Over the last couple of years I have come to realize the importance of self-motivation, and believe me – it hasn’t been easy. However, it has opened my mind to how powerful you can be when you’re determined to do something. I have always been a hard worker, but one thing I wasn’t good at was getting and staying motivated. I needed to make a change, and that change turned out to be a bunch of small changes that helped me get back on track. If getting or staying motivated is something you struggle with too, here are a couple of tips and tricks I’ve accumulated along the way.
WRITE IT DOWN
I personally am so busy, so writing things down and seeing them on paper really helps me stay organized. I first set aside space to write down my monthly goals, expenses, and larger To-Do List items. I then map out each week with things I already know I need to do, and add to it along the way. When I complete a task, I cross it out. By keeping track of each week throughout the month, I am able to hold myself accountable for the things I wanted to accomplish. When I am not able to complete a task, I move it over to the next week or month and make sure to get it done.
YOU ARE WHO YOU HANG WITH
I am a social person and definitely feed off other people’s energies. Having a supportive group of people around me like family and friends is essential to being successful. I like being able to discuss my goals and ambitions with the people I care about so that we can motivate one another. I truly believe that “if you dream it, you can do it,” but more importantly, when you say it out loud to someone, it’s almost like you have to prove it to them, too. Having that extra encouragement is so great to me – especially when it comes to working out. Nothing is better than having that friend that urges you to get to the gym because honestly, the hardest part is getting there. Having people around you that are also determined and motivated always encourages me to keep going.
First of all – if there’s one thing that gives me terrible anxiety it’s being late. Always give yourself enough time to get to where you’re going, even if that means you have to wake up a little earlier. Being realistic with your time is something that took me a few years to get a handle on and to be honest, I’m still working on it. By doing this you will cut your stress in half, I promise you. Also, when you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to do something, think to yourself, “How long is this really going to take me?” Another thing I have to remember about the gym. If it’s only an hour of your time, get your butt up and go do it. My dad always told me, “You don’t have to like it, you just have to do it.” I always think of this when there’s something I don’t want to do, and it makes me realize that the world doesn’t stop just because you don’t want to do something. You are the only person in control of your life, so if there’s something you want to do, give yourself the respectable time it’s going to take and get it done.
ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED
Why are you doing it? What made you want to do it? When you’re feeling lazy, remind yourself of the feeling you had when you decided you wanted it in the first place.
- Monetary compensation – if you’re getting paid, do it. If you’re planning a vacation, paying rent, want that outfit for an upcoming event? You need money, and that should be motivation enough.
- Accomplishment – remember when you graduated? or aced your test? or won first place? or paid off that credit card bill? Do it for the feeling you get when things like that happen.
- Do it for you – You are in charge of your life so if this is benefitting you and your future, remember this is why you need to do it. Your older self will thank you.
- Crossing that goal off your list – Like I mentioned earlier, each little change will help you achieve your end goal. No one is handing you anything on a silver platter. You need to be that change. Make it happen. And don’t forget to celebrate your little wins along the way.
If you’ve been over-doing it lately, it’s okay to take a day or night to yourself (something I am constantly having to tell myself). Remember that it’s okay to take a night off of the gym and watch your show on the couch. It’s okay to decompress and shut down for a little. I really think this helps me to reset and give it everything I got the next day – just don’t get into a habit of being lazy. Sometimes if I’ve worked hard for something, I’ll treat myself to that outfit or those shoes I’ve had my eye on.
I really hope this helped you get back out there and get motivated! If there’s any tips or tricks you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them in the comments below! XO