I bet by now you’re feeling a lot more confident about achieving the goal(s) you’ve set for yourself! You’ve got a solid plan in place, you know how to handle obstacles, and you’re keeping on the lookout for even the tiniest hint of self-sabotage.
Another common reason people don’t achieve goals is because they lose their motivation. What is motivation, anyway? Motivation is the desire to do something.
If you’ve ever lost your motivation, you know the feeling of “blah” that comes over you. What do you do when that happens?
There are several ways to motivate yourself again, but all of them involve one simple thing: A CHOICE. If you won’t make the effort to get your motivation back, then no one else can help you either! So before you try any of the techniques below, be sure you are willing to set aside any feelings of disinterest and give your best effort to motivating yourself again.
Once you’ve made a commitment to getting motivated again, try one or more of these activities:
• Exercise. You’ve probably heard it before, but exercise is a great way to get your energy flowing again. You don’t have to do a long, drawn-out session either; try a brisk 10 minute walk or a 30 minute aerobic workout. The idea is to get your heart pumping and lungs working, blast the cobwebs and lethargy out of your head and energize yourself again.
• Meditation. Feeling drained or scattered mentally is bound to decrease your motivation, and meditation is a great way to remedy that. You don’t have to tie your body into knots and chant like a guru – just sit quietly and breathe slowly and deeply for 10-20 minutes. This can often be more refreshing than a long nap!
• Revisit your initial excitement. Another reason we lose motivation is because we forget how excited we were initially about achieving our goals. Take a few minutes to think about why you wanted to achieve your goal in the first place. What will it do for you? What qualities or essence will the achievement of it bring to your life? How will you feel when you do achieve it? Let yourself get fired up by these ideas again! They worked once, they will probably work again.
Finally, even if these suggestions and others don’t motivate you, commit to working on your goals anyway. Sometimes we need to give ourselves a little push forward and then we get back into the groove before we know it.
Tomorrow is the last installment of our goal-setting course, (name), and it’s one you won’t want to miss! We’re going to talk about something that can make ALL the difference in keeping you moving forward – even when your motivation takes a nosedive.