Hi everyone, welcome back to The Couples Blog. I hope everyone is practicing social distancing and staying safe during these uncertain times. On Sunday Dalton and I decided to drop an unexpected second post. If you haven’t had a chance to check that out, click here. It’s one you definitely do not want to miss! Today, I wanted to talk to you guys on how to motivate yourself. For as long as I can remember I had a difficult time finding motivation within myself. It’s only within the last few years that I have learned some tactics and I want to share them with you guys. Let’s jump right in so we can become self-motivated.
Identify Your Why
The first thing you want to think about when trying to motivate yourself is what is my WHY? More specifically when thinking about the things you want to accomplish or the goals you have, why do you want to achieve them? If you do not identify and understand your WHY, you won’t be able to put in your best effort to achieve them. It doesn’t need to be an end goal such as ‘I am going to lose 30 pounds,’ rather it can be something as simple as ‘I’m going to be stronger and healthier.’ Take time to think about what is going to drive you to want to succeed and in turn that will become your motivation.
Set a Morning Routine
If you have been around since the beginning of this blog, you know how much I love and rave about a good morning routine. I dedicated an entire post to it in January, if you missed that check it out here. Starting your day off with a purpose is so important to be motivated throughout your day. For example, for me, I must wake up and workout immediately. I need to do this first so that I do not procrastinate my workout, but it also gives me such amazing endorphins to fuel my day. However, I am not saying that you must be me and get your fitness on first thing. Pick something that inspires you to jump out of bed and helps you better your day.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
Consistently, I plan almost everything in my life. No, I do not schedule out washroom breaks, but I do roughly plan out my day. Block out times to get certain things done has been helpful and I ALWAYS have a to-do list on the go. Usually, I write out my to-do list for the day the night before. Having this already done gives me a sense of purpose and direction as soon as I wake up. I always prioritize my tasks on my to-do list. Giving myself 3 tasks that are considered non-negotiable, I must get those done no matter what. Once I get those 3 things completed, I can move on to the not-so pressing tasks on my to-do list. Checking things off a to-do list is very motivating and satisfying.
Starting is always the hard part. Just get up and start it. Block yourself out for 30 minutes and start whatever it is. If you do not get it finished in that 30 minutes, take a break. Step outside, get some fresh air or get a snack. Take your mind off it for a few minutes. Come back to the task and block yourself out for another 30 minutes and before you know it, the task will be complete. Blocking time really makes sure you are focused on completing that one task without distractions. Then giving yourself a break/reward helps clear the mind and feel a sense of success and motivation to continue. I use this technique all the time to get daunting tasks done. Give it a try, you may amaze yourself at how much you can get done.
Scour the internet for as much inspiration to motivate you as you can. Pinterest is an amazing place to start, while you are there follow The Couples Blog. You can also find inspiration on YouTube, Ted Talks, Podcasts and other blogs to name a few platforms. The best motivation and inspiration for me are my friends and family. If one of my friends is killing it, that lights a fire under my butt to kill it like her/him. I try to be that inspiration for my friends, family and of course, all of you guys as well!
Be Kind to Yourself
Motivation at the end of the day is the fire inside your soul. Lighting that fire is up to you but you can’t light a fire when you are constantly blowing it out. What I mean by this is stop talking down to yourself, stop using harsh words to describe yourself, just stop being your biggest critic. I know it is much harder said than done and it is a process, loving yourself. When speaking to myself I try to use this guideline “is this something I would say to my best friend?” if not I shouldn’t be saying it to myself. This keeps my mind away from negative unproductive thoughts. Try every day to light that fire and keep it burning, it’s beautiful.
Everyone may not agree with this point, but I think it is important for motivating yourself. I think that we wait until we have reached our end goal to reward ourselves. Have you ever heard the saying “getting there is half the fun?” I think that is true for your goals as well. Stop and give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work you’ve been putting in throughout the journey. Rewarding yourself lets you know you are doing something positive, productive and makes consistency easier. It can be small rewards, it doesn’t have to be extravagant.
Well, guys, I hope this week’s post gave you some motivation to put the remote down and get in a home workout. If not that is OK, with the uncertainty in the world take this time to rest and get back to motivate yourself when you feel ready. Again, while you have some free time don’t forget to get your submissions in for our GIVEAWAY!!!! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I will talk to you again next week, same place, same time.