If you guys haven’t noticed it has been 13 days since I last posted on my blog. I have been through a rut and trying to stay motivated has been damn near impossible for me these past 2 weeks. I started this blog as a means of expression as I go through a life/career transition. It has been a tough few months as I try to figure out what my next moves are, what I want to do with my life, where I want to go, etc. I’m sure that I am not the only person out there in the world going through a rough patch and I want to not only help myself stay motivated and optimistic but try and help some one out there in the internet-world as well. So here are my tips on how to keep the motivation. Leave a comment down below and tell me what you do to stay positive and motivated!
1. GIVE YOURSELF A REASON
Everything you do, whether big or small, should have a reason behind it. Why are you doing this? What is the final outcome that you’re hoping to achieve? And if you have no idea what your reasoning is maybe it can be
a material reward – is there something that you really want to buy? A pair of shoes… a car even?
personal gain – learn something new about yourself
Having a reason will help you to better achieve your goals and stay motivated in doing so.
My reason for staying motivated is because I want to obtain my MSW
2. DROP THE STRESS
There is nothing worse that stressing yourself out. I know, because I used to do it all the time. Stress turns into worry and worry turns into anxiety and then the next thing you now, you’re breathing into a paper bag trying to regain control. A great way to reduce stress is to workout. I’ve picked up running and yoga to relax and clear my mind. We all have to deal with stress. It’s about how you deal with it that counts.
STOP STRESSING OVER THINGS YOU CANNOT CONTROL!
3. DROP THE NEGATIVITY
Dropping the negativity is only going to benefit you. Keeping positive is going to help you to remember what your goals are and how you want to get there. I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction. The Law of Attraction states that every positive or negative event that has happened in your life was attracted by you. When you think negative thoughts, those thoughts will turn into true events. So by staying away from negativity (thoughts, people, events) you are leaving space in your life for positivity and greatness.
4. MAKE PLANS
If you are a motivated individual then you leaving nothing up to chance. Planning allows you to get things done in a more efficient manner. I like to plan out my day (even week sometimes) the night before. There is a planner and a notebook right next to my bed that I use to keep track of blog posts and videos I want to do. I use the planner as some sort of editorial calendar and I use the notebook to do my research on my pots and videos. It helps me to stay organized and seeing something written out on paper helps me to stay motivated.
5. RECOGNIZE YOUR PROGRESS
One thing that bugs me is when someone I love doesn’t recognize the hard work they’ve put into something. I remind them every time of all the things they’ve accomplished up to that point and how far they’ve come. We have a tendency to track our progress, but we never recognize it. Take a step back, look at the bigger picture, see where you are in your task and how much you have left to do.
6. DONT SET LIMITS
Never limit yourself. People who stay motivated never stop trying. They keep pushing towards their dreams without a worry or care in the world. Take a minute and picture where you want to be; where you see yourself (no matter how crazy or out of the box it may seem). Write it down. Go back to that piece of paper every day and read it. Remind yourself of what your goal is. And do what you need to (with reason!) to get to that point.
7. DROP THE EXCUSES
Ugh! This is me! I will admit it. I make excuses all the time. I’m dropping them today because ain’t nobody got time for that people! Nobody wants to hear them excuses, okay? One thing I’ve learned during this transition is that I like to blame people for the crap that has happened that has lead me to this point. I know that I am to blame for a lot of the things that have happened. So now, the excuses have stopped.
Remember… when you’re pointing the finger at someone else, three more are pointing back at you…
8. STOP COMPARING
Do you like to compare yourself to other people and their accomplishments? That is probably the ABSOLUTE WORST thing you can do to yourself. Remember the whole… no two things are alike. No two people are alike (in appearance, in life, in accomplishments). So stop looking at someone else and all the things they have had success in and compare it to what you’ve done. This only creates jealousy. Focus on you and your life. You’ll be better for it.
9. REWARD YOUSELF
One of the best ways to stay on track with your motivation and goals is to reward yourself! When I was in college, I used to hate studying. I never wanted to set aside the time to do so. But a little trick I learned for myself was that if I finished a certain amount of studying or if I finished a project that was due, I would reward myself with going out that weekend with my friends or buying a new outfit at H&M. If I slacked and didn’t complete the assignment in the time that I gave myself, then there was no reward. No going out with friends, no new outfit… I’d sit my pretty behind at home.
10. STOP THE LAZY ATTITUDE
This goes hand and hand with excuses. You give excuses because your lazy… or at least that’s the case with me. The Shammme! Give 100% day in and day out. For me, I want to apply to grad schools for the fall semester. I will give 100% in applying, getting those recommendations, finishing those essays. It’s a commitment and its not something one can be lazy about. Do the work!
11. BE GRATEFUL
Being grateful improves one’s happiness. Being and staying motivated requires one to be grateful; grateful for all they have. It’ll remind you that everyone needs help at some time and it’ll help you to stay grounded. For every time something bad happens in my life at any given moment, I try to remind myself of two great things that have happened to me that day. It’s one of the only ways you’re ever going to stay afloat of all the craziness that we call life.