Being motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take once a day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
There are days when we run into roadblocks or setbacks. Whether you’re going through a horrible day, feeling exhausted at work, or simply don’t know where to get going, it’s crucial to determine your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Fully identifying your why will help you keep motivated during those difficult times and continue to move toward your own goals.
Today, spend a few minutes to think about your why–your purpose–for why you’re doing something.
Once you find your why, write it down on a sticky note and keep it in a place you’ll notice it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling adrift or unenthusiastic, think about your why and let that inspire you to continue reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Gain fitness? Revamp your eating habits?
Establishing goals is a fundamental component of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s New Hope. See 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 ideas to help you stay energized to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This seems simple, but establishing new practices can be hard. It takes three weeks to create a habit. Regardless of your goal, schedule time to work on it every day.
If you want to get your workout done in the morning, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, add it in your planner. With three weeks of following it, it will become a part of your daily routine.
Keep it Straightforward
Break your goals into smaller, more possible tasks. As an example, if you want to complete a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same method every time to establish a new goal. Lay it out in easier objectives that will lead you to the final goal.
Make it Exciting
There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Having a good time is not your foe–in fact, it can be a good motivator. Make time to to appreciate your work.
With all new challenges, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are especially challenging, reward yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Visualize the Finish Line
Develop a mental photo of yourself completing your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that instant?
Creating a mental picture is a great tool that can help keep you on track and motivated while working toward your goal. It’s an especially useful technique when your work is difficult.
Take the same action daily–even if you don’t want to. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might take a lesser amount of action. That’s OK! The key is to remain consistent.
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