How Do You Stay Motivated?
Eat. Sleep. Hustle. Repeat.
We mostly see people priding themselves on hustling and we see their great posts on Instagram, but it is easy to get discouraged when you don’t see the process it takes to get there.
The effects of social media are something I have begun to really focus on because they may seem trivial, but they truly affect young people. We glorify what we see online and that becomes our new reality.
We all fall victim to posting the glory moments, but we fail to post when things are ugly and hard.
So, what does any of this have to do with staying motivated?
I recently got a message via Instagram, on someone questioning how I stay motivated. A couple of things came to mind: the list of all of the things I do to stay motivated but also that I am not always motivated and I too go through moments of doubt.
Take my blog for example, when I first started (almost a year ago in August) I was turning out blog posts twice a week!! I was so determined to make moves in the blogging world and get my message across, and somehow I made time to do so during my busy schedule.
Now, honestly, I struggle to get two posts out a month, which is disheartening. I too have to dig inside of myself and find the motivation to continue when it seems like I am too busy or no one is reading my posts. It gets tough, but then I get that one person who reminds me that I am inspiring them and I feel fulfilled.
I want to inspire people and motivate Millennials, but I also do not want to come across as cookie cutter and “perfect.” Because part of staying motivated is overcoming moments when you are not motivated, and we ALL experience this.
Motivation and self- discipline originates from the mind. You know that saying “mind over matter”? It plays a big role in motivation because our physical and emotional strength can be fickle or weak, but we can overpower it with a strong mental state.
5 Ways To Stay Motivated
Have A Vision of Your Future
One of the best ways I stay motivated is because I have a clear vision of my future. I know exactly where I would like to be and that alone motivates me to put in the work to get there. If you are a visual person, create a vision board to see your goals or write them out in a journal.
Now, your vision is not set in stone, what I envisioned for my life at 18 has changed or even in the last 6 months. If you know where you want to be, let that be the fire under your butt to get you there. If you are still unsure of what you want to do, then start with what you are passionate about or what interests you.
Ambiguity in your future and how you spend every day will not help you get to the next place in your life. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate vision but good planning leads to better results.
2. Books and Podcasts
It is important to stimulate our minds to help build mental strength. There are books on EVERY topic that can help you become a better person. You can read other people’s stories to help inspire you or you can listen to their podcasts!
If you have not gotten into podcasts yet, I say give them a try! I personally enjoy motivational, financial, or girl boss podcasts, but there are so many great ones to choose from. I bet after you listen to a few you will be motivated to get going and make a change.
You can listen to them on your commute, when cleaning the house, or even at the gym!
It is important to break away from scrolling through social media all day and dedicate time to something that stimulates your mind or body. I am an active person through dance and fitness, but if you have a desk job make it your duty to walk more, take a fitness class, or sign up for yoga. Yoga and meditation are excellent ways to clear your mind and decrease unnecessary stress in your life.
3. Follow People On Social Media That Inspire You
Even though some people on social media might discourage you, you can also use it as a form of inspiration. Cleanse your social media accounts of people who are negative and follow people who are where you want to be, have similar values and share your interests.
In my next point I talk about surrounding yourself with good friends, but if you follow random people who inspire you, you might get the chance to meet them. I follow a few people who inspire me and they host met ups or their businesses have events that I can attend. Those are perfect opportunities to meet more like-minded individuals and share ideas.
It’s not about idolizing these people, but it is important to see what is working for them and what they do to stay motivated that can help you.
4. Surround yourself with Motivated People
“We are, who we keep.” Our friends have a huge influence on us, in both a positive and negative way. If you surround yourself with people who are driven and hard working, you will be pushed to do the same. However, if you find yourself being around people who are lazy and make excuses, then you might also start to make excuses.
Making excuses stands in your way of staying motivated or making progress towards your goals. If your goal is to lose weight, but you continually procrastinate working out or eating healthy, you will not get to your goal or be able to maintain it. Or if you want to go to Law School, but you make excuses to not plan time to study for the LSAT, then you are holding yourself back.
Overall, avoid making excuses and surround yourself with people who will push you to be better.
5. Write Down Your Goals
Try this– Write down 3 life goals on a sheet of paper or in a journal. Then, below it, write down 3 things you need to do to get there.
It helps to write things down, so you don’t keep everything circulating in your head. Try keeping a journal or a to do notebook. I live by to-do lists because they keep me organized and efficient. Also, if I don’t write everything down, I will forget it.
Before you go to sleep or early in the morning make a list of 6 things you need to do. Remember, these lists do not need to be super long because if you make your lists too long, chances are you will not be able to complete everything.
I hope these 5 things answer the question how I stay motivated and help you do so as well! Comment below if anything really stood out to you or you have any new methods to add to the list!