When I’m low on motivation I tend to look around me and naturally I know I could list motivating enjoyable things I could be doing, do I go do it? Sometimes no, I’d just sit staring into space dreaming! The majority of the time I will go and follow what motivates me and attempt to get back on track. Motivating yourself can come in all forms from your alarm going off to your children, visualising a dreamy holiday escape, going for a walk, making that yummy meal you have been putting off…
Once you know where you want to go, you have to go there. That takes motivation. It’s not easy. Many of us start a project, or a course of action, or even just a plan, and don’t finish it. But you can do it, even if you don’t think you can.
Here are some tips for motivating yourself, and others that have really helped me turn dreams into realities.
Write Down Why
Many of us dreamers get motivated sometimes. We see that new skill or new career that can make things better, and we want to chase it. The problem is, this feeling fades. And when it fades, we are more likely to give up. A great way to stop this from happening is to write down exactly why you want to do something and put it somewhere visible. See that note everyday, remember why you started, and get that initial motivation back! (See my story on making a visualisation board they are also very practical to up holding some strong mindful motivation everyday)
Not scheduling, or scheduling badly, can result in your day just being way too full. When too many commitments all need your attention at the same time, you can lose your motivation to stick with your other projects. But you can make a plan and manage your time around it, and that can make a huge difference! Start scheduling better and feel your motivation improve.
Expect Slow Progress
Did you ever start a project, but after a while you still didn’t feel like you had achieved anything? Don’t worry, that’s not your fault! It’s a fact of life: nothing worth having comes quickly. You have to make it to the end of a project, fitness goals or a course before you gain what you wanted at the beginning. Everything between the beginning and the end is slow, sometimes annoyingly slow, but necessary. Don’t expect results too fast, and stick with it!
Work with others
Giving up on yourself is much easier than giving up on somebody else. When someone is relying on you whether it’s a friend, children, partner or family, you will keep your commitments to them more than you keep commitments to yourself.
Find someone to work with, to study with, to diet with, whatever it is. Arrange specific times to meet, even just an online meeting to share each other’s progress and what you have learned. By sticking with each other, your motivation for the project will stay strong.
I really hope you find these tips helpful, and if you think they might help someone you know please share this blog with them! Remember: dream big, then follow through.