Where do you begin tackling a problem or making a change to your life?
You act on it!
But what put happens when you have no drive to do anything, is that you say in the same position, allowing no to change, keeping it familiar so the risks of failure at trying are gone.
However, we will never be able to become happier, healthier individuals by lacking the motivation to push through the barriers we face in life, the set backs that are bound to happen and our own self-belief. So I have decided to turn focus on to what has got me through these past few months of real mental struggle to keep going when times are hard.
To be your own motivation in no easy feet, the idea that it is you that is sky in charge can be rather daunting. However I am proof that it is achievable even on the smallest of levels. So here is a bunch of steps that can help you to become your own inspiration!
Get out of your Comfort Zone
From experience, it is all too easy to do nothing. Playing in safe is risk free because you are with the familiar. In a good or bad way, you already know the situation. Yet, no one ever got anywhere by staying in the same place. Could you imagine if Steve Jobs gave up after the first iMac release?! I wouldn’t be tapping away on my iPad right now that is for sure.
For example you are aspiring to your dream job, but find yourself stuck in another job, that is just not for you. Rather than longing the days away, you need to apply for that dream job, or earn the qualifications towards it! You might need to start from within, and begin to take better care of yourself, growing a better relationship with your body and mind.
Look at both sides on the Coin
The world is not black and white, there is hundreds of wonderful colours and shades in between that are yours to paint a beautiful picture with for your future. So instead of viewing the change as one way or another, or maybe just completely negative, see that there are so many possiblities for you to actually achieve what you are setting out to do.
If you are looking at becoming more active, but think that because you can’t get yourself to the gym because of time constraints or that you aren’t currently fit enough so it isn’t going to happen, think about all possible outcomes. There as so many fantastic and simple ways to kick start this goal and they can all be done from the home. Take a look at my HiiT workout on YouTube for a little idea of what sort of things you can do without fancy equipment!
Become an Author
Writing things down not only allows you to free up space in your head, but is a visual remind that this is what needs to happen in order for things to work out for the better. Map out a scene (where you are working on your goals), hire the necessary cast (your support network) and let them all know what they need to do for it to be a great take! But every film makes several takes before this it complete, so consider back-ups in case something crops up. I love to SMART goals as a great guide, as it makes your think about how your goal can be achieved.
Daily ‘To Do’s
It is what we do everyday that will have a massive influence on our future health and happiness, so as well as your main goals, take small positive actions daily to help ensure you get the most out of each day. Have a list of no more than three things a day, that are aiming towards your goals – of course you have to consider all other daily tasks, which is why it should not be more than three as you will find that too difficult.
There is something so satisfying about crossing out a task on a list, and it is an amazing self-motivation tool that can happen every single day! You feel that sense of achievement more regularly and that alone can build up your self-motivation to carry on.
See it to believe in it
Pop your dreams, goals and aspirations up on your wall, on your phone, in your daily diary or even on a little pocket sized note that you carry with you at all times. You could have it in your hand writing to make it personal to you – sometimes printed text can be past over as we get used to seeing it. You can use quotes that remind you of your goals, and why you need to keep going.
Rationalise your thoughts
Finding out what has stopped you doing something different before now, gives you a greater understanding of what you really need to do for your best interests for this to work out. Getting to know where you are at, allows your to work with yourself rather than against, because you can choose to slow things down a little or speed things up when you know you are ready for it.
Keep going no matter what
This is so important to do, but also incredibly hard to stick at when things don’t go well. Remember that you have made it this far, nothing is stopping you doing it again! Hold on to your dreams, utilise the steps above and focus on what you are fighting for. The journey will make your wiser, stronger and full of new found confidence to overcome the odds.
I really hope this has encouraged you to be your own saviour, and build on your self-motivation. We are all too hard on ourselves and need to see that things take time, patience and persistence in actions to get where we dream of.