We all have our goals and dreams, things that we want to accomplish. In order to do those things, we need motivation. Motivation is the drive to accomplish your goals and keep moving towards your dreams. However, sometimes it can be difficult to find that motivation. There are times when I wake up in the morning to work out and it’s dark and cold outside and my brain tells me to just stay in bed where it’s warm and cozy. I can’t listen to it though; I need to find the motivation to get out of bed and get on with my daily routine. You have the power and motivation inside of you. In this episode I’ll share five strategies to help you find motivation so that you can crush your goals!
The first strategy is to be super specific on the goal you’d like to achieve. Make it so clear that there is no question on what you’re trying to do. When you know where you’re going you have a clear target, and you will be able to get there more directly and quickly. Try making a SMART goal, this will clearly define where you’re going and when you want to get there by.
My second strategy is to find the reason why you want to accomplish your goal. When you are struggling with a lack of motivation you can think of your reasons and that will encourage you to keep going. I like to think of a goal as a tree. Trees have roots, those roots are the reasons why you want to achieve that goal. There are surface level roots which are the first things you think of. For my morning workouts those surface level roots could be that I want to look good and feel healthy. Those are good and they will help you, but you can go deeper. Why do you want those surface level roots, why do I want to look good and feel healthy? You can keep going and going until you get to the main root. Mine comes down to remembering my father who got winded just walking up the stairs and he wasn’t able to play or do much physical activity. I want to be able to keep chasing after my passions and I can’t do that unless I’m healthy.
The third strategy involves looking back. Take a look back to see how far you’ve come from when you first started going after your goal. Say your goal is to lose twenty pounds, you’ve been rocking it and you’ve already lost five pounds. Now maybe you’ve hit a rough patch and you’re struggling to lose more of that weight. Look back at how far you’ve already come and use that as fuel to keep going because you’ve already proven that you can do it!
A fourth strategy is to watch your self-talk. How do you talk to yourself? Are you loving, kind and supportive? Are you critical and belittling towards yourself? Don’t let your negative self-talk tear you down. It drains motivation extremely quickly. Turn your inner critic into your inner cheerleader. Look at how far you’ve come! You are a rockstar! When you make mistakes don’t tell yourself that you’re stupid. You made a mistake, everybody does, learn and grow from it and do what you can to fix it. Don’t be prideful and think you can never make a mistake, just remember that when you make a mistake that it’s ok. If you find yourself talking down to yourself, take a moment and turn it around.
My last strategy is to surround yourself with things that encourage you and motivate you to keep going. This includes people! Follow motivational pages, talk to people who support you and energize you! Listen to music that pumps you up and gets you excited. How many times do you see things around you that drain your energy? Find those things and eliminate them, replace them with things that do energize you.
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