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Staying motivated

April 17, 2011

Staying motivated is not easy, especially when some days you can be so filled with doubt, low-self confidence, worry and surrounded by a lot of negative energy. In those times it’s hard to remember why you have chosen the path that you have, and easy to put your dream back in the box and give up. So can you do under the circumstances? Here’s some things that I found have helped.

  1. Stay focused. Write down said dream/vision/plan and make it plain – the whys, the wherefores etc. Come back to it when you are losing focus to remind yourself why you started this journey.
  2. Tell yourself positive, encouraging things everyday. I personally find a memorised verse of scripture from the Bible goes a long way. My favourite: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’  (Philippians 4:13).
  3. Surround yourself with positive people, who will encourage and motivate you, and who will also keep you grounded. Avoid people who are by nature negative, because they’ll just depress you further!
  4. Read/listen to stories of people in the same situation as you who have made it. Not only will that motivate you, you never know, you might pick up some ideas along the way.
  5. Don’t give up. Set-backs need only be temporary, keep pressing on to reach your goal. As the song goes ‘If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.’

There are loads more tips out there I know, these are just my top five. If you have some and would like to share, please do. I’m all for sharing advice.

Stay blessed peeps!

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