There is no denying that life can come at you fast.
Have you ever set a major goal for yourself (such as losing weight, starting a business, etc;), and you get into the rhythm and routine of completing it; then all of sudden, you get drained and one day you’re just like “ugh, I can’t continue”?
We have all been there in some shape, form or fashion. It’s easy to set goals. For all of us, that is something that has been ingrained in us since childhood. However, what no one talks about is staying the course once you start your goal.
It’s not always easy to stay motivated once you start working towards your goal. Some days your activities can become so monotonous, that it’s easier to just stop.
But this is where we have to recognize that we are all human. We naturally react to things based off our emotions. So if you feel as if you want to just give up, then you most certainly will (not everyone of course).
However, if you want to nip this little nasty habit, then keep reading, and I will give you some ways to help stay the course, even when you want to give up.
1. Remember Why You Are Doing It
If your goal was to lose 40lbs at the beginning of the year, did you have a specific reason as to “why” you chose that particular number? If you did, then that is what you need to focus on. If your goal was to lose weight for health reasons or for your own personal reasons such as wanting to feel good about yourself, those are all important things to remind yourself of whenever you start feeling like you want to give up.
This little tidbit will also help you determine whether or not you set the right goals, for the right reasons. If you discover that a goal that you set wasn’t right or that it isn’t something that you really need to be doing, then this will help you reevaluate where you need to be, and what you need to be doing.
If you had a goal of saving for a house, but never really calculated how exactly you were going to start saving, then this is for you. It’s one thing to say “I’m going to stop eating out during lunch”, but have you figured out what you were going to do in place of it? Are you packing lunch? Are adding daily lunches to your weekly grocery plan and adjusting your budget accordingly?
If you don’t have a plan as to how you are going to accomplish something, you are setting yourself up for failure.
By taking your goal and breaking it down into steps as to how to complete it, you are giving yourself a head start to make sure you reach your goals.
If after all of this you realize that this goal is becoming difficult to achieve; then it will be time to refine your goal into something more manageable.
If saving for a house is becoming difficult on your budget, then you may need to add in a second job or a better paying job in order to achieve it. Use this time to also decide how working towards your goal has made you feel. If you don’t feel good about it, you may need to change it.
I do want to caution though; working towards a goal isn’t easy. But you can do little things along the way to make sure that you don’t get worn out or begin to despise the goal that you set.
What ways do you work to stay motivated with your goal? Be sure to let me know in the comments. Likewise, if you are having trouble staying the course with a goal, be sure to drop it below. Maybe another reader can provide you with some encouragement!