Half year check – have you achieved any of your new year’s resolutions?

10 things to get you motivated

At the start of the year, you may well have been full of enthusiasm to tackle new challenges and fulfil your goals but as the months have gone by, has everyday life taken over and made your target seem impossible? If so, take a look at these top ten tips to kickstart your mojo!

  1. Recall positive memories – think back to something you were really proud of accomplishing – those feelings should spur you on to recreate a similar experience.
  2. Take the broad view – don’t lose sight of the overall goal you’re working towards – write it down somewhere you’ll see it everyday so you don’t get bogged down with the finer details.
  3. Break down your goal into bite-size chunks – after all, the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time! You’ll also get a sense of satisfaction as you tick off each mini-task.
  4. Find images of people who inspire you – and put them up in your workplace – having them watch over you will motivate you to emulate them in some small way.
  5. Remember why you’re pursuing the goal in the first place – send yourself calendar reminders to chart your progress and keep reminding yourself of the reasons it’s so important to you.
  6. Find someone who can give you a pep talk – choose someone who will give you a confidence boost when your motivation starts to wane – it’s often easier for someone else to see just what you’re capable of.
  7. Work out the major milestones on the way – and don’t forget to celebrate them when you reach them – it will spur you on to keep going if you take the time to appreciate how far you have come.
  8. Face your fears – negative thoughts can sap your energy, so tackle them head on by writing down all the things that could possibly go wrong – once you can see them clearly, they won’t seem so daunting and you can think up coping strategies.
  9. Enjoy yourself – yes, your goal should be challenging but it shouldn’t be an unremitting slog – think about ways you can make it pleasurable too.
  10. Be prepared to change course – sometimes it may be necessary to acknowledge the goal just wasn’t the right one in the first place – it’s OK to admit mistakes and start again.