Staying motivated can be one of the hardest things for people to do. In fact, with each passing generation, people are feeling less and less motivated for various reasons to the point where it’s almost a majority for younger people. If you feel like you’re in this category where you can’t get yourself motivated to chase your dreams, here are five life hacks that can help you.
Sometimes it’s difficult to notice positive changes in ourselves and truly understand how far we’ve come. That’s why it’s so important to review your progress and check in on your goals. When you’re starting out, be sure to track your progress. Whether it be journaling, photos, or an app designed to track your progress.
The ability to actually see where you started off and where you are in the present will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep that momentum going. Give yourself credit for how far you’ve come and hone in on the specific methods that helped you make it to where you are now. In no time, you’ll use that knowledge to come even closer to your goals.
Your environment has a huge effect on your productivity and motivation. A dreary, dark, cold environment is more likely to drain your energy and keep you from your goals than an environment full of light, energy, and positivity. This includes who you surround yourself with. Keep company with those who support your aspirations and make a conscious effort to help you achieve what you set out to do.
Warranted and constructive criticism is healthy, but watch out for those who are negative more often than not. Negative energy will bring your motivation to a halt and make it harder to reach your goals. There is such a thing as being too positive, though. Toxic positivity can have an equally negative effect. Carefully seek the balance between the two and you’ll be one step closer to achieving your goals.
Be Your Own Biggest Fan
One of the big reasons why people can lose motivation is because they feel like they aren’t making progress, or if they are, they aren’t doing it as fast as they’d hoped. When this happens, you have to take inventory of the progress that you made so far when that motivation level is feeling low.
For example, if you were hoping to lose a certain amount of weight, just remember that you have made progress, even if it’s not fast. The same could be said for other common goals like making more money or cutting back on a common vice like drinking or smoking.
Setting realistic and attainable goals is a smart way to ensure you stick to said goals. We’ve all bitten off more than we can chew when it comes to what we want to achieve versus what we’re realistically capable of. That’s not to say you shouldn’t strive for excellence when setting your goals.
Make a point to set goals that are within your own realm of possibility, or slightly outside of it. Things you truly believe you’re capable of achieving or can come close to. That way you push yourself some, without overdoing it and putting harsh expectations on yourself. We’re our own worst critics and unmet expectations birth disappointment. So, go easy on yourself when setting goals.
Time is endless, yet we never seem to have enough of it. Managing the time we do have is crucial when it comes to achieving our goals. It’s important to set goals that work within your timeframe to ensure you’re capable of reaching said goals.
With the hustle and bustle of daily life present, you’ll want to set aside scheduled time during the day, or night to focus on whichever specific goal you’re aiming to reach. Get your other tasks done in a timely fashion so that you can give your goals adequate time and effort to work toward. Remaining consistent and on top of your time management is the key to tackling what you set your mind to.