Becoming and staying motivated is difficult for most people. The dictionary defines motivation as something that causes a person to act. Motivation has many different faces.
It’s been called inspiration, incentive, drive and enthusiasm. Have you ever said any of these words. If haven’t, maybe you may need motivation more than you think. Some people were born motivated.
You know the type the ones that always seem to hit the ground running each morning with a vibrant burst of energy that makes you a little nauseous while downing your first cup of coffee. These are the people who have an inexhaustible amount of energy as they move from project to project. You may find yourself on the sidelines watching with healthy dose of skepticism and admiration.
Maybe you fall in the category of being slow to start and then it goes downhill from there. You know you can do it if you could just get started and find the motivation.
Do you find that you have short bursts of motivation only to lose interest when life gets tought. You are not alone, it’s a pretty common theme.
When you find yourself looking for motivation the big question comes are you passionate about the task at hand?
Achieving goals is not a matter of having “discipline”. It’s a matter of motivating yourself, and keeping your focus on your goal. Follow these tips, or any combination of them that works for you, and you should have the motivation and focus you need.
Take your goal and break into into smaller goals. What typically stops motivation is we take on too much. Say you want to run a marathon. You wouldn’t just go out and run 26.2 miles. You’d start with 1 mile and work your way up. Each time you increase a mile you are super proud of how far you’ve come.
- Wanna eat healthy — Have healthy food in your fridge ready to go. Buy pre cut veggies and fruits so you can just grab and go.
- Make a list of how you will look, feel and how your health will be in 1 year, 5 years, or even 10 years, if you don’t get healthy and fit now. Be completely honest, this is tough love time, and it’s important to realize that overweight or obese is NOT okay. I say this not for your looks, but for your overall health. You don’t want to bring on any lifestyle type diseases.
- Write down all the reasons why you want to hit your goals. This helps me big time when I don’t want to get out of bed on cold dark snowy morning.
- Stick with the one day at a time motto, or even one hour at a time if needed.
Do you have any tips on how you stay motivated??
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry Ford