I hope the first month of 2017 is off to a great start for you! Are you staying focused on your goals? Are you working daily towards making your dreams become a reality? The greatest success can come from baby steps.
I’ve recently been asked how I stay motivated and focused on achieving my goals so I thought I would use this post as a way to explain my process.
How to Stay Motivated... in 5 Easy Steps!
First of all, motivation can only get you so far and then you need to rely on your habits and self-discipline. It’s not realistic to expect yourself to always feel motivated. When you are lacking motivation, it is time to rely on self-discipline and internal drive.
In order to feel energized it helps to imagine myself in the future celebrating my achievement. I get really clear as to what emotions I will have, what my life will look like, what I will feel like as a result of this accomplishment, how it will affect my day-to-day life.
I encourage all my clients to set a timer for about 3-5 minutes each day to close their eyes and visualize their future self. Creating a vision board is also a good idea to keep you focused on the outcome you want.
Second, I don’t let myself dwell on how difficult or challenging something I need to do will be. Instead, I think about how I will be closer to my desired outcome at the end of the task. I do this for my workouts as well. When my clock goes off at 4:55 am it’s so easy to imagine myself doing a grueling exercise and struggling to do another rep. If I go down this route, I end up talking myself out of doing my workout because it seems way too hard and overwhelming. But if I imagine how great I’ll feel as I’m doing the cool down at the end of my workout, I feel motivated to get up to do the workout so I can feel that feeling of accomplishment and pride.
Next, I design 21-day sprints in my calendar. Setting these shorter time periods allows me to break down my big goal into much smaller mini-goals that feel more attainable. Every 21-day period has it’s own main objective that I’m focused on achieving. I feel the momentum pick up after each 21-day sprint, the energy and motivation seems to build and I just move from one sprint to the next to the next.
Another reason I enjoy working in sprints is that it gives me a good deadline to earn a reward. I set small incentives for myself like getting a manicure or taking a long bubble bath or having a Netflix marathon between my sprints.
Acknowledging my own accomplishments and treating myself kindly makes a huge difference in staying motivated. Just as people working in the corporate world enjoy being acknowledged for a job well done, I need to be kind to myself in the same way. Think of it this way: I am my own employee in the work I strive to accomplish in this world. If I want to continue being a productive and beneficial employee, I need to be treated with respect.
The last thing I do to keep my motivation up is to review my recent wins. I recently had several great things to celebrate in my business and I found that as I did this I immediately felt more energized and motivated to tackle the next big thing.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about staying motivated so please comment below and share your ideas with me.
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