Achieve Your Goals with Structure, Not Motivation

When motivation runs out, set up systems and structure

What do you do when your motivation runs out? What about when your goals and motivation no longer align? There’s no magic pill to renew your enthusiasm, but setting up systems and structure can help you fill the gaps in motivation to achieve your goals.

As James Clear says in his book Atomic Habits, “Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win.”

Here’s how you can start building a system to stay on track:

  1. Incentivize your accountability. Designate smaller rewards along the way to a bigger goal to help you keep moving forward.
  2. Read books, watch videos, and listen to more podcasts about self-improvement. Consuming this type of content helps you learn the language and concepts to better articulate what you want to achieve.
  3. Restructure your environment. Eliminate distractions and set up physical reminders like alarms, sticky notes, or assistive apps.
  4. Record and reflect on your progress. Set aside time each week to review your progress and fine-tune your plans accordingly.


In the end, having a system is what matters. And committing to the process with discipline is what makes the difference.

Looking for more helpful tips? Our team of mental health providers can help you start a personalized treatment plan alongside effective lifestyle strategies to address your specific needs. Open up to one of our providers about your goals and we’ll help you create a structured plan to stay on track.