There are days when you are bursting with motivation. You just get up in the morning, go throughout your day doing what needs to be done. Everything is peachy-keen.
On the other hand, there are days where it feels like you are at war with your alarm clock, the minute it goes off in the morning. You are at war with yourself. You are at war with other people.
Because of what society has been telling you what you can or cannot do, or what your family members have been telling you, or what you have been telling yourself. I’m referring to the goals and dreams you have for yourself that others think are crazy or don’t think it is sensible to be trying to accomplish.
As if they have some sort of control over what you do with our own life. Because your life really is all your own.
Or maybe you can’t seem to face another day at work. On these days, your bed seems like a very good place to crawl back into and hide. There are times when that is actually reasonable and a possibility. But the majority of the time, it is not feasible and you need to keep going through your day, keep going to your job, fighting and working towards your dreams and goals, and just keep pushing forward.
On the days where life feels heavy and the struggle is real. Days where motivation has flown right out the window. And you want to give up. On everything.
Or maybe on one particular phase or thing in your life. On those days it is hard to stay motivated or get your motivation back. It is possible to keep motivated even on your worst days. Keep reading for tips on how to do this.
How to Stay Motivated Even on Your Worst Days – 4 Tips
1. What Are You Fighting For?
Think back to your good days or even your best days. What gets you up in the morning? What are you fighting for? Honestly, it can be more than one thing. It might be a combination of small things that add up to a larger thing.
For me, at this point in my life, I am fighting to be a full-time, single stay-at-home mom for my daughter. And I write this with tears in my eyes. Because I want my daughter to have me full time.
It is so important to me that my daughter has me. All of me all of the time. That she doesn’t lose me too. That I can be there for her and don’t have to ship her off to daycare.
Now with that being said, there is nothing wrong with working outside of the home and having your child in daycare.
But for me personally, it breaks my heart. It was breaking my heart when I almost had to put her in daycare. Back when I had just had her. And I was a stay-at-home mom, but my (now ex) husband and I were struggling to make ends meet. We weren’t sure how to do it with me staying home. But we were able to make it work. I was able to find ways to make income online and at home.
I am fortunate that right now, I am able to stay home with her most of the time. But I want to get to a place where it can be permanently full-time.
Not only do I want to accomplish this so I can be with my daughter, but also as a way to prove to myself and to all of the family members or other people in my life that are naysayers and doubt me and my ability.
That doubt that I can be the best mother that I can be while staying home making money from home. To them, it doesn’t sound financially secure or the most stable. I also want to show my daughter that this is possible.
Even on those worst days when your motivation is lacking or plain gone, don’t give up. Keep fighting. Because whatever or whomever you are fighting for it is worth it.
For me, my motivation is my daughter. My motivation is to stay home with her. My motivation is also to fight for the other dreams that I have. That no one in my inner circle thinks I can accomplish, because as a single mom, (yeah, I’ll admit, they are a little crazy.)
So, figure what you are fighting for. Or whom you are fighting for. And keep this in mind. Always.
There is a quote that I have on a plaque sitting on my dresser in my bedroom. It reads, “When you feel like quitting, remember why you started.”
This can apply here too. When you are losing your motivation, when you don’t want to go to your job, you don’t know if your dreams and goals are worth it, don’t quit just yet.
Think about why you started. What you so gung-ho and fired up to start. Think about that. Remember that. Don’t give up. You are worth it. What or who you are fighting for are worth it.
2. Remember You are Worth it
Sometimes when start to lose motivation, for keeping up with your goals, for fighting for your dreams, it is because you are forgetting your own self worth. You are forgetting to believe in yourself.
Honestly belief in yourself can help you achieve so many grand things. And it can be difficult to believe in yourself when no one else does. I have been there.
But that is why it so important to believe in yourself in the first place. Because if no one else believes in you and don’t believe in you, who is going too?
You need to be your own rock. Your own motivator. You own personal cheerleader. Remember, you are worth it. So, hang in there and don’t forget.
Now you might be thinking, “Well Amanda, thats not why I lose motivation. I lose motivation because I hate my job, I am tired, I don’t want to work, I need a break.” Then tip #3 is especially for you.
3. Take Care of Yourself
Taking care of yourself means caring for all facets of you, physically, emotionally, mentally.
Taking care of yourself physically means that you are getting enough sleep, you are eating healthy (or as healthy as you can), and you are getting exercise.
But also mentally. That you are taking mental breaks. That you aren’t trying to burn the candle at both ends.
There are times that you will have to work incredibly hard going after what you want. But remember that it is only for a season. A small amount of time in the grand scheme of things. But still take breaks. And taking care of yourself.
The lack of motivation you might feel is because your brain and body need a break and can’t keep fighting onward until a break is granted.
4. Let Yourself Dream, Big
If you aren’t sure of your dreams and goals. It is time to write them down. Let yourself daydream. Let yourself dream big and go crazy.
Let yourself put down things that you shake your head and think, that could never happen or someone else might shake their head at you for. Let yourself dream. Let yourself go wild.
Sometimes, allowing yourself to write down and have crazy dreams/goals can actually jumpstart your motivation. Because you see something you really want to accomplish. You see something you want to do.
Maybe you aren’t 100 percent sold on the idea or you aren’t sure if it can be done, but you want to try. Sometimes that extra boost of energy that comes from having a new idea can be enough to get you out of your motivation slump.
To keep going.
To keep pushing.
To keep fighting.
So now you have some ways to fight motivation slump. That even on those worst days to keep going and fighting. Remember what or whom you are fighting for. You are worth it.
Allow yourself to really dream and to not censure yourself. If there is something that you have always wanted to do, but seems much too crazy, don’t count it out. Never think that something can’t be done. You can do anything you set your mind too. Might be a cliche, but still totally true.
Don’t forget to take care of yourself, physically, mentally and emotionally. Because when you don’t take care of yourself, you will definitely struggle with motivation. And it could be the root cause of your motivation slump.
You won’t be able to permanently beat these motivation blues. You will still have days where you will wake up and struggle. But with these ideas you can limit the frequency and intensity of such occasions. And you will be able to spark your motivation once more.