10 Tips for Staying Motivated

I know first-hand how difficult it can be to stay motivated! But over the years, I've figured out how to keep my motivation flowing. It can be a challenge at times, but there are several keys to help maintain your motivation.

In this episode I cover 10 strategies or tips you can use. Listen to the episode to hear me explain each tip as well as share examples from my own life as well as others.

  1. Set clear goals: Clearly define what you want to achieve and set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals. Having a clear target in mind gives you something to work towards and helps you stay focused.
  2. Break it down: Large goals can be overwhelming, so break them down into smaller, manageable tasks. This way, you can make progress step by step, which provides a sense of accomplishment and keeps you motivated.
  3. Find your why: Understand why you want to achieve your goals. Identifying your underlying motivations and the benefits you will gain from reaching your objectives can provide a strong drive to keep going, even when faced with obstacles.
  4. Visualize success: Imagine yourself achieving your goals and visualize the positive outcomes. Creating a mental image of your desired future can increase your motivation and help you stay on track.
  5. Surround yourself with support: Seek out people who support and encourage you. Surrounding yourself with positive and motivated individuals can provide inspiration, accountability, and the necessary support when you face challenges.
  6. Celebrate progress: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements along the way, no matter how small. Recognizing your progress helps boost your confidence and maintains your enthusiasm.
  7. Stay organized: Establish a system to stay organized and track your progress. This could involve using a planner, creating to-do lists, or utilizing productivity apps. When you have a clear plan and can see your progress, it becomes easier to stay motivated.
  8. Take care of yourself: Maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting enough sleep, eating nutritious food, and engaging in regular physical exercise. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being provides the energy and resilience needed to stay motivated.
  9. Embrace failure as learning: Understand that setbacks and failures are a natural part of the journey. Instead of getting discouraged, view them as opportunities to learn and grow. Adapt your approach, learn from your mistakes, and keep moving forward.
  10. Stay inspired: Continuously seek inspiration through books, podcasts, videos, or by connecting with people who have achieved similar goals. Exposing yourself to positive and motivating content can reignite your passion and keep you motivated.

Remember, motivation can fluctuate, so it's essential to be patient with yourself and persevere through challenging times. By implementing these strategies and finding what works best for you, you can maintain a higher level of motivation and achieve your goals.

Resources mentioned in the episode:

Transforming Your Relationship With Anxiety Course - Click HERE to get a FREE course on transforming your relationship with anxiety from Mindfulness.com (affiliate link).

Learn about the Psychcraft Network.

Find a therapist:

Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us

Mental Health Resources and Support: 

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support via phone or chat for people in distress, resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Includes information on finding your local crisis center. Phone: 988 Website: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.SAMHSA’s National Helpline | SAMHSA

It’s important to stress that these episodes are not meant to take the place of any work you’re doing with your therapist or doctor. In fact, please run these ideas by your counselor or doctor before you act on them to make sure you are ready for them or even fit for the suggestions. I can’t stress this enough, each person is unique and their situation is unique so please talk to your dr before starting anything new I may be suggesting.

The Therapy Show with Lisa Mustard, and the information provided by Lisa Mustard, is solely intended for informational and entertainment purposes and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis, or treatment regarding medical or mental health conditions. Although Lisa Mustard is a licensed marriage and family therapist, the views expressed on this site or any related content should not be taken for medical or psychiatric advice. Always consult your physician before making any decisions related to your physical or mental health.

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