Finding Motivation When You Need It Most

Whether it be in our workout routine or in the workplace, there comes a time when we could all use a little more motivation. How do you know you are needing some motivation?

  1. You dread the task at hand
  2. You find yourself unhappy or not enjoying the things you used to
  3. You are moving further from your goal rather than closer

However, where can you turn to when you can’t find the motivation to get you through?

1. Ask for support

Although it may be uncomfortable for some us who are more independent, find and seek the support of others. When you have feelings of doubt or are in a slump, find someone that you can turn to who will help motivate you and remind you of your goals. Whether it be a friend, family member, or work associate, get their support.

2. Set goals

In order to stay motivated, you need to have a goal in mind. What are you working towards? Where do you want to be long term? If you have no goal set, what is going to keep you moving forward?

3. Find inspiration

Who inspires you? What inspires you? Is it a family member? Someone within your industry? A hobby? When you are needing to find motivation, you also need to find inspiration.

4. Focus on the benefits, not the hardships

Never say never. When you start having an attitude of I CAN, rather than I CANNOT, then you are guaranteed to see a shift in your accomplishments. Stay focused on the positive things in order to stay positive. If something is seeming difficult to accomplish, shift your mindset to how easy it is going to be.

Where to Find Motivation When you Need it Most

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5. Celebrate the small accomplishments

Everyone has a goal in mind. However, there are many small steps that lead to the one large goal. Celebrate the small victories along the way.

 6. Take some “ME” time

Have you ever been doing something for so long that you just get burnt out? When was the last time you took some time to yourself to do something that you enjoy as a hobby or for pleasure? Get refreshed by taking some time to do something for you and get your focus back.

7. Small steps first

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take baby steps instead of giant leaps. As they say, take one step at a time.

Where to Find Motivation When you Need it Most

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8. Pinpoint what is holding you back

It may take some time to realize what is holding you back, but take some time to pinpoint what is keeping you from feeling motivated. A new approach and/or perspective may do the trick.

9. Stay positive

Although others may believe in you, you need to believe in yourself. Find ways to keep yourself positive.

10. Make a checklist

One of the best ways to recognize accomplishments – small or large – is by physically seeing it. Create a physical checklist and mark things off as they are accomplished. Get the feeling of satisfaction!

Where to Find Inspiration When you Need Most

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11. Determine your “why”

What is it that you are trying to accomplish? If you are trying to lose weight, what is the reasoning? Is it so you fit into your wedding dress, or maybe for an upcoming vacation?

Do you have a story of a time that you were lacking motivation, but found a way to get motivated? We would love to hear what you did to accomplish your goals and find motivation.


About Jamie Teasdale

Jamie Teasdale founded Propel Businessworks, a small business development company, in 2009. Since then, she has been lending insight and creativity to businesses all over the U.S., giving them the tools they need to plan, promote, and prosper.