How self-motivated are you?
I come from a family of anti-self-starters, as in, you'll have to ask me 10X at least until I finally muster up the motivation to do anything at all.
I figured out how to be a self-starter when I got to college and there wasn't anyone there that cared if I went to class or not. No one was yelling at me to get up after my alarm went off and there definitely wasn't anyone keeping track of when my assignments were due.
I had to figure out a strategy that worked for me especially in those moments when I couldn't find a fuck to give.
Self-starting can be really tough. You have to develop the ability to become a powerhouse of inspirational energy. This is done through dedicated and consistent action in the pursuit of your goals.
After college, I realized that self-starting was one of the most important skills I had cultivated in my 4 years and it was still something I needed to get better at.
As I started getting more and more into self-improvement, I listened to stories about what motivated other women to achieve their goals. I picked up tips from people like Jenna Kutcher and Marie Forleo, women who owe their success to their ability to stay motivated.
I realized that, as with any journey, people will quit if they don't see results right away.
That's why you need a firestorm of a reason to accomplish what you set out to do. Having a strong why power at the beginning will propel you to the finish line.
While your why power should be a strong motivational force sometimes we still need that extra boost of confidence and encouragement.
That’s why I developed a list of 10 motivational tools to becoming the self-starter you've always wanted to be.
There are two types of motivational tools:
1.For instant motivation to get that spark ignited and to light you up with new ideas.
2. Long term motivation––To remind you why you started in the first place and why you need to keep going when you feel like quitting.
When you need motivation right now
If all you need is a spark of creativity or a little extra push to get yourself going today try these motivational tools:
Light that spark with inspirational videos
Okay, I’ve had a few morning commutes where I think, "nothing is going to get me through today, I can't do it. I REFUSE to do it". I put on my list of motivational YouTube videos and I POWER THROUGH MY DAY
It melts away any self-doubt, uncertainty or anxiety that I'm harboring and puts me in the mindset to crush my goals.
Below are few you can try, but definitely click through YouTube and find some that resonate with you.
A motivational message directly to your inbox
Every week I put out a newsletter full of motivational tips. It's a mix of what I'm currently struggling with, what I'm learning from those struggles, and how I stay motivated every day.
Plus my emails are funny and personal. You can sign up to be part of the EFFL's (email friends for life) clubhere.
You don't have to sign up for mine you can sign up to some other awesome newsletters from blogs or brands. It can be a fun way to get a quick burst of inspiration in your day. If you need a few suggestions here are a few that I subscribe to:
- https://talkingshrimp.com (Super funny and relatable)
- https://jennakutcher.com (Very motivational and real)
- https://letsreachsuccess.com (Awesome goal setting tips)
Get inspired by ideas on Pinterest
Okay, you probably already know and love Pinterest for recipes and workout routines. Do you also love Pinterest to get your daily dose of motivation? I would recommend creating a Pinterest vision board. It’s less arts and crafts than a real vision board and it’s way easier/ a huge time saver than the poster board version.
Listen to podcasts
I am a podcast junkie. Podcasts can be an extremely useful motivational tool. I have gained so much knowledge and information from listening to them.
There is a podcast for just about everything now so if there is some topic you want to learn more about or find someone who has been through the same thing you're currently going through, there is a podcast for you.
My goal every month is to learn a new skill that I can apply in the pursuit of my goal and podcasts help make this possible for me. I listen to podcasts on creating digital content, SEO strategy, and business, because that is what lights my fire.
If you are new to the podcast world here are a few you might want to try out:
I listen to them on Itunes but you can also find them online just by Googling the topic you're interested in followed by the word “podcast” to find more topics.
Take up meditation
Sometimes the best motivation is to go within yourself to find what is blocking you. Meditation allows you to clear your mind and recente yourself.
Early morning is best for an elevated start to the day. It is your most creative and productive time of the day.
I use assisted meditation because it's hard for me to quiet my mind. My favorite assisted meditation is Mindful in Minutes on Itunes.
Use social media to get connected
Most advice will tell you to stay away from social media when you need to find your motivation, but social media can also be a really useful tool.
Your immediate circle isn't going to always understand your dreams and goals. They might even think that it's a waste of time or can't be done, but there is a whole world of people out there who understand your mission and want the same thing you do.
Joining groups that are filled with people who motivate each other, give advice willingly, and inspire each other to achieve, is just what you need! Connect with people who make you want to take the next step (or the first step) to getting after what you want.
When you need motivation to stick to your long term goal.
Generating long-term inspiration can be tough. It’s hard to stick to something when we don’t see immediate results. Here are five ways to keep you focused on the future.
Look at your goal maps and action plans
If you haven't created a goal map or action plan stop what you're doing and get on it!
To be a self-starter you have to have a plan or a goal. Otherwise, what are you working towards? What is getting you motivated? When you get out of bed in the morning what is getting you excited about the day?!
It doesn't have to be a huge goal but working towards something and having a reason "why" will make self-motivation 100X easier to dominate.
To create your own goal map sign up to receive my free goal setting guide here.
If you have a goal but need an action plan check out the 30, 60, and 90-day Action Plan for achieving your biggest goals.
Create a motivation board
It’s kind of like a vision board but instead of posting Pinterest cutouts of what you want to manifest you post motivational and encouraging notes from friends. Cover your board with pictures that make you smile, notes of inspiration, positive quotes, and anything that gives you that spark to persue your passion.
It is a way to remind yourself to keep pushing on even when things get tough.
Look at your vision in a planner
Keeping organized and planning things far in advance will make you feel like you’ve made progress even when you're not quite there.
It’s all about the vision. If you can create a clear vision for the future you don’t need as much instant gratification. There are planners designed to help you motivate towards your goals. They have a goal tracking page, a vision board page, and motivational quotes all throughout. I like this one from Bloom Daily Planners.
Implement daily affirmations
Write them on your mirror, put sticky notes in your car, and put plenty of quotes in your planner.
Remind yourself every day why you were made for this. Self-doubt and negative thoughts is the main culprit of talking you out of your goals. Combat this type of thinking with everyday reminders of, "YOU”VE GOT THIS!"
Look at other peoples success stories
When I heard Suzy Batiz story of how she overcame going bankrupt twice before creating her Million dollar bathroom fragrance company, Poo-Pourri, I was truly inspired. That kind of success and dedication is the result of dogged unwavering faith and motivation.
Listening to stories like this makes me feel like any dream is possible with the right attitude and dedication to your goals.
It’s serves as a reminder that you don’t need to be the best, smartest, or most talented, you just need to stay focused and keep moving forward.
Being a self-starter means that you have the courage, motivation, and tenacity to get a job done. It is having the willpower to start something and see it through to the end no matter the challenges you face along the way.
Those who see their goals through, know what it means to be self-motivated.