Musings Running and Wellness

20 Ways to Stay Motivated in 2020

Looking for inspiration? Look no further. Here are 20 ideas to help keep your motivation levels high throughout the year, helping you to knock your goals out of the park in 2020.

  1. Read inspiring books. I just finished The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and it rocked me. Seriously, it made me need to be a better writer, just by reading it. Read those types of books, again and again. Or the books that make you want to be a better version of yourself, whatever that is for you.
  2. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Want to get in shape? Surround yourself with people who have similar goals. Or find a crew who also is into building their creative careers. You’ll be inspired by each other and co-create, like my badass sister-in-law and her choreographer, who created their 2020 goals list together. Find your tribe, then get to it.
  3. Join an online group focused on your target goal. When I wanted to start running again this past fall, I Googled “couch to 5k.” I’d started that program years ago and wanted to focus on a tangible goal while building up my cardio. Instead I found the None to Run program by Mark Kennedy, and I can’t say enough about it. But, even more so than the program itself, the Facebook group helped me the most. Seeing the other runners facing similar mental hurdles week after week made me believe I could do it too. And I did.
  4. Find a great podcast and listen. I hear these three fit the bill and have plans to check them out:
    • “Good Life Project,” which shares stories of people living meaningful, purpose-driven, connected, and engaging lives. Listen here.
    • Michael Hyatt’s “Lead to Win” podcast filled with leadership and career tips. Anyone who is in a leadership role, or looking to take on more leadership qualities, should be listening to this podcast, apparently. Listen here.
    • “Rise Together,” hosted by Rachel and Dave Hollis, who give advice about how to have relationships where both parties are continually working to bring out the best in each other. Listen here.
  5. Meditate daily. It doesn’t have to be for an hour. Set aside a few minutes everyday and focus on your goal, picturing it in your mind’s eye. When I focus on this one, it really helps. Those days when you feel overwhelmed? Stop and sit for a few minutes and quiet your mind. It’s life-changing once it becomes a habit. Plus it just helps manage stress and that feeling of being overwhelmed.
  6. Get regular exercise. You’ll feel better and let’s be honest, not worrying about this area of your life will free up a lot of space for that creativity to flow.
  7. Start holding yourself accountable for the things that happen in your life. Basically, stop blaming others. I know, not everything that happens is a direct result of something you did. But do keep in mind that often you can change your circumstances by the choices you make and how you react to situations.
  8. Take one step toward your passion. Just one tiny step. And then another and another, until that dream comes true. But it all starts with the first step.
  9. Eat good food. Nutritionally speaking, you’ll feel better and your body will perform better.
  10. Research how to do the thing you specifically want to do. Use YouTube, blogs and the library to your advantage.
  11. Get out of your comfort zone. Try to do something that scares you a little this year. It will feel inspiring once you do it. And you’ll realize the scary things in life really aren’t that scary. Then do it again.
  12. Try something new that’s totally out of your norm. Whether it’s just a new restaurant that you dine at alone or traveling to a different country, try something new and shake it up. You’ll feel liberated.
  13. Tell someone about your dream. This can make it more real and propel you forward. I’m serious. Just the simple act that someone out there knows what you want to do can help.
  14. Go for a walk and take a break. Steve Jobs famously held walking meetings. Creative people often break up their processes with breaks. So, take a break to get motivated if you’re feeling stuck.
  15. Spread a little love. Doing good things and treating others how you want to be treated can be a huge motivating factor if you’re working toward a goal for the sake of your family or even just so your family will be proud. Tell the ones you love that you love them, then keep them in mind to get you motivated.
  16. Ask for help. Feeling stuck? Ask someone for help. Sometimes we all need a hand.
  17. Journal about your thoughts. Track your progress. You’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come and it’ll motivate you to keep going. Sometimes we lose sight of where we began on our journey.
  18. Watch the best do what they do best. Watch Beyoncé perform. Watch a professional football game. Watching greatness can inspire us to greatness.
  19. Help the environment. Do what you do, but do it so that future generations will be able to enjoy the world too. Make little tweaks when you can to help. It all adds up.
  20. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Maybe this should have been No. 1. Don’t get hung up on something not being perfect. Just put it out there anyway. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Nothing ever is.

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