Staying motivated is a constant challenge. In this blog, I share my tips to help you do the same
Goals and small victories
Determining what you want to accomplish is crucial to maintaining motivation. Goals should be realistic and achievable, yet ambitious enough to motivate us. Small wins, those intermediate steps that bring us closer to our main goal, play a crucial role in keeping us motivated and engaged in our quest.
Let's take the example of the soap factory that I launched. My goal was to get 1% of the soap market in Canada. To achieve this, I celebrated every small victory, like selling over 1,000 soaps in one day. These small wins helped keep me focused and motivated to reach my end goal.
It is essential to regularly remind yourself why you have chosen this objective. Is it to improve his health, his career or his personal life? Keeping this in mind reminds you of why you got into this business, which can help maintain motivation.
Back to my personal experience with weight loss. My goal was to go from 200 pounds to 170 pounds. Along the way to this goal, I discovered a talent for running and decided to sign up for a marathon. I finally achieved a time of 2:58 and running has become an integral part of my life ever since. My primary goal was to take charge, and remembering "why" helped me stay focused and motivated.
Procrastination is the number one enemy of motivation. To avoid falling into this trap, it is important to adopt strategies to manage your time and stay focused on your goals. A popular technique for fighting procrastination is the Pomodoro method.
The Pomodoro Method
It consists of dividing your working time into intervals of 25 minutes, called "pomodoros", separated by short breaks of 5 minutes. After four pomodoros, we take a longer break of 15 to 30 minutes. This technique allows you to stay focused on a task for a limited period of time, while providing regular breaks to avoid exhaustion.
Adopt a positive attitude
A positive attitude is key to staying motivated. Cultivating gratitude, self-confidence, and perseverance can help overcome obstacles and stay committed to our goals. Also, by adopting a positive attitude, we are more likely to see opportunities and seize the chances that come our way.
Finding the balance between work and personal life
A good work-life balance is crucial to maintaining motivation. If we neglect one aspect of our life, it can be difficult to stay focused and committed to achieving our goals. It is therefore important to find a balance that allows us to flourish both professionally and personally.
Surround yourself with positive people
Surround yourself with positive people who can encourage and support you in your endeavors. People who have similar goals or who have achieved success in similar areas can be especially helpful in providing additional motivation. Healthy and constructive relationships are essential to maintain our energy and our motivation in the long term.
Set milestones to assess your progress
It is important to set milestones to track our progress and stay motivated. Milestones allow us to measure our success and see how close we are to achieving our goals. By regularly evaluating our progress, we can adjust our strategies and our approach based on the results obtained.
To manage stress
Stress can have a negative impact on our motivation and our ability to achieve our goals. To stay motivated, it is important to develop techniques to manage stress and prevent it from overwhelming us. Regular physical activity, such as running, is an effective way to reduce stress and promote relaxation.
In my case, when I set out to lose weight, I incorporated running into my daily routine. Running has helped me manage my stress, stay focused on my goals and maintain my motivation despite the challenges encountered.
Learn from failures
Failures are an integral part of the process of achieving our goals. Instead of seeing them as insurmountable obstacles, we need to see them as opportunities to learn and grow. When we face failure, it is important to analyze it, learn from it, and keep moving towards our goals with renewed motivation.
Reward yourself to maintain motivation
Don't forget to reward yourself for the effort you've put in and the progress you've made. Rewards can take different forms, such as a moment of relaxation, a meal at a favorite restaurant or a purchase that you have long desired. Rewarding ourselves helps us to maintain our motivation and to recognize the efforts we have made to achieve our goals.
In conclusion, staying motivated to achieve your goals is a challenge we all face at some point in our lives. By following the tips and lessons presented here, we can develop and maintain the motivation needed to overcome challenges and achieve our goals.