It’s only a couple of weeks into January but this year I’m feeling super motivated and positive about the months ahead. I was just talking to my boyfriend, Damien the other day about how different things were this time last year and how so much can change. Although many things can often be out of our control, I do believe that our attitude and staying motivated when it comes to the goals that we want to achieve, plays a big part in how certain aspects of our life turn out.
I’m naturally quite a positive person but like most people I do have days where I lack motivation and feel uninspired. However this year I hope to keep on top of those all important things I want to keep on top of (vague but like many people I have a list)… The things that inspire me are what help to really motivate me to work harder, keep at things and achieve goals. So here are five things that help me do just that and maybe they can be of some use to you too…
Give Yourself Daily Reminders Of Your Goals
This sounds silly but in our everyday lives, it’s easy to forget about goals that we may have set for ourselves, or at least turn a blind eye to them. Days quickly become weeks and weeks quickly become months and before we know it, we’ve forgot to do that little thing we said we’d start doing several months ago. Daily reminders, be it a desk top picture of your dream holiday that you’re saving up for, setting a reminder on your phone to go to the gym each day or leaving yourself little motivational Post-it notes around the house to do those things you want to get done, it’s good to reminder ourselves each day of the things we really want to achieve and keep working at it to make them happen.
Hang Around With The Right People
It’s important to surround yourself with positive people. Other people’s attitude can have a big impact on your own. If you have friends who are positive and supportive, then you’re more likely to help spur each other on and help to motivate one another. Not everyone can go around feeling super positive and motivated all of the time but if you have good people around you then you can always be there to help pick each other up when you’re down and keep that motivation going. Often for me when I’m feeling down or lacking motivation, all it takes is a catch up or a phone chat with one of my closest friends and I feel my mood is quickly lifted and my motivation is back on track.
Seek Out Like Minded People
As well as the important people in your life, it can really help to find like minded people who have similar goals to you. Be it in real life or online, it’s great to join a little community of relatable people who can really help to inspire you to achieve what you want in life. It could be that you want to gain more confidence and so decided to join a local theatre group, or that you want to get fit and you find out that a few work colleges go to the gym on their lunch each day and you decided to join them. Even online you can find many like minded people, be it in forums or social media groups. Join in discussions, find like minded people and get yourself inspired.
Set Yourself Achievable Goals
If you set yourself up for a fall too early on, chances are that you’ll fail and then be left feeling demotivated. Giving yourself regular achievable goals that you can stick to will really help you to feel good about yourself when you reach each little mile stone and that can help you to push yourself to go even further.
Create Your Vision
Inspiration in photo form can be really helpful. I find Pinterest a great way to get inspired when it comes to designing the interior for our new house. Doing up the house is a long and at times tedious process but by constantly gathering different interior design ideas, it keeps us inspired and motivated to get it finished and decorated just the way we want it, as we envisage our end goal. Of course this can be done in many other forms, as you could even create an actual scrap book of the things that inspire you, or create a collage on a pin board. I also like to take down notes each time I read or hear something that I feel inspired or motivated by and read over them on days when I need to go back to those sources of inspiration.
Those are my five tips for staying inspired and motivated. Do you have any particular things that inspire you and help you to stay motivated?
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