Sometimes you just don’t have the energy to make those giant leaps of faith, and that’s okay. When you began a new journey, you’re ecstatic about it and somehow, all the motivation in the world is in the palm of your hands.
Maybe for a month.
I came across an article read that pointed out these following points:
1. Create a mantra. This is probably the easiest thing to start out with and one of the most powerful motivators. It’s simple and unsophisticated. If your goal is to buy your own home, you can use the mantra “my own place” or “my dream home.” The mantra itself isn’t as important as the emotional connection it gives you to your goal.
2. Create a ritual. If your goal is to lose weight, it’s not easy to change all the previous unhealthy habits you might have. What is much easier is creating a ritual to reinforce your new lifestyle. This might every time when you wake up, or before you go to bed you look at pictures of the body you want, you review your diet plan and journal about why health is important to you and how you can’t wait to have a healthy lifestyle and body.
3. Make plans. This is one of the most powerful actions for me, but it’s not something I do daily. Make plans and day dream about what you’re going to do when you achieve your goal. When you finally buy your own home, what are you going to do? How are you going to design it? How are you going to use each room? When you lose 50 pounds, what are you going to do differently? Are you going to go to the beach more, play with your kids, start modeling? Whatever it is, regularly thinking about your plans for your life after you’ve achieved your goals is a powerful way to stay motivated. It allows you to renew that initial excitement you had when you first set out to achieve your goals.
4. Put yourself on auto-response. In this article, I talk about how the practical mind will often get in the way of our heart and our true desires. Sometimes we have to silence our mind in the face of the practical and seemingly ridiculous. We have to put ourselves on auto-response; instead of thinking “I don’t know” we change our auto-response to “I’ll figure it out.
All of that is essential information and helpful regarding trying to maintain your focus, but for someone like me whose uncommittedness is to the BONE, I have to reach out further to get my procrastination underway.
I forgot what site I was under, but she spoke of defining your motives and your goals because usually, a simple “lose 10 lbs” becomes way to general, and the focus on getting to the goal is blurred out because you have no real insight on how to achieve your goal.
And that’s where the procrastination begins to set in.
Me, personally, what has been helping me to refocus is the installing of mini goals. For me, this is my “one step” because whodoesn’tlike being rewarded and mentally repeating to themselves how amazing they are? I read a particular comment from where I find that resource, that they wrote about taking it one step at a time.
And that is the truth. We make one step at a time to sink into our bad habits. We slept in one saturday, then the next. Had a fried chicken wing one night, then the next night a Mickey D’s double cheeseburger and we continually keep forgiving ourselves that the next day we’re gonna get it right, and when Next Day comes, we’re sinking deeper into our bad habits.
Well it’s the same motto for doing good habits. We eat that salad for lunch one day and then the next day, we’re feeling for a fancified turkey burger. Or, we put in job applications one day then the next feel the need to go out and actually do some walk-ins. It’s all the same process. Because motivation is finally settling in. We can be as motivated to do good things as we are to continue doing bad things. It’s all in taking the first step to begin that journey. Once you start a journey, it’s never finished until you say it is.
Dream in the clouds, and even higher. But take one step to being committed. My step was making my mantra, which was
“I will not let anyone make me feel bad about being who I am”…
And soon after that, creating mini goals set an even better pace for me. Already I’ve lost those 10 lbs I’ve been trying so hard to lose for the past 3 months! lol
What will your first step be?
How to Stay Committed to Long Term Goals: http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/long-term-goals/
Simply Flaw-thentic: http://myheartdances.blogspot.com/search/label/self-esteem