When you find yourself in an emotional slump, it can be pretty hard to get motivated to do anything. You might know in your head what you would like to accomplish, but getting there can feel like having to move mountains. So what do you do when you’re lacking motivation and need a boost to get going? Here are some tips I hope will inspire you. I offer them in hopes you will see those mountains as molehills and start moving them with ease!
- Start slow or small. Some people have the tendency to “go big or go home.” When you’re lacking motivation, it’s better to start small. Take just the first step rather than planning out your entire solution. Do a little bit at a time, instead of creating a schedule for yourself for the next 10 years. It’s easier to handle smaller tasks and come out saying, “Yes, I can.”
- Find inspiration. If your motivation isn’t coming from inside, look outside yourself for something that moves you. Do you know someone who has accomplished the goal you’re working toward? Is there a respected author with a book on your topic?
- Find support. Join supportive groups — online or in person — to find thousands of people who can relate to your difficulties and successes. But it’s also OK to only confide in a few close friends or a health practitioner. A wellness coach can also help guide you and develop a plan for total wellness in addition to focusing on your main goal.
- Commit to your goal. Share your goal publicly with your support system. Whether that system is a message board consisting of thousands of people or a group of three friends, say it out loud and claim it as your own. Sharing it with others makes it real and creates accountability. In addition to sharing with others, post your goals and reminders of habits that support that goal in places you’ll see frequently. Try your bathroom mirror, car dashboard or the refrigerator.
- Be kind to yourself. Do expect to learn as you go. Every small step is a positive, and you need to recognize it as such. Praise yourself for every little success, and go easy on yourself when you struggle a bit. It takes time, and treating yourself well is important.
- Keep a journal of successes. Every evening, or every time you feel successful, jot down a note to document it. Remember, the little things add up to your big goal. Note times when you stepped out of your comfort zone, tried something new, made specific progress toward your goal, etc. On tough days, glance back through your success journal for a great pick-me-up!
- Use visualization. Take time to sit still, close your eyes and imagine how your life will be when you accomplish your goal. How will you look? How will you feel? Who will be a part of your success? Create that positive vision in your mind and hold it for a few minutes a day.
- Try affirmations. Pick a few positive statements related to your goal and repeat them to yourself (silently or aloud) over and over. Try “I am strong enough,” or, “I can accomplish this goal.” Substitute specific words related to your goal to make them more meaningful to you. You could write them next to your goals posted around the house, too.
The most satisfying thing to me is helping people who feel they are stuck. Contact me for more tips, tricks and support to help you on your way to success. Together, we can create the life you’ve visualized.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
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