We all have goals. Goals drive us forward, whether it’s losing weight, starting a new business, learning a new skill, or simply becoming a better version of ourselves. But let’s face it: staying motivated to achieve those goals can be tough. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably started on a goal with a lot of enthusiasm, only to see that excitement wane over time. So, how do we stay motivated to achieve our goals? Here’s what I’ve learned along the way.

Finding Your Source of Motivation

First things first, where do you find your motivation? Let’s look at some fantastic sources that can give you that initial push and keep you going.

Books

Books are like having a conversation with some of the greatest minds in the world. When I’m feeling stuck, I turn to inspirational books. Titles like “Atomic Habits” by James Clear and “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg are incredible for understanding how to build and maintain good habits. These books don’t just tell you to be motivated; they show you how to set up systems that keep you on track.

Podcasts

Podcasts are another goldmine for motivation. They’re great because you can listen to them while doing other things like driving or working out. Some of my favorites include “The Tim Ferriss Show,” where Tim interviews high achievers across various fields, and “The Tony Robbins Podcast,” which is packed with actionable advice on achieving your goals.

Family and Friends

Never underestimate the power of your support network. Sharing your goals with family and friends can provide a significant boost. They’ll cheer you on, hold you accountable, and celebrate your victories with you. For example, when I decided to run my first 10K, my family’s encouragement was a game-changer. They were at the finish line, and knowing they’d be there kept me going even when my legs felt like jelly.

Mentors

Having a mentor can be transformative. A mentor is someone who has walked the path you’re on and can offer guidance, support, and wisdom. When I was writing my first book, having a mentor who had already published several was invaluable. They provided feedback, kept me motivated, and helped me navigate the publishing process.

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Practical Ways to Stay Motivated

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Start Small

Big goals can be overwhelming. Breaking them down into smaller, manageable tasks can make a huge difference. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, you wouldn’t start by running 26 miles on day one. You’d start with a mile or two and gradually increase your distance.

Work on One Goal at a Time

Multitasking is tempting, but it can dilute your focus and energy. Prioritize one goal at a time. This doesn’t mean you can’t have multiple goals; it just means you should focus your primary energy on one. 

Define Your Why

You need to have a strong reason behind your goal. Why do you want to achieve it? This isn’t just about the surface-level answers like “I want to lose weight” or “I want to make more money.” Dig deeper. Ask yourself why losing weight is important to you. Is it because you want to feel more confident, have more energy to play with your kids, or improve your health to live a longer life?

When I decided to start this blog, my why was about creating something meaningful, having the freedom to manage my time, and being able to provide a better future for my family. This deeper why kept me going even when things got tough.

Have an Action Plan

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Once you’ve broken down your goal, create a plan to tackle each task. Schedule these tasks into your calendar like you would any important appointment. Consistency is key here.

Fight Negative Thoughts and Self-Doubts

Negative thoughts and self-doubts are motivation killers. When these thoughts creep in, challenge them. Replace “I can’t do this” with “I can do this because…” and list reasons. For example, if I catch myself thinking I can’t finish a project, I remind myself of past successes and the skills I’ve developed.

Know That Quitting Is Not an Option

Persistence is crucial when working towards a goal. I’ve faced many setbacks, but I’ve learned that quitting is not an option. Every failure is a learning opportunity, and each step, no matter how small, brings you closer to your goal.

Visualize Your Success

Visualization is a powerful tool. Spend a few minutes each day picturing yourself achieving your goal. What does it look like? How do you feel? When I was training for my marathon, I visualized crossing the finish line, feeling strong and accomplished. This mental image kept me motivated through tough training sessions.

Let Discipline Take the Wheel When Motivation Is Low

You know those days when you just can’t seem to get going? Maybe you’re tired, stressed, or just not feeling it. That’s when discipline becomes your best friend. Discipline is like that reliable buddy who shows up, rain or shine, and says, “Hey, we’ve got this.”

Here’s how it works: motivation is great, but it’s a bit like a burst of energy—it comes and goes. Discipline, on the other hand, is steady. It’s about having a set routine and sticking to it, even when you don’t feel like it. Imagine you’ve committed to running every morning. On days when you’re excited, it’s easy. But on those groggy, cold mornings, discipline is what gets you out of bed. It’s knowing that you’ve made a promise to yourself and you’re going to keep it, no matter what.

Think about it like brushing your teeth. You don’t need to feel particularly motivated to do it every day because it’s just a habit. The same goes for your goals. When you build habits around them, you take away the need for constant motivation. You simply do it because it’s part of your routine.

Discipline also builds resilience. Each time you push through the lack of motivation, you train your mind to handle challenges better. It’s like a muscle that gets stronger with use. Over time, you’ll find that sticking to your commitments becomes easier, and those low-motivation days won’t derail you as much.

Final Thoughts

I hope this post helps you stay motivated on your journey. If you have any tips or personal stories about staying motivated, feel free to share them in the comments. Let’s inspire each other to reach new heights!

Until next time, Hermione

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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