Motivation is the energy that drives us to accomplish our goals, whether they are small day-to-day tasks or big, life-changing ideas.
But often our dreams remain just that – dreams; we envision success without actually achieving it. So what can we do differently to ensure we stay the course?
The Rise And Fall Of Motivation
Many of us start every year in the same way – with bags full of motivation and a list of goals we want to achieve. Let the numbers show that 75% of people will maintain their resolutions in the first week, while 46% of people will be left maintaining their resolutons six months in.
It’s extremely common for us to lose motivation to achieve our goals. So what can be done?
Whether your goals are personal or professional, here are 7 ways to help get you motivation back and make your resolutions stick.
Share Your Goals To Keep Yourself Accountable
Share your plans with people who are committed to helping you achieve. It could be a mentor, partner or friend who will keep you on track. Try the Habitforge App to work on your goals with others doing the same.
Be Realistic About What You Can Achieve
Productivity studies show that it’s hard to stay focused when you choose too many goals. Se no more than 3 goals at one time, and make them “S.M.A.R.T.”:
Redefine Your Goals If They Get Too High
Our motivation often wavers when our goals appear to have gone from challenging to impossible.
Clarify your goals by asking yourself the following questions:
- Will achieving this goal make a difference in my life?
- What will my life be like if i succeed?
Have A Clear Picture Of How You Will Achieve Success
A clear, step-by-step strategy is essential for helping you reach your goals. Try using th Eisenhower Matrix to clearly divide what you need to achieve into urgent, not urgent, important, and not important to ensure you are prioritizing effectively.
Short Term Targets
Short term milestones will break up a big goal. That way, you can more easily see the progress you’ve made, helping you stay focused.
Set a weekly reminder on your smart phone to help you keep track of your progress to date.
Reward Yourself For Small Success
Knowing there are rewards waiting for you after each hurdle can increase your motivation. Choose rewards that will make you feel good. Go to the movies, eat at a restaurant you always wanted to try or treat yourself to a message.
Cut Yourself Some Slack When You Fail
Other life priorities sometimes get in the way of your goals, and it’s easy to feel bad abut not achieving them on time.
Remember failing helps us get one step closer to success. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” – Henry Ford