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How do I stay motivated when I am not seeing results?

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Last Updated: 12/03/2022 at 3:15pm
How do I stay motivated when I am not seeing results?
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Top Rated Answers
June 23rd, 2018 2:52am
Staying motivated is a big challenge, in particular, when you aren't seeing results as quickly as you would like. Journaling successes, no matter how small, might be a great way to stay motivated. How do you think of tracking your progress in that way?
June 27th, 2018 4:09pm
Something that’s always kept me going was the hope that I need to grow more and learn more to finally achieve the results I’m aiming for. Also repeating the quote “Rome wasn’t built in a day” constantly reminds me that great things that are worthy take time. I hope this helps you.
July 6th, 2018 1:19am
The best way to stay motivated when you don’t see results is remembering the reason you started and know that results take time to show,but are worth it at the end
July 13th, 2018 8:47am
I know it can be tough when you keep trying and not getting positive results. But remember when a stone is broken by a hammer only last hit break it but that doesn't mean all previous hits were useless, it made rock weaker. Similarly if we keep trying even when we don't see positive results we can keep trying. Our efforts will make us learn new things. Our matrices of success should be positive. Seeing positive side if everything can help us in staying motivated. Hope it helps.
July 13th, 2018 1:23pm
I keep pushing forward. Because I know I can do anything I set my mind in to. You may lose the battle but you didn’t loose the war.
July 13th, 2018 5:03pm
Remind yourself that what you’re not doing will eventually have results, even if you’re not seeing them now. remember that your determination is a great trait of yours now and will always be if you do not stop now
July 15th, 2018 9:56am
Just because you aren’t seeing results, doesn’t mean it’s not working. You must stay positive and believe in yourself because you can do anything no matter what
July 19th, 2018 1:15am
You just have to keep your eyes on the prize. Always look towards the light at the end of that long dark tunnel.
July 25th, 2018 4:01pm
It is important to remember why you decided to change your lifestyle. Keep calm and take things slow as each of our body works differently.
August 3rd, 2018 1:49am
Keep going! Every success story comes from a series of fails. If you can picture your goal in your mind and you work towards it, then it’ll manifest into reality just don’t give up
August 18th, 2018 7:29pm
It is tempting to measure ourselves by results, but results are often out of our control--we don't know when and how they will happen. Instead, celebrate the strength we show by taking steps towards our goal, even when things are hard and we can't see the light at the end. Anyone can be motivated when things come easily; true courage is forged by walking a path when the outcome is uncertain or when there is no guarantee we will reach our destination. By building habits we no longer habe to wait for motivation or to "feel like it" to take action. We do what we can whether we feel like it or not because we know that is what keeps is connected to our values and builds the qualities we want to see in ourselves in good times and bad.
September 30th, 2018 3:33am
Just know that it’s okay to not see results right away. Good things take time. Great things are in store, you just have to believe and time will tell. Everything will work out. All these things you are doing will work out for you in the end. Don’t give up. Just keep on going, and everything will be just fine.
October 7th, 2018 3:07pm
Stop what you’re doing If you insist on getting back to your goal when you are disappointed and unmotivated, you’re likely to make the same mistakes that prevented your success. A failure is not a loss. It’s a gain. You learn. You change. You grow. Take inventory of what you have accomplished. Most likely, you’ll realize that you have grown personally and professionally over time. You have probably acquired new skills and gained knowledge that position you for future success. It’s time to give yourself a pat on the back! Create a detailed plan to change what isn’t working. A detailed plan of action is essential to regain a feeling of control—and your motivation, eg, I reworked my entire marketing plan, and devised more engaging ways to reach my audience. The clearer my plan became, the more empowered I felt to succeed.
October 25th, 2018 11:33am
You don't always see the results straight away, sometimes things need a little work and sometimes it takes someone else to point out that you're doing well. It's good to have short and long term goals have goals that are easy to achieve and that makes you feel good and makes you more confident about your next goal, never beat yourself up if you miss your goal just give yourself more time praise yourself for what you have done. Sometimes you will never hit your goal and you may fail but you won't be the only one learn from it take heart from trying your best and move on to your next goal
November 23rd, 2018 11:29am
Results we see might reflect what our minds define as good or bad, and others may see those "results" as highly effective with good progress. Looking at the positive in reflecting on results may give you a feeling of achievement and lead to keeping motivation higher. And as you motivation increases so does your feeling of continuing your journey for better and better results, and even with some glitches along the way, your results will improve and improve greatly as both the results and motivation to continue grows. Keep up, being aware of your feelings and keeping a positive outlook on your journey.
