Often we start down a path on a journey motivated and full of enthusiasm. What we have set out to achieve is at the forefront of our minds and we are full of determination. But often after a few weeks, the enthusiasm has dwindled and the motivation has gone. How then do we keep up the momentum?
Keeping motivated is the most important aspect of achieving any goal we set. It’s the motivation behind that chosen goal that needs to be at the forefront of your thinking at all times.
How often do you hear of someone who joins the gym, starts a diet or starts out on an educational journey only to get a few weeks in and then stop completely. The main reason for this is lack of motivation.
To keep motivated we have to constantly remind ourselves of the reason we set the goal in the first place.
Let’s say you’re overweight and decide for health reasons or you’re self- conscious about the way you look, so you decide to join a gym. You’re nervous the first day but the motivation is so high that you pluck up the courage to go and join. You start you training and it’s hard, it’s really hard. It’s so hard that already on the first day, on the first exercise you’re asking yourself why, oh why am I doing this? Day one and you’re already killing the motivation. Some unscrupulous gym buff makes a comment about you being out of breath after 5 minutes on the treadmill and your motivation is again chipped away. You go home and your partner or friend tells you you’re being silly; you’re just not the gym type. Eventually you will start telling yourself its too hard, I’m too unfit, what’s the point!
So how do we build a shield of motivation that such comments will bounce right off?
The Three P’s
Plan what action it is you are going to take to achieve your goal.
What’s your target? It’s no use shooting arrows if you haven’t got a target to hit.
What is your goal?
What is the motivation?
When do you want to achieve it by?
What is your means of attack?
If you prepare for what will happen on the journey to achieving your goals, your motivation will have a better chance of staying intact.
Expect criticism, but pay it no attention
Expect re-direction, but don’t see it as failure
Expect delays, but stay consistent
Surround yourself with positive people; those that say you can and will
Put up pictures and quotes from the great achievers in unexpected places to remind you of the journey you are on and the goals you have set
Read inspiring stories and stay away from negative ones
Concentrate on yourself and your own needs
The biggest reason for loss of motivation is listening to negative people and concentrating on how you might fail. Change this cycle and create good habits. It will be hard at first but constantly reminding yourself of the reasons why you wanted to change in the first place is a sure fire way to keep motivated. Concentrate on the benefits of what reaching your goal will give.
Most importantly enjoy the journey; it’s part of the goal.