Finding Your Motivation

These last couple of weeks I have been finding myself very motivated when it comes to blogging, school, and my future career. I think it is only fair to give credit to being at my new school located in the heart of New York City. At the same time, I would be lying if I said I was always like this. I’m always driven to do well but motivation ebbs and flows. During these times I try to note the things that I’m finding most helpful so I can go back to it on a day I’m feeling less motivated.

I tend to get distracted very easily, while at the same time I have a bit of an obsessive personality. I’m that annoying girl that can’t sleep at night because I’m mapping out the next 5 years of my life (I know I’m psycho). Living in the present is something I make a conscious effort to do while also setting myself up to achieve my goals. Gotta find that sweet spot! When I’m consistently following these steps/tricks I have down below is when I find myself most successful in my everyday life. Finding your motivation is when you have the ability to unlock your potential!

1. Write down your goals: I’ve been trained by my Mom to have daily goals. This used to bug the crap out of me, but now it’s just habit. On a random Saturday afternoon I would be sitting on the couch and she would say “Morg, what are your goals for the day?” Naturally, I just grumbled at first and found it so annoying. In the end, it trained my brain to be much more productive! If I haven’t really accomplished anything on a certain day I get one of those feelings like I’m forgetting something.

Recording my daily goals is one of the many purposes my planner has. Each day has its own separate to do list which is essentially my goals. My larger goals either are written at the end of the month or at the end of the year. It just depends on how long it will take to achieve it! If you’re not a planner kind of gal, just writing on a sticky note and sticking it on your desk will do the trick too. The key thing is to actually wrote it down, not just type it.

2. Educate yourself: Using your free time to educate yourself on a certain topic will set you up for even more success. For example, if you’re trying to grow your blog or overall social media presence read books, listen to podcasts, and watch Youtube videos on the subject. I have been able to find information on pretty much any subject if I do some research. A lot of times I listen to the Julie Solomon podcast while I’m folding laundry or on my way to work. Since blogging is something I’m really interested in it doesn’t feel like a chore to do this. I’ve been able to learn so much from this I have implemented into my own life.

3. Surround yourself with like-minded people: Here’s another example for you: Since being at school I have met so many other bloggers which keeps me very motivated to produce great content for all of you. I know it is not realistic to always physically be with people with similar interests but thanks to the good ole internet you can still talk and connect with these people. There seems to be a Facebook group on every topic possible! I was a lot more active on Facebook groups last year since no one at my old school blogged.

4. Visualize: I know this one is going to be super cringey to a lot of you, but it works! Now I’m not saying you even need to close your eyes and visualize your goals all the time (not a bad idea though!). There are things you can do instead to visually remind yourself. A few of these include: Setting your phone or computer background to something related to your goal. I mean how many times a day do we all pick up our phone? You’ll see it a lot. Or placing sticky notes with a sentence or two around your house. One to read while you brush your teeth, on your desk, or one on the dashboard of your car. Whatever you write or picture you choose, make sure it’s encouraging! It shouldn’t be a bother or something that is weighing on you. Keep it positive and encouraging!

5. Reward yourself: Hard work pays off! If you accomplish a big goal treat yo self! Sometimes having something tangible to work towards can be the extra motivation you need. For example: Telling yourself if you get a 3.8 GPA this semester you’ll buy yourself a Gucci bag. Just kidding (broke college student LOL)! But you get the point… Rewarding yourself to a reasonable tangible item or experience when you can check off a big goal.

6. Be consistent: According to Google, it takes about 21 days to create a habit. Once you find what works best for you and stick with it for an extended period of time it will just become second nature. Do what feels best to you!

“Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be ambitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well, dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living.”

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