It’s easy at the beginning of the year to come up with goals and resolutions that you want to achieve. The tough part is staying motivated enough to stick to it and achieve them.
Since it’s already the end of January, you can bet that many of us are feeling our motivation fading already. Motivation can fade for so many reasons. You may have experienced a set back of some kind. Maybe you got sick, or your car broke down causing you to have an unexpected bill. Maybe you gave in to a temptation and now you are beating yourself up. Obstacles come in many shapes and sizes, and they come at us every day. In the beginning, we may be able to brush them off fairly easily, then, after awhile, we can white-knuckle it for a bit, and then we start thinking about giving up.
Motivational expert, Zig Ziglar is known for saying, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.” What this means is that we can’t wait around to get motivated, it won’t come to us. We need to go out and create our own motivation.
How do you create motivation? There are several ways to do this. Here are a few that I have found to be most helpful:
1. Start your day out by reviewing your goals and the reasons and benefits for achieving this goal.
2. Develop a mantra or cheer leading statement that you can turn to to help you in tough times. A favorite of mine is, “Who do you want to become?” (I find asking myself questions really engages my mind and helps me feed the desire to achieve a goal.)
3. Develop your positive self-talk and take a “No Doubts Allowed” attitude toward your negative thoughts. This includes overcoming false-beliefs that keep you stuck.
4. Partner with a friend or coach to turn to for encouragement and help when the going gets tough.
So, what can you do today to create your own motivation? Don’t get caught in the trap of believing that it will come to you, because it won’t, you have to go out and make it happen yourself!
Please leave a comment below to tell me what some of your best strategies are for creating motivation. I can’t wait to hear from you!