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Does motivation feel something that is impossible for you to attain right now? Are you scrolling through social media, seeing all these posts about goals and just sit there rolling your eyes because it all just feels out of reach for you?
Motivation is something we all want to have but can’t seem to switch it on when we need it. The thing with motivation is that you don’t want to solely rely on it to stick to habits, healthy routines and to reach your goals. Humans aren’t made to feel motivated all the time. It’s just part of human nature to lose that spark sometimes, but practising proper self-care, writing down your goals and implementing the steps to achieve that goal is what is going to help keep you going!
It is about adapting new habits to make you reach a certain goal, sticking to those habits and therefore in the long run it comes down to discipline. I know it’s probably not what you want to hear but there is not a magic pill for motivation, but there are practises you can do each and every day to help keep you inspired and move you closer to your goals!
I also have put many of these daily habits into a “30 Day Get Motivated Challenge” that you can do whenever you are feeling like your stuck in a slump!
Whether its motivation to get that promotion, live a healthier life or a more fulfilling life -this challenge and these 5 tips are for you!
1. Create an effective Morning Routine
It sounds simple but finding a morning routine that truly works for you, your lifestyle and your goals is so important. Your morning routine sets the tone for the entire day- think about it; you wake up running late, you miss your breakfast, you have no time to get your thoughts or intentions for the day together, and chances are you are going to be highly strung, less productive, less patient and not feeling inspired for the whole day.
Now imagine waking up when you are meant to, spending 10 minutes to just sit and think about how you want to show up for the day, listen to some uplifting music or podcast, make your bed, write your to-do list and take your time to get ready. It will make a world of difference! This is something I’m working on now; nailing my morning routine. Not waking up to a toddler nagging me for a banana before I’ve even opened my eyes- this was not working for me at all. Now I’ve been waking up an hour earlier than the kids and I’m so much happier, more productive and more patient as a mum!
2. Write down and visualise your goals
“A goal without a plan is just a wish”
A simple as it sounds to write down your goals it is vital to actually achieving them! If you’re sitting there thinking “I don’t really have any goals”, it can be something as simple as “I want to lead a healthier life”. From there you need to write down HOW you are going to reach these goals and intentions.
For example, if your goal is leading a healthier life then you need to write down daily habits that will get you closer to this goal. Such as; moving for 30 mins a day, drinking 2L of water, trying new healthy recipes … it can be that simple.
You need these goals in front of you either written or visually on a vision board! Look at these every morning to remind you of what you’re working towards/for.
3. Try Something New
Trying something new whether it be a new routine or reading a new book can really help ignite that motivation inside you. As Tony Robbin said, “If you do what you’ve done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”. Pushing outside your comfort zone, routine and limiting beliefs will get you further than you could imagine.
Heck, even starting this blog over 3 years ago terrified me – I had so many limiting beliefs (and still do that I work on). But if I didn’t just take a deep breath and go for it then it wouldn’t have grown it to where it is today- I wouldn’t of grown into who I am today (still a work in progress and always will be-but that’s a good thing!).
You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you just try something new and push outside those boundaries. Whether it’s a new mum’s group, new exercise class, new wake up time…anything! Try it and see how many opportunities and experiences come from it.
4. Practise Proper Self Care
Before you skip past this point, I’m not talking face masks or pedicures- I’m talking about PROPER SELF CARE. How are you meant to feel motivated if your cup isn’t full or even half full?! Think about those days where you are depleted of energy – it’s going to be A LOT harder to try and feel motivated isn’t it?
So, to make sure you’re at your full potential this means practising self-care, and by this, I mean accepting help when its offered, saying no to things that don’t serve you, outsourcing when you can and getting enough rest and “you-time”. As a mother I know this can be one of the hardest things to do but utilise your kids nap time, go to bed earlier and have that time to yourself by waking up a bit earlier to just be. It could be as simple as spending 20 minutes each day to stretch, read or just be alone to recharge.
5. Hold Yourself Accountable
Only you can hold yourself accountable for completing daily tasks that get you closer to your goals. One way I like to hold myself accountable is using a habit tracker! I use the tracker in my Steph Pase Planner and To-Do List.
A great way to make sure you are moving closer to your goals is giving yourself incentives or rewards. For example; a reward for you going on a walk 4 times a week for a month, which gets you closer to living a healthier lifestyle could be a new gym top or treating yourself to a massage.
Now for the fun part! Here is your FREE “30 Day Get Motivated Challenge”. My online community over on my Instagram page is officially kicking this off as a team on the 3rd February 2020!
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I hope this blog has given you some strategies and tips to finding your spark again!