When you’ve been working toward a goal and it feels like things are not going the way that you want them to, what do you do?
Maybe you hoped that the event you ran had more registrations or that you made more sales or you made a ton of calls to people who expressed an interest and no one said yes yet, how do you keep going without giving up?
First, it’s worth knowing why you are doing what you are doing.
Is it because you want to buy that house or car or holiday or whatever? Or is it to help more people to have happier lives or relationships or whatever your purpose and mission is. Either is fine if they motivate you, and you may find that there is more juice in the latter than the former.
Secondly, consider if it is just that you are physically, mentally or emotionally tired and decide to allow yourself to have a break. That could mean a 30 or 60 minute nap or time to journal or walk, or an actual holiday where you take a few days off and don’t do anything related to your business and allow yourself to recharge.
It’s hard to stay motivated when we feel depleted physically, mentally or emotionally so making sure we take time for ourselves is vital.
Finally, if you’ve taken a break and know that you are doing what you truly desire and want to be doing, consider if there is something that you can do differently that will allow you to do what you need to do while have fun doing it.
For example, one way runners make it more enjoyable to run is to listen to energizing music.
Another way to make getting things fun done is to set up rewards for when you hit your targets. For example, if you want to make sure you make sales calls, then give yourself a treat when you make 3 calls a day for 5 days. Or set up a chart that uses gold stars for each day you complete your calls and then when you have 20 stars you can schedule a reward like a massage or a colouring in date.
If none of that helps or you’ve tried them and it hasn’t helped, then consider if what you are working toward is truly what you want.
Are you really working toward something you are called to do or are you doing it because you should?
When you truly desire something then it is easier to keep going and motivate yourself to get there. If not then there is no shame in adjusting things so that they are in alignment with what you truly desire as that will put your desire and energy to work for you.
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