Getting and staying motivated is probably one of the hardest things to do. There are so many distractions in our everyday lives that just seem to work against us. Here are 5 effective ways to get motivated and stay there.
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1. Imagine Your Death
Close your eyes and vividly imagine that you are laying on your death-bed. Who is there with you? What are you feeling? What thoughts about your life are you having as you slowly slip away. Do you feel regretful? Are you satisfied with the way your life went? What things would you have done differently? Or done at all? Would you want more time to do some of the things on your bucket list? What about another chance to start that business? Would you want to follow the passion and dream you always had? Chances are you would want more time to do more. The good news is that right now you are not on your death-bed. You still have every opportunity right now to do things. Don’t sweat the small stuff. We only live once. Get moving.
2. Create A Vision Board
We often lose motivation when we lose sight of our goal. When we can’t “see” it anymore we become less motivated. Think about the last time you set a goal. Maybe around the New Year, you decided you wanted to lose 20 pounds. Perhaps you had a goal to be more productive or to make more money. At that time of goal setting, you could see it clearly in your mind. You had emotions surrounding that goal and got so hyped up about what life would be like once you got there that you were giddy with excitement and determination. Then as the weeks went on, your motivation to accomplish those goals slowly disappeared. Why is that? It’s because you can’t “see” it anymore. You can’t “feel” it anymore.
With the chaos of our daily lives, it becomes difficult to focus on what we want to attain. To counter this we need something visual that we can see every day that reminds us of where we want to be. Creating a Vision Board is vital to staying motivated. If you want to lose 20 pounds, dig up an old photo of yourself at the weight you would love to be and stick it on the vision board. Write yourself a check in the amount you want to receive on your paycheck every week and stick it up there. Do that for any goal that you have and be specific about the images you put up. Looking at your vision board every day will keep you focused and motivated to reach the end goal.
3. Get A Life Coach
A life coach will help you uncover your roadblocks and help you discover strategies that will keep you motivated. A life coach’s job is to inspire you to maximize your potential. Having someone keep you accountable is an effective motivator, as well. As soon as you start losing focus, your life coach will help you discover what it is that is keeping you from what you want to accomplish. He’ll have lots of assessments and thought-provoking questions that will keep you motivated every week.
4. Understand Setbacks WILL Happen
In every quest to accomplish something there will be setbacks. That’s it. Period. Many people have this idea that in order to accomplish something like losing weight, they can’t slip up or that’s it. Then their motivation just goes out the window. Instead of throwing your hands up and thinking, “here we go again, I’ve failed,” have a different mindset. Think to yourself that this is just part of moving forward. Think of this ahead of time and really try to understand that setbacks will happen.
5. Start An Affirmation Ritual
Affirmations are my favorite way to get and stay motivated. When you don’t feel like moving forward or you feel like you are just not getting there, saying aloud or affirming what you want is a miracle cure. There is a lot out there about how affirmations work but right now all you need to know is that they work and they will keep you motivated. Here are some examples of affirmations:
- “I am in the best shape of my life.”
- “I live a life of abundance and great wealth.”
- “I am a positive thinker.”
- “I am organized and clutter free.”
The key here is to affirm as if your goal is already true. Say your affirmations every day at the same time to make it a ritual. Say them in the shower, or when you go for a walk. I like to say my affirmations every day on my way to work in my car. Repeat each one for a couple of minutes to let it sink into your subconscious mind. Affirmations are powerful motivators.
Getting and staying motivated is difficult for most of us but not impossible. These were just several, but powerful, ways to get things going.
Do you have any motivators you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below.