How to stay motivated

Motivation is hard to keep. Well, for me personally it certainly is.

I go through stages of feeling super motivated and wanting to be successful in everything to feeling completely disheartened and not wanting to push myself in anything; however, these last couple of months have been a complete game changer for me and my motivation.

Coming into 2017 I found myself in a bit of a slum. I wasn’t exercising or being healthy so I found my body confidence was really low and, other than work, I didn’t have anything to keep me busy or inspired so I found myself going round in circles, looking for something to lift my mood.

At the end of January, after having a month of wallowing in self pity, I decided that enough was enough and vowed to myself that I was going to keep myself motivated in 2017 and make a change. Nearly four months later, I am still on this road of motivation and I haven’t felt this good in a very long time. I have pushed myself in my fitness and dieting, stuck to my own personal blog goals and changed my whole outlook and attitude to everyday life, taking a much more positive view on every situation.

As I said, motivating yourself to make a change can be very difficult, yet luckily I have picked up a few tips over the last couple of months that keep me on track and hopefully  will help you stay motivated as well!

  1. Have a goal

This may sound like a simple one, but I find it’s the one main thing that always keeps me motivated. If you have nothing to work towards then chances are you will soon lose sight of why you are doing something. Whether it’s a summer holiday that helps you get fitter, a career milestone that makes you work harder or a showcase that encourages your talent, having an end goal can really help you stay on track.

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2. Remember how good it feels

Ever had that feeling when you’ve motivated yourself to do something and you feel extra amazing afterwards? Well that’s the feeling you need to remember. When you are feeling that your motivation is lacking, try to remind yourself that a little bit of work can lead to a lot of happiness.

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3. Give yourself a break

Motivation is good, but it’s damn hard to keep up 24/7. It’s important to remember that you can allow yourself a break and it won’t be the end of the world. I find that by giving myself a break of a week, my motivation climbs back up and I am ready to tackle my goals once again.

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4. Tell your friends and family your goals

This can be a difficult one , especially for me as by telling people my goals I am opening myself up to people knowing if I have failed them; however, they are the motivational support you need. Tell your goals to people that you know will prop you up when you’re struggling rather than drag you down further and you will soon find yourself flying through every milestone.

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5. Reward yourself

Life is too short not too reward yourself, especially when you deserve it. Reward yourself for each milestone you reach and you’ll find it’s easier to stay motivated, whether it’s a yummy meal out, a beauty purchase you’ve been wanting for ages or just a simple afternoon taking time out to relax.

How do you stay motivated? Let me know in the comments ❤

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