How do you stay motivated?
How do you stay motivated enough to see your goals through to the end?
You create an image in your mind about what it’s going to be like when you finally achieve your goal. When you’ve lost the weight, got the relationship, run the marathon, or written the book.
You feel so motivated and excited about it that nothing is possibly going to stop you.
And then a few days later that feeling of euphoria and anticipation has worn off and you’re left with the mundane drudgery of the process.
You’ve seen the top of the mountain, but you haven’t seen the mountain.
It’s possible to insulate yourself against becoming derailed by the inevitable ebb and flow of motivation, but there are a couple of simple strategies you can adopt immediately to keep you on track.
Surround yourself with the right people
The first thing to do is to surround yourself with people who are going to lift you up and support you.
It’s impossible to underestimate the power of having people in your life who understand what you want to achieve and are ready to encourage you along the way.
Sometimes family members or friends can unknowingly sabotage our efforts through off hand comments or a lack of practical support. It’s not normally malicious, but can still be enough to chip away at our confidence and willingness to stick to our new path.
If you can’t limit the time you spend with these people, make sure you balance it out by finding other people who do get you.
If you’re getting into running, check out your local parkrun or beginner running groups.
Look out for gym classes or boot camps for a ready made community of people who share similar values and goals.
And don’t disregard online communities.
I’ve seen first hand the power of the humble Facebook group, as my On The Wagon community has grown to over 5000 members ready to support each other both on and off line.
Get to know yourSELF
The more you understand what makes you tick, how you respond to stressful situations and how you behave when you’re at your best, the easier it becomes to cut in on destructive habit loops and create more positive headspace.
If you’re looking for more direct support with your motivation and positivity, check out my online wellbeing program boost which has a strong emphasis on the mindset of personal transformation.