Are you the type of person to always start a new project but you find that you start running out of steam before you can complete it? I know I have this problem and it often leads to so many abandoned projects that I failed to finish. Sometimes we just have so many ideas that we start to lose focus and before you know it your motivation is gone. I started looking for ways to stay motivated and I think I found 5 tips that will help you stay on track to finish your goals.
1 – Ask yourself if it’s really your goal.
One way to stay motivated is having a goal that you have your heart set in doing. For me my goal is to lose excess fat to be healthier. I was always a big guy growing up and I remembered my family members telling me to lose weight but I never really made it a priority for me. So whenever they would tell me things like that, it would always annoy me and I get angry. It was until I decided to lose weight on my own that I realized that I found a goal. I don’t know why my parents nagging me about losing weight didn’t jumpstart my weight loss goal, but it was more me really taking the time to look at myself in the mirror and not being happy with that I saw. I decided that losing excess fat would make me happy, and created that goal in my mind in that instant. I’m still pursuing weight loss but now I am more confident that I will do it. I’ve already lost quite a bit of weight since my journey and I will continue on this path until I’ve completed my goal. It is really hard to finish something that you are just not invested in, before you decide on a goal, ask yourself if it’s really your goal.
2 – Break down your goals to make it easier.
Going back to my goal of losing weight, I currently weigh 265 lbs and my end goal to be under 200, I would like to be 190 or 180 lbs, I think that would be perfect for my height. Now that’s about 85 pounds that I would have to lose to be 180, and that is quite a goal. Losing 10 pounds is hard enough, let alone 85. In order for me to stay on the path and not be discouraged, I would have to break down this massive goal to make it easier to accomplish.
Any task or goal that I want to complete, I always try to break it down into smaller chunks. Not only does it make it seem a lot easier but it also puts me in a state of mind where I feel more comfortable about what lies ahead of me. There’s a saying that says ‘A journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ and I truly believe that.
3 – Take a break to recuperate.
Tip number three is to take a break to recuperate every now and then. Sometimes we just get so focused with what we are doing that we sometimes neglect living our life. We become so driven that we are scared to lose that momentum. You have to remember that you cannot let life pass you by, finishing a goal is great and if you keep pushing and pushing and pushing sooner or later you will exhaust yourself and burn out. When you do get to that point, you may be forced to take a break because your body just can’t continue any longer and that might hurt you in the long run. Sometimes, you just have to stop what you are doing, take a few deep breaths so that you can be rested and tackle your challenge with a set of fresh eyes. This may even benefit you because you might catch things that you didn’t see before. No goal is worth neglecting your health and your family.
4 – Visualize your goal.
Tip number four is visualizing your goal in your mind. I visualize myself losing that weight and that visualization is burned in my psyche. The image of me at my goal weight keeps me motivated and it helps when I start to lose track of what I want. Visualization is a powerful technique, start with getting into a calm state, then you close your eyes, and take a deep breath. Continue taking deep breaths and start to visualize in your mind what you want to achieve. Focus on that image for a good minute or two while continuing to take deep breaths. Tell yourself that this is the goal that you want to achieve and believe in those words. Do this a few types a week and sooner or later you will start to see a change in your persona, you will start to feel more motivated to continue your goal because you promised yourself that you will. Visualization is key.
5 – Keep track of your progression.
Keep a journal with you or take photos of your progression towards your goal, because keeping track of how you are progressing is a great way to help you stay motivated. By logging in your progression, you can start to see how you are doing. Maybe you may have to change a few things and or maybe you’ve been doing the right things and everything is going as planned. However, you won’t know this unless you are keeping track of your progression.
Some may choose to document this change publicly and share it with people but it can also be something private. Whatever you decide to do, a progression chart will definitely keep you focused so that you may get to where you want to be.
No one is perfect and we will all make mistakes, but it’s not about the amount of mistakes you make, it’s about staying on the path that you’ve chosen to follow. Hard work does pay off, but you will also need to have a balance in your life so that you don’t drive yourself insane. I will achieve my goal one day and when I do, you will hear it from me.