I will be the first to tell you that doing awesome stuff is HARD. Like REALLY… HARD. Most times I just want to watch Netflix (currently, Orange Is The New Black) and eat ice-cream in bed. But since I’m not a millionaire yet (one of my goals); I can’t afford myself that luxury. [P.S how long do I have to wait till I see my bank account balance rise like bread dough? 🙁 ]
However, juggling my 9 to 5 at a Big 4 firm (really a 9 to 9 in my chosen career); managing a blog; and volunteering with several organizations amongst other things on my every increasing commitments list has taught me a thing or five about motivating myself.
I’ve found that most of the time I just have to do what I have to do ESPECIALLY when I do not feel like it. I’ve learnt that feelings are just that, feelings, so I cannot let them come between me and my dreams. Every morning when I wake up, I have to sell myself on the day and hype/ motivate myself to do what I need to.
Be Your Own Hypeman.
So how do I keep myself motivated? I hope that sharing these tips with you, will give you the motivation you need to smash your goals this week!
- Motivational Videos/ Podcasts:
I listen to a form of motivational content EVERY morning. I find that doing this as soon as I wake up motivates me to actually get out of bed (I wake up at 5am most mornings). Most of the time I listen to Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins or Jim Rohn. Of recent I’ve been obsessed with Gary Vee’s videos on YouTube.
- Goal Setting:
Setting goals, writing them down and updating them regularly keeps me focused. I set weekly, monthly, yearly and also long-term goals. Of recent, I have started carrying around my monthly and long-term goals with me in my wallet. I read my goals most mornings usually on my train ride to work (thanks, to a tip from Jim Rohn). This keeps me focused during the day.
Having a vision board: I created one while setting my New Year’s Resolutions for the new year. This really helped me focus on what was really important to me. I have my vision board on my bedroom wall which I see when I wake up each morning. Seeing the long way I have to go (I have aspirational goals on there), usually motivates me to act. Learn more about how you can create a vision board here.
- Accountability Groups:
This year I brought together a group of passionate ladies who are killing it in their chosen fields and are striving to achieve their full potential. We try to meet in person twice a month to touch base and update each other on our progress. Having an accountability group keeps me in check when I start slacking off. The pressure of being the only one to not accomplish her goals definitely plays a huge part in this! (I can’t help it, I am competitive).
- Mantras/ Words of Affirmation/ Prayer:
During the day I keep repeating words of affirmation and I also pray throughout the day. This is especially important when I get really lazy or really scared. Some of my favorite mantras/ prayers are:
“To be successful, you must be willing to do the things today others won’t do in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have”
“I am the master of my fate, and the captain of my soul”
“God give me strength, discipline and courage to carry out my tasks for today”
- Celebrating My Achievements
When I hit my goals/ do something pretty impressive like this, I try to make time to celebrate. Celebrating my achievements makes smashing your goals THAT more fun. I routinely celebrate by indulging in mini-shopping sprees. I am not very proud of this, but it works for me; find out what works for you!
Now your turn, what do you do to motivate yourself every day?