Lifestyle Motivation

How to Stay Motivated When Starting Out on a New Project

How to get motivated when starting out on a new project

It is so easy to get excited about starting out on a new project whether it be a blog, small business or DIY. However when the excitement cools down, staying motivated can be difficult. Trust me, I know! There are so many projects that I have started where I was determined to succeed. Suddenly, I am starved of motivation but that’s okay! Remember that it is fine to lose motivation. What matters is that you pick yourself back up again.

So how do you stay motivated? Here is a special guest post by the lovely Annie Lennon from sutava.com where she will take you through 7 awesome ways to stay motivated when starting out on a new project.

7 Ways to Stay Motivated When Starting Out on a New Project

Remove Distractions

It’s easier to remove distractions rather than resist them. And these could be anything- your mobile phone, Facebook, cake. If you remove them, you won’t be tempted anymore by the “what ifs” and will have much better focus, meaning you get more done and stay motivated.

Break Your Goals Down

Goals can be scary. Making a six-figure profit by next year or reaching a million followers on Instagram is not easy. So break it down step-by-step- a large success is usually made up of many smaller ones. Understand and remind yourself why you want to reach your goals too to keep it all relevant.

Have Positive Conversations

We’re extremely influenced by the people we talk to. Spending enough time with others who only criticise- whether it be their town or the difficulties in starting a new project will make you think the same. On the other hand, spending time with others who talk positively will encourage you to think like this too. And with this positive mindset you’ll begin to spot opportunities rather than problems and feel motivated by each success that follows.

Change Your Media Habits

Positive and inspiring media be it via video, articles or books will keep you feeling motivated. Like surrounding yourself with positive people, it will subconsciously gear your mind towards opportunities rather than risks and failures. Likewise, consuming negative media eg. negative political news will condition your brain to seek problems rather than opportunities.

Give Yourself a Positive Environment

Our physical environment also strongly impacts our motivation. And it makes sense- to stay safe, we’ve evolved to feel uncomfortable in unpleasant environments so we leave them. It’s thus no wonder that if we stay in places we find stressful, our productivity and motivation suffers. So give yourself a good physical environment. Clean and organise your space, replace bad smells with ones you like and surround yourself with things that make you feel good (but not enough to distract you).

Talk with Others

A mentor, team members or others who have similar goals (perhaps in a different niche to avoid competition)- these are the people who should understand your struggles best and be able to advise, exchange ideas and help get things done. And you can find them on and offline- from Facebook groups, LinkedIn to your friends and family as well as who they may know.

Be Motivated by Successes and Mistakes

See everything as an opportunity. A success, no matter how big nor small, is an opportunity to feel accomplished and indulge yourself- from an ice cream or a trip somewhere. And mistakes are opportunities too- opportunities to learn. Rather than feeling bad, try to evaluate why something went wrong, speak about it with your support team and find another way to try things next time.

Do you have any tips on staying motivated when you start out on a new project?

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  • Karla Mae A. Cruzado

    This is the perfect reminder for my next blog post and project! I’ll be making my 2018 vision board soon. Thanks!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Hi Karla! I’m glad this helps motivate you 🙂 That sounds like a perfect idea – have fun!

  • Ilene Blessing Modica

    I love this post. I take for granted sometimes that i am very organized. I completly agree with the suggestions you have given. When i have several things going, i find writing it down, give it priorities and an end date to accomplish. Thats my technique.

    • Stephanie Foo

      I am glad you love this post! Yes! That is a great technique. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Great motivation tips!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Thank you!

  • JingWen Safko

    absolutely agree with that! I always tell myself one step at a time and celebrate every small success along the way helps. SO glad that I found this page ❤️

    • Stephanie Foo

      Yes! Celebrating every small success is so important to keep you motivated! I am so happy you took the time to read this 🙂

  • Floby Villaralvo

    A very good way to start 2018 as well! Keep it up! I agree and I want to practice the same principles to enjoy living and get quality of goals done!

    • Stephanie Foo

      Absolutely! Nothing is better than having some goals to work towards and ticking them off!

  • Vins vira

    This is really something that everyone needs. Starting any new activity is easy but sticking to it is really really tough job. Thanks for sharing tips on it..

    • Stephanie Foo

      Definitely agree! I hope you found this helpful.

  • Thank you! I really needed to read this, especially since I’m taking my business in a new direction!