It should come as no surprise that the habits we form will determine our success or failure. After all, habits already dictate a lot about our lives.
If we, for example, eat large amounts of food regularly and don’t exercise, we can expect to have physical consequences for our actions. That’s why it’s so important to form good habits so that we can reach our fullest potential.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that these same good habits can help us to stay motivated when it comes to realizing our goals.
Let’s look at some examples:
1. Take care of yourself
If you’ve ever been sick, then you know it’s impossible to be productive, or even to have a positive attitude when you’re not feeling good.
That’s why it’s so important to take charge of your health.
Carrying extra weight not only drags you down but affects energy levels which in turn affects productivity.
Setting up some healthy habits such as going to the gym more often, or making changes in your meal plan will help you to stay motivated longer. This is primarily because you feel better when your body is in sync.
Healthy eating and regular exercise help your immune system as well. A good immune system fends off illness and disease, and shortens your recovery time as well.
Your improved health makes this a win-win all the way around.
2. Revisit the reason you’re doing what you do
When you make goals, you tend to feel that initial surge of enthusiasm for the project.
Sadly, this motivation tends to dissipate over time.
Build a habit that forces you to revisit the goal to bring that motivation level back up.
For example, if you’re doing something that will benefit a specific group of people somehow, then plan to spend time each month with that group to remind yourself of why you’re doing this.
Another example is reviewing your goals on a regular basis so you can evaluate if you’re staying on track.
3. Be proactive
Getting the jump on things is a habit that not only keeps your boss happy but also gives you a rush of dopamine to the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is made by your body. It plays a role in our we feel and is often called the ‘feel good’ drug.
Build habits of being early, or do things that help you to think ahead.
For example, make lists that keep you not only on task but ahead of the game. I’ve always been a list person. It works great for things you need to accomplish today. For projects, I like Trello which allows me to have a to do list for each project.
4. Focus on the small stuff
If you’re dealing with a big goal, such as some serious weight loss, it’s easy to lose your motivation when it feels like you’re not making progress.
Having small goals gives you milestones to celebrate and builds motivation back.
These kinds of goals come from small changes, like planning to eat a little differently (eating more vegetables, or drinking more water, for example). Or in taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.
Don’t forget to celebrate the small wins. Each step brings you closer to your goal.
5. Surround yourself with people who motivate you
That is an easy habit for you to build, in that it involves choosing a little more carefully what company you keep.
Building a habit of meeting with this group on a regular basis not only keeps you motivated but has the added benefit of cementing relationships with those around you.
Building good habits is an awesome way to stay on track to reach your goals.
The best part? As with any habit, if you do it enough, you’ll wind up acting without thinking, making motivation an automatic part of your life. How cool is that?
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