Losing motivation, sucks. I run into this problem far too often, and often find myself losing motivation when it comes to partaking in my daily responsibilities. Who can relate? I mean sometimes I just want to curl up in bed with Chinese food, and binge watch “Prodigal Son” or “Friends,” is that too much too ask for? But, when I do lose motivation, I find that I lose sight of my goals. It’s okay to lose motivation every now and then, and take a day off; but I have found that it’s important to be mindful about how losing motivation will affect your overall dreams, desires, and end goals.
In my own personal experience, once I lost motivation to get something done, the odds are it either won’t get done or I’ll wait so long to do it, that when it becomes time to actually get it done, I’m miserable. Now, I’m not talking about doing laundry for instance, and waiting until your hamper is over flowing due to lack of motivation. I’m talking about larger goals, like going back to school, your health goals, etc… It’s important to not lose sight of the end goal, and to overcome your urge to push your goals aside when your feeling unmotivated. Here are three things that have worked for me when it comes to staying motivated.
- Plan & Account for Time Used and Time Off
For myself, I’ve noticed when I have a set plan or set milestones, I have now set an expectation for myself to get those things done. For instance, when I decided to go back to school to get my MBA, I planned out every task I didn’t get done, all the way up until my potential acceptance. So included on that list were things like, apply for in-state tuition, begin to save x amount every month for school expenses, begin to inquire about letters of recommendation, etc… I found that having a set plan and a self-set deadline, helped me stay on track. That being said it is also important to schedule time to take mental breaks and to schedule in time for yourself so that you don’t find your self having this overwhelming urge not to do anything.
2. It’s Okay if Things Don’t Go According to Plan
Although, I plan out goals and milestones I’d like to achieve, at various times, I know and accept that those plans may alter. The only thing we can control in life, is ourselves. That being said your plan that you just created may not work out exactly how you think they will. For myself, I’ve noticed that I suffer from lack of motivation when something doesn’t go my way. So for instance, if I get a bad grade on a test, I am so quick to just want to throw in the towel and say well enough is enough. I have learned over the years that no matter what road blocks come my way, I have to hurdle over them and keep going. Staying motivated after a defeat is not easy, but you have to push through, because the reward is at the end of the tunnel.
3. Surround Yourself With People Who Push You to Be Your Best Self
My friends and family are the biggest motivators in my life, and every day they push me to become a better person. I know this is easier said than done, but over the course of the past 3 years, I have worked to surround myself with positive and motivation individuals. It has not only helped me mentally, but it also pushes me to reach my full potential as well. If you don’t have someone to push you and to hold you accountable to help you achieve your dreams, please follow my blog and lets talk about more ways to stay motivated. Now go forth you beautiful human.