I launched Conjure in January with 20 Ways to Stay Motivated in 2020. Boy, I had no idea what was coming. Have you stayed motivated through the maelstrom that has been this year? If so, you are a Rockstar. If not, join the club. But I think we can re-engage our motivation for the remainder of the year and make a huge batch of sweet, sweet lemonade with these lemons.
Here are 20 ways to stay motivated through the rest of 2020. Or get motivated, depending on how this year has gone.
- Remember that things don’t have to be perfect to be good. So, this year isn’t what you were planning or expected? How can you salvage it or create something new and beautiful in your life? Maybe this is a time to start down a new career path or find new ways of engaging your creative talent. Don’t give up or fall into the perfectionism trap. Let the world see you shine as-is with whatever situation you can create where you are.
- I’m going to sidebar here for a second because I feel so strongly about this No. 1 point. It took me a long time to launch Conjure. But I did, eventually, and it brings me endless joy. It’s not perfect, it never will be, nor is that the point. It will change and grow with me and it will get better as my skills grow. But it’s mine. I had to learn how to create this site from scratch and figure out all the little details to make it work. But it’s out there, and that feels great. Please don’t stop just because something isn’t perfect. That can be a crippling feeling, I know, and it’s just rubbish.
- Read inspiring books or watch inspiring TV. What we consume really does affect our outlook, I believe. I’ve been reading a lot this year, and digesting good writing and a variety of ideas has helped my overall outlook on life. I’ve also found great shows to watch that have been just what the doctor ordered. Read those type of books, and watch quality TV, again and again. It’s good for your soul.
- Surround yourself with those who love you. In January, I suggested to surround yourself with like-minded people to accomplish similar goals. That’s great, but I think taking this a tad further and surrounding yourself with people who have your back and genuinely will be there for you are those to surround yourself with right now. You can still crush those goals, but engage those who love you, support you, and who will be there for the long haul. You might be surprised at how they can help and even how much they want to help you.
- Join an online group focused on your target goal. When I wanted to start running again, 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 tremendously. Seeing the other runners facing similar mental hurdles week after week made me believe I could do it too. And I did.
- Find a great podcast and listen. I started listening to The Michelle Obama Podcast and am enjoying it, especially the recent episode around women’s health. I also don’t think you can go wrong with the Dolly Parton’s America podcast. Another that seems like a good choice is Decoder Ring, a podcast that explores fun facts and digs into topics like Murphy’s Law to explain how they came to be.
- Meditate daily. It doesn’t have to be for an hour. Set aside a few minutes every day 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 also helps manage stress and that feeling of being overwhelmed.
- 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. Again, a little can go a long way here and you’ll build up your appetite over time as you progress. Here are some ideas.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eat good food. Nutritionally speaking, you’ll feel better and your body will perform better.
- Research how to do the thing you specifically want to do. Use YouTube, blogs and the library to your advantage. There’s so much free information out there. Take control of it instead of letting it overwhelm you.
- Get out of your comfort zone. Try to do something that scares you a little this fall. 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.
- Try something new that’s totally out of your norm. Whether it’s just a new place for takeout or a new walking trail, try something new and shake it up. You’ll feel liberated.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ask for help. Feeling stuck? Ask someone for help. Sometimes we all need a hand.
- 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.
- Watch the best do what they do best. Watch Michelle Obama speak. Listen to a master musician play. Watching greatness can inspire us to greatness.
- Help the environment. Making little green tweaks to help adds up. Here are some ideas to get you started.
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