Ah, motivation. Many people have inquired as to how to keep it during the dreary winter months. If only I could provide a blanket answer, but we are all motivated by different things. Regardless, there are always ebbs and flows, but one factor all successful people share is simple, goals.
So let’s start by creating some. Choose short-term and long so you’ll have some by week, month, and year. Motivation will be certain to wane if only long-term goals are set. It’s just so far away. Having weekly and monthly goals will help keep you focused and consistent. It’s more about the process anyways. If you solely focus on your long-term goal, you are sure to lack some motivation as well as miss the benefits of the journey, which could ultimately make you less successful.
Another factor for success, and a huge one, is desire. Talking the talk is one thing, walking the walk is another. If you truly desire your goal, you’ll put your money where your mouth is.
In the end, it’s up to you, but here are some tips to help with motivation:
1) Have a plan. Imagine how difficult it would be to start a business, lose weight, train or race, etc without one. A plan will help you stay organized, focused, and motivated.
2) Write down why you desire this goal. More desire=more motivation=more likely to achieve goal.
3) Be accountable. Tell family and friends about your goals. The more people you tell, the more likely you are to stay motivated. Plus they’ll be a good support group.
4) Jot down some motivational quotes, thoughts, or music. Post them where you can see them daily.
5) Remember, setbacks are ok, in fact, expect them. What you learn from them and how quickly you bounce back can make all the difference.
6) Most likely, you will need to make some changes in order to achieve your goal. On that note, here is a good question I just read somewhere: ‘If you continue to follow the same patterns, what are the chances you’ll ever experience the things you want to do and ever become the person you hope to be?’
7) Take stock. At the end of every day, ask yourself what you did well, where you could improve, what would you have done differently.
8) Stay positive. No one is motivated 100% of the time so don’t beat yourself up if you stray on occasion. On the flip side, if you find yourself off track more often than not, you need to reassess your goals.
9) Will your way. Visualization can be of great benefit! Frequently take time to sit down, close your eyes, and envision yourself accomplishing your goal using as many details as possible.
Now get after it!!!