I posed the fun “Ask me a question” question to my Instagram followers the other day and I loved one of the questions I was served: “How do you stay motivated?” OOOOOH. Such a good one. I answered quickly because that’s my knee jerk reaction (answer right away!), but then I spent some more time thinking about it and came up with a few more thoughts. Also, I asked some of my clients!
My first response was: “I focus on how I FEEL and I chase that feeling. I loathe feeling tired, uncomfortable, irritable, bloated, sluggish. So I make those connections between my actions and how I FEEL so I can repeat them.”
And this response is 100% true. If it was all about making more money, or looking better, or anything like that I don’t think the motivation would last very long. It has to be intrinsic. I am constantly tapping into how I’m feeling. Am I energized? Awake? Happy? Inspired? Low? Sluggish? Etc. I identify how I’m feeling and then I do detective work to see why that might be the case. “I’m energized because I had a great call with a client. I need to do more of those!” Or, “I’m feeling low today. I think I need some vitamin D, connection with others, and some magnesium.” That constant check in with myself creates awareness and that awareness allows me to easily identify things that are good for me and things that aren’t. I.E. Scrolling is not; working from a list is.
But some more advice around this topic would include building a strong support system around your choices. This support system will encourage you to keep chasing your goals on days when you may not feel like it. I’m certainly not just SUPER MOTIVATED ALL THE TIME, despite what it might look like. On those days when I just don’t feel it (workout or work or being a good parent, etc.), here are some of my support systems to help me stay on track:
1. Practice gratitude. Shifting your mindset from “I don’t want to” to “Look at all I have!” is huge in creating abundance, and abundance is what we’re looking for, right? Abundant health, abundance in our relationships, abundance in wealth. I’m telling you, gratitude helps!
2. Write it down and tell everyone you know! When your goals are written all around you it’s harder to forget them during weak moments. I have goals in journals, on whiteboards, written on calendars, and as wallpaper on my computer. Plus, I tell my team and my husband to help keep me accountable.
3. Don’t make it hard on yourself. If one of your goals is to get healthier, get the junk food out of the house. If one of your goals is to be more productive, turn off the TV and put your phone on silent. It’s amazing how we can jeopardize our own success without even realizing it!
4. Track your progress. Sometimes looking back on how far we’ve come really motivates us to KEEP GOING! This happened to me just the other day actually. I came across a goal for my business that I had set a year ago. And I have since doubled that goal! But I didn’t remember that at all, nor would I have had I not written it down and then reviewed it. If you’re working on a health and fitness goal, take lots of pictures! Those are EVERYTHING when it comes to tracking!
How do YOU stay motivated?? I’d love to read your comments!
P.S. My computer wasn’t cooperating and I had to write this post 4 times! I had to use a lot of those support structures to get through it!!