Motivation is important in every aspect of our lives, but it’s not always easy to come by.

From your performance at work to how much you push yourself when you work out at the gym to even getting out of bed in the morning when you would rather keep sleeping — motivation plays a key role in every aspect of our lives. However, there are many things that threaten our motivation. Whether you’re discouraged, you’re not focused, you’re plagued with self-doubt or there’s more on your plate than you can handle, it’s not always easy to find the motivation you need. But luckily, there are many things you can do to get motivated.

#1. Set a goal.

There’s a very good reason why a lack of focus is one of the most common reasons people give for not having motivation. When you have nothing to work towards, it makes it difficult to work towards anything. That’s why it’s essential to always have a goal in mind. Your goals don’t always have to be big and sweeping. They can be small and simple, but the point is that you need a goal, no matter how high or low you set the bar, and whatever it may be.

#2. Get excited about your goal.

Reaching any goal is going to take a lot of consistency, and that consistency will come much easier to you if you are able to get excited about your goal. How do you get excited about your goal? For starters, get inspired by other people’s success stories. These kinds of stories can be especially handy for those days when you just feel like giving up or that you’ll never reach your goal. When you’re able to step back and visualize the rewards of the time, effort and consistency it has taken for others to reach their goals, it will help you get excited to experience those rewards for yourself.

#3. Be kind to yourself.

One of the most important aspects getting and staying motivated is also one of the most overlooked: being kind to yourself. There’s a good chance that you’ll experience a failure or two when you’re working towards a goal, but it’s up to you how you handle it. You could let a failure or a mistake derail your entire goal, or you could be kind and forgiving to yourself by learning from it and moving on.

#4. Take care of yourself.

In addition to being kind and forgiving to yourself when mistakes or failures occur, it’s also important to make sure that you take great care of yourself. After all, you won’t make it to the gym if you were so busy at work all day that you didn’t make time to eat lunch. Oftentimes, reaching your goal involves working toward it a little every day, but if you’re not taking care of yourself, the motivation to stay consistent will be a lot harder to come by.

#5. Celebrate the milestones along the way.

If you’ve read many of our blogs, then you probably already know that we love to talk about milestones. The fact of the matter is that milestones are essential for maintaining the long-term motivation you need to reach any goal. While your big, long-term goal probably won’t be achieved for a long while, you should make it a point to celebrate each and every milestone you reach along the way. Milestones are almost like short-term goals within your long-term goal, and celebrating each and every milestone will help you find more motivation to keep working towards your long-term goal. Just as it’s important to be kind and forgiving to yourself when failures and mistakes happen, it’s just as important to celebrate the victories throughout the process of reaching your goal.

Motivation isn’t always easy to come by, but it’s an essential part of a being a happy, well-adjusted individual.

We all need motivation in every area of our lives, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll always feel motivated. And for those times, you have Goal Plus. The Goal Plus app is a new kind of goal setting app that not only helps you set goals but also helps you find the motivation you need to achieve them. Download Goal Plus today, and stay tuned for our next blog to learn more tips to help you get and stay motivated.