As we prepare ourselves to wave a final goodbye to summer many of us will be returning to work after a holiday, time with family, or a well-deserved rest. Heading back to day-to-day life can feel a bit disappointing but it’s also the perfect time to set new goals and focus on motivating ourselves to achieve them.
The first step to finding motivation is to set your goals. Consider what it is you want to achieve and set a SMART target to make it an achievable goal.
SMART stands for:
Using the SMART target formula is proven to make goals more achievable by ensuring they are realistic and that you have considered how you will approach each goal in advance.
Setting inachievable goals is a quick way to destroy your motivation, so it’s important to take the time to adjust your gaols with the SMART formula. Remember, you can always set further goals once you achieve your initial set, and you can adjust them as you go if your circumstances change.
Now that you know your goals, it’s time to organise how you will work towards achieving them. You might want to:
- Create a schedule – determine the amount of time you can dedicate to your goals and when you’re able to do so
- Plan – consider your overall approach to achieving your goals and plan the steps you need to take to work towards your final goal
- Follow a timescale – as your SMART target/goal will be time-based, you may want to give yourself a timescale to achieve certain steps towards your goal to stay on track
- Keep a diary – a diary can help organise your thoughts and can be a great way to vent any frustrations when you feel unmotivated or like you’re not on track
- Track your progress – don’t forget to reflect on the progress you’re making and celebrate everything you achieve, no matter how small
Enjoy the process
Empowering yourself to grow and achieve your goals should be an enjoyable and positive process.
It’s important you take control of your goals and work towards them in a way you enjoy. If you lose motivation, and are not enjoying the process, you are less likely to get back on track and achieve.
You may be pushed outside your comfort zone while working towards your goals, but this should also feel like a positive step giving you new confidence and capabilities. You shouldn’t, however, be filled with dread at the thought of what you need to do in order to achieve. If this is the case, consider re-evaluating the steps you have given yourself and slow down the rate at which you expect to achieve.
Don’t be afraid to share your success with others whether it’s in your personal life or in a professional environment. The smaller steps you take towards your overall goal are just as important as the final achievement and these successes should be celebrated.
No matter how well you plan, schedule, and track, you may still fall behind or lose sight of your goal. Don’t panic! Making mistakes and losing motivation is all part of the journey and you can always take steps to get back on track and achieve.
Keep the process a positive one and reflect on what’s changed – why have you lost motivation?
Pick yourself up and start towards your goal once again while thinking about all the successes you have had so far.
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