Many of you ask me how to stay motivated when you’re sad or feel powerless. I am flattered, guys. Thank you for trusting me. I must admit, the most difficult task is to motivate yourself, even if you’re good at motivating others. Managers and HR people will know what I’m talking about.
The trick is to keep breathing, as Shirley Manson, the lead vocalist of Garbage, would say.
I recently found an excellent quote:
It made me think.
Life isn’t a bed of roses. How I wish it was simple as that. We all face problems. On a daily basis. Some of us are struggling with bigger or smaller issues, even right now. It is NEVER perfect. And you know what? It will NEVER be. No, I don’t mean to demotivate you! 🙂
All we have to do is to acknowledge and accept that fact and change our attitide towards problems in general. Problems will always be a part of our daily routine. It’s the matter of knowing how to deal with them, how to minimize their impact, or just how to learn not to be bothered by them (I mean, if you cannot change the way it is, why should you worry? Life’s way too short!).
Change your mindset. Make a lemonade, exchange those lemons for oranges or just throw them at life’s face, do whatever it takes just to keep going. Don’t stay where you are. Don’t be sad. Don’t overthink why “this shit happened to you”. Just keep on moving. Make a plan and stick to it. It’s ok to feel down from time to time. Everyone knows the feeling. Just remember: don’t stay there too long.
You need to find an inner force to keep you energized. No-one is going to do it for you. You know that, right?
Take up some sports, go for a walk, meet up with a friend, have a nap, watch a comedy and eat some popcorn, play with your kid (or with a pet, if you don’t have kids), have a weekend getaway, go for a crazy party… You know best what will make you happy. The good thing about things which make us happy is that they fuel our energy tank. Sometimes reading a simple quote somewhere on the internet may inspire you more than 1000 words. Discover what it is for you. Change perspective.
Remember: it could always be worse. So start appreciating what you currently have. I’m not saying you should give up on your dreams. Far from that. Just be grateful for what you have and strive for more. All you dream of, will come to you at the right time. And if it doesn’t? Well, it wasn’t meant to be for you and there is something better waiting around the corner 🙂