“I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.”
Staying motivated until you reach your goals and dreams isn’t always easy.
There are often roadblocks, plateaus and valleys along the way where you can get into a slump. Or a rut.
And feel like you’ve simply lost your motivation somewhere along the way.
So today I would like to share 17 tips, strategies and habits that I have used to find that motivation again.
I hope you’ll find something helpful here.
1. Refocus on doing what YOU really, really like to do.
When you really like doing something then the motivation to do it comes automatically (most of the time). And when you really want something then it simply becomes easier to push through any inner resistance you feel.
So if you lose your motivation, ask yourself:
Am I doing what I really want to do?
If not and if possible, refocus and start working on that very important thing instead.
2. Make a list of upsides.
Write down all the benefits you will get from achieving something, like for example getting into better shape or making more money.
Save it and then pull that list out of the drawer whenever your motivation is lacking again and review it. Or put it somewhere where you will see it every day until you reach your dream.
This is a powerful way to reconnect with your motivation and reasons for taking action.
3. Make a list of downsides.
You can combine this with the list of upsides to give yourself even more motivation to start moving and get things done.
- How will my life look in 5 years if I continue to stay on the same path as now?
- How will life likely become worse for me and maybe even for the people around me?
Try to see the negative consequences as vividly as you can in your mind to kick-start your motivation to start going for that positive change again.
4. Spend 3 minutes on remembering your successes.
If you lose your motivation then it is easy to get stuck in looking at your failures and so you get stuck in that slump.
So instead, sit down for three minutes and just remember your successes. Let them wash over you and refuel your inspiration and motivation.
5. Go for a bigger goal.
Set a big goal that inspires you even if it may seem a tad unrealistic at the moment.
If you have too easily achievable goals then you may find that they don’t give you…