Being motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can eat every day that starts your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated?
There are days when we run into roadblocks or setbacks. Whether you’re going through a horrible day, feeling exhausted at work, or merely don’t know where to start, it’s crucial to establish your “why.”
Your why is the purpose behind what you’re working toward. Clearly defining your why will help you stay driven during those tough times and continue to progress toward your individual goals.
Today, spend some time to think about your why–your objective–for why you’re working toward something.
Once you determine your why, scribble it down on a scrap of paper and tape it in an area you’ll spot it all the time, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling off-course or unmotivated, ponder your why and let that inspire you to persist in achieving your goals.
What’s your goal? Get rid of weight? Increase fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?
Establishing goals is an important component of the healthy way of living we teach at Farrell’s Des Moines. 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 great suggestions to help you remain working to meet your goals!
Make it Part of Your Schedule
This appears easy, but making new ways can be challenging. It takes three weeks to develop a habit. No matter your goal, schedule time to make progress on it daily.
If you want to exercise when you wake up, schedule it on your calendar. If you want to plan your meals every Sunday, pencil it in your planner. With three weeks of following it, it will become a piece of your regular routine.
Keep it Simple
Break 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!
Take this same method every time to set a new goal. Lay it out in simpler objectives that will lead you to the overall goal.
Make it Exciting
There’s no reason you can’t have fun during the process! Fun is not your opponent–in reality, it can be a great driving force. Take the time to acknowledge your work.
With all new obligations, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are extremely difficult, pamper yourself once you’ve completed them!
Think About the Finish Line
Develop a mental photo of yourself completing your goals: What does it appear like? How do you feel in that moment?
Creating a mental picture is a great tool that can help keep you focused and inspired while working toward your objective. It’s an especially valuable technique when your assignments are hard.
Take constant action daily–even if you don’t feel like it. Some days you may take huge action, while other days you might take less action. That’s OK! The essential part is to keep consistent.
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