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What To Do When You've Lost Your Motivation

Jun 12, 2008
Sometimes goals take so long to achieve that we start to lose the initial enthusiasm that sparked us to take our first baby steps toward that goal. You may find yourself questioning whether the goal was realistic. You may be feeling unmotivated to take the steps you know you need to take to continue making progress. All of a sudden, you find yourself distracted by other things that have nothing to do with your goal.

It is hard to motivate yourself. And in the short run, it is much easier to just give up. But you can't! Giving up only turns your goal into just another dream you've wanted to accomplish, and can increase your stress, frustration, and unhappiness with your life over the long term. If you've been dreaming about this goal for a long time, then it's too valuable to just give up on so easily.

So how do you find that motivation to keep going? Well, one thing you can do is go back to the source of your initial motivation.

What made you passionate/excited/interested in this goal in the first place?
When did you first think about it?
Why did you decide to take steps toward achieving this goal?
How did you go about taking the initial steps toward your goal?

Take a moment to write in a journal about the beginnings of your goal. Where did it all begin and where did the motivation come from in the first place? This journal can be referred back to whenever you need a motivational boost.

Another idea is to go back through your initial drafts/business plans/ideas. Look over old notes and materials that you first came up with. Take yourself back in time to when everything was fresh and new and you could envision your future with excitement. That future still exists for you. Some of those old notes and materials may hold nuggets of brilliance that you haven't let shine yet.

Finally, another idea is to find a "motivation partner." It's very difficult to achieve your goals on your own. All successful people had someone to bounce their ideas off to keep them on track towards their goal. Enlist the help of a friend, mentor, or coach to help you stay motivated, keep your ideas fresh, and maintain your focus on the creation of your dream. Having someone you can turn to when you start to lose energy on the way to achieving your goal can be invaluable.

It's very common to lose steam on the way to achieving your goal. We give all our energy to it in the beginning and then reality sets in. This is when we need our energy the most. Try some of these ideas. Success is a more exciting journey when you're not alone.
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I have been helping people reach their personal and professional goals for the past 14 years. There's nothing more satisfying than helping someone reach their potential for success. I would like the opportunity to help you reach your goals. I am a Professional Coach with a Ph.D. in Psychology and a specialty in Goal Achievement and Transitions. Check out my websitehref> to learn more about me then call me for a free consultation.
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