Motivation 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 unmotivated?
There are days when we experience barriers or setbacks. Whether you’re having a bad day, feeling frazzled at work, or simply don’t know where to begin, it’s essential to establish your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Distinctly defining your why will help you keep motivated during those challenging times and continue to progress toward your personal goals.
Today, use a few moments to ponder your why–your purpose–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you determine your why, scribble it down on a scrap of paper and stick it in an area you’ll notice it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unmotivated, remember your why and let that drive you to persist in meeting your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Increase fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Setting goals is a fundamental part of the healthy habits we teach at Farrell’s Waite Park. 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 great tips to help you remain motivated to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This sounds simple, but making new ways can be challenging. It takes about a month to make a habit. Regardless of your goal, schedule time to work on it every day.
If you want to work out first thing, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, write it in your agenda. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a component of your everyday routine.
Keep it Easy
Divide your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if you want to finish a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Use this same method every time to set 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 have fun during the process! Having a good time is not your opponent–in reality, it can be a great driving force. Set aside time to be grateful for your work.
With all new challenges, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your assignments are particularly challenging, reward yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Think About the Finish Line
Make a mental picture of yourself achieving your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that minute?
Creating a mental picture is a powerful tool that can help keep you focused and motivated while working toward your end result. It’s a very helpful technique when your assignments are hard.
Take the same action every single day–even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take huge action, while other days you might take not as much action. That’s OK! The important part is to remain consistent.
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