While it’s easy to get swept up in the sparkling hope that a new year brings; it doesn’t take long for the shimmer to wear off. Before you know it, you’re back to the grind of trying to get things done.

The goals you set in December or January now seem like that photo from last summer’s vacation.  You set it as your computer background to remind you of the good times; but… it’s currently covered up with 15 or so, windows, browsers and tabs you have open.

You’re not alone!

When we take a few steps back, free up space in our minds and hearts, to dream big, and see a bigger picture, we get excited! But, maintaining that excitement through the process is a lot harder.

So, how do you keep from getting stuck in the grind?

Hold on: Stay connected.

No, I don’t mean on social media. I mean, stay connected with yourself. Who are you?

Are you a mother, a daughter, a wife, a business owner, a caregiver? Perhaps all of the above?

Whatever your roles and responsibilities are, it is essential to avoid the trap of identifying yourself as a role. In order to be successful, in business, and in life, we must take the time to pour into the person we truly are.

You are the fuel to your goals. Hold on to your inner spark. Feed your motivation.

Of course, this means different things for each of us.

Try taking 15 minutes a day to do something that inspires you and see what happens.

Here’s some ideas: Yoga/ Light Exercise; Walk Outside; Meditation/Prayer; Reading; Journaling; Drawing/Painting

Another way to overcome the doldrums is to stay connected with the people who inspire you and cheer you on.

This concept may go by different names. The idea of finding or building your community, tribe, mentors, friends, family is not new. Regardless of who it is or what you call it- the results are the same.

None of us operate at 100% all the time. And, while this is easier for us to accept in others, sometimes we can forget when it comes to ourselves. That is why we need to hold on to the ones around us who are ready and willing to pick us up and cheer us on.

More than liking and sharing a post, take the time to get together. Laugh together. Have fun. Vent. Strategize. Create accountability partnerships.  All these things will help sharpen your skills and keep you from getting stuck in the mud of a singular perspective. Surround yourself with the people that feed your soul.

What do you do if your circle isn’t cheering you on?

Let go: Release Negativity!

It may be hard to do but it’s important to let go of the people who are not feeding your vision. There are enough struggles, enough mountains to climb and if you’re like me- enough doubting voices that crop up in my own mind, to allow space for other people’s negativity.

For whatever reason, others may not be able share your vision or see the success laid ahead of you. Not to worry. Give yourself permission to be successful by letting go. This involves releasing yourself of the idea that their negative influence is reflective of your value. We must break free of the chokehold comparisons create.

Maintaining your motivation requires a comparison not to others, but to yourself. Take the time to appreciate your journey. How far you have come and what obstacles you’ve overcome to get to this point. Celebrate the small milestones along the way.

Each day, each week there are things that you accomplish that’s put you one step closer to reaching your destination. Take a few moments each week to reflect on all the things that have moved your dial forward. Allow yourself to say well done.

Now, set the intention for the next step, the next day, the next week.

In this way you will feed your motivation, work beyond the grind and reach tremendous new heights.

You have the map. Follow the money.