Motivation is rather like a double edged sword. On one side, it can metaphorically cut through all of the hardships thus propelling you towards reaching your goals, but on the other side, motivation is hard to find, and frankly impossible to keep.
National Motivation Day falls on the 1st July each year- the perfect time for such an event in my opinion. The first of July is near enough the midpoint of the year, and everyone knows that it is in the middle of a project when the participants start to flounder. Approximately 45% of people set New Years resolutions, me included, and by this time in the year, 88% of these people have failed at keeping them.
Motivation is something that we all need, and evidently something that I struggle with. It has taken me 12 days to even write this post! So, after all this rambling, how do we find ourselves packed full of motivation? Beats me. Henceforth to the Internet!
Okay, maybe the Internet wasn’t the best idea. After spending a considerable amount of procrastination time and finding myself being directed to exercise blogs and websites harping on about ‘ebb and flow'(yeah, um what?). I have decided that I will have to tackle motivation my own way, which kind of sucks. It sucks because if I know that I know how to be motivated, then it makes me feel like a bit of a loser when I see myself, entirely unmotivated. Therefore I propose a toast, no, wait, sorry, it’s just such a classic line, you know? I meant, I propose a plan of public humiliation. By admitting that I am an unmotivated loser on the Internet, I am putting myself in a position that forces me to become motivated, otherwise I just look like a bit of a tit. So, that’s rule one – tell people about you motivation plan, so that they can ridicule you until you actually do something motivated.
Writing lists is one of those wholly underrated activities. It brings me such joy when I can cross off something on my list. I make lists even if I’m just popping to the library(what a cool life I lead). I find that list making is one of those essential tasks when one finds the self on a quest for motivation. By writing something down, you can clearly see where you want to be, and breaking a task down into a simple, five-point to-do-list makes it so much easier to achieve.
Again, I look shamefully upon the Internet, for in my search for motivational songs, I and across a top ten list which featured not only Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ but also R Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly. Oh hell no. I mean, after all that, my all time favourite motivational song just has to be Five’s Keep On Movin’ doesn’t it? Motivational music is such a great tool to have in your arsenal of self-inspiration. What’s more motivating than belting out a chorus or two of your favourite tune(p.s. I Just Had Sex by Lonely Island does not count).
If all else fails, and you find yourself wavering dangerously close to Tumblr. just have a stop, and think. Sit in a park, in your house, on your terrace, anywhere alone, and think about what you want your future to be like, and will moping around help you get there? Just, whatever you do, don’t go onTumblr. Before you realise it, you’ll be neck deep in ‘inspirational quotes’ filled with such profound wisdom(ahem), that you will almost definitely wriggle an arm free to drown your sorrows in Bulmers.