“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast!”
Alfred A. Montapert
There are days, weeks and sometimes even months when even the most positive of people find themselves struggling to stay motivated. At times like these your work and even your own personal health can suffer if you don't find a way to put things back into perspective and put blocks in place to help get you back on track.
Now I'm no expert and am guilty of suffering from lack of motivation at times as well so with this in mind I thought I'd gather together a brief list of tips for keeping on track. Tips that I will be exercising myself to help when I'm feeling a little lacklustre!
SEVEN STEPS TO STAYING MOTIVATED:
1. Set a list of your goals. Clarify what you want to achieve on paper and in physical view. This will help you to get things out of your head, correctly quantify where you're at and where you want to be. Break goals down into smaller achievements to help you recognise that you are successfully making steps to the ultimate outcome. This list could be as simple as covering one day or 10 years - it's up to you! Just make sure it's manageable and doesn't scare you off at the first hurdle.
2. Revisit those goals at regular intervals and make sure that you check in with your progress. Set a reminder to revisit your list say once a month or every few months so that you can see how far you've come. Equally if you aren't quite steaming ahead as much as you would like then these moments will help you to re-evaluate where you're at and what you need to be working on so that you can refocus.
3. Reward yourself at intervals along the way. By setting your goals down on paper and breaking them up into quantifiable chunks you will be able to see small steps of progress along the way. Take a moment to acknowledge the small achievements that you make and reward yourself at regular intervals.
4. Take a break when you need it to avoid burnout. Don't be too hard on yourself if things aren't going exactly as planned. Being adaptable is just as important as achieving great heights. Recognising when you need to take a break is key to ensuring that you don't burnout before reaching that final goalpost.
5. Think positive, keep things in perspective. I know sometimes it can be tough but staying positive is really key to helping you stay motivated. Even when things don't go exactly to plan try and find the positive viewpoint. You will still have learnt something, even from hiccups or mistakes along the way. Don't be too hard on yourself.
6. Compliment yourself. Be nice to yourself and remind yourself regularly of each little successful step you have made. Don't focus on what you haven't done but on what you have. I'm sure you will be surprised when you look back at your list and realise just how much you have done so far.
7. Don't judge yourself by the achievements of others. We are all different and we all learn and achieve in different ways and at our own pace. Of course we are affected by our peers around us and a little competition is healthy. Just don't let it set you off track. If you find yourself obsessing over the success of those around you and constantly judge yourself by the same standards then you will never be free to recognise your own brilliance and will only hold yourself back even more.
So are these tips helpful? I hope so, please let me know what you think and if you have any other ideas that you would add. It's always lovely to hear from other peoples experience. Most of all just remember that you are unique and don't let the little things get you down.