How to Maintain Your Motivation

By Jennifer Noble | May 19, 2017

Whether it means seeing the inside of the gym twice a week, quitting smoking or just not hitting the snooze button every morning, keeping up your willpower day after day can be hard. Nonetheless, there are a number of things you can try to help ease the way.

 

Keep Your Goal in Mind

Whenever you need to do something difficult or less than pleasant, never forget about the advantages it will bring you. What makes you sweat today, makes you slim tomorrow. You cannot be at the top of your game without making some sacrifices, but doing the right things consistently will certainly lead to the kinds of benefits you desire.

 

Achievement of any kind is usually the culmination of many small efforts, not something that suddenly happens out of the blue. Keeping an eye on what you wish to accomplish will help you do the little daily things that bring you closer to your goal.

 

Talk to Someone

People don't seem to be designed to do things all by themselves. Trying to go it alone tends to make everything much harder than it needs to be.

 

If at all possible, it's always a good idea to find a partner when embarking on a course of action you plan to stick with for a long time. It is extremely helpful to be able to talk to someone who faces the same challenges you do, whether this means staying the course with a diet or dropping a bad habit.

 

Making life changes can be extremely stressful on many levels. If you feel that you are starting to lose the plot, seeking out a professional counselor is highly recommended. An outside view will help you gain perspective on where you are, where you're going and what you need to do to get there.

 

Measure Your Progress

Breaking down the route towards your goal into smaller steps is an excellent way to keep yourself motivated. When you can actually see the headway you're making, you'll realize that the work you're doing is really to your own advantage, not just an annoyance or a useless chore.

 

Keeping a diary is a very effective way of keeping track of your progress. There will certainly be times when “not today” is the only thing on your mind; looking back at where you started and how far you've come will help you keep at your task.

 

Stay Positive

Although this is easier said than done, maintaining a balanced outlook on what you are trying to achieve can make the difference between an uphill struggle and steady progress.

 

There are positive as well as negative forms of self-motivation. If you tend to dwell on the bad things that will happen if you don't manage to finish what you've decided to do, you'll likely end up feeling somewhat helpless. Instead, focusing on where you want to end up, even to the point of visualizing yourself in that situation, can help you harness the power of positive thinking.

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