January 2nd, 2019 8:10pm
staying motivated is difficult when you are not seeing results. sometimes you have to look at the whole picture and remember when you did work out and you did see results. what worked for you? if you eat unhealthy foods it will be a lot more difficult to see results. doing mental training in your mind helps if you keep saying to yourself that you are thin then you will be right when you see yourself as thin. it takes 30 days to develop a habit. i tried to do 30 days of yoga and it helps a lot. if you out in the hard work you will see results.
January 12th, 2019 9:54am
I'm going to answer this based on my experiences with working out, even though I don't know if that's what you're asking about. You just have to give it your all. If you're at a standstill, change your technique. I got stuck at a certain place in my fitness journey. I lost a little weight and then it seemed like nothing was happening. I changed my routine and started working harder because I felt as though I NEEDED to get my body the way I wanted. Ultimately, it paid off and I was looking great because I didn't give up. I would feel unmotivated and I would just do it anyway. Persistence is the key!!!!
January 23rd, 2019 10:24am
One way to stay motivate is to use the buddy system have a friend exercise with you. I would suggest to choice a person who will act has a reminder and even set up daily reminder on your phone with messages to encourage you to stay on track. One saying I have used is Rome was not build in a day, It is a reminder that everything takes time and I think also means that sometime set back occurs. I understand, first hand the difficulties of staying motivate with no showing result but even some result have occur just has improving blood circulation and even having to reexamine your progress and methods might have to be done. I had to asked, am I eating the right food? Am I eating too much? I try to remember that these small changes can add up and have massive benefits for my health.
February 7th, 2019 4:53pm
To stay motivated without seeing any results can be quite annoying, that is for sure. But you always have to have a goal, like for example a good grade in school. You might not know it in the moment of doubts, but even trying gets you far, even if it's just learning by doing; just like I am improving my English by chatting with Members and Listeners or by writing this text. Another way to stay motivated is to believe in some kind of only-positive karma. The longer you try hard, the better it will be in the end, even if you fail first. After some time you will improve, rise above all the others who are now winning but then be failing. You will succeed when it is the most important. And if not, remember: This life is made for you to get along with it. :)
February 16th, 2019 4:21pm
It's hard to stay motivated when i dont see result but since it's my job to keep on reminding the others how the work, i guess it's only fair that i keep my loss of motivation for myself. I don't want my client to feel that i lost faith in him. It would only damage the process of healing and it would probably broke the trust we build. If i really feel like the person isn't going anywhere, i might also tell them that's how i feel about them. Ask them if they really want to engage in that therapeutic process, if they want to change...
March 3rd, 2019 8:38pm
Think of how far you can get when you will have the results. Think of you, seeing the results and smiling, smiling because you didn't give up. Just think of yourself, getting everything done by your own strength. You can do it! And if you don't want to do it alone, People from 7 Cups can help you. We are very open and we would love to help you get the results you want to have. Just look up a Member that fits your Language and what you need, in this case it would be motivation, we have a helper for you!
May 5th, 2019 9:56pm
Reflect on the progress you have made and the steps you have already taken towards your goal - these are all positive results. Set short-term, easily achievable goals, for example, doing an extra 30 seconds on the treadmill at the gym. These can help give you the boost you need when you feel like you're stagnating. Consider new approaches or techniques you can adopt on your way to reaching your goals - when was the last time you asked for help? A fresh perspective can give you a new lease of motivation. Above all, remember WHY you are looking for these resuts.
