Today is somewhat of a miserable day because of this crazy Canadian weather we are having. We are in the middle of April and currently experiencing a freezing rain/snow blizzard! As I captioned my last Instagram post:
April showers bring May flowers – or an ice storm or whatever”
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am a sucker for motivational quotes. I use them anywhere and everywhere I can. Most of my photos are captioned with some sort of quote – I just can’t help it, there are so many good ones out there and I feel the need to share not only to remind and inspire others but also to remind and inspire myself.
With the weather being the way that it is right now, I feel like I have been feeling really down and not as motivated as I usually am – I find myself staying up too late and then sleeping in too late. I also find myself skipping regular meals and workouts… and that is just not okay. Enough is enough – I need to break through this weird cycle, phase, whatever you want to call it.
Here are 5 ways to get motivated & kick some butt:
1. Set a goal – ONE goal – and set the bar low.
When I feel unmotivated or unable to get out of a funk, it’s often because I have too much going on in my life or I’m trying to do too much. I find that it takes away all my energy and motivation and I feel helpless. I think that is my biggest mistake I make on a daily – I try to take on too much or try to accomplish too many goals at once… anyone with me?! As much as I try to do everything all at once, it’s not possible. It’s important to choose one goal, at a time, and focus on it completely. Once you are done your one goal, then you can move on to the next.
2. Find inspiration and get excited!
I find inspiration in so many places – from reading other blogs, books, watching Youtube videos, shows, movies, searching Pinterest and Instagram, etc. This may also sound obvious, but to get motivated, you need to get yourself excited… but how can you do that if you don’t feel motivated? With inspiration! What helps me is talking about my inspiration and my goals with close family and my fiancé as it helps me visualize what it would be like to be successful and the benefits of the goal in my head. Once you find that inspiration and excitement, you need to find a way to carry that energy forward and keep it going!
3. Recruit support, or ask for help.
Sometimes, it is very hard to accomplish something alone. Of course, there are some things that require you to do on your own, however, not all things! Find your support network, whether it is in the real world or online, or both. Try and confide in someone you trust and ask for their help and support whenever you feel it is most needed. Sometimes it is hard to hold ourselves accountable, so having a support system to hold you to your commitment can be really helpful!
4. Think about the benefits, not the difficulties.
I think this is one of the most common problem we make – we think about what is difficult about something before even getting to the benefits of it. Instead of thinking about how hard something is, think about what you will get out of it. For example, instead of thinking about how tiring working out can be, focus on how good you’ll feel when you’re done, and how you’ll be healthier and feel better in your own skin. The benefits of something will help energize you!
5. No negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones!
Oh, I am the worst when it comes to this – definitely one of those things that I need to practice what I preach (I know my fiancé is reading this and definitely nodding his head)! As a teacher, I constantly hear, “This is too hard” or “I can’t do this” and I always respond with, “You can do it!” and “Yes you can!” – this may sound corny but saying your positive thoughts out loud can definitely help! It’s also important to monitor your thoughts. Recognize negative self-talk and be aware of every negative thought you may have. Slowly, maybe after a couple days, try squashing those negative thoughts and replace them with a positive thought!
If you need some more motivation, check out this blog post (I definitely appreciate this post – a lot of it is common sense, but it is nice to hear it once in a while): https://fizzle.co/sparkline/motivation
Now, I’d like to know when/where you get your motivation from? Let me know in the comments below!