Let’s face it, motivation can be a total bitch. It’s something we all struggle with at some point or another. Unfortunately it’s somewhat crucial if you want to set & attain your goals. I’m currently enduring the “Saving” stage of my journey and sometimes there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight, so motivation can be a real issue for me.
It’s a constant psychological battle, so it’s important to keep your head above the water. Here’s a few tips I’ve been putting in practice to keep the fire burning, hopefully they’ll be of use to you too!
Sounds obvious I know, but we humans have a habit of making things more complicated than they need to be. Take your time to plan things, and ensure you have a clear understanding of what you want to achieve and stick to it. Be realistic with what you can achieve too! . If you have too many things going through your mind on how to achieve it, it’s very easy to become distracted or overwhelmed.
It’s always nice to discuss your goals or aspirations with others. It’s a great opportunity to hear people’s advice or opinions, perhaps they have some experience already! Not only that, but each time you talk about it, your goal will become more clear in your head. They may raise points which you may have overlooked or not even considered, either way, it’s a great exercise!
We are so lucky to have the digital world at our finger tips. With unlimited access to material about any subject, it’s a goldmine for inspiration. I’m constantly reading blogs, browsing Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I also watch films, TV Shows and read books regarding my chosen goal! Not only do we have the digital world, but perhaps some of your friends and family have done the same thing. They’ll love talking about their experience and you’ll love hearing about it!
Not only is planning your goal essential for achieving it, but it’s also great fun and perfect for keeping you motivated. It helps you understand what needs to be done and it can give you a time scale to work to! I continue to love researching about travelling, there’s so much you can look into. Although it can be overwhelming at first, break it up into little sizeable chunks and tick them off along the way, that way you’ll feel like you’re getting somewhere!
This one is simple. Post about it, talk about it and scream it from the rooftops if you want. If you talk about it for months on end and then don’t do it, you’re going to look stupid and no one likes to look stupid now do they? I accidentally stumbled across this method when talking to friends and work friends. Now they’re always asking me when I’m leaving to travel, where I’m going and how long for. There’s no way in hell that I’m backing out now!
On the flipside to obsessing about your goal, it’s almost equally as important to take a break from it now and then. Motivation does come and go, so don’t be disappointed if you’re not feeling like talking or thinking about it today. Allow yourself to relax and enjoy other things! The motivation will return, I promise.
Never run before you can walk! Much like Tip No.4, taking baby steps is often the easiest and least stressful way to achieve your goal. In the grand scheme of things, it may take a little longer, but it gives you chance to break things down into a more digestible manor. Why not makes lists in order of importance? Taking baby steps also ensures you don’t miss important things!
Thanks for reading, I hope this helps in one way or another! What ever goal you’re aiming towards, I wish you the best of luck. Keep your head up, push on and remember you’ll achieve it eventually!