Open up your podcast app, look at the NY Times best seller list, listen to radio ads and you'll read or hear about several motivational speakers. It seems everywhere we turn there's another person there to motivate us. Even I'm here to try to motivate you to be healthy.
But here's the truth- we need to learn to motivate ourselves. Easier said than done though right? We get tired, discouraged and some days just plain blah. We encounter obstacles, failures and sometimes just fall flat on our faces while trying to pursue a goal. So how do we stay motivated to move towards our goals?
First, write down what motivates you to pursue your goals. Maybe you want to be able to hike a tall mountain, travel the world when you retire, invest money for your children's college fund, give to a charity, spend more time with your kids, run a marathon, be a public speaker, get a promotion, be able to give of your time or money more, etc. Everyone has something that makes them "tick."
After you've written down your motivation to reach your goal, just start moving. An object in motion tends to stay in motion and an object at rest....you know where I'm going with this. Just get moving towards your goal and keep moving. Find little things to do every day to get you to your goal! Before you know it you'll gain some momentum!
Use that momentum to make BIG strides towards your goal. Everyone has those days that they wake up stoked for life, ready to take on the world and "move the needle" as my husband would put it. Take advantage of those days that you have positive momentum and really focus your efforts on moving towards your goal. The more you move, the more momentum you'll have and the more momentum you have, the easier it'll be to motivate yourself to keep going even when you don't feel like it!!
Don't rely on someone else's voice to motivate you. Find that inner voice that will keep you going and learn to listen.
Statistics say that the majority of people that made new goals for the New Year have already given up on pursuing them. Everyone that quits has different reasons and usually they're just excuses. So what's the secret to staying motivated? What are those people who are still working towards their goal doing differently? Here's my tips for keeping your momentum moving forward.
1. Have a goal you're passionate about. If you aren't passionate about something, you'll allow life to get in your way. You'll allow the smallest of reasons to not work towards your goal get in your way.
2. Write a plan. Not being able to see how you're going to get to your end goal can make you feel lost and discouraged. If you're going somewhere you've never been do you go there without first looking up how to get there and either taking GPS or written directions with you? Same thing goes in life. Make a step-by-step list of how you'll reach your goal.
3. Make sure money is not your motivator. Having money motivate you will not only prove frustrating but will also leave you frustrated instead of satisfied at the end of your pursuit. When I started Fit for Purpose, my motivation was helping others be healthy. When I started nursing, my motivations was helping sick people be well. Money can certainly be down the list of motivators but it shouldn't be your top moitvator.
4. Take care of yourself. You can get burnt out, discouraged and stressed out if you're not careful to take care of yourself. This means eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and doing things like meditation, prayer or taking a few hours for yourself to get your nails or hair done.
If you do those four things I listed above, I bet you'll become one of those people still pursuing your New Years goals.
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