How to Motivate Yourself and Stay Motivated + 13 Motivational Quotes
Motivation is completely up to you. The only person who can motivate you is yourself. Once you realize this you will have all of the power. But sometimes it’s than that. In this post, I will be sharing some tips on how I stay motivated.
What is it that you want to achieve?
Whether you want to work out more, eat healthy, meditate, do yoga every day, start a blog, etc. Whatever it is that you are trying to achieve, think about the reason you are doing it. Are you doing it for yourself or to impress someone else? If you aren’t doing something for the right reasons it can be hard to stay motivated.
How badly do you want it?
Let’s say you start working towards your goal today. Picture yourself two years from now where you want to be. You could be a completely new you heading in a completely new direction in life. Now, let’s say you don’t start today. Again, picture yourself two years from now. Where do you see yourself? Probably very similar to your life right now.
A lot of us think about all the work we have to do to get to that place and we get discouraged. But whether you start today or not two years are still going to go by. So think about where you want to be when that time comes because it is coming.
Don’t be afraid of change.
What’s stopping you from starting right now? Is it that you’re afraid of change. If so then you will always be held back.
If you don’t accept risks then you never know where you could end up. Life has so many surprises. Go where life takes you and accept everything that aligns with your path. It could lead you to some really beautiful places.
Don’t think about time
We always have time. In fact, we only have time. The older we get, the busier we get, we make excuses that there’s just not enough time. Sure, we may only live this life for a short time, but that is why we need to make the most out of it.
If you think you’re too old to start working out or doing yoga or whatever it is that you want to do, think again. If anything it’s a perfect time. Doing things for yourself that make you feel good and happy is only going to give you motivation and the energy to do more. Don’t let your age stop you from doing something because no matter how old you are; it is extremely important to take care of yourself. Don’t let your age define you. It will only bring you down then you will actually start to feel old. Eating healthy and working out will only make you feel younger and stronger. OR if you wanted to be a writer, then do it; Share your words while you can. Whatever it is you want, don’t let anything stop you, especially a number.
Another thing you may be thinking is how am I supposed to do this when I’m so busy. All I’m going to say is if you really want it then you will find a way to make time for it. We aren’t here just to go to a job every day that exhausts us to the point where we can’t find time to do the things we enjoy.
How to Stay Motivated?
Now that we’ve talked about how to motivate ourselves, let’s talk about ways to stay motivated. The best way to do this is to align your mind with your goal. Visioning what you want and how to get it is pretty easy. Actually getting to that place, from fantasy to reality, is the hard part. The distance between wanting and receiving is usually where problems occur.
We often blame our failure on procrastination. But I believe it’s a little deeper than this. Our feelings are not in touch with our intentions. If we don’t truly desire something, we are not going to be motivated to work for it. Let this be a sign, if you just can’t seem to stick with something then maybe it’s not in the best interest for your path.
Sometimes we don’t necessarily want to do something but we feel it’s for the best. For example, we don’t always want to do homework but if we do, we know we will become smarter and get better grades. Or sometimes we know we should be eating healthily but we don’t like healthy foods. If this is how you feel, keep reading. I’m going to talk about a few more ways to stay motivated.
Successfully manifesting your goal means aligning your mind and emotion. In order for you to achieve this, you need to not only vision a success but also feel successful. If you believe you can do anything, then you will succeed at everything you do. It’s really that simple to motivate yourself.
As we mentioned earlier, this isn’t always easy but there are some easier ways to do it if you look at it with a different approach. Instead of manifesting “doing your homework” start telling yourself, you are going to get better grades. It may not seem like much but the emotion in it can really help. When you think about doing homework, you may get stressed thinking about it which is going to make your mind think it’s a bad thing. This is why you start to procrastinate. But if you say “my grades are going to be great” you will start to feel happy and successful. If you feel this way, then you will start acting this way.
