Over the last few weeks I’ve celebrate International Women’s Day by attending numerous events, spoken as a special guest on industry panels and hosted the Rocking Ur Teens Girls Conference and one of the main questions and themes that was discussed was staying motivated!
Although it’s never easy and we all have our ups and downs in life, I think it’s very important to find ways to pick yourself up.
So here are my 5 tips for staying motivated.
At the start of 2018 my cousin Ola mentioned that she had been listening to Oprah’s Podcast ‘Super soul Conversations’. I’ve never been much of a podcast listener, but of course when I heard Oprah hosted the podcast I was sold and now I am HOOKED.
The super soul conversations are now apart of my daily rituals, I listen to at least one a day, either when I’m getting ready in the morning or when I go for my newly scheduled runs ( we’ll talk more about this lol). They include various inspiring interviews from best selling authors, motivational speakers, celebrities and people that have overcome unbelievable moments in their lives.
I highly recommend listening to this podcast but I also would suggest finding other inspirational podcasts, books documentaries that can encourage you when you might not be feeling your best!
2. SET GOALS
This week I hosted the Rocking Ur Teens girls conference and heard the incredible life changing story of Hannilee Fish. She has achieved some incredible things despite a rough start and childhood, and shared what she calls the Fish way to improving your health and wellbeing. This included the following
F- Focus on now
I – I have a choice
S- Set boundaries
H- Have a vision
The final point really resonated with me so I also shared with the girls the importance of having a mood board.
I have got into the habit of updating my mood board each year. I start by buying some A3 paper, buying some coloured pencils and take some time out to enjoy drawing my goals and plans. It can be a lot of fun.
Your mood board can include your career goals, financial goals, relationship goals, health goals and even simple things like holiday goals. I honestly believe in speaking things into existence and even literally drawing or writing them into existence can help too.
Everyone does it differently, some like to cut out images and stick them to a board, and others prefer to list their goals it’s totally up to you.
Once you’ve made it stick it up in your room on the wall or somewhere that you can see it when you wake up, so that you stay motivated with the little reminders and goals!
I love a good prayer uno! lol
Recently my prayers have been a lot more powerful, because I’ve started to have an open and honest conversation with God. I thank him for every experience I have whether it’s good or bad because I know I’m going to learn from it.
I ask for guidance when I need answers about a decision or my next steps.
And I also ask for more blessings you can never have too many blessings lol
To be honest this is a great moment to reflect each day or at the end of a week or month. It really helps me stay positive and strengthens my faith that what ever happens next is apart of God’s Plan (no Drake lol)
If you aren’t spiritual or religious although I think you should seek God an alternative is to meditate or create gratitude lists as being mindful and grateful for what you do have in life will keep you motivated!
I told you I would come back to this! EXERCISE is so important. It’s more than just the physical appearance ( even though having a banging body would help) but it’s good for the mind, body and soul.
I attended a ‘Get to Know’ talk a few months back hosted by co-founders AJ Odudu, Adrienne LDN and Hayley Jane Warnes, which was all about being productive lead by Adrienne. She mentioned how important it was to take an hour out of your day to have some you time for you and recommended that going for a run can be a great way to do this.
She couldn’t have been more right! I now train with my PT, Coach Zah at Mile End Track twice a week and also take time out to run for 20 minutes at least once a week, which has upped my work out routine to 3-4 times a week.
It’s honestly like therapy! My fitness has improved and each time I smash a work out session my confidence builds.
I know running might not be for everyone, it definitely wasn’t for me until recently, so perhaps join a gym, take some classes or pick up a new sporty hobby. I can recommend squash is great to play with a friend or partner!
5. MAKE TIME FOR FRIENDS & FAMILY
I recently received an email from a young presenter on the rise which surprised me… but I could totally relate to, as they mentioned meeting and working with people in the industry who weren’t genuine and didn’t have their best interest at heart.
I’ve learnt over the years that yes you can’t trust everyone, but in order to continue and see passed this, you need thick skin and you can’t take everything personally. of course that’s easier said than done, but surround yourself with positive people and positive environments. I have a ZERO TOLERANCE to negativity. I’ve literally blocked negative people on social media who have nothing positive or constructive to say, that’s obviously the worst case scenario as I’ve recently been introduced to trolls KMT, but honestly if an issue can’t be resolved by talking it out like adults move on.
Of course it’s great to have friends in the industry that can relate to some of your work issues or have similarities but there’s nothing better than taking time out to talk and hang out with your day ones and family! Whenever I’m around my family and friends it’s nothing but laughter and good vibes so do this as much as possible!
These are a few things that have helped keep my motivated and HAPPY! So I recommend adding them to your life and tailor making your own motivational tools to stay productive!
I’d love to know your tips too
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