How to keep yourself motivated: 5 ways that will make it easier

If you were drawn by the title I imagine you find it hard to keep yourself motivated. Or maybe you were just curious about what I had to say.

I know quite a few people who find it hard to motivate themselves. Thankfully, I am quite good and motivate myself and keep my goals in mind, and I’m often told I am quite good at motivating others. And though some people might think I was always this way, this couldn’t be further from the truth: I had to work hard to make myself this way.

Keeping yourself motivated can be hard, especially in challenging times, but here are five ways to motivate yourself:

Focus on the positive things.

One of the things I do to keep myself motivated in achieving my goals is to focus on the positive side of things. And this is quite hard to do but I believe it is one of the most important ways to motivate yourself. When something unexpected happens, it’s easier for us to fall into a negativity path and concentrate on the bad side of it. What will make you stronger and keep yourself up is looking at the positive side. Even the small, little things.

So, always look the positive side in every situation. Remember, positive thoughts attract good things!

Think that you CAN do anything.

It’s very important you believe in yourself. One of the things I found to motivate me the most is thinking “I can do this.”. No matter what it is. It’s as simple as when I go for runs and I’m exhausted and all I want to do is stop, I think to myself: “I can do this!”

Focus on your goal and make ends meet. If you don’t think you can do it, who will?

Transform challenges into opportunities.

More than anyone, I know how hard it is to keep yourself motivated and focus on your goals when you are facing challenges. But one thing I have learnt is: look at it as an opportunity.

I firmly believe that’s things happen for a reason.

When I decided to come to England, I applied for a Master’s degree at Kingston University, in London. I didn’t get accepted. I cried. Three hours later I was looking at other universities and found Edge Hill. Filled in an application, re-wrote my personal statement and I got accepted. I now live in Liverpool and I am really thankful I didn’t end up going to Kingston.

Write a list of goals and think of different ways you can achieve it.

If you have a specific goal you want to achieve, think of different scenarios and how can you achieve it. If your goal is to lose weight, for example, think of how are you going to do it. Are you going to just diet or do exercise? Will you be able to maintain a diet if you don’t exercise?

Always have your goal in mind. What is it that you want to achieve? Writing a plan to achieve your goals will help you keep on track.

Surround yourself with people that will be able to give that extra push.

Even if you’re really good at keeping yourself motivated, there will be times you might think you can’t do it or feel a bit down. Having a group of people or a person that will be able to give you a final push and motivate you will help.

I’m often told I’m quite good at keeping other people motivated, however, there were times I thought I couldn’t do something or thought I wasn’t good enough. Thankfully I have a group of friends that have helped me keeping up and look at things in a different way that I would have myself.





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