Don’t you hate when you start something and can’t finish it? It seemed like when you started you wanted it so badly, but now your just not motivated anymore. Any action towards the goal feels like an immense effort that just isn’t worth it.
You’ve read inspirational quotes, motivational tips, and even looked back at some the progress you had made, but still nothing. Nothing kicking you in the ass quiet hard enough to continue the journey.
That’s when the negative thoughts kick in, like “maybe my goal to lose weight wasn’t practical anyway”, “maybe I wasn’t meant to finish my PHD”, or “maybe I am just not smart enough to start my own business”.
Like most people I’ve experienced these overwhelming feelings of inadequacy and guilt. The feeling of being stuck where I am at and then my psychological self-defense mechanisms kicking in to justify why I can’t continue or why I am not good enough.
If you are looking to buck the trend and get motivated here are a few good ways I have discovered to climb myself out of the hole. It’s certainly not easy, but it’s worth a shot to consider one of these steps to get yourself back on the horse.
Remember Why You Started In The First Place
Sometimes in the course of achieving a goal we focus on the “how” first instead of the “why”. When you start saying “how am I going to do this” before you start saying “why am I going to do this” it leads to goals with lack of purpose. Focus on the “why”, which is the benefits and then worry about the “how”.
Set One Goal and Complete It
To many goals can be overwhelming. When I look at my to-do list for the day it sometimes feels like “why bother because I will never get all this shit done”. Focus on one goal or task at a time. Devote your
Find inspiration and Surround Yourself With It
There are two things I find inspirational a quote that I can use as my mantra and a song that gets me pumped. You can set the quote as your desktop screen saver and you can make the song the first on all your playlists for your phone.
Ill share my mantra:
“…it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done” – Rocky Balboa
Keep your Goal in Front of You
Surround yourself with it, immerse yourself in it. Write it in big letters on your bathroom mirror, post it on your fridge, and tack it to the wall on your cubicle. It needs to be there to remind you of what you are working towards.
Nobody wants to look like an idiot in front of other people. Telling others creates a sense of accountability. It’s the worst when someone asks you “so how is that blog you were gonna start going” and you’re like “oh yeah that thing, well…”.
Accept that Motivation Doesn’t Last Forever
Motivation and productivity don’t have a linear relationship. At some point the motivation tapers off and somehow the productivity needs to continue through the absence of motivation. Simply acknowledging that motivation doesn’t last is important. In fact embrace it, so that when you find motivation you turn it into action knowing that it might only be short lived.
Accept that somedays will feel better than others and that is ok…just DON’T QUIT!
Celebrate Small Victories
Break your goal into small chunks and celebrate the milestones. You are not gonna lose 20 lbs in a week and if you do that’s not healthy. 2 pounds this week and 2 pounds next week gets you to 20% of the way to losing 20 lbs. Small steps can lead to HUGE changes. Celebrate them and be proud of yourself for making progress. At the end you look back and see how far you have come.
Get Back Into it or Get Started
Focus on the “why”, why do you need to achieve this goal. Set your plan with small incremental steps. Work towards each step and celebrate each one.
In the comments below tell me what is your goal, why its important, and what is your first step.