As we all have experienced, some days you wake up motivated and ready to go. And some days things feel heavy as you start the day and it is hard to get going and find that inner drive.
At least in my experience.
I have found some simple and smart strategies that work for me to get back into the right groove, get motivated and get things done.
Here are 13 of my favorite tips and habits for doing just that.
1. Fail Forward
Remember with each failure you are getting closer to your goal. I see this so much with my clients - they are afraid of failing so they never get started. Guess what? YOU WILL FAIL. We all do!
You try something and it didn’t work out the way you have planned. That’s okay. Just keep moving forward and try again.
I have failed so many times in life, or what appeared to be failures. In fact, they were just life lessons that taught me to do things better or to change things around. Don’t let the fear of failing stop you.
2. Let Motivation Catch Up With You
You don’t have to wait for motivation to get started. If you want to work in a consistent way every day then sometimes you just have to get going anyway.
And the funny thing is that after I have worked for a while things feel easier and easier and more fun and the motivation catches up with me.
3. Start Small
If a project or task feels too big and daunting don’t let that lead you into procrastination.
Instead, break it down into small steps, and then take just one of them to start moving forward. It doesn’t matter how small the task just get started.
4. Put the Phone Down
Or whatever distracts you….Reduce your daily distractions.
When you have easily accessible distractions all around you then it becomes hard to focus.
So shut the door to your office or your workspace. Put your smart phone in silent mode or away from your immediate vision. Something that helps me is to go to a coffee shop, put my earbuds in, turn on motivating music and dive into work.
5. Get a Business Coach
Or an accountability partner that will help you stay on track with your goals. Met with them weekly, bi monthly or monthly so you have someone to keep you accountable to what you want to achieve. By doing this you’ll be a lot less likely to try to weasel out of things or give up at the first obstacle.
6. Surround Yourself With Positive People
Choose your friends wisely and spend time with people who motivate you, encourage you and support you and your dreams.
Spend less time with negative people who always look at the dark or apathetic side of things.
7. Get Motivation From Outside Sources
There are a ton of books, motivational quotes, podcasts, blogs and success stories out there that you can tap into to up or renew your motivation.
This has been a great way for me to tap into my own motivation especially during this time of quarantine and spending more time by myself.
8. Play Music That Gives You Energy
This is a big one for me. One of the simplest things I do when I feel low in energy or motivation is to play music that is upbeat and/or inspires me in some way.
A break with a few songs or working while listening to them for a while usually works well.
9. Find The Optimism
Look at the positive side of life. Positive and constructive way of looking at things can energize and recharge your motivation.
So when you're in what looks like a negative situation ask yourself questions like:
What’s one thing that’s good about this? And what’s one hidden opportunity here? What is this teaching me?
Remember pessimism can drain both your motivation and energy.
10. Be Kind To Yourself
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of beating yourself when you stumble or fail. We ALL FAIL! Just remember you are failing forward. Just let it go and move on.
Next time you stumble or feel like you failed: be kind to yourself, nudge yourself back on the path you were on and take one small step forward.
11. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others
Only Compare yourself to yourself and see how far you have come.
We are all on our own journey with our own unique life and life lessons. By comparing ourselves with others we only fall into the dark hole of would of, could of, should of and that will NEVER get you where you what to be and will certainly keep you down and in the dark side of life.
12. Remind Yourself Of Your Why
What is your why?? When you’re feeling unmotivated and low in energy it's easy to lose sight of why you’re doing something.
So take 2 minutes and write down your top 3 reasons for doing this work, getting an education, working out, saving that extra money or whatever it may be.
I put a reminder on my phone that alerts me every morning and everynight of my why. It is short and simple but everytime I see it I am reminded of why I do what I do and what I am working towards.
13. Always Be Grateful
When motivation is running low it’s easy to start seeing your life and the aspects of it through a negative lens. I call it going to the dark side.
When this starts to happen, stop and write down 3 things you are thankful for right then and there.
When you focus on what you have and who you are and are thankful your motivation and energy shifts. Remember there is always something to be thankful for in your life. I recommend writing down every morning three things you are grateful for in your life. Do this everyday and within no time there will be a shift in your energy.
We all have one thing in common: We are all facing this time of uncertainty and the unknown. We are full of anxiety, worry and stress about what may or may not happen. I invite you to take this time to shift your focus on what it right in front of you and be present in this very moment. Worrying and stressing does not solve anything. As I write that sentence, I am saying it out loud to myself as well. Because like you I am also worried about what the future will hold.
What I have learned during this pandemic so far is that I have been given and opportunity; an opportunity to challenge myself to become stronger, lasered focused about my goals ( in all areas of my life ), more vulnerable with my self and others and an opportunity to really look at the shadows of myself that hold me back. My fears, thoughts that do not serve me, bad habits, people in my life and even my desires. All these things have held me back in one way or another because I allowed them to. At one point in my life I have allowed all these outside thoughts and beliefs to derail me from my mission. My life's work and passion.
