Motivation 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 hit obstructions or holdups. Whether you’re having a bad day, feeling exhausted at work, or simply don’t know where to get going, it’s important to establish your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re going after. Clearly determining your why will help you remain driven during those challenging periods and continue to progress toward your own goals.
Today, use a few moments to consider your why–your purpose–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you determine your why, write it down on a scrap of paper and stick it somewhere you’ll notice it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unenthusiastic, think about your why and let that drive you to keep achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Increase fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Defining goals is an important component of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s Mankato. See it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Keep Motivated After Setting Goals
Now that you’ve established your why, here are some great tips to help you keep motivated to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This appears simple, but making new routines can be challenging. It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Whatever your goal, schedule time to make progress on it daily.
If you want to get your workout done in the morning, add it on your calendar. If you want to plan your food every Sunday, pencil it in your planner. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a component of your regular routine.
Keep it Simple
Divide your goals into smaller, more manageable assignments. For example, if you want to run a marathon, you start training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Use this same method every time to make a new goal. Reduce it into simpler assignments that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Enjoyable
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the process! Fun is not your opponent–in reality, it can be a good driving force. 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 particularly challenging, reward yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Make a mental picture of yourself completing your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that minute?
Visualization is a powerful mechanism that can help keep you focused and inspired while working toward your goal. It’s an especially useful technique when your assignments are difficult.
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 keep consistent.
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