Motivation Station

May 12, 2016

We are in the age of the Millennials. Millennials who, myself included, are graduating from college, joining the work force, and teaching you about FOMO one do it for the gram post at a time. Another thing that practically all millennials can low key add to their resumes is: professional procrastinator. Key word: professional. 

I still remember a college professor who spent an entire class teaching a room full of half-awake students the difference between being a professional procrastinator and just a procrastinator. His main point was that if you are a procrastinator, you can still be successful, but you have to be a procrastinator that actually thrives. You can't call yourself a professional procrastinator if you wait until the last minute to start working on a project only to produce an end-product with less creativity and passion than what's in your left pinkie. What I took away from his lecture was that if one of your fatal flaws is procrastination, then make it work for you. Which, in my opinion, is advice that everyone should follow. 

The same goes for a lack in motivation. At some point or another, we run out of steam, out of drive, out of the desire to push forward. This occurs more often in some than others, especially if you are running on empty. We all need a pep talk every now and then, so if you're feeling like you need some motivation inspiration keep on reading!

1. Set REALISTIC Goals

This first tip is so important because, honestly, if you aren't setting goals that are practical and achievable, then what is the point of even setting goals. There is nothing wrong with keeping your dreams and your slightly unrealistic goals close to your heart, just dial them down a little when your are setting your goals so you don't get discouraged. 

Always have a list of short term and long term goals. Having short term goals, whether they are goals for the day, the week, or the month, keep you motivated because you can literally see your progress over a short period of time. Setting long term goals are just as important, if not more. Having long term goals is having something to work towards, something to look forward to. Fast success is all fine and good, but working towards something for a longer period of time definitely feels more rewarding in the long run.

No matter what your goals may be, always remember that you are working towards a better you and every day you keep at it is one day closer to achieving your #lifegoals.

2. Be Selfish

Staying motivated is hard, it's just that simple. Some days can feel like a major struggle and with all of the distractions around us, we are pretty much set up for failure. Sometimes, to stay focused and on track, you have to put yourself first. The coworker that wants you to be her wingman for happy hour (for the third time this week), your friend who tries to make every day a cheat day, and your roommate who needs your opinion on which Instagram filter to choose can wait (for at least an hour.) 

Anne Lamott once said, "Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you." Your lack in motivation could possibly be fixed by simply recharging your batteries. Next time you feel stressed and discouraged try taking a break from life for half an hour.

3. Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Nobody is at the same point in life that you are at this exact moment. So, nobody's progress will be the same as yours. Do NOT compare your goals or progress to someone who is 100 feet from the finish line. As a rule of thumb, I try not to compare myself to others (or at least regularly remind myself to do so.) It is hard to not compare yourself to others, especially when our brains are hard wired to do that exactly, but any motivation or pride you have in yourself will be significantly lower once you start lusting after others' progress and skills. 

The key to success is to focus on your own success; keep your eye on the ball and you might just get a home run or at least headed in the right direction.

4. Do One Thing at a Time

It is so easy to get overwhelmed and intimidated by your list of goals. Especially if you live a hectic life and barely have time to breathe. Rather than trying to do tackle a whole list of tasks at once, dedicate your time to completing one thing that will help you reach your goals per day (or week - depending on what you realistically feel is right for you.) Fully marking off one thing is much better than starting 5 things and not finishing any of them. 

5. Don't Throw in the Towel

The hard and fast truth is that life is a struggle. You are going to encounter obstacles and challenges on the road to success. If you gave up every time you had to deal with a problem, you most likely wouldn't be standing where you are today. I had a good friend of mine give me some incredible advice a few years back. She told me to think of myself as the GPS in my car. When your GPS sees that the original route is no longer possible, it reroutes so that you can reach your destination. Life is going to throw you curve balls and the best thing you can do is to keep rerouting until you have reached your destination.

When all else fails to keep you motivated, playing The Middle by Jimmy Eat World on repeat always does the trick. 

What are some things you do to keep your motivation up or some ways you turn your flaws into assets?

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