How to Stay Motivated & Crush Your Goals
If staying motivated is the only thing holding you back from turning your dreams into a reality, just know you’re not alone. Having (and keeping) the motivation you need to accomplish your goals isn’t something you’re born with, it takes discipline, organization and the right mindset.
How badly do you want it?
Thats what it really boils down to – how badly you want to become the person you’ve always wanted to be? How much work are you willing to put in? Are you willing to do what it takes, no matter how long?
Being motivated means acknowledging the fact that you don’t want to, but will anyways.
Everybody (at least at one point in their lives) has felt the same way – where instead of being productive and crossing things off of your checklist you decide to binge watch Netflix and take a nap – I get it. Been there, done that.
And that’s totally okay! In order to be consistently motivated, taking the time to relax and unwind are necessary. You don’t want to burn yourself out because that’s how you lose your motivation.
Whatever it is that you’re trying to do, you can do it. After all, nothing worth having comes easy, but that’s what makes it so rewarding!
With that being said, I’ve put together 8 different things you can do to help you stay motivated and make those dreams come to life.
Write down your goals & create an action plan
Write down all of your goals. It doesn’t matter what they are or if they’re related, write them ALL down and put them somewhere you will see it every day.
***You can also use pictures from magazines or the internet if you need more of a visual motivator.
It’s harder for you to ignore something when it’s staring at you in the face every morning when you wake up.
Pro Tip: When creating your goals, start with the big picture. Where do you want to be 10 years from now? Then break that down into smaller goals, and then those into even smaller ones and so on. Break down your goals until you can make them daily tasks for you to complete.
It can be really easy to get caught up in the big picture. Don’t forget all of the “small stuff” that comes before.
Create and prioritize your to-do list for every day/week
Once you’ve broken down your goals and have a solid game plan on how you’re going to get to where you want to be, figure out what needs to get done first and put it into action!
Whether you make weekly to do lists or daily ones, write down everything you need to accomplish that week and carry it with you everywhere.(You can set up reminders on your phone to help remind you to get stuff done!)
Make exercising a part of your day
When you exercise your body releases these things called endorphins. Endorphins give you a sense of euphoria and will actually decrease the feeling of stress and depression.
So not only will you mentally (and physically of course) feel better, but it’ll be significantly easier for you to stay motivated.
If you’re anything like me, the days your self esteem is high and you feel really good about yourself are when you tend to get more done. And that’s not by accident.
Keeping your physical and mental health a priority will actually help you become more motivated to improve the other areas of your life.
Tell someone to hold you accountable
Although you don’t have to, having someone other than yourself holding you to your goals and aspirations will actually really help you stay motivated.
For instance, if no one but you knows that you planned on going to the gym tomorrow at 8 am, it’ll be easier for you to decide not to go. However if you have someone going with you, chances are you’re going to suck it up and go because you don’t want to disappoint them.
This goes for everything in life. If you have a goal in mind, talk to people about it, and talk about it often. having a good support circle around you will only ensure your success that much more.
Don’t be afraid to take a break
As I mentioned previously, if you deprive yourself of breaks, you will burn yourself out. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself and relax a little bit.
Whether it’s watching a movie, going out with friends or even taking a bubble bath, do something that will take your mind off of your to do list.
Don’t overwhelm yourself!
Listen to motivational podcasts
There are so many different motivational podcasts out there, there’s bound to be one that you fall in love with. So instead of listening to music on your drive to work, put on a good podcast and really listen to it.
And last but certainly not least, remember to celebrate the little things. Every time you complete a project or task that was on your to do list, you become one step closer to reaching your end goal – and that’s absolutely something to reward yourself for.
Even if it’s something small, once you finish your to do list for that day or week you should absolutely treat your self. Think of it as a refresher before you begin your next set of to do’s, because the last thing you want to do is burn yourself out.
Becoming a motivated person all starts with your state of mind.
You are in complete control of your life. If there’s some aspect of your life that you feel is either lacking or holding you back from making your dreams turn into a reality, you have the power to change it.
I’m a firm believer that life is too short to do or be anything other than what you want, and if lacking motivation is the only thing that’s stopping you from reaching your goals then you’re already in a great position to be in. By actively following the steps above, your motivation will come (and stay).
Being a more motivated person isn’t as difficult as it seems. As long as you keep your head in the right place and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing, everything else will fall into place.