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How to Get Motivated Using 4 Simple Strategies
Have things you want to do but just can’t seem to find the energy to do them? Do you normally start a project or plan with gusto, just to have it fall by the wayside a couple days or weeks into it?
Motivation is easy to get but extremely difficult to keep. When something is new and fresh, it raises your level of excitement and you feel like you can move mountains. However, when the newness wears off, you’re left with a dream and no energy to reach it.
So, how do you motivate yourself from beginning to end? What can you do to keep your energy and excitement levels high so that they support you through the tough times?
Here are four simple strategies:
1. Set a goal/Create a plan
It’s hard to get excited when you have no idea where you’re going or how you’re going to get there. So, the first thing you have to do is set a goal. What are you trying to achieve? Once you have that in mind, you need to create a plan on how to get there. You know the old saying, fail to plan and you plan to fail. Create a step by step process that will get you from where you are now to where you want to be. It doesn’t have to be too rigid. Chances are good that you’ll make changes as you go, but at least create a guideline that you can follow.
2. Create a visual success board
If you can see your goal day in and day out, you’re likely to push harder to achieve it. Create a board that has pictures, phrases or ideas that represent your goal. For instance, if you want to lose weight, maybe you’ll put up pictures of a vacation destination you want to hit when you feel ready to wear or swimsuit. Or, maybe you put up a picture of a woman who is self-confident and proud. Put on it whatever you like, just make sure it clearly represents what you are aiming to achieve. Look at your board a couple of times a day to keep you energized and focused.
3. Visualize your success
Not only is it important to have your goals in front of you, physically, but it’s equally important to have them in front of you mentally. You have to not only be able to ‘see’ your goal, but you need to ‘feel’ your goal as well. Spend a few moments a day, close your eyes and visualize yourself once you reach your goal. Notice how you feel. If you can create those feelings in your visualization, you increase your desire to have them all the time, which improves your motivation tremendously.
If you’re a person who is constantly running, you probably don’t have much energy left to feel motivated. If that’s the case, you need to slow yourself down and let your mind relax so you can rejuvenate and reenergize your body. Meditation helps you do both of these things. It gives you the opportunity to let your stress and anxiety seep out of your body and allows you to decompress and find the energy to reach the goals you have set for yourself. So, take a few minutes and just breathe. Let out the negative and let in the positive.
If you want to stay motivated, you have to work at it. And, if you include strategies like the ones above, your mind will make motivational thinking a habit. Before you know it, your dreams will be a reality.