How To Stay Motivated Around The Clock
Getting motivated is easy. When you’re feeling encouraged, nothing can stop you. You invest in a gym membership, sign up for a class, commit to overtime for a new project. You do whatever it takes to get ahead.
Unfortunately, motivation doesn’t always stay around as easily as it comes around. Keeping the motivation you have from the start of a project or goal to the end takes a bit of work. So as you mentally try to prepare for your morning workout and your evening meeting, it pays to pencil in these tips for staying driven around the clock. When you are determined to stay motivated, your goals become easier to reach.
Find Inspiration in Others
Whether you have fitness, career or spiritual goals, surround yourself with people who are working towards similar goals or have reached them. Seeing how they live (and what they do to make it happen) will keep the direction your heading toward in plain sight.
Remember Your Reason
It’s just as important to remember why you want the prize as it is to keep your eye on it.
Find inspirational words, music, and more that remind you that you will be successful. Say them in the mirror every morning, or whenever you need to increase your willpower.
Always Have Three Goals on Deck
Write down your daily, weekly and monthly goals — and what you’re doing every day to work toward them. Make them into a checklist and aim to check all three categories off every day by getting to work.
Be Very Clear
The more specific a goal is, the clearer the path to it is. “Lose Weight” sounds good, but “lose a pound a week” is a goal that is easier to do the math to reach.
Aim for No “Zero Days”
Zero days are days when you get nothing done toward any of your goals. Even if it’s just going for a short walk or working on your side hustle for 15 minutes, aim to get a little bit done every day.
Treat Your Goals Like a Job
Respect the time you devote to them. If you wouldn’t skip work to entertain a distraction, don’t skip spending time on your goals for it either.
Keep Your Eye on Role Models — Even the Fake Ones
From Scandal to Empire, keep your eye on characters who figure out how to get it done. Let their drive inspire you to apply a little by any means necessary to conquer any obstacles in your own life.
Get a Goal Buddy
Your co-worker, BFF or anyone you can sit down to lunch with once a week to talk about your progress. Having something to say at each meeting will keep you driven to make progress.
Celebrate even the smallest goals. Buy a box of cookies and have one on the days you get everything on your list done. The little reminder that you’re on the right path will keep you moving in the right direction.
Put an Alarm on Your Phone
To remind you when it’s time to put time in towards reaching your goals.
Visualize Your Victory
Take a picture of the type of storefront business you want. Buy an outfit in the size you’re shooting for. Surround yourself with things from the life you want until you’re living it.
Sum up Each Day
Write down what you did well today, what you could do better, and what’s on your agenda tomorrow to meet your daily, weekly and monthly goals.
Find a Motivational Playlist
And rock to it each morning in the car to inspire you to get the most you can out of your day.