Motivation

We’ve all been there. When you start something new, it’s always fresh and exciting. Your excitement, motivation, and energy are at an all-time high. But somewhere along the way after the newness wears off, you find that your energy starts lagging, and your motivation is gone.

How can you stay motivated when you just don’t feel like it? Fortunately, there are some simple things that you can do to stay motivated and on track for completing your tasks.

Here are some tips for developing a system that will keep you motivated and moving towards accomplishing your goals:

Just Start

Often, just starting is the hardest part. Finding motivation to get started can be difficult which is why so often, the goals we set out to achieve don’t get accomplished. Having a routine can help to get you started each day, helping you to get into the mode for accomplishing things.

Get Moving

Lack of physical movement can be a motivation zapper, and lead to a lack of mental energy. The good news though, is that getting moving can help to boost your motivation, and give you the energy that you need to get tasks done.

Keep Yourself Accountable

One of the best ways to stay motivated is by making yourself accountable to others. Start a blog, join a like minded group, have a best friend go with you—anything to help you to stay on track and motivated is a great idea. Studies show that sharing goals with friends and updating them on your progress can contribute to your success.

Track Your Progress

As simple as it sounds, tracking your progress is essential on those days that you are feeling less than motivated. Keeping track of your progress can be a simple way to boost your motivation, when you look back and see the progress you have made, it can help further encourage you to keep going on those days you don’t feel like it.

Reward Yourself

Offering yourself small rewards along the way to help celebrate the success of an even small accomplishment is a great way to help keep yourself motivated when the going gets tough. Choose small rewards can give you something to look forward to. Be sure that your rewards are proportionate to your success.

Set Small Goals to Keep Yourself Going

There are few things more rewarding than accomplishing something that you set out to finish. But finding the motivation to press on towards major goals, can be difficult at times. By setting small, achievable goals you give you are breaking your big goal up into smaller, more achievable goals that will be easier to reach and reduce the chances of you loosing motivation. It’s also difficult to keep yourself focused on one thing for an extended period of time, so breaking down the big goal into smaller goals will help to keep you focused and motivated.

Keep the Big Picture in Mind

Finally, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind. This is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated. Instead of thinking about how difficult something will be, it’s better to think about what you will get out of it. Keeping the long term goals in mind will help to keep you on track and motivated.

Regardless of how you choose to keep yourself motivated, the important thing is not to give up or give in. Once you are over the hurdle of being unmotivated, you will be closer to accomplishing your goals.

How do you stay motivated? Share your secrets with us.

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