May 11th, 2019 1:26pm
When you're not seeing results, always remember that you already have the result of becoming someone willing to work hard for what you want in life. To stay motivated, you must not focus on the results but rather how you are becoming a better person from your goals and dreams. For example, if I wanted to become a student with good grades, I'd look into how I could improve myself as a person in terms of working hard because the smaller things are what build up to the greater thing, the goal itself. Discipline is essential for finding your goal
May 26th, 2019 12:40pm
You can make little reminders to yourself so that you remember that sometimes, results take awhile to really show. For example, if you have never played a piano before, you would most likely not be a master piano player the next day. It would probably take at least a few weeks or even a few months or years. Another thing you can do is to break your goal down into smaller pieces and create incentives for yourself. For example, if you are wanting to become a master piano player, instead of trying to tackle it all at once, you can tell yourself okay, after 7 days of practice, then go get ice cream and after 14 days, hang out with friends. The incentives don't have to be specifically these or spread out exactly this far apart, this is just an example and you can adjust the time in between incentives and what they are to meet your needs.
June 5th, 2019 1:33pm
Remember it is a journey, nothing is easy, that's life. But if it truly what you want, you will do whatever it takes to keep going. Motivation becomes irrelevant, and passion becomes the driver. If you have been doing it for years and still nothing, it's great you have been patient so far, but maybe it is time for you to reflect and reconsider what you have been doing. is it right?? It is time for you to seek help? There is nothing wrong with taking a small step back to reevaluate so you can get better results. I think imagining the end goal is always great too, it might help you stay motivated. By remembering what you are working towards and why you are doing this. Good luck.
August 16th, 2019 7:51pm
Remind yourself why you're doing it. Progress is never linear and sometimes it takes a lot of time to see any results. Remember, it's about the ones who stay in it for the long run. You can do something for a week, but doing it for years takes a whole different level of dedication. Have you got what's needed? Or is it worth to continue? You need to evaluate and decide if you have goals and reasons for the thing you do!
September 25th, 2019 4:19am
Staying motivated without seeing results can be tricky, but it is possible. Sometimes reminding ourselves of why we have set the goals that we have can remind us not to give up. Ask yourself why you are working toward this goal, and think about how you will feel once you have reached the goal. It is definitely common to feel unmotivated, and it is totally okay to feel this way! You are strong, brave, and you can reach the goals that you have set for yourself. Although it may take some time, you will make it there, and you will be so proud when you do. Think of the things that you have already accomplished. You are doing wonderful.
October 3rd, 2019 3:42pm
How to stay motivated when you do not see the results? It ia not that difficult to figure out. Basically, it not bad at all to take your time and see the results later. However, let's say that you have set a goal like reaching an "x" level at learning a new language, but even though you try hard you don't seem to succeed yet. Some people may say "Sorry, not for you", others "Focus on something else, you seem to have failed". Nonsense. Focus on your goals. Nobody knows how truly good you are at something. If you stay close to your target you will sooner or later see the outcome. And remember. You like him or not, even Di Caprio took his time until he received the Oscar.
October 4th, 2019 4:33am
It can be very hard to find motivation, especially when you get discouraged by the lack of results. As this is a very good question, there's many things that I want to talk about. Firstly, just because you can't see any results, doesn't mean that there are not any. Sometimes you're just looking at the wrong place. If you've done something, something will happen because of it even if you can't see it. For example, if you plant a seed and water it every day, you may not see anything happen. That is because the seed is growing under the dirt where we can not see it. Eventually, it will grow and we will see a beautiful plant. You just have to be patient. Secondly, we shouldn't think of the immediate results but the long term benefits. For example, I study not because I want to get a high score on my next test but because I need that knowledge so that I can do well in the future. Another example is that I exercise not because I want to see an immediate result but because I want to stay healthy in the long run. Third, rewarding yourself is a great way to motivate yourself. Sometimes before I start something I tell myself that I will reward myself after if I do well. For example, I love music so I tell myself after every piece of homework I finish, I will get to listen to one song. Sometimes it's great to reward yourself, even if it is for something small.
October 18th, 2019 12:43am
Remeber results don't happen instantly. They take lots of hard work and patience. The very hardest part is starting to get things moving. It's like pushing a broken-down car. Once it finally gets rolling it's much easier to keep it rolling. Don't give up. Things that seem impossible today can become a reality tomorrow with determination. Many people that are great and famous for what they do are there because they worked harder than anyone else to get there. If there is something you truly want, you can get there. It may take some trial and error, and some time, but you can do it.