7 ways to inspire momentum towards your goals

Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.
~ Bryant H. McGill

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1. Immerse yourself in a favorite activity

What activities recharge your energy? Take a moment to jot down activities that make you feel alive and fulfilled.

  • A night out salsa dancing
  • Hitting a bucket of golf balls at the driving range
  • A luxurious bath
  • Attending an art show
  • Listening to music
  • A delicious meal at your favorite spot
  • A walk with a friend
Choose one activity to immerse yourself in. Set your intention to fully savor the experience. If you find your mind wandering you might remind yourself to “savor”, ask yourself “What is my favorite part of this moment”, or pause and notice as much as you can about your surroundings, the experience, and how you are feeling in response. Savoring experiences will recharge your energy and can refocus your attention on the potential of the present.

2. Laugh

The power is undeniable. Among many other benefits, laughter triggers the release of our feel-good chemicals, endorphins. (helpguide.org) Need I say more?
  • Watch a favorite hysterical movie
  • Hang out with your wittiest or silliest friend
  • Start a pillow fight with a friend, partner, or your kids
  • Attend a comedy show or comedic play

In every form, laughter creates an opportunity to see the world in a new light. So, what makes you crack up?

3. Imagine yourself living your dream

Visualizing your dream “realized” increases your desire to take action. The method you choose is highly personal. Consider exploring a variety of ways to discover what inspires your goal in this moment.
For each of these activities I invite you to use these simple meditation tips to create a more enjoyable, effective experience.
  • Day dream. Lie or sit in a comfortable position and begin to imagine yourself living your dream. What are you experiencing? What does your life look like? Who are you interacting with? What relationships and connections are you creating? What happens in a “normal” day? Continue to be curious about what arises for you.
  • Create a vision board.
  • Free write. Describe in detail what life will be like when your goal is accomplished. Describe the minutia: What you are wearing? Who do you interact with? What car do you drive? Where do you live? What does your house look and feel like? How do you feel? What is your routine like? Notice anything that comes to mind.

Once you are complete, consider taking one small step towards making it a reality.

4. Do something physically challenging

Pick something fun and possibly outdoors. Choose an accomplishment-based activity that excites you. If you enjoy socializing, invite a reliable friend to join the challenge.
  • Take on a challenging hike
  • Go kayaking or paddleboarding to a set destination
  • Attend the power class you’ve been contemplating
  • Cycle to a friend’s house

At the end take a moment to relish your accomplishment. Share your win with someone who will appreciate your challenge and encourage you. You’ll soon begin to recognize how much you’re capable of and be interested in doing more.

5. Interview the inspiring

Find someone who has accomplished your goal or lives your dream and arrange a chat with them. People generally enjoy talking about themselves.

  • Listen attentively.
  • Encourage engagement. Keep the conversation flowing by asking open-ended questions. Avoid questions that invite a “Yes” or “No” answer. Have a few questions written beforehand as backup. What is their story? How did they accomplish their goal? What surprised them? What was most exciting? What was most challenging?
  • Show appreciation for their time and experience at the end of your interview in the form of verbal appreciation, a card, or whatever feels authentic to you.

After the interview put yourself in their story. What experiences would you enjoy? What would be challenging and why? Take some time to consider how this shifts your perspective of your dream or goal.

Watching a Ted talk is also a quick hit of inspiration without the social component. Learning about another’s experiences can refine what you want and refocus your actions on what matters most.

6. Brainstorm

While methods are infinite we’ll focus on a simple way to begin. You could choose to do this alone or include a trusted friend. Be open to every idea. While one might seem ridiculous or funny, it may lead to the best thought yet.

Ask yourself a compelling question. Are you excited to know the answer? Possible questions might be: What are the benefits of accomplishing “x” goal? What steps do I need to take to accomplish my goal? What support do I have to accomplish my goal? What do I need to accomplish my goal? What is my motivation? What values does accomplishing “x” fulfill?

  • Get a large piece of paper and write your ideas down. Using a variety of colors can add another level of interest.
  • Setup a tape recorder and shout out possible answers. (Can be fun with a friend.)
  • Free write a response to the question.
  • Get a sticky pad, write ideas, and post them on the wall. At the end you’ll have an interesting visual to look at. Taking a photo is one way to capture this brainstorm.

7. Explore the unusual

Try on a shifted perspective by approaching action in a new way. Below are examples for building momentum in fitness goals.
  • Seek out an expert for a new approach. (Ex: Exercise with a personal trainer, read an article with an alternative view on fitness, etc.)
  • Try something beyond your ordinary. (Ex: Attend a new class, use a different machine, jog outside instead of using the treadmill, change your routine, etc.)
  • Make it social. Invite a friend to tag along or make a point to get to know someone in the same social circle. Creating connections can build desire and momentum quickly. (Ex: Invite a friend to work out, make a point of getting to know people in your yoga class, ask someone you haven’t met to spot you lifting, etc.)
  • Set a detour goal that excites you. Set your main goal aside for two weeks up to a month and focus on a smaller complimentary accomplishment. This could be improving a certain skill, winning a competition, reaching a small milestone, etc. Be flexible with your detour goal. Remember the intention is to increase momentum. Do what works for you. (Ex: Improve your breaststroke, run a 5k, win a racquetball game against a challenger , etc.)

However you approach it, shaking things up creates renewed interest and excitement. Break the monotony.

Bring new energy to your goals by shifting your approach. Play with what works for you in this moment, for this goal.

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