It is a struggle to stay on track, focused on your goals 24/7.

Sometimes, a little break is just what you need and can help you re-focus and re-commit to your goal.

Asking yourself questions that lead to affirmation or shifting of your goals is one important part of the growth process. Assessing what works and what does not and then moving further toward your goal is a nice neat process, but there is a flipside.

When overwhelm creeps in and your enthusiasm wanes, it can be depressing.

The cycle of feeling down and hopeless robs you of the mojo to keep moving. Regaining your enthusiasm is an intentional process.

It may seem like waiting for inspiration is your only option, but in the end, waiting will only get you further away from your goal.

Taking small, manageable steps, step by step, on a regular basis will get you where you want to be much sooner than you imagine.

Fortunately you have options for how to begin the process!

You can move out of a state of apathy, doubt or overwhelm and learn to prevent it from happening again too.

With these 5 motivation tools and 5 minutes each day, you can get back into the flow of success, focus your goal and allow good things to come your way.

Choose one tool and practice it for 5 minutes. You can keep practicing longer if you find it helpful. Also, feel free to adapt the 5 motivation tools so they work best for you.

Before you know it, blocked motivation will be a thing of the past.

Five Tools to Clear Blocked Motivation

1. Do just one thing at a time.

Focus on just one part of your goal. Often we get so overwhelmed with the larger goal that we have difficulty seeing the small steps right in front of us.

Think about the spokes on the wheel of a bike tire. All are needed to make the wheel strong and stable, each small action is a necessary part of the larger goal. Focus on one spoke at a time.

Celebrate when one part of your goal is accomplished and use this success to fuel your motivation for the next one.

2. Get moving.

To get the energy flowing there is no end to the helpfulness a walk in the sunshine brings. The type of walk I am talking about is one where you are able to just be, look at the clouds, watch the birds, feel the sunshine on your face, allow yourself to be in the present moment.

The walk can be as short one; 5 minutes is good. No need to get your workout gear on for a power walk — this is a “get re-centered walk” to reconnect with your sense of self and what you are working on.

Think about each step moving you forward, step by step toward your goal.


3. Open yourself to growth.

When people feel doubtful, fearful, anxious, they often constrict the body, thoughts and beliefs in what is possible. Collapsing into your body and getting smaller can result in breathing becoming shallower.

Taking three deep breaths, comfortably, not too fast and not too slowly, can loosen tension and bring a sense of expansion back. You can feel your body fill with oxygen, feel your breath bringing new life into your being and with it new hope.

With each breath think about expansion and give yourself space to do what you need to do for your life.

4. Visualize your life as you need it to be.

It is common to think of goals as wishes and they are. More importantly though, goals are also needs. When you think about your goal from the mindset of a need rather than a wish, it changes.

Now it is something closer, more intimate. Rather than a wish that can be dismissed, it calls your attention to take action.

To live a fulfilling life you need meaning and purpose in your life.

5. Just let it go and be.

Give yourself time, no more than 5 minutes, to write down all of your negative, worrisome, difficult, boring, doubtful, and fearful thoughts. Then put them in a bag and seal it up! Let them be.

They are just words, some will be yours and some will be others. Remember, they are just words. Your truth is much bigger much more life giving than any doubts.

Now give yourself 5 minutes or more and write down all of your supportive, productive, growth-enhancing thoughts and words.

Put the 5 motivation tools to work for you. Give yourself the time and energy to get unblocked and back to growth.

Your greatest gift to yourself is your time and attention.

Becoming more conscious day by day will fuel your motivation to achieve your goals.

You can have the success you desire and the life you need.


Tracie Strucker grew up among the sunkissed orange groves in body-obsessed Southern California. Along her way to the East Coast, she learned how to live peacefully in mind-body-heart, finally settling in suburban Washington, DC. You can find out more about how she helps others become Conscious Eaters, build peaceful relationships with their bodies and be happy at