Here are 9 quotes to unstoppable motivation, no matter what (some of them might surprise you)
Have you ever felt so unmotivated that you just want to stay in bed?
What about that 3pm work lull where you just feel like there is no way you could do one more thing, but you’re to-do list is still pages long?
What about that time you were convinced this was the year you were going to eat healthier and exercise more, but a week later you find your motivation to keep up these new healthy habits at zero?
As a health and lifestyle coach one of the biggest parts of my job is figuring out how to motivate people.
It’s definitely more of an art than a science. What motivates you is certainly different than what motivates me, however, there are some simple practices that can make all the difference in a time of need.
Here are 9 practices I’ve found to be most helpful in a time of deep motivational need for myself, and my clients (some of them might be surprising).
1) Take a nap, then get right back to it
“The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.”
Sometimes what you really need is a break. In a world where we are expected to be “on” all the time and push ourselves to stress limits daily, sometimes what our body is calling for (a nap!) is exactly what we need.
I find that instead of fighting the need to take a break or take a nap, just doing it can be the most productive thing.
Instead of complaining, lamenting, or resisting how exhausted you are, why not do something about it?
So the next time you’re falling asleep at your computer, or feel too exhausted to do anything else, heed your body’s clear signals and lie down for a nap. Go to a restorative yoga class. Take a stretching break in your office. Take a 5 minute break and just breath to clear your head.
The key here is to stop what you are doing and welcome the break/nap, not judge it or yourself. Simply take the break, and then afterwards get right back to your work.
You’ll ultimately save time, feel better, and most likely create better and more productive work afterwards.
2) Connect to Your Why
“When your why is big enough, you will find your how.”
Sometimes our lack of motivation is deeper than just needing a break.
When it comes to making bigger changes in our lives (like losing weight, changing our diet, or our lifestyle habits), we have to connect to the bigger picture.
If we just focus on the day to day, minute to minute, it’s hard to remember why we are doing things that may be uncomfortable and difficult.
That is why I ALWAYS recommend to my clients that they write a clear, and concise 2-4 sentence “why” statement and read it every morning when they wake up and every evening before they go to bed. This keeps the larger purpose of your goals fresh in your mind and keeps you motivated to stay on track.
Make sure this statement uses positive language and is very specific. For example, don’t write. “I want to lose weight so I don’t feel like a fat cow.” Instead write, “I want to lose weight because I want to feel more comfortable in my body and have more energy to play with my dog.”
3) Get crystal clear
“Clarity is power.”
Sometimes when we feel unmotivated it can be because we’re not clear on what we should be doing to reach our goals, or we’re not even totally clear on what our long-term goals are.
If you were going to drive to a location in a foreign place, you would never just get in the car and start driving (not unless you had a lot of free time!); you would put it in your GPS or at least look at a map.
When we don’t get crystal clear about our goals we can end up driving around in a foreign place with no map or GPS, and that can be extremely un-motivating, not to mention exhausting and frustrating.
Therefore, take the time to get crystal clear on your goals and your plan.
4) Just do it
“Done is better than perfect.”
Sometimes when we’re un-motivated or feeing uninspired, the exact thing you need to do is the thing you are avoiding.
This is most applicable to working out after a long day at work. A lot of time when we are mentally exhausted we feel like our body is also physically exhausted. This is a curse of our modern world.
In most cases it would actually feel good to move our bodies, so just getting up and starting to move, even if it’s a short walk or some simple jumping jacks, might be exactly what you need to stay motivated.
I believe in we should never force ourselves to do anything, but I do encourage a true curiosity about our mental state. Sometimes anxiety about not doing something can actually paralyze us and stop us from doing it. So put all the anxious thoughts away, and just start doing, even if it’s the smallest step and far from perfect.
You might find, your anxiety wanes, as your motivation soars.
5) Surround Yourself with People Who are Motivated
“You are who you hang out with.”
This is something my mother always told me, and I didn’t grasp the real truth of it until I was well into my twenties.
Whether or not you believe in vibes, vibrations, energies, I am almost certain you have experienced being brought down by a negative comment or negative person.
This is a real phenomenon that we most certainly have control over. If you have negative co-workers, friends, even family members, you have the ability to spend less time with them, cut them out of your life completely, or simply not engage in their negative talk.
Hanging around with negative people or in negative situations can truly make you feel heavier and less motivated towards positivity in your own life. Next time you find yourself in a situation where you notice negative people or energies bringing you down, disengage and move on.
“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
As humans we have been blessed with the gifts of imagination. Imagining food can make your mouth salivate. Imagining a sexy scene can make you feel physically aroused. Imaging a positive life event or goal getting accomplished can make you feel happier and more motivated, simple as that.
Therefore, visualizing your goals can be a wonderful way to stay motivated no matter what. Imagine yourself reaching goals, what will you feel like, what emotions will come up, what will it smell like, taste like, look like?
Take time to actually visualize this happening and you’ll start to notice that your motivation to get there increases.
7) Focus on the positive/celebrate
“The mind is everything, what you think, you become.”
Sometimes we can all get a little negative, especially if we’ve come up against some unforeseen obstacles or set backs.
When this happens it can be helpful to focus on the positive things in your life. Make a gratitude list. Remember all the smaller goals you achieve daily. Celebrate simply being able to wake up in the morning, having food on the table, and love in your life.
When we focus on negative thoughts, we see the world from a negative point of view and it’s no wonder that bad things happen to us. When we focus on the positive, see the world through a positive perspective, we can find the good in almost any situation.
It’s not about pretending bad things don’t happen, it’s about choosing to see the good. Choosing to accept the bad along with the good, and trusting that everything happens for a reason.
8) Stop comparing yourself to others
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Comparing yourself to others can sap your motivation quicker than anything else. You must remember, there is no one on this planet with the same skills as you, and the sooner you embrace this truth, the sooner you’ll find your true purpose.
Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Trust your journey and your unique path, and you’ll always be in the right place.
9) Get help
“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”
Asking for help is something that can feel vulnerable, but when we want to see big changes we absolutely must ask for help outside of ourselves. Getting support from friends, family, online forums, coaches, and practitioners can literally be the deciding factor in whether or not you reach your goals.
Getting help provides outside perspectives, accountability, and encouragement. Getting help from a professionally trained coach or practitioner can save you years of struggles because it’s what these people are trained to do: Help you bust through your motivation set-backs, and habit change hold-ups.
This is exactly what I do in my practice: help people make the changes they want to their health and lifestyle.
Clara Wisner is a Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, certified primal expert, EFT practitioner and voice dialogue practitioner. Sign up for a complimentary 30 minute health breakthrough session on the phone with Clara of rEvolutionary Lifestyle to discuss your health goals and to get to the bottom of your motivation issues today.