We all need to remind ourselves on a regular basis in order to stay motivated. There is this saying, “It is what it is.” Life is the same way; there are times it is what it is. So take your lemons, and make lemonade. Sometimes there can be so many discouragements surrounding us; therefore we have got to learn how to stay motivated. So, how do you stay motivated at home, or work, or with your goals? I have come up with six tips, and each of them can be useful depending on the individual intake. Personally, all six tips have helped me several times to stay motivated in several areas of my life. Hopefully they can help you too.
- Slow and steady wins the race
Each time you feel unmotivated remember that slow and steady wins the race, not all the time but most of the time. Literally, nothing worthwhile grows overnight. So if you feel less motivated to complete your tasks for instance, because you feel you have so much to catch up and get done, or you have got a long way to go, or you need to keep pace with everything or everyone because you feel that you are so far behind, remind yourself that you will eventually get there too as long as you don’t stop and keep going. When you do this you will be motivated to continue with the race. You will stay motivated to finish your projects and achieve your goals.
Especially if it doesn’t benefit you at all for you to do so. Comparison is very good if it favors you to want to improve yourself or your business to standout from your competitors. When you compare your beginning to someone else’s middle, definitely you will lose the motivation. That’s just the negativity right there. It’s like you are comparing your insides to their outsides, it’s a disheartening situation. Just live your life and be you. Each time you lose motivation because of comparisonitis remember that you are unique, there can never be another you. Keep in mind that no matter how bad you think you are or things are, in many ways you are probably better off than those you are comparing yourself to.
- One day at a time
Take it one day at a time, one step at a time. Just like when we walk or when we take the stairs or climb the mountain. If you want to jump go ahead, just make sure it’s safe enough or secure enough so that you won’t slip. One step at time reduces the risks. So, stay motivated with ‘one day at a time, one step at a time’ motto. Successful people accomplish their goals in smaller steps. They set smaller goals within bigger goals. They start small, but also take smart and small steps toward their end goals.
- Less negativity means more positivity
If you can, avoid toxicity and basically anything that can lower your positive or good energy down. And if you cannot, then rise above it. Some of us have got toxics that we can’t get rid of even if we may want too at the moment. An illness can be something that can constantly lower your energy down. People who operate in negativity, or negative circumstances; all of these can bring an influence that may cause us to feel less motivated to do some things. The way to stay motivated is to surround yourself with more positivity than negativity. Each time you say ‘no’ to negativity you create ‘yes’ to positivity. Stay motivated by learning to say no to negativity. Invite more positivity into your life by listening to motivating teachings, faith building podcasts, motivating and uplifting music, or reading motivating books, articles, quotes, and so on.
- Think of the rewards
Imagine yourself accomplishing your goal. Visualize the rewards it will get you. That is enough motivation right there to get you motivated…hahaha. You can also reward yourself as a way to recognize that you are making progress. Would you rather celebrate after you have reached a thousand miles, or each time you have taken five steps? It really is possible to aim for higher achievement while still taking time to enjoy the achievements you have attained. Celebrate your small successes. Give yourself a pat on the back; you have done great so far. Remind yourself that if you were able to accomplish up to five steps, you can accomplish up to ten steps. You can stay motivated by visualizing how it will feel to finally reach your end goal. But you can also start celebrating your milestones; it will help you stay motivated.
- Create S.M.A.R.T goals
A lot of us often get discouraged because we are unrealistic sometimes. We set unrealistic and unattainable goals, but yet in a short-period of time. What can be measured can be managed. Another reason is that we have goals, but we don’t have an action plan to make things happen. Basically, when you are setting your goals, experts suggest that your goals should be in the following criteria; Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely, therefore S.M.A.R.T. It doesn’t matter whether it is personal, professional, or business goal; you have got to be specific of what you want, and realistic to make sure your goals are measurable and attainable, and et cetera, so that you won’t lose motivation along the way. S.M.A.R.T goal setting is one of the most effective tools to achieving our goals. And you will stay more motivated when you see yourself accomplishing some of your goals.
Like I said, each tip can work depending on each individual on how they operate on a daily basis. Michael Jordan has this famous motivation quote that says, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Stay motivated.
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