5 Ways To Stay Motivated
Ah, motivation. It's so amazing when you have it, and so depressing when you don't. If you've ever felt extremely motivated to reach a goal, but then lost your motivation and failed, you know how disappointing that feeling can be. You feel like such a failure! I want to try and avoid that feeling as much as possible, so I've figured out some ways to stay motivated while I'm working toward something. Here are my top 5 tips.
- Revisit Your Goals
It's so important to have super clear goals; goals that you can visualize and name. If you don't know exactly what it is that you're working toward, it will be much harder to reach them. This sounds obvious, but I think that a lot of people (myself included) are guilty of falling into "I'll know it when I see it" types of goals. We just keep dabbling and working on this and that and we think that we'll just "know" when we've lost enough weight or made enough money or are as successful as we want to be. But I've found that if I don't have a quantifiable, super specific goal in mind, I just won't get there.
Example bad goal: Lose weight
Example good goal: Lose 25 pounds in the next 6 months.
- Make A List
I make lists for everything. My planner, computer, and cell phone are all flooded with lists. There's something about seeing your scrambled thoughts written out in an organized way that helps so much with staying motivated because this big goal or task is now broken down into manageable steps. Cute notepads help a lot BTW. :)
- Watch / Listen to Something Inspirational
It might be corny, but there's nothing that gets me moving like watching an inspirational video on youtube or listening to a good podcast. Even an inspirational song can pump me up when I'm not feeling so motivated. There are so many out there, but find the style that you like and when you're feeling lazy, play it! No judgement if you need to play "Eye of the Tiger" every morning to get going.
- Create a "Dream" Mood Board or Pinterest Board
It's no secret that I'm a big Pinterest fan, but I recently discovered a new way of utilizing it that is 1) really fun to make, and 2) extremely motivating. It's a Dream Board. I made a secret board simply entitled "Dreams" and I pin very specific things that I would like to eventually have / be / work toward. For example, if you have always wanted a certain type of car, put it on the dream board. If you dream of one day taking a trip backpacking through Europe, put it on the board. It doesn't have to be just material things either. If you want to get married and have three kids, pin a picture of a family with three children. If you want to have a successful restaurant, pin a picture of your dream restaurant to own. You get the idea. This is helpful because Pinterest is so visual, and all of the pictures help you to visualize your goals more easily, which I think is so important in reaching them.
- Take Time To Unplug and Rest
This one can be hard. Once you know exactly what you want and what you're working toward, it can be really difficult to pry yourself away from your computer. I'll be the first to admit that I have a hard time with this one, especially since I work from home so the lines of work and play are a bit blurry. But taking a day, or even just a few hours, to just hang out with family or friends can really recharge you, and I always come back more motivated and energized.
What would you add to this list? Are there any specific things that you do to stay motivated and inspired? Let me know in the comments!