motivationIt can be hard to stay motivated when you have experienced a set back, regardless of if this setback is because of a health condition, in relation to your goals and aspirations, or mentally.

Lack of motivation can lead to decreased confidence, low self-esteem and increased stress levels. These conditions usually lead to lowered levels of motivation and thus, the circle goes on.

However, pushing through a motivational low point has been proven to have a beneficial effect on the mind and body.

By continuing activities that you have lost the motivation for to a point where you can see substantial improvement or changes, your motivation can be renewed, your confidence boosted, and your sense of self worth elevated. But how do you remain motivated after the initial excitement has run its course?

Well, the following things may help!

 1. Look at what you’re doing from a different angle! – Whatever it is that you are lacking motivation for, try to look at it from a different perspective. Mix it up, or get a friend to give you their opinion on ways to spice up your routine. Routine is often the cause of most drops in motivation as you get used to the task at hand and stop pushing yourself. Introducing some challenges into what you are doing is a great way to keep pushing forward and avoid giving up.

2.     Set small targets – It can be all too easy to give up at the smallest hurdle if you aren’t working towards anything, or if the thing you are working towards is so huge that it seems unachievable. Once you have broken the task down into smaller bites however, you will be able to track your progress and each milestone will give you the motivation to continue.

3.     Make a list that features all of the reasons why you want to achieve your target, why you started in the first place, and visualise what it would be like to have accomplished your goal. That way, you have a constant reminder of why you started in the first place and can look at it when you’re thinking of giving in. What is more, it came from you, so you’re more likely to listen!

Most importantly though, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Sometimes it takes a while to learn a new skill or achieve something great.

Don’t compare you’re success with others, instead find the motivation within you and keep going.