3 Mindset Shifts to Help You Maintain Your Motivation in the New Year
Do you ever set your new year’s goals or resolutions excited for the prospects and opportunities that a new calendar year holds, only to find that a month into the year your motivation is quickly decreasing and you’ve all but given up on going to the gym/writing every day/opening up a book every morning?
Believe me, we have all been there. We get all caught up in our dreams and goals at the start only to slowly peter off and find that a month or two later not much has changed.
But what if things were different? What if you actually did meet your goals and fulfill your resolutions and start making a change in your life?
Well then, girl, you’re in luck! I’ve got a list of three mindset shifts to help you maintain your motivation in the new year so that three months from now you’ll still be working on your goals and resolutions as furiously as if it was January 1st.
This. Is. Your. Year.
Let’s put in the work and get those results!
Get Super Clear on Your Why
One way to stay super motivated? Get clear on your “why” for wanting to complete the goal! Why are you doing what you’re doing? How is it going to change your life or make your life different?
Write down that why so that whenever you find yourself unmotivated, you can think of that future self, the one who has reached that new goal, created that new habit, or learned that new thing, and be inspired to do the work that needs to be done now to get there.
Another tip? Keep your reasons positive. If you’re trying to lose weight, saying that you want to lose weight because you "feel fat" isn’t too positive — it’s focusing on how “fat” you feel. But if you reframe your reason and say that you want to lose weight because you want your body to feel healthier, then that puts your brain in a more positive mindset. A more positive brain = a brain ready to help attack those goals!
So what’s your why? Write it down somewhere where you can look at it every now and then and remember why you’re putting in the work.
2. Be Grateful For What You Have Right Now
When we’re chasing our goals, it can be easy to just focus on everything that we don’t have (that we’re working towards for our goals) which can lead us to forget everything that we’re so lucky to have right now.
We all have so much to be grateful for, even if it doesn’t seem like it all the times. Some basic things to be grateful for? The roof over your head, your family, and the device that you’re reading this blog post on!
In order to create true results that actually change our lives, we have to love where we are first, while still wanting to better ourselves. There’s a difference between working towards a goal out of fear (fear of not having enough money/fear of not being good enough/fear of being in the same place next year) and working towards a goal out of love (I love my life right now but know it could be better/I love my body right now but know that it could be healthier/I love my habits right now but know that I could be more efficient). Do you see the difference? We are going to get more results faster and feel better about them when we working towards our goals out of a place of love rather than fear.
3. Celebrate the Little Wins
In our society nowadays, it feels like we have a tendency to only notice and celebrate the large changes and shifts that we see rather than the small ones. Think about it: aren’t you more likely to celebrate reaching a goal of losing 40 pounds rather than a milestone of losing 5?
In order to stay motivated to reach our goals, we have to celebrate the little wins and milestones just as much as the larger ones. How could we reach the main goal of losing 40 pounds if we don’t lose five first?
The little things are what build up to the larger things, so if you can write-out small milestones and focus on reaching those, it will give you something to celebrate in a shorter amount of time!
Focusing on the little things and celebrating those will help us feel positive more often, and keep us on the path to reaching our goals.
The way I see it, you basically only have two choices:
One, you can work towards your one main goal and feel discouraged when it takes forever to reach it and lose all the beginning-of-the-new-year motivation, or two, be celebrating the little things that you accomplish that keep you motivated the path to reaching your goal and stay motivated because you’re making progress.
Which will you choose?