Motivation 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 experience barriers or holdups. Whether you’re going through a horrible day, feeling exhausted at work, or simply don’t know where to begin, it’s crucial to determine your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re going after. Clearly defining your why will help you remain energized during those challenging days and continue to work toward your own goals.
Today, spend some time to ponder your why–your objective–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you establish your why, scribble it down on a scrap of paper and keep it in an area you’ll spot it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or uninspired, think about your why and let that drive you to continue meeting your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Increase fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Establishing goals is an important piece of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s Andover. Try it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Finalizing Goals
Now that you’ve settled on your why, here are some good tips to help you keep motivated to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This appears simple, but creating new practices can be difficult. It takes about a month to create a habit. No matter your goal, set aside time to make progress on it daily.
If you want to exercise first thing, put it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, write it in your agenda. With three weeks of following it, it will become a part of your daily routine.
Keep it Easy
Portion your goals into smaller, more manageable actions. For instance, if you want to run a marathon, you initiate training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same method every time to establish a new goal. Break it down into smaller objectives that will lead you to the overall goal.
Make it Exciting
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the process! Fun is not the enemy–in fact, it can be a fantastic energizer. Make time to to be grateful for your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your assignments are especially hard, treat yourself once you’ve completed them!
Think About the Finish Line
Make a mental picture of yourself accomplishing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that instant?
Visualization is a strong aid that can help keep you focused and energized while working toward your objective. It’s an especially valuable method when your tasks are hard.
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 essential part is to stay consistent.
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