Motivation isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can eat once a day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?
There are weeks when we hit obstructions or holdups. Whether you’re going through a horrible day, feeling exhausted at work, or just don’t know where to begin, it’s essential to establish your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Fully determining your why will help you remain motivated during those tough times and continue to progress toward your personal goals.
Today, take some time to think about your why–your focus–for why you’re doing something.
Once you determine your why, write it down on a sticky note and tape it in an area you’ll notice it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling lost or unenthusiastic, think about your why and let that drive you to keep reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Lose weight? Increase fitness? Change your eating habits?
Defining goals is an essential part of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s Elk River. See it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Keep Motivated After Finalizing Goals
Now that you’ve settled on your why, here are some good ideas to help you keep working to meet your goals!
Make it Part of Your Schedule
This appears easy, but establishing new routines can be difficult. It takes three weeks to create a habit. No matter your goal, set aside time to work on it once a day.
If you want to exercise first thing, add it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, add it in your datebook. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a part of your everyday routine.
Keep it Easy
Divide your goals into smaller, more achievable actions. For example, if you want to run a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Use this same approach every time to establish a new goal. Lay it out in smaller assignments that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Enjoyable
There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Fun is not the enemy–actually, it can be a fantastic driving force. Take the time to be grateful for your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are extremely challenging, reward yourself once you’ve finished them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Develop a mental image of yourself completing your goals: What does it look like? How do you feel in that instant?
Making a mental image is a great mechanism that can help keep you on schedule and energized while working toward your goal. It’s an especially valuable technique when your tasks are hard.
Take the same action every day–even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might take less action. That’s OK! The key is to keep consistent.
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