Yesterday, I wrote a post about getting motivated to start on your goals – Getting Motivated: 5 ways to start on your goals. Today, I am sharing with you my tips for staying motivated. I sometimes think staying motivated is even harder than getting motivated, especially with long term goals.
Whenever I start to lose motivation, I follow these simple tips:
Staying Motivated – Tip 1: Remember why you set this goal
If you are starting to feel your resolve slipping a little, think back to why you set this particular goal. What would achieving it mean to you? Maybe it would mean a career advancement, or feeling better about yourself or any one of a million other reasons. Try to focus on what you hope to gain by completing the goal, and keep this aim in mind.
Staying Motivated – Tip 2: Do something easy
Remember in yesterday’s post I talked about splitting each goal up into a series of mini goals? If you find a goal is dragging a little, and you feel like you aren’t making any progress, choose a mini goal that will be quick and easy to complete. Once you are able to tick that off your list, you will feel like you are making progress again.
Staying Motivated – Tip 3: Check list
Every time you complete a mini goal, tick it or cross it off your list. As you achieve them, you will have a visual representation of how far you have come. When the road ahead looks too long, look back on it and remind yourself og how much distance you have already covered.
Staying Motivated – Tip 4: Reward system
When working on a long term goal, it can sometimes feel like you are putting a lot of work in and getting nothing back. Obviously, you know the end result will be worth it, but sometimes we just need that instant gratification. A good way to combat this is with a rewards system. Every time you complete a mini goal, have a little treat. Or put a pound in a jar and when you have saved up say £20, have a bigger treat.
Staying Motivated – Tip 5: Enlist a friend
Enlist a friend to help keep you on track. Ideally, choose a friend who is also working towards a goal. They don’t have to be the same goal, but you have to be willing to listen to each freak out if it’s not going so well and push each other to keep going.
Do you have any tips for staying motivated? Let me know in the comments 🙂