Are you beginning to doubt yourself or feel stuck in a slump with your goals? When you feel like quitting you have to remember why you started in the first place!
It’s the cheesiest line and the corniest motivational quote but that doesn’t make it any less true.
When you’re not seeing the results you wanted and you’re doubting the process, sometimes it can take everything in your being to not quit on the spot. But what if you doubt those results will ever come? After all, a person can only take so much rejection before it starts to fester into something larger.
But that’s why you need to remember why you started and this is the perfect place to begin!
This post is all about remembering why you started.
You might be looking at yourself in the mirror, disappointed because nothing’s changed.
Whether it’s a fitness goal you’re not seeing results from or a business you’re trying to start that hasn’t taken off yet –
It’s hard not to be completely discouraged when it feels like you’re not making any progress.
You’ve been putting in the hours and making the sacrifices…
Yet nothing seems to be moving you closer to your goal and now you’re wondering what to do next.
Remember why you started.
There was a reason why you began your journey – whether it was extremely specific or vague, there was something you wanted that you didn’t have before.
You created the idea of a life for yourself after achieving this goal and you decided that it was worth chasing.
Whether that life is dependent on that goal or not, you made the choice to try.
And now that you’ve been at it for a while and even if you feel like you haven’t gotten there yet, hasn’t your life still changed?
Haven’t you still learned something or done something differently than you would’ve before starting?
Just because you haven’t made it to exactly where you want to go, doesn’t mean you’re in the same place you started.
While having the discipline to continue working towards your goals is incredibly important, you can’t be too rigid.
Wondering where the difference of discipline versus rigidity lies?
If you want the SparkNotes version, you have to be willing to shift and adjust your goals with life.
Because yes, on paper it looks great to write out the exact plan of how you’ll work towards your goal and decide exactly when you’ll hit your “goal milestones”.
However, we all know that life gets in the way.
And you have to be okay with things not always going exactly to that plan.
Are you still aligned with your Why?
As you remember why you started, you have to also consider if your Why has changed.
What is the reason you started and is that still important to you today?
If it’s different or not as important, then is working towards this goal still serving you and leading you to a holistically better life?
Is your life improving because of the habits you’ve developed from this goal?
Maybe your Why was initially to lose 10 lbs so you’ve learned better eating habits and try to move your body more throughout the week.
So before you wanted to lose x amount of weight and now you’re living with the intention to love and take care of your body.
But you haven’t lost the weight.
Does that make your goal a complete failure?
It’s okay to shift your goals to serve a new Why.
Maybe your Why originated from a desire to look/feel differently than you did when you started, and whether that’s happened or not, you’re not where you started.
Progress is progress IS PROGRESS.
So do you still want it?
I’m sure you’ve heard that anything worth having doesn’t come easy.
Are you willing to continue working for it knowing that you might not see progress every day?
You started because you wanted something to change and isn’t the smallest of changes still better than no change at all?
Remember that feeling when you began and that vision you had for yourself.
There’s no reason you can’t achieve it if you’re consistently putting in the work and you have to trust the process.
Do you still feel like you can hear a nagging voice in the back of your mind telling you to quit?
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What’s the reason you took on a new challenge or started a new goal?
What do you remind yourself whenever you’re feeling discouraged?
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