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When a person is losing sight of their goals, how does one stay motivated to keep pursuing their aspirations?

I'm currently not in the predicament, but I need to be prepared for the future. lifestyle mentality mental

Something I learned is that your support system can either make or break you . Right now I have a really good support system around me, before it just felt like I was the only one pushing for my success. Which is fine but when you have some really good people around you, it really gives you confidence so that way you know you can do whatever you set your mind to do; even when you're at your lowest point. When you lose your motivation you need people around you to reassure you and assist you, not give up on you because your motivation dropped. Another good point is just taking a small break. Go on a trip, clear your head by doing something you enjoy and come back to your aspirations when your ready. Mia M.
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Francisco’s Answer

Hi Matthew,

This is such an important question. Life is unpredictable, and as the whole world has experienced through the COVID-19 pandemic, no one really knows what will the future brings. Staying motivated and focused on your goal can be complicated as you are dealing with the routine, emotional factors, and then external factors outside your control. I can only speak from my experience but this are things that have helped me remained focused and motivated to pursue my ambitions:

1. Making sure to make time to relax. Lots of people believe that to be successful you gotta be working 24/7 or if you are not using every second of the day to achieve your goals, you aren't trying hard enough, but I believe the opposite. Down time and recovery time are productive time. Taking time to relax, watch a movie, go for a walk, or simply spend time doing nothing can recharge your batteries and give you the energy to achieve your goals. Also, it helps you be more efficient as you learn to use your time wisely, instead of just using every second available.

2. Build a reliable support system. Whether it is family, friends, co-workers, or a partner, it is always important to build connections with people who will be there in the good and specially the bad. Knowing you have people supporting you and that will be there for you makes stress levels and anxiety go way down, and gives you the confidence needed to take steps you wouldn't if you didn't have that cushion to fall into.

3. Plan ahead and identify short term manageable goals. Often when we make long term plans it's easy to get discouraged or feel like you aren't making enough progress. You can help eliminate these feelings by setting short term goals that you can achieve within a reasonable time. Like, instead of focusing on opening your own business by the time you are 25, think about what steps can you take in the next month. Maybe you can take a class on entrepreneurship or you can reach out to local organizations who support local businesses. If you take small steps regularly, whether you reach the specific long term goal in form and time will not matter cause you've been successfully meeting your goals.

Hope this helps answer your question. Good luck moving forward!
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Ashley’s Answer

The previous example really helps, and I would add that before deciding which aspirations to pursue, make sure you know your "why".
As in, "Why do I want to accomplish this?"
Consider how this accomplishment would help you, especially in ways that your current predicament does not.
Do your research: What are all the paths to accomplish this? In case you do get discouraged, it's helpful to know you have options.
If you can, have an internal why: something other than money or something dependent on another person. (A good internal reason includes bettering your mental health or tackling an insecurity/weakness by finally accomplishing a feat in this area).

In moments of discouragement, remind yourself of your "why."
And if you find that your "why" is not enough in those moments, don't be afraid to adapt and re-adjust.
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Kush’s Answer

Try to be clear with your goals and how you wish to achieve them. Keeping realistic goals and having a real deadline to achieve them keeps us motivated. Also, do not try to do a lot of things at one time as this can easily divert/distract you away from your goals and you might leave them in between. Keep moving towards the goal slowly and keep a track of where you are. Hope this helps.
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