Being motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can eat every morning that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling like you can’t reach your goals?
There are days when we hit barriers or setbacks. Whether you’re experiencing a bad day, feeling exhausted at work, or merely don’t know where to get going, it’s essential to determine your “why.”
Your why is the intent behind what you’re working toward. Clearly identifying your why will help you remain driven during those challenging periods and continue to progress toward your own goals.
Today, spend a few minutes to think about your why–your focus–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you determine your why, jot it down on a piece of paper and tape it in a place you’ll spot it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or unenthusiastic, think about your why and let that motivate you to persist in achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Increase fitness? Revamp your eating habits?
Defining goals is a fundamental part of the healthy habits we teach at Farrell’s Omaha. See it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Stay Motivated After Finalizing Goals
Now that you’ve established your why, here are some fantastic ideas to help you stay motivated to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This seems simple, but creating new ways can be challenging. It takes three weeks to make a habit. Regardless of your goal, schedule time to make progress on it every day.
If you want to work out first thing, add it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, write it in your agenda. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a component of your regular routine.
Keep it Simple
Portion your goals into smaller, more possible actions. For instance, if you want to run a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Follow this same technique every time to set a new goal. Lay it out in smaller assignments that will lead you to the last 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 good energizer. Take the time to be grateful for your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow during the journey. And if your tasks are especially difficult, reward yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Create a mental picture of yourself completing your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that instant?
Creating a mental picture is a strong aid that can help keep you focused and energized while working toward your end result. It’s a very valuable approach when your tasks 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 essential part is to keep consistent.
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