Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can eat every day that activates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
There are times when we hit barriers or setbacks. Whether you’re going through a bad day, feeling frazzled at work, or simply don’t know where to start, it’s important to determine your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re doing. Clearly determining your why will help you remain motivated during those challenging days and continue to progress toward your own goals.
Today, spend a few moments to consider your why–your purpose–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you find your why, jot it down on a piece of paper and keep it in a place you’ll see it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or uninspired, remember your why and let that motivate you to keep reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Add fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Defining goals is an essential part of the healthy lifestyle 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 great ideas to help you keep energized to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Regimen
This seems uncomplicated, but creating new ways can be challenging. It takes three weeks to make a habit. No matter your goal, set aside time to chip away at it daily.
If you want to work out when you wake up, add it on your calendar. If you want to meal plan every Sunday, add it in your agenda. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a part of your regular routine.
Keep it Simple
Divide your goals into smaller, more achievable actions. As an example, if you want to run a marathon, you initiate training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Take this same technique every time to make a new goal. Break it down into simpler assignments that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Enjoyable
There’s no reason you can’t have fun during the process! Having an enjoyable time is not the enemy–actually, it can be a great energizer. Set aside time to acknowledge your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow during the journey. And if your tasks are extremely hard, pamper yourself once you’ve accomplished them!
Think About the Finish Line
Develop a mental picture of yourself completing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that moment?
Creating a mental picture is a strong mechanism that can help keep you focused and motivated while working toward your goal. It’s a particularly valuable approach when your assignments are hard.
Take constant action daily–even if you don’t want to. Some days you may take a lot of action, while other days you might take a lesser amount of action. That’s OK! The key is to stay consistent.
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