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