Hi ladies, and first of all, thank you for stopping by!
It’s no secret that I have had a hard time finding the energy to complete things and do the things I actually want to do. And I know I’m not the only one! Therefore I wanted to share with you, what has helped me find motivation, and become a better version of myself. Spoiler alert: it feels great.
I wrote on my old blog last summer, and after a couple of weeks I kind of lost the whole driving force and gave up. Ever since this holiday season though, I have been wanting to redesign my site, and get back to blogging because that’s what I love doing!
Within a week, I went from a completely blank canvas to this beautiful site. How? With lots and lots of hard work fuelled by lots and lots of motivation.
To start off, the most simple (but for some, not so simple) question is:
What do you want to achieve in your life?
If you don’t know the answer to this question, start by finding out what truly sparks joy in your life (no, Marie Kondo, we are not clearing out a wardrobe), and go from there. Whether it’s being with your family, travelling, succeeding in your career, the key is to always make space and time to work towards your dream.
If you are not actively working towards those goals and dreams, then, of course, it’s hard to find the motivation to get through life. And if you are now asking “but how do I find the motivation to work towards my goals?!”, then I have some upsetting news for you. It shouldn’t be a chore to work towards your dream, and if it is then you may want to reconsider, if your goals truly make you happy. I understand that some dreams require lots of hard work, but you’ve got to remember that the journey is just as important as the end result, and you should embrace every minute of it because it helps you grow!
If you’re still finding it difficult to push through and work on your goals, try looking for some inspiration, perhaps people who “have made it” in your field. I often find books are a great way for me to get inspired. I recently read “How to Be an Overnight Success” by Maria Hatzistefanis, and let me tell you! Maria Hatzistefanis is phenomenal at conveying her message and it’s also jampacked with useful tips at the end of each chapter. Besides that, it is, of course, a very inspiring story, and I highly recommend you check it out if you’re an aspiring business owner (or already own a company for that sake).
The reason I’m mentioning goals and dreams in a blog post about motivation is, that I’ve found I’m much more motivated in the mornings (and throughout the day, for that matter) when I can see real promising progression in my life. I have loads more energy to complete whatever lousy task life throws at me, because I know I’m on the path to success, and when I’m done with the boring stuff, I can work on my blog and my Instagram (insert your dream/goal here). Remember, you are in control of your own life. Sit in the driver’s seat, not the passenger seat.
What happened when I found motivation?
I started posting on my Instagram religiously, and I got more engaged with my Instagram audience. I also started working out regularly (I know, crazy!). I workout partially because I want to be in better shape, but also because of the headspace, it gives me (say what?). Yes, working out helps to clear my mind, and if that doesn’t sell it for you, don’t even get me started on the health benefits. And speaking of headspace. If you’re not already practising mindfulness throughout your week, I would recommend you begin doing so. Especially if you’re like me and easily get stressed or worked up over small things. It’s important to take care of ourselves, and we rarely take time out of our day to do so. I personally use the app called Headspace, which is a meditation app. There are all different kinds of sessions, for example, to help deal with anxiety, or help you prioritize your time (which I’m currently practising), and even managing conflict (and many, many more). You can choose how long you want to meditate, and the sessions come as short as 3 minutes, so there’s really no excuse not to.
Now, you may be thinking “why is she talking about working out and meditating, when this is all about motivation?!”.
You see, here’s the thing. If you’re always the best possible version of yourself, motivation will come (relatively) naturally. For instance, does the best possible version of yourself clean the dishes? Yes. Does the best possible version of yourself start your assignment 20 minutes before you need to hand it in? No. You get the picture. Always strive towards being the best you can possibly be, and, trust me, I know it’s not that easy. There’s always room for mistakes, and remember nobody’s perfect (did I just quote Hannah Montana?). Allow yourself to not quite get it right sometimes, but also allow yourself to learn. You haven’t failed, if you’ve learned from the experience, because learning is just as important as succeeding.
I truly hope you’ve found this helpful, and if this doesn’t do it for you, don’t worry! There are plenty more motivational tips out there on the interwebs. This is at least what has worked for me, and what keeps me going.
Until next time xxx