Five Ways to Stay Inspired.
I am a fiery person so, I get inspired and motivated quickly. And then, I dive right into doing what I need to, to get it done. Working, chasing after what you want, getting things done- these are all great qualities to have. However, unfortunately, that first feeling of huge inspiration can sometimes start fading away, over time. Especially if we are talking about long time goals which require patience and consistency. And, sometimes it can become very hard to stay committed to what seemed like pure magic in the beginning.
Through years of practice and self-awareness, I have found a few strategies which help me to stay with the flow of motivation. I would love to share these, and hope that you will be able to catch that inspiration and make it a part of your working process.
Inspiration can not be forced, but it can be carefully tended to. I hope those simple tricks will help you to stay motivated on your journey:
1. Break long term goals into smaller steps.
Long-term goals can be overwhelming. Not only is it hard to believe that they are achievable, but it is also very hard to find the right path towards them and to see the bigger picture. I found it helpful to break the big goal into a few smaller steps first. For example, what would be the first step towards that thing you really want? It may be buying a laptop if you are planning to write a book or taking an additional course to learn more about business managing, if you are looking to start your own company.
2. Celebrate and acknowledge your victories.
Congratulations! You are one step closer to your goal, this is a big deal! You put in the work and you have made it happen and you should give yourself credit for it. My biggest mistake has always been thinking that I haven’t done enough. While driving myself crazy with it and waiting for someone else’s approval. But, the fact is I am my own best judge. If I don’t give myself credit for the work I have put in, no-one else will notice it. So, the next time you have a spare five-to-ten minutes, find and acknowledge things you have already done so that you can you can be proud of yourself.
3. Give yourself time.
Just as much as it is important to work hard, it is important to give yourself time to rest. Change is overwhelming and even if it is getting you closer to your finish line, it is important to give yourself time to rest and recharge in order to receive the benefits of the work you’ve put in. Stepping aside for a little while can also give you a clearer view at your work and result in fresh ideas.
4. Create a routine.
As clichéd as it may sound, setting up a routine is incredibly helpful. We all have busy lives and sometimes things can get in the way. Finding exciting stuff like spending time with friends and discovering new relationships, with the addition of demanding and overwhelming events like problems with family or health issues. However your busy schedule may look, it is important to still find time and space for your commitment. Not only will it keep you accountable, but it may also help to keep you grounded. So go ahead and set aside that important time a day that you will spend working on achieving your goals and make it your routine.
5. Set up your working space.
Get creative with your working space. Bring on all the crazy ideas! Print out pictures of people who inspire you, display your work that makes you proud, burn some candles or sage or use essential oils, buy some fresh flowers or, get a plant. There are so many ways to make put an imprint on your space, regardless of whether it’s your office, home or a shared space. The main goal is to use what you like, what will keep you motivated and to create a space where you would want to spend your time.