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How to Get and Stay Motivated

Every moment that passes is but a new moment full of extraordinary possibilities. And there is no time like now to decide on a new goal to strive towards. So, what goal will you pursue? Start your own business? Get in the best shape of your life? Get that promotion? Whatever your goals are, getting and staying motivated are going to be essential to your success.

Need some help with that? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! The following techniques outlined in this article will help you get and stay motivated the long haul. So, if you want to make this the year you stick to your resolutions and accomplish great things, apply them to your life.

Top Tips to Help You Stay Motivated

Best Ways to Stay Motivated

1. Visualize Achieving Your Goal

Visualization has been used by world-class athletes, musicians, speakers, surgeons, and CEOs to help them improve their performance and achieve their goals. When you visualize what you want, it gives your brain something specific to focus on and get excited about. It’s a lot more motivating to think about what your life will be like when your startup is a success, rather than just saying, “I want to start my own business.”

Take some time to imagine what you and your life will be like once you’ve achieved your goal.

Imagine yourself with your business up, running & thriving. Envision meeting with clients, presenting your product, getting paid for your services… Where will you be? What will you be doing? What will you be thinking?

Imagine yourself having lost 25 lbs. How will you be different? What will you look like? How will you feel? What will you do then that you aren’t doing now?

Imagine all of this. Focus on it. Write it down. Make a Vision Board: cut out pictures of what your life will look like when you have achieved your goal and paste them on a board that you put somewhere you will see every day. Be excited as those pictures start to become your reality.

2. Don’t Wait to Feel Motivated

It’s pretty common for someone to tell me that they “just don’t feel motivated” to do what they need to do to achieve their goal. I admit to saying this too, so no judgment. But, the tough love answer to this is: that really doesn’t matter.

We want to feel naturally motivated and excited to do everything we need to do. Sometimes, we are. But, reaching any kind of goal is going to take work and getting out of our comfort zone, and we’re usually not motivated to do that. That’s ok.

If you think about it, there are things every day that you probably don’t really feel motivated to do but you do them anyway. You probably don’t feel motivated to: go to work every day, drive your kid to another state for an all-weekend sports tournament, go to the grocery store, cook dinner and clean up afterwards. These aren’t things you’re most likely excited about doing, but you do them anyway, because in your mind, they need to get done. They’re non-negotiable.

You need to apply that same non-negotiable attitude towards your goals. The next time you think, “I just don’t feel like it,” tell yourself, “That’s ok, but this is what it’s going to take to achieve my goal, so I’m going to do it anyway.”

3. Be Decisive

Indecision keeps us from feeling motivated. We want to start a new business, but we’re not sure what to name it, which company to use for our website, if we should be on Facebook or Instagram, what we should charge for our services… We’re not motivated to take action because we aren’t sure what action we want to take. We wind up stuck in indecision, and we don’t do anything.

When you know what you’re going to do, you can get excited about it. When you’re having a really hard time making a decision it means that both/all options have positives features. Take that as a sign that you can’t make a wrong decision. Choose one, feel good about it, and move forward!

Don’t look back. Don’t second-guess yourself (this is key!). Know that you had a good reason for making the decision you did and stick with it; support it; support yourself. This isn’t to say that if things don’t work out, you can’t try another option, but don’t think about the other option while you’re moving forward with the one you picked.

4. Plan and Schedule Your Next Steps

Focusing on your endgame is a great way to get excited about what you’re working so hard for, but it can feel overwhelming to have a big goal with a long timeline ahead of you. To stay motivated, plan your next steps. Break your big goal down into smaller goals that you can wrap your head around. What do you need to do this week? Tomorrow?

Next, schedule the specific tasks you need to do. Don’t just say, “I’ll work on my website tomorrow.” The task is too vague. And, if you haven’t blocked off specific time for it, it’s likely that other things will come up that need your attention (or that you think of to procrastinate the task).  Instead, block off from 10 am – noon on your calendar as time to write copy for the Home page.

