In the age of the hustle mentality, motivation is a word that’s easily thrown around. There’s an abundance of motivational quotes and media that can diminish its importance. But, what does it mean to actually embrace it for yourself and take concrete action? These 6 steps can help you become and stay motivated.
1) Set a Goal then Break It Down
When setting a goal, it’s important to clearly define what you want. Whether it be a fitness, career, or leisure goal, tell yourself “I want to travel to 2 new countries next year” or “I want to gain 10 pounds of muscle in 3 months”. Be specific so that you mentally have something to work towards. Once you establish that, break it down into smaller progress goals. Without doing so, you’ll look at where you are now, compare it to your main end goal, and then lose interest because there’s no set path that makes it appear attainable. Remember, it’s a process. Excellence is habitual and success comes from consistency.
2) Focus Your Mind for Energy
Remind yourself every morning of what your goal is, why you’re doing it, how you’re going to do it, and that you can do it. Align your mind and body to produce the energy you need to accomplish a task. I truthfully never took meditation as seriously as I do now. It didn’t seem important because, I couldn’t physically see results and progress. But, it helps in ways you cannot see. More than ever, amongst all the social media noise and electronic distractions, is so important to find time alone to refocus. Scrolling through a newsfeed or watching television can clutter our minds which drain our energy. We need to step away and center that energy on ourselves.
3) Start. Now.
It’s 6:14 a.m. You’re half-awake in bed, feeling cozy. Your goal is to wake up at 6:15 every morning for a 2 mile jog. But, you’re hesitating. You're thinking, “5 more minutes” or “I can start tomorrow”. As you fill your mind with these thoughts, your legs start to move and get out of bed. Your body gets ready and within 5 minutes, you’re starting your 2 mile jog like you set out to do! This is what happens when we make our goals habitual. It becomes automatic. Most of the struggle we experience in accomplishing our goal is in our head. We’re a teeter totter away from taking action. As long as we choose to take action, every day, despite all adversity, your goal becomes habitual and easier to maintain. If you find yourself spending too much time on your phone or being distracted by other media, it’s because you’ve made that habitual. All it requires is a slight tweak.
4) Find Others with Similar Goals and Share Your Story
With any goal you set, 99% of the time, there’s someone else on a similar journey. It helps to follow these people or even, people you aspire to be like. There’s a saying that goes, “surround yourself with likeminded people”. But, it wasn’t simple for me to actively seek people in my physical environment. Social media was a great place to start and mentally adjust myself. Although it does have many negative connotations, it depends on how you use it. Reach out to others, follow role models, and share your story. Then, you can branch out to other avenues. If you start comparing yourself to other people and their progress, stop. They 1) didn’t start off that way 2) are different people and 3) had different circumstances. They are on their own path, just like you with different struggles and progress goals. So take what they’ve accomplished, positively appreciate what they’ve done, and apply it to your journey. The more you immerse yourself into the lifestyle that embodies your goal, the more it comes to you. In essence, the law of attraction. You build up momentum and maintain the energy, motivation, and determination you need knowing that you’re not alone and your goal is possible.
5) Rethink Setbacks
This will inevitably happen. And that’s okay. Because it’s part of the process. When setbacks happen, sometimes it’s good to step a way for a bit or even, reward yourself for the progress you’ve already made. We’re human and we get tired, emotionally, physically, and mentally. Don’t feel bad about taking time to recharge and refocus when it’s essential to your well-being. It’s only detrimental when you start to negatively spiral. Spiraling includes thinking you’re the problem, or the circumstances aren’t ideal, or it’s just never going to happen. When that happens, we lead into the last point.
6) Stay Grounded and Be Grateful
It’s hard. It really is. But it’s not impossible. Try to think about how many cliched quotes you’ve heard like “anything is possible” or “if you can dream it, you can do it”. The reason these exist is because… they’re all true! These words were said for a reason. Scrolling through social media and learning the stories of innovators, creators, fitness gurus, actors, and anyone that’s overcome adversity has only strengthened my belief that anything is literally possible. However, that belief can also be validated at a more microscopic level, when you think about your own life. Whether you see it or not, you have an abundance of blessings. You may not have the the money, the sexy body, the extravagant house, or the luxury car. But, you are living. You have a life, and you can choose what you want to do with it. I read an article of a man who suffered from paralytic polio at a young age and lived in an iron lung all his life. With limited access to all his limbs, he was able to acquire 3 college degrees and become a practicing lawyer (Source). We all have different struggles and circumstances. The challenge is to work through them to achieve our goals. So, when you start to lose hope, stay grounded, be grateful, and remember you can do this.
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