MOTIVATION MONDAY | STAYING MOTIVATED

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Motivation. It is something that we all want, but not something that we really know how to achieve. Some days it’s there, some days it isn’t.

To be 100% honest, I definitely lack motivation a lot of the time. I get discouraged easily and don’t manage my time well. And even if I know that I have a spectacular opportunity that I need to work for, the mountain to that opportunity just seems so stinking big!

For this reason, I have decided to start a new series on the blog called “Motivation Monday”. Personally, I need some tough love to get my act together and getting fired up and writing a post like this will push me to do just that! And if I am being real, a lot of these posts are going to be exactly what I, the person writing these posts, need to hear! I will be benefitting just as much, if not more than you!

So today, I wanted to talk about a few of the things that keep me motivated on a daily basis! They are small things, but can most definitely have a big impact on your day.

KNOW YOUR DREAMS 💭

What do you want to achieve in your life? This does not mean graduating or traveling to a specific spot. This means, in your wildest dreams what will life look like for you? This is a lofty aspiration, seems so hard to make happen, but I promise that it will make you smile. And when you are smiling and thinking happy thoughts, it sure is not as hard to hit the ground running and get sh*t done (pardon my language).

FIND YOUR CHEERLEADERS 🎊 🎉

Reach out to your family, friends, and coworkers and tell them what you need. Be real, be honest! It is so helpful to have a group of people to hold you up and keep pushing you forward, even when think nothing is happening the way that it should be. I truly would not be where I am today if I did not have my squad of cheerleaders cheering me on.

HAVE A ROUTINE ⏰

Create a process of how you get into the day. Not only will this become a habit, which makes it easier and easier to do at time goes on, but you are able to create a routine that sets you up for success. This can be as nitty gritty or loose as you desire, but I have learned that it is 10 times easier to get out of bed in the morning knowing exactly how the start of my day will flow. I also bundle certain tasks together. No matter what time it is, if I start with task 1, I bundle task 2, 3, and 4 together with it. This is a highly individual thing, but it really has made a difference in my life.

MAKE LISTS 📝 

Whether you just have a notepad or an organized planner, write things down! For me, there is nothing more motivating than being able to cross things off of my list. A pet peeve of mine is when you tell someone something and they don’t write it down. How can you be sure that they will remember? Don’t be that person. Nothing is more demotivating than being caught forgetting something important because you thought you would just be able to remember.

CLEAN UP YOUR LIFE 🙅🏼

I talked about this in my Spring Clean Your Life post a while back, but honestly, throw away all of the stinky things! This can be clothes, pictures, or even people. And what I find even more important, is cleaning up your digital space. If something upsets you, makes you feel poorly about yourself or reminds you of something negative – unfriend, unfollow, unlink and say goodbye. You don’t need that kind of energy in your life. On the other hand, fill up your digital life with positive role models and people/things that make you feel happy and empowered.

These are just some of the core things that keep me motivated every day. Every Monday I will be sharing things that not only keep me motivated, but that will hopefully motivate you too. Every little push helps and I promise, one day those goals will all be yours!

With love,

Lena Marie 💕

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

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