You know that feeling when you wish things would move faster?
When you’ve had a plan and stuck with the plan and you’re making progress, but it’s going SO slow. It’s taking way longer than you thought it would and sometimes it feels like you’ll never make it to your end goal.
“Be patient,” people say.
“It won’t happen overnight,” they say.
Of course, you know all that.
But how can you stay motivated to keep going when some days it feels like you’re walking through the mud in your boots? Progress is difficult and slow and sometimes it doesn’t seem worth your effort.
But wait! Stop, take a step back (in your muddy boots), and think about this:
Look at how far you’ve come. Big goals don’t happen all at once and sometimes progress happens in such small increments that it seems like nothing’s happening. But take a step back and look at the big picture. How much has changed in a month? In six months? You’ve probably accomplished a lot more than you thought.
Visualize your end goal. What does success look like? Imagine it. If it’s possible to keep a picture of what success looks like, put it up and look at it as often as you can. Let that motivate you to keep at it and not give up.
Remember why you started. It’s not easy to take the first step on a long road. What got you to the starting line? Was it something you’ve wanted for a while and finally decided you were ready? Or was it a “Lightbulb” moment when everything changed for you? Call it your “Why”. Keep it in your heart and mind. Remember your “Why” when the going feels painfully slow and let that motivate you to keep moving forward.
- Look at how far you’ve come
- Visualize your end goal
- Remember why you started
Then continue moving in the direction of your dreams.
Don’t give up. Slow progress is still progress. Keep moving forward.
That’s the only way you’ll get there.