Are you feeling overwhelmed? Having trouble getting and staying motivated? Here are four strategies that will help you start thinking about your self-talk, limiting beliefs, surrounding yourself with the right people and taking action!
1. Change Your Inner Dialogue
“It’s not what you say outside of your mouth that determines your life. I’ts what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” R. Kiyosaki
When you first open our eyes in the morning and you think your first thought it’s an opportunity to set the tone for your day. If you had a bad dream or didn’t sleep well, it can start a negative spiral that can kill your motivation and leave you feeling even worse. So what can you do? Start by asking yourself these two questions. What makes you happy and excited in your life right now? How does it make you feel when you think about it? Let that feeling fill you up and flow through you. These questions help you start your day from a place of gratitude and appreciation. Once you have shifted into a positive mindset, choose your next activity wisely.
2. Identify Your Blocks
We all have dreams and plans, but sometimes we feel overwhelmed and stuck. On a logical level we all want to move forward, but sometimes there is something holding us back. The first step is identifying any blocks. Begin by asking yourself these questions. Is it something on the surface? Do I need more support, education, or money? Or maybe it’s something deeper. It might be a subconscious limiting belief. If you are having trouble identifying the block(s), you can ask people who know you well to talk it through, or you can start digging deeper into yourself to get to the bottom of it.
Once you identify the blocks, it’s important to find a way to move past them. It may turn out that signing up for a class will build your confidence and motivation, or it may require deeper digging. Author Amy B Scher suggests using a, “I-can’t-believe-that’s-in-my-brain journal.” where you write down limiting beliefs as you think of them creating a list that you can work on clearing. Whatever the block is, if we don’t find a way to clear it we will continue repeating the same patterns and feel unmotivated.
3. Surround Yourself With The Right People
“Surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.” — Edmund Lee
Take a look at your tribe. Are they the right people for you? Are they positive and supportive of your dreams and goals. Are some of them already achieving the things you want to bring into your life?
To accomplish new and great things You must eliminate negativity and replace those who say you can’t, with those who say you can! Surround yourself with the change makers who have a mindset of belief. On days when you can’t find your motivation, they will lift you up and lead you to it! “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” says motivational speaker Jim Rohn. Ask yourself, who are your five?
4. Get in Action
“Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ―Dale Carnegie
Inertia begets inertia. If you want to stay motivated and achieve more, you need to stay in action. Your goals will never happen if you don’t start somewhere. Begin by writing down your big goals, breaking them into smaller, more manageable goals. Create an action plan with milestones and measurable results. Start following it today!
You may be afraid to take the first step. Maybe you’re concerned you aren’t ready to start. The best advice I’ve received in work and life is to jump in, and figure it out as you go. There is no time like the present. Once you start ticking off your action items and seeing the results of your hard work, your motivation will come more easily.