Have you ever silently asked yourself the question, how to motivate myself? If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with getting themselves motivated to take action even though they want to reach a certain goal. Why does this happen on occasion?
Today, we’ll look at 3 reasons why motivating yourself can be challenging.
1. You Don’t Really Want To Achieve Your Goal
This is usually difficult to interpret, but sometimes, you may be attempting to reach a goal for someone else. For example, maybe your husband thinks you should lose 10 pounds, and you think it would be nice to drop a dress size for him. However, deep down inside, you don’t really want to take the time to lose the extra pounds, because it is something you’re doing for someone else and not really for yourself. When you have a hard time motivating yourself, it’s time to revisit the goals and see if it’s something you really want or if it’s something someone else wants.
2. You May Need To Restructure the Goal
There are goals that we truly want to accomplish. These can be goals we’ve set for ourselves and we’re doing it to benefit us. Yet, we may still feel a lack of motivation to do the actions to get the desired results. If this occurs, you may want to look at how you’re going about accomplishing the goals. Let’s take the weight loss example above. You decide to lose 10 pounds — on your own, but you’re not motivated to work out. In this example, you can look at the physical activities and choose one that fits you best. If you don’t like jogging, but keep telling yourself that you need to jog to lose weight, regardless of your good intentions, you simply won’t do it. Instead, look for something that’s more enjoyable. Perhaps you can ride a bike, take up ballroom dancing, play tennis or some other activity that you find less like exercise.
3. You May Need to Abandon the Goal and Start Fresh
Many times, when we lack motivation, it’s simply because we may be working on something that we deep down don’t want. This is a perfect time to get honest with yourself. Again, with the weight loss example above, others may think you should lose 10 pounds, but if you truly don’t think you need to lose weight, forget about it. Life is too short to get caught up in someone else’s agenda, you have to be authentic with yourself and learn to follow your inner compass. Learning to say no to others and yes to yourself is one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated to accomplish the things you sincerely want.
Staying motivated can be challenging at times. However, when you focus on the big picture, the benefit you’ll receive as a result of getting yourself to do the things you don’t always want to do.
When you finally accomplish your goals, you’ll be thrilled in the knowledge that you had the self-discipline to get yourself to take action, no matter how you felt!