It is important to stay motivated even when you do not feel the same excitement as in the beginning. Something new may come up and your goal is not of the same priority any more, or perhaps you get discouraged as you screwed up.
You will eventually get there, if you get yourself excited again and keep going, but you will not if you give up. It is your choice to quit or accomplish the goal, and here are some tips to help you reach your goal:
• You usually start any new goal with enthusiasm that knows no boundaries and full of excitement and you think you can do anything, having no sense of self- limitation. However, it is not long before your enthusiasm begins to wane and you learn that you have limitations.
Hold yourself back and do 50- 75% of what you want to do not all of it and plan out the course of action, increasing slowly over time. For example, when you go running, instead of running the 3 miles you think you can at first, start by running only a mile. After that mile, you will be looking forward to the next run when you let yourself do 1.5 miles; harness that energy so you can ride it further.
• Long term or large goals can be overwhelming; after a while we may lose motivation because we have more left to accomplish the goal. Maintaining motivation for a single goal for a long time is hard, and the solution is to break it down along the way into smaller more doable goals.
• Sometimes, you do not feel like heading out the door for a run or whatever it is you are supposed to do for your goal, so tell yourself you just have to start, instead of thinking about how long it will take and how hard it is. For example, just put on your workout clothes and open the door, then everything flows naturally once you start.