1. KEEP YOUR ROLE MODELS NEARBY.
Who inspires you? Whether it’s Sandra Bullock, Steve Jobs,
or your mom, keep him or her close by. Call your mom a
few times a week or pin a photo of Sandra Bullock on your
bulletin board at work. Seeing or talking to them will help
you remember why you’re doing what you’re
doing. Remember, inspiration gets things going,
motivation keeps things going, and
determination gets things done.
1. KEEP YOUR ROLE MODELS NEARBY.
2. RID YOURSELF OF THE “I CAN’TS.”
Everyone has that little, negative voice in their head that
whispers (sometimes screams), “I CAN’T!” Unfortunately,
many people let this little voice control them. It’s time to
ditch that thought, and come up with a new, positive twist
to “I can’t.” Christie Mims, founder of the
Revolutionary Club, suggests recognizing that the
thought isn’t serving you, and replacing it with a new
thought that makes you feel empowered.
For example, if you wanted to start a business, but that
annoying voice is saying, “I can’t do that – I don’t know
anything about running a business. I would suck,” replace
that thought with something like, “You know what? I might
not know everything about running a business, but I’m
pretty smart, I can figure this out.”
3. COUPLE YOUR GOALS.
Want to lose weight but having trouble staying on track?
Find another reason to eat healthier. My secondary reason
for eating more veggies and less junk is my skin (eating
better helps your complexion, who knew?!).What’s your
secondary reason for eating better?
4. THINK MORE, NOT LESS.
Trying to lose a few pounds? (Who isn’t!?) Find reasons to
eat MORE good things, not just reasons to eat fewer bad
things. Want to stop being such a tech zombie? Focus on
spending MORE time outside or reading books, not just less
time in front of a computer screen. Thinking about doing
things as a reward rather than a punishment can really help
you stick with your goals. Changing your perspective really
5. TREAT YOURSELF ONCE A DAY.
Whether it’s getting your nails done, indulging in a few
M&Ms (the peanut kind, of course!), or just having a beer at
the end of the day, make sure you treat yourself with
something small each day. It’s the little things in life that
make us happy – don’t skip out on them because you’re
trying to save money or lose weight. Just don’t over indulge!
6. WRITE ABOUT IT.
Start a blog, keep a diary, or keep a notebook of your goals
and use it to track your progress. Make a point to write in it
at least once a day. Writing about your goals on a regular
basis will help keep you motivated to stay on track and
show off all of your hard work!
7. DON’T FEEL GUILTY FOR TAKING ‘YOU TIME.’
It’s a busy world, and everyone seems to be going at a
million miles per hour. Yes, you have obligations, but don’t
use those obligations as an excuse to skip ‘you time.’ Taking
time for yourself is important for your mental and physical
health, so make sure to schedule a little ‘you time’ each day
– whether that means 10 minutes to decompress in front of
the TV or an hour of Pilates. By making time for yourself
each day, you will be less likely to feel overwhelmed and
more likely to stay on track with your goals.
8. FIND A BUDDY.
What’s better than one person struggling? Two! Find a
buddy who wants to achieve the same goal as you. Make a
plan with them, motivate each other every day, and meet in-
person at least once a week to make sure both of you are
staying on track.
9. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO IT WELL.
Walt Disney once said, “Whatever you do, do it well.” Keep
these words in mind at all times. Find something you want
to be known for – whether it’s working on a project for
work, dressing to impress, or keeping a clean house – and
do it well! People will remember you for it.
So, what are you waiting for? Get off your butt and make
those resolutions a reality!
How do you stay motivated? We’d love to hear from you!
Tell us your tricks in the comment section below!