Do you ever wonder how much you’ll be able to accomplish in the future? But what happens when it’s time to put in the effort and you can’t find the motivation?
It’s so easy to fantasize about our dreams and how wonderful they’ll be. Still, if you can’t find a way to work toward them on a consistent basis, it’s easy to become frustrated and give up.
Here are some strategies I’ve used to keep myself moving forward, even if it’s just a little bit at a time.
One step forward is preferable to no progress at all.
Motivation is a product of our own minds, and we can have as little or as much as we want if we have the right mindset.
1. You Make Too Many Excuses
You may not want to hear this, but the vast majority of people who struggle with motivation make themselves feel better by inventing excuses.
“I’d like to start my own business, but I don’t have the time,” “I work a full-time job and have kids; I don’t have time to pursue my dreams,” we’ve all heard.
People who say things like this have time to watch YouTube videos or play video games.
Finally, it is a matter of priorities; it is not a matter of lack of time. It’s because you’re not prioritizing your objectives.
If you want to take action and achieve your goals, you must begin making time for things that may be uncomfortable in the short term in order to achieve your long-term goals.
Stop making excuses. Everyone has time to work on their business and achieve their objectives.
Even if you only practice for 30 minutes per day, learning to play the guitar, for example, will not happen overnight.
But if you make excuses instead of devoting 15 minutes per day to practice, you will never get anywhere.
Stop making excuses and start doing something.
2. You Don’t Force Yourself to Take Action
It is not always enjoyable to start a business or learn a difficult skill.
You arrive home from a long day at work, hungry and tired, with no energy. Learning to play the guitar by doing endless finger exercises or writing your next book can be the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling down.
The internal motivation factor distinguishes those who succeed from those who fail.
You must be your own motivator. You can’t rely on others to tell you to put your head down and get to work.
You must be willing to do this on your own. You must compel yourself to act. You will achieve your goals if you are your own motivation.
Successful people motivate themselves, and it is through this that they are able to achieve victory over and over again in their lives.
When you are feeling unmotivated, you must be willing to be uncomfortable and beat yourself up. Even if you’re tired, be tough on yourself and take action.
3. You Don’t Have a Schedule
Most people, including myself, have good intentions but can be extremely disorganized.
Making a schedule for yourself will not only hold you accountable for completing your tasks on any given day. However, it will also assist you in becoming more productive when you decide to put in the effort.
As an example, consider starting an online blog. It’s fantastic that you spend about an hour a day writing and working on your blog.
Still, it won’t help if half of that time is spent tweaking your site’s design, which will yield no real return on your time spent instead of writing content.
You want to concentrate on what is important, especially if you don’t have a lot of time to begin with.
Make a game plan and a schedule for yourself. Devote as much time as you can to your goals.
It makes no difference whether it’s working out, learning to play the guitar, or starting a business.
Make a smart, calculated schedule for yourself and cross each successful day off your list. You will be far more productive in the time you actually spend.
Give it a shot; you won’t be disappointed with the outcome.
4. You Forget the Why
How many times have you told yourself after eating a pint of ice cream that you’re going to start that diet tomorrow, and this time you’re going to stick with it?
But then, two weeks later, you eat an entire pizza.
Most of the time, this is because you have forgotten the WHY.
You lost motivation because you forgot why you were working so hard.
It is all too easy to get fired up in the moment, then lose perspective a few days or weeks later and throw it all away.
The important thing to keep reminding yourself is, “Why am I doing this?”
What are my long-term objectives?
It is beneficial to have a whiteboard or a piece of poster board up on your wall somewhere you can see it every day, with a clear map of your goals and the endpoint you hope to achieve.
Assume you can remind yourself every day why you are devoting so much of your time. In that case, you have a much better chance of maintaining your willpower and motivation. Because you are aware of how important the objectives you have set for yourself are to you.
Don’t lose sight of the WHY, and you’ll get much further down the road to the WHERE you really want to be.
5. You Try Too Much at Once
If you want to achieve a significant goal, you must understand that you must take small steps to get there.
The most common mistake people make is setting an extremely high goal, getting overly excited about it for the first few days, and then giving up when they realize how difficult it is to actually work towards the goal.
This is the result of setting unrealistic goals and attempting to complete everything at once.
No matter how hard you work, nothing great happens overnight.
Setting your sights on completing the steps to achieving the larger goal allows you to set yourself up for milestones and small wins that will reinvigorate your motivation.
Create a roadmap with checkpoints along the way. Or just keep reminding yourself that making small, consistent progress is preferable to burning out by going all in and gassing your tank.
The race is won by going slowly and steadily.
This may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true when it comes to achieving your goals and remaining motivated.
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