Every year around this time of year, I begin to struggle with finding motivation. The shorter days, the cold weather, and hectic schedules are all contributing factors. During the spring and summer months I have no problem getting up with the birds to begin my day and start working, but sometime in November I slowly start staying in bed longer and longer. The cold and my ever-growing to-do list are just not things I want to deal with.
But this year things will be different. Because I want them to be different. Life is too short for me to be wasting my days wishing for spring and summer to return. I find that I am way more motivated when I’m happy, and happiness is a choice. I choose to be happy….even when I’m cold (for those of you who know me, you know this is a difficult feat).
Here are some ways I plan on staying happy and motivated throughout this season.
Be Excited About Everything
I am one of those of people who gets very excited about things…like embarrassingly excited. In situations in which most people play it cool, I am bubbling with enthusiasm and I have gotten the “calm down, Christi” look from my friends many times. Although not the “coolest” way to be, I love the fact that I get so excited about things – big and small – and I feel like it contributes to my overall happiness. These are the times when I feel most motivated and I feel like I can take on the world.
If I could take this child-like enthusiasm I have for so many things and channel it into all parts of my day, I would get so much more done. Now, I don’t mean you should literally be excited about everything, because I know bad things happen and obviously it’s okay to not be excited about them. What I mean is take charge of each day by being excited about life. Life is such a precious gift and you should truly live it. You should let yourself dream and be excited about those dreams. Therein lies your motivation. Have a goal for what you want to accomplish each day and choose to be excited about it. Just carry that energy on and keep going.
Look Back at All You’ve Accomplished
Whether you’re trying to find motivation for one particular goal or just want to feel more motivated in general, it’s very helpful to think about all you have already accomplished. Sometimes we focus too much on what all we have left to do so we don’t realize how much we have actually done. When I’m feeling overwhelmed and like I have too far to go, I like to write out a list of all the things I have accomplished. I’m often surprised to see how much is there and it helps me to let go of the feelings of frustration. Looking back can also help you remember who you are and why goals are important to you in the first place.
Find a Mantra
Mantras are so helpful when it comes to getting you excited and motivated. Just a few words are powerful enough to remind you what’s important and to get you to take action. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Make it happen.
- Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.
- Don’t lose your fire.
- I know I can.
All simple but effective. Everyone’s mantra will look different, but find one that speaks to you and repeat those words whenever you’re feeling unmotivated, down or just plain lazy.
Motivation is so important because it helps you get the most out of your life. It’s a powerful thing. I know sometimes it seems hopeless, but with small steps you can make a change. The steps I’ve talked about today are just a few things you can do to help you become motivated. There are many other effective techniques, but it would take me all day to write about them. And different people get their motivation in different ways. One way I stay motivated is through my faith. I know not everyone has religion, but if you do it can be a huge source of inspiration. Find what works for you and embrace it.
Make it happen.
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