Staying motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take every morning 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 hit barriers or setbacks. Whether you’re going through a no-good day, feeling frazzled at work, or merely don’t know where to get going, it’s essential to determine your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Fully determining your why will help you keep energized during those tough periods and continue to move toward your personal goals.
Today, use a few minutes to think about your why–your objective–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you find your why, jot it down on a sticky note and tape it in a place you’ll notice it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unenthusiastic, think about your why and let that motivate you to continue achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Gain fitness? Revamp your eating habits?
Defining goals is an essential piece of the healthy habits we teach at Farrell’s Waterloo. Try 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 ideas to help you keep working to achieve your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This sounds easy, but creating new ways can be challenging. It takes 21 days to make a habit. No matter your goal, schedule time to make progress on it every day.
If you want to exercise when you wake up, put it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, write it in your planner. With three weeks of following it, it will become a component of your daily routine.
Keep it Simple
Divide your goals into smaller, more manageable actions. For example, if you want to complete a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Take this same method every time to set a new goal. Lay it out in easier tasks that will lead you to the final goal.
Make it Enjoyable
There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Fun is not your opponent–actually, it can be a good energizer. Make time to to acknowledge your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your work is particularly challenging, reward yourself once you’ve completed them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Make a mental photo of yourself completing your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that moment?
Making a mental image is a great aid that can help keep you on schedule and motivated while working toward your objective. It’s an especially useful approach when your assignments are hard.
Take consistent action every day–even if you don’t want to. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might take less action. That’s OK! The important part is to stay consistent.
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