Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take every day that initiates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?
There are weeks when we hit roadblocks or holdups. Whether you’re going through a horrible day, feeling frazzled at work, or merely don’t know where to begin, it’s essential to define your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re doing. Distinctly determining your why will help you remain driven during those difficult times and continue to work toward your personal goals.
Today, take a few moments to consider your why–your purpose–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you establish your why, jot it down on a sticky note and keep it in a place you’ll see it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or uninspired, remember your why and let that inspire you to persist in achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Gain fitness? Revamp your eating habits?
Establishing goals is an essential component of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s Shoreview. Experience it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Keep Motivated After Determining Goals
Now that you’ve decided your why, here are some great ideas to help you remain motivated to achieve your goals!
Make it Part of Your Schedule
This appears simple, but creating new ways can be hard. It takes 21 days to develop a habit. No matter your goal, set aside time to chip away at it once a day.
If you want to get your workout done first thing, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, pencil it in your datebook. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a component of your regular routine.
Keep it Easy
Divide 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!
Use this same approach every time to establish a new goal. Reduce it into simpler tasks 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–actually, it can be a good motivator. Set aside time to be grateful for your work.
With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are especially challenging, treat yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Visualize the Finish Line
Create a mental picture of yourself completing your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that moment?
Making a mental image is a strong aid that can help keep you on schedule and motivated while working toward your goal. It’s a very valuable technique when your assignments are hard.
Take constant action daily–even if you don’t feel like it. Some days you may take a lot of 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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