There are many ways to find motivation. One is simply to get clear on what you want. For example, are you interested in losing weight? Writing a book? Finishing a work project to get that promotion? It doesn't really matter what the goal is, but it does matter that you get clear on exactly what you want.
What do you want to do?
After you are clear on what you want to (for example: write a book), it's time to put that goal into small, manageable goals. Have you ever heard the phrase: How do you eat an elephant? The answer is one piece at a time! Remember, the goals may seem overwhelming at first, but small manageable steps make it easier to digest. So instead of looking at writing a whole book, maybe start with writing 5 pages a day, or even a chapter a week (whatever seems manageable and realistic to you - think SMART goals!).
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After identifying what you need and then the small, manageable steps to get there, we can plan how to get started.
9 tips and tricks for finding motivation and staying motivated:
1. Every single day get out of bed and change your clothes. Think of this as your first "victory" of the day.
2. Pick a place that you will look at every day (especially morning) and post an affirmation there. Some people put it on their bathroom mirror, or their desk, or even the front of their
Below are examples:
Today will be a great and productive day.
I will finish my tasks with joy today.
I choose to focus on the positive. I make great decisions.
Success is all around me.
I believe in myself and my capabilities.
3. Get some movement. Go for a walk, take your dog out, dance - anything to get movement into your day. We have these "feel-good" hormones called endorphins, and your body releases them when you exercise. According to studies, exercising for at least 35 minutes a day, five days a week, can improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
How much movement have you gotten today? This week? This month? This year?
4. Don't overcommit/over-schedule yourself. Remember, we are not trying to eat the whole elephant; we are taking one bite at a time. It's okay only to accomplish one or two tasks. It's important to congratulate yourself each step of the way. By acknowledging your success with each step, you build your confidence, which leads to more motivation.
Can you think of a time you overcommitted? How often does this occur?
5. Avoid negativity and focus on gratitude. Talking to toxic people can leave you drained of energy, same with listening to the news or looking at social media. All of those activities impact your mood and motivation. Instead, surround yourself with positive people and digest uplifting content.
When you hear the phrase "toxic people," does anyone come to mind? How much time are you spending with this person/these people?
6. Keep a routine. Writing down your tasks to see daily and crossing them off as you complete them can lead to a sense of accomplishment, which will inspire you to keep going.
What would be your ideal morning/night routine look like?
7. Interact with positive and forward-moving people. Try volunteering; helping someone less fortunate than you will improve your mood and motivate you to get out of bed in the morning.
Who do you already know that is positive and forward-moving?
8. Create your own support network. This can mean joining an accountability group or just having a trusted friend to reach out to when you're feeling unmotivated or overwhelmed.
Do you already have a support system? If so, who is part of your support system?
9. Get enough sleep. Be mindful of your sleeping habits. Sleeping too much or too little will both affect your mood.
How often do you get a "good nights rest"? Are you sleeping too much or too little?
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