If you want to lose weight, save money, buy a house or go on a holiday, there needs to something within you to motivate you to get to your goal. It is easy these days to find something to aim for but actually staying motivated long enough to reach your goal can be very difficult. Here are Vicki’s 17 Bright Idea for Tips On How To Stay Motivated:
Write down your goal and what the end result will be and place it somewhere where you will see it all the time – Spell out your goal clearly and be specific. Try to include numbers, so you can measure your goal as well as a date for when you would like to achieve your goal For example, if you are aiming to lose weight, make your goal “lose 1kg a week for 8 weeks so I can look and feel great for me and my family by Dec 25th”, and put it on the fridge.
Tell others about your goal – This way they can help. Sometimes you don’t want to tell anyone you are trying to lose weight but sometimes you feel more determined to prove to others you can do it. Also, tell someone who can give you support and help you to stay motivated.
Think about your goal at least once during the day – Say it out loud every morning and every time you start to lose your motivation. This is an important tip when trying to stay motivated. Keep it front of mind.
Break down your goal into small, easier tasks – If you are saving money for a holiday, make your goal to save $100 a week. It sounds more manageable than $2,400 in 6 months. You can do the same with weight or giving up cigarettes etc.
Celebrate any small success – For example, if you don’t have a cigarette for one day, get excited and reward yourself (but not with a cigarette!) Think of some little ways to celebrate your small successes like take a bubble bath or go out for lunch. This is key to staying motivated for longer.
Find a song that motivates you and play it whenever you want to get motivated – Some examples are Lady Gaga: Edge of Glory or The Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feel’n. (Let us know what songs help you stay motivated!)
Read success stories – Find websites, magazines, books or even movies that show people who have accomplished what you are trying to achieve. Reading about others successes as well as the hardships they overcame is a wonderful way to get and stay motivated. If they can do it, so can you.
Discover what triggers are causing you to lose your way and find a way to avoid them – If you find you can’t save money because you shop too much on your way home from work, look for a different way home so you don’t pass any shops or if your weakness is chocolates after dinner, stop keeping chocolate in the house and go for a walk or take a bath after you have dinner.
Keep a diary of what you are thinking as well as log your successes – It is very motivating to see how far you have come as well as being able to look back on when you were positive and remember how good you felt when things were going well. It also helps, in some cases, to write down your feelings and when you look at on reflection, you might discover what is holding you back from reaching your goals.
Make changes to your life that can help you reach your goals – If something stand in the way of your success, you need to fix it before you can succeed because you cannot stay motivated if you are always hitting a brick wall. If you are unable to find a job, think about studying to get extra qualifications that might assist you become a better candidate. If you find yourself eating your family’s snacks, rearrange your cupboards so food that is for the kids is out of sight. If there are barriers to your success you will never stay motivated for very long.
Avoid people who might sabotage your success – There are always some people who, for a number of reasons, might not be helpful when you are trying to reach your goals. It might be a work colleague who always encourages you to have a cigarette with them so they have some company or it could be a friend who gives you chocolates when they know you are trying to lose weight because deep down they want to always be thinner than you. Do your best to stay away from these people, if possible, especially when you are feeling less motivated.
Use Affirmations – Just like the Little Engine That Could, you need to tell yourself you can do it. Search the web for ideas or come up with your own. Say it often and really believe in it.
Don’t give up just because you slip – No one is perfect and you can’t expect to stay focussed all the time. Simply pick yourself up and get back on track.
Have a plan – Once you have a plan, it is much easier to stick to it. You need to set out how you are going to achieve your goal. The better you plan, the fewer pitfalls you will have along the way. In your planning process, think of all the areas where you might lose your way and come up with a plan to get around any difficulties. Don’t forget to refer to your plan often and make any adjustments, where required.
Exercise – This is a great way to clear your head and get your body working to help you stay motivated. Even a quick 10min walk can help you to remember why you are working towards your goal and get you away from any potential temptation.
Understand why you are not succeeding – Look at the situation honestly and see what stands in your way. Once you can identify a reason for your inability to succeed, you can find a solution and get back on the road to success. You might need to change your expectations. You might want to get a job as a pastry chef but if you need certain qualifications before you can get any experience, you don’t have much of a chance of achieving your goal without getting the qualifications first.
Use your nose – Smell can be a good tool to help you stay motivated. Essential oils and candles can help. There are numerous fragrances and blends that can help you to stay motivated or clear your head. Do some research, visit a candle store such as Dusk and see if they have a motivational blend or simply pick what that appeal to you. Aim to smell the fragrance every time you need a lift in your motivation.
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