10 Ways To Stay Motivated In Difficult Times
Difficult times are the worst, they are full of doubt and negativity. This article is dedicated to motivating you when everything seems to be going wrong. Find out how these ten tips can help you stay motivated in difficult times!
1. Find Your Passion
When life sets unrealistic expectations, it can be easy to lose your motivation. However, the key to staying motivated is finding your passion. Whether you want to pursue a hobby or become an author, find something that will give you the sensation of being alive and excited all day long.
2. A Slice Of Life
When you’re feeling like giving up, it can be hard to remember why you started working out in the first place. If you’re going through a dry patch, the best thing you can do is take a step back and look at your life. It’s easy to forget that life will eventually get better. Two simple steps are tracking your progress and changing what you consume. It could be the news you’re reading or the Netflix series you’re watching. Change what you consume on a daily basis. Refresh your wardrobe, start your day with a different meal or just wake up on the other side of the bed. Experience a slice of life day by day.
3. One Question At A Time
It’s important to remember that focusing on one small goal at a time is easier than trying to conquer something big, like losing 20 pounds in 10 days. Start with small goals that are easy for you to achieve like going for a walk or taking out the trash. All of these ways to stay focused can be helpful in keeping you on track.
4. Create Moments of Goodness
One way to encourage yourself is by creating moments of goodness. A moment of goodness can be as simple as complimenting someone who works hard or is trying to improve themselves, giving a child a heartfelt hug, sending an encouraging text to your spouse. Creating these moments is the best way to exercise your good karma and make those around you happy, too!
5. Engage In The Struggle
Another way to stay motivated in difficult times is to be mindful of our struggles. It is important to remember that we are not alone, and others have faced the same struggles. Rather than giving up, struggling with the moment is the best way to gain perspective on what’s really going on.
If you are willing to go the extra mile then I’ll suggest you to pursue a side project. In other words, find something you want to work on outside of your day job that you can make progress on. This can be anything from taking up a hobby or pursuing a creative passion to learning a new skill.
6. Focus On What’s To Come
The first step is to think about the future, which will help you realize that there are many things that await you. That can help you feel inspired and hopeful for better things. Many people experience emotional difficulties during challenging times. It’s difficult to feel motivated to go through the tough periods when you feel like quitting, or your self-worth is so low that you don’t even want to try anymore. The key to staying motivated is focusing on what’s to come.
7. Embrace Negative Thoughts
Negative thinking can be a difficult thing to manage. It’s helpful to know that there are ways you can cope with negative thoughts and embrace them in order to maintain a healthy mindset. Negative thoughts are sometimes unavoidable, but they shouldn’t be an everyday occurrence.
Negative thoughts should be embraced. This means that you should say things like “I’m feeling bored” to yourself, instead of trying to fight against them. If these thoughts happen often, you might feel like you should cut certain activities altogether; however, the best way to overcome this is by replacing them with new, more productive activities.
8. Help Others
Helping others is one of the best ways to stay motivated at difficult times. It can be anything, like volunteering in your community, joining a cause you care about or finding ways to help others at work. When you are feeling low, it is important to remember that others are going through difficult times too. If you feel like helping someone out, then do so. It could make a huge difference in their life. Staying motivated will help you push through your own tough times, and if more people do the same, the world could change for the better.
9. Don’t do anything else, but this!
Don’t let your days become someone else’s worst memories of you. Don’t allow difficult times to make you feel like less of a person. So promise yourself to start anew and do the following:
- Make a list of what you’re grateful for every day
- List any goals that you have
- Start becoming more active – whether it’s going for a walk after dinner or jumping on the treadmill daily
- Set little goals – if you want to start running or doing yoga, start by doing 15 minutes a day
- Make a new habit
Just keep doing great work and stay positive. Seriously, don’t do anything else, but this!
10. Be honest
What are the little things that help you get through tough times? For me, one way to stay motivated is by reflecting on the things I’m grateful for. It’s also important to exercise, even if it’s just a little bit. Another way to stay motivated is by being honest with yourself about your motivations. Are they outside or inside of you? When life gets difficult, it is easy to lose motivation. To help keep the motivation going in the tough times, try to stay positive and think about what you love about yourself and your life. The other day I was talking to someone about how it’s hard to stay motivated when everything is seeming so difficult. They suggested that I was looking for an easy way out which is untrue. It’s not easy, but staying motivated actually does come down to being honest with yourself and others about your goals. It is so easy to get discouraged when life gets tough, but if you can just be honest with yourself and know that what is happening is not the end of the world then you will stay motivated and your positive mindset will help motivate others around you. Keep up with friends and family, ask for help, and remember that it is only temporary.
Written by Pragya Singh