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Friday 18 July 2014

MOtivate ME! 10 tips to stay motivated!

Do you struggle to stay motivated sometimes? I do.  

I've been feeling a bit slug like recently, no not slimy! Rather a bit slow, and you know 'sluggish' on getting things done - so I've been revisiting the things I do to get moving again. I've put together my top 10 to share with you.

You can’t force it though. But you can encourage it. ;-)

Sometimes one will work – other times I’ll need to do a combination. Pic n’ Mix!

1.    MOOD
My motivation levels totally depend on my frame of mind. How about you? Being aware of your optimum moods is super helpful. Notice when you are able to get SOOOO much done? Yet other days you can barely lift your head? Start to notice what’s been going on when you feel like this. And notice what situation or comments changes your mood and in turn boost your motivation levels? Keep a journal over a week to note down these moments.

2.    FUN
Make it FUN! There needs to be an element of FUN to my tasks for me to stay motivated. If things are too serious or dry I lose interest pretty quickly. Try things like - Putting on some music to dance to as you work {I’m a Funk Music Fan} how quickly can you complete a task, can you do it with someone else?

3.    BUDDY UP
Having a study Buddy or Accountability partner is really helpful. This can either be one person or in a group setting (e.g  Facebook groups) Who can you partner up with?

Hang up the go compare boots and focus on proving you can do it and impressing yourself. Don’t do things just to impress others. Do what makes you feel good and you’ll feel more motivated to do it. 

If you’re feeling flat – your energy levels are going to be pretty low and things aren’t flowing as they should. Try out this energy boosting move. Stand up and shake out your body. Legs arms shoulders – really let your body move and dictate what needs shaking out.  As you shake out say – out with the negative energy that’s keeping me flat and unmotivated!  Once you feel you’ve shaken all that out. Visualise you are standing on a massive golden ball that is buzzing with positive energy. 

Use your hands to drawn up that energy into your body feeling it energize you from the feet up. Keep drawing the energy up, up your arms, your chest, your head, until you are completely filled with golden energy and you can feel your body tingling. When you feel full up. Thank the universe for the energy boost and step off the golden ball. This is VERY energizing so best done in the morning or early afternoon than bed time. 

6.    REWARD
Reward yourself when you've achieved a milestone towards one of your goals. Decide before hand what your reward will be. Then once you've reached that part of your goal – make sure you remember to claim that reward. It can be anything from a punnet of fresh fruits (hmmm cherries!), new nail varnish, a new book – whatever – it doesn't have to be something big or expensive. 

Who inspires you? TED talks, Marie Forleo Interviews, Laura Hollick, Jonathan Fields – these are just a few of the people I’ll turn to if nothing else is working and I need an inspiration fix. Put together an INSPIRE ME RESOURCE LIBRARY of your own. 

Get OUTSIDE! Go for a walk. If your are self-employed – change where you work for a day/afternoon. See how being in a new environment can motivate you.

If I don’t have a deadline I tend to ‘float about.’ Set realistic deadlines. Check in with yourself as to how these are working for you. If things aren't challenging enough – it’s likely that you’ll soon get bored and lose interest. Same applies if things are TOO challenging. 

Visualise yourself in the future and consider how things will be for you if you DON’T do these things that you REALLY want to do. How does that feel? Now do the same but visualise yourself having COMPLETED and ACHIEVED these goals and compare how you feel now. Are you feeling GOOD? Are you feeling MOTIVATED? Journal about this.

ONE MORE THINGTap in to that feeling you get once your accomplished one of your tasks. How does that feel? Do you feel happy, satisfied, energised, do you notice that once you’ve done it you are now free to move on to the next thing? Do you feel lighter? Does your mind feel calmer? Feel more confident? 

Jot down all the positive aspects to completing a task.  Keep these somewhere you can see them so next time you hit a wall – you can refer to this list.

Do you already do these things yourself? What other tips can you share on staying motivated?  Would love to hear what works for you.  


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