Sometimes it can be really hard working towards a goal. You have all of these great plans, but then there comes various roadblocks, self-doubt, a change in circumstances, COVID!!, lack of motivation, and whatever else life throws at you.
I’ve always had tons of pretty hefty goals (some that I’ve reached, some I haven’t, and some I’m still working on) and I KNOW the struggle!
That’s why I’ve compiled a great list of things that I find always help me to find my motivation again and bust down those roadblocks! And you can do them super quickly to get back on track!
So here we go!
Ways to progress on your goals when you feel STUCK!
1. Make a list of everything you need to do.
Just putting pen to paper can help create a flow of ideas. Make a list of everything that is making you feel stuck. Then you can go over it and see if there are ways that you can get unstuck with that. Basically just have a brainstorm session and it can help reset you and get new ideas that you might not have thought of.
2. Do some research.
Take an hour or two to research common roadblocks that people commonly have with your type of goal. See if you can find any insight into how to overcome those roadblocks. You can even reach out to people who have had the same struggles as you and ask them about what they did to get out of those blocks. This will give you a lot of motivation and ideas to start overcoming your own roadblocks.
3. Take a break
Reset yourself for a bit. Give your brain a chance to relax a little bit. While it’s resting, you might actually get some new ideas or a new viewpoint of the whole situation.
You might be feeling stuck because you’re not actually working on the right things and they might actually be slowing you down.
Take a look at the things that are actually working for you and actually making your life and your work better and try to put those on the top of your to do list. You can even use a priority matrix which can help you figure out the most important things for you to be doing right now.
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5. Listen to some inspirational podcasts or read some inspirational blogs
I always find that getting some outside motivation can help you to re-jig your brain and make you feel way more motivated.
6. Watch a movie that relates to your life right now
I find that movies, tv shows, and other creative media can help me spark creative ideas. Even if they aren’t fully related to what you’re doing, they actually just have a way of sparking something in your brain and making you think differently and possibly lead to some new ideas and motivation.
7. Reach out to someone who is currently doing what you would like to do
Not only will you get some really good advice, but this will also help build your network and maybe bring you new opportunities in the future.
8. Join a Facebook group in your niche
There are so many awesome Facebook groups out there and so many people who just want to help you or who are going through the same things as you.
I’m in a couple of groups and the women in the groups are so supportive and so engaged that it really does bring you motivation. And people tend to ask a lot of questions which might help you with problems you have been wondering about.
9. Forgive yourself and get out of the shame spiral that’s causing you to get down on yourself
Sometimes we get caught in these negative thinking patterns that cause us to feel unmotivated and unengaged in our goals. We get down on ourselves, lose our confidence, and then it becomes a downwards spiral.
So to fix this, you need to acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes, can be lazy sometimes, and can feel stuck – and you’re no different! Don’t let your past mistakes stop you from continuing NOW.
10. Get an accountability buddy
Even if they aren’t doing the same things as you, you guys can keep each other accountable on your own goals.
This is a great way to fuel your motivation and help you to take action! I almost always need some external motivation to do the work that I need to do to reach my goals.
11. Remind yourself of why you want to reach your goal
You might realize that the reason you feel stuck is because you’re actually not as excited about your goals anymore, so maybe you need to shift your goals a bit.
Or you just need to be reminded of the end goal, So that you can just give your motivation a little boost.
12. Find ways to enjoy the process.
You don’t want to only focus on the end goal, you need to find a way to make the process enjoyable or else it’s just not worth it.
Now if you want a little bit of extra help with this, I have an awesome free goal planner that helps you figure out all of this stuff, like motivation, prioritizing, and other uncommon but crucial things that go into planning your goals. (By signing up, you’ll also get access to TONS more free resources!)
Sagesse ("Say Jess")
Owner of Mindaya