Setting a new goal can give you an incredible dopamine rush, making you feel invincible and ready to conquer the world. However, when the initial euphoria fades, you might doubt your passion and feel mentally drained.

The truth is the initial burst of motivation fuelled by dopamine isn’t sustainable in the long run. True passion for your goals develops over time and requires patience. It’s not about the quick fix; it’s about what you do next. Successful individuals, whether they are top-level athletes or business moguls, share a common trait – they set goals and stick with them for the long-term. This long-term vision transforms what may seem like a tedious grind into a purposeful journey towards turning dreams into reality.

The ’sunshine and rainbows’ idea of success is a myth. The cold, hard truth is that the journey won’t always be smooth sailing. There will be moments when you feel like a tiny boat battling a violent storm. It’s during these times that you’ll be tested repeatedly in various ways. These setbacks and obstacles are inevitable, and they are also essential for growth.

When conflicting thoughts plague your mind, with one part urging you to go for it and another part warning you to give up, it can be exhausting. The voice in your own mind telling you to take the easier route, to give up, is tempting. But remember, that path is unlikely to lead you where you truly want to go.

The key lies in aligning the conflicting parts of your mind to propel you toward your deepest desires. By finding the highest level of positive intention between these conflicting parts, you can harmonise them to achieve the results you truly desire.

So, how can you maintain your passion when the initial rush wears off? It’s about nurturing your goals, staying focused, and weathering the storms. Through understanding that setbacks are part of the journey and integrating them into your plan. Finding harmony in conflicting thoughts and aligning them with your true intentions.

As you embark on your goal-setting journey, remember that it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the journey itself. Embrace the challenges, stay committed, and keep the fire of passion burning. When the initial rush of motivation fades, it’s your dedication and perseverance that will carry you forward.

Apply these tips in your daily routine and keep the flame of passion alive, even when the initial surge of dope wanes. Your journey towards your goals may not always be smooth, but it will be worth it in the end.

Set the goal – and then focus only on the next step. Once that is complete, celebrate it fully and then focus on the next step in the journey.

Celebrate: No matter how small or large the achievement, always take a moment to celebrate it fully and be proud of the step you’ve taken towards your overall goal.

Seek help: When motivation dips, seek support. Whether that’s a conversation with a friend or family member. A professional coach or doing some research online. Notice what you need to keep going and go get it.

Purpose: Be clear on ‘why’ you started in the first place. Have is written down and somewhere visible as a constant reminder when you need to come back to your initial motivation.

Learn and let go: When things don’t go to plan. Acknowledge it, feel the feelings that come with it and then give yourself permission to ‘let it go’. The sooner you do this, the quicker you will refocus on the next step towards success. (rather than becoming stuck in that moment/the past).

So, here’s the thing… Setting new goals is not just about the initial excitement; it’s about staying dedicated even when the initial rush of motivation fades. Embrace the journey, overcome the mental conflicts, and keep the fire of passion burning within you. Your goals are within reach – stay committed and make your dreams a reality.

Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination. 

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