While it’s always exciting and fun to work towards goals, sometimes it can be difficult to keep your motivation levels up where they need to be. Whether obstacles creep up or your will to keep going dwindles, here are five tips to keeping your motivation up:
Get enough sleep. Ever notice how your willpower and patience is drastically reduced after a horrible night’s sleep? Be sure to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Shoot for 7-8 hours of solid sleep. This makes a HUGE difference when it comes to your motivation. It helps you stay focused and in control.
Have a goal. Do you know what you want to accomplish? Have a goal, write it down and then break that goal down into smaller steps that you can work towards each day. Celebrate each little win and track your progress. This is a huge motivator! For example, if you want to lose 50 lbs in a year, how much do you want to lose in 6 months, 1 month, 1 week?
Find other sources of motivation. We are so lucky to have so many options to fuel our motivation. From books and podcasts to Pinterest and YouTube, do a quick search and you’ll quickly find yourself with a plethora of options to fuel the fire of motivation within you. Depending up on your goal, some great overall motivational speakers include Tony Robbins, Jocko Willets, Marie Forleo, Gabrielle Bernstein and Abraham Hicks.
Enlist an accountability partner or join a team. Whether it’s training for a race, losing weight or another large goal, getting a friend or family member to keep you on track can make all the difference in the world. Another option is to join a team or group that’s focused on the same goal. For example, my group coaching program creates a community of people focused on the same goal, which is so helpful and provides support.
Reward yourself. On the journey to your goal, be sure to celebrate the small wins. This can go a long way when it comes to keeping you interested and motivated to reach your goal. For example, if your goal is weight loss, treat yourself to a massage for every 5 pounds you lose. Or if you’re training for a race, get a new workout outfit for every milestone that you hit (e.g., consecutive days training, mileage, etc.)
Motivation isn’t in unlimited supply. It’s a limited resource that needs regular care and feeding. What do you do to keep up your motivation levels? Need some help in the motivation department, I can help you.