We all thought 2020 was going to be the year we would achieve all our goals. A new year, a new decade, new everything, right? But then COVID happened and those goals basically went down the drain.
Now, we all know that even if this pandemic never happened, we would probably have given up on some (or even all) the goals we set for ourselves in January- I mean that’s just how us humans are- but the truth is this situation got us all a lot more unmotivated than normal.
It is perfectly natural to lose motivation as time goes by. It sucks, sure, but it’s normal. But what you do about it is what will set you apart from people who just simply give up.
In this post, we’re going to talk 3 ways you can get yourself back into the ‘achieving your goals’ bandwagon and leave your unmotivated mood behind.
How To Regain The Motivation To Achieve Your Goals
Ask Yourself: “Why do I want to achieve this goal?”
The fisrt thing you should do to gain back that momento and get back on track is asking yourself why you want to achieve a certain goal you set for yourself.
Think back to when you first decided on that goal: what was the motivation behind it? Maybe you want to lose 5kg because you want to fit into a pair of jeans that used to make your butt look great. Maybe you want to learn more about eCommerce because you want to open an online store.
Sit down for 10 minutes and write down all the reasons behind your goals. Don’t restrain yourself Write everything that comes to mind, even if you find it silly or embarrassing. This is for your eyes only, not for other people to see.
Also, make sure you revisit those whys often. This is the easiest way to re-motivate yourself.
Make it exciting
One of the reasons why you might have given up on your goals is that they weren’t excited enough for you. That can happen when you set yourself a goal that is actually a project, meaning it is something that needs to get done either way, like get your finances sorted out. What is exciting about that?
Make sure your goals are actually something that is exciting, or that can be made exciting.
Do a sprint
Sometimes all you need to kick your motivation levels back up is to do a sprint. And I don’t mean it literally.
You know how when you’re in school they give you deadlines to complete an assignement? Well that’s basically what I mean when talking about sprints.
Having deadlines keeps you accountable, we all know that. Even if you do things the night before, you still get them done. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done an assignment for uni the day before it needed to be handed. Okay, they were not that many times – mainly because I rarelly got any assignments- but it happened a few times.
Deadlines are a great motivation booster. You inherently get motivated by the deadline itself, but you also get motivated by the process itself. Think about it: when you realize you managed to do so much in such a short amount of time, don’t you want to do it again? May in less time even. Best motivation partner right there!