Staying Motivated When Things Get Difficult
It’s not always easy to stay motivated when things get tough. We all have goals and dreams, but sometimes it feels like we’re just spinning our wheels. We can’t always see the progress we’re making or appreciate how far we’ve come — and that’s exactly when it helps to remember what worked in the past.
Surround yourself with people who support you.
- Surround yourself with people who support you.
- If you don’t have supportive friends, find them online.
- Don’t surround yourself with people who are always negative.
Lean on friends you can trust. Talk to them about your goals and how you’re feeling about them.
Talking to friends who are supportive of your goals is a great way to stay motivated. You can talk about how you’re feeling about them and ask for advice, or simply discuss what is going well and what could be improved.
If you have friends who aren’t supportive of your goal-achieving efforts, then it’s best not to bring up the topic at all with them–unless they ask first! If someone asks about your goals, feel free to talk about them as much as possible without being too preachy (no one wants that).
Stop believing that you need to know it all and do it all — no one does, and the sooner you get over that, the better off you’ll be.
One of the hardest things to get used to as an entrepreneur is learning how to do everything yourself. You may be tempted to think that if you’re going to be successful, then it has to be because of your hard work and dedication alone–but this isn’t true at all! Sure, these things are important for success–but so are asking for help when necessary and learning from other people’s mistakes (that’s where I got my blog name).
Don’t feel bad about asking questions or admitting when something has gone wrong: everyone wants their business partner or employee(s) to learn from their experiences so they can improve upon them next time around!
Focus on everyday wins rather than obsessing over the end result.
When you’re working toward a big goal, it’s easy to get discouraged by setbacks and feel like you’re not making any progress. You may start questioning yourself or your abilities–which is normal. But if you let these feelings of doubt take over, they’ll prevent you from achieving your goals.
Instead of focusing on the end result (the big picture), focus on small things that help bring that end result closer: every day wins. For example, if your goal is to lose weight this year by going on a diet and exercising more often than usual, don’t think about how much weight will be lost in total; rather think about how many calories were burned during each workout session or how much food was left behind at dinner time because it wasn’t eaten yet! These are concrete actions taken toward achieving the end result (losing weight).
Focus on what’s working now, and remember that even if what worked in the past doesn’t work now, something else will work instead.
When you’re feeling discouraged, it’s easy to focus on what isn’t working. But that’s not helpful–it’ll just make you feel worse. Instead of lamenting over what isn’t working, focus on the things that are working for you now. Maybe you’ve been able to find some time for yourself each day or maybe your partner has been supportive during this difficult period in your life. Whatever it is, try to celebrate these successes!
It can also help to remember that even if what worked in the past doesn’t work now, something else will work instead (and often sooner than we expect). If one strategy doesn’t pan out as planned or an opportunity slips through our fingers, there are plenty more out there waiting for us! It may seem like bad luck at first glance but really it’s just part of life: sometimes things don’t go according to plan; other times we have no control over what happens next–but either way we can still come out ahead by being flexible enough
to adapt quickly when necessary while continuing forward with confidence and determination because eventually everything falls into place just as planned anyway 🙂
Remember why you started working toward this goal to begin with. Answer it whenever you feel like giving up or falling behind.
If you’re having trouble staying motivated and on track with your goals, it can help to consider the reasons why you started working toward this goal in the first place. Answer this question: “Why is this goal important to me?”
You may find that answering this question brings up some specific benefits or outcomes that are motivating enough for you to continue pursuing it. For example, maybe one of your main reasons for losing weight was because of how it would improve your health and quality of life. Or maybe another reason was so that people would stop commenting on how overweight or out-of-shape they think you look (this happens all too often).
If these aren’t enough reasons, think about what will happen if things don’t go according to plan–what will happen if I don’t reach my target weight by summertime? Will I still be able to walk up stairs without getting winded? Will my blood pressure readings go back up again? How will this affect my overall happiness and self-esteem?
Track your progress so that when you’re feeling frustrated or stuck, you can see how much progress you’ve made and the progress builds momentum for your long-term success.
- Keep a journal. This can be as simple as writing down your thoughts in a notebook or more elaborate, such as using an app like the Bullet Journal system.
- Use a spreadsheet and track your progress by week or month on goals that are important to you. Seeing the numbers will motivate you to keep going!
- Use an app like Habitica (for gamification) or Toggl (to see how much time you spend on different tasks). Both of these tools allow you to create “habits” for yourself and then track how well those habits are sticking over time–which is great for getting started but also helps evaluate whether certain strategies work better than others over time!
You can stay motivated when things are tough by remembering what worked in the past, getting clear about your why and seeing how far you have come along the way.
Here are some ways to stay motivated when things get tough:
- Remember what worked in the past. When you feel like giving up, look back at all of your successes and how much farther along you have come than when you started this goal. This will help remind yourself that achieving your goals is possible!
- Get clear about your why. Knowing why something matters to you and how it connects with who you are as a person will keep motivation strong and steady even when challenges arise along the way–and there’s no better way to do this than by journaling! It’s also helpful to keep in mind that what matters most isn’t always about getting everything right or being perfect; rather, it’s about doing our best with each step forward along our own personal journeys toward self-growth (and sometimes that means failing miserably). But hey–at least now we know better next time around!
Getting motivated when things get tough is all about focusing on the positive and keeping yourself in a positive frame of mind. It’s also about knowing that no matter who you are or what you’re doing, there will always be challenges along the way. The most important thing is to keep working hard, focusing on what’s working now and remembering why you started in the first place so that when it gets tough, you have something worth fighting for!