How do you stay motivated?

I know I’m not alone when it comes to staying motivated. It can be a real struggle, depending on my mood. Like anyone, when depression was bad, motivation was nil. But other times, it’s if I can be bothered, or whether I’m tired, or a little stressed. So if you are after advice from me on this, I don’t think I can offer it.

To stay motivated in the past, I have had to be really hard on myself. I may not allow myself something, until I have done whatever that may be. It’s also setting a routine to my day, allowing the breaks I need, while doing what’s important, like study for example.

As hard as it can be to get up some mornings, I find I have to make myself get up, because if I don’t, then it can spoil the rest of my day.

How do you stay motivated? Share your tips here, to help others.

Thank you in advance. 🙂

28 thoughts on “How do you stay motivated?

  1. Hey Liz, I’m no better at it but I keep myself motivated by reminding myself of why I wanted to do it to begin with. Some days it’s hard and during those times I take a break, pamper myself if possible because self care is important too!

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  2. I find it hard to stay as motivated if I have something on my mind that is bothering me. Those times I just kinda feel like I am going on autopilot even though I’m not entirely “there”. 😕

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  3. If I see a hugely significant benefit in doing something, motivation is absolutely not an issue. For example, I never have a problem getting up and going to 6 am yoga class, because I know that my physical and mental health suffer a lot if I don’t go. With other things, I’ve observed a few things:

    1. I need to ask myself WHY I don’t want to do the thing. Sometimes my answer is legit. It might be that the activity is something I think I “should” do but am not really getting any benefit from. Maybe it’s a fitness class where I do not feel comfortable, a therapist who is a bad fit, etc.

    2. Otherwise, I accept that there will be an ebb and flow. I go on and off of Weight Watchers, and it turns out that is typical. I fall in and out of my housework routine.

    3. Beating up on myself or being negative absolutely does not work for me. That only leads to me being less motivated in the long run. Instead, I try to focus on the big picture. Yes, I missed a month of Weight Watchers and gained back some weight. But overall, I still have lost 20 pounds so far. Yes, my house is a mess, but it will take at most a day of cleaning to get it back in order. I am still much more organized than I was. Remember that failure is not one step away from perfection.

    Hope that helps!

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  4. Giving myself a break when complete a task or tasks. I’ve realized when I give myself breaks, (instead of pushing through) I’m more energetic and I’ll just think more clearer than if I hadn’t. Or I tell myself to focus, on say, completing part 1 of the task today and work on part 2 of the task the tomorrow. Helps me wanna continue the hard work 😄

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  5. I think finding your passion and really focusing wholeheartedly on that helps with motivation. Get excited about it. Whether “it” be a lifestyle, hobby or place even. Read about it, research and watch. You’ll soon find yourself being fuelled. Motivation starts within. No matter how organised you are externally, motivation can only happen when you are mentally healthy and happy.

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  6. Whoops! What I was meant to say is- motivation comes from within. No matter how organised you are externally, you won’t be motivated if you aren’t taking care of your mental health and happiness.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes, certainly comes within. I thought that’s what you meant and I did not realise your typo before. I seamt to have read it how you meant on comment before.


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