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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Talk About It Tuesday: Motivation
Each of us has different resources we draw from to maintain it. And you aren't born with it. It must be learned, instilled and nurtured. Trust me when I say that when there are things around you that take away from that motivation, it can hurt.
Losing your motivation can beat you down because you not only lose sight of what's most important to you, but you also become trapped in negativity. And you don't want to get stuck in that, 'I can't' mode.
We are all human and have been in that place at one time or another.
Life is hard. It wasn't meant to be easy. What would be the point in trying harder, and pushing forward, if it was? It's all in how you choose to deal with what road bumps and crap that's thrown at you.
Here's what I've learned:
~ Constantly challenge yourself. Never be still. Once your still, the negativity can sneak in there and tell you, 'you can't'. Do something you've never done before. Try to write that novel or short story and get it out there. Keep going.
~ Always stay focused on what motivates you the most. For me, it's my kids. I need to keep moving forward for them. Whenever I feel low, I remind myself they need me so I pick myself up and do what I have to do.
~ Make sure you have the right support. That means, surround yourself with those you aspire you to be who you want to be. That's imperative. Once you surround yourself with those who are negative and see the world like everyone is against them, it can be contagious. And it's a hard place to get out of.
~ Have small daily goals, as well as weekly/monthly/yearly ones. Doing this keeps you on track and constantly moving towards where you want to be. Small daily goals are awesome because then you can say, 'Okay. I did this, this and this today. I accomplished something.' It helps keep you positive.
~ Always focus on the things you can do and be determined enough to achieve those things. (That's where surrounding yourself with the right people helps).
~ Rest when you need to, and do what you can when you can. If you push yourself too hard, all that can end up happening is you become overwhelmed and not feel you can do anything. (That was a hard one for me...and still is.)
Stay strong, be who you're meant to be and do what you can. You're no hero if you give up.
You're a hero if you try.