We’ve all experienced the adrenaline rush that comes with embarking on a new goal, but after a while, that boost starts burning out and our motivation needs a good shot to the arm.
Since no one enjoys the feeling of failure that comes with giving up on our goals, Ali Luke at Pick the Brain has seven ideas for how to keep your motivational momentum going, even when the going inevitably gets tough.
#1: Do Things That You Enjoy
This might be a bit easier said than done … but in general, try to focus your life around activities that you genuinely enjoy. It’s far, far easier to be motivated when you love what you’re doing than when you feel so-so about it.
You might want to think about:
- Your work. Perhaps switching to your dream career isn’t an option right now – but can you take on more of the tasks that you like, and delegate some of the ones you don’t like?
- Your goals. If you’re trying to establish a good exercise routine, for instance, look for forms of activity that you genuinely enjoy … not ones that feel like a chore.
- Your commitments. Look for ways to reduce or cut out any which you don’t enjoy. Don’t be afraid to say “no” – even to something that you’ve said “yes” to in the past.
#2: Focus on Your Goal or the Outcome
Most big projects require a lot of work over an extended period of time. However excited you are about your end goal, there’ll almost certainly be times when the work at hand isn’t especially appealing.
Instead of thinking about the boring or difficult task you need to get through today, focus on your goal, or the outcome. For instance:
- Making a healthy choice for lunch will help you to reach your goal of losing weight.
- Dealing with a dull but necessary task will make life easier in the future.
- Getting something checked off your to-do list will make you feel good.
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