I have struggled to stay motivated the past year, and probably longer if I’m being honest. My workouts have been mediocre, I’ve felt uninspired with blogging, and haven’t put much effort into growing my side business. I think a lot of it is just life – we get worn down by the daily hustle. And, as we well know, shit happens: your water heater explodes, your HVAC busts, you injure yourself or fall ill, hurricanes blow in (both literally and figuratively), and we get off track. How do you push through?
A few things that are helping me break out of my funk:
Find a workout you enjoy. One of my biggest hurdles the past year was weight gain and getting motivated to lose. I finally realized that working out felt like a chore because I HATED what I was doing. As you may know, I try to wake up at 5:00 am to complete my exercise for the day, and, because I hated the particular workout, I’d turn off my alarm and sleep in. I finally had a heart-to-heart (with myself) and decided to change my routine. I love kettlebell workouts and walking so that’s my current focus. You don’t have to do trendy workouts that burn a million calories. After months, I know that BBG is not for me. I’m also not a fan of cycling or CrossFit, and that’s okay. I’m not hitting snooze because it no longer feels like a chore. And, even if I don’t lose a pound, regular exercise brightens my mood, helps me sleep better, and regulates my anxiety. It’s the best way to start the day.
Follow someone who inspires you. Frankly I don’t have a lot of mentors in real life, but I have found several women that I admire online. Comparison is the thief of joy, of course, but it’s not that – I actually feel inspired by these women. I am currently crushing on Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss from The Everygirl. I’m inspired by their style, work, and what they’ve created. I actually sent J a link to a house tour they posted recently saying that it was what I’d love to do. They might not be your cup of tea, but find someone who is. Whether it’s a personal mentor, a blog friend, or a business owner, it’s imperative to have a person (or several!) to look up to.
Create an inspiration board. This probably seems like the cheesiest suggestion, but it works wonders for me. I created a couple of secret boards on Pinterest and I pin motivational quotes, homes, blog posts, and more. Another (possibly weird) thing I like to do is drive through a particular neighborhood in Louisville. We would love to move to this neighborhood eventually, but my current salary is lacking. When I’m feeling lazy or uncomfortable, I drive around it – I can’t live there if I never take a risk and stay at my cozy job. I’ve been dragging my feet with a freelance project this week because it’s out of my comfort zone. But each project I take brings us one step closer to our dream home. Find your metaphorical neighborhood and let it motivate you.
Read. I used to think motivational books were corny, but have been on a real self-improvement book kick lately. Sometimes you need inspiration from an outside source, and that’s okay. Two of my current favorites are You’re a Badass and You’re a Badass at Making Money.
Practice gratitude. I am negative by nature and have to be intentional with my thoughts. I’ve shared this before, but we are swearing by the practice of controlling your second thought. You can’t always control your first thought, but you can control the second. I use that principle daily. I also try to end my night by saying what I’m thankful for: mostly it’s health, family, our jobs, and homes, but I also say I’m thankful for our air conditioning, a full fridge and pantry, working appliances, water, coffee, electricity, etc. It’s easy to take these things for granted. Earlier this week, I expressed gratitude for preventative care – a pap smear and blood work cost me zero dollars, and both came back clean. Not everyone is that lucky. The more you practice gratitude, even for the small things, the easier it is to maintain a positive attitude. Nothing sucks my motivation faster than negativity.
What are your tips on staying motivated and inspired? Share with me, please!
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