about your why and let that motivate you to keep meeting your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Increase fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Setting goals is a fundamental piece of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s New Tampa. See it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Setting Goals
Now that you’ve decided your why, here are some fantastic tips to help you remain motivated to meet your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This seems easy, but making new practices can be challenging. It takes about a month to develop a habit. Whatever your goal, make time to chip away at it every day.
If you want to exercise when you wake up, add it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, pencil it in your planner. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a piece of your daily routine.
Keep it Easy
Break your goals into smaller, more possible assignments. For instance, if you want to complete a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same technique every time to establish a new goal. Reduce it into simpler tasks that will lead you to the final goal.
Make it Fun
There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Fun is not your foe–actually, it can be a great motivator. Take the time to acknowledge your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your assignments are particularly challenging, reward yourself once you’ve completed them!
Think About the Finish Line
Create a mental photo of yourself completing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that moment?
Making a mental image is a great mechanism that can help keep you focused and motivated while working toward your goal. It’s a very useful technique when your work is difficult.
Take consistent action every single day–even if you don’t feel like it. Some days you may take a lot of action, while other days you might take less action. That’s OK! The important part is to keep consistent.
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