Since I started My Spiritual Journey, I’ve began to see how this process really works. We can literally control almost anything.
Set Goals & Reward Yourself
By setting short-term goals – if you achieve them you will feel motivated to keep going. Instead of constantly thinking about your end goal, try to picture a realistic short-term goal. Once you accept that, it will feel like anything more than that is going to be so much more rewarding.
Let’s say you want to be more consistent with blogging. Set a goal to write 2 posts a week for 2 weeks; or one post a week for a month. You are going to feel so good knowing that you are consistent. Give yourself a small reward like a movie night or a night out with friends. Reaching a small goal and rewarding yourself when you do is going to make you feel so good and that will make you wanna keep going.
Even setting a daily goal can be a great idea!
Stick To a Routine
Routines are a great way to stay motivated. They can be hard to get used to at first but once you get used to them, it can be a lot easier to stick to them. Once you have a routine, you will get used to being on a schedule and have an idea of how things are going to go. This can be good because you will start to feel safe and it’s helpful to feel good about it. This will make you want to keep going.
Daily planners are great for making routines. You can plan everything and jot notes along the way.
Breaks Are Necessary
Remember that taking breaks is a necessary part of life. We take breaks all the time. Bathroom breaks, work breaks, food/drink breaks; even sports teams take breaks all the time. Everything we do in life is not constant. If you try to rush through sometimes without stopping you are going to crash.
Don’t beat yourself up if you have a slight downfall. It will only cause you to lose motivation. Accept that you will need to take breaks and that’s okay. Don’t let this discourage you. Let it make you stronger and even more motivated to keep going afterward. We’re humans. We can’t do everything at once.
Get a Friend to Help You
Having a friend who is going through the same thing can be quite helpful. It’s nice knowing you have someone who you can talk to who really gets how you are feeling. With a friend, you guys can motivate each other daily. You’re less likely to give up if you have someone to help you.
And if you don’t know anyone personally, the internet is a great place! There are so many people that you don’t even know who have so much in common with you. But be careful talking to strangers! Don’t give them money and if you ever meet them go to a public place and bring a friend. (Seriously, watch Dr. Phill)
Get Off Your Bum and Just Do It!
The best way to do something is to just get up and do it! Don’t sit down on the couch and think about it. You will most likely be there for hours thinking about doing it and never getting up. (Trust me I know from experience!) This is the only way to motivate yourself.
Do a countdown. Take a deep breath, then countdown from three, and then get up. Do what you’ve gotta do so you will be able to relax and stop worrying about it.
Don’t Give Up
Most of the time we just don’t feel like putting the time and energy into doing something that we know we should be doing. Emotion will always win over the mind. So the best way to truly motivate yourself is to believe and think positively. Find ways to motivate yourself and don’t give up. Whether you reach your goal or not, it’s completely up to you so don’t give up! I believe in you!
Here are some positive motivational quotes that I hope will inspire you to never give up. As long as you believe in yourself, you will get there.
- Mindset is everything.
- It doesn’t matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop.
- You may not be there yet, but you’re closer than you were yesterday.
- When I lost all of my excuses, I found my results.
- Stay dedicated. It’s not going to happen overnight.
- Be happy with what you have while working for what you want.
- Fall in love with healing yourself
- Don’t let the weekend become your weak end.
- Burnout happens when you avoid being human for too long.
- Each day you must choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
- Step by step. Day by day.
- Note to my future me: I’m not you yet but I’m trusting the process and I’m on my way.
- I’m physically, emotionally, and mentally ready to enter a new phase in my life. I am ready to grow and get better.
I truly hope you have the best day and I wish you luck with every obstacle that life hands you. Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope I could help motivate you. If you like this post, then I think you will like my others. Check out my last post about struggling with anxiety. If you’re craving more and want to be apart of our spiritual family, subscribe to my email list to get notified whenever I upload a new blog post.
Never forget that you are the key to motivate yourself.