Even if we’re passionate and excited about a new project or goal, if that goal requires us to step outside of our comfort zone or skill set, we often self-sabotage with limited self-belief and procrastination delays.
Luckily, there are ways to work around these hurdles, and they’re very easy to put into practice. Whether it’s reaching a new goal at the gym, planning a holiday, or starting a new business, these motivating steps can help you feel less daunted by the magnitude of the work, and more motivated to keep the ball rolling.
1. Attitude and Mindset
Your mindset and the way in which you view the task in front of you can determine how well you achieve it. Having an open and positive attitude towards the task will help you to feel more creative and productive.
Try not to view the tasks as a chore or something you ‘have to’ do, but rather be grateful for the time which you get to spend on the project and for the progress you’re about to make. An easy way of keeping positive is to write down your tasks for the day and three things that you’re grateful for. Practising gratitude helps us maintain a positive outlook, and increases satisfaction and happiness.
2. Break it down into steps
Breaking a project down into steps can make the workload feel much more manageable. Writing down how much time you think you’ll need to spend on each task, will make it easier to schedule these tasks into your calendar. Which bring us to the next point...
3. Schedule your time effectively
One of the most common excuses is that we ‘don’t have time’ to work on our projects. Planning and organisation can fix this issue pretty easily. Set aside enough time each week to work on your projects, and stick to this plan as much as you can. After all, there are 24 hours in a day, and how you spend those hours is up to you.
4. Enlist the help of an accountability partner
Having an accountability partner is an easy way to help you stay motivated, on track, and accountable for your progress. Make sure it’s someone who is working towards their own similar goals and projects. If you're surrounded by people with motivating energy and productive habits, there is a high chance you will pick up these positive behaviours.
5. Reward yourself
There’s a lot to be said for rewarding yourself every time you achieve a goal. Choose one that’s in line with your mission, such as getting a massage when you’ve hit a PB at gym, or snacking on healthy and delicious foods, such as these Peanut Butter Protein Bars.
6. Just start
Often, the hardest thing about finishing a project, is starting it in the first place. It can be easy to be overcome by self-doubt or fear - especially the ‘I’m not good enough’ thoughts that tend to hinder our progress. In fact, the more we avoid doing something, the higher our anxiety, and so we put it off even further. Starting with one action, even a small step, is likely to make it easier to continue, so start now and find your motivation along the way.