Motivation isn't going to stick around all the time throughout your goal journey, but discipline will. There is often a misconception that you need to be motivated to achieve your goals, which in a sense is true initially, but as soon as that motivation dies down you need to dig deep to keep on going. Which is where discipline kicks in.
Today's blog post, I share with you some key ways in which you can effectively use discipline in your goal journey.
Start Off Small
If you are having one of those days where the motivation just isn't there then make a note of two small acts you can take that will help you move closer to your goal. Once you have done these two actions, you will either be up for doing some more tasks or you will be satisfied with the tasks you have done for the day.
Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
You will strengthen your discipline by doing the tasks that you don't want to do or would prefer not to do. Therefore, set yourself a task that is at the bottom of your to-do list followed by a task that you really want to do so you have something to work towards
Another way to build discipline is working for 25 minutes with a 5 minute break. This enables you to have 25 minutes of pure focus with the incentive of relaxing for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you could try working for 45 minutes with a 15 minute break. Ultimately, time blocking is a great way to have short bursts of focused work with a small incentive at the end.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Whether this be holding yourself accountable by sharing your goals with other people or sharing your deadline with others. It gives you a sense of accountability and makes you feel as though you have to do those tasks in avoidance of disappointing or letting the other person down.
Similarly to earlier on when I was discussing about the breaks after each stint of work flow, you could also reward yourself with doing your favourite face mask, eating your favourite meal, buying those jeans you really like, going on a mindful walk etc. The more you recognise your hard work, the more you are willing to work to gain those rewards.
Know What It Takes
Ultimately, we all know that in order to make progress, you need to take action. So the next time you are feeling unmotivated, just think to yourself, that by taking action, however big or small, you will make progress towards your goals.
Let me know in the comments section if you give any of the above a try the next time you are feeling a bit unmotivated. We all have those days but it is how we deal with them that helps us progress.
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