Do you ever feel like you’re just never going to get something done? How about just finding the motivation to even begin your tasks or goals… is that spark missing too? Whether its weight loss, writing a book, being more assertive, setting financial goals, or whatever your struggle may be, sometimes all it takes is a little kick-start to get inspired. So, here are a few strategies to finding that motivation you’re missing:
1. Get Organized. One of the easiest ways to get motivated is to make a plan and get organized. Write down your goals, write out a plan to accomplish them, set benchmarks, and look at your lists frequently. This keeps you on track and keeps your focus where it needs to be.
2. Create Inspiration Reminders. Write out the pros and cons to accomplishing and not accomplishing your goals, then write out all the benefits of sticking to your plan on a note card and stick it in your wallet or purse. Commit to reading your note card a few times a day, and when you are about to lose your motivation, you will have a quick reminder of why you need to stay on track.
3. Find a Friend. If you’re the kind of person who struggles to accomplish tasks on your own, find a friend who is looking to do the same thing; and, don’t worry, even if you want to keep your goal private, you can always find an anonymous friend online through message boards and forums. Find a buddy or support group by searching your topic in your favorite search engine. Then join up with others looking to accomplish similar goals.
4. Get Sleep… and Sunlight. Exhaustion and depression are huge motivation killers! Getting plenty of rest will ensure you have enough energy to focus on what you’re doing, and a daily dose of sunlight will help keep the blues away. Exposure to sunlight is particularly important in the winter when many people can suffer from depression due to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Morning sunlight is best, so have your morning coffee next to the window for a positive pick-me-up.
5. Remove “I Can’t” from your vocabulary. Stop believing you can’t do something and replace that ugly phrase with, “How can I…?” While many activities or goals may not be immediately feasible, there is a really good chance there is a way to do it, if you make your plan.
The hardest part about accomplishing anything is taking that first step. So, take the initiative, use these strategies, and get inspired to find the motivation you’ve been missing. Believe you can achieve greatness and you will find it – because it’s been inside you the whole time.