When was the last time you set goals for yourself? Purchasing a new car, getting the promotion, studying in a prestigious university, losing weight, getting your big break in Hollywood? And along the process of making these goals or dreams come true, how often did you find yourself losing hope? Like all of sudden, you realize, life is bland, boring, and hopeless. And you end up not getting anywhere but square one. Goal-setting is easy, taking action could be hard. Staying motivated is even harder. These tips on how to stay motivated will take you where you want to go:
Think, identify and be clear about what you want to achieve. And with clear, we mean goals that are specific and realistic. This is cliché, but this is true. If you want to buy a new car, be specific about the make or model. If you want to lose weight, specify how much you want to lose. Set an attainable timeline for yourself. Don’t expect to lose 20 pounds in one day and not get sick or, er, die. You can’t go wrong by taking one small step at a time. It may take long, but you’re still going to get there.
You’ve probably heard of the “law of attraction”. Basically, the concept tells us that the more we think about something, the more it is likely to come or happen to us. In other words, we attract the things that are always present in our thoughts. It is, therefore, helpful, to have something that reminds you of your dreams. For visual people, vision boards or dream boards work wonders. Make a picture collage of your dreams and post it on the wall, so the moment you wake up, they’re right there! There are also people who write their dreams down instead. It doesn’t really matter. Do what works best for you. Just make sure you are reminded of your objectives EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Here’s how to create your own dream board.
Some people call this their “emotional why”. This is the reason behind wanting to accomplish something. The emotional why is what compels you to move forward. It has to be strong enough to push you when your dreams start to become blurry. For instance, you want to purchase a new car so you can take your mum on out-of-town trips. Your emotional why is seeing your mother go on trips. Do not underestimate the power of purpose. Purpose gives direction, and it is a powerful driving force…let it drive you.
Nobody wants burnout. But, most of the time, burnout comes like a thief in the night. Before you know it, you’re tired and exhausted. To avoid this, make sure to reward yourself for every milestone you reach – big or small. Or make a deal and get some pampering, in advance, in exchange for ‘future’ successes. It won’t hurt if you allow yourself to have a break sometimes. This time off may just help you regain the zest you need to get back on track.
You don’t have to consciously anticipate challenges all the time (remember the law of attraction?), but be aware that setbacks can happen. Accept and be open to the fact that you don’t live in wonderland and things don’t always happen the way you want them to. Be emotionally and mentally prepared for diversions and distractions and you’d be able to move through these smoothly like a fish takes to water. Remember, detours still lead to the same destination.
Surround yourself with positivity. This can be in the form of supportive and encouraging relationships or a physical environment that exudes optimism. Be in the company of friends who are honest and have genuine concern for you. Look for a support group. Read books or texts with inspiring messages that can help boost your confidence. Positive massages offset the impact of negative messages. Like this: be positive!
If you find yourself beginning to lose sight of your dreams, and all possibilities seem to be drifting farther away, pause. Yes, pause. Pausing clears your mind of all the clutter and repositions you for a better disposition. It can rekindle your appetite for reaching your goals. Then take stock of what is important and focus on the right circumstances so you can satisfy your emotional why. Pause, take stock, get back up and keep moving.