Maybe you have a hard time staying motivated because you suffer from shiny object syndrome (you have a bunch of projects you’ve started but never completed because…ohhh, you have another idea!), or you simply get bored easily when in the process of attaining a long term goal.
In either case, staying motivated long enough to follow through to completion can be a challenge. I’m not going to lie to you, success is not always bright lights, champagne and caviar. It’s mostly a lot of work…a lot of tedious, mundane, sometimes boring work. So, how do you stay motivated?
Align your goals with your purpose. No matter what your career, business, or personal goals are, it’s important that your motives are in alignment with your purpose and mission. Instead of focusing on what you’re going to get, focus on why you want it in the first place.
For instance if your goal is to get in shape, instead of simply focusing on losing weight, focus on the fact that you want to be healthy and create a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. If your goal is to attain a certain level of success in your business, instead of focusing on making more money, focus on providing more value to your customers and clients.
When you do this, you are operating from your heart and you are able to naturally keep yourself motivated instead of forcing yourself to follow through by shear willpower. Now, when you are feeling discouraged or stuck in any way, you can remind yourself of your WHY, and allow your motivation to propel you forward.
Keep a record of all the new ideas that come. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly getting new ideas that come to you and it’s very tempting to get started with them right away. The problem with this is that if you keep starting new ideas every time you get them, you’ll never get anything accomplished. Instead, simply write them all down as they come to you and leave them alone for now.
Release the fear that if you don’t get started right away that you’ll miss an opportunity. Trust that when you are complete with your current goal, that you will be able to come back to this list and get started with the next goal. Know that you wouldn’t be given a vision or idea if it wasn’t meant for you to be successful in carrying it out. This way you can stay motivated on your current goal instead of constantly getting sidetracked and consequently getting nowhere.
Celebrate small victories along the way. When you have a long term goal, break it up into small steps. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time and plan small victories along the way. If your goal is to complete your Masters degree, celebrate after each exam or paper. Do something special for yourself at the end of each semester. This way you can enjoy the journey and not get overwhelmed by the big picture.
You’re more likely to stay the course when you acknowledge your accomplishments along the way. This especially helps to break up the monotony and stay motivated when you have necessary yet arduous tasks ahead of you.
Hopefully this has motivated you to pick back up those projects that you’ve neglected and complete them! Don’t beat yourself up if you lose your motivation from time to time, we all do. The important thing is that you get yourself back on track, realign yourself with your purpose and your why, and celebrate you and how far you’ve come.
Have you been playing your part? What is one thing that you are ready to commit to doing this week to stay motivated and finish what you’ve started? Let us know in the comments below!