Staying motivated is a crucial aspect of my productivity. If I can’t visualize a clear end product with a positive outcome, then I am most likely discouraged from preparing for or completing a task. This applies to writing essays for school, applying for scholarships, and joining the military (Hint Hint: which you will read about in a future post). If you are prone to stress and anxiety, staying motivated is a good way to keep your mind off of your worries. Keep reading for 5 useful tips for staying motivated.
- Create a plan of action
Planners are life! When I was in high school without my planner or my reminders on my Ipad or Iphone I was completely lost. Writing down your plan of action and keeping it in a visible place is a great tangible reminder to keep yourself accountable. If you want to be able to run 5 miles by the end of the school semester write down all the steps you will have to take and create a schedule for getting it done. Keeping this plan of action in a visible place that you will look at everyday is a constant reminder to keep you motivated. I also recommend creating a vision board. (If you would like to see a post for how to create a vision board leave a comment)
- Celebrate Improvements
Who doesn’t like to celebrate? Always celebrate your improvements or accomplishments. It is a great way to mentally stabilize and to take a break from beating yourself up (I know I beat myself up a lot). Make sure to keep your celebrations proportionate. Realize how far you have come and reward yourself accordingly and in a healthy manner. If you just lost 5 pounds don’t celebrate with a huge slice of decadent chocolate cake! Instead, take yourself out to a movie or treat yourself to some frozen yogurt. Rewards are like checkpoints for the steps you are taking to move forward. Celebrations will boost your confidence and will give you something to look forward to after your next improvement.
I cannot stress enough how much exercise will improve the quality of your life. If exercise is what you need to stay motivated with then continuing to exercise is the best thing you can do. Even before I became a Health Coach with Herbalife, I was super pro-health and exercise. Trust me. Exercise will boost your endorphins, improve your mood, and make you a more productive person; thus providing the necessary energy to pump yourself up! Get moving!
- Surround yourself with people in similar situations
Someone once said, “association brings on assimilation.” This statement is very true. Surround yourself with people who are working towards the same goal. Networking and making connections with similar people will provide the opportunity to learn tips and tricks to achieve your end goal. It is always a motivational push to know that someone else is on the same path as you and you are not on this journey alone.
- Ask questions
You don’t know unless you ask. Ask people how they achieved their goals; you may be surprised by the methods they used. Hearing other people’s successes will put your mentality in closer proximity to reaching your goal. You can always learn from someone else: we are all different, we all think different, and we were all raised different. No question is a bad question!
Stay motivated my Beautiful Crystals!
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!
~ The Unfolding Crystal ~