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.

Manifest it

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!

Motivational Quotes

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.

Namaste.

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118 Comments

    1. I love this! I feel like a lot of people are always in a rush because of today’s society. But we only have so little time that we should really be focusing on the present. Thanks for reading 🙂

  1. Setting short term (and then stretch goals) made the most difference to me! Inevitably I reach the first one but am pumped by my success that I keep going to reach the 2nd!

  2. I’ve been struggling to stay motivated in quarantine so this post is very handy actually. Thanks for sharing! My favorite quote for now is definitely Stay dedicated. It’s not going to happen overnight.

    1. I definitely tell this quote to myself often! It’s so important to remember that it’s a journey so if you’re only in it for the end game it will be hard to really commit.

  3. I love this!! Slow progress is better than no progress. That’s my motto! I also highly believe in celebrating the wins and rewarding myself when I’ve achieved something. It spurrs me on to make even more progress xx

    1. Love that! It’s important to take the time and enjoy the journey. Things take time so if we’re constantly thinking about our end goal/the future; we’re not focusing on our present which is truly the most important thing as that is all we have!

  4. Such a great post! Just what I needed to hear, thank you. I’m usually a super balanced person but I go off on some tangents where I overwork myself and this is one of them. 😂 Thank you for such a lovely reminder.

    1. Glad you enjoyed this! I can really understand that! Sometimes I try to rush things but I have to stop myself and tell myself to give it time. Because if I don’t I will crash and lose all my motivation! Thanks for your comment !

    1. Yes definitely! If I sit down and think about it, I will lose motivation but when I just get up and do it, I can release it from my day and move on. Some days are harder than others but overall this is the best approach.

    2. Couldn’t agree more. Having a routine really helps and of course not thinking about time too. Many people go unmotivated because they think it’s too late. Well, as they say, better late than never.

      1. I know a lot of people who say it’s too late for them! But I always tell them, whatever your goal is you need to give your all while you still have a chance! If you can still dream it, then it’s not too late to turn it into a reality! Definitely better late then never ❤️

  5. Very good post about how to motivate yourself. Highly informative and nicely written. Keep up the good work.

  6. Great list! And then love the ultimate thing, just get up and do it as hard as it is that is the only way to actually achieve anything. Thanks for this, I am trying morning routine now to help me.

  7. I would like to echo that breaks are absolutely necessary. Operating without them can cause more delays and setbacks than if you have scheduled them into your plan to begin with. Great tips!

    1. Definitely! It’s important not to overwork yourself! The less breaks, the harder it is to function! We need to listen to ourselves when our body tells us to slow down or stop! Thanks for commenting! ❤️

  8. Awesome post! Thanks for reminding me to stay focused on the prize and why I’m busting my butt. Also, you motivated me to put photo or two in my new workspace (home) to remind me each day of my end-game! Thanks!!!

  9. Always need some motivation every now and then. Agree with setting a routine and taking breaks! Routines make it easier to keep the momentum going, and breaks recharge that momentum as well. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  10. I had to learn lots of it myself as I’m going through my recovery…I made even an Achievements Board that is helping not only as a motivator but also if I feel at my lowest I look at my achievements and I know I can be proud of myself, it keeps me going…

    1. That is so amazing! It’s definitely such a beautiful feeling to reflect back on all of the amazing things you have accomplished! I’m so proud of you! Best of luck and thanks so much for reading and sharing! ❤️

  11. Amazing tips! 🤩 I especially love where you wrote “All I’m going to say is if you really want it then you will find a way to make time for it.” It’s completely true, there is always a way to make time if you prioritize properly. It also totally relates to just doing it. There is no need to wait for the perfect moment to get up and do something. By waiting and sitting around you are only wasting time and delaying your success.

    1. That is something I remind myself of a lot! I used to make excuses for myself and then I realized that by me making excuses I was only affecting myself and slowing my growth. It was literally a waste of my time. I realized I just had to do it and it made me so much happier and productive! Thanks for reading ❤️

  12. very helpful! sometimes we hit the wall so quotes are great to remind us and become motivated again I even use it with my runs

  13. Routines are everything for me! If I can find a way to incorporate it into my daily life, I know it will get done. And then I no longer have to rely on feelings of motivation which eventually fade over time. Great post – thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed it! Manifesting is definitely an important step for me in life. I definitely want to talk more about it! Thanks for your comment ☺️

    1. Sometimes our thoughts get lost and we don’t think clearly about what we truly want. It’s important to really be mindful and figure out whether this something we really desire and then go from there. Thanks so much for reading!

    1. I agree! There needs to be a meaningful reason! A lot of the time we don’t really have motivation. We just think we want something, even though it may not be as important to us as we think it is. Thanks so much for reading!

  14. This past year has definitely challenged us all to look for ways to stay motivated. For me…consistent action on daily habits has been a game-changer. Great article.

    1. This is something that helps me a lot too! Each day I do something, I’ll wanna keep doing it every coming day. When I stop it’s harder to get back on track! I’m learning a lot more about motivation and mindset and it has really helped me to become more productive! Thanks for your comment ☺️

  15. Yes, breaks are necessary! I completely agree with this because I’ve learned it the hard way. It’s really important to just pause at moments and just kind of shut down.

    1. I’ve been there too! I believe that from people like us who learn things the hard way, it teaches us a more meaningful lesson. With experiencing hard times, we grow and do better next time. Thanks so much for your comment!

    1. The year has been tough but thankfully we made it through! Hopefully these tips will be helpful to you and others! Best of luck moving forward! Thanks for reading ☺️

    1. I love this! That’s such a great question! If we wait until Monday that is going to give us more time to come up with another excuse not to do it Monday! “Why not start today?” This is so true. Thanks for your comment!❤️

  16. Mindset is everything! 🙌🏾
    Great post and helpful tips on staying motivated. Staying the course when progress is slow can be hard, so the right mindset and motivation really, truly helps to keep you on track.

  17. i love motivating myself especially when it comes to running! when the weather gets gloomy its easy to give up and just slouch so I needed it

    1. Motivation is such a powerful feeling!! It can definitely be easy to lose it but it feels so amazing when you push past the doubts and get through it! I’ve been trying to run more lately! It’s definitely a challenge but I can’t wait to keep going with it! Best of luck to you! Thanks so much for your comment !

  18. Great tips to keep you motivated. Don’t give up is a good one. Consistency and persistency is key.

  19. If someone in my close circle is having motivational trouble, I know exactly the article to direct them to 🙂 Motivation is for such a large part mind work indeed, and I appreciate the mindful way in which you approach this topic. Besides all those awesome quotes that can become part of an intention practice for every day, this part truly resonated with me: “Emotion will always win over the mind. So the best way to truly motivate yourself is to believe and think positively.”

  20. Thank you. Your words and the motivational quotes I can come back to time to time when in need of encouragement and for a push.

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