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How to Stay Motivated?

Learn these techniques that will help you stay motivated
through your daily endeavors

'Dream Big' spelled in scrabble letters
Everybody likes to 'dream big', but you need to master your techniques
that will help you accomplishing your goals.

Some people say that motivation is the key to a successful life. While such a statement is difficult to confirm, when you think about it, you'll realize that there certainly is some truth to it. People who lack motivation are usually more prone to wasting their time which leads to less productivity and neglected personal goals. But hey, even the most focused and determined people can lose focus from time to time. Instead of beating yourself up when it happens, it would be best to learn some techniques to help you stay motivated throughout your daily endeavors.

Sure, you may not have trouble staying motivated and focused on planning your family vacation, but what will happen when you have to work out to lose 50 pounds? Or to go to school and work at the same time? It turns out, all you need is some discipline - and some much-needed motivation to keep going!

Set realistic goals - YOUR goals

Everyone has goals in life – that’s just the way we are. Some people dream big and fantasize about becoming an A-list celebrity. Others are more down-to-earth and want to have a good-paying job that will leave them with enough family time. The one thing you need to understand is that there is no good or bad goal. As long as it's what you dream about and not the people around you, you will most likely be able to keep on track.

a man making a checklist
With a list of goals at hand, it will be much easier to stay motivated –
you will constantly be reminded of them.

With regard to that, it's always good to set both long-term and short-term goals. It's great to focus on the end results but you also need to define the steps that are supposed to take you there. To give you an example, let's imagine that you are trying to get in shape for the summer. It's totally okay for that to be your number one goal at the moment. But how do you plan to get to that point? Will you focus on strength training? Perhaps you'll notice the best results by focusing on cardio workouts that best fit female population? No one can decide that instead of you.

Once you have clearly defined short-term and long-term goals, it will become much easier to stay motivated. At least you'll know which steps you need to take in order to fulfill your goals, which will help you feel like they are just within your reach!

Be consistent and always work on your goals

You are not always going to feel happy, cheerful and ready to take on the world. The time will come when you will have zero motivation to even get out of bed. But that's when you should try the hardest. It's very important to be consistent with your goals and to constantly work towards their fulfillment.

That being said, you don't have to torture yourself every single day. If you don't feel like it, do just one little thing that will contribute to your end goal. We can promise you that any type of activity that you accomplish on the days when you are unmotivated will help you feel proud of yourself. And that is a very important feeling that will help you through your journey. It just so happens that it brings us to another important point.

Treat yourself in order to stay motivated

Have you finally taken care of a task that you have postponed for so long? Perhaps you have had a very tough week but you didn't let that get to you? If you stayed on track and followed through with your weekly goals through thick and thin, you can rest assured you deserve a reward. And who will be more attentive to your needs and accomplishments than you? That's why you ought to reward yourself every time you reach a short-term goal.

a cake
Forget about carbs for one day and treat yourself to your favorite treat,
when you accomplish a short term goal, to motivate yourself more.

What you choose to reward yourself with isn't as important as the gesture itself. Sure, it would be great to give yourself a trip to New Jersey and explore outdoor activities, but you might not have sufficient funds for that. But that's what's so great about rewards - they can be humble but still motivating. Even a piece of cake you have been craving for so long will do the trick. So don't hesitate to give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done.

Give yourself a break when you feel like it

If you believe that the most motivated people never get tired or overworked, then you ought to speak to your role model. You are going to find out that everyone gets overwhelmed from time to time. Instead of working yourself to the point of a mental breakdown, it would be best to take a break when you feel like you need one. If you are trying to stay motivated while chasing a fitness goal, feel free to give yourself four or five days of rest. That will recharge your batteries and help you get back to your routine with more zest and energy.

The same goes if you are working on an important project or trying to pass an exam. Take a walk, get a massage, do some free things in Los Angeles or simply meditate - even a half an hour break can help you get a new perspective.

A happy woman that can stay motivated
Happy people are usually motivated people – remember that!
Happy people also inspire and motivate others, who will seek your company.

Surround yourself with positive people

Have you ever heard of the term 'emotional vampires?' An emotional vampire is someone who drains your energy - and that's the last thing you need if you are trying to stay motivated. You can't be motivated if you are not optimistic, and you can't be optimistic if you are constantly surrounded by pessimists. That's why you ought to work on surrounding yourself with positive and like-minded people.

In business, those would be your co-workers. At college, they are your fellow classmates that chose the same major and classes as you. And in personal life, those would be your family and friends - a group of people that has your best interest in mind. You'll receive the positive energy from them which will help you stay motivated and right on track with your goals.

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