How to Stay Motivated When Life Gets Hard
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There’s a rainy season in everyone’s life, at some point. But how do we move past the clouds in our lives when we’re feeling dragged down?
Read over these tips that can keep you motivated when life gets hard, and move out of the gloomy state you’re in.
Appreciate the things you do have:
Whether it’s appreciating your clothes, family, or a roof over your head, recognizing the value of the things you do have—no matter how small they might seem at first glance—can give you a new perspective. The circumstance that is causing your struggle is often the thing that is driving you to maintain what’s really important. A difficult job provides food and clothing; a car payment takes you to meet friends who bring laughter, and so on. Once you start to see the negatives as positives, your motivation can turn what looks like a trial into an advantage.
Give yourself deadlines:
Running towards a goal can start to feel exhausting when you can’t see the finish line. So set a time limit or date on the thing you want to get accomplished. For example, figure out how to schedule a balanced budget to pay off a bill or set out a daily time to apply for jobs, etc. Cutting the time window of a long-term scheme into smaller pieces can help magnify your modest achievements and motivate you to meet your objectives.
Cut off toxic corners:
Sometimes you can uphold people or aspects of yourself that are harmful to your well-being. Ask yourself: are my friends or partner an encouragement or discouragement to me when I share my fears? If you find yourself surrounded by people who only share negative comments, it’s probably time to cut them out of your life. Find people who are patient, positive motivators in your life.
However, most of the time it’s not the people around you who are toxic: it’s your own habits that keep you down in the dumps. These habits can manifest themselves in the way you think (comparing yourself to others) or the way you live (impulsive with money or jumping into things). Changing the way you think and act might be the kick you need to motivate yourself to move past your hardships.
Life takes a close measurement of honesty and a sincere look within ourselves before we can find the motivation to move forward. Do that, and you’ll move past the rain into a clear sky.