Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take every morning 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 roadblocks or holdups. Whether you’re experiencing a no-good day, feeling frazzled at work, or just don’t know where to begin, it’s essential to define your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re going after. Distinctly identifying your why will help you keep driven during those tough times and continue to move toward your individual goals.
Today, use a few minutes to think about your why–your purpose–for why you’re doing something.
Once you find your why, jot it down on a scrap of paper and tape it in a place you’ll see it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling adrift or unmotivated, remember your why and let that inspire you to continue reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Increase fitness? Change your eating habits?
Defining goals is an important piece of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s Plymouth. 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 great suggestions to help you keep motivated to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This appears easy, but creating new practices can be hard. It takes about a month to create a habit. Whatever your goal, schedule time to make progress on it once a day.
If you want to get your workout done first thing, add it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, write it in your datebook. With three weeks of following it, it will become a piece of your daily routine.
Keep it Straightforward
Portion your goals into smaller, more possible assignments. For example, if you want to complete a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Use this same technique every time to make a new goal. Reduce it into simpler assignments that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Enjoyable
There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Having an enjoyable time is not the enemy–in reality, it can be a great motivator. Set aside time to appreciate your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your assignments are especially challenging, reward yourself once you’ve completed them!
Think About the Finish Line
Create a mental image of yourself achieving your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that moment?
Making a mental image is a great tool that can help keep you on track and energized while working toward your goal. It’s a particularly helpful approach when your work is difficult.
Take the same action every single day–even if you’re not in the mood. 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 remain consistent.
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