Ever wonder what it takes to be successful?
Time, consistency, hard work and motivation are all key ingredients that are needed in order to achieve a goal.
Something that I’ve always struggled with in the past was finding this drive within to keep myself motivated.
It’s easy to get excited about a new project or goal. But it’s even easier to lose motivation if you don’t set your mind on completing it, if you feel overwhelmed, sidetracked, or run into obstacles.
You see this happening all the time when people set their new year’s resolutions. They become very optimistic about a whole list of things that they want to change about themselves at the start of the new year.
The perfect example of the situation above is the great increase in gym-goers at the beginning of a new year. Gyms are fully packed in January and February but as the months pass by, they start to empty out. Many people start lacking the motivation and consistency to go. Finally, they eventually stop working out altogether.
Whether you want to ace your biology exam in school, complete a personal project at home, or lose 50 pounds, you need the patience, the right mindset, and the persistence to get there.
Here are 8 ways to stay motivated to reach your goals!
Always have a clear goal in mind
It’s hard to find motivation and continuously feel inspired unless you have a clear goal in mind. You don’t want to set an unrealistic goal so far-fetched that it will just discourage you from taking the necessary steps to get there.
As an example, I wanted to go to the gym more regularly this year. In order to actualize my desire to exercise more, I set a specific schedule for myself that was realistic and tangible. I set 3 to 4 days a week as my goal because I knew it’s doable and isn’t an excessive amount of time. I also set very specific fitness goals of how I wanted to improve my body.
Get Excited & Find inspiration
One way to stay motivated about your end goal is to become excited about it. Excitement helps to fuel hard work and can help you stay on track even when you aren’t feeling like working that day.
You can find inspiration from different channels and outlets, both online and offline. Here are some examples:
- Read autobiographies about successful or famous people. Reading about others who have achieved something similar to what you are trying to accomplish can really help keep you inspired and motivated. If you’re not really into reading, you can still get inspired by listening to audiobooks (click here if you’re interested in trying Audible and you’ll get 2 free audiobooks!).
- Follow a person or organization that inspires you. Follow and keep up with blogs or social media platforms (such as on YouTube, Facebook, etc) who are publicly documenting how they are achieving a similar goal to you.
- Subscribe to relevant magazines, articles, or newsletters. Keeping up with what’s new and popular can help keep you informed and inspired.
- Create an inspiration board. Cut out pictures or quotes from magazines and newspapers and create a visual board that you can refer to when you’re feeling uninspired. Or create a virtual inspiration board on Pinterest, which is faster and easier. Check out my Pinterest board if you’re interested in seeing what inspires me!
- Speak with like-minded individuals. You never know what you might learn from talking with others and you may gain new insights and ideas.
To feel inspired, I like to follow fitness-oriented individuals who document their workouts and meal preps so that I become excited and motivated to see personal results when I go to the gym.
Find a friend with a common goal and work towards it together
Having a friend or buddy to keep each other motivated is a win-win situation. Not only will you and your friend both help each other reach your goals, but it can also strengthen your friendship as you build rapport and experience new things with one another.
A great example is finding a gym buddy who has the same fitness goals as you so you can push each other to go to the gym even if you aren’t feeling like going that day.
Take baby steps one day at a time
Keeping in mind what you want to achieve is necessary but sometimes it can feel extremely overwhelming if you only focus on the fact that you have yet to reach your destination. If you feel anxious or overwhelmed by everything you haven’t done yet, calm down and take a deep breath. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day! If you continue to work hard and take baby steps one day at a time, eventually all of these steps will add up and you will see results.
Keep a diary or log to track your progress
Sometimes you can’t see all of the small achievements that you have already accomplished because what you still haven’t achieved clouds your vision.
A great way to help you to continue to feel motivated is to keeping a documentation of what you have done, whether in virtual form or in a physical journal. When you see all the hard work you put into working towards your goal and the crazy amount of progress you have made, you will feel great about yourself.
Continuously review this log weekly, monthly, and yearly so that you can see all that you have accomplished. It’ll make you feel excited about how much more you can achieve and it can help push you even harder.
Reviewing this log frequently can also help you evaluate what changes you need to make in order to be more efficient. You may discover a missing step that can help you achieve your goal faster and easier.
For example, I use my Moleskine journal as a place to write out my thoughts, plan out my days, and keep track of both little and big tasks that I accomplish daily. I also like to keep track of all the times I go to the gym and what type of workouts I complete. This allows me to see which areas I have worked on and to evaluate what I need to change in order to improve myself.
Switch up your routine to keep motivated
Sometimes being in the same environment and completing repetitive tasks day in and day out can make you feel like you’re stuck in a rut. Switching up your surroundings to change your routine can enlighten you and bring you a new perspective.
Take a break when you need to recharge
Always find a way to take a break and recharge yourself when you feel like you’re burning out or feeling that things aren’t working out. Find something to take your mind off of it temporarily. If that means taking a mini vacation, going out with friends for drinks, or going to the spa to get a facial, do it! Once you come back, you should feel more refreshed and ready to take on what needs to be done.
Don’t be discouraged if you fail
Failing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Many successful people fail at first but then pick themselves up again until they succeed. They learn what works and what doesn’t work for them until they find the best path to achieve their goal. Let your failures motivate you to reach your goal. Persistence is key!
If you are trying to accomplish a goal, keep pushing on to find creative ways to continue motivating yourself.
Find a way to de-stress and take a break to clear your mind if you feel overwhelmed or need to recharge. Become inspired and excited to reach your goal by working hard and being consistent. Success will follow!
What are some ways that help you to stay motivated? Feel free to share!