DON’T LET A LACK A MOTIVATION STOP YOU FROM CHASING YOUR DREAMS! INSTEAD, TRY THESE TACTICS TO BOOST MOTIVATION AND GET INSPIRED ONCE AGAIN.
Having a dream is a wonderful thing. Dreams drive us to create a more meaningful life, happier home, and prosperous future. So what happens when an exciting new dream begins to look more like a long shot? Or proves to be more work than fun? Enthusiasm is lost (hopefully just for a short moment) and we find it more and more necessary to boost motivation and get back on track.
When I lose momentum, I end up curling up on the sofa, attracting a lap cat, and munching on several handfuls of chocolate chips. Why? Because it’s easy, requires no brain power, and supplies an immediate dose of instant gratification (plus chocolate!). And although it is important to give ourselves breaks and treats on occasion, breaks and treats all day long will undoubtedly postpone success. Le sigh.
So whether you’ve momentarily misplaced your drive to lose weight, pay down debt, grow your business, or write your next blog post, now’s the time to boost motivation with healthy thoughts and game-changing tactics to get stuff done and reach your goals!
Once the novelty of a new life goal has faded and time has passed, it’s easy to forget the passion behind it all. Think back to what originally inspired you to chase your dream. Remember how you felt in the beginning in order to recreate that feeling of hope and excitement.
Picture your end goal
Rather than slowing progress or abandoning your dream altogether, imagine what your end goal looks like. Additionally, picture what success looks like at 6 months, one year, or five years. The purpose behind your dream is a powerful driving force in helping you stay on target.
Take one day at a time
Success does not come overnight. It’s doesn’t even come in a week… or a month (most likely). Success is a PROCESS. Remind yourself of this to avoid becoming unnecessarily frustrated. It’s all in the journey! If we didn’t have a journey, reaching our goals wouldn’t nearly be as fun.
Break it down
Instead of becoming overwhelmed with your laundry list of ongoing tasks (and not knowing where to start), focus on tackling ONE small to-do item. If you can’t decide on what to tackle first, choose the easiest task that would take the least amount of time to complete.
Once you accomplish one small task or project, you’ll quickly become motivated to continue the trend—quite similar to why it’s important to make your bed in the mornings to feel accomplished.
Every small step is as important as the next. Even if it’s the only thing you’ve done that day. I lose sight of this. For example, I tend to think that because I don’t have time for a 30-minute workout, doing a few weighted squats won’t make a difference. Or because I ate an unhealthy breakfast, I might as well eat that cupcake after lunch, too. WRONG!
Something is better than nothing. And don’t let one slip-up derail you for the entire day. Stay consistent in your efforts and consistently do something everyday.
Inspirational quotes are a great way to up your motivation and keep you going strong. Purchase frameable artwork quotes on Etsy (this instant download is adorable), create an inspiration board, or pin a few quotes to your refrigerator. Whatever it takes to help you read (and re-read) your favorites on a routine basis.
Establish short-term goals
Much like taking one day at a time and breaking down larger tasks, achieving short-term goals and reaching milestones along the way will help you realize you ARE making progress. Track your goals in a spreadsheet or bullet journal (whatever works best for you) and look back on how far you’ve come.
Enter cake and ice cream! Perhaps that pricey bottle of wine or recently released eye shadow palette. If you’ve been setting short-term goals, find a way to not only reward your dedication and diligence, but celebrate those little victories. Just don’t reward yourself too much or you may risk setting yourself back. 😉
How do you fight a lack of motivation? What additional advice do you have that can help others boost motivation and stay on track to reach their goals?