How to Motivate Yourself in 5 Easy Steps
In order to motivate yourself you need to focus, have confidence, and have a goal to achieve. Easy enough right, haha. What happens when write out a list of things to do and you become overwhelmed? Do you just shut down, or you do you find a way to motivate yourself to get the work done?
I know I have in the past just rolled over and went back to sleep because I just could not motivate. At those moments there were certain things I had to do that was way out of my comfort zone. But what I realized that no matter how long I shut down the work needs to get done. So I have found that in just a few easy steps I can motivate myself and push myself out of that funk.
Take a moment and breathe! Take a few breathes if needed. Find a way to relax so you can assess the situation. Look at the pros and cons of the situation and realize that it is ok to have this feeling. I know I have felt this overwhelming feeling before, doing something out of my comfort zone. Encourage yourself to take the next step, because when you do take that step you will realize that everything will be ok.
Focus on One Project at a Time
First, you should just focus on the first task and ignore the rest for now. Work on that project until it is complete. Breakdown the project into smaller steps will help you overcome the overwhelming feeling. You will be surprised how quickly the project is completed and ready to take on the next project.
Believe in Yourself
Assess the situation by learning your strengths. You can accomplish this by sitting down and making a list of all your achievements. Once you compile this list you will start to see a pattern. A list of skills will start to become apparent and you will learn what are your strengths. Take those skills and use them to achieve the goals that are attainable. Writing down all your achievements will help give you a new insight of how amazing you are.
Build your Confidence
When I think of building my confidence I make a list either on paper or a quick rundown in my head of the things that I enjoy most. Like right now I see that I love making lists, haha. My sister writes everything on sticky notes. List after list. Mostly the lists are of things to do, but she has so many lists, and then she compiles the list. As for me I love notebooks and pens. Love, love them. Ok it is an addiction. My argument is they make me happy, and help me organize my lists.
Ok sorry, got side -tracked. “Squirrel”
Once I identify my strengths I use that to overcome my weak points about myself. Surrounding yourself with confident people can help boost your confidence or even surrounding yourself with people that just makes you feel good about yourself is so refreshing. Talk to family and friends and ask them what they think about you. If they are family or friends then they should not shoot you down, but if they do listen to what they have to say, make a mental note of it, and accept the constructive criticism gracefully. Next assess the situation to determine if what they say is true and you can improve in those areas, or determine if that person is just a negative-nancy and their comments are not even relevant.
Building your confidence is a process so don’t beat yourself up, try new things out of your comfort zone, surround yourself with positivity, and you just may be surprised how it can boost your confidence. If you fall just get back up, brush it off, and keep trekking forward.
Do Something You Enjoy to Help Motivate You in Other Areas
First thing that comes to mind for me is listening to upbeat music. Love to hear a song that just energizes me, and makes me smile. I truly believe that music can help perk you up and motivate me to take the next step.
Another thing that comes to mind is watching an uplifting movie to help motivate you. Depending on what you need motivation in, find a show that can help you achieve your goal.
For example, I know you may think this is corny but the other day I was watching Flea Market Flip. I just love that show. They take run down products, and refurbish them, and make them look all brand new. Then they turn around and flip the product for two to three times the money. Well after watching a couple of episodes , I got so motivated to start my projects, I turned off the TV and went outside and started sanding, and painting my tables. You can see them on my previous posts. Love it!
In the mornings I take a moment to write a list of what I am grateful for. Throughout my day I think of the things that I am so thankful for, and then I add this to my gratitude list.. You will be surprised at how this can motivate you. Life gets much easier to face, and helps me get excited about what needs to be done today.
Motivation can be found in so many ways. Surround yourself with positive, take baby steps, focus, and keep trying new things.
Even if you are not crafty try doodling, or just be crafty in other areas that can help you achieve your goal. Come to think of it crafty doesn’t have to mean you need to make something with your hands, it just means you need to be creative. Just give it a chance you may be surprised about what you can achieve. Believe in yourself because you are worth the investment.
Ok so these are my thoughts for today….