Motivation! How to stay inspired.

Let’s face it, we all have times when we aren’t motivated. Worse than that, you feel demotivated, disheartened and discouraged. You feel you can’t rather than you can, and the evidence is stacking up to prove it. At times like these, it’s going to take more than just a willingness to try and a “just do it” affirmation. It’s going to take something different.

My biggest demotivation is procrastination. There are many reasons I find myself procrastinating and it’s frustrating when I’m in the middle of it. Try some of these tips when you find yourself a little stuck:

Remember why you are doing it in the first place
Often, when you’re trying something new you start to doubt yourself. That’s perfectly natural and we all do it. The best way to combat this is to make a list of all the reasons why you want what you’re working for. It will remind you of all the positives that you’re set to gain, rather than focusing on the negative self-doubt.

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed
Easier said than done in today’s age of accessible information, opinion and products. Any time spent on social media can be disheartening if you’re one to compare yourself to others both personally and professionally. Try consciously limiting your time on certain social media sites and more importantly, be careful not to get overwhelmed by what you think you should be doing to compete.

Let yourself be distracted
Not by your usual social media though. Perhaps with  something more encouraging and optimistic, such as listening to a podcast or a TED talk, watching a positive clip on YouTube, or even an uplifting scene from a film. There are some great snippets out there to help you feel motivated and that you  can achieve what you want.

Change your location
I’m not suggesting move house or country(although both of those worked for me) but more along the lines of going for a walk, moving to another room to work, or working in a café or park you like. The main thing is to have a change of scenery and to give yourself a different perspective, both physically and mentally.

Imagine how you will feel
Visualising your success is key whether you’re looking at short 3-month goals or something that will take a couple of years. Creating vision boards with pictures and quotes is a good way to get started. If you don’t have 20 glossy magazines to hand, then Pinterest is great for the more modern woman. Check out my page and connect with me – I’d love to see what boards you create: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/the_jackie_booth/

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