It’s mid-January and it’s hard to stay motivated. I know some have set New Year’s resolutions, others may be wanting to try something new, and some may just want to complete what you already started.
Lack of motivation is the stuff that kills an idea, a dream, a goal or even your next step in your journey.
I have a few ideas that may help you get back into the swing of things.
Write down your goals: Make sure your goals are achievable. No need to shoot yourself in the foot before you begin. Example: You are public school teacher, it’s unrealistic to have your goal to be able to make 5 million dollars this year. (Winning the lottery doesn’t count).
If you have a very large goal, break it down into smaller goals. It’s easier to reach the small goals at a time then to reach the large one all at once.
Write down the small goals so you can keep the list as a reminder. When you achieve the small goal you can check it off the list. It’s so satisfying to reach even the smallest of goals.
You could make a goal chart for yourself. Put it where you will see it several times a day, as a reminder.
Before you know it, all the small goals are checked off the list and the large goal is right at hand.
Goal Achieved? Reward Yourself: After every set goal is achieved, you should reward yourself. Reaching a milestone is huge. You put so much energy and time into this accomplishment, you deserve a reward.
If you made a goal chart, I suggest the ‘sticker method’. I know it’s childish, but you have to admit it, you still like stickers. A sticker is a reward too.
If you want to go a little bit bigger on the reward system: I suggest after each achievement you reward yourself with something you want. Such as, a nice dinner at a new restaurant and bring a friend. You could reward yourself with something that will help your next goal.
Make your reward count. It will help you stay motivated for the next goal.
Set A Limit: This could be a time limit. There’s nothing more motivating than the pressure to get something done when the clock is ticking.
Set a limit for yourself. Maybe you can only devote 2 hours a day towards your goal. Your time is precious, don’t waste it.
Give yourself a break. If you have been using up all your free time and still nothing is done. You could be over working yourself. Take a break from it. We all can be stubborn about our goals and want them to be done tomorrow. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Be stubborn about your goals but be flexible with your methods. Take a small break. Once your mind is fresh and you have rested, you can get right back into it. It’s ok to pace yourself.
Don’t wear yourself out. You deserve a break too.
Be Prepared: If you know you have a big day tomorrow, being prepared will make your day more productive.
In the evening, try to get some things done. Pack the kids lunches, throw a load of laundry in the washer, or do the dishes. You can get your clothes ready for the next day and pack your bag for work. These little things take up your time in the morning and takes the energy that you need for the next day.
Since you are working on your goal: Have the things you need to help you reach that goal for the day or even for the week. Not having the tools you need to begin your goal/task can suck the motivation right out of you.
Being prepared can make your task easier and take away some of the anxiety you may have.
Ask For Support/Help: If you are struggling or have no motivation, ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help. Remember: it takes a strong person to ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. We all need help sometimes and having a friend/colleague to confide in can make you feel supported and give you new insight.
You never know what will happen or what help you can get, till you ask.
Accountability: It can be tough to hold yourself accountable for your own goals. Especially when we are not motivated.
Scream your goals/dreams from the roof tops. It hard to lose motivation when so many people are waiting on the next step from you. It makes you feel responsible and can keep you motivated.
Ask a friend/colleague to hold you accountable. This means you will have to share your goals with them. You will need to let them know your timelines, what you want to accomplish and what you see at the end of all the hard work.
You check in with them once a week, a day, a month. Knowing someone is waiting for a progress report is definitely motivating.
End Results: Keeping the end result in your mind can help you stay motivated and on task. It’s a daily reminder of what you want to get accomplished. Think about how good it will feel when you have accomplished so much.
Write down the end of your goal. Write down what you expect, how you think you will feel, what it might look like. Keep this someplace close to you. This way if you are lacking that motivation, you can use this as a reminder of what you want and why you are working so hard.
Don’t give up! You owe it to yourself to keep trying. Don’t let all that hard work you have already invested go to waste. Just like Dory said from the movie “Finding Nemo”: Just keep swimming….
Whatever your goal is, I know you can get it accomplished. Keep your eye on the prize.
I want to be your cheer leader too. Let me know what you tried and how it worked for you.