Fall and spring are usually the seasons when we start working with new things, set new goals for ourselves or start at a new job or school. However, sometimes it might be very difficult to motivate ourselves to actually start doing – at least I am a master of coming up with excuses when it comes to starting a healthier diet and cutting out sugary sweets.
I think that lacking motivation is a very common problem for all of us. We know that we should do something and our subconscious reminds us of it everyday, but we just rather tell ourselves how busy we are at the moment, and how we can easily postpone it and start later. However, the conflicting thing about motivation is that it increases after we actually start working for our goal. Whenever I have a new project to work on, I might lack some motivation until I actually start making things happen with the project and get really excited to finish it.
For me, the best way to get motivated to start with something new and get inspired, is to imagine myself in a situation where I have already accomplished the goal I’m pursuing. This works for me with everything: exercising, yoga, school work and healthy eating. I try to create a comprehensive picture of myself in the mental image: I think about how would I feel like, look like and act like when I have achieved my goal and how will my life have changed and what value will the goal have brought into my life. In order to the mental image to work as a driving force, I really need to remind myself of the vision often enough and save the picture into my mind. Once my goal is constantly in my head, I subconsciously start working for the it and identifying the means to achieve the objective. And again, when I’ve started to work for it, I start seeing results and therefore really want to keep going and achieve the goal.