We’re about halfway through January. I don’t know about you guys, but I already feel myself losing motivation. There are so many things I want to do, so many goals I’ve set, but now… I feel discouraged.
Although I feel this way, I refuse to give up. You shouldn’t give up either!
Here are some things that keep me motivated:
Create a vision board
The greatest thing about vision boards is that there are no rules. Collect things that interest and excite you or even things that reflect how or what you want to feel, put them together (on a board that works for you), and place it somewhere that you will constantly look.
Remember why you started
Sometimes we get caught up in going through the motions and forget why we’re doing things. Don’t forget why you began doing what you’re doing.
Think about who you’re doing it for
Whether it’s for yourself, your family, significant other, children, or friends — keep that person in mind. What can also help is if you let those people know about your goals so they can keep you accountable.
Have smaller goals that lead to your BIG goal
Build, build, build! Break up your big goal into smaller goals. It helps you keep track of your progress.
Don’t lose sight of your main goal
Just as you keep in mind why you started, also remind yourself of your main goal. Achieving smaller goals is great, but don’t forget about the bigger picture.
Stop putting yourself down
This is inevitable. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we are our own worst critics. The more you put yourself down, the more you’ll be discouraged. Believe in yourself. Think, live, and work positively.
We live in a society that wants everything now. Sometimes that makes us work until we’re burnt out. Take breaks, let your mind and body rest.
Spend time with others
You’d be surprised at how other people can motivate you. They can boost your mood and attitude, show you new ways of thinking, or even help you to get closer to your goal.
Work smarter, not harder
More often than not, there will be multiple ways to do the same thing. Find the easiest or maybe the most time efficient way to do things and stick with it. Don’t put yourself through unnecessary stress.
Stop being afraid
Fear stops us from doing so many things. Too many times, the fear of not knowing what will happen puts a hold on our goals. We ask ourselves over and over, “What if I fail?” but I think what people are more afraid to ask is “What if I succeed?”
Failure doesn’t mean it’s the end
Just because you didn’t or couldn’t complete something doesn’t mean you should give up. Learn from your mistakes. Use your failure to motivate you to do better the next time around.
Do it for your future self
You may be working towards your goals for the benefit of someone else, but never forget that personal growth happens during that time, too.
Whatever happens, keep going. You will hit many walls and doors will be shut in your face, but don’t let anything stop you from reaching your goals.
Stay motivated, friends.
You got this.