It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. If you're not motivated, you're more likely to waste your time and ignore your personal and professional goals. No matter what you are working on, there are bound to be days when you don’t feel like showing up. It could be that workout you don’t want to start; a report you don’t feel like writing or an issue you don’t feel like dealing with. There will be “off days” when you feel your energy and passions are stuck in a groove.
Even the most determined people can lose the urge to want to take on the day - you’re not alone! So how can you stay motivated and inspired when your to-do list is page after page after page? Sometimes the best motivation is self-motivation – here are some helpful tips to get you inspired and stay at the top of your game.
Define what motivates you
Remind yourself of your goals. Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a level of importance behind it. This could be a material reward, personal growth or giving you a sense of accomplishment, whatever the case may be; walking away feeling motivated and encouraged by completing that task will push you harder to complete the next. Set a goal and visualize it down to the very last detail. Here’s what you need to do if you’re ever stuck with a task you hate and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever: find your reasoning! Some of the biggest accomplishments in history have started small and relied on a far less enjoyable tasks than you might be working on.
Use others to inspire you
Get around positive people! Surround yourself with friends, family or co-workers that have goals, plans and aspirations. Eliminate anything that may cause you to procrastinate – throw it away! You can't become motivated if you surround yourself with those who engage in negative behaviors all of the time. By nurturing strengths such as love and gratitude, you can open yourself to productive feedback and support, both of which are crucial tools in reaching your goals.
“As human beings we give and receive energy and inspiration. Make sure you are receiving as much, or more, than you are handing out,” says Marla Tabaka.
Organize your thoughts
Studies show that when you write by hand and connect the letters manually, the brain is more actively engaged in the process. Break down your tasks so you don’t have to go a long way before feeling like you are running on ‘low fuel’. Sometimes your mind and thoughts can get off track; leading you to become unorganized and uncertain about where to begin. So instead, sit down and move the process from your head to an actual organized list, or talk it out with someone supportive. This helps focus your concentration and inspire you to take the next step.
Be prepared to change course
Have a plan B for when the unexpected happens, because more than likely it will. When things don’t go as planned it’s always good to have a backup plan and look at the whole task from a different approach. That’s why the saying “If Plan A doesn’t work. The alphabet has 25 more letters” is so common. If you have the motivation to achieve your goal then you can find numerous ways to tweak your current approach. Just because you don’t succeed the first time, it doesn’t mean you won’t succeed the second, third or fourth time.
“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Be Calm and Carry On
Stay positive! No matter what, motivation goes hand in hand with positivity. Get inspired! Even when things are looking down, keep your head up and push forward – it’s often just about keeping your end goal in mind and focusing on your energy. Remember – you can do it!