We’ve all been there. We set a goal, start crushing it, then lose momentum. Sometimes it’s because we weren’t clear on the goal, to begin with.
Other times, life happens and you need to deal with it.
For instance, I had a clear goal for the month of September.
Then a couple of weeks into my goal both my girlfriend and our three-year-old got sick. So the days went from managing goals to managing fevers. Late nights working turned to late nights staring at your kid, making sure she’s ok.
A week and a half later, when everyone was better, I just could not find my mojo back.
Why we lose momentum
It’s normal to lose your goal mojo. Life gets in the way. It’s just some persons take longer than others to get back on the horse.
When we declare we’re going to complete a goal, an inevitable bump in the road comes.
That bump is a test to determine if you really want the goal.
It could be related to the goal or unrelated. But when we take too long to identify the challenge, our feeling towards it, and address it, we lose motivation.
If you’re struggling to regain momentum after an unexpected (or expected) challenge, consider these suggestions.
Work On Something Else
‘When you find yourself in the thickness of pursuing a goal or dream, stop only to rest. Momentum builds success.” — Suzy Kassem
Take some time away from your goal to work on something else. Find a task or activity that brings you joy and focus on that for a bit. Removing yourself helps you rest and reset.
You often come back with new ideas and energy, especially if the different task brought success.
Remember Your Why
I had to reconnect deeply with the reasons for pursuing my goals. Had I not done that, I would not have restarted.
Do you know why you set the goal in the first place?
What about the goal is important to you?
If you don’t have a high value for your goal, it’s difficult to restart when the momentum dies. If you want to lose weight and be healthy, but you value lying around watching TV more, there’s a low chance of your goal surviving any emotional or physical bumps.
You’ll retreat to what you value more. To what makes you comfortable.
Reconnect with the true reasons and you’ll start back in no time.
Seek Out a Mentor
Call your mentor or coach to get suggestions on fixing the stagnant period. Your mentor or coach should be ahead of you in terms of success.
Chances are they’re experienced the same and can give you insight on restarting
Don’t have a mentor or coach? Consider getting one to help you through to completion.
Reevaluate your environment
“One of the best ways to make changes in your life is to change your environment. This then changes you” — Robert Kiyosaki
Sometimes life gets in the way. Other times, your environment gets in the way.
Take a few moments to check your surroundings. Is it conducive to achieving your goals? Are you around the people and things that can help you be successful?
Your environment carries a lot of weight in achieving your goals.
Find small wins
“Success is a series of small wins”
Sometimes we expect to start back running again after we lose momentum. It probably won’t happen. You should look for the low hanging fruit.
- A simple task like a phone call for the next sale.
- Or a brisk walk if you’re trying to lose weight.
- A few dollars paid if you’re trying to clear a debt.
- Or one paragraph if you want to write a book.
Small wins help your motivation and stack up to a completed goal before you know it.
The most important thing is to not beat yourself up about losing momentum. Acknowledge it, look for any gaps and just take one step at a time. Before you know it, you’ll be flowing towards your goals like a stream.