8 Ways To Boost Motivation When All You Want To Do Is Be A Princess
Alright hustlers, today I thought I’d share a few tips for getting motivation back when all you want to do is crawl into bed and watch ‘The Princess Diaries’ so you can pretend that when shit gets hard you just have to wait until someone reveals you’re a princess and immediately your requirements will be narrowed down to ‘looking hot’ and ‘not being clumsy’.
If that’s not the measure of feeling so unmotivated that you want to escape reality, I don’t know what is.
Here’s what my life would look like if I found it easy to stay motivated.. Get up at 5am – no problem! Exercise effectively and without complaint – ok then! Use every single waking moment to it’s full potential – give me a difficult task already!
However, it isn’t human to stay in a constant state of motivation. If it was, can you imagine the things we would achieve on a daily basis?! By now, we’d be Obama, Beyonce and Mother Teresa combined.
[quote]Motivation – noun – ‘a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.'[/quote]
When we feel a lack of motivation in the hustle, I don’t think it’s because we feel any less passionate or excited about the reason or the end goal. I think we lose motivation because in order to reach an end goal, we have to live through the process. And the process always involves lots of things we really don’t want to do, lots of things we lose interest in quickly, lots of repetitive tasks which can eventually become cumbersome.
Think about the Olympics, right.. What we’ll see on TV is the brilliance, the glory, the drive, the energy, the passion, the determination, the perfection. But what we won’t see are the years of early mornings, the injuries, the failures, the losses, the endless training, the pain, the sacrifices.. And while we know the latter exists, we haven’t been the ones who have endured it.
In our hustle, we are the ones having to endure all of the mundane stuff, all of the setbacks, all the ‘training’.. We are the ones who have to take the good with the bad, who have to keep going when it gets tough, who have to do our best to get up every day and remember why we are doing what we are.
In our hustle, we are the ones who have to keep showing up.
So here are some of the tips I employ when motivation for the day to day process is lacking..
1) Focus on just 1 or 2 things rather than looking at the big picture
Often, we have so many ideas and so many things we want to achieve that we can feel overwhelmed. It becomes hard to see the path we need to travel in order to get there, and our creativity gets blocked. When this happens, I simply set myself the challenge of completing just one or two tasks in a day. These tasks don’t have to be the most important or massively life changing necessarily – they just have to be things that I can cross off my to-do list. Sometimes that feeling of achieving something, anything, is all you need to get the motivation rolling again.
2) Step away from the task at hand
I know this seems counter intuitive, but for me, being distracted from a task that seems overwhelming clears my mind and often makes me realize that it isn’t so big and scary after all. I’ll try to do something completely different – whether that’s reading a book, going opshopping (if I have to) or singing at the top of my lungs (sorry neighbours), shifting mental focus for even just a few minutes can help make room for motivation and clarity to creep back in again.
3) Clean your space
Nothing is as distracting or as frustrating as a messy, disorganized space! Take a bit of time to put those papers in order, to take out the rubbish, to vacuum the salt-and-vinegar chip crumbs off the floor, to put those empty coffee mugs in the dishwasher.. When your space is clear, you’ll be amazed at how much your mind parallels the feeling of that reality.
4) Break up your time into tiny little chunks
When I feel motivation lacking, instead of picturing the whole day spanning out in front of me, I break it down and focus on short blocks of time. I might work for 20 minutes then take a 5-10 minute break, then work for 30 minutes and take another break. When mentally you know that you only have a finite amount of time to work, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to cut the distracting thoughts and hold focus on the task at hand. Often, I find myself wanting to work for longer because I get on such a roll!
5) Get outside and walk
If you know me well, you’ll know that I ain’t no walker. If I need to get somewhere, I like to make that journey as fast as possible. When I was 14, I found myself feeling bored in the middle of a 4 hour hike, so decided to run the rest of the way. Joke was on me when I had to sit and wait for my friends at the end of the path..
Anyway, in the last few months, I’ve been forcing myself to just walk. I’ll put my headphones in and go for a stroll to grab a coffee, to get some groceries, or just to meander around the block. And now, I love it. I think the combination of fresh air, distraction and physically moving away from your space in a relaxed manner is what clears the mind and brings motivation back naturally. Finally, I’ve discovered the nugget of awesomeness that is simply walking!
6) Describe yourself as the person you want to be
Answer these questions out loud: what is the vision you hold for yourself? What are your strengths? What does success mean to you and why? When we talk to ourselves in a positive way, and remind ourselves why we are doing what we are, our conscious brain is forced to acknowledge and articulate the reason we are engaged in the process. When you do this, immediately you’ll feel your spirit start to rise, your excitement build and your engagement levels start to increase.
7) Take some time to be unmotivated
Sometimes you just need a break. You need to acknowledge that you aren’t feeling it. And you need to realize that it’s ok. Sometimes, just living through the feeling and not putting any pressure on yourself to snap out of it makes motivation levels even stronger when you inevitably come out the other side.
8) Congratulate yourself
Like the competitors at the Olympics, we are constantly in training for that end goal. And this isn’t always easy. But, as I said before, we are the ones who keep showing up. So congratulate yourself in knowing that even though it feels tough and heavy and pointless at times.. You’re still here. You’re still doing it. And you are still going to make it happen.
So there you have it!! A few tips for keeping that motivation in check. You feeling ready to hustle to the max? Oh, speaking of max, don’t forget to enter the giveaway that closes on Instagram tonight! I tell you what.. Winning that prize would be a great way to feel motivated.. Should have added ‘win stuff’ as point 9.
Do you have any tips you employ when you want to feel motivated? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!