Hello and happy Monday to you all! Today marks the first full week of the month of August, so let’s get motivated to crush this week!

Today I wanted to dig a little deeper into the point I mentioned in my first Motivation Monday post about staying motivated and that is “find your cheerleaders”.

I listen to Darren Daily. Darren is an author, public speaker, mentor, among lots of other things. But most of all, he is a coach. One of his daily mentoring videos struck a chord with me last week. He said, “you don’t find yourself, you create yourself”.

This lesson holds incredibly true for motivation as well. We all want to “find” motivation, but actually, we have to intrinsically create it. External stimuli will only support the motivation that you have created.

And one of these external stimuli that I find extremely crucial to staying motivated is having your own personal cheer squad. Ironically, I say you should “find” your own personal cheer squad, but really, you create it!

But what does this mean?

This means that you create a group of supporters who:

You trust. ❤️

Through thick and thin, you need to know that these people will be there for you. You need to know that they want to see you happy, successful, and always striving for your goals.

Have your best interests at heart. ❤️

They are honest, critical and compassionate. They want the best for you and will voice their opinions. If you need a push, they will give you one, if you get lost, they will reel you in, if you achieve a goal, they will celebrate it with you.

Treat you the way they want to be treated. ❤️

They give you what they know you will give them. You cannot expect to have a group of cheerleaders when they cannot be sure that you are cheering them on too. Using is abusing. Never use anyone to your advantage or allow others to use you.

Are not afraid to be honest. ❤️

You need to know whether you are doing the right thing. And these are the people who can reassure you or be brutally honest and tell you how it really is. Do they think you are taking the wrong path? Do they think you have more potential than you believe you do? Your cheerleaders are not scared of being honest with you, even if your reaction may be anger or tears.

Love you. ❤️

Your cheerleaders love you. And for that reason, they want the very best for you and will support you in any way they can, forever and always.

All of our cheerleading squads look different. Some are big, some are little. Some are composed of family, some are composed of friends. What matters is that you are confident that they have each of the qualities I have listed above.

My personal cheer squad is made up of family and some close family friends. But, there are 3 core people who I trust, who I know have my best interests at heart, who treat me right, who are not afraid, to be honest, and who love me. That would be my mom, my dad, and my boyfriend. These 3 individuals are people who mean the world to me.

I am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people so close to my heart, but we don’t all have that! You can find your cheer squad all over the place though. Through accountability groups, like the ones I run for my coaching business, bible study groups or just going out and mingling with people, you can quickly meet people who will be in your life forever.

And there is nothing more special than having a personal cheer squad to share your journey with.

With love,

Lena Marie 💕

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

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