Do you consider yourself a pretty motivated person? Whether you’re self-motivated or not, it can be difficult to remain motivated when you’re going after a particular goal.
Setting goals can be exciting because you’re riding off the adrenaline that comes with envisioning your success. However, it takes lots of time and hard work to bring some goals to fruition. So it’s important to stay motivated throughout the ups and downs of the process.
Lack of motivation can actually cost you time and money which are two precious resources. Unmotivated people are likely to not work as efficiently as possible. If you invest money in your goal from the start then lose motivation, you’ll have wasted finances on your end.
If you’re looking for ways to get motivated to reach your goals and stay motivated, here are a few things you can do.
1.Reset Your Mindset
Your mindset is key when it comes to staying motivated to reach goals. In fact, the wrong type of mindset will only deter you from accomplishing what you set out to do.
This isn’t just about being or thinking positive. Sure, it’s important to have an optimistic attitude, but it’s also crucial that you understand how you can control your mindset.
As humans, we’re naturally wired to move toward that brings us pleasure and away from what brings us pain. We like easy and try to naturally steer clear of anything that could be difficult. Knowing this, you have to be willing to work toward any resistance that you have to try something new and perhaps take a risk to reach your goals.
You need to control your thoughts and take your mind from scarcity from abundance. Whenever thoughts enter your head that deter you from feeling motivated to reach your goal, replace them with thoughts that restore your motivated and get you excited to push forward. Remember, you control your thoughts so you can think whatever you want.
2. Understand That You May Face Challenges
Even when you set goals, it’s best to be realistic and understand that you may face some challenges along the way. Even the strictest planner can’t plan for life’s unexpected events.
That said, you don’t need to wait for doomsday but have a backup plan for the moments when you may fall off track. Identify which challenges you may face of the course of the process and how you will overcome them.
3. Get Clear on Your Why
A goal without a why is a pretty empty one. There has to be a strong reason why you want to reach a particular goal. If you don’t have, you’ve already shortened your chances of achieving the goal in the first place.
Having a clear why keeps you focused which can come in handy when you need to get motivated. Consider who you are trying to reach your goal for and how it will impact your life once you get there.
While it’s common to want to reach certain goals so your kids or spouse can benefit and have a better life. However, you’ll probably be more successful when you include yourself in your why. It’s okay to set goals that are going to benefit you personally and you should because everyone deserves to be happy.
If your why is strong enough, it will give you the fuel and determination you need to keep working.
4. Break Your Goal Down
Depending on how big your goals are, they can seem pretty overwhelming. Remember what I said about most people wanting to move toward pleasure and away from pain? Overwhelm is often closer to the pain side and people tend to avoid it if they can.
You want your goal to be something that draws you in – not something you need to hide or run away from. If you’re feeling intimidated by your goals, one solution is to break down your larger goal into smaller, more attainable chunks.
For example, if you’re looking to increase income and revenue by 50%, see if you can break that down to a quarterly or monthly goal instead of looking at the bigger annual amount.
This allows you to focus on what you need to do day by day, week by week, and month by month so you can pace yourself.
5. Stay Focused
This sounds like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people lack a clear focus during the day-to-day. Whatever you focus on will grow. You will also obtain more motivation to continue to grow it.
Focusing may mean you need to cut out other responsibilities and tasks so you can have more time and energy to dedicate to reaching your goal.
It helps to get on a schedule and cut distractions from your day. Get rid of time wasting activities, pointless meetings, and shiny object syndrome.
I used to be guilty of setting way too many goals. This caused me to split my focus among so many different things and I hardly ever accomplished anything. Don’t make that mistake. Prioritize your main goal when creating your weekly schedule and cut out distractions to stay focused.
6. Embrace a Productive Environment
Your environment can directly affect your motivation and level of focus. If you’re working on a personal goal, make sure you surround yourself with positive people a stable environment that motivates you to get to work and thrive.
If you’re going after a professional goal, your environment is still important. You may want to clear off your workspace and reorganize your desk. If you’re self-employed, you can also consider heading to a coworking space where you can work among other self-motivated individuals and focus better.
7. Track Your Results
There’s nothing quite as motivating as seeing your results. Once you break your goal down and focus on achieving it, you’ll start to make progress. Develop a system to track and recognize your progress.
Once you see that you are getting results, it will be one of the best motivators to keep going.
How do you stay motivated to reach your goals? Which one of these tips to you use most?
Choncé Maddox is a professional writer who recently left her job in the web design industry to produce killer content and manage her own writing business full time. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs be more productive and create a life they love by doing fulfilling work. On the side, she runs a podcast and blogs about getting out of debt at MyDebtEpiphany.com.