Driving yourself to complete goals takes work and success can often seem a distant idea if you get into the wrong mindset. Losing your path means losing your motivation and missing on that success so it is essential to be aware of potential pitfalls that could distract you. Here are five of those pitfalls for you to consider and navigate past to avoid losing your motivation.
1. Tired of old mental roadmaps
Doing the same routine over and over again can cause disillusion within a person and can make a previously challenging or worthwhile task into a daily slog. Change this mindset by actively building new roadmaps. Think about how you can do your work differently or more effectively to reach your goals and keep your motivation high. A challenged mind is always more engaged than a stagnant one!
2. Losing your purpose
Every goal is started with a purpose, a reason for why you are taking the time to do what you do. Disregarding why you started a goal is a sure fire way to lose motivation. Remembering everything you've done to get to where you are at today and why your goals will drive you to the next level. When things get tough, consider the initial purpose that sparked the fire within you and reminds you why you started down this path.
3. Straying from passion
Being in the moment and enjoyably engaged in the experience for any subject is critical to keeping your goals moving. You have to want to be involved and enrolled in what you are doing for ongoing motivation to be present. Having a task or purpose that needs completion but you lack passion within can be stressful, but you can change how the situation occurs to you and gain a new perspective. Finding ways to tie your passion to everything you do effectively can change your life and help alleviate issues with motivation.
4. Setting unrealistic goals
Making sure you have attainable goals can also be beneficial to keeping motivation. The key is to make sure your goals are clear and concise regarding the result and don't overextend yourself by setting too many goals. By creating a clear plan for what your goals are and how they are measured and making sure you have the resources to do what you are setting up, you can avoid unrealistic goals and the loss of motivation that comes from them.
5. Lack of patience
Psychology Today wrote in an article "The seven laws of impatience" about how we can empower ourselves to ask the right questions when we find ourselves growing impatient:
- What is my goal?
- What did I think it was going to cost to reach this goal?
- What are the additional costs I’m now aware of?
- Am I blaming others for these extra costs?
- Is it truly their fault?
- Is it worth taking on even more costs just to teach them a lesson?
- Do I have too many options?
- Should I find a way to limit my exposure to new options?
- Are there ways to reduce the costs of reaching this goal?
- Is it time to abandon this goal?
As discussed, there are a multitude of reasons that one loses their motivation, but in the end, your ability to ask yourself the right questions and create a plan can overcome obstacles and keep you moving forward on your goals to completion.