How to stay motivated after a setback
Stay self-motivated through challenges
Great success! You learned to be self-motivated. It was not easy, but the goal is met…right?
Don’t be so sure. Just because you figured out how to stay motivated from within, it does not mean the game is over, and you’ve won the chase. Do you sometimes say "all I want to do is sleep no motivation"?
Just as life has its ups and downs, people have their own ebbs and flows. You may have a few setbacks and that’s when you have no clue how your mind can change.
Perhaps it sounds too challenging, but let’s be realistic. As a self-motivated individual, if you’ve made it this far it means that in the past you must have had to be realistic with yourself. You’ve done this before! The chase is not over – you’ve just started a new level, a new phase of life that you’ll have to conquer. Here are 5 ways to stay motivated after facing a setback.
Redefine your approach
If you did the same things for your entire life and never made changes to your approaches, you probably wouldn’t make much progress. When you feel like you hit a roadblock, view it as a chance to figure out a new way around it.
Spend time with people who make you feel good
Not everyone makes you feel great. Whether it’s a personality conflict or someone who brings you down, if you feel like you’re leaving a social situation with more negative feelings than positive ones, it might be a good idea to check out of it altogether. Those people definitely won’t lift you up and help you get back on your feet.
Give yourself some TLC
The first thing you may do when you experience a setback is to get angry with yourself. You may turn from self-motivated mode to self-deprecation mode in a matter of moments. Don’t do that! Instead, remind yourself of all the great things you’ve done – all of your accomplishments and wonderful qualities. Give yourself a designated period of self-care, because as soon as you beat yourself up about something, it’ll be much harder to get those inspiration levels back up later.
Reward Yourself at Least Once Daily
While you’re indulging in self-care, be sure to do at least one positive, uplifting thing daily. That doesn’t mean finishing a pint of ice cream or staying in bed all day. It means you should do something productive that makes you happy. Try taking a walk outside or cooking a healthy, delicious meal. Maybe you’d like to try out a new hobby or start going to the gym.
Let the Past be the Past
It’s called the past for a reason. You could spend hours thinking about what happened before your setback and how you could have changed it. Hindsight is 20/20, so the only thing that will happen here is it will make you feel worse. Be confident in your decisions, and don’t look back.
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.