Never I have I written a more timely blog post. After a few weeks of feeling here, there and everywhere along with a vacation that turned out to be not as restful as I hoped, I definitely found myself in need of some motivation. Whether you’re just looking to boost your every day routine or you feel like you’ve completely lost your mojo, today’s post is for you. Let’s chat about how to get your motivation back and refill your cup when you’re running on empty.
I am 100% a person who draws on the energy around me. Everything from what I’m watching and reading to who I’m spending time with has an impact on my mental state. I love to help people and pour into their lives. But if I’m feeling like I’m scraping the bottom of the well for creative energy and motivation, it’s time to clean house.
If you want to get your motivation back, it’s likely that you’re going to need to start getting intentional. Prioritize the things, people and energy that really need your attention and let the rest stand aside for now. You may find when you come back for it, those things no longer matter as much. But when you’re looking to refill your own well, you can’t keep pouring into everyone else’s cup. Not everyone is deserving of your time and energy. It’s time to clean house.
Follow Some New People
In the last few weeks, I’ve attempted to change how I approach instagram. The numbers game has never served me well. But building a community of women who can empower each other to create their happiest and healthiest lives, I’m here for that. While I know a lot of people struggle with instagram, I’ve found it is actually something that fills my cup.
So once you’ve clean house in whatever way that looks like, it’s time to add some positive influences back in your life. If you don’t know where to start, check who the people you admire are following and add them into your feed. Curate your social media space so that it adds to your energy rather than subtracting. If you’re going to engage in something daily, it needs to be a positive influence in your life.
Personally, my feed is filled with funny, inspiring no non-sense women who want to leave the world better than they found it. They speak kindly about themselves and to other people. You are an accumulation of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Social media isn’t an exception to this rule. If you want to be more motivated, follow more women who inspire you and less that make you feel like crap. It may seem like a small change but it can have a major impact on your mind.
VISUALIZE YOUR OUTCOME
I always talk about knowing your why and this is essentially today’s version of this. Shocking, I know. Nevertheless, I realize that in the thick of trying to reach for goals, it’s easy to get turned over by the waves. Finding your way back to the surface and swimming towards your goal isn’t easy. And often times, we forget why we’ve begun.
If you can’t remember your why, picture your future. What does the girl look like who got up this morning and went to the gym? How will she feel this afternoon? Next week? Next year? What does the girl look like who said no to more than she said yes to this year? How much closer is she to everything she dreamed of?
There’s a lot of discipline that comes with fighting for our dreams. It doesn’t just happen. We have to show up. But when it all feels like crap and you have nothing left to give, remember what it will look like 5 minutes or 5 years from now. If you can’t find motivation for yourself now, find it for future you. You’re both worth fighting for. You just have to remember why.
ASK FOR HELP
I have a process for when everything turns to crap. Yes, I’m the girl who has a system for everything. But why fix what isn’t broken? I often say that in the fight for the top 4 of my goals, there’s one that gets tested extra hard daily/weekly. And if it’s a week like this one, it felt like they were all crumbling around me.
Pray, journal, ask for help. It’s my system. I do it with every problem I have and every moment I feel like it’s all too much. Sometimes I only have to reach out to one friend. This week I pulled in the masses. Either way, build a community around you that is 100% in your corner and lean on them. We aren’t meant to do life alone. Your tribe may have one or 5. But get intentional about investing into the people who pour into your life and pour back into theirs. Because when you have zero motivation and you need a kick in the pants, they will be there to help you find it.
Ya’ll I LOVE boundaries. Seriously, it’s becoming a soapbox in my life. If you want a better life and to achieve your goals, you’re going to have to get a little selfish. You’re going to have to say no. Set boundaries. If you feel bad about saying no, then explain why:
If I do this for you, then I won’t be able to see my kids tonight. If I do this for you, then I won’t be able to take care of my mental health and workout. If I do this for you, I won’t be able to spend time on my business so I can stop feeling constantly overwhelmed by credit card debt.
Honestly, as Shonda Rhimes said, “No is a complete sentence.”* You don’t owe anyone an explanation. Feel free to give one if you feel like it but understand that no one is going to want it as badly as you do. When you start pulling things off your plate that pull from your energy rather than add to it, it makes room for the things that truly do give you motivation. It’s okay to say no. It’s okay to set boundaries. You are worthy of your dreams.
Wherever you’re at in your journey, I hope today’s post will help you feel more motivated. You are worthy of creating a life you love. And while I know staying motivated and getting your motivation back isn’t always easy, I know it’s something you can do! Until next time. Xoxo, Savvy
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