Life changes, sometimes we have to regroup it! Let’s be honest, getting motivated and staying motivated isn’t such an easy task. From time to time, even people who are successful in business and in personal relationships also fall into slumps and find it hard to get motivated.
The goal for the change you want to make is actually pretty clear and simple, it is to replace any rituals that no longer work with new ones – the one that make you feel like every day is full of possibility.
To get it started, here are 5 tips to help you find the motivation you need, and break free of your slump!
Tip #1 – Plan Your Morning
One of the most important parts of getting motivated is planning your day. I suggest you consider starting with the following schedule, which many successful, motivated individuals follow:
1) Wake up early. Perhaps earlier than you are accustomed to.
2) Eat a nutritious breakfast.
3) Do light exercise (such as jogging) for 45 minutes.
Beyond that, you can schedule your day however you decide. But the first three steps are important ones.
Mornings are a great time for getting things done. You’re less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day. Your supply of willpower is fresh after a good night’s sleep. That makes it possible to turn personal priorities like exercise or strategic thinking into reality.
If you find yourself getting off on the wrong foot each morning, you’ll probably find that your bad mornings will pass through into bad days.
On the other hand, if you follow these steps, you’ll significantly improve your chances of having a good day. You had a good but not too filling breakfast — and you already got your exercise out of the way. You also woke up early, so you didn’t lose precious morning hours to sleep.
Tip #2 – Time Your Daily Activities
One good way to get motivated and accomplish your goals is to find ways to become more efficient. For instance, let’s say that each day, you have to do mailings for your business. When you first started doing this, you probably thought a lot about the process. But after a while, you locked yourself into a routine; and started doing everything automatically.
If you find yourself doing this now, it might be a good idea to start keeping track of how long it takes you to do these routines. For instance, if it takes you 15 minutes to re-organize your work area at the end of the day, then time yourself to see if you can do it faster. Challenging yourself to do this will get you in the habit of thinking new ways to improve how you carry out these daily routines.
Tip #3 – Find Out When You Work Best
Earlier, I mentioned that many successful and highly-motivated individuals wake up early, eat breakfast, exercise, and then shower. You may try this and find out whether it works for you or not. If it doesn’t work for you, it’s no big deal. The key is to find what works well for you and then stick with it. However, you may alternatively find that it doesn’t work
If you work best very late at night, then work late at night. Don’t burn yourself out by working all day at a slow or moderate pace, only to have nothing left when you reach your peak working hours.
As a general rule, it is a good idea to experiment with your schedule, find out what truly works best for you, and then stick to, focus on and do it.
Tip #4 – Get to Know Yourself Better
When it comes to getting motivated and achieving your goals, few things are as important as truly understanding who you are, what you want, and how you respond to various situations that life presents you with.
So, get to know yourself better.
Next time you make a plan for the day, think about whether you have carried out similar plans in the past; and, if not, why you weren’t able to do so. This will help you to gain a better feel for how you are likely to respond to this plan if it is implemented.
Over time, if you make a conscious effort to do this, you will begin to understand yourself better. You will not only know what makes you fail, but how to overcome it. And you will not only know what makes you succeed, but how to ensure that it is always present.
Tip #5 – Enjoy Your Life
This shouldn’t need to be said, but often it does: if you don’t enjoy what you do on a regular basis, then you’re going to have a very difficult time achieving your goals.
The reason for this are quite obvious, even if you “know” you should be working towards your goals, the pain and discomfort associated with them will push you too far in the opposite direction.
This is why it is important to make sure that you enjoy your life, even as you work towards very difficult goals. You can start by revising your current approach to accomplishing your goals, so that they become more enjoyable.
For instance, let’s say your goal is weightloss; and let’s also say that you find it painful and embarrassing to go to the gym. Well, instead of doing this, consider taking long walks in the evening. This could do the job of helping you lose weight, but without requiring you to be severely uncomfortable.