So we are a few weeks into the new year and you may find that your excitement for your goals and getting 2022 off to a great start have dwindled a bit. You may be losing steam, or you may have already given up on your goals for the new year, but don’t worry – we are here to get you back on track. Because remember, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.
For the people that made new years resolutions in 2020, 49% kept some of them and 16% failed at keeping any. We don’t want you to be a part of those numbers. We want you to instead be part of the 35% that kept all of their new year’s resolutions. The main reason for not reaching goals is the lack of willpower. And oftentimes, willpower and motivation go hand-in-hand. Once you find the motivation, you can find the willpower.
And here’s how to do it.
5 Tips for Finding Motivation
Here are the tried and true ways that we find motivation when the going gets tough.
- FIND YOUR WHY
What is the reason that you set this goal for 2022? When you put a purpose behind the goal, you find more reason to stick with it. You must find a deep why that will keep you motivated for longer.
For example, if your goal is to lose weight, your “why” shouldn’t just be so that you can feel more confident in a bathing suit. Go deeper than that. Why is feeling confident in a bathing suit important to you?
- BE PRESENT
Sometimes our goals can feel overwhelming if you keep looking to the future (the end of the goal) and not paying attention to the present, too.
While the point of a goal is setting something that you can reach in the future, it is important that you enjoy the journey along the way and be present in the baby steps you are making every day.
- MAKE IT MORE FUN
If you focus only on your goal and not the fun, then you are destined to fail. In order to reach your goals and keep motivated, you need to find ways to infuse fun into them.
If your goal was to go on a walk every day, then make some fabulous playlists or find some great podcasts to listen to while on your walk to make it more enjoyable.
- FIND A BUDDY
Your buddy doesn’t have to have the same goal as you, but you may be able to get him or her to join you in whatever your goal is has the potential to keep you more motivated.
If your goal is to cook dinner five nights a week, try to make one of those nights be with a friend. This helps you stay on track with your goal and also gives you some great bonding time with your friend.
- CHANGE YOUR NARRATIVE
Instead of thinking about your goal in terms of something you “have” to do, or something that has rules on what you “cannot” do, change your narrative.
If your goal is to steer clear of alcohol for 2 months, instead of thinking about it in the sense that you aren’t allowed to drink, think about it in the sense that you are giving your body time to heal and rejuvenate.