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Five Tips to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

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Staying motivated isn’t magic. There isn’t a “motivation pill” you can take once a day that activates your motivation. So what do you do when you’re feeling like you can’t reach your goals?

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There are times when we run into barriers or complications. Whether you’re going through a no-good day, feeling frazzled at work, or simply don’t know where to get going, it’s crucial to define your “why.”

Your why is the intent behind what you’re going after. Fully determining your why will help you keep driven during those challenging days and continue to work toward your individual goals.

Today, use a few minutes to consider your why–your objective–for why you’re working toward something.

Once you determine your why, jot it down on a scrap of paper and tape it in a place you’ll spot it every day, like your nightstand or bathroom mirror. When you’re feeling adrift or unmotivated, think about your why and let that inspire you to continue achieving your goals.

What’s your goal? Drop weight? Add fitness? Overhaul your eating habits?

Establishing goals is an essential component of the healthy habits we teach at Farrell’s Des Moines. Experience it for yourself during a free week with us.

How to Stay Motivated After Finalizing Goals

Now that you’ve decided your why, here are some great suggestions to help you remain energized to reach your goals!

Make it Part of Your Routine

This sounds uncomplicated, but establishing new routines can be hard. It takes 21 days to make a habit. Regardless of your goal, make time to work on it once a day.

If you want to exercise first thing, put it on your calendar. If you want to plan your food every Sunday, add it in your agenda. With three weeks of consistency, it will become a piece of your daily routine.

Keep it Simple

Break your goals into smaller, more manageable actions. As an example, if you want to complete a marathon, you begin training by running one mile a day–not 26!

Follow this same method every time to make a new goal. Break it down into smaller objectives that will lead you to the final goal.

Make it Exciting

There’s no reason you can’t like the process! Having an enjoyable time is not your foe–in reality, it can be a good motivator. Take the time to be grateful for your work.

With all new responsibilities, you will learn and grow along the way. And if your tasks are particularly difficult, reward yourself once you’ve finished them!

Think About the Finish Line

Develop a mental photo of yourself completing your goals: What does it resemble? How do you feel in that minute?

Visualization is a powerful mechanism that can help keep you on track and motivated while working toward your goal. It’s an especially useful technique when your tasks are challenging.

Be Consistent

Take the same action daily–even if you’re not in the mood. Some days you may take massive action, while other days you might take a lesser amount of action. That’s OK! The key is to remain consistent.

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