Ideas for Maintaining Motivation

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People often say that motivation doesn’t last.
Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.
(Zig Ziglar)

There are times when motivation comes easily. The dawn of a new year inspires goals that we turn into resolutions. Changing jobs can be a good time to establish new habits. Getting married, having children, or even adopting pets can motivate us to make positive changes. The onset of summer can inspire improved routines like working out and eating healthy.

There are also plenty of other times when maintaining motivation is difficult. Towards the middle of the year, our New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. When we get into a rut at work it is hard to hold onto our good habits. Parties, holidays, travel, and other festivities can derail our focus and distract us from our goals.

Once you jumpstart your fitness or other healthy pursuits, how do you keep the excitement alive? What tips or tricks do you rely upon when your motivation runs dry?

Here are our ideas for maintaining motivation – share yours in the comments!

Dust yourself off. The next time your motivation falters, take a deep breath and pick yourself up. Try to accept the curveballs in life without allowing them to defeat you. Remind yourself that it’s ok to get off track for a day or even for a week. In fact, it doesn’t matter how long you have been off track as long as you get back up, dust yourself off, and move forward.

Get re-inspired. Think back to what motivated you in the first place. What was it that made you want to set New Year’s resolutions? Why did you change jobs or sign up for the half marathon? Did you keep a journal? Or, did you maybe exchange emails with someone about your goals? You had good reasons for the decisions you made, so revisiting your thought process can help you get re-inspired.

Commit to a new goal. Sometimes we lose our motivation or hit a plateau because we need to set a new, more challenging goal. If there is a challenge that feels a little crazy or makes your stomach flip upside down, go for it. Committing to new goals can help with maintaining motivation. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

Drink more water. Staying hydrated might seem unrelated to maintaining motivation. But, taking good care of yourself can raise your spirits and make you feel rejuvenated. Pick one healthy habit — drinking more water, exercising daily, getting better sleep — and see if your motivation increases. We think it might!

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