This is something that has been on my mind a fair amount recently. I feel like it’s easy to feel motivated when things are going well in your life because you want to keep up the momentum. Whether it’s at work, at the gym, in a relationship, even keeping up with mundane things like cleaning your house! At the end of the day, results fuel motivation. But what about the times that we feel stagnant? I feel like when we think we are “failing” or not improving, is when it’s the hardest to feel motivated. You can kind of feel like, what’s the point? You don’t have those results to give you that energy and confidence that you need to feel motivated to keep going.
The irony of it is though is that in order for us to achieve any of those results that help ignite that motivation is that we have to put the work in on a daily basis in the first place. We all know that things don’t just magically happen overnight, and that anything worthwhile takes energy, and patience. But, it can be really hard to get that motivation and momentum going in the first place to get there.
So, when I’m feeling really unmotivated, I remind myself this:
-In order to get the results we want, we have to put in the work each day. We have to be consistent even when we don’t feel like it.
-Think back to a time where you wished for what you have now. I feel like so many of us forget that the things we have now, and what we’ve accomplished now, are what we wished for last year, 2 years ago, five years ago, etc. This reminds us that if we keep working towards something that it can happen.
-Instead of focusing on the final result, focus on the process. Looking back, the times that I have been most successful is when I’ve been so focused on the process itself, and the work that I needed to put in each day vs. being so stressed that I haven’t reached my goal yet. A good example of this is when I started my blog and posting to IG. I wasn’t even thinking about growing a following, or making money from brand deals. I was so focused on the content that I was putting out each day. And overtime, the focus on the content itself is what let the other bigger goals fall into place.
-Make smaller goals along the way and celebrate those milestones. Something that I feel like can be really helpful is breaking down your end goal into the steps you need to take to get there. Sometimes the end goal can feel super overwhelming but by working backwards you can get really clear on what you need to do to get from A to Z, or in this case Z back to A lol. Rachel Hollis talks about this in her book Girl, Stop Apologizing and there is a great breakdown and example here!
Can you guys add anything to this list? I would love to hear your perspectives on getting motivated especially when you’re feeling uninspired!