Staying Motivated When Times Get Tough
May 18, 2017 by Cathy Brown
“Fall seven times, get up eight.” ~ Unknown
Life has a way of throwing us all under the bus sometimes. Things can be going very well and then the rug is pulled out from under our feet. You’re doing well at work and then you’re laid off, out of nowhere. Or you’ve created an at-home business that started out well but is starting to falter. That can make it difficult to keep going. How can we stay motivated during times like these?
If you are going through tough times, it’s essential to find your motivation to keep going. Otherwise, things won’t get better and they will fall apart. Staying motivated won’t always be easy, but it is easier than you probably think. By following the guidelines written by Kyle Hunt, for The Abundance Project, you will be more able to keep your motivation up when you are down.
Set the Bar Low
This seems to fly in the face of everything we’re taught, especially when trying to reach success. But if times are tough, setting a low and specific goal can be exactly the thing to get you moving again. You wouldn’t want to set a goal too high only to get discouraged and fall deeper into a rut. Eventually you can work yourself up to a loftier goal, but if you want to stay motivated, start small and celebrate every step.
Be Kind to Yourself
Often, we are our own worst enemy. I’ve noticed this with myself all the time. “Why can’t I eat healthier?” or “Why can’t I look like this?’ or even worse, “That was so dumb, I can’t believe you did that.” etc. Why do we do this? If we want to succeed, if we want to find our motivation, we have to be kind to ourselves. Otherwise, we end up sabotaging any chance of success we may find. Every day, try to find at least one great thing about yourself (I’m sure there are many to choose from) and remember it. Use it to help you keep going.
Ask for Help
If you’re discouraged and can’t find your own way out of your motivation-less rut, ask for help from friends and family. Whatever your challenge, people who love you want to help. Perhaps you are trying to get in shape? Why not ask a friend to come exercise with you? Maybe you are writing a book and have writer’s block; try asking someone to read it over and help you brainstorm. The list goes on and on but asking for help will increase your motivation.
Find the Silver Lining
You’re going through tough times and that’s hard but it’s important to keep perspective. Find the good things that are happening. They don’t even have to be related. You’re struggling with weight loss but maybe you have supportive family all around you. Trying to start an at-home business but still have a full-time position somewhere else? At least you still have that income. Find your silver lining and you will find your motivation.
We all go through rough patches sometimes. Just know, you don’t have to go through them alone. You always have your family and friends, and don’t forget…your creating partner…The Universe.
“Your best teacher is your last mistake.” ~ Unknown
I am kind to myself, I appreciate my good qualities
I look for the positive in all my challenging situations
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