It's frustrating, right? You've set some goals for yourself. You started working towards those goals because you were fired up and ready to get started! Then somewhere along the way, you started to slow down. You may not be as exuberant as you initially were when you first started. You may be thinking about taking a break or worse... throwing in the towel altogether.
THIS IS NORMAL.
It is physically impossible to be motivated all of the time. That's not even up for debate. If you really want to see the progress you're hoping to see, then you have to commit to putting in the work when motivation is nonexistent. You have to see the bigger picture that lies beneath the surface. So how do you do this?
You take a step back.
"Take a step back? But I'm trying to move forward!"
Take a step back, take a deep breath, and grab a pen & piece of paper. If you're more of a notetaker in your phone then grab your Iphone ..... or Android(I guess..). Write down some answers to some simple questions:
- What compelled me to start working towards these goals?
- What do I see my results being like in 3 months or half a year?
- What am I struggling with right now? How can I improve on it?
There are many more questions you could ask yourself(See bottom of this post for ways you can contact me. I'd be happy to help you.), but the point is that once you start thinking more about it and writing these answers down you'll gain a better sense of clarity. You'll be reminded why you started, where you're trying to go, and what you need to do to get there. Seeing it written down makes it easy for you to reopen those notes to reread and remind you to keep going even with no motivation.
We can get so caught up into thinking that it's always going to be smooth sailing towards what we want. If we put in the effort, we're going to make progress and that's going to keep us feeling motivated. It won't work like that most of the time which can be the most frustrating thing, but also the most fulfilling thing when you do hit some milestones or move through some checkpoints.
Remind yourself why you started.
Remind yourself where you want to end up.
Remind yourself what you're going to have to do to get there.
At the end of the day, you have to be aware that it's normal to feel burnt out at times. It's normal to feel lethargic because you're searching for motivation that's nowhere in sight. Whatever you do, don't lose sight of the goals you have set. Keep them close to you and that will keep you going.
For those of you who are still struggling, maybe need some advice or are looking to set some goals for yourself, feel free to reach out to me! Connect with me and I would be happy to assist you in any way that I can.
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- Cody Jones
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