“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
You’ve been working hard for a long time. You know what your goals are, and you know what steps you need to take in order to achieve them. The problem is you are struggling to stay motivated. You have had little success, and you’re starting to wonder whether or not you’re ever going to get through this depression state.
Follow these 5 tips to stay motivated and achieve your goals.
1. Focus on your goals. What is it that you’re hoping to accomplish with this task that is taking up so much of your energy and attention? Repeat your goals to yourself when you’re ready to give up. Write your goals down and refer to them when you find yourself ready to give up. When you start to see success, all the effort you put in will be well worth it.
2. Track how far you’ve come. No goal is reached overnight, and there may be plenty of stagnations along the way. There will be times when you feel as though the next level is so far away that it’s no longer even worth trying.
Every so often look back at all that you’ve accomplished since you started this process. Where are you today that you weren’t a month ago? Six months ago? What about a year ago? Looking back on your past can give you a much better idea of just how much you’ve been able to accomplish so far and keep you motivated.
3. Minimise distraction. Some days, everything around you seems like it’s trying to pull you away from the task at hand. You’ve been working, struggling, and frankly, you don’t want to do it anymore. Distractions are all around you. It’s easier to spend two or three hours on WhatsApp and Facebook than actually working. The problem is, when you let those distractions seep in, you’re not actually accomplishing anything.
Set specific times for checking you email and social media accounts. Make a point of trying to accomplish all the task on your daily to-do list. Minimize distractions
4. Be accountable. If possible work in partnership with someone else, that way you will be forced to keep going on, as you will want to provide a positive progress report. Share your goals on social media and let people know when you’re hoping to achieve them.
Alternative share your goals with someone who is supportive of you. Someone who will let you know when you’re getting off track or failing to give your goals everything you’ve got. When you know you have to check in with someone, you’ll be much more likely to actually complete the task.
5. Assume you’re going to succeed. If you were to have a success breakthrough right now, what would your next step be? Prepare for that step. Line everything up like you’re expecting success to come your way tomorrow. Hard work is almost never wasted, and in the process, you might come across a breakthrough that you wouldn’t otherwise have seen. By moving on to the next step in the process, you’ll also take a good, hard look at your current efforts, and you may just identify changes you need to make to increase your chances of success.
6. Take a break. Making a deliberate decision to take a day off is different than allowing yourself to be distracted. When you take a break, you allow yourself to take a rest from all the efforts. You come back revitalised, and able to re-focus on what’s important.
Take some time off. Spend it as far away from work as you can get. However at the end of that break, come back and work as hard as ever!
When you hit a hard patch, it can be very difficult to keep giving it your all. You can, however, push through this difficulty and succeed! Stick at it, find your secret motivation, and keep working. You might be surprised by how close that next breakthrough really is. Stay motivated.