Motivation is something I talk about a lot on Instagram and something I’ve wanted to address on here for a while. If you’re here because you feel like you’ve lost all your motivation, I’m including some tangible tips you can take to help get it back. Motivation is different for everyone, different things might be a source of motivation for you than your best friend, you might feel motivated in different situations or environments. Let’s dive in!
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO GET OUT OF BED EVERYDAY?
Hopefully something springs to mind. Maybe it’s your kids, your family, your friends, your job? If nothing comes to mind immediately, spend a few minutes to think a bit deeper. If your current job doesn’t motivate you because you hate it, can you use that as motivation to work towards getting your next job, is this one preparing you for the future? Spend five minutes now to brainstorm what your every motivations are, or could be.
HOW TO GET MOTIVATED – Goal Setting
Remember everyone is different and some of these points may resonate more than others, but I think that at least one of them will help you. I’ve used getting fit as an example to refer back to because it’s a common goal people have and something I know lots about, but the same principles can be applied to any goal you might have.
- Establish what your goals are. If it’s to get fit, be more specific and write down everything you can think of that relates to that goal, like a brain dump. It might include going to the gym 3 times a week, doing home workouts, trying a new form of exercise, eating healthy meals, remembering to eat breakfast, training to run a 10k or a half marathon. Whatever it is, write it all down.
- Decide when you want to achieve this goal by, and all of the smaller goals that add up to the big ones. Try to be realistic with these timescales but also make sure they will push you, don’t be afraid to put a little bit of pressure on yourself to meet those targets.
- Remind yourself why you want to achieve that goal – what will happen when you achieve it? Maybe you’ll feel better about yourself, feel healthier, have more energy, drop a dress size, feel more confident? This adds some kind of emotional attachment to the goal that means you’ll be more likely to achieve it.
- Get excited about it – watch YouTube videos of people that inspire you, make a Pinterest board that you can refer to daily. If it is a fitness related goal, maybe treat yourself to a new pair of trainers or activewear set that will motivate you to get that extra workout in or go outside for that run.
- Tell someone about your goals – whether that’s your partner, friend, family member or social media. Once you’ve solidified it by telling someone or posting about it, you’ve now got to commit to it because people will ask you how it’s going. It also helps to have an accountability partner to help you reach your goals – someone that will check up on you and you can report back to. This could be a coach or just a family member.
GET INTO A ROUTINE
I don’t know about anyone else, but I definitely feel more motivated when I have a set routine that I’m sticking to. That might include working out at the same time every day, having a set plan to follow, or even just getting up at the same time everyday and having a morning routine that you do before you’re ready to tackle the day (and work on those goals).
FIGURE OUT WHY YOU’RE NOT MOTIVATED ALREADY
If you’re reading this to gain motivation to get to work on that project, or you need some motivation for life in general, you need to work out why it is you’re not motivated already. Not to be dramatic, but have you considered a career change? If you’re not feeling motivated for life then you need to figure out why you’re not getting that fulfilment. You might just need to adopt a new hobby in the evenings after work like craft, reading, gardening, a new sport, a fitness class, hiking, whatever it is, just to add some variety to your life. You might be unmotivated because you’re too busy comparing yourself, whether that’s to people you know in real life or on social media. If social media is to blame, consider taking a break or doing a detox – unfollow absolutely anyone that doesn’t bring positive energy to your life.
If it’s just that you’re not feeling motivated to go to the gym or do a workout anymore, then consider changing the way you train. You could get a coach, try a new workout plan (feel free to get in touch for suggestions) or just take a break for a couple of weeks because that might be what your body needs.
HOW DO I GET MOTIVATED?
Honestly, a mixture of everything above. I like to write to-do lists because I feel a sense of accomplishment ticking everything off. In general I love to write things down, if I’ve got a new project then I like to have a fresh notebook and write down everything – my goals, a habit tracker, sources of inspiration I can refer back to – anything to do with that project.
The main thing is to think about the reward you get – whether that’s a feeling or a physical reward – when you complete whatever it is you’re lacking motivation for. That should keep you going.
I hope that there was at least one tip in here that you found useful when it comes to getting motivated! Feel free to comment below with something you’re struggling to get motivation for. If you have any fitness-related motivation struggles, get in touch or drop me a message on Twitter/Instagram and I’ll do my best to help!