5 Ways To Stay Motivated When You Feel Lost

Do you have the drive to get everything done before the end of the week but by Wednesday you feel scattered and demotivated to reach your goals? Let me share a secret, you’re not alone! We have all been there, and as a mother, business professional and a person in general you’re going to go through bouts of discouragement.

It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed and think you’re not reaching your goals. Though that doesn’t have to be the reality you’re stuck in! Here are 5 of my favorite ways to stay motivated and beat back discouragement when I’m trying to finish a project or reach a new goal.

  1. Surround Yourself With Inspiration- Remember the saying “misery loves company?” Well discouragement is the sister to misery. It is all too easy to stay in a somber place and reflect on your shortcomings or the difficulties of reaching your goals. If you’re stuck in this cycle, stop now and immediately change your surroundings! Open the windows, find your favorite inspirational film on Netflix, book by your favorite author, or you can even Google a collection of inspiring quotes and post them around your house as daily reminders.
  2. Stop Constantly Critiquing Yourself- The truth is, we are really our own worst critic. We judge ourselves harshly when we don’t reach goals and wallow in what we’ve deemed to be a failure. Disappointment in ourselves when we don’t reach a goal is normal, but it shouldn’t be overblown. You have to accept that sometimes you will fail, you will fall short of your goal, and the sun will still rise tomorrow and the world will keep on turning. Even if it feels like the end of the world, I promise you it isn’t. Accept your shortcomings as human occurrences and start the next day with a drive to not be perfect, but to be a better version of yourself.

3. Reap Your Rewards- Still trying to overcome being your worst critic? Well let’s start with rewarding ourselves! We’ve already acknowledged that it’s natural to be overly critical when we fall short, but it seems like we all could do a lot better at rewarding ourselves when we’ve actually put in the work and reached our goal. Maybe it’s a bowl of your favorite ice cream, a day off from the gym or a nice reprieve at a day spa. Whatever it is that will help you love yourself and truly feel rewarded for achieving your goal, do it! After putting in all the hard work, stress and daily dedication, you need to take the time to pat yourself on the back and enjoy your success.

4. Netflix and Chill?- Today it seems like we’re always on the go. We’re running from work to social events or to spend time with our family, go to sleep, wake up and do it all over again. The cycle and constant rush of 21st century life is exhausting! We’re all constantly connected to work and social media via our smartphones, and it seems like there’s never time to disconnect and let our mind wander aimlessly. While we have to stay motivated and focus on achieving our end goals, it’s equally as important to take time off to binge that Netflix series you’ve been dying to watch, spend a day sitting by the pool or just go on a hike in your favorite secluded nature trail. Sometimes we have to let the day end at our office and refocus on truly enjoying life.

5. It’s All About Progress- Usually, we’ll make short-term and long-term goals when in the planning stage, and while that’s helpful, it’s not always the best way to solely measure your progress. We as people love bite-size, achievable goals. In fact, most studies show our brains release endorphins and other hormones when we succeed at a task. So keep making your short- and long-term goals but consider finding a way to break them down into smaller segments that you can keep track of. Try breaking down your long-term goal into four steps and using a calendar tackle each one week by week. This will make your goals seem less overwhelming, and it’ll allow you to visually track your progress. Each week that you cross off will motivate the next as you literally see yourself take down a tasks with minimized stress! Do a weekly progress check to see if you’re on track to complete your goals by a desired time, and when you do succeed, see tip 4 and reward yourself!