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Right this minute, I’m coming off of a two day stomach virus and have a migraine from you know where. What I really want to do is curl up in bed, turn on my sound machine and shut out the world. After all, if I lay still enough, my kids won’t even notice me if they come into the room, right?
I came up with reason after reason why I could put this post off just one more day because after all 24 hours can’t hurt. And, I was just about to put my computer down when I realized this was actually the perfect time to write this exact post.
I know I’m not alone in this. You’ve been here too. You may be here right now…
So worn out you just want to take a break, feeling like you’re spinning your wheels and not really making any progress and just plain ready to quit.
Well, I’m here to tell you I get it. But, sometimes like now, that’s really the perfect time to find your path and get a second wind.
This is for all you worn out mommas out there — 10 ways to get motivated when you’re tired, frustrated and ready to give up:
- Go Back to Your Why – The easiest way to get excited again about anything is to remember you’re reason for doing it in the first place. If you’re having trouble sticking to your diet, think about how much better you’ll feel once you’ve lost the weight, how much healthier you’ll be and how your husband’s eyes will pop out of his head when he sees you in a new dress.If you want to kick off your blogging career but just can’t find the motivation to write a post today, think about why you decided to start a blog… was it the extra income for your family, a way to express yourself. Whatever it is, get back to your why!
- Rock the House – If you’re still not ready to get started, kick things into high gear with music. Turn it up loud and dance around. Movement stimulates creativity so get those creative juice flowing. And, if you embarrass your kids in the process, even better!
- Start from Scratch – Sometimes when you don’t feel motivated, it’s your subconscious trying to tell you that you’re on the wrong path. So, try throwing out everything you’ve done and starting from scratch. I’ve done that a number of times in my writing only to have the words flow so much more smoothly!
- Phone a Friend – Support is important in reaching any goal. If you’re ready to give up, reach out to a friend or your sister or mom, someone you know is going to lift you up rather than wallow in pessimism with you. Give them a call and take turns talking about your goals and what you can do to reach them. Commit to keeping each other accountable and you’ll be back on track.
- Walk It Out – Or run it out or jump it out….The point is to exercise. Getting active changes your perspective and helps you re-energize. You could even have your accountability buddy exercise with you to get double the motivation power.
- Picture It – Pictures are powerful. They can make you happy, sad, angry, excited and yes, motivated!So, picture your goal in your mind. Build a three-dimensional image of what it would look like when you accomplish it. The more detail you can add the more likely you are to get your momentum back.And, if you’re not good with your imagination, head on over to Pinterest. You’re sure to find pictures that represent the goal you’re aiming for whether it’s a healthy body, a happy family, a new house, more money or just about anything else you can dream of.
- Start Small – A lot of times a lack of motivation happens when you’re feeling overwhelmed. There are just so many steps to reaching your goal that you really just don’t know how it will ever happen.Break it down and start with just one small action that moves you closer and then build on your success. After all, the old saying is “Momentum breeds success.”
- Post Your GoalsIt’s hard to be accountable to goals that are just in your head so write them out. Post them where you’ll see them every day. I like to tape mine to my bathroom mirror and over my coffee pot because I know that no matter what I’ll see them 10 times each and every day.
- Reward Yourself – The hardest part of anything is just getting started. Promise yourself a reward for completing even a small portion of your day’s goal. It can be a small break, a cup of ice cream or even a warm bath with a glass of wine – whatever it takes to make it worth your while to take that first step.
- Just Do It – When all else fails, you have to do it anyway. Stop procrastinating and grab the life you want right now. It’s yours for the taking.
If you’re motivation’s in the toilet, get back on track with the 10 tricks above. They’ll help you reach your goals even when you’re tired, frustrated and ready to call it quits.
And now that I’ve reached my goal and written the post, I’m rewarding myself with a nap. See how I used #9?
I’d love to hear from you the things you do to stay motivated too. Post them in the comments below so that we can all grow together. After all, we’re all a work in progress.
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And as always, I wish you a strong family, optimal health and smart incomes.
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