Barely six months have passed since New Year’s resolutions were declared and probably around five months since they were abandoned! Making a new goal to improve your life is easy — forming the new habit and fully committing to it? Now that’s the challenge. Sometimes the drive to improve our lives isn’t enough to keep up with our goals. Instead, we need outside help to get to that next step. Try out one of these tools to help maintain your motivation and improve your chances of succeeding.
Sometimes wise words from someone who has been in your place before is just the push you need. You can take a broader approach by reading books about keeping up your motivation and how to improve your life, or you can look into books that are more specific to your goals. For example, if you’re looking to bolster your savings, read a book by a financial expert.
If you’re always on the go or reading isn’t a favourite pastime of yours, consider a podcast instead.
- If you’re looking for motivational podcasts, tune into programmes like The Daily Boost, My Everyday Awesome or School of Greatness.
- If you’re looking for self-improvement podcasts, get insightful and interesting content from Cultivate Greatness, Guy Finley, Lifehack Live or Ted Talks.
- If you’re looking for a specific kind of podcast to support your goals, browse by category. If you have an iPhone, open up the podcast app, select “Top Charts” and then select “Categories” in the upper left corner to browse for an applicable topic. If you have an Android, you’ll have to download a podcast app. Try Pocket Casts or Podbay. You can also listen in your browser or download it from a site to an app like SoundCloud.
The act of picturing success or seeing a visual representation of your desired success has been known to increase the likelihood of it coming to fruition. If seeing is believing, here are a few ways to improve your motivation through visual cues.
- Meditate on it daily. Start small by taking two — five minutes each day to isolate yourself and focus completely on your goals. Do this the first thing in the morning or during a few moments on your lunch break — whenever you can make time for it. Think about what meeting your goal means to you, why it’s important in the big picture of your life and what completing your goal looks like. Ponder how accomplishing your goal will make you feel and how it affects other areas of your day-to-day life.
- Post a picture that represents your success. This may be a picture of you when you were closer to your goal weight or a photo of a beach where you’re dying to take a holiday. No matter what it is, place it in a spot where you see it every day, like the mirror in your bathroom or in your car. Make sure you take a moment to acknowledge how that photo makes you feel and what it would feel like to make it your reality.
- Write out your goals. You become 42% more likely to achieve your goals and dreams by writing them down on a regular basis.1 Start with your big-picture goal and what meeting that goal looks like to you. Then start breaking it down into smaller, more achievable steps so you don’t get overwhelmed and lose motivation. Post that flow chart in some place you see every day, just like the motivational photo. You can also write that week’s goal down and post it just the same so you can really hone in on that piece of your motivational puzzle.
It’s not very often that we’re without our mobiles, so why not take advantage of that constant companionship? There are several apps available that can help boost your motivation in a variety of ways.
- Streaks (iOS — £99): No matter what your goal is, Streaks can help you. The app keeps you accountable for your goal by sending check-in reminders up to six times a day.
- Simple Habit (Android/iOS — free trial): Being aware of your actions can help you ditch bad habits and avoid derailing your progress. Simple Habit helps you meditate with specific tracks for different focuses.
- Momento (iOS — free): Writing down your goals and logging your progress can help keep you accountable. Momento is a diary app where you can save important notes, log what you’ve done and even sync with social platforms to help align with other activities.
1Morrissey, M. (14 September 2016). The power of writing down your goals and dreams. Retrieved 10 May 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marymorrissey/the-power-of-writing-down_b_12002348.html
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