Setting Intentions: How to Get Motivated When You're Feeling Stuck
It can be tough to get motivated when you're feeling stuck. Sometimes we focus too much on the outside and what people think - which leaves us feeling unfulfilled.
Luckily, there are a few mindset tricks that can help you get motivated to workout, get your to-do list done and set achievable goals for yourself.
Setting Your intentions
Setting intentions for the day, month, quarter, and year can be like motivational gold for your mind!
Everyone has days that they feel tired or cranky. Being told no to an opportunity or having an unexpected challenge come up can be upsetting. And usually when we have a challenge arise or get told no is when we need to work on that area the most.
Setting an intention - whether it's a mindset to embrace the day with a smile or completing a to-do list before bed - helps us remember what is really important to us long-term versus how we feel in the moment.
One tool that helps cultivate this habit of setting intentions is using positive affirmations throughout the day.
Create a Vision Board
Affirmations help us to stay focused on short-term intentions, but we need something to help us stay motivated long-term as well.
Enter the dream board.
The mother-daughter duo, Kim and Kalee, love using a vision board to see where they want to be in 10 years. Taking an afternoon to cut out pictures in magazines or creating a Pinterest board of everything you'd like to see, have, do, and become can be so empowering!
They suggest hanging your vision board somewhere you will see it everyday. If it's a Pinterest board - leave it up on your phone or desktop so you are able to easily see it each day.
Seeing where you want to be years down the road will help motivate you right now to do the hard things!
Now that you know where you want to go, it's important to set goals to help you get there. Setting short-term goals help you stay motivated towards your bigger vision you've created.
Setting goals is something you can choose to do each year instead of New Year's resolutions or something you do even each day or week!
Try to set 1-, 3-, and 5- year goals and review them each day. If you accomplish something new or see that one goal isn't motivating anymore, just adapt the list.
Don't be afraid to keep updating and reviewing your goals. It will help you not only stay motivated but create a life set up around your priorities and passions.
Eat Your Frog First
As you set these goals, you may find that there are a few things you'll have to do that you really don't want to do.
If your goal is to lose weight, you'll have to ditch the junk food, find a workout plan you like, and start eating healthier.
Want to start a business? You're going to have to learn how to start a website and use social media along with other things.
Seeing a task that is new can be scary. You may wonder, "how in the world can I do that?," and it kills your motivation to do anything.
As motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, says, "Eat Your Frog First." This just means choosing the thing you dread doing most and doing it first thing in the morning.
The idea is that you'll get that dreadful task done early and have more motivation and pride in yourself all day long.
Read Personal Development
A final tip is to try reading or listening to personal development books on Audible. We are surrounded by negativity on the news and drama on social media - taking 10-30 minutes a day to listen to or read something positive can do wonders for your motivation.
If you've ever felt stuck, what helped you break through it and feel motivated again?
- Michelle Chang