Tips to maintain motivation

Last Update: January 08, 2016

Motivation is the driving force which enables you to stay committed towards attaining your goals. It plays a key role in your overall development and success. However, sometimes you’ll find yourself lacking that excitement that you had when you started working on your goal.

Perhaps you screwed up along the way and got discouraged, or there’s something new in your life (a new relationship, job etc.) that’s taking away your time and attention from your goal. Irrespective of what’s causing your lack of motivation, it’s still possible to keep going until you eventually accomplish your goal. Here are some useful tips that can help you in maintaining motivation:

Write Down Reasons Why You Want To Achieve Your Goals

Without the right motivation, it’s not easy to achieve anything. Because of this, it’s very important that you put in writing the reasons why you want to achieve your goals. This greatly helps your brain to process those goals and reinforce your acts towards making them real. The reason why you want to achieve your goals is your motive. Motivation is the act of keeping focused on those goals and purpose until they are realized and your motive(s) completed.

Just Start

When you’re not motivated, your negative inner voice will give you countless reasons why you shouldn’t do what you’re supposed to do. If you’re trying to lose weight for instance, it will tell you how you’ll never be slim because your whole family is fat, or how ugly you are so losing weight won’t make a difference. Don’t listen to your critical self. Even if you don’t feel like doing anything, just change into your exercise outfit and get out of the house. When you get to the gym and see the way others are determined to lose weight, your enthusiasm will come back naturally and you’ll find yourself exercising as well.

Set Short-Term Goals That You’re Sure You can Achieve

Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged while pursuing long-term goals is natural. But you can get your enthusiasm back by breaking down whatever you’re trying to achieve into smaller actions, which you can complete within a short time i.e. an hour or so. If losing say, 50 pounds is your long-term goal, try jogging for just for 10 minutes per day or taking a nice brisk walk when you’re unmotivated. When you’re done, your head will be clearer and you can reward yourself. Do this consistently and soon you’ll achieve anything your heart desires.

Chart Your Progress

There’s nothing as inspiring and fulfilling as cancelling tasks as you complete them. That’s why you should keep track of how you progress with your goals. As you place more check marks on your to do list, you’ll definitely feel motivated to go on until you finally achieve your goals.

Keep Looking At The Big Picture

Last but not least, remind yourself continuously why you’re doing what you’re doing. For instance, if you’re goal is to grow your online business to enable you to purchase a bigger home for your family (motive), keep that picture in your mind always to help you stay motivated.

As you gain confidence in your self, you will gain confidence in your purpose / motive.

Hopefully, these tips will help you sustain your motivation so that you can achieve all your life goals, one step at a time.

Have a splendid day!

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gappleby Premium
Excellent post, Jim. Writing both the goals and the reasons why, not just the goals, is a biggie.

I also think your comment, "Motivation is the act of keeping focused on those goals and purpose..." is gold-laden. Most people think motivation is an emotion, which is hard to control, sometimes elusive. In truth, it's an act, thus totally within our control. The difference between success and failure is what you do when you don't feel like it. You are dead-on when you point out that focusing on the goal, and on the purpose behind that goal, is the way to find consistent, steady motivation.

I love emotion. Just don't depend on's here today and gone tomorrow. Keep your eye on the prize, and remember the reason why.

chartdude Premium
Thanks Gordon, and your additional tips are great! Indeed, I love emotion also, I have always been an emotional guy, but I also learned they can lie to you and take you off your course so to speak. As long as we understand that, we can control how much influence we allow those emotions to have in our daily life.

Excellent points Gordon, and I hope you have a great weekend.
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ricardo1 Premium
Jim, an excellent post. You give all the keys to be successful in achieve your goals. I have to take notes to follow along to keep track of.
chartdude Premium
Thank you Ricardo, glad it inspired you. Yes, always take notes, it is very important. I fail at doing that too often, then forget my thoughts, etc. My brain is always going LOL, and it takes a lot of notes to keep up! Have a great day Ricardo and all the best to you...
AriefWibowo Premium
Yes. We have to keep going and remember our motives.
chartdude Premium
We sure do Arief. Thank you. That is a beautiful family you have there my friend, and I wish you the very best!