Not too sure how this has happened but it’s been about a week and a half since my last blog post! Where the hell has that time gone ?!?!
So I just wanted to write a short and snappy post on how to find motivation, because goddammit we’re nearly TWO months into the year already, it’s almost SPRING time, and I feel like I’ve got to get my ass moving and hustle hard before I end up in December ’17 with no goals met and wondering where the hell this year went! If, like me, you haven’t started any new year’s resolutions yet, can’t even remember what they are, and aren’t really in a motivated place right now, read on my fellow goal-getter wannabes.
Be Specific AF and plan like a boss
I am the absolute worst for this and no matter how hard I try, I can’t escape my role as Chloe, Queen of Vague (damn if only that “a” was an “o”). My brain is programmed to think that if I’m super vague and non-commital with a goal, it will be easier to achieve and I can protect myself from failure. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work!! In my experience, there is no way you can reach a goal or even find the motivation to try if you aren’t precise with what you want and how you’re going to get it. You better get ready to make a mental or actual hand written note of your overall goal, when you want to achieve it by, and a whole load of sub-goals of how often you’re going to work on it each week and what you’re going to do so that your overall goal is within your reach. It’s all in the planning babe.
Something I’ve learned is that a goal is waaaaay harder to reach if it’s hard to fit into your lifestyle. Once upon a time I would set myself the goal of going to the gym 5 times a week, when I hadn’t been to a gym in 6 months, had so many other things to do with my time, and didn’t really love the gym anyway. It didn’t work. Shocker. I would feel so rubbish if I only went twice a week that my health kick fizzled out quicker than it started. Moral of the story: be realistic, set a goal that you can fit into your everyday life, and remember that every little step counts!
*Insert Nike Slogan Here*
That’s right, there’s no use in reading this then doing nothing, and your goals won’t suddenly be met by writing them down. You have to actually start doing something that will get you to where you want to be (are you surprised?). If you want to start going to the gym after work, get your membership, take your gym clothes, and just go. We often think that the motivation must come first but in my experience, sometimes it only comes once you’ve started on your mission. So don’t wait around for a spark of motivation to impart its energy on you, just get going, drag your ass to the gym (or wherever you want to be – physically and metaphorically) and force yourself out of your comfort zone if you have to. No one else can do it for you, and you only have one life, so if you want to do something just do it, or at least just begin and the rest will follow one step at a time. Also, motivational mugs are good too (see photo below).
Hope you’re feeling fired up and ready to reach a goal, I’d love to hear what any of you are trying to achieve right now, whether it’s big or small. For me it’s moving up the career ladder, growing my blog and maybe going to the gym from time to time.
Have a great week!