Theres no denying that throughout the years of resolutions and goal making somewhere along the lines a stigma has been born. People say this ‘new year new me’ stuff is a load of old shit because no one sticks to their resolutions anyway. Now I’d be inclined to agree that the new year new me status’ we see plastered all over Facebook are quite frankly cringeworthy and cliché BUT if they motivate the person behind it, who are we to say otherwise!? For many people the start of a new year brings feelings of starting a fresh, redoing, making over, so why not start the year with a positive, motivational attitude right? After all if you’re not motivated to do anything and you have no goals at all, what are you doing? Public declarations of wanting and needing a change actually keep you more motivated and less likely to fail because lets face it you just told 500 people on Facebook that you would lose 5 stone, if you don’t lose any and put 5 on who looks like the idiot now??
Its so easy to feel motivated at the start of a new year and proclaim you’re going to do big and wonderful things but how many of us see them through and carry on being motivated year long? I know I can tend to lose motivation quite quickly if things aren’t going my way, but then again I never usually set myself goals that have an expiry date either and thats one of the best ways to stay on track and stay motivated! So here are some simple tips to keep you feeling motivated for longer and help you to not lose sight of your goals!
As well as having your yearly goals set out for you make sure you are also creating weekly goals for yourself. Break down what you want to achieve by what time during the year and make sure you are building towards those plans instead of sitting on them waiting for something miraculous to happen. Having weekly goals set out for yourself puts on a little pressure to complete them but its not so much that you’ll be swimming in a pool of stress, a little pressure is all you need sometimes! For example if one of your goals is to reach 5000 twitter followers by summer, make sure each week you schedule in the time to join in with Twitter chats, converse with followers and be active. Doing a little extra planning will help you in the long run to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Keep a diary. You’ll need to be really organised, schedule what you need to do over the next month, assign yourself tasks to get on with, make sure you’re reaching your goals!!! With our own dreams and aspirations its really easy to take a back seat and keep saying we’ll do what we need to get done ‘soon’!! Well soon isn’t good enough if it turns into weeks, months or years! Be active, keep yourself organised and make sure you are scheduling in the important stuff that will get you closer to where you want to be. A lot of people are quite content working for big companies and completing their work deadlines, treat your own goals with the same regard! Your goals are important!! If you don’t work towards it you won’t see it!
Who said goals have to be realistic??? Only those who didn’t try hard enough! Setting yourself goals even if they seem a little ‘unrealistic’ is what you need to do in order to push yourself, you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try right!? Saying this, you also need to get the balance right! Don’t push yourself so hard that you put your happiness and wellbeing at risk. Remember sometimes even doing what we love can feel like a chore it doesn’t mean you should stop, keep working hard but remember why you love doing it in the first place.
Find people in your chosen niche that you can relate to, feel inspired by and who motivate you. Community and friendships are an important factor in keeping yourself motivated. Sure you could do it on your own but when you need that extra push or when your motivation is dwindling and on its last legs having people there to talk to is what will see you through.
Never forget where you want to be! If you envision yourself living a different life to the one you are now, keep visualising! Once you lose sight of your end goal its more or less game over! Don’t lose hope on your own dreams, nothing good ever came out of not working hard enough for it. If you need daily reminders to keep yourself on the motivated path stick encouraging quotes around your work desk, dressing table, bathroom, anywhere you’ll be able to look at them for a solid 5 minutes and feel refreshed again! Many people also have a visualisation board where you stick cut outs of things you want or what your future goals will lead you to i.e big house, family, walk in closet etc. Visualisation boards not only keep you motivated they also keep your dreams and future goals alive so that you never lose sight of them. Create your own board and place it in your bedroom where you’ll go to sleep and wake up with those thoughts in mind!
Remember no dream is ever to big, work hard, stay motivated and may 2017 be the year your dreams start to become your reality!