Being motivated 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 unmotivated?
There are times when we experience roadblocks or complications. Whether you’re going through a bad day, feeling frazzled at work, or merely don’t know where to get going, it’s important to define your “why.”
Your why is the objective behind what you’re working toward. Fully determining your why will help you keep energized during those tough times and continue to work toward your personal goals.
Today, spend some time to consider your why–your focus–for why you’re accomplishing something.
Once you find your why, scribble it down on a piece of paper and keep it somewhere you’ll see it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling adrift or unenthusiastic, ponder your why and let that drive you to continue reaching your goals.
What’s your goal? Drop weight? Increase fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Setting goals is an important part of the healthy lifestyle we teach at Farrell’s St. Paul. Try it for yourself during a free week with us.
How to Keep Motivated After Setting Goals
Now that you’ve decided your why, here are some great suggestions to help you keep motivated to meet your goals!
Make it Part of Your Routine
This seems easy, but creating new ways can be hard. It takes about a month to make a habit. No matter your goal, set aside time to make progress on it daily.
If you want to exercise first thing, put 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 part of your daily routine.
Keep it Simple
Divide your goals into smaller, more manageable assignments. For example, if you want to finish a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!
Use this same technique every time to make a new goal. Lay it out in smaller tasks that will lead you to the last goal.
Make it Fun
There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Having a good time is not your opponent–in fact, it can be a good energizer. Take the time to acknowledge your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow as you progress. And if your work is particularly challenging, treat yourself once you’ve finished them!
Keep the Finish Line in Mind
Create a mental image of yourself accomplishing your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that minute?
Creating a mental picture is a strong mechanism that can help keep you on schedule and inspired while working toward your objective. It’s a very helpful technique when your tasks are hard.
Take the same action daily–even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take huge action, while other days you might take a lesser amount of action. That’s OK! The key is to keep consistent.
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