4 Easy Steps to Maintain Motivation
January can be a tough month. The holidays are over, and everything feels a bit grey (literally if you live in the Pacific Northwest like I do). That spark of inspiration you felt at the start of the new year may have faded, and suddenly your goals don’t seem as attainable.
Sound familiar? If you are starting to lose motivation keep reading! I have four easy steps to keep you motivated to achieve your goals this year.
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Achieving your goals will feel amazing. So let’s all just take a quick moment to visualize exactly what it will feel like the moment you accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Where will you be? Who will be with you? What will you be doing the MOMENT you reach your goal? Think about how you will feel, what will be running through your head and how your life will change going forward as a result of your accomplishment. Let that all sink in for a moment as you truly visualize what achieving your goal looks like.
Feels pretty great right?! You can keep motivation fresh, regardless of your goal, by following the four simple steps I outline below.
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Step 1: Choose the Right Goal
Setting goals is serious business. It requires a balance between dreaming big and being honest with yourself. You’ll want to make sure the reason you might be struggling with motivation isn’t because you picked the “wrong goal”.
I think the term “wrong goal” means anything that doesn’t excite you. It might be something you feel you “should” do, but aren’t actually interested in. Or it might be something that you set out to do a long time ago - but doesn’t really matter to you these days. Think long and hard about why you have set the goals you identified this year. How are those goals making you a better person? How do they excite you?
If you pick a goal that speaks to who you are as a person, and will challenge and drive you - then you’ve got the best possible goal for the year ahead.
Step 2: Connect to Your Goal Every Day
To stay in peak shape to reach your goal - you are going to have to “train” every day! This doesn’t need to be as daunting as it sounds. Simply set a small routine up to connect with your goal every day - I recommend focusing on the intention of your goal in the morning and then checking in on your progress each evening. These can both be really short check ins, even 2 minutes - but they will make all the difference in the long run.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
You could write your goal on a sticky note and place it on your mirror, or repeat your goal by finishing the sentence “This year, I will _____________” before your start your day.
If you have more time to dedicate to connecting with your goal, spend a few minutes journaling about your goal, and what it will look like when you accomplish it. Review your progress from the previous day and see how you can improve going forward.
You could also do a guided visualization on attaining your goal. Carrie Green from the Female Entrepreneurs Association has a great visualization available to her members. You can check out her site here.
The most important thing about this step is that you connect with your goal, and take a moment to evaluate (gently!) your progress towards it each day. This will keep you intentional on your path, and focused on your finish line.
Step 3: Share Your Goal to Cultivate Accountability
There is nothing like another person to keep us motivated and on task! Share your goal with a friend, co-worker, your tribe or mentor to keep you accountable and motivated.
Knowing that someone is going to ask you how things are going, might just be the spark you need to finish that last blog post, chapter etc.
Pick a person or community who will challenge you as well as motivated you. You don’t want to choose someone who is going to offer up excuses for why you missed a deadline, and you also don’t want to choose someone who is going to judge you and your choices along the way.
Sharing your plan with someone else can be a bit scary - but that’s part of the fun! Take that big step and make your dreams public. See what kinds of help others can offer you, and learn all you can.
Step 4 - Take Regular Breaks
Rome was not built in a day folks. Make sure you can maintain a steady pace by taking regular breaks to refresh and recharge.
If you try and sprint to the finish line of your goal, you will burnout - and you will probably miss a lot of valuable lessons and waste time along the way. Take out your planner and schedule time to take care of yourself, and reset your body, mind and soul in whatever way works best for you.
The biggest challenge I see with my clients is when they reach burnout. It can be really hard to get back to working on your goal if you have to take a period of time off due to burnout - so do your best to avoid this at all costs.
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This year, don’t let your motivation wain. Make sure you follow these four steps to stay motivated to achieve your goals:
- Choose the “Right Goal”
- Connect to your goal every day
- Share your goal to cultivate accountability
- Take regular breaks
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Happy Goal Setting!