I'd like to open this letter with saying I'm totally unmotivated right now.
Or at least I was until a few seconds ago when my fingers finally started typing.
Step #1: Get moving
No I mean it, literally start jumping up and down. right now. If your body is stagnant long enough, your mind kind of gets it. It doesn't just keep doing all the work while the body lazily checks out. Mind don't play those games. So get up and jump, or if you want to be a little more normal for whatever reason, go for a walk. Or a run- even better. Get your heart pumping and endorphins going. Well maybe you're like "uh yea, that's what I'm trying to get the motivation to do!" So to that I say, jump. At least jump outta bed, jump off the couch and jump off your bathroom floor. But don't jump out the window. (lol too much?)
Step #2: Observe your surroundings
and adjust your environment. There are lots of sayings for this like "if you're the smartest in the room, you're in the wrong room." I don't really like that saying because sometimes everyone in the room brings value to the table, not to say it needs to be smartness. But for the sake of this post we're gonna go with it. If Sally is totally content staying home all day watching Netflix and you're not down with it, go hang with Brenda! It truly doesn't have to be falling out with your friends. But spending more time with the ones who are inspiring or motivating to you can do wonders.
Step #3: Start a Conversation/ Ask for help
Remember how I said I wasn't motivated before I started writing this. Well, it's not really that I wasn't motivated because I was here showing up, but I couldn't think of a thing in the world to write about! Nada. And I just sat here for possibly two hours looking at a blank screen. Until I decided, ok, maybe this isn't gonna happen tonight. Maybe I should just write in the morning when I'm more refreshed. And then I was open to striking up a conversation with my mom. And somewhere down the line she said, "Why don't you write about motivation because people who read blogs usually need some." And I thought, that's perfect!! So here we are.
Step #4: Get Positive
I love to give myself a good pep talk sometimes. It goes a little something like this " Sarinia. You can do anything. There is no one in a more advanced position than you for any reason other than they worked more than you. That is the only difference. If you put it in your greatest effort, you will get everything you've ever wanted. You're almost there. It doesn't matter how soon it happens. You will get there even if you choose to get there slowly. No rush. Do what makes you proud of yourself. I love you." And that pretty much does it I just fall in love with myself and then want to do good things for her.
Step #5: It's Just Discipline
Last but not least friends, motivation is in a grey area. More often than not, people who seem to be motivated all the time, happen to be highly disciplined people. You do the thing you don't want to do because you told yourself you would. That's integrity. Staying true to your word. Being able to trust yourself. Even if no one else heard you say it or is there to hold you accountable. Even if you only do it for yourself. Especially for yourself! That is how you stay on track with your vision. Losing motivation is what happens when you let yourself down.
Now that I got you through my whole blog post, the final key to getting your shit together is getting off distractions such as blog posts, and all forms of social media. Don't trick yourself into thinking you're watching that 6th workout video in a row to get motivated. At this point you're just
procrastinating and as your friend, I'm telling you to step away from the smartphone. You're welcome