Are there things you want to achieve in your life, but have trouble getting started?
You’re not alone.
Motivation is an elusive thing, and sometimes it can be hard to summon up the energy to take us where we want to be.
But it can be cultivated – and, to that end, we’ve put together our 5 top pieces of advice for getting motivated!
1. Commit Publicly
Tell people about your goal – post it to Facebook, tell your friends and family – do whatever you need to do to make yourself accountable to others as well as to yourself, even if the goal is a personal one. You’ll find that the desire not to look bad in front of others will vastly outweigh your desire to give up, even on your off days.
2. Start Small
A big, overarching goal can be daunting because it seems so far off and unattainable. Instead, try breaking it down into smaller, more achievable goals – the kind of things that can be achieved on a daily or weekly basis. This makes your goal seem much more realistic, which will make making excuses for not doing things much harder!
3. Find Inspiration
Look up stories of people who have done the things you want to achieve. Read them over and over again. Print them out and keep them in your desk drawer for when you need them. Read them especially when you’re feeling like your motivation is lacking. If they can do it, so can you!
4. Build Anticipation
This one is for before you start on your journey. Setting a start date a few weeks in advance not only gives you time to prepare, but also time to get excited about the changes you’ll be making. Excitement can be a valuable tool in getting motivated in those first few months and weeks.
5. Remember That Motivation Isn’t Constant
You will have days where you feel really motivated, completely focused on your goal and raring to go. But equally you’ll have days where you aren’t, where you can’t be bothered to do whatever it is you have to get done that day. But don’t give up. Motivation comes in waves, and it’s only a matter of time before the next one comes along – just be ready to ride it!