Almost one week into 2011, how are you doing with your New Year’s resolution? Truth be told, as soon as the New Year rings in, the ball drops and the euphoria of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ is over, most people are left with very little.
If you haven’t created a hard core plan to help reach your goals, you’re probably feeling a bit lost. The anticipation of the New Year is over and you want to move forward but feel stuck. Here are a few tips to boost your motivation and help you get unstuck.
- Words Inspire. It’s amazing how reading a few good words can help change your mood. Find a few motivational quotes that speak to your situation to pick you up and get you going again.
- Act. Too often people are paralyzed with inaction because they’re caught up in thinking about the end results. You’ll never know what the outcome will be if you don’t act on it. Stop playing out scenarios in your mind, and just take action.
- Take a break. Too often, I get so absorbed in what I’m trying to achieve that when I feel like I’m not making progress, I fall into a black hole of emotions. It’s important at this point to take a step back and take a break. Do something you enjoy to get your mind off of your current situation.
- Goals are overrated. It’s great to have a goal oriented mindset, but having too many goals at the same time can be overwhelming. Relax and take it one step at a time.
- Acknowledge your hard work. It’s hard to keep in mind that the road to success is a process. Recognize your efforts and be proud of the steps you’re taking and keep moving forward.
- Channel the kid in you. Kids are awesome. They are free spirits, loving and they’re always ready for a new adventure. When was the last time you channeled the inner kid in you? You’ll be surprised how uplifting this can be.
- Get over your insecurities. Believe in your ability to succeed. Your dreams depend on this. While this sounds much easier said than done, if you don’t deal with your insecurities they will surely hold you back. Liberate yourself.
- Get a buddy. It’s o.k. to vent and it’s actually pretty healthy. You need someone who will give you the space to do so, but will also give you a push forward when you’re done.
- Become solution oriented. It’s easy to get stuck on a problem. Approach an obstacle with an open mind and immediately start working toward a solution. Getting wrapped up in the problem itself will only give it power.
- Fear Less. Fear often leads to hesitation, or worse, paralyses. Both of which often kill motivation. When you truly get over your fears of judgment, failure and hardship, getting and staying motivated becomes much easier.
Photo via Flickr Todd Baker