A lot of us fall in the trap of losing our habits to eat healthy, exercise regularly, or do what’s important to us. Only to end up without any motivation left to drive us.
When you feel this way, keeping yourself motivated is really hard to do.
Follow these 6 steps to help you move forward, motivate yourself, and get yourself out of the “struggling” phase.
1. Take it 1 step at a time
If you want to gain momentum again you cannot force everything you’ve stopped doing. Instead, take 1 thing and start thinking about it.
What you can do to get started?
If for example – you abandoned your exercising routine, you might want to consider taking short walks in the morning for as little as ten minutes.
Then eat some fruits and do a few push-ups before you jump in the shower.
Whatever the issue, start with 1 thing, take small steps, and be proud that you’ve started. Give yourself some credit for doing it, and commit to repeating the same routine each day. At a specific time.
2. Reach out and ask for help
Moving forward is difficult and not possible if you start off screaming and stressing. So reach out and kindly ask a good friend for advice. Or someone you trust.
Send them an email, text or make a quick phone call. Then explain to them what you want to accomplish and ask them to keep you accountable.
By keeping yourself accountable, you’ll be more inclined to do what you’ve promised to do.
3. Don’t over promise!
For moving forward effectively in the beginning, promise something easy to your friend and yourself. Like doing a few push-ups and then eating a plate of fruit or vegetables afterwards.
Make it so easy that you cannot say no to what you’ve set out to do!
Then follow up with your friend at the end of the week and share your accomplishments.
Because you’re being held accountable, you’ll feel much better and motivated to increase your actions the following week.
4. Use unmissable reminders
Put reminders in places you’re unlikely to miss in the morning. For example, put a background image on your phone emphasizing your routine, put a reminder on the mirror in the bathroom and on the closet. And put one more on your coffee machine.
5. Start writing out your accomplishments
If you want you can open your own journal and each day write out all the steps you’ve taken.
When you will feel like skipping a day, open your journal and read what you’ve done to see how far you’ve come.
And if a journal doesn’t work for you, focus on a similar method that works for you.
6. Accept your mistakes, and learn from it
We know that it’s really difficult for many of us to learn from our own mistakes.
You need to be honest, admit your mistakes and accept them for what they are. Or even write them out for clarity to prevent them from occurring again.
It will be difficult, it will demand a lot of hustle, but if you dedicate and want to do something good for yourself, you’ve just got to stay committed.
When it comes to keeping yourself motivated, what has worked for you?
Go ahead and share your thoughts!