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At some point, all of us have struggled to stay motivated. It happens. We get busy, we get tired, we lose interest and/or we make excuses. We have all been there. I’d be lying if I told you I am motivated every single day. So how do I follow through with my intentions on a low vibe day? I push myself despite the feelings holding me back because the truth is, I know I will be happier and have a much more positive day if I do.

Getting started can be a challenge. Sticking with something can be down right hard. Dig deep, understand your why, and do it for yourself.

Almost every morning when my alarm goes off at 430 I think to myself, aw man I do not want to get up yet. I think about the latest possible time I could sleep till while still fitting in the things I want to do before heading off to my full time job.

  • Coffee
  • Get the positive vibes flowing with quotes, journaling, a good book or blog
  • Workout
  • Shower
  • Spend a quick minute with my kiddos before leaving for the day
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The fact that I actually think about how much time I need to be able to do the things I enjoy is huge. It’s all about making the time for the things that make us happy. And that’s where I am going to start with my advice to you.

What are the things that bring you happiness? 

For some of us it’s fitness or maybe painting or drawing, maybe reading, maybe writing, maybe it’s playing a sport or hiking outdoors. Whatever it is that brings you happiness are the things you should be focusing your energy on and making time for. 

If you don’t love fitness and it brings you absolutely no joy— don’t bother torturing yourself with elaborate workout routines or miles upon miles of running. You want to put your time and energy into something that makes your heart happy, not something you will dread doing. Focus on the things that bring out the best and truest version of you. After all, at the end of the day your happiness is your responsibility and you have the power to control it.

For me, happiness comes from friends, family, fitness, writing, reading, connecting with like minded women, lifelong learning, and personal growth. It is because these things are so special to me that I want to participate in activities surrounding them.

I am motivated to put in the time because I value these activities and these activities contribute to my personal core values and goals. I have a clear understanding of my why and I remind myself of it daily.

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I choose to do the these things that make me happy because it contributes to my personal growth. It makes me a happier, stronger and much more confident person when I complete my workout in the morning or when I finish a craft with my circuit or when I put in the time and finish a podcast on personal growth. I know exactly why these things are important to me and that makes me want to make time for them even when all I want to do is lay on the sofa and watch Gossip Girl.

Perfect example. I just posted a new blog post just hours before I started writing this one.  I am exhausted and I told myself that I was going to lay on the sofa and read my book tonight. I wasn’t going to write because I just felt like I needed a break but then I got this wave of inspiration. I had something to say and it was going to be good. So while I’m tired, I also love my blog and I love how I feel when I get my words out of my head and onto paper or the notepad of my iPhone these days.

Now don’t get me wrong. It is important to rest when your body is tired. It’s important to give yourself a break every now and again but when those breaks turn into days or weeks where you don’t pick up something you love, that’s when you should evaluate where you’re  at.

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You’ll want to reflect and think about why you haven’t been doing it. If it’s because it’s not fun or it doesn’t bring you happiness, then let it go and find something that does bring you those things. But if it’s because you have been procrastinating and putting it off— remind yourself of your why.  Think about why you started in the first place, what were your goals and your intentions. Hopefully, that will give you the push to start again. And if it doesn’t— look outside yourself for some motivation.

Talk to friends. Read motivating quotes. Look up things that interest you on Pinterest or simply just start doing something you left behind and let the task at hand remind you how much you missed it and how much happiness it truly brings you. Think about your personal goals, dreams, wants, needs and desires and let that motivate you.

Some of us avoid doing things we love because we feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting or because it gives us anxiety.  The point I’m going to make here is that you will feel one hundred times better if you just do it rather than thinking about why you can’t or how poorly you feel. It is so much easier and way more mentally pleasing to just get up and start than to hold yourself back and let negative thoughts and feelings crowd your headspace.  Sometimes we just have to jump in and on the other side we see how truly therapeutic and beneficial something is for us. 

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The last bit of advice id like to leave you with is to be kind to yourself. Don’t sweat the small stuff. If you fall behind, just get back up.  Just because you experience a setback doesn’t mean you failed and should give up. And definitely do not punish yourself by making yourself do more to make up for lost time. You just have to get back up and start again. Simple as that. You got this. Stay motivated friends. 

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