How To Stick To Your Goals When You’ve Lost Motivation
It’s easy to get excited when you have a new idea, a new plan for the future. You set your goals and start moving towards them. But, halfway through, for whatever reason, you focus shifts elsewhere and you stop being motivated enough to reach your destination. Why did that happen?
Pick Your Goals Carefully
Sure, it looked achievable at first, but now, after you’ve hit an unexpected bump, it looks as if you’ll never be able to reach it. A goal set too high can sometimes be the cause of giving up halfway through, so be very careful and think a lot about what you want your destination to be. Pick manageable goals and always take into account things that could go wrong, and be ready for things you would have never thought would happen. Don’t let the unexpected scare you away.
Another very good idea is to set some milestones on the way. Make your plan in steps and reward yourself whenever you’ve cleared one of the steps. This can make for a versatile plan, one you can take a break from after clearing a full step.
Force Yourself to do Things
This is a hard thing to do, for all of us. It’s awful when you don’t want to do something, but you know you have to for one reason or another. But these are crucial moments when you have a goal to reach, and you must always try to see the benefits of doing something rather than the effort put into it. Do this often enough, and the mindset itself will become a habit.
Track Your Goals
Tracking your goals is crucial to your effort. Failing to do it is the easiest way to lose interest and motivation, and simply forget why you wanted to do something in the first place. Make a list, when you begin, with things you need to achieve. The more broken down the list is, the better. Make a habit of checking that list every day, if possible, to constantly remind yourself what you are doing, and why.
Don’t Judge Yourself
If you fail to accomplish a part of the plan, which will most likely happen at some point in time, don’t judge yourself too harshly. Think about what happened and learn from it. Write down the steps you took, but ultimately failed, and analyze them one by one, to find out exactly why you were wrong. Even if you never get an answer, the exercise alone will keep you doing something, distracting you from the disappointment you will feel.
These are the moments your plan is most vulnerable, and you are most likely to just give up on it all. Sure, it takes a lot of motivation to get up after you fall, and calling a friend or a close family member for advice is not a bad idea. Even if they don’t have any practical advice, the support alone will do wonders to your morale and give you the motivation you need to try again.
Find a Partner or Mentor
Speaking of which, finding someone to walk the path alongside you will make things twice as easy. There will be two heads instead of one making plans and finding solutions to whatever issues appear along the way, and two hearts to support each other when you lose motivation. Set individual goals too, and track each other.
If you have someone with experience, guiding you on your path, ask that person to do the tracking. Someone you trust and who is invested in your goals will keep you motivated along the way, and offer advice when you get stuck.
Focus on the Reward
Be clear from the beginning what the reward will be and keep your eyes on the prize the whole time. Aim for something substantial and take into account the things you will learn along the way as well. The journey is just as important as the destination, but the biggest reward will be reaching your goal in itself. You will have taken a step towards making a habit out of achieving goals.
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