Staying Focused and Motivated on your Journey to a New Life

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Staying Focused and Motivated on your Journey to a New Life

It is not easy to tell yourself that you are going to accomplish something new when the odds seem stacked against you. What happens when the task you’re focused on takes longer than you had allowed for? Your motivation may start to disappear and you might just give up on the idea altogether.

It definitely can be hard to stay focused on certain things. Weight loss is a fine example of this. If you have ever tried to lose weight you know your enthusiasm is so high for the first week or two. As you make lifestyle changes the pounds drop off quickly and you are feeling great about your efforts.

A few weeks into your diet you plateau – stop making progress as quickly – and don’t lose any weight. You start to eat a little more or stop exercising as much and then before you know it you have abandoned your goal and have gone back to your old habits.

There are several reasons for this. First you may not have recognized that plateauing is a perfectly normal occurrence when it comes to losing weight, or for any goal that you set. Secondly did you use not reaching your current short-term goal as an excuse to relax your focus and intensity and “take it easy” for a while? Your mind can do wonderful (and challenging) things and is capable of coming up with hundreds of reasons to not do something.

To stay motivated and focused you can do a number of things including:

  • Set smaller goals – take it one hour, one day, or one week at a time
  • Keep a calendar, journal, task tracker or planner so you can stay on top of your next step
  • Share your goals with someone else – someone who is journeying with you or someone who believes in you
  • Join a group of people with the same goals who can provide additional support

By creating smaller goals you won’t feel as overwhelmed when your results start to slow down. If you break the smaller goal down further into daily targets you can easily stay focused longer. It isn’t as hard to do something new from a Monday to Tuesday as it is to think about doing it for weeks or months at a time.

Next you really need to be honest with yourself. If you have achieved a goal before, whatever it was, then congratulate yourself on that achievement. Focus on what you have done and not where you have to go! This is why it is often a good reason to keep a journal (electronic or physical) or photos of your self-improvement journey. When you are feeling down take a look at them and remember where you started and how much progress you’ve made.

By changing your mindset to be more positive you can stay focused with your goals.