Being motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can swallow once a day that activates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?
There are days when we experience roadblocks or setbacks. Whether you’re having a bad day, feeling frazzled at work, or merely don’t know where to get going, it’s crucial to determine your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re working toward. Distinctly determining your why will help you stay energized during those challenging periods and continue to work toward your personal goals.
Today, spend a few minutes to ponder your why–your objective–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you determine your why, write it down on a scrap of paper and tape it in a place you’ll notice it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unmotivated, remember your why and let that inspire you to persist in achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Increase fitness? Change your eating habits?
Setting goals is a fundamental part of the healthy habits we teach at Farrell’s Rochester. Experience it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Determining Goals
Now that you’ve decided your why, here are some great suggestions to help you remain energized to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This seems simple, but making new routines can be challenging. It takes 21 days to make a habit. Regardless of your goal, set aside time to work on it daily.
If you want to exercise in the morning, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, write it in your agenda. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a piece of your regular routine.
Keep it Easy
Break your goals into smaller, more possible actions. For instance, if you want to complete a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same technique every time to set a new goal. Reduce it into simpler objectives 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 be grateful for your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your assignments are extremely hard, pamper yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Think About the Finish Line
Develop a mental image of yourself accomplishing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that instant?
Making a mental image is a powerful mechanism that can help keep you on track and energized while working toward your end result. It’s an especially helpful method when your work is difficult.
Take the same action daily–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 keep consistent.
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