How to Say Motivated When You’re Not

 

Good morning, Ladies!!

God has such gentle ways of telling us we’re silly, doesn’t he?  He definitely has this ‘reality check’ stuff down for his children.

And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

I am probably the world’s best procrastinator.  I’m really really good at trying to forget that I have important things to do.  I swear, if YouTube didn’t exist and I could live in solitary confinement for a while, I would be golden.  But It does, and I can’t, so that leaves Jesus to keep me straight.

 

While I was praying the other day, I brought some of my worries before Him.  I asked Him why I can’t just snap and make things disappear in life and why I can’t just do what I know is good for me.

And you know what He said.

You can.  It’s a choice.

Everything we do in life is a choice.  We choose to do good and we choose to do evil.  We choose to work on an important assignment and we choose to be couch potatoes.  We choose love and we choose hate.  EVERYTHING is a choice.

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The keys are in your hands, all you have to do is use them to go places.  While it may be cool to know that you have the power in your hand, to turn on a car, get something done, or watch TV, nothing will happen unless you put those keys to work.

I hope you enjoy this little list of motivation help.  I hope it helps you to make your next seemingly impossible goal by storm!!

 

+ Realize that everything you do is a choice

Like I said before, you are the one who is going to choose whether or not you get something important done.  Self-motivation is so so important.  Keep yourself accountable and set goals.  And yes, you might have to make some concessions, but they will be worth it in the long run.

+ Find an accountability partner

If you have a hard time motivating yourself, there are so many people in your life who could help.  A close friend, sibling, parent, roommate, you name it.  If they are truly concerned for your success, they won’t mind checking in every once and a while.  Maybe all you need is someone to send you a text once a week to keep you motivated.  Or maybe it’s a call or personal conversation.  Whatever it may be, this type of accountability has been used by people for everything from overcoming addiction to keeping a steady prayer life.  It is so useful!!

+ Put your challenges into the hands of God

When you’re stuck on something, just take a moment to think about how little our struggles must look compared to the greatness of God.  Give Him your troubles and ask for His help.  By dedicating your work to Him, even in a little way, it becomes a prayer.  Your dedication and hard work will essentially become an act of thanks to God for your ability to complete the task.  Isn’t that amazing!!

+ Find what makes you tick

This one is so important.  It might be taking a long walk in nature.  It might be listening to music or watching an inspiring TED talk.  It might even be just sitting down and having a deep conversation with someone you love.  For me, it’s listening to a podcast or audio book.  It’s so important to find what really awakens your motivation.

+ Write down your goals

Maybe it’s just me, but there is something about putting your goals onto paper that just makes them seem more tangible.  Whenever you think of something that needs to be done, such as praying for 15 minutes or reading something important, write it down.  I guarantee you that, it you write it down and put it somewhere important, you will be much less likely to forget.

+ Make it happen

Now for the fun part!  Make it happen.  By now, you’ve recognized your part, given it to God, and much more.  So now the only thing you have to do is to get started.  Don’t put it off until later.  Don’t make excuses.  Just sit down and do it.

 

+ Be overly intentional

Being motivated to get something done doesn’t just happen on its own.  It takes time and dedication.  By being overly intentional, we recognize that it might be tricky, but that its worth it.  Take every chance you have to work at your goal.  Don’t get stuck in the details.  Focus on the end result and all the good that will come from it.

 

+ Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself

If you never challenge yourself to something that seems impossible, how do you know that it can’t be done?  Well, you won’t know until you try.  And if you fall a little short, you will still know that you tried your very hardest.  So, give it your all and see if you can’t surprise yourself.

 

Have a blessed Saturday, my friends!!

Maddy

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