How to keep up your mo­ti­va­tion when you’re in a rut

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When we first set a goal, we’re rar­ing to go, but as time goes on many of us lose our mo­ti­va­tion and our ob­jec­tive falls by the way­side. It’s easy then to get a lit­tle frus­trated as your willpower starts to wane and the more we try con­vinc­ing our minds to get mo­ti­vated, the more we’re likely to stay stuck. It’s not just mo­ti­va­tion: A study pub­lished in the jour­nal Cog­ni­tion and Emo­tion found that the more you try to change the way you feel, the more you’re likely to get stuck in your cur­rent mood.

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So what then? We may not be able to con­trol our thoughts, but we can con­trol our ac­tions. That is, if you’ve been try­ing to talk your­self into hit­ting the gym af­ter work, the best thing is to get out of your head and just do it. By over­rid­ing your thoughts and in­stead sim­ply tak­ing ac­tion, it makes it eas­ier to change said thoughts – and by mak­ing this a daily prac­tice, you may find your mo­ti­va­tion re­turns.

The best thing is to get out of your head and just do it

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