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How to Motivate Yourself Everyday in Midlife

(Last Updated On: November 30, 2019)

You never know when you’ll be zinged with a lightbulb moment. The sudden, impactful, head-turning second that a seemingly unremarkable thing, like watching a Hallmark movie while getting in my steps for the day, turns into something that suddenly makes so much sense I have to “stop what I’m doing and write it down” kind of moment.

Such was my Saturday afternoon at home, as I put myself through the walking workout paces to keep the post-60 metabolism working strong.

Midlife brings with it some wonderful opportunities, but also some challenging times. How to motivate yourself everyday can become an issue for some of us who are over 60, or over 50 if we’re retired and life has radically changed.

Where do we fit in? Where do we go from here? We wonder how to become more productive and motivated as the years go by. So my attention was grabbed by this conversation.

In the movie, the characters were discussing the upcoming week, and they each shared three things for that particular week: a Goal, a Plan, and an Aspiration.

Now, I am by nature a planner. That’s how I roll. I set goals, too, and work very hard to see them to fruition.

So the idea of goals and plans is nothing new to me.

What really caught my attention, though, was the time-frame as well as the order:

  • 1 Week
  • 1 Plan
  • 1 Goal
  • 1 Aspiration

Sometimes, the thought of creating goals and achieving them can seem almost insurmountable because so much is unclear to us. How do we decide what the goal should be? How long should we set our time frame to achieve it? How will we get there? What if…??? So, we do nothing.

By creating small achievements in 1-week intervals, it immediately becomes something we can wrap our head around. Yes, I can see myself doing, acting upon, changing behavior, reaching out, whatever the specific is, during a one-week span.

Keeping this thought in mind, go back to the question of how to stay motivated throughout the day, the week, and longer. By creating these small “chunks” of time and setting small goals and plans, we are more likely to achieve them and in turn, be motivated to repeat the process the next week.

GOAL: the end toward which effort is directed

mirriam-webster.com

How to Motivate Yourself Every Day

If I think about 1 week, and 1 week only, then I can realistically commit to myself that I will set out to do these things.

And, the ‘things’ don’t have to relate to each other. They might, but the idea is to think about our week as a whole and what we want to see happen in that time period.

Let’s look at each action in more detail.

Set a GOAL for the Week

how to stay motivated everyday in midlife

Set one goal. It could be that you want to eat healthier food, so your goal is to stay away from fast-food restaurants for the entire week, and prepare your own, clean food at home. That’s your goal.

Or, your goal is to lose 1 pound this week.

The thing you want to accomplish might tie into another, larger goal, and that’s fine. But it might not. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

I’ll take a wild guess and say that we’ve all got things in our lives we want to change, am I right? I thought so. So…select one thing for this week and set a specific, measurable goal.

TIP: Write it down, don’t just keep it in your head. There’s something about the act of writing, seeing the words on the page, that makes it more real and adds to the accountability.

Set a PLAN for the Week

setting goals to stay motivated

Create a plan that you can describe specifically and in one sentence:

My plan is to clean, declutter, and reorganize the laundry room.

Or, my plan is to research and come up with a weekly menu of healthy, clean foods.

Your plan doesn’t have to change the world, or change your life. But it should be relevant to what’s happening with you right now, and be something that is important to you to achieve in this time frame.

If I asked you to grab a pen and paper (or use the app on your phone 🙂 ) and write down 3 things you want to accomplish but haven’t done yet, it would probably be pretty simple and quick for you think of at least three.

PLAN: a method for achieving an end

mirriam-webster.com

So, set a plan for something you want to get done, accomplish, even if it seems quite simple. Make the decision and set the plan.

The goal and the plan for the week could relate to each other, but they don’t have to. This is your goal, and your plan. It’s your life.

When you’re wondering how to motivate yourself everyday, these two weekly commitments will give you the daily inspiration to keep moving forward and seeing them through.

TIP: Just like with the Goal for the week, write down your Plan for the week. Most plans will have a few steps, so writing everything down will help you remember what to do.

And, if you’re a list-checker-offer, putting that big check mark next to each to-do as it’s completed will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you motivated to complete the plan.

Set a Weekly ASPIRATION

aspirations and goals for the future

What is an aspiration? Here is a definition:

ASPIRATION: a hope or ambition of achieving something

lexico.com

This is thinking about the future and what we hope to accomplish. We’re traveling into a bit different territory with aspirations, but they are helpful, motivational and can also be inspiring.

Types of Aspirations:

  • a thing we want to do or experience
  • a place we want to go
  • a skill we want to learn
  • an objective we want to achieve
  • a possession we want to obtain

We want to dream big, don’t we? So what if I’m 64, if I want to aspire to become a confident ballroom dancer, then that is my aspiration.

