We’ve all had the experience of being extremely motivated to reach a goal. You start out feeling great, you make big plans, and you go full force into day 1. But then something changes, and by day 8, your motivation has worn off. You start to wonder if you’ll ever be able to achieve your goal.

Motivation comes in waves. As quickly as it hits you, it can slip through your fingers. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you experience this phenomenon, because losing motivation is a universal experience. That’s why we all relate to this scenario. We’ve all been there.

So, what should we do about losing motivation? Here are three steps that will help you be successful:

  1. Prepare.

Since we are aware that motivation comes and goes, we need to prepare for when it leaves. If we don’t prepare, we are more likely to give up the moment we don’t feel motivated anymore.

Create a plan for what you need to do to be successful. What are the actions you need to take each day, week, and month to get where you want to go? Also, ask yourself, “What will I do when I no longer feel motivated?” Once you have those answers written down, you have your plan.

  1. Persevere.

After you’ve prepared your plan, you need to take action. You’ll likely start out feeling very motivated. But you’ll also know that you’ve got a plan in place for when that motivation wears off.

The difference between success and failure is often perseverance. If you can press on through the times when you don’t feel like doing what you should do, then you’ll have a greater change of reaching your goal. Remind yourself that losing motivation is normal and that it doesn’t need to mean failure.

  1. Create successful habits.

If you do the actions that lead you to success every day (in other words, stick to your plan) despite how you feel, soon you’ll have created a new habit. Once you create a habit, those daily actions will become much easier and take much less discipline. They will simply be part of your routine.

Creating successful habits will make you much less dependent on motivation. It will no longer matter how you feel when you wake up in the morning. It won’t matter if you’re feeling energized or lazy, motivated or unmotivated. You will continue to do the actions that lead you to success because those actions are ingrained into you.

You are capable of achieving your goals; you just need to believe it and take action. If you follow these instructions and prepare, persevere, and create successful habits, you can succeed at whatever you put your mind to!