Let’s face it, setting goals can feel easy – we get excited and feel ready to tackle the world. Staying motivated when reality sets in can be a different story.

Whether we’re actively pursuing them at the moment or not, we all have goals and dreams. They’re the things we think about late at night or what we hope to accomplish in our limited time here on earth. Goal setting is important for our personal growth and development, and our motivation can be the driving force that keeps us going.

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People say that growth doesn’t happen in our comfort zones, which, unfortunately, holds a lot of truth. More often than not we’re doing things we don’t normally do, which can be downright uncomfortable, strange, and confusing. Once the initial excitement wears off, it can feel extremely difficult to stay motivated.

The reality is that we all go through seasons of life: sometimes it will feel a whole lot easier to stay motivated than others. Today we’re going to talk about motivation: specifically about how to stay motivated. You are worthy of all of your dreams, don’t give up.

10 Tips for Staying Motivated With Your Goals

1. Get clear on your why

It’s going to be substantially more difficult to get motivated for something when we aren’t clear on our why. Spend some time getting to the root of why you wish to accomplish your goal. One of the best methods for doing this is to ask yourself why 7 times. For example, this could look something like this: “why do I want to wake up at 5 am? So I can focus on myself in the morning. Why do I want to focus on myself in the mornings? Because I’m feeling overwhelmed with everyone else’s needs, and I feel like I don’t have as much time for myself anymore.” Once you’ve answered this question for the 7th time, you should have the root of your why. It will be much easier to stay motivated when your why is concrete as opposed to surface level.

2. Create a vision board

Create a vision board for some much-needed inspo for larger goals. A vision board is more than just some pretty photos tapped together – it acts as a visual representation of your goal, and is a great way to remind yourself of what you’re wanting to accomplish. Hang it up somewhere you can easily look at, or set it as your phone background to look at it any time you need to be reminded of your goals. Use it as a trigger for your why.

3. Break it up

One large goal can feel overwhelming, daunting, and difficult to stay motivated with. Instead of trying to accomplish everything at once, break it up into small, manageable goals. For example, if you are wanting to save for a downpayment for a new home, break it up into monthly or quarterly goals; if you are writing an essay, break it up into different topics. Accomplishing a bunch of smaller goals will make your larger goal feel more attainable, and thus, keep you motivated to continue on.

4. Phone a friend

Let’s face it, accomplishing goals can feel so much easier when we have someone else to hold us accountable. See if there is someone who has a similar goal so you can hold each other accountable, or if there is someone with who you can check in to share your progress. This can look like connecting with a close friend or family member, joining a support group online, or working with a coach who can help you stay on track. The reality is that you’re never alone, sometimes you just need to get creative. 

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5. Believe in yourself

Believe in yourself: believe you can do it, believe you are worthy of it and believe it will happen. You know that feeling when you already know that something is going to be yours (maybe it’s a couch you’ve ordered or vacation you’ve booked)? You begin to speak as if it’s a done deal, saying things such as: “I can’t wait for my new couch to arrive, it’s really going to brighten up the space!” When you believe in yourself and your goals in the same manner, you will likely find it’s much easier to stay motivated.

6. Reward yourself

Hey now, there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself along the way. As you accomplish different parts of your goal, reward yourself. Not only will this help to break up your goal, but it will also give you something to get excited about and work towards. Whether you decide to spruce up your home with some new home decor (we totally recommend our digital prints, which you can snag here), have a movie night, or meet up with some friends, do something that makes you feel excited and fulfilled. 

7. Slow down, but don’t stop

Most goals should be treated as a marathon, not a sprint. It’s okay if you feel like you need to take things slowly along the way, just don’t stop. One day you will look back and be so proud of yourself for how far you’ve come – slow progress is still progress, and it’s okay if it doesn’t happen all at once.

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8. Spark emotions

It is much easier to stay motivated when there is some sort of emotion attached to your goal. Keep dreaming and fantasizing about your goal to keep yourself excited. Imagine what it’ll be like when you’ve accomplished it: how you’ll feel, what you’ll do, etc. The more positive emotions you can attach to your goals, the easier it’ll be to accomplish. 

9. Stay determined

Let’s face it, our motivation isn’t exactly always reliable. We may find it easy at the beginning, but once reality starts to stick in, things may get a little more difficult. Sometimes, the best way to stay motivated is to stay determined. Your determination will be the thing that gets you out of bed for an early morning workout or working on your side hustle on the weekend when you’d rather watch a movie.

10. Love yourself first

Things won’t always go perfectly – life happens, things come up, and sometimes it may feel difficult to stay motivated towards our goals. Throughout the entire procession, make sure you always love yourself first. Growth and accomplishment will come from a place of love, not a place of self-hatred.