Whether it’s the hall closet that needs organized or the exercise routine you’d like to start, sometimes we all need a little motivation.
It’s happened to all of us. Somewhere along the way of getting our goals accomplished we get tired, or distracted, or busy with other things.
It’s not that we lack the desire, just the motivation. What you need are some motivation tools to pull you through the tough spots. Try some of these suggestions on for starters.
Give yourself a pep-talk. Five year old soccer coaches (among others) have learned that to get something out of a team of difficult kids, sometimes it helps to yell encouraging remarks. Try it with yourself. O.K. maybe not yell, but try crowding out any negative thoughts by pumping yourself up with happy, supportive self-talk along the way.
Write down your goals. Before you get overwhelmed with what you’ve gotten yourself into, write down your end goal and then share it with a friend. They’ll help hold you accountable.
Use a visual reminder. Take a before picture of what you’d like to change and post it by your written goals. Look back often to see how far you’ve already come. And when you’re done, take another picture and post it as well so you can bask in the satisfaction of a job well done.
Reward yourself. At various milestones along the way, reward yourself with an activity or treat. Just be sure that your treat doesn’t go against your bigger goal. Example: You decide to go out for ice cream because you just lost 10 pounds.
Have a buddy. Misery loves company…can you think of anyone that would like to join in on your misery? Working together may actually make the job go smoother and faster and make it more enjoyable. You’ll have someone to bounce ideas off of and can offer an objective point of view if necessary. A friend can also keep you focused and hold you accountable.
Well, whatever it is that you have on your list of goals, let me be the first to offer a word of encouragement. Good luck and stay motivated until the end!