8 Questions to Get Refocused and Re-energized / by Amy DeRosia

 CC photo by  Khánh Hmoong

CC photo by Khánh Hmoong

My own heros are the dreamers, those men and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results…but it is the effort that’s heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.
— George R.R. Martin

I’ve committed to writing one blog post a week. But, last week it didn’t happen.  Even when we start off with the best intentions, sometimes we fall short.  

How we handle these minor set backs is extremely important. You can either let it derail you or choose to keep trying.

 As frustrating as it is to lose focus or make mistakes, this is what the process of personal change often looks like. We try something, fail, and have to start again. Deciding not to give up is always more important than perfection.

Any motivation about New Year’s resolutions has probably tapered off by now. But, there is so much time left in the year to achieve goals and establish healthy habits. Maybe it is a good time to revist some of those big ideas for the new year?

If you’re feeling a little discouraged or overwhelmed, here are a few questions to consider for getting inspired and refocused:

When was the last time I took a break? From technology, busy-ness, or worrying.

A lot of us have a tendency to want to finish the work and relax later. But, often times we are more effective when we’re not so exhausted. Take a break now.

Ask yourself why?

Why is this goal, habit, or project important to me?

Staying motivated often depends on not only on finishing tasks but seeing where they fit into the big picture.

What am I grateful for?

What is working? How can I make more of that happen?

How do I want to feel? What can I do to feel that way?

Feelings are great indicators of what you want. They intuitively keep you motivated and going in the right direction.

What can I do differently next time?

There are usually patterns to the setbacks we face in achieving goals. If you can anticipate a potential problem ahead of time and come up with an approach to handle that situation, you are much less likely to make the same mistakes over and over again.

We’ve all got strengths and weaknesses. Know what yours are. But, don’t let them define you. This guy, Steven Claunch, is a great example of how to not let a setback become an excuse: 

How can I simplify?

What is a shorter way to get from here to there? What can I say no to? Cut out anything that isn’t necessary or helpful.

Who is on my team?

Make time to connect with the people who support you. Helping others instead of focusing on your problems can be an excellent way to re-energize as well.

How can I take action right now?

Break goals into specific, smaller steps. Get clear on what progress looks like and measure it.

Failing over and over again doesn’t really matter as long as you keep trying, work harder, and learn from your mistakes. So don’t give up.  

How do you stay motivated toward achieving your goals? Let me know in the comments.