Hello my loves and welcome to such an exciting post!! Today I am having an amazing friend of mine guest post on my blog. Without further or due here is Sophie with 5 steps to getting motivated!
Hello! I’m Sophie from soph.creates, a little lifestyle blog a little ways over from here. Tiffani is giving up some real estate here on her lovely blog for me to talk to you about how to get motivated. This is by no means the be all and end all of how to get motivated but I’m sure this little guide will be a good kick-start to get you off your butt and on the road to start achieving those goals.
Step one is all about acknowledging how you feel. Right now, I’m sitting at home in my PJs praying that someone is going to get back to me about one of the thousands of job applications I have sent out in the past 5 months. So far my inbox is a slew of rejections and a couple of handy dandy blog newsletters – (sign up to mine and Tiffani’s!). The reality is that this is not my ideal life and it sucks. But I’m taking all of that negative energy and acknowledging that it exists before I channel it into doing what I actually want to do – which is this. I’m using all my energy from feeling like a lemon and channeling into being a boss ass blogger babe who is here and ready to stay.
It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do, but with enough practice you’ll be able to do it in no time. The process for me in this step is simple. Your quick fire questions to help you with this step are below. Quick! Answer them!
– How do I feel?
– Why do I feel this way?
– What can I do about it?
– What do I want to do next?
Et voila! You have acknowledged your feelings and now it is time for step two.
- Start (and stick to) a healthy routine
We’ve all seen the shirts “wake up, eat, sleep, repeat”. As nice as that life seems, it’s not the greatest way to keep your life long and your spirits up. One of the biggest ways I got myself motivated every morning was having a proper morning routine and sticking to it. My mornings are now my self-care time for me to get into the right mindset of starting the day and as a result of that, I can easily move about into the next part of my day.
Your routine can be anything you want but might I suggest starting your day with coffee and an apple instead of a 3 espressos, a cigarette, and pop tarts. The biggest hurdle for me was getting out of bed earlier and going to the gym, but now that I push myself to do just these two things, my mind and body feel infinitely healthier and ready to take on the challenges of the day.
- Make a plan
Your English teacher was unfortunately right. Making a plan is a surefire way to find holes in your argument or in this case, hurdles in achieving your goals. Making a plan may sound boring but it’s a healthy and creative way to lay your mind out on a canvas and realistically look at what you can achieve if you put your mind to it. This blog post is an example of me sitting down and mapping out everything I wanted to talk about, how I wanted to frame it, and when/why/how it was all going to get done.
Plan, plan, and plan again. It’s your biggest asset to getting motivated because you’ll be able to see the exact steps you need to take to achieve those goals and hopefully get excited about getting to take them!
- Follow through
Planning is all well and good, but it’s all in the follow through. Much like a golf swing, you can line your club up perfectly but if you don’t actually hit the ball, it will never move. It sounds obvious but there will always be aspects of your life that get in the way of you putting your plan into motion. This step, however, is crucial in keeping those motivation levels at a high because if your plan lays everything out for you in nice manageable tasks, then every task you complete will feel like a win.
That feeling of finally completing a task should feel great and after patting yourself on the back you can use that awesome feeling to continue powering through the next task, and the next task, and the next. Before you know it you’ll have finished everything on your to-do list!
- Relax and repeat
You did it! You got motivated, set some goals, and achieved them too. Now it’s time to head back to step one with one minor change. Relax! Acknowledge that you have done some amazing work and allow yourself to take the time to watch that cat video or play video games for the rest of the night – you deserve it. Tomorrow is a new day and it’ll be time to wake up, do your routine, make a plan, and follow through!
Now it’s time for me to head off, but I hope you enjoyed this post and it puts you in the mood to get motivated and achieve your goals. I know that in just a few minutes it’ll be time for me to make my afternoon cup of tea and get stuck into step five. Life isn’t always easy and sometimes you just need a reminder that you can do anything you put your mind to. Let us know in the comments what some of your dreams and goals are, I’d love to know what you’re all getting up to!
Until next time,
Sophie is a half German, half Indian lifestyle blogger from Hong Kong who lives in London! She’s a little bit of everything and her blog, soph.creates, is a reflection of all of that and more. Follow her journey through adulthood for her take on life, love, travel, food, video games, and of course, lots of pictures of her cat.
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