I know I am not alone in this at all and we have all been there especially during this time of unknown. Please do not think that I have not have a meltdown during all this because I definitely have and more than once. The little thought that creeps into your head and gets bigger and bigger and before you know it, your entire day was spent in fear and worry. What this time and opportunity have given me is time to practice really training my thoughts so I do not become derailed for hours or a day. I am allowing myself to have the feeling, notice it, recognize it and let it pass through my like the wind. Emotions are good. Let them come up but also allow them to move through you. Emotion is motion. They need to move through you but until you recognize them, observe them as the observer and let them go they will stay and only build.
I know all that is easy to say but when you are in the trap of fear and worry of the unknown how do you get out of that cycle? Here are a couple things that have helped me throughout my life and now during this time of uncertainty.
1, Journaling - writing has always helped me work through things that are going on in my life and in my head. Writing your thoughts and feelings down can be very therapeutic. I think of it as I am passing it on to the universe so I do not need to hold on to it any longer. I trust the universe, the process and what is happening in my life to teach me the things that I need to help serve others better.
2. Exercise - Just get up and move. I don't care what it is. Walk the dog, take up a new exercise routine or continue to follow your yoga practice at home. Whatever it is just move. Moving your body increasing your endorphins, blood flow and gets things going. I started running and a 30 day yoga challenge. Whatever it is, Start now and start moving.
3. Get outside - Being outside, letting the sun kiss your face is one of the most therapeutic things you can do. Read outside, do some yard work or play with your kids. Whatever is it make sure to get outside everyday.
4. Have a routine - Remember with structure we find freedom. I know it is difficult during this time being spend at home to find structure and routine but I challenge you to do so. It will help you stay focus, feel accomplished and in the end create freedom in your life. Choose a couple goals and think about how you will feel once you completed it. Get Creative!
5. Be prepared - We need to be prepared and safe but being hysterical and overreacting does not help us or our community. Get what you need, stay at home and follow all the recommendations and guidelines that we care given. Limit your time watching the news to once a day so you can be up to date on the situation but do not inundate yourself.
6. Get connected - Reach out to family and friends, have phone dates, game night through zoom, whatever you choice just keep connected to your family, friends, co workers and clients. This is so important during this time when we are isolated. I encourage you to set up a weekly time to talk to your family, friends, have a date night through facetime, game night or just a girls night in with some wine and a zoom call. I know this has helped me tremendously during this time while I am in Florida and the rest of my family is across different parts of the country. Please stay connected.
7. Be grateful - Several times a day be grateful. Set an alarm on your phone a couple times a day to remind yourself to stop what you are doing and be grateful. Be grateful for all the wonderful people in your life, family, friends, your home, your animals, your healthy, No matter what is going on in your life you can ALWAYS find something to be grateful for,
And remember this too shall pass. Stay strong my friends and know we will come out on the other side of this stronger.
Owning your own business, starting a new business and being an entrepreneur is a stressful and overwhelming undertaking. We are often terrible at taking care of ourselves because there is just too much to do and the list is never ending.
We need to remember that if we do not take care of ourselves we will have nothing to give to others or our business. Here are some self care tips that I have learned and put into my own practice that will help you to start managing your health and well-being from the inside out.
👉CREATED "ME TIME" IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. For me this is in the mornings with my cup of tea, my journal and planning my day and getting centered.
👉EXERCISE DAILY. We all know how important and essential it is to move EVERY SINGLE DAY! This can be a walk after work, riding horses, going to a yoga class or pumping iron at the gym. Whatever gets you out and moving just do it every day.
👉LEARN TO SAY NO. This is a hard one but an absolute must when developing and running your own business. You can not do it all (even though we want to) and it's okay.
👉FIND WAYS TO UNWIND EVERYDAY. Everyone has their own way of unwinding after the business day. This can be reading a book, playing with your dogs, going out friends, etc. Whatever your unwinding is make sure you get some time in each day to unplug.
👉NOURISH YOUR BODY. Your body is what keeps you going daily and it's amazing, self healing vessel but we need to respect and take care of it by eating healthy.
👉ENJOY A HOBBY. Everyone needs a break from work and needs to blow off steam. Doing something fun gives your mind a much needed break, so you will be more creative and energized when it comes time to focus.
👉SLEEP. You need to make sleep a priority. Sleep is vital to our well-being. It is when our body heals and repairs itself, and it key to supporting healthy brain function.
👉BE PRESENT. Mindfulness can make a huge difference in one's life. Learn to pay attention to your moment to moment experiences and focus on connecting with others on a deeper level - all of which are important to your well-being and happiness.