It crept up on me pretty slowly. It started off with my blog. At first, I chalked it up to getting a bit burnt out from the New Year Project in January. Blogging for an entire month was a little more full on that I'd expected. After that, the rest of February just got busier for me, socially and at work. I thought it'll be okay, I'll kick off again in March.
In the first week of March though, I seemed to keep finding other more important things to do. Blogging kept going further down my to-do list. Then at the end of last week, I realised with horror that I didn't even have a to-do list anymore. I couldn't even be bothered to go exercise every week day, something I'd been enjoying for the past 3 months.
Without me realising it, I was slowly turning back into my old, complacent self - the one that I'd vowed to kick off the couch and get running. I wonder why so many of us start off gung-ho about our goals at the start of the year, and then start to lose steam after a week weeks? So much for the belief that it takes 21 days to create a habit.
So, here are some of the things I'm going to do to hunt down that motivation that I lost:
1. Re-evaluate my goals. Maybe I wasn't specific enough. Maybe they weren't realistic?
2. Find out where I went wrong. What was going through my mind when I started stopping? Did I feel overwhelmed? Why? What can I do the next time this happens again?
3. Remember why I started in the first place. Why did I want to change? What will I get out of it? What will happen if I go back to my old ways?
4. Shift my focus. Maybe I should be focusing more on the day-to-day goals that will get me towards my main goal. Maybe keeping my eyes on the main goal is making me feel like I'm not making any progress?
5. Ask for help. Maybe I need more support than I thought? Who can I turn to for help? Who are the people in my life that would like to see me succeed?
6. Prioritise. Maybe I'm trying to do too many things at once?
7. Keep trying, dammit!