HOW TO BECOME (AND STAY!) MOTIVATED.
Hi and welcome to todays blog post!
Yesterday I was having a bit of an off day, I did not do a single productive thing (which is okay sometimes). But this really inspired me to write todays blog post, and I hope this can be of help to you if you’re struggling with staying motivated.
I’m sure everyone has those days when they feel like doing absolutely nothing, even though you might have things to do (let me tell you, if I find myself unmotivated, I find it really hard to get out of that mind set). Motivation is what drives us to make things happen - but staying motivated isn’t always easy. Here are some tips on how to become (and stay!) motivated, and suggestions for what to do if you just can’t get into gear.
This can help if:
You want to figure out your goals and learn how to achieve them
You want to get stuff done
You’re feeling unmotivated
Motivation is what drives you to your goals, it’s what gets you up in the morning and keeps you working through a task, it’s what keeps you determined when things get tough. But we can have both negative and positive motivation.
Example of positive motivation: “Working hard will give me a good income and I’ll be able to travel more”
Example of negative motivation: “If I don’t work hard enough, I won’t earn enough money and I won’t be able to travel”
Positive and negative motivations can be effective in different circumstances. However, it’s much easier to get something done if you actually want to, rather than because you want to avoid a particular outcome if you don’t do it. If you don’t have a positive plan of action, using negative motivation can make you feel helpless and may even reduce your motivation.
What is the right mindset:
Set your goals. Goals give you a direction to focus on (starting with one that has an end point can help you stay motivated easier, for the beginning)
Choose goals that interest you.
Find things that interest you within goals that don’t.
Make your goal public. It can be really motivating if you can see evidence that you’re making progress.
Break up your goal. Start with easier tasks and work your way up to bigger challenges.
Use rewards. Treat yourself to something each time you complete a task (take a relaxing bath at the end of the day, treat yourself to a fancy coffee, have some cake, watch something on the telly for a bit; the list goes on and on)
Don’t do it alone. Other peoples encouragement to keep going can be a big boost to your motivation.
If you’ve tried all the above and you’re really struggling, then it might help to talk it though with someone you trust. Sometimes it can be hard to achieve things on your own, and there’s absolutely no shame in asking for some help. So having a good support network may help when you’ve taken on a big challenge.
What you can do now?
Write down some short term goals. If you’re feeling brave make another list for the upcoming year (have I ever mentioned that I’m a sucker for a list?, well I am 😁).
Plan some rewards or treats to keep your motivation up.
Tell someone about your goal, to keep yourself accountable.
If you’ve got any other tips and tricks to help with motivation I’d love to hear them!
Love, Kristine xx