Starting a new project, or setting a new goal can you give you a temporary high. Whether you’re working on achieving a new level of fitness, trying out a hobby, building a relationship, or starting a new semester in school, the beginning of something new is always exciting. You feel basically invincible.
But then come the actual tasks that are going to lead you, step-by-step, to your goals… and soon, they get harder and less shiny. It’s not long before there are times when you just want to give up. If you’re starting to give yourself excuses—”Oh, I can’t find the time,” “I’m trying too many things, and it’s overwhelming,” “I’m not immediately good at this!”—then don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here are five hacks anyone can use to break through to the next level:
1. Wake up and do the thing.
Playing the “I don’t have time” card? Then do your task as soon as you wake up in the morning. That first hour after waking is the time your mind and body are most ready to tune into bigger possibilities. When you focus on your goals early, you’ll feel more set up for the day.
Begin by making your morning time a non-negotiable, and make it easy for yourself by deciding you’re not going to check your email or social media accounts for the first 60 minutes of your day. This means you won’t spend your day feeling like you’re being sucked into other people’s agendas. Rather, you’ll start your day with intention and make your dreams a priority.
Instead of scrolling through Facebook first thing, take out a piece of paper and write down:
- The project you want to work on today
- What level of fitness you want to achieve today
- One task that can bring you closer to achieving your dreams
Do this each day before you start checking your inbox and you’ll find yourself being more strategic and proactive—rather than reactive and distracted.
2. Think big.
When you’re focused on the immediate task you’re committed to that day, it can feel like a total drag. Some days it’s just so hard to hit the workout mat, prep that green smoothie, or sit your butt down to complete that next module of coursework. So when you’re lacking motivation, focus on the bigger picture: Remind yourself of what you’re trying to achieve, what your longer-term goal is, and how good you’re going to feel when you get there!
When you shift your focus to the bigger picture of why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’ll feel much more motivated—and more likely to stick with your commitment.
3. Work slow and steady.
Sometimes we find ourselves doing so well that we want to put our progress on fast-forward by adding on even more. On some level, it makes sense—let’s say you’ve decided to give the Paleo diet a go. But when you combine that with intermittent fasting, suddenly starting HIIT workouts, and going for a promotion at work… it all becomes too much. When we make too many changes all at once, we end up setting ourselves up to get overwhelmed. This can make us want to quit faster than if we’d stuck to going slow and steady, and taking things step-by-step.
Results for any major endeavor always come with time, by making your goals a priority and sticking to your new routine you will see the fruits of your labor! Stay the course, be persistent, just show up, and it will happen!