Has your motivation towards the goals you’re trying to achieve for the year diminished at an alarming rate? One of the best ways to reignite it is to participate in challenges. In this article, I’ll discuss how to do that, and provide examples of some challenges I’ve participated in that have helped me (or are helping me) reignite my motivation.
Re-evaluate your goal
If you’ve lost motivation for a goal, it’s time to re-evaluate it. Is it still important to you? If not, maybe you need to scrap it completely. If it is still important to you, figure out why you’ve lost your motivation for it. Has life gotten in the way? If so, maybe you need to change the goal slightly.
For example, if you originally wanted to exercise an hour a day five days a week, but you find that you have too many other commitments to do this, try changing the goal to exercising 30 minutes a day five days a week, or an hour a day three days a week.
Earlier this year I took on a second part-time job in addition to my full-time job. I knew that working this extra job would be mean I’d have to reduce the amount of time I spent exercising, so I found a workout that would allow me to get a good workout in a short amount of time.
Once you’ve decided to participate in a challenge, how do you ensure that you’ll be successful? The following steps will increase the odds that will make you successful with the challenge.
Learn the requirements of the challenge.
What are the challenge requirements? Do you have to log your food intake or your workouts three or four days a week? Do you have to write a certain number of words per day? Knowing what exactly you have to do to fulfill the challenge requirements is the first step to being successful.
Figure out how you’re going to fulfill the challenge requirements.
Are you going to get up earlier to exercise or write, or do it later in the day? Decide every day when you’re going to do what you need to do meet the challenge requirements. Write it down or share it with other people participating in the challenge. For me, I know that the requirement for Shanta’s Medium writing challenge is that we write something on Medium every day for 30 days — it doesn’t have to be a specific length, which is one of the things I love about the challenge.
Be realistic with your commitments.
Know what commitments you have that may make it difficult for you to fulfill the challenge requirements. In March I participated in a challenge that my Beachbody coach organized to work out as many days as I could that month. However, at the end of the month, my husband and I went on a short trip to Pensacola (you can read about it in this blog post.) I knew that it would get in the way of working out, so I doubled up on my workouts on a few days, and did short workouts on the days that would be my rest days.
Connect with others.
Another thing I love about participating in challenges is the social aspect of them. They give me an opportunity to connect with others to find out what they’re doing to achieve their goals, motivate them and receive motivation from them.
When you achieve your goal for the challenge, be sure to celebrate — you’ve achieved something great.
How to find challenge groups
There are a few different ways to find challenge groups. Do a Google search for challenge groups. You can also try doing a search for specific types of challenge groups, such as savings challenge groups.
Another great place to find challenge groups is on Facebook. Go to the search box and search for “challenge groups” or get more specific and type something like “savings challenge groups.” You’ll come up with quite a few hits for different challenge groups. Many of these challenge groups are associated with different websites, however, so be sure to read the description before you join.
What challenges have you participated in? What other ways have you re-ignited your motivation towards your goals? Feel free to comment below. And if you enjoyed this story, please recommend by clicking on the heart.