Staying motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take every day that activates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
There are days when we experience barriers or complications. Whether you’re going through a bad day, feeling frazzled at work, or just don’t know where to start, it’s essential to establish your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re going after. Distinctly determining your why will help you keep driven during those tough times and continue to progress toward your personal goals.
Today, take some time to consider your why–your objective–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you establish your why, scribble it down on a scrap of paper and stick it in an area you’ll spot it daily, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unmotivated, ponder your why and let that drive you to persist in meeting your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Increase fitness? Revamp your eating habits?
Establishing goals is an important piece of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s Eden Prairie. Experience 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 fantastic tips to help you remain energized to reach your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This seems simple, but creating new practices can be difficult. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Whatever your goal, make time to chip away at it every day.
If you want to work out in the morning, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your food every Sunday, write it in your planner. With three weeks of sticking to it, it will become a part of your regular routine.
Keep it Simple
Break your goals into smaller, more achievable actions. For example, if you want to complete a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Take this same approach every time to make a new goal. Reduce it into simpler objectives that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Fun
There’s no reason you can’t have fun during the process! Having an enjoyable time is not your opponent–in fact, it can be a fantastic energizer. Set aside time to appreciate your work.
With all new challenges, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your tasks are particularly difficult, treat yourself once you’ve finished them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Create a mental image of yourself completing your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that moment?
Visualization is a great mechanism that can help keep you on track and energized while working toward your end result. It’s a particularly helpful technique when your tasks are challenging.
Take the same action daily–even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might take a lesser amount of action. That’s OK! The essential part is to keep consistent.
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