Do you have trouble staying motivated with goals? Motivation is hard, but with these few tricks you can go from wanting to crawl back into bed to being excited about what the day holds.
Why Do We Set Goals?
Have you ever watched a hamster run in his wheel in circles for hours? That can feel like life sometimes, right? Just running on a treadmill for hours on end really isn’t the most fun, now is it? Well, goals are good for helping to break that feeling. They’re good for many other things, too, like:
- Improving concentration
- Having accountability
- Helping to measure progress
- Helping to overcome procrastination
- Gaining confidence
- Getting focus
If you want more information on why you should set goals, here is a good resource.
Now that we know why we set goals and how they help us, it’s time to dig into why we can’t seem to stay motivated and how to help fix that. But first, here are some unique goal ideas if you currently don’t have any goals.
Some Goal Ideas to Get You Started
Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to set a goal, but have no idea what to do? Then this section is for you! We all know two main goals a lot of people have: losing weight and exercising more. But here are some unique goals for you to consider.
Keeping a clean, organized house
Okay, for me, this one is a biggie. I LOVE organization and if the house isn’t organized I feel uneasy. A great place to start is the kitchen because you’re in there quite a bit. But having an organized space can lead to saving time, feeling at home, and so much more.
Stepping out of your comfort zone
Being uncomfortable isn’t a bad thing. Trying new things like having a dance-off with your daughter (even though you can’t dance) can actually be fun. It can help you connect with your family or friends, and it can help you find new activities or people you really enjoy.
Eating more veggies
We should be doing this already. But if you aren’t, it’s the perfect time to start! If you don’t like broccoli, don’t worry. There is always another veggie just waiting to be discovered by your mouth! You should aim for about 2.5 cups a day.
Soda, coffee or even juice isn’t as good for you as water is. Get yourself a great water filter system and taste the love! Some health officials say drinking as much as half a gallon of water every day is the preferred amount. Even if you are not reaching that much, at least try to back off on some sugary drinks and add water instead. You can also add drops of lemon or lime for flavor.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to serve others and make friends! Whether you’re volunteering at a animal shelter or a local soup kitchen, there are plenty of places that would love the extra hands.
Here are some more ideas on goals, but stay around. We haven’t reached the good stuff yet!
Why We Can’t Seem To Stay Motivated
Alright so, you have your goal, you’ve stuck with it for two hours and everything is good… right? Hour number three: “What in the world am I doing???” This is what goals do to you whether it is doing 10 push-ups every day or trying a new, nasty diet. So, why can’t we seem to stay motivated?
The answer is very simple. Better things come up and overtake our interests. Such things might include: distractions, negative motivation, drawbacks or simply something more tempting or fun comes up and you “stutter step.” Either way, motivation can be hard, but these few “motivation hacks” will help you with any goal you set!
How to Stay Motivated
Now that we know everything that comes before motivation, let’s get down to business. It’s always a good idea to slowly work your way up to your goal, one small step at a time, so please keep that in mind while you read the list. Okay. Got that in mind? Good! Let’s get started.
Measuring your progress is important. It also helps you visualize the progress you have made since last week. If your goal is to lose weight, then every week you could take pictures of yourself in the mirror or chart your weight, then compare. I find this one of the most helpful “hacks” for me.
On the same day as “checkpoint day” you can also reward yourself. Whether it is going out to a movie or eating a bowl of ice cream, it’s sure to motivate you to press on toward the next week.
Do It With Others
It’s a good idea to tell your friends what you’re doing, or (even better) have some friends do it with you to encourage you and help carry you on.
What are your distractions? Maybe it’s watching TV while you should be exercising or eating junk food while you should be making healthier choices. One way to eliminate distractions is to throw them away or give them to someone in need. You could also make these distractions your reward each week so you don’t totally deprive yourself.
Always Have a Plan B
If you find this goal you have too hard after a week or two, you can use your back up goal or your plan B. You can do this by lessening your goal or starting another one all together!
Organizing your goal is very important. One way to do this is to write down your bigger goal, then break it down to make it easier to accomplish your smaller goals. You may have heard of SMART Goals. This is a great resource if you would like to dive deeper into how to set goals and measure them well.
Remind Yourself About Your Goal
Remember what your goal is and how it will benefit you and the world around you.
Is seven not enough? You can read EVEN MORE ways to stay motivated here.
Please comment below to share your goals and what helped you with your motivation! And don’t forget to share with a friend.