Whether it’s pushing through the final stretch of the semester, staying committed to your fitness goals, sticking to your budget or trying to make it through the busy holiday season, staying motivated can be difficult. For some, staying motivated has become more of a task than the actual goal they’re trying to accomplish. I’ve put together five tips to help you stay motivated for when you need some extra encouragement!
1. Remember Why You Started
Simply taking a step back to breathe and remember why you started in the first place can be extremely beneficial. With a busy schedule and a seeming endless list of things to do, it can be easy to either become overwhelmed or forget why you’re working toward a certain objective. When making the goal for yourself, you never planned to be your own biggest road-block. Think back on the determination you had at the beginning and continue to push forward. It will all be worth it in the end.
2. Reward Yourself
Celebrate your accomplishments, whether big or small. It feels good to get rewards, and they can keep you on the right track. Break down your goal into smaller targets, and celebrate as you reach each milestone. If you don’t break down your goal, it can be hard to measure your progress. If you don’t see progress, it can get discouraging. Reward yourself with a movie night, an ice cream or whatever appeals to you, as it plays a huge part in staying motivated!
3. Eliminate Distractions
If motivation was a protagonist, procrastination would be the ultimate antagonist. It’s easy to fall into a rhythm of putting off your goals. Don’t get too comfortable with delaying the end-goal. The more you distract yourself, the less interested and focused you’ll be about your objective. Identify anything that’s causing you to procrastinate and avoid it. Unplug your X-Box from the wall, uninstall distracting social media apps, hide your phone and institute a productivity extension on your internet browser. The less distractions, the better!
4. Reach Out to Others
Social support systems continue to be an extremely powerful source of resilience, success and happiness. When you start to lose sight of why you started, others can be there to remind you, and guide you back on a more productive and rewarding path. When you introduce a support system, you’re motivated to not only impress yourself, but others as well. It’s a great way to stay motivated, and can be crucial to your success.
5. Don’t be Afraid to Fail
Everyone makes mistakes. It’s only human nature. The key is to learn from them and keep moving on! Remind yourself that there is no success without failure, and that it’s simply an opportunity for you to grow. As the great Wayne Gretzky always said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
What are your tips on staying motivated? I’d love to know!