4 Tips for Reaching Your Goals When You’re No Longer Motivated
29 Jun 2015
Every morning I wake up, I look to my left and see the vision board I created to bring in 2015. That board is a daily reminder to stay committed to the goals I set before the New Year even began. For the entire week before New Year’s Eve 2014, my best friend and I racked our brains trying to think of the best way to bring in the New Year.
We were not in the mood to party in the streets. She came up with the best idea – a vision board party! Ok, so it wasn’t really a party, just us two gals spread out on my living room floor, surrounded by magazines, stickers, colored paper, various art supplies, and two huge blank canvases.
On December 31, 2014 until after 2 a.m. into the New Year, we slowly filled our vision boards with goals, mantras, affirmations, photos, and of course, plenty of glitter and fancy stickers. Let me tell you, the energy in that room was high! We bounced ideas off each other, shared some of our photos and goals, read our mantras out loud and were both so excited to make this year different than the last.
And then it was March. The first two months of the year were over and I no longer looked to my left as often when I got out of bed. I didn’t sit in front of my board and meditate on it like I did for the first two months of the year. I didn’t plan my day around achieving those goals and visions I was so excited to conquer when I first made the board.
Trust me, I had good intentions to tackle every goal but as life set in, I just couldn’t find the motivation to even read the board. It all seemed so overwhelming so even when I did read it, I didn’t take steps to achieve it.
Sometimes we set out to achieve our goals with such enthusiasm that we underestimate the importance of commitment when we set those goals. Commitment trumps motivation every time! Commitment means staying loyal to your goals even when the initial excitement wears off. That excitement is bound to wear off because life is bound to get in the way.
I bet you never thought you’d hear a personal trainer say to forget about motivation! I tell my clients this all the time; it’s all about being committed to your goals and not waiting until you have the motivation to achieve them.
So here are my top 4 tips for staying committed to your goals even when you no longer feel motivated:
1. Visualize the end result: Visualization involves forming positive images of accomplishing your goals. If you can’t create that mental picture, chances are that you won’t achieve that goal.
2. Share your goals with loved ones: These people are likely to be there for you when you’re struggling to stay focused. They might just join in on your goals and partner with you to achieve them.
3. Act with your head and not with your heart: If you wait until the perfect conditions you will be waiting a lifetime. Be logical, not emotional about your goals.
4. Write a to-do list: There’s something about seeing your goals in your own handwriting that leads to action and creates self accountability.
I hope this list helps you stay committed to your goals, even when it gets hard–because it will. Just know that you’re not alone, and that even the most accomplished people sometimes need to dig into their bag of tricks to keep pushing towards their vision.
What are your best tips for reaching your own goals?