Are you still looking to find some motivation? Well, don’t look behind you or in the past. It’s not there. It’s up ahead. Look ahead!
That brings me to point number three in this motivation series: direction!
Keep going in the right direction
Keep your goal interesting — there’s a risk of becoming bored, so keep your goal alive by growing and changing with it. Add in new elements, switch things around a little, find ways to stimulate your senses and the ‘pleasure centre’ of your brain while continuing to put in the hard work and effort. Stick some motivational pictures and sayings up where you can see them everyday, or write yourself little congratulatory notes and leave them in odd or unexpected places. Remind yourself that you ARE doing this and you ARE making progress.
Review and refine your plan and the steps in it. If things aren’t working or not working as quickly as you thought, or not fitting into your current lifestyle and commitments, switch it around, tweak things, or go and do a bit more research and information gathering to see what others are doing. Get some fresh ideas and build your enthusiasm and motivation to try something new. Refocus on just one step for a while to build that sense of self-efficacy.
Surround yourself with people who support you and believe in you, and/or those that are trying to climb the same mountains as you. Share your journey and feel the weight lift a little. Challenge yourself in a more public way; i.e. tell others what you are doing. That can help you to feel more accountable and more inclined to stick with your plan on the difficult days. And accept that you will inevitably have difficult days and setbacks. These are normal, good and to be expected.
There is a Japanese proverb that says “Fall down seven times, stand back up eight” or a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fall”. Have a little moan and groan to yourself when you hit an obstacle if you want, then shake it off and keep in mind that the setback today does not control tomorrow.
One of the best things to do to keep yourself motivated is to record your progress in a tangible way. Keep a daily list or log of steps you took, record your effort (give it a rating out of 10) and how that effort made you feel. Take daily photos of you participating in and working toward your goal. Keep a journal, or dedicate a notes page in your phone to jotting down your progress. Take the time to regularly look back and notice the effort you have actually put in and the progress you have made.
I hope this series has helped you to find your focus and your own motivation!
Love and light,