5. Keep Your Word to Yourself

When 10 am tomorrow comes, odds are won’t want to do what your calendar says you’re supposed to. Do it anyway (refer to the Don’t Wait to Feel Motivated section)! Keep your “appointment” with yourself.

If you had scheduled to help a friend during that time, you’d do it even if you didn’t feel like it, wouldn’t you? Give yourself the same courtesy & respect you’d give someone else. You’re probably a reliable friend / family member / co-worker. But, if you’re like most people, you aren’t nearly as reliable to yourself. Work to prove to yourself that when you say you are going to do something, you’ll definitely do it. Being committed to yourself in this way will help you stay motivated.

6. Acknowledge Your Wins (Even the Small Ones!)

As we progress towards our goals, the challenges and setbacks usually stand out: “My computer crashed and I lost everything,” “I sent out an email to sign up for my webinar with a link that didn’t work,” “I spent $1,000 on Facebook ads that didn’t result in any sales,” “I ate pizza and cake and gained back 2 pounds last week.” But, we hardly give any thought to the things we do accomplish. What about all the copy for your website you wrote? What about the email list you created? What about the 8 pounds you’re still down?

Acknowledging and celebrating your accomplishments will help keep you motivated. It’ll help you realize that you are making progress! Want even more motivation? Go a step further and reward yourself for your wins. Come up with the rewards in advance so you have something fun to look forward to. Tell yourself that when you finish your website, you’ll get a massage, go out to dinner, or buy something you’ve been wanting.

7. Police Your Thoughts

Recently, I was working with a client who has been struggling with launching her own business. She says she really wants to do it, but “can’t get motivated” to do what she needs to do. She keeps saying she is going to put together packages to sell, send promotional emails, talk about her business on social media, but days go by and she doesn’t do any of these things.

I asked her if she really does want to start this business. She replied, “Yes, I really do! I don’t know why I’m not doing the work. How can I get motivated?”

So, I asked her what she’s thinking when it’s time to do the work. After some digging, we uncovered that some of her thoughts are, “I’m not really qualified to do this,” “No one is going to pay for this,” “There are already a million other people doing this.” Not very motivating!

Your thoughts are KEY. Your thoughts create your feelings, and your feelings create your actions. The thoughts my client was having were making her feel insecure and discouraged, which unsurprisingly led to her being reluctant to do the work to launch her business.

Ask yourself what thoughts you’re having when you’re struggling to get motivated. You’ll probably find they are pretty negative. Next, challenge those thoughts and ask yourself what you could think that would get you motivated.

Bonus On How to Stay Motivated

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is it important to stay motivated?” If so, here’s your answer. Momentum. It is important to stay motivated because of momentum.

Considering how fleeting motivation can be, one of the best ways to stay motivated is to maintain your momentum when it comes to motivation. How do you go about keeping your motivation? Easy, you just find a ways to inspire yourself in small ways on a daily basis. The more often you do this, the more likely you momentum will be at the level is needs to be for you to accomplish your goals.

The only way for you to get over the bumps, slumps, and obstacles that you will face as you pursue your goals, will be for you to have enough momentum going for you to get glide right up and over them.

So, to help you maintain the momentum to stay motivated daily, you’ll want to follow the steps laid out for you in this ultimate for daily motivation. Enjoy!

Final Thoughts on Motivation

Typically, at the beginning of the year, everyone’s motivation to start fresh with good habits is high. We dig into our work, are productive, battle for space at the gym, eat salads… But, after just a few weeks, that motivation tends to run out. We’re back to losing hours on social media. The gym empties out. We’re eating not-so-healthy food. This is an annual pattern, but you can break it. You CAN STAY MOTIVATED and achieve the things you want. Utilize the methods above and make this the year you do!

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed these tips on staying motivated, then you’ll also love these motivational mantras that work.

Claire Cleary is a Life Coach, Personal Trainer, and owner of Claire Cleary Coaching. She works with clients in person and online to help them feel their best mentally and physically. She lives in Shrewsbury, N.J. with her husband and two dogs.

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