Updated: November 7, 2022
Do you struggle staying motivated? Sometimes I do too. That’s why I’ve composed a guide for How to Stay Motivated during those times when the going gets though. I can come back to this and reflect on what’s really important, and remind myself to pick it up!
Wake Up Early
Wake up early— I adore waking up before everyone else, I love the darkness of the early mornings, I am obsessed with watching the sun rise.
An early morning can be beneficial to your mind, body and overall health. According to one academic journal, early risers are less likely to develop mental health problems.Productivity also seems to be at an all time high during these early morning hours. Early morning hours tend to be the most productive time of the day as you get uninterrupted time to yourself.
Repeat My Mantras
Every morning, after I meditate, I repeat my daily mantras.
- I am grateful for the financial support I have in my life now.
- I am grateful for every penny which magically comes my way.
- I create value in this world and I add value to other peoples’ lives.
- Money flows to me easily because I focus more on the value I create.
- Money is an energy which flows through me powerfully.
- I feel energized today as I feel the universe creating new opportunities to attract wealth.
- Wealth is a state of mind, and I align myself with it now.
- Making money is as easy as breathing for me.
- I open myself to being surprised by unexpected, large amounts of money coming my way.
- I feel confident about my ability to find hidden gems of opportunities which create tremendous wealth.
- My wealth already exists in this reality—I only need to wait calmly as it manifests into physical form.
- Every penny I spend is really money that I circulate, and it will come back to me multiplied
I meditate for 30 minutes every day. I started doing it in rehab (yes, I went to rehab for a crippling cocaine addiction. I’ve been clean for 3 years and 11 months:) let’s celebrate my 4 Year Anniversary together!). It helps ground me, ease my anxiety, and set me up for the day ahead.
To-do-lists are great— if you actually pull through and get them done, so don’t make them so overwhelming that you won’t accomplish anything on them. Set realistic goals for your day that you will accomplish.
Repeat Positive Thoughts
The more we think negative thoughts, the more our brains get into a loop of repeating these negative thoughts. It’s not easy, so I’m not saying ‘oh just be positive haha *smiley face*’ no, not at all. It’s a skill we have to learn to rewire our brains, and it’s something I’m personally still working on.
It helps to repeat my positive affirmations. Here are some examples below:
- I Am Beautiful
- I Am Enough
- I Am Healthy
- I Am Worthy
- I Am Strong
- I Am Confident
- I Am Loved
- I Am Respected
- I Am Filled With Self Love
- I Am Successful
- I Am Smart
- I Am Safe Now
Have rituals to start your day. Before sitting down to work, you need to be ready for the day ahead. This could range from watering plants to meditating to cleaning your work space or simply making yourself your cup of coffee.
If smaller tasks come up throughout your day, or you really don’t feel like starting your work, try the 1 Minute Rule. Tell yourself you’ll do the work for just a minute, and if you don’t feel like continuing, you can stop. Most often what’s actually holding us back isn’t the task itself but the ‘starting energy’ we need to initiate it.
- The 1 Minute Rule: The rule is super simple. Any task that you can finish in 1 minute or less, you do right away. For example, putting your shoes away as soon as you get home, or making the bed first thing in the morning. Both take less than one minute, and later you’ll be super glad you did them!
Plan For Breaks
Plan breaks in your day, or use the Pomodoro Techniques. Knowing in advance how much longer you have to work will make you less likely to just pull out your phone now.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. It uses a kitchen timer to break work into intervals, typically 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
How to use The Pomodoro Technique:
- Identify a task or tasks that you need to complete.
- Set a timer for 25 minutes.
- Work on a task with no distractions.
- When the alarm sounds, take a 5-minute break.
- Repeat the process 3 more times.
- Take a longer 30-minute break and start again.
Don’t Rely on Motivation Itself
You won’t be able to stay motivated for weeks on end, so have a clear plan of tasks you need to get done, regardless of how motivated or inspired you feel that day.
Cultivating discipline is incredibly important and the sooner you start, the better.
Have pre-date and post-date routines.
I personally love my pre & post date rituals. I love beautifying myself for a date, and I also love getting myself ready to be comfy cozy and spend time with my puppy post-dates.
Continue To Set New Goals
Some people have trouble sticking to their goals as they don’t distinguish their goals from more casual, everyday self-improvement efforts. Just because you decide you want to do something, doesn’t make it a conscious goal. Goal setting is a purposeful and explicit process that starts with identifying a new objective, skill, or project you want to achieve.
Regularly review your goals and progress: Seeing progress is a great motivator in itself, and also improves your self-esteem.
You need to keep your motivation strong to complete your goals. Consider scheduling a weekly evaluation, which could include measuring your progress and checking your schedule. Once you see how close the finish line is, you’ll feel more motivated to push through to the end. If you’re a little behind schedule, make necessary adjustments and keep going.
Continue to set new goals. Think about what you want to achieve next week, next month and next year. Tackle one goal at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Review your goals and see if they are realistic in the time frame you have set. You may need to break your goal down further into smaller and more achievable goals. Make them SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-bound).
Remember why you wanted to get motivated or reach that goal in the first place.
Take motivation from others – feel inspired by reading a book, or go on Twitter. Talk to your mentor, or friends or family who have reached similar goals to the ones you have set.
Sometimes you just need to take a break and start afresh, and that’s okay!
You deserve a luxurious, high end lifestyle.
You are worthy of all the best things in life regardless of you’re upbringing or history.
Do not let your past dictate your future.
If you’ve settled before that’s okay, promise yourself to NEVER do it again.
You deserve everything you want in life.
You deserve to be treated like a princess, you deserved to be spoiled, you deserve to have thousands of dollars spent on you simply BECAUSE YOU WANT IT.
Learn everything you need to know about the lifestyle you want and then go out and FUCKING GET IT.
So there you have it, Candace’s guide for how to stay motivated.
Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated? Share them below!