Five Tips for Staying Motivated for a New Project
1. Identify Your Why-
The first step in starting a new project, or pursuing a new goal is to reflect on why you are doing it in the first place. For instance, if your goal is to lose 10 pounds over the next two months, are you doing it to feel healthier, look better, restore self confidence, or any combination of the three? Or if you are looking to build your savings account, is there a trip coming up that you’re saving for? Or do you have dependents that will need a safety net?
Actively identifying your Why is an extremely important step not only to uncover your true motives behind a goal, but will prove useful through the tough points throughout your project. When you are feeling down and out, and like you cannot continue, return to your Why- it will remind you of your original source of motivation, and push you to continue on. Want to learn more about Why Finding Your Why is so Important? Check here!
2. Find a Mantra and Stick to it-
A mantra is short motivational sentence that you repeat to yourself frequently in order to focus your mind, set an intention, and influence your behavior. Find a quote or saying that speaks to you, and write it down on a post-it. Put these post-its in multiple places (your mirror, your car, your desk at work) in order to have a daily reminder of your goal.
Visualizing your success has proven to be an extremely effective way to achieve your goals. When you are lost in a project, and feel bogged down, repeat your mantra out loud to yourself to keep you going
3. Start Small and Take Breaks
Someone once told me that in order to start a daunting project, find the easiest aspect, and start there. Giving yourself small wins, and small acts of productivity will motivate you to the next task. We all know that finding the drive to take the first step is always the most difficult. When you start with a small achievable aspect, you’ll be more likely to get started, and once you get going you won’t be able to stop!
That being said, don’t let yourself get burnt out by not letting yourself take breaks. Sometimes all you need is to step away from your desk for ten minutes, take a breather, and you’ll feel refreshed enough to get more done.
4. “A goal without a plan is just a wish”
Have you ever met that person that has so much that they want to accomplish but is stuck in the dreaming phase without a solid plan to move forward? Being a dreamer is a beautiful thing, but without the steps laid out, you will not accomplish what you want to achieve. Not only will this map out your project, and help set benchmarks for along the way, it will encourage you along the way.
When you can break your goal into smaller goals based on steps along the way, every accomplishment will feel like a win. Rewarding and celebrating the small wins will instill confidence and push you to the next step.
5. Be Kind to Yourself
No one is perfect- you will have days that you feel extremely motivated, and days that you don’t accomplish anything, and it is okay! We are all on a journey, and deserve days off. The worst thing you can do is hold yourself down with guilt about not accomplishing what you wanted to. With every failure comes your next success, and you don’t want to get in the way of that with self doubt.