between waking up before dawn to get started on a particular project and
lazing around the house all day watching TV.
It's the crucial element in
setting and attaining goals. We think about motivation when it comes to approaching tasks
we want to achieve. For example finding the motivation to exercise or maybe to start juicing everyday. But maybe a week or 2 into those goals we start up the excuses ..."I can't this morning
I don't have the time,
but it will be ok I be back to it tomorrow." And pretty soon we have lost the motivation to accomplish the goals we put in play.
We have the ability to influence our own
levels of motivation, but far too often, we fail to do so.
Staying motivated can be a real struggle.
Everyone faces doubt and depression at one time or another. What
separates the highly successful from those who fail just might be the ability to stay
motivated and keep moving forward.
Here are the three reasons people
fail to sustain motivation, with some solutions for each.
• Lack of confidence—Simply put, if you don’t believe you can
succeed, what’s the point in trying, right? When this happens, it’s
usually because you’re focusing entirely on what you want and
neglecting what you already have. Because of this, your mind creates
explanations for why you aren’t getting it. This creates negative
thoughts about how you feel about yourself. Your mind is dominated
by past failures, bad breaks, and personal weaknesses. You can
become jealous, which causes you to start making
excuses for why you can’t succeed. When you try to function under
these conditions, you can make bad impressions, assume the worst
about others, and lose self confidence.
Instead, you should try to focus on that "attitude of gratitude".
Take time to focus on all the positive things in your life.
Prepare and refer often to a mental list
of your strengths, past successes, and current advantages. People
often tend to take their strengths for granted and dwell on their
failures. If you focus on feeling grateful, you’ll see how competent and
successful you already are. This will restore your confidence and get
you motivated to build on your current success.
It might be difficult to understand how repeating things you already
know can improve your mindset, but it can. The mind can often distort
reality to confirm what it wants to believe. The more negatively you
think, the more examples your mind will discover to confirm that
belief. When you believe you deserve success, your mind will generate
ways to achieve it. You will need to have belief you'll achieve your
goals. Faith will unlock the doors. Numerous individuals come across
choices but never take action considering that they never believe they
• Lack of focus—If you don’t know what you want, is there anything
you really want? Many times, people focus on what they don’t want,
rather than on a concrete goal. They normally think in terms of fear.
You may be afraid of getting Cancer, afraid you'll never figure out
what your body needs to be healthy, or afraid of being alone.
The problem you face when thinking like this is
that fear alone isn’t actionable. Instead of doing something about your
fear, the fear feeds on itself and usually drains your motivation.
If you become caught up in fear-based thinking, you should try
focusing that energy on a well-defined goal. If you do this, you
automatically define a set of actions. If you’re afraid of getting Cancer,
create a plan to support you health. It might involve researching, or obtaining some help
from a professional. The key is moving from an indefinable desire to tangible,
measurable steps. If you focus your mind on positive goals instead of
fear, you put your brain to work creating a plan for success. You are
no longer worrying about the future. Instead, you are doing
something about it.
• Lack of direction—If you don’t know what to do, how can you
possibly be motivated to do it? When you’re focusing on having an
ultimate goal, direction means having a day-to-day plan to achieve it.
Not having direction can destroy motivation, because without an
obvious next action we succumb to procrastination. The key to finding
direction is identifying the activities that lead to success. Make a list of
all your activities and arrange them based on the results you achieve
from each activity. Then it becomes easy to make an action plan that focuses on
the activities that pay off. When you keep track of your most important
tasks you will direct your power towards success.
It will also help you to see your results, keeping you focused on the next step to reach
your health goals.
Think of it like climbing a staircase, you are looking at the step you are taking, but at anytime,
you can look up and see where you are going.
Keep moving, don't give up, and remember I'm here cheering you on!