You know how it is, you are powering along with changing habits or goals and then you hit a plateau. It is hard to keep motivated and committed when you just aren’t seeing the results. Even taking microsteps and achieving small wins or success sometimes just aren’t enough. We are human after all and as I’ve written before, CHANGE ISN’T EASY.
So what is the answer? How do we get motivated to start again? How do you Reset your Motivation?
I posted this question in the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond – Let’s Thrive Facebook Group and these are the responses from some of the members.
Reading through you will notice that being in nature and also giving your self some time are popular ways to regain your mojo. I will also be sharing at the end, my 4 top tips that I use to regain my motivation.
How to Reset your Motivation
If I am low I go out in my garden and pick flowers, weed or just admire the beauty of my plants
I take the dog out for a walk and/or go hiking. Sitting down with a good book and my good dog cures just about anything
Rest and watch Queen and Freddy Mercury Live Aid concert or any of their shows. He cracks me up and I adore their energy. He makes me laugh feel so good I think he and Queen are awesome they worked so hard o provide the best performance for the fans – great motivation
I allow myself time to rest and give my mind a break. Sometimes by switching off for a while can help with motivation
Take some time out to clear my mind and tell myself I need to get back on the horse. Keeping motivated when you don’t see results is really hard at times.
Knowing it doesn’t last – even when it feels like it – kickstarting by going outside & checking out the bigger world than the one inside my head…& remembering what I am grateful for- sounds too good to be true? Well we know that its proven it helps!
Listen to my body & take a break. A leisurely walk in the woods concentrating on the nature around or a candlelight hot bubble bath. Just knowing that having a day off isn’t a bad thing.
I re-read my vision statement. Think about what might be keeping me from moving forward…what limiting belief is in play. Then I put a small step of the goal on my calendar as an activity or send an email to set something up. Getting an accountability buddy engaged sometimes helps. And I do not beat myself up about it. Sometimes I need a breather from things. If it’s really important to do, the motivation will return with one of those things, but if not, maybe it’s time to let go of that goal.
I find it helps to re read my goals for the period. And to reset them if necessary. Goals aren’t set in concrete. It’s totally ok to do a reset
Try to take time out, and try not to beat myself up about it but rather be kind to myself, do a good or helpful deed for somebody else, go for a walk.
What do I do to regain my motivation?
After reading through what others have suggested my tips are pretty much in line with theirs.
My top 4 tips to regain my motivation are:
- Revisiting My Why – remembering why I am working towards the goal and what acheiving it will mean to my life.
- Cheerleaders & Buddies – I make sure I have Cheerleaders, positive people who are supporting me and my endeavours. My daughter is a great Cheerleader and is always there with an encouraging word It also helps if you are working towards a common goal with someone else. For example, when training for a half or full marathon, I run with my Saturday Sisters and we are all working towards the same goal. We keep each other going.
- Listening to podcasts or reading motivational quotes – podcasts are great and taking the time to listen to a motivational quote that inspires you can certainly help me get my motivation and mojo back. Having a motivational quote in a prominent spot also helps to lift my spirits and determination.
- Cut myself some slack. I’m quite a self-motivated person but there are times when I’m just not feeling it. These are the times that my body or mind is telling me to take some time out. I take an Inspiration Flow day to relax, restore and re-energise.
You might also like to read a previous post I wrote Getting Back on Track When Life Gets in the Way