7 Ways to Reignite Your Motivation

7 Ways to Reignite Your Motivation

It is safe to assume that you are a personal development and self-growth enthusiast, or you wouldn’t be visitng this site. You must also be a go-getter with at least one major goal in your life. Is that right?

I can almost see you nodding in agreement. If so, you are surely familiar with the lack the motivation that hits us all every now and then. And the main question here would be… why is it that I lose my drive if my goal is so important to me?

Worry not. You’re not alone. Life happens and sometimes it derails you from your main focus and purpose. If your ‘why‘ (your reason) to achieve your goal is powerful enough, it will be way easier to get motivated and back on track once again. These 7 ways to reignite your motivation will help you get going again.

7 Ways to Reignite Your Motivation

1. Your Goal Might Be Too Large

When setting a large, important goal, it can be hard to determine where exactly to start. As the days pass, you may lose motivation as even the thought of where to start might feel overwhelming to you. If this is the case, try to break down your large goal into more achievable, smaller goals. Here’s an example of this: If your goal was to lose 25 lbs, it will be much easier to achieve your goal by setting smaller goals, let’s say, losing 4 lbs per month, or a pound per week. Then, set up even smaller goals to get you to succeed with your weekly goal. For instance, you can ride a bicycle 30 minutes per day, and eat carbs just twice per week. Once you start seeing results, you’ll become motivated yet again.

2. Create Momentum

You know that in order to start anything, you must take the first step, and that first one might be the hardest one because it spells ‘decision time.’  In other words, taking that first step is not difficult but it sets the pace for the rest of your walk, so to speak. If we take this into goal setting, starting on a small task with the aim to fulfill a larger goal is the first step and the one that ignites the momentum. Be determined to do one thing every day, or week, or whatever you decide, that will get you closer to your main goal, and just take action. The first few days or weeks may be hard but once you get into the habit of doing it, your momentum builds and your motivation follows.

3. Take Things As They Come

You are not a robot, and as such, some days you may feel truly accomplished and some others you may feel as if you’d  wasted the whole day. Remember that just as the tide comes and goes, there is ebb and flow in your life. It is impossible for any human being to maintain focus and energy 100% of the time, so take it easy! If for some reason you cannot do something today, reschedule it for tomorrow or the next day and just keep the rest of the plan going. A small set back is not important when you remember your ‘why’ and retake your commitment on the following day. The important thing is to keep at it, even if a bit late.  So don’t get discouraged. Keep on moving forward and reignite your motivation.

4. Seek Support

It is true that drive and motivation come from within, and only you can allow the motivation to flow once again. However, the path toward success is oftentimes a lonely one. For those moments in which you feel down or unmotivated, the support of a uplifting friend or relative that knows how to listen and cares about you, can be the best encouragement there is, especially when the going gets tough. So, take a break, and meet with a friend for a coffee and a good chat. It is important for this to be a face-to-face meeting. It is way warmer and more effective than social media. If however, social media is your only option, beware of not wasting too much time, procrastinating, and going off purpose.

5. Remember Your Hero!

All of us have one or more people that we look up to. If this is a person you know, spend some time talking with them. Don’t be shy to confess you are lacking motivation and ask them how they overcame their struggles. It will surely get you motivated again. Also, if you have read an inspiring biography of a person who made it in life despite their humble beginnings, read that book again, and remember why you admire them so much. If they could do it, so can you!

6. Daydream Once And Again

Do not focus on how hard it is to work toward achieving your goal. Daydream a bit and visualize how great your life will be once you achieve the success you seek. Feel the emotion behind the scenes that you bring to mind. Imagine yourself paying all of your bills on time and in full and delight in the feeling of freedom. Imagine yourself taking a plane to the exotic beach you’ve always wanted to visit. Imagine the laughter of your partner while you converse over a fancy dinner in a beautiful island. Imagine the smell of fancy sheets in the five star hotel you are staying at. Imagine, imagine, imagine… whatever you want to achieve and enjoy your daydreams ‘as if’ they were already happening. Then, open your eyes and feel the surge of motivation all over again.

7. Treat Yourself!

Sometimes we get so focused into achieving something, all we do is work, work, work, and forget about ourselves. Stop for a while and be kind to yourself. Do not dismiss the amazing benefits of taking a break and feeling pampered a bit, whatever that means to you. Take some time to do something you enjoy, like a hobby for instance. Or, go out for dinner with friends, take your partner to a concert, or enjoy a good movie with popcorn. Whatever it is, always remember that your mind needs time to relax and unwind. Self-care is one of the most important things to do to avoid burn-out, which can result in getting unmotivated.