Aspirations could include things like, become a successful entrepreneur, speak a language fluently, visit all the states in the continental U.S.

Will you achieve your aspiration in that given week? Not likely. Will it change from week to week? It might. Most of us would have more than one aspiration that we’d like to achieve before we leave this earth.

But by verbalizing, and writing our aspirations down on paper (hint!), we think, we hope, we dream, we plan, we set new goals…and everything ties together.

When you’re pondering how to motivate yourself everyday, remember these 3 words:

GOAL | PLAN | ASPIRATION

How about making a commitment to yourself to take these three words and apply them to yourself for the next 4 weeks. Use the handy, free printable to keep track each week, and see how those actions help motivate you, every day, in life.

It’s free and waiting for you in the Resource Library:

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Who knew that watching a Hallmark movie could be so enlightening? Sometimes it is the simplest ideas and actions that can make a significant difference in our lives.

Let’s make the effort to commit to goals, plans and aspirations. Because we all have so much to look forward to!

Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger


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20 COMMENTS

  • Joanne Tracey

    Indeed, who knew that watching a Hallmark movie could be so inspiring? Seriously though, bite-size goals/targets/aspirations are perfect – as are the bite-sized time frames. While you get the same feeling of accomplishment, I think you’re more likely to kick the goals. Happy Thanksgiving to you. #MLSTL

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I agree Jo, those small wins keep us motivated and moving forward. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

  • A really interesting concept Candi – I’m not sure if I could manage all three every week though (I think I’d be pushing it to get there once a month!) I’m in a phase where I’m enjoying not having to feel pushed or motivated, but I’m sure that will morph into a desire to do more down the track and I’ll pin this so I can re-visit it when I feel like a kick in the pants to get more foward momentum.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Leanne, I would probably feel the same way as you if I were in your shoes! Enjoy that relaxed feeling, and I hope it continues for a long time. Thanks for sharing!

  • Barbie Holmes

    Great post! I feel small steps work best for me. Small wins do keep me motivated. Happy Thanksgiving! Sharing on my SM.

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Barbie, I agree that keeping things small and manageable helps us stay motivated to move to the next step. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

  • Christie Hawkes

    I love this Candi. I gave up New Year’s Resolutions a while back in favor of seasonal bucket lists. It might be time for another shake up. I like the idea of a weekly goal, plan, and aspiration. Hmmm…. #MLSTL

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Christie, maybe it’s worth giving this type of motivation a try…? Make a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Thanks for stopping in, and let us know if you decide to put it into practice.

  • Jennifer Jones

    Just goes to show Candi that you never know where a good idea will spring from. As a regular setter of goals, I love this post. There is so much food and sensible advice. I usually make 12 week goals and break them down into smaller chunks. Small one week goals are a great idea. I have subscribed #MLSTL Will share

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Jennifer…I know! I was just gettin’ in the steps and checking out a movie, then bang, this simple goal setting and motivational method jumped out at me. It makes a lot of sense and I’m going to go with it, and see what happens. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Hi Candi another informative and helpful post for Midlifers. I set goals and have learned that taking microsteps (baby steps) is the key for me, rather than trying to do everything all at once. Even those who are retired still need a goal, a purpose. Thanks for sharing your tips at #MLSTL and have a beautiful weekend. xx

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Sue, you’re right, this is so consistent with the idea of microsteps! Fits in perfectly, doesn’t it? And I absolutely agree that no matter our age or stage in life, reaching for goals and learning is always important. xo

  • Christina Daggett

    The idea to take small steps towards goals, plans and aspirations is a good one and I’ll be putting into practice these tips as we tackle this rather overwhelming house project. Thanks for the inspiration Candi!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Christina, I know it is a huge project you’ve undertaken, so if this little bit of inspiration helps, that’s great!

  • Theresa Muth

    I’m the worst at going all in and changing everything and then boom-I go off the rails. I’m going to keep this in mind and post to my Facebook so I’ll have it!
    I needed this inspiration going into the holidays!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Theresa, it can be hard to stay on track, I tend to do the same thing! Thanks for posting!

  • I love that! I need to get back into journaling and planning in the mornings, and this could really help me set my focus for the week!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Bethany, give it a try and see what you think! Thanks so much for stopping in for a read. 🙂

  • Lisa

    The Hallmark movie inspiration is great!! It is funny where our “aha” moments come from! I love this post and I actually got my pencil out and wrote down my goal, plan, and aspiration for the week! Thanks, Candi.

  • Candi Randolph
    AUTHOR

    Yes, who knew?? But, it just made so much sense I had to share it with everyone. Thanks for giving it a try and for sharing, too!

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