It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. In our world of constant stimulation, I know I get bored quite easily. Everything moves fast and changes so quickly, that as soon as things slow down, my brain checks in to desire stimulation. I find myself feeling bored with my hobbies. Those that once invigorated me, become dull and flat. I want to get motivated to continue on with them because I’ve invested so much of my life and love in them. For example, I’ve been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for gong on ten years. I got pretty good at it and even got my teacher’s certification. I love the yoga practice, but it is the same time and time again. To keep it interesting, I went to workshops and learned variations on the postures to keep it challenging and interesting for me, but as soon as my teacher left the studio I attended, so did I. I haven’t been back. I sometimes practice on my own, but the weekly ritual I maintained for so long became uninteresting to me. I haven’t figured out how t to get motivated to continue practicing. Now I’ve discovered Pilates and find it as excited as yoga once was.
As I think about how to get motivated, I start to think of the following ways to do it.
Here are 6 Ways
1. Set regular, incremental reminder goals.
I use Remember the Milk to set reminders for myself to do things. I set reminders to meet my daily writing goal, listen to my Spanish lesson, practice tango and a number of other things that will help me build habits into my daily life.
2. Post photos of what you want on your vision board.
When I think of something I want to manifest in my life, I use my Pinterest Vision Board to post images of my desire. Then I print my board a few times and put it at my various desks and other places I’ll see it frequently.
3. Write yourself acceptance/offer letters to keep you applying for the dream job, school or book publication.
If you like the Law of Attraction, you should write your acceptance/offer letters to help yourself believe the goal is fact, not just a dream. Write your acceptance letter and put yourself in a state of believing it is real to manifest it in your life.
4. Surround yourself with others with similar goals.
When I can’t get motivated, I like to be around others who are because it challenges me. If you want to get motivated to write, join a writer’s group. If you want to learn a dance, instead of being shy and using the learn-at-home video, put yourself out there and go to a class. If you want to get in shape, get a trainer and go to a class. In the class, everyone is working, or suffering if you see it that way, at the same time. You aren’t alone.
5. Build a support network.
There are so many naysayers out there. Find those people who believe in you and your abilities and stick with them. They will help you get past the times when you don’t feel like you’re getting any traction.
6. Find ways to reinvent what you want to do.
If you are in a slump with writing, try writing something different or writing from a different point of view. If you are bored with your exercise routine, try a new class or go to a different teacher or studio.
Overall you need to commit to yourself. People are afraid of commitment. We all want to do what we feel like doing when we want to do it. Sometimes it takes pure discipline as a form of self-motivation to achieve your daily goals. Keep in mind that you can’t get in shape or complete a manuscript to a full length novel overnight. You can’t really create a habit in a day, but if you commit to your daily goals, you will achieve the long-term success you desire.