How to Stay Motivated

Written by on November 2, 2018 in Conscious Living, Thrive with 0 Comments

You must have noted how easy it is to set a goal. We all do it frequently. You’ll agree that staying the course until the realization of the set goals is often the biggest challenge. Research indicates that a meager 8% of the goals set get to go through to fruition. Many goals are abandoned along the way. For some, they are not attained due to a lack of commitment on the part of the goal-setter. While you may think of a thousand reasons as to why you do not push through with your goals successfully, it is hard to deny the place of motivation in the pursuit of set goals and objectives.

Now that we’re at cruising altitude, you could be wondering whether there are ways to ensure that you stay motivated irrespective of the circumstances. Here are scientifically proven ways to stay motivated at all times.

Be Positive

A bad mood is a major contributor to a lack of motivation and procrastination as a result. While you think of procrastination as a potential approach to mood management, it is worth noting that is a short-sighted one. The more you think of it as a technique to mood management, the more you’re likely to resort to whenever a bad mood creeps in. The biggest problem with procrastination is that it will lower your productivity, which will, in turn, result in loss of interest. An alternative and better approach to mood management is one that ensures you focus on your achievements and use them as a source of motivation to face the challenges responsible for the bad mood. You could also employ some short-term measures that you believe will get you motivated for the long-term. For instance, if you’re trying to build a following for your business account on social media, you could try to get your spirits to the appropriate levels.

Build Rituals

Develop a routine and stick to it. Self-drive is often a challenge when you do not have a preplanned schedule to follow. For instance, if you’re an athlete, you should designate the time to wake up, when to have your breakfast, the times to hit the gym, and what time to handle other activities such as visiting friends, shopping, and recreation. While this may seem simple, and non-essential, it creates repeat patterns that build into your system and push you to do what is necessary to get you going as you pursue your goals.

Implement a Reward System

Our brains are wired such that they can respond to rewards. Rewarding does not necessarily have to come after the achievement of your desires. Treat yourself to something you love each time you hit a milestone, or whenever you overcome a major challenge. Many of the things we pursue involve routine activities and may turn out to be boring and uninspiring. Rewarding oneself frequently reminds one of the greater goal and objectives being pursued, and the need to remain consistent. Through constant rewarding of yourself, you’ll be able to keep track of the progress made which is important in motivating yourself further.

Where to Start

Since you are now aware of what it takes to stay motivated at all times, start by breaking down your goal into smaller goals. Set the time limits for the achievement of each. Schedule your time to get all the activities associated with your goal into your routine. Remember to reward yourself regularly.

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