Building your brand? Check. Journaling about your goals? Check. You’re putting everything you can toward chasing your dreams—but it seems like they’re still not any closer to coming true. Whether it’s a New Year’s Resolution you’ve set or general goal chasing you’re after, you don’t want to give up. But sometimes, it’s hard not to wonder if achieving what your goals is ever going to happen for you. How can you overcome these doubts? Whether you’re feeling stuck in a rut or dealing with a temporary setback, don’t be hard on yourself. Relax, breathe, and reassess the situation. Here are a few ways to help you stay focused and stay on track:
Take care of your body. When you’re feeling beat down by life, you might be tempted to skip a workout or grab some fast food instead of a real meal, but it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. Exercising and eating right are good for your health, your self-esteem, and your energy level. Also, make sure you get enough sleep; running yourself into the ground every day can make you feel less motivated.
Lighten up. Give yourself a mental break from whatever’s weighing you down. Let go of your stress—even just for a little while—by doing something that will make you laugh. Watch a silly movie. Have a dance party with your favorite toddler. Invite a funny friend to meet for coffee.
Get connected. Check in with people who support your dreams and encourage you to pursue them. Even a short conversation could give you just the morale boost you need. If you don’t have enough positive-minded, supportive people in your life, this is the perfect time to start building your network.
Help someone else. When you’re bummed about your own situation, spend a day volunteering–it can distract you from your troubles and put you in a better frame of mind. Get out of the house, interact with others, and see firsthand how you can make a positive impact in your community.
Fail forward. Everybody makes mistakes, and you don’t have to take them personally. When you make a mistake, try not to get frustrated. Instead, analyze how you can learn from it and let it guide you. With that outlook, every challenge you face can help you move closer to your goals. Instead of worrying about the occasional failure, accept that even through mistakes, we make progress.
Take a tiny step today. Email someone who might have the ability to share advice that relates to your current struggle. Send a thank you note to someone who’s had a positive impact in your life, and keep that relationship strong. Sit down with your business plan or list of goals and think about what’s working for you and where you might need a new approach. Making even a tiny bit of progress will help you stay focused and continue moving forward.
Ask for help. If you’re feeling hopeless, and you’re not sure you can get through this on your own, don’t worry–you don’t have to. Call a trusted friend or family member, check in with a mentor, or make an appointment with a therapist. Everyone needs a little extra support once in awhile, and these people are in your life for a reason. Accept their hugs, and stay hopeful. Things will get better.
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