Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My Trick to Finding Motivation

Motivation: The reason we decided to do something or act in some way. Motivation is something that is talked about a lot but that a lot of us still search for all the time. No one has the perfect answer for finding the motivation to do things we need to do, or even for things that we love to do, sometimes.

A big reason that the question "how do I find motivation" is one that is talked about so often and still not one that we all have an answer to by now is that everybody is different. We all have different things that drive us to do what we need to do. We have different lifestyles and different priorities. No one is the same so there are a lot of variables.

When motivation is hard to find here is a little trick I'm figuring out.  The word motivation really means the REASON we do what we do. This trick is helping me feel more motivated to do things that I need to do around the house and helps me get out the door when I don't feel like working out. Here it is:

When you feel that you are lacking motivation, come up with a list of 5 reasons that doing whatever you're struggling to do will be good for you.

Finding motivation to workout when sitting on the couch, or staying in bed, sounds more fun:

1. I always feel better after a run
2. I will be a little closer to meeting my goals or prepares me for my next race
3. I like to run
4. It's healthy
5. It helps me be a happier, and more patient mom

Finding motivation to clean the house:
1. A clean home is a happy home
2. It's easier to find things when the house is clean.
3. If people come over I won't feel embarrassed or need to apologize for the mess.
4. Being in a cluttered home stresses me out.
5. There are fewer germs when it's clean so we won't get sick as often.

Once you have your list of 5 reasons, it's going to be a lot easier for you to get your to-dos done.  So right after you make the list, get to work so that you don't lose the motivation that you just gained. Once you see progress happening, you're going to have even more motivation to keep going.

What is one thing you have a hard time finding motivation for?

Any tricks to staying motivated for you?

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