I’m sure you all are wondering why I’ve been a ghost for most of the summer. I haven’t done a blog post for like a month and a half, maybe longer. (Sad! I know!) I’ve chosen to stick to Instagram and keep my post quick and easy. In all honesty, I haven’t been feeling very motivated. Between the summer heat here in Miami, sweating out my make-up and hair in minutes, having to be uncomfortable in the heat, looking for a new job, the last thing on my mind is this blog or working for hours in the scorching heat creating new content. With this 90 degree + heat on any given day, I only want to stay home and be comfortable in the AC or dive into a pool or beach. And sadly, I’ve done exactly that.
Trying to stay motivated under conditions that are uncomfortable can be very difficult. I’m sure most can relate, whether it be at school or at work, it happens. So I did a little research to help get me out of this funk and Forbes came through with some great tips. So I thought I’d share them along with a welcome back outfit 🙂
1. Set a goal and visualize it, every little detail. See it, feel it, hear the sounds that accompany the end result (wind rushing through your hair, applause).
2. Make a list of the reasons you want to accomplish the goal. In our busy, it’s easy to get blown off course. This is why you need to ground yourself in your goal. For extra “success insurance,” write your list with a pen.
3. Break the goal down into smaller pieces and set intermediary targets — and rewards. One major source of stress in our lives comes from the feeling that we have an impossible number of things to do. If you take on a project and try to do the whole thing all at once, you’re going to be overwhelmed. One step at a time is always best!
4. Have a strategy, but be prepared to change course. Let Thomas Edison inspire you in this department: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.” “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” If something isn’t working for you, take the time to restructure your plan and try again.
5. Get the help you need. It doesn’t necessarily take a village, but even if you could theoretically accomplish your objective alone, there’s inherent value in sharing your plan. It’s why people get married in front of witnesses. Announcing your intentions sends a strong message to the world and, more important, to your unconscious mind, which can sometimes sabotage our best efforts. Also, we often overestimate our abilities. The flip side is being highly selective about whom you tell and ask for help. It’s akin to the builder’s rule to always get “the right tool for the right job.”
6. Pre-determine how you will deal with flagging motivation. This is not defeatist thinking. On the contrary! It’s (almost) inevitable that at some point along the way, whether because of temporary setbacks or sheer exhaustion, you will need a little boost. When that happens, think of what others have endured to reach their targets and to quash even the beginning of a pity party.
I hope these tips help you as much as they helped me! 🙂
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