On the path of following our dreams, we all get a little side-tracked from time to time. Today I’m sharing my tips on how to stay motivated and keep on going.
I suppose it goes without saying: life has its ups and downs. Turns out, personal motivation in following your dreams does too.
Whether it’s your fitness routine or buckling down to tackle your to-do list, that burning fire of inspiration isn’t exactly boiling all the times, is it? No, in fact some days it’s barely more than a simmer. As nice as it is to take a rest and give ourselves time for the inspiration to come back, sometimes that’s just not possible. Sometimes we have deadlines to meet or other times we just have to stop making excuses and get down to it.
Now that we’re half way through the year, I thought there was no time better than the present to talk about how to stay motivated. After setting lofty goals for ourselves on New Year’s Eve, it’s important to check in with ourselves and be honest about just where we stand.
Are you on the right track?
Are you slipping behind?
Or, have you given up completely? (Gosh, I hope not!!)
Just how do you stay motivated?
Million dollar question, right? I’m certainly not a pro on the subject but when it comes to my 9-to-5 work life and Dream in Lace, I have a few tips and tricks that get me back on track….or at the very least, spark an interest to make me want to do something.
To help you continue on the path to greatness, these are my five top tips on how to stay motivated – no matter what your goals is!
1. Scope Out Your Surroundings
First off in our discussion of how to stay motivated I want to point out the importance of checking in on the world around us.
Whether that’s reading an industry blog or website, perusing magazines, watching the news, talking to a friend or even getting outside for a while – taking in our surroundings can really do wonders to spark that interest back up. Sometimes we all get so caught up in our own headspace that we need a little bit of a reality check.
2. Find Your Tribe
MeetUp.com is loaded with local meet-ups of just about every interest you can think of. Similarly, seminars on your area of interest are happening all the time. If you want to go a step further than a seminar, join a professional network in your industry. Working in communications, I’ve discovered IABC (International Association of Business Communication).
Can’t carve out the time, or cash, for a seminar? Webinars are happening literally every day and are often free.
My point is, surround yourself with like-minded people to feed off their energy and get inspired with new ideas. There’s a lot to be said about hanging out with others who are chasing similar goals. Be that through your fitness, profession or even socially…a great way to stay motivated is by finding your tribe!
3. Take a Walk Down Memory Lane
Sometimes, taking a look back is the best way to move forward. Okay, that sounds totally kooky way of saying how to stay motivated but it actually works.
Take a look back on old projects, writings, pictures…whatever. When you see look back at where you were, you’ll be struck by the progress you’ve made and better appreciate where you are now. Watching your hard work pay off is the ultimate reward and when you can see it with your own eyes? Priceless!
4. Discover a Power Anthem
Recently, I had a pretty rubbish day and when I got in the car…the radio was playing Uprising by Muse. It seemed cosmic, because 1) I rarely listen to the radio and 2) it spoke straight to that down-trodden bit of my soul that felt deflated.
No surprise – within minutes my spirits were lifted.
Another go-to favorite of mine is Unstoppable by Sia. It’s such an empowering tune that I feel like literally nothing can stand in my way. If you need help finding a power anthem, check out my playlist here!
5. Set Up a Reward System
Sometimes the secret to knowing how to stay motivated is by promising yourself a reward as you hit milestones (big or small).
Generally, the road to achieving major goals can all seem a bit overwhelming – especially when your motivation is in the dumbs. Do yourself a favor and break it down to establish mini-goals along the way. Then, reward yourself as you hit them.
No, your reward don’t have to be huge! They can literally be anything you want. Once you finish X, you get Y – and y can be anything from a glass of wine at the end of a long hard day to booking a vacation. The idea is to segment your to-do list and celebrate your progress along the way.
How to Stay Motivated? Pick Yourself Back Up!
Trust me, we all feel discouraged from time-to-time and start asking that nagging question ‘why bother?’ But, when you pick yourself up and keep going…it will pay off.
We’ve all heard the saying “Dreams don’t work unless you do” and it’s OH so true! There’s no escaping having to put the work in but the good news is perseverance is what pays off in the end. And never quitting! We all get a little side-tracked now and then…but picking ourselves up to keep on going is what counts the most.
Thank you so much for reading! Let me know if you have any tips on how to stay motivated hanging out in your sleeve. Hard work and following your dreams is without question a marathon – not a sprint. Let’s help each other along the way!
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