On the positive side, once you feel motivated again, you’ll notice that you’ll be more resourceful and resilient, and your goals won’t seem so far out of reach. You would have completed a circle. From feeling unmotivated to doing something for yourself and becoming motivated yet again, you’ll come back refreshed, your tasks will be more enjoyable and your focus on your goal will be renewed.

Keep it up, champion! 🙂

What are your views on these 7 ways to reignite your motivation mentioned above? Do you have a tip to share that helps you get motivated again? Please share in the space below. Thank you for your contibution!!

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10 Responses to 7 Ways to Reignite Your Motivation

  1. BettyB. July 3, 2017 at 6:14 PM #

    Whenever I start losing momentum, it is a good sign for me that I need to make some changes to my goals or routines. One thing that works is to make things more fun, like alternating my workout days with swimming days or running days, or add some invigorating music to my workout.

    For all of us, some days might be harder than others. Perhaps you are coming down with the flu or have had a series of unfavorable events in the past few days. Just remember one important thing: things pass and you should keep going. One thing that works for me is to push myself to do something for a couple of minutes just to see how I feel. For instance, if I don’t feel like going to the gym, I put my gym clothes and do one or two warm up stretches and see how I feel. Usually that gets me going and my motivation comes back, but if it doesn’t for some reason, I try it later in the day or the next day. It never fails.

    • JP Sorbone July 4, 2017 at 2:16 AM #

      I agree with Betty. Physical movement kicks the endorphins going and when you feel good, motivation comes back. It’s one of the reasons I exercise daily.

  2. Robert July 4, 2017 at 5:11 AM #

    Motivation is key to start anything in life. It will keep you moving forward until you succeed. Good post and reminder. Thank you.

  3. Kieran July 5, 2017 at 8:59 AM #

    Nailed it, mate! I need a routine to keep me motivated. I’m a clock person. Good points.

  4. Sandy July 5, 2017 at 5:47 PM #

    Hi, I want to add one thing that has worked for me in the past. When I have a goal at work that I don’t like, but I know it’s something I must do, I create fun little goals around that one, and these keep me motivated one by one. For instance, if I have to prepare a presentation (wh to keep me motivated and focused. It helps me break the main goal into smaller chunks that I enjoy. Since I love creating things, I forget about the presentation and focus instead on creating a beautiful powerpoint that I can use later in the presentation. It works!

  5. Soren July 5, 2017 at 6:04 PM #

    I don’t care about structure. I get motivated by finding at least one buddy who has a similar goal to mine. For instance, when I started weight lifting, I looked for a trainer in a local athletics club. Then I started going and found this guy once who was working on his oectorals and biceps. I started small talk and I was able to make a partnership of sorts to give support to each other until we achieved our goals. He motivated me and I did the same, so it became a habit. It helped both of us.

  6. Sabrina July 6, 2017 at 6:18 PM #

    In general, if something makes you happy, you should feel motivated most of the time. If you don’t but your goal makes you happy, givev yourself a day or two and see how you feel. It might be that you were just having a bad day. Now, if you don’t feel motivated regularly, it maybe time to revise your goals or work.

  7. NickShoe July 8, 2017 at 6:25 PM #

    I go through ups and downs with motivation but have noticed than when I’m feeling overwhelmed is when I become unmotivated fast. One way that I deal with this is to break my task into smaller bites. This lowers the overwhelm feeling and then I can focus on one task at a time that usually brings my motivation back. Now my biggest challenge is to pay attention to my motivation moods, but I’m getting there.

  8. Mike C. July 9, 2017 at 5:56 PM #

    Self-rewards do it for me. If I hate a task, I keep on thinking on the reward that I’ll give myself when I finish it, and that motivates me to keep on going. Last week, I had to write my June’s sales stats report. The due date was June 30th. Every time I sat down to do it, I’d just roll my eyes and postpone it. I’d been doing this for a few days when I woke up and saw that the deadline was coming up. I had to do it so I thought about the fishing trip that I’d been planning on with my friends. So I said out loud to myself, ‘if I finish this on time, I’ll get to go fishing with my friends. Otherwise I won’t go.’ I finished it on June 30th at 4pm sharp. Now to enjoy my fishing trip with my buddies coming up in a couple of weeks!

  9. Scotty W. July 11, 2017 at 5:19 PM #

    Yes, I have a tip that was shared with me when I was seeing a coach. She told me that when I encounter challenges, I had to train myself to remember the reason I was doing it. She called it the “why” and if your why is big enough and moves you, you are able to overcome challenges and keep going. I’ve done this ever since and every time I set a new goal.

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