Staying motivated

Happy February! Because it has been a couple of weeks since you have set your goals and intentions for 2020, I think it’s time to check in with yourself and see how you’re doing. It’s not easy to stay motivated and to continue working towards your goals. It takes time and work to achieve anything. So in honour of us sticking to our goals this year, I’ve compiled a list of things to help you stay motivated and reach all your goals.

Taken in a beautiful AirBnB I was staying at over the weekend!

Read over your goals

First things first, it’s been a while since you have written down/thought of your goals. So take a moment to think about the intentions you set a while back. There might be some that you have forgotten about. It’s always a good idea to read over your goals every once in a while just to refresh them in your mind.

Reflect

After you’ve read over your goals, it’s important to take some time to reflect. Think about the past couple of weeks. What has happened? Has your attitude changed in any kind of way, good or bad? Have you stepped closer to achieving some of the intentions you set? Is there a goal you had forgotten about that you want to focus on more? Is there a new one that you want to add to the list? Ask yourself loads of questions and answer them truthfully. Writing it down could be helpful I think. Just grab a notebook or open a new note on your phone and start writing about what has happened and how you felt in those situations as well as how you feel now.

To-do lists will be your best friend

Writing down what you have to do or what you want to achieve is a great way to not forget things. It also takes some weight off your mind because there are fewer things you have to think about. You can make a to-do list every day as well as have a bigger to-do list with bigger projects on it – almost like a to-do-in-the-near-future list. Google Keep is an amazing way to keep your to-dos in one place. You can also access it from any device, anywhere, anytime. You can colour-coordinate lists, add headings, share lists (for example groceries) with others and much more. And there is nothing more satisfying than ticking something off your list!

To-done lists and gratitude

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with to-do lists and the sheer amount of things that we have to do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. It’s also easy to forget how far we’ve come and how much we have achieved. This is where to-done lists come into play. They are basically the opposite of to-do lists: you make a list of things that you have achieved and then pat yourself on the back for having done so.

Practising gratitude is also important. Make a list every day or every once in a while, either physical or in your mind. Think about 3 things that you are grateful for that day. It could be your friend that texted you to see how you were doing, that your bus was on time, that someone held the door open for you or that you had a lovely meal. Being grateful for the small things is important because it helps us keep things in perspective. It also adds a little bit more positivity to our days which is always a bonus. I’m grateful for you, my dear reader, that my friends were supportive of me being able to attend uni and that I’m able to attend another class today. What are you grateful for right now?

Remember your “why”

When wanting to achieve your goals, motivation is key. To maintain it, you have to decide on and remember your “why”. That is, the reason why you are wanting to achieve these goals in the first place. It could be as general as being healthier or could be specific to your situation – being kinder to myself is a big one for me for example. But it’s this reason – or these reasons – behind your goals that will allow to go through with them. You can write it down and hang it up on your wall or set a motivational quote as your background.

Look the part

Clothes can influence your mood dramatically. There’s a reason that “power suits” have their name. When I’m feeling low and unmotivated, dressing in a way that makes me feel like a badass gives me a surge of motivation and energy. I feel that it’s almost like putting on a costume. You’re getting into this character that is ambitious, motivated and rules life. Whether that means putting on your favourite shirt, wearing your favourite lipstick or putting on your lucky socks, wear whatever is going to make you feel like the badass that you are.

Find motivational inspiration

Do you ever feel really inspired and ready to take on the world after hearing a motivational speech or watching a motivational video? I think Pinterest is a really good example of this. Scrolling through all these picture-perfect meals, rooms and hairstyles really makes you want to achieve the same thing. I would always look at gorgeous room inspirations when I needed motivation to clean up my room as a teen. Find what motivates you and use it to your advantage. It’s normal to feel lazy every once in a while, especially when your body needs a break. However, this is a good trick to get your game back on.

Believe in yourself

When you want to achieve something, you have to believe that you can do it. If you don’t believe in yourself deep-down, chances are you will not be able to go through with it. Because staying motivated isn’t always easy and you can sometimes lose faith, it’s so important that you believe in yourself. Because even though you might at times think that it’ll never work, if you’ve got faith in yourself, you will achieve amazing things. Also, surround yourself with people that believe in you rather than tear you down.

Do not compare yourself

There’s a quote I really like and that I refer to whenever I catch myself longing for things others have: “Popcorn is prepared in the same pot, under the same heat, in the same oil, but they don’t pop at the same time. Don’t compare yourself to others, your turn to pop is coming!” Especially when we’re trying something new, such as working towards achieving a goal, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others.

The problem is that we usually compare ourselves in very unrealistic ways. For example, when you look at someone who is at the end of their fitness journey and thinking you’ll never be able to get where they are, or when seeing people get married and feel miserable because you can’t even get someone to text you back. But even though someone else’s life might seem perfect, we’ve all got baggage. So try to focus on yourself, remember that we’re all just humans trying to do life. So just be the best version of yourself; everyone else is already taken.


I hope that you will find some of these tips helpful. Please share your own tips in the comments down below or on my Instagram post (@relatablesunday). It’s not an esay journey to achieving your goals but take it one step at a time and you’ll do great. Remember that even the most successful people had to start somewhere! Thanks again for reading and I look forward to seeing you next Sunday!

Yours truly,

Maeve

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