Motivation can be a tricky little thing. Sometimes it seems like people are inherently born with an ability to stay on top of things and remain committed to their own goals.
However, very often that isn’t the case and we need to work at staying motivated – even for people who make it look easy!
I’m generally quite a self-motivated person but I regularly need to remind myself of why I started a task or why it’s good for me, even if it feels like a chore that day.
I’m sure we’ve all been there, where we can’t be bothered – or even really struggle to stay enthusiastic about an idea or a goal so I thought I’d share some of my top tips to keep yourself motivated. I hope they help!
Keep memos dotted around you
Whether it’s a motto that inspires you or a simple sentence that reminds you of what you want to achieve, a note or memo placed somewhere you frequently look or pass by is a great way to keep your mind focused.
For me, I have a whiteboard in my dressing room with a personal motto and a bulletpoint list of things I’d like to do. It’s a simple reminder that actually makes me happy when I see it because it highlights how far I’ve already come and the work I’m doing to get there!
Make it easier to get things done
This depends on your specific goal but one way to stay motivated is to remove barriers to you doing a particular task.
For example, if you struggle to workout in the morning, make sure you have your gym kit laid out ready and a workout routine planned the night before so you don’t have to think about it too much the next day.
If you want to write more or eat healthier, you could keep a notebook where you’re usually most inspired to put pen to paper or plan new, veggie-packed recipes you’re going to try that week.
It’s all about making the process easier and creating less resistance between you and your goal.
Get inspiration from others
Whatever your aim is, you’re likely to find someone else talking about it online.
Take a look at some interesting blogs or articles about the topic, whether that’s reading up on some of the benefits, insider tips or finding opportunities to connect with people in a similar situation.
Not only can this help you to stay inspired but it can help give some context on achieveing your goal and what can help you to get there.
Keep a calendar or record
I find setting small daily, weekly or monthly challenges really helps me to stay enthusiastic about a goal. A good way to manage this is by keeping track of when you’re doing activities related to the goal.
For example, I like to regularly workout at home so I have a simple calendar which shows a blue tick when I’ve been active that day. I feel a positive boost when I can quickly see that I’m keeping up with my own schedule.
Having an awareness of what you are doing makes it less likely that you’ll forget about it or lose interest.
Don’t forget to celebrate successes
Even the small ones!
It’s important that you recognise the hard work you have put in and how far you’ve come. Even if it’s just small wins, a commitment to your own goals is something to celebrate.
If you’re constantly wishing you’d done more or achieved more then you’re going to put yourself off and drain any potential motivation away.
Remaining positive will help you to keep taking steps forward – however big or small those steps are!
Remember everyone has unmotivated days
…and these can even turn into unmotivated weeks. It’s pretty easy to fall off the bandwagon, even when you feel like you’re making great progress.
Although it’s important to try and get back to it when you can, make sure you’re ready.
Losing interest or motivation could be a subtle warning sign that you need to slow down or something isn’t quite working – perhaps you can change up your routine or try a new approach to help keep yourself engaged.
Whatever the reason, remember it’s okay to take a break!
What helps to keep you motivated?
Share your tips below, I’d love to hear them!