We all know what we need to do to reach our goals; unfortunately, knowing is not always enough. Staying motivated day ofter day, week after week can be hard. It is easy to fall back into bad habits, and then get completely way-sided on our journey to reach our goals. Does this sound familiar to you? It sure does to me! Finding self inspiration is how I help myself stay motivated to reach my goals.
Visualization. Take a few moments to close your eyes and focus on what the end result will look and feel like. This works best for those smaller tangible tasks that we face.
Staying organized is one of my goals. We recently moved, and our garage is not anywhere near what we want it to be. Visualizing the end result, a beautiful organized garage, helps keep me motivated to work on those boxes one at a time. Visualization is an easy exercise that can make a huge difference.
Vision Boards. I’m a real believer in vision boards! Partly because it gives us a visual reminder of what we are working towards, but mostly because of the thought process that we need to go through when making a new board.
Creating a vision board is more than cutting and gluing pretty pictures onto a board. It is a process of identifying your goals, understanding the whys, solidifying a resolve, and vesting time and energy into creating the board. This process helps us identify and affirm our goals.
Meditation. Mediation is a gift to our ourselves. It gives us the time to quiet the constant chaos of our minds and simply be. When I sit and go within, I can release the stress of the day. Focusing on my mantra of the day allows me to reaffirm my goals. So many people say there simply is not time in their day to fit in meditation. I used to be one of them, but I can honestly say that adding mediation to my life, has added to my productivity.
Meditation helps me reaffirm my goals, gives me the personal peace, and the motivation that I need to keep moving towards my goals. Taking the time to sit and go within is very powerful!
Journal and Track. I love my apps that help me stay on track! My WW app keeps me honest with my food, my Apple watch has me closing my exercise rings, my SwimPro lets me see if my swim times are getting faster, and writing nightly in my hard backed journal that sits on my nightstand allows me to close each day on a grateful note.
Journaling and tracking daily habits helps keep us accountable and honest with what we are doing each day to reach our goals. Looking back and seeing progress is rewarding and also works to keep us motivated!
Get Detailed With Your Why. When you set your goal you needed to define your why, but it might have been a big and vague reason. Get more detailed.
When you say, “I want to eat a more nutritious diet to be healthier.” What exactly does that mean? More energy? Getting off medication? Feeling better? Better sleep?
When you say, “I want to save more money.” What is the bigger purpose? Retirement? Security? To provide more options? To let your money work for you?
The more specific you can get with your Why, the more reason you have for working towards your goal.
As you know, I am all about goal setting, and creating the plan that is needed to get me to the target. Whether our strategies include taking giant leaps or making baby-steps, in order too keep moving forward with our plans, we need to stay inspired. Visualization, vision boards, meditation, journaling, tracking, and really focusing on the reasons behind my goals are what helps me stay inspired to stay the course as I work towards my goals.
What helps you stay inspired? I’d love to hear your strategies!