How To Get Motivated + Stay Motivated

November 4, 2016

We’ve all been there, stuck in a rut of unmotivation and lack of energy, some longer than others but hey no judgement it took a while for me to even write this post. Some have trouble figuring out what they want to do, some get too busy and life catches up to them and some simply just don’t know where to begin. Whatever you’re looking to accomplish, know your goal and pursue the heck out of it. Here are some simple ways to crush life and stay motivated.

Wake Up Early

You heard me, force yourself to get out of bed and do something to get your brain going. My motivation for waking up early is the promise of really good coffee but use whatever works best for you. I’m naturally an early riser so sleeping in (at the latest) is like 9:30am. I know myself well enough that if it’s hard for me to roll out of bed at 5am then it’s going to be a really good day. I really enjoy waking up by 7am (if I’m not working), drinking some good coffee and either hit the gym or go for an early hike. It wakes my body up and sets my eyes on the day ahead of me. Think about how many extra hours you will get out of your day by making this routine. Regardless of how hard it is to actually get out of bed, it actually sets yourself up for more energy in the long-run. Don’t worry it’s a habit I’m working on too. 

Shift Your Mindset 

If you take anything away from this post take this one, our thoughts are so powerful. If you keep thinking that you won’t succeed or be good enough then you won’t. Simple as that. Our thoughts and words have the power of life and death. You owe it to yourself to speak lovingly and powerful to and about yourself. There are so many quotes on a person’s mindset,  "We become what we think about –Earl Nightingale”. This is so true. Our mindset is everything, if we believe we are great then we will be great and those around us will respond to our mindset.

Set Realistic Goals

Sure we would all like to be a multi-millionaire by the age of 25 but what can you focus on today that will help you tomorrow. A realistic goal is the one a few tiers down from your big goal. I’m a very visual person so what helps me is writing my ideas or motivations down the minute I have them. Write out your ultimate goal and form an umbrella of smaller goals under your main idea, sounds a lot like high-school essay writing. If the ultimate seems too big and far away then set a One Year Goal. This is a simple way to visualize where you want to be in one year and then plan accordingly. Setting smaller goals will help you focus on what you’re in control of right now and who knows maybe you will be a multi-millionaire by 25.

Know Your Weaknesses 

This is a big one, we all have weaknesses and the point of knowing them is to avoid them. I hear this all the time in sermons, “we must know our enemy in order to defeat him”. In the world we’re living in now there is so much distraction it’s unreal. I know for me my weaknesses are procrastination, self-comparison and distractions. One of my worst distractions has been Netflix. I love Netflix but c’mon why am I binge watching a show I’ve seen twice for a third time? So in regards to that I cancelled my Netflix and Hulu subscriptions. To beat self-comparison I’ve had to unfollow people on social media that I know are going to be a trigger for me, no matter how much I like his or her work. Find your weaknesses and destroy them. 

Remind Yourself

Now this is going to be on the opposite spectrum from my realistic goals statement, but remind yourself to look at the bigger picture. This is mainly for when you’re stuck or feel like you aren’t going anywhere. Remind yourself why you want this, why you started and why you are going to keep going. Setting realistic goals is to get things done, but reminding yourself of the bigger picture is where a spark is supposed to go off in your heart. Passion arises and motivation should too. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. 

Be Ok With a Plan B

Nine out of ten times life will happen a completely different way than you had imagined. I’ve changed what I have wanted to do in the fashion industry so many times and so many times circumstances have knocked me on my face. This is something you’re going to have to a) be okay with and b) get used to. No highly influential person has gone through life with everything working out to his or her plan. It just doesn’t work that way and the world isn’t revolving around you or me. Pushing through all the unexpected events will make it so much more worth it in the end anyway. 

I hoped these help change your perspective on your life and goals. At the end of the day you are in control of your life and your motivation. Now go out there and crush it. 

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray


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