If you’ve been down in a slump before, you know how hard it can be to get yourself back on track. Whether it’s personal or professional, we all hit those moments where we feel like slowing down and taking some time for ourselves, even though the only way to get to the next level is to continue to push.
Losing your motivation is nothing to be ashamed of, but it’s important to find your way back to your usual motivated self, and these tips can help get you there.
Set a small goal for yourself
One key step in regaining your motivation is setting one small goal for yourself. The goal can be something as simple as finishing everything on your “to-do” list for the day or the week. As long as it’s something you genuinely want to accomplish, you can use it as a stepping-stone on your journey back to motivation. Lists are extremely helpful in keeping you focused, so if you don’t have a to-do list, consider putting one together detailing out your goals. The best way to get started…. Get started!
Commit to your new goal publicly
Once you have your small goal in mind, tell people! Telling your family and friends about your new goal will help make you accountable for reaching it. It means they’ll ask you how it’s going and provide you with words of encouragement along the way, which will help keep you on track.
Envision yourself accomplishing that goal
Have a clear picture in your head of how you’ll feel once you reach your goal. Seeing yourself reaching success will help you overcome the times when you may want to cheat (but if you do, don’t stress… we’ll get to that next). There’s also something to be said about visualizing a goal. Vision boards are popular for a reason.
Give yourself credit
Each step you take towards reaching your goal is a success, so give yourself credit for it. Even if you get off-track along the way, don’t let it keep you down. Just know that tomorrow is a new day, which means another shot at success. Don’t be afraid to give yourself credit for the experience along the way, whether it’s positive or negative.
You’ve reached your goal! And it feels great! Get out there and reward yourself. This feeling is one that fuels motivation, because you’ll want to keep recreating it and reaching more goals. So indulge in it and then get ready to do it all again!
What do you do to keep yourself motivated? Let us know some of the things you do to get yourself back on track after you’ve hit a slump.