Being motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can eat every day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
There are weeks when we experience barriers or holdups. Whether you’re experiencing a no-good day, stressed out at work, or simply don’t know where to begin, it’s important to define your “why.”
Your why is the intent behind what you’re going after. Fully identifying your why will help you keep energized during those difficult days and continue to move toward your individual goals.
Today, use a few minutes to consider your why–your objective–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you find your why, jot it down on a sticky note and tape it in a place you’ll spot it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or unmotivated, ponder your why and let that motivate you to persist in achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Add fitness? Change your eating habits?
Setting goals is an important component of the healthy habits we teach at Farrell’s LaVista. Try it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Setting Goals
Now that you’ve settled on your why, here are some good suggestions to help you remain motivated to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This seems simple, but making new routines can be hard. It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Regardless of your goal, set aside time to work on it once a day.
If you want to exercise when you wake up, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, pencil it in your datebook. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a piece of your everyday routine.
Keep it Easy
Break your goals into smaller, more achievable assignments. As an example, if you want to run a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Use this same method every time to establish a new goal. Reduce it into easier tasks that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Exciting
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the process! Having a good time is not your foe–in reality, it can be a fantastic energizer. Set aside time to be grateful for your work.
With all new challenges, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your work is especially challenging, pamper yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Visualize the Finish Line
Develop a mental image of yourself achieving your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that instant?
Creating a mental picture is a strong tool that can help keep you on track and motivated while working toward your goal. It’s a particularly useful method when your work is difficult.
Take consistent action every day–even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might take not as much action. That’s OK! The important part is to stay consistent.
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