5 Simple Ways to Self-Motivate

Updated: May 4, 2020

*The impact of COVID-19 and being in isolation/quarantine might have affected your will to persist and your motivation altogether. First things first, I want to note that it is okay and it is REAL to feel less motivated during this time. We’re currently navigating a pandemic - all we have to do is Survive.

My hope is that this post encourages you to hold on to the energy that you do have at your disposal and to know that you are still worth investing in.*

As an alignment coach and as a whole person, I carry the belief in and practice of ongoing self-improvement. I know I’m not broken, but I want to maintain wellness in all the ways and continue to progress through life. Motivating yourself is a process like any other tangible form of self-work. You ultimately decide what works best for you but I wanted to share some suggestions for self-motivation that are easy to implement in your life.

  1. Wake Up With Intention

If you are reading this, you probably realized that you woke up this morning - that in itself is a reason to express gratitude.

What is the first thing that you think about when you wake up? Maybe you’re thinking about how you slept the night before - understandable. So let’s focus on that second thought and make that the thought that defines your intentions. It could be a declaration of how today is going to go; what you need to get done or want to get done by the end of the day; what you are going to do to feel like you are ready to be present with yourself that day.

2. Find Motivation in Words

For me, this is a self-motivation staple. Even when I don’t have the words or thoughts to motivate myself, the internet is still free and I could find them. I have been finding and sharing a quote for the week for almost every week for the last four years and I have not planned on stopping. Although I share it on social media to resonate with others, I am looking to support and motivate myself first. I choose quotes based on the energy and feeling I want to gather and the energy and feeling I want to release. The quotes hit differently when I seriously need some form of motivation and grounding.

3. Imagine and Visualize

You may be familiar with vision boards, which is a popular visualization tool. There is the act of cutting out images and words, and then there’s the vision that you create by simply imagining. Paint a mental picture of what you want or what you want to accomplish. Focus on all the senses in your vision. It’s not just about what you see, what are associated sounds, smells, tastes, and things you feel. Allow your sensual imagery to motivate you to want to experience those visions in reality.

4. Set Small and Micro Goals

I have been facilitating a mastermind group for the last few weeks and the people who are in it are AMAZING beings and they also have a lot of projects and self-work that they want to progress on. One of my big takeaways that I learned from them and also share with them is to accomplish what feels realistic and set small goals. One of the mastermind goals was to wash their dishes - and that worked for them. Sometimes I set goals to clean up a section of my room, to write half a post, or to read a number of pages. We need to be able to start somewhere so that we can build up our motivation.

5. Complete the mundane tasks FIRST

I’m biased but this is my favorite way of self-motivation - JUST DO IT. This goes for everyone who tends to procrastinate (SPOILER ALERT: most people tend to procrastinate). For me - it means to start. For you, it might mean to resume, to finish, to pause. Sometimes the best motivation comes from doing the things that you do not like first. My friends were hosting a webinar and they discussed the concept from Brian Tracy’s book called “Eat That Frog” and I appreciated that they mentioned this because I identify with just doing the things I dread the most FIRST. Once I finish, I feel so energized - “Wow, I can’t believe I finished _____! Now I can work on what I really want to do!”

If nothing else, do what works for you that makes you feel excited, gets you moving, gets you focused and intentional about what you need to do and want to do.

When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.” - Paulo Coelho

*SHAMELESS PLUG* - My friends who hosted the webinar I sat in on have great content that they are providing on social media! Follow my friends on Instagram from motivation and practicality for living your best life - @TheAdultingQueen and @RatchetAndWell

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