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I live by the motto that you can achieve anything you want, as long as you stay consistent and don’t give up. But actually staying consistent and not giving up isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here are 7 tips to help you stay motivated to reach your goals.
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How to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Goals
1. Celebrate all your wins, no matter how small
It’s easy to fall into the trap of overlooking your achievements because you feel they aren’t good enough. But any step you make in the right direction is progress and you should give yourself credit for it.
Make sure to spend a few minutes at the end of each day reflecting on what went well for you. As soon as you start getting impatient and feeling as though your achievements aren’t enough, you’ll start losing motivation to reach your goals.
2. Visualize success
One of the most powerful ways to stay motivated is to visualize yourself reaching your goals, up to the smallest details. Where are you? What are you doing? What does it feel like?
One of the best ways to do this is to journal it. This way you can re-read what you’ve written any time you feel a dip in motivation. This will remind you what you’re working for and help you stay on track to achieve your goals
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3. Read motivational books
Words are incredibly powerful, and sometimes just reading motivational books can spark a much needed wave of inspiration.
If you’re unsure of where to start, The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz is a classic. I often read an excerpt before big life events like job interviews, and I have almost 100 Kindle highlights saved from this book alone.
You can also find hundreds of powerful, motivational videos on YouTube, although I’d still recommend reading, though since it’s much easier to get distracted on YouTube.
4. Keep your goals in mind and reassess them regularly
Once you’ve defined your goals, make sure to keep them fresh in your mind. You could do this by visualizing them regularly as I mentioned earlier, or you could also create a vision board, document your progress in a journal, or simply write them out and stick them on your wall.
Whatever you choose, just make sure you have your goals in mind at all times. You’ll be more focused if you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve.
5. Stop comparing yourself to others
Having people who inspire you is fantastic, and seeing others achieve what you want to achieve can be a major source of inspiration. But sometimes social media becomes too much and you can start comparing others’ successes with your own.
If you see someone accomplishing what you want to accomplish, don’t let it discourage you. Instead focus on yourself and your own goals, taking it day by day. Don’t feel guilty if you have to mute or unfollow someone on social media.
6. Remove distractions
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re not motivated, when in fact you’re just struggling with distractions.
Remove yourself from any distracting environments, and be honest with yourself when it comes to determining what works well for you and what doesn’t. You can also download browser extensions that will reduce distractions if you’re working online.
7. Schedule breaks
You can’t work all day every day. It’s completely unsustainable, and it’s the quickest way to burn yourself out.
Make sure you schedule an evening off every once in a while. An evening where you force yourself not to think about anything work related. It’ll give you something to look forward to, and you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to reach your goals.
Motivation comes and goes, and naturally some days will be more successful than others. But there are steps you can take to keep your motivation high to reach your goals. If you have any tips that weren’t mentioned in this post, be sure to leave them down below in the comments for anyone else reading.
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