Where Does Your Motivation Come from?

February 20, 2018
Cecilia Harris

Everyone knows that motivation is key to any action or change. Motivation is a habit. We are born with only a couple of instincts, so we are not born with motivation.

Yet we learn motivation from others around us. What actually motivates and inspires us is a personal thing and unique to each and every one of us.

Check out the places your motivation can come from and see if you relate to any of them.

1) Yourself

You need to be specific when it comes to motivating yourself. set goals and actually meet them.

You can also motivate yourself by thinking about how good you feel after completing a workout. Then compare that to how you feel if you decided that you couldn’t be bothered !

At the end of the day, you have to live with yourself, so inspire yourself every day. Do what you can to get going even on your most exhausting days, whether it’s writing a motivational quote on a post-it note on your bathroom mirror, reading an inspiring how-to book or listening to your favorite music on the way home.

2) Your Friends/Co-Workers/Family/Instagram Family

Our friendships keep us feeling happy and connected to others, and a girls’ night out is an amazing way to unwind on the weekend after a long, hard week at work. But friends can also keep us motivated if they lead by example. You most likely have that one friend who kills it at work, volunteers in her free time and takes on freelance projects, too. Oh, and she’s also a committed vegan who cooks everything from scratch and never misses a workout. You might not be quite that perfect (because really, who is?) but you can take a page from her book and get inspired to be the best you can be and do the best job you can.

Motivation is a tricky and elusive thing and it’s not always present when we want it to be. But without it, we couldn’t get up every day to go to work, to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

3) Live a Balanced Life

Living a balanced life is vital to feeling motivated. When you eat unhealthy foods you will feel lethargic and will not want to accomplish any of your goals. Try to eat a well-balanced diet and exercise for 30 minutes (at least three times a week), it can increase levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine which can help to reduce stress. Leave some of your to-do list for the following day if it can wait, rather than staying late to finish it.

4) Don’t Beat Yourself up on Your Weak Points

Of course, we all have weak points – none of us are perfect! So next time you feel like you could have done better, stop beating yourself up and focus on how you will improve next time. Every aspect of our life is a learning curve and the important thing is to take the knowledge to grow in the future. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

5) Don’t Stress About Things You Can’t Control

If you’re guilty of stressing over the most insignificant things that you can’t change, then stop now. The more you worry about unnecessary things, the more you’re going to make yourself sick, so learn to let go.

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Cecilia Harris
Founder & Head PT

Cecilia is the co-founder of Results with Lucy and face of Results with Cecilia.

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  • Phoebe September 17, 2019

    Such great tips! Thank you x

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