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Struggling to keep
working towards your goals? Or even to get started at all?!
We all have times when we feel like this. Perhaps you’ve started a task full of enthusiasm but have run out of steam. Maybe you just can’t muster up the energy to begin.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines motivation as “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way” and “desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm”.
Sometimes though, your enthusiasm may well point you more towards hot chocolate and Netflix rather than working on your project!
Thankfully, help is at hand!
I’ve pulled together this handy infographic for you. Pin it to your Pinterest board or save it somewhere now to refer to when your motivation levels are a little bit off kilter!
Other tips you could try include –
Celebrate Small Wins and Victories
Every time you achieve something, no matter how small, write it down! You could also promise yourself a treat when you meet a small target. (Try and make sure it’s a healthy one!)
Find Inspirational Quotes
Look for quotes that resonate with you. Write them on post-it notes or set them as your wallpaper on your phone or tablet. Here are a few of my favourites to get you started.
[tweetshare tweet=”The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing ― Walt Disney” username=”alisonw30″]
Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days ― Zig Ziglar
[tweetshare tweet=”The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones ― Confucius” username=”alisonw30″]
Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still ― Chinese proverb
You could also check out these two previous posts which are packed full of inspirational quotes.
Find Joy In The Task
Focus on the task itself rather than worrying about achieving the goal. Try to find some part of the task that gives you pleasure.
See Life As A Series Of Experiments
I recently came across Tim Ferriss and his idea of seeing life as a series of two-week experiments and six-week projects .
The two-week experiment idea particularly resonates with me. It builds on the idea of goal setting and splitting goals down into more manageable ‘bite-sized’ chunks as mentioned earlier .
For example, say your aim is to lose weight. Then you could set up a two-week experiment of exercising four times a week.
You can then review how it has gone at the end of the two-week period. Then you can decide if you want to tweak, carry on with or abandon the experiment to try something different.
Lower Your Expectations
Stop beating yourself up about not feeling motivated. You may simply need to take a little bit of time out. Try to accept this and not force the issue. Be gentle and compassionate with yourself.
Whilst we are talking about expectations, don’t try to be ‘perfect’ first time around. Your first attempt doesn’t have to be the final version.
I hope that you’ve found these tips useful. I’d love to hear about any other tactics you use when you have no motivation.
I can’t leave you without mentioning a couple of my favourite books on the subject of motivation!
Be sure to check these out.
(If your lack of motivation persists, or if you feel there could be an underlying medical reason such as depression, please make sure you consult your doctor) .
How do you keep your motivation up? Let me know in the comments below.