How to stay motivated | The Monday Motivation
The other day Jackson said something that took me completely by surprise. He said that my motivation was greater than most, not something I expected anyone to say about me. I think he was probably just saying that as an encouraging husband, because to be totally honest I am not the most determined person in the world. In fact, it's something I really struggle with!
I am writing this for myself just as much as I am writing it for you! Staying motivated is hard, and I do not claim to be a pro at it! Because I know it isn't a strong point of mine, I have worked hard to find some methods that have helped me stay motivated and I think they could help you as well! Before we get started though, I want you to think about what it is you are working towards. Is it going full time with a side business? Is it starting you own business? Is it losing (or gaining!) those last few pounds to reach a fitness goal? Think about what it is you're striving to accomplish and then consider your why. Why do you want to accomplish this goal? This is step one in maintaining motivation!
1. Know your "why".
Having the right reasons behind your goal and focusing on them is a huge motivator. Let's take a fitness goal for example. If your "why" is simply to look better in those Facebook tagged photos, you probably aren't going to stick with it long. Although, if your reason is to live a healthier life so you can set a healthy example for your kids someday, you're more likely to stick with it. A personal goal of mine is to someday go full time with my wedding photography business. My "why" is so that I can be more present and home in my future kids' lives while still contributing in a significant way financially. I focus on the future I want to build and that relies on my someday going full time. This is a huge motivator for me, and something I look to often when I need a little kick in the pants to keep working. Know your "why" and focus on it.
2. Take time off.
This might sound counterproductive, but it is so vital for me! Right now I am working a full time job while trying to build my business, care for our home, be present in our friends' and family's lives, be a good wife, and still set aside enough time for just me. I have the same amount of time in the day as everyone else, and I've created a system that works for managing that time effectively. Although some days something has to give--I need a break and some space. Sometimes it's the home chores. The dishes don't get done one night or the laundry waits a couple of days. Other times it's a part of my business. I won't post on social media for a few days because I just need a little mental space. I don't make a habit of this because all of these things are important, but I know my limits and when I need to take some time off. When you're starting to feel overwhelmed or stressed, pick something that isn't as important and just let it rest for a few days. Give yourself some time off to rest and recoup. Then jump back into your normal routine and keep moving forward.
3. Break your goals down.
This is a game changer for me! I don't know about you, but I'm a big dreamer. My dreams stress me out before I even begin because they're just so big! This might sound silly, but they genuinely scare me sometimes. When you have a big goal, they can seem very overwhelming. Trust me, I know. What I've learned to do to help keep anxiety at bay, is to break my big goals down into little bite-sized goals. Take the end goal, and think about the actual steps you need to take to accomplish that goal. Then break down each step into smaller goals. Think about when you would like to accomplish each step by, and think of smaller monthly and weekly and daily steps you can take to work towards those goals. Think of it as a snowball rolling down a hill! Do little things every day, week, and month that build upon one another, and the snowball will keep growing. You'll gain more momentum and experience and eventually you will be there! Start small and be intentional about working on your dream one bite-sized step at a time.
4. Give yourself deadlines.
Something else about me you should know, I'm such a natural procrastinator. As a kid it would drive my Mom and Dad insane. So this tool is essential for me, I need deadlines. I will often give myself specific dates and times that something must be accomplished by. For launching this website, told myself I would soft-launch by January 26th at Noon, and I would officially launch and announce my website at noon the following Friday. I've stuck to that deadline and made sure everything was done by then. Give yourself a deadline for projects and stick to it!
5. Establish a routine.
When you establish a routine, accomplishing goals becomes just a part of your day and much easier. Be intentional about how you spend your time and set aside time for each task. I have some fitness goals I'd like to reach, so I've set a routine of going to the gym every Monday through Thursday after work for 45 minutes. Then within those 45 minutes I have a routine set where I always warm up a specific way, go through a series of exercises, and end with some cardio and stretching. It doesn't matter what workout I do, that is always my routine. I no longer have to think about it, it's a natural part of my day where I am working towards my goals. Think about what you would like to accomplish and how you can create a routine around them. You want accomplishing goals to be a natural part of your day!
I hope you found these methods helpful! Apply them to your own life and I guarantee you will see results! I definitely did! What goals do you have, big or small? Comment them below, I'd love to encourage you in your dream or maybe help you brainstorm steps to help you get there!
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