I’m not sure about you, but I started 2018 with an action plan, a list of goals and the motivation and drive I needed to reach them.
But by mid-year, I along with many others, had lost the drive, the motivation and most importantly focus. Staying motivated and pushing forward is probably one of the hardest things to do in life especially when we experience setbacks.
I knew exactly what I needed to do but found myself struggling to do it, which was extremely annoying. I was avoiding doing the things that I needed to do to help me reach my goals. I had forgotten what I was striving towards.
When one lacks motivation, it can lead to focusing on unmeaningful things like; constantly watching TV or in this generation Netflix, spending your days consuming social media or going out a lot to avoid doing tasks. All of this can and will most likely lead to a string of unproductive days/evenings and consequently laziness. Getting back on track can be extremely difficult but if you want something you must push yourself to do better. It’s time to refocus.
What are you striving towards?
An important question that we all need to ask ourselves occasionally, so that we can remind ourselves of who we are and who we intend to become.
What can you do in the remaining 42 days of this year, to help you refocus?
Firstly, revisit your goals.
Remind yourself of the goals that you planned to achieve this year. Change your attitude and stop using phrases like “it’s too late” or “I’ll do it next year.” Use the time that you currently have and use it wisely. As we all know, tomorrow is not promised.
Secondly, create an action plan.
Break your goals down in to milestones and set yourself daily or weekly goals that will help you to stay focused and motivated. Having an accountability partner or group that will hold you accountable for your hard work or lack of it may be your goalsaver.
Lastly, enjoy the process and the challenge.
There is great satisfaction in setting a goal and reaching it, especially if you achieved it within the time limit that you set yourself. Trust your journey. You may be planting the seeds now, but you will soon be reaping the harvest.
Don’t allow stagnation or a lack of motivation to redirect the plans that you had for your life. Remember that a setback may in fact be a set up for something better.
So, stop worrying and start refocusing.