It’s spring! Time to renew motivation in those unmet goals and dreams


Longer days have a positive effect on our well-being. Our mood is improved by increased serotonin – a hormone produced in the brain – dependent on sunlight and responsible for boosting mood.

Nature awakens in all its beauty. We feel uplifted no matter what is going on in our lives. This is the time to take advantage of this positive mindset to get back into important projects left on the back burner, start a new job or course that can lead to a better life, or get into exercising to improve health.

Do you feel that energizing effect of spring and are looking to make some long-overdue changes? But aren’t sure where to start?

Read on.

7 stages that lead to renewal

1. Start with a “spring cleaning.”

When I was small, I remember my mother doing the spring cleaning. It was almost religious – every spring, she would clean the whole house from top to bottom. Anything that was broken or no longer needed was eliminated. We began spring with a freshly aired-out, clean, and orderly home. Although this practice has gone out of fashion today, a clean house does wonders for mental health. We feel in control of our environment, and experience a feeling of accomplishment and peace.

It’s spring! Time to renew motivation in those unmet goals and dreams
2. Take stock of past and present projects

Now that you are feeling de-stressed and more at peace take stock of past projects and motivations. List them. Is there one that you regret not finishing? Why did you discontinue this project? Due to a lack of – time, money, interest, self-confidence, or skills? Decide which project is worth finishing. Be honest. Don’t sabotage yourself. You can do it this time.

3. Map out your route with micro-objectives

Now that you have selected THE project you would like to take up again, you need to map out a way to get from where you are now to where you want to go. It’s best to list baby steps, called micro-objectives, that lead to your end goal. It’s not only essential to know where you want to go – how you’ll get there is just as important.

4. Be kind to yourself

Often, our worst enemy is – ourselves. We self-sabotage our efforts by feelings of self-doubt. We have more confidence in others than in ourselves. Thoughts such as – I never could do this. I’ll never be able to get this done. I’m just a loser. – need to be thrown out. The “new you” has self-confidence and accepts that things may not always work out. Choose to believe in yourself. You will see the changes happen in your life.

5. Take care of your body and mind

You’ve reached this stage. You are well on your way to working your goals. To do this, you need a healthy mind and body. Choose yourself. You are more important than the overtime your boss has asked you to do or the extra chores that need to be done at home. Your goal is a renewal, right?  Your health is included in this. Check that your diet is providing needed nutrients and minerals to keep you healthy. With this, 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily is advised.

6. Rewards are important

When you reach your first micro-objective –  reward yourself. You deserve to treat yourself for what you’ve accomplished. This could be an afternoon with a friend, a visit to a museum, a walk in the park or buying your favorite tea. Recognition and reward are powerful tools for motivation. We are one step closer to our goal. And we deserve a pat on the back!

It’s spring! Time to renew motivation in those unmet goals and dreams
7. Keep on track

Once you have completed one stage, go on to the next. Review your roadmap and see if you are on track. If you’re not, that’s OK. Just modify your roadmap to reflect your new timetable. But do keep your roadmap up to date. This is where you can see, at any time, where you are and where and when you will reach that longed-for objective.

Motivation is a fragile and fleeting force. At the same time, it’s a strong and guiding light within us that can lead us to do things we never thought we could do.

Yes, it’s spring. Let the light and warmth of this season shine on you and in you. If you need help to make the most of this period of renewal, contact a mynd coach – the first call is free.

written by Linda Salamin

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