Some days you feel like Superman or (woman), tackling the most challenging tasks like they’re small feats. Other days, you might feel like you barely cross off half the items on your to do list. The good news is there are easy ways to gain (or regain) motivation. Here are a few of my favorite:
- Focus on ONE goal: Whenever I’ve been in a slump, I’ve discovered that it’s often because I have too much going on in my life. I’m trying to do too much. (Think of it as burning the candle at both ends.)And it saps my energy and motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make: they try to take on too much, try to accomplish too many goals at once. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times. You have to choose one goal, for now, and focus on it completely. I know, that’s hard. Still, I speak from experience. You can always do your other goals when you’ve accomplished your goal at hand.
- Find inspiration: Of course, this concept is relative. Ask yourself who or what inspires you? I read other blogs, books, magazines. Find other people who are working toward a similar goal. There is a strength in numbers.
- Be positive: Squash negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones. Along those lines, it’s important to start monitoring your thoughts. Recognize negative self-talk, which is really what’s causing your slump. Just spend a few days becoming aware of every negative thought. Then, after a few days, try squashing those negative thoughts like a bug, and then replacing them with a corresponding positive thought.
- Remember your standout moments: A peak moment is a time when you felt you were at the top of your game. Your peak moment connects you with that time when you felt most fulfilled, most stretched, and most present. Recalling these times can center you, and bring you back to your goal.
- Get active: There seems to be a correlative relationship between productivity, a high-energy workout music, and a refreshing shower afterwards. While I don’t claim to understand the interplay between all of them, a change in scenery can change my perspective and get me motivated to go at it again. What’s your favorite way to get the blood flowing? I personalize enjoy a yoga practice.