We all know that the hardest part of getting anything done is how to create habits and then stay motivated to implement them every day.
Let’s be honest, it should come as no surprise that the habits we form will determine our success or failure. After all, habits dictate so much of our lives.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that these same good habits can help us to stay motivated when it comes to realizing our goals.
Let’s look at some examples:
1. Take good care of yourself
If you’ve ever been sick then you know it’s impossible to be productive, or even to have a positive attitude when you’re not feeling good. That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself and your health. Creating habits that are healthy for you, such as going to the gym more often, or making changes in your meal plan, will help you to stay motivated longer just because you’re feeling better when your body is in sync. Your improved health makes this a win-win all the way around.
Here are some posts about self care that might interest you:
10 amazing everyday rituals to get your mood boosting
How to balance practicing personal self care when you have a busy life
Creative ways for you to practice self care
2. Think about the reason you’re doing what you do
Here’s the thing, when you make goals, you tend to feel that initial surge of enthusiasm for the project. Unfortunately, this motivation tends to fade over time. Try to create habits that force you to revisit the goal to bring that motivation level back up. Here’s an example, if you’re doing something that will benefit a specific group of people somehow, then plan to spend time each month with that group to remind yourself of why you’re doing this.
3. Do your best to be proactive
Getting the jump on things is a habit that not only keeps your boss happy but also gives you a rush of dopamine to the brain. Create habits of being early, or do things that help you to think ahead. For example, make lists that keep you not only on task but ahead of the game, your boss (and you as well) will love that.
Notion is a great app where you can make lists on the go, and access them from your computer as well.
4. Focus on the small stuff
If you’re dealing with a big goal, such as some serious weight loss, it’s easy to lose your motivation when it feels like you’re not making progress. Splitting big goals into small ones gives you milestones to celebrate and builds motivation back. These kinds of goals come from small changes, like planning to eat a little differently (cutting carbs for example), or in taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.
5. Surround yourself with people who motivate you
That is an easy habit for you to create, it involves choosing a little more carefully what company you keep. Creating a habit of meeting with this group on a regular basis not only keeps you motivated but has the added benefit of cementing relationships with those around you.
Create habits because it is an awesome way to stay on track to reach your goals. The best part? As with any habit, if you do it enough, you’ll wind up acting without thinking, making motivation an automatic part of your life. How cool is that?
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