Like many things in life we set goals for ourselves to achieve and are all pumped to see them become a reality. Some of the goals are short term, others medium term and some long term. However, for many of us at a certain point in our lives our motivation might drop. Unfortunately, some people never regain the motivation to achieve their goals. This blog shares what myself and different people do to stay motivated to achieve their goals and how you can do the same.
It’s important to note that each of us are motivated by different things. What lights the fire for one person might have zero effect on another. If is important to find out what motivates you and then create a picture in your mind of that image (or have a real picture in front of you of achieving that goal). Below are some techniques you can use to help stay motivated to achieve your goals.
1) Re-charge: it’s very important to take time to relax. You can’t train 24/7 or you will eventually burn out. Think of it like driving your car but not taking the time to re-fill with gas. I like to completely change the scenery for my day off. If possible take a day or two and get out of town. Often times, it’s not only about re-charging physically but mentally. A change of scenery can greatly help with this.
2) Turn your to-do list upside down: some people’s to-do lists are simply too long term and they never feel they are making progress to attaining those goals (even if they are). If this is you, a good strategy is to completely re-do your list and break it into smaller goals (keeping the larger goals in mind). By having smaller goals we can make progress and can see it. Seeing the progress helps to keep the motivation up.
3) Have pictures of your dream to remind you of your goal: if you’re having a bad day at work or dealing with people you don’t like it’s good to keep photos of what you’re striving for. This could be materialistic things such as a cottage, car, or vacation destination. It could also be athletic achievements such as scoring x-amount of goals or hoisting the championship trophy.
4) Set new goals for yourself: if you scored five goals this past season then set a new goal to score more the following season. I always tracked how many goals, assists, and completed passes I made. I wrote them down and re-visited them often. The team’s success was more important but part of that success required me to score at least 10 goals a season and have more than 15 assists. If you’re feeling low on the motivation level, think of new goals you can set for yourself.
5) Break the cycle up: when I was transitioning to eating healthier foods and cutting out bad foods it was difficult at first. I did some research and learned that if you go all gung-ho for several weeks and don’t allow yourself a day or two to relax and enjoy sugars and sweets then you are more likely to never stick to your eating regime. I like to call it a “cheat day” where I eat anything I want. It breaks up the cycle and gives me something aim for. For instance, every second Friday may be a cheat day. Leading up to that day I will stick to the plan knowing that on Friday I can let loose and relax. Then after breaking the cycle it allows me to re-charge and get focused again.
6) Role Models: having role models in different areas of life is a great way to keep your motivation up. Growing up, I liked having posters in my room of the best athletes in their respective sports on my walls. I posted motivational quotations on my door, peg board and desk. These people displayed the motivation, drive and determination to achieve their goals and that within itself motivated me to achieve my own.
7) Be the best you can be: maybe you have friends or people within your life that for whatever reason motivate you. Plain and simple, you want to be better than them! Think of them as a “dot on the board” which you are trying to surpass. Prove to them to them that you are better and improving each day. They don’t need to know they are your motivation (just keep that in the back of your mind). Look at the them as a stepping stone for your success.
The great thing about today is that with the use of technology we are able to track our progress to finest detail. You can take pictures, videos, use grids and different tracking systems to watch your progress. If you’re trying as hard as you can and don’t start to see results in 3-6 months (or sooner depending on the goal) then it is time to tweak your approach to achieving this goal. A professor once told me that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. The way I look at is, find out what motivates you and then stick to the formula where you are seeing success.