Everyone experiences one of those days where you absolutely don’t want to do anything at all. I have had many of those days, trust me. As a person who enjoys talking about motivation and productivity, I invited the lovely Jennifer Lynn from Elegant Living Everyday to talk about her insight on how to motivate yourself to accomplish ANYTHING. I hope you enjoy it!
Finding motivation is almost like teaching your dog to cook you dinner.
Nearly impossible! But when you can get it to happen, that’s when the magic begins! (So yes, I am saying maybe little Rex can order you a pizza 😉 )
However, the wonderful thing about motivation is that once you have it, it can truly change your life. It can give you the energy, the confidence and the drive that we is needed to make things get done!
“We become what we think about.”
You may be thinking, but Jennifer, why does your title have “the elegant mind”?
Because having an elegant mind is what makes all the difference.
Let me explain…
How does an elegant mind help to motivate you?
When you look up motivation in the dictionary, you get something like
Provide (someone) with a reason for doing something.
Essentially that is what an elegant mind does.
It provides you the reason for doing something. You tell yourself a goal that you want to reach and you will do it. However, you don’t only need an elegant mind to be motivated, you could be very well driven or perhaps fantastic at setting goals and reaching them.
But for me I know adopting an elegant lifestyle will help you get motivated and also stay motivated.
An elegant mind is your personal life coach!
Another good resource for some more motivation, I always like reading her post about getting 15 tips of getting motivated.
An elegant mind helps to keep you on track when you start to drift off.
This happens to everyone.
As a matter of fact it happened while I was writing this post! But what really is important is being able to minimize the wasted time of day dreaming or finding my way on Twitter.
When you understand that wasting time doing something meaningless is truly harmful for your productivity, it will slowly begin to ha less and less.
A good tip is if you would be either embarrassed or ashamed if someone saw you, then odds are you should be doing your work and not focusing your energy on Facebook! 😂
An elegant mind helps to keep you on time and know that being late is not an option.
Being late is not very elegant.
It takes away from your dependability.
Whether it is a paper due or meeting someone at a certain time, you do not want to make them feel that their time isn’t as worthy as yours is.
Since being late is not something that you want to be associated with, you will try your hardest to get it done. An elegant mind naturally feels motivated because of internal factors such as not wanting to let yourself down, and wanting others to think of you are dependable.
An elegant mind has integrity and plans on keeping it.
An elegant mind helps to make sure you always are doing your best at all times.
“The best revenge is massive success.”
One attribute of being elegant is to put the your best foot forward at all times. You would not expect anything less from yourself, and that includes when you are sweeping the floor to finishing a project for work.
Everything you do, is your best.
Doing this will also have people expect the best and will give you their best in return.
When doing your best, it naturally gives you the push to get more done. See for yourself! Promise yourself for the next week you will continually do your best in absolutely everything!
You will see a remarkable transformation!
An elegant mind helps you to see the bigger picture.
How many times have we told ourselves, “Oh, it’s not that big of a deal” or “I’ll do it tomorrow”. We have a great tendency to persuade ourselves that something can be procrastinated. We seem it not as important right now, dismissing the fact that it could be beneficial for us in the near future.
That is why I strongly advocate for an elegant mind. The ability to see the bigger picture and see that doing something now will help me greatly tomorrow can be the motivating factor to get even more done.
We all know what happens when you keep putting things off. It gets harder and harder and seems even more daunting and terrifying than initially would have been.
An elegant mind really has a way of putting things in perspective.
An elegant mind gives you the confidence you need.
Confidence is so imperative to live well, however, it can seem like an allusive trait to master.
Having an elegant mind can not only give you the confidence you want but also reassure you when you need it the most.
Maybe that we are putting something off because we don’t feel that we will do a good enough job. Perhaps it is the confidence we are lacking to go out and make new friends in your new city or write that book that you’ve been longing to.
I can tell you that I was, and even a little bit now, nervous to do my YouTube videos because I felt like what I had to say no one would care for. But when I return to my elegant mind that it gave me the confidence and motivation to keep doing it!
An elegant mind will raise your confidence and reassure you that you have everything you need to succeed.
I wrote a little post about confidence that might be helpful for anyone looking to increase it by finding your secret elegant weapon!
How to Motivate Yourself Today For Tomorrow
Well let me be the first to tell you that this is something that you really do appreciate. I would even go as far to say this is a beautiful form of self-love.
Once you see how it makes your life so much easier, it won’t take much motivation to continue doing it!
There are a few key factors that I believe in motivating yourself.
Practice this one every single day. It doesn’t even need to be about anything important, but learn to improve your discipline. If you tell yourself you are going to fold the laundry before bed, do it, regardless of how tired you are!
Discipline builds character and is so vital to having a getting-things-done mentality.
2) Setting and Seeing your Goals Often
I really love the idea of working myself backwards with goal setting. I start with my end goal in mind and figure out how long it will take me to achieve this. Will it be a year or possibly more?
Then work backwards.
Ask yourself what will I need to do in 1 month to help myself achieve my goal for three months? What do I need to do in three months to reach my goal in 6 months?
After I set my goals and figure out how I can attain them, put the paper near somewhere I go often and be sure to scratch off what I had accomplished for myself.
3) Rewarding Yourself
We need to feel rewarded for doing something well.
It just is as simple as that.
It could be food, it could be a beautiful walk, maybe even a new shirt. Regardless of what it is, keep in mind that once you have finished (finished here is the main objective) then you can go ahead and enjoy that treat that you clearly deserve.
It helps to keep you going knowing that there is a beautiful dinner waiting for you once you’ve finished.
And remember there is nothing wrong with rewarding yourself for accomplishing even something small.
4) Pushing Yourself in the Right Places
Through time you will learn when to push yourself and when not to.
With experience you will know when and how you can push yourself to get the best results. Sometimes pushing yourself when your past your limits can result in sub par work.
However, there is a truth to a healthy push. Sometimes it’s setting deadlines for yourself, another idea could be setting up and following a schedule or routine.
Regardless of what it is, push yourself and you will be pleasantly surprised at the results.
5) Feeling a True Sense of Accomplishment
What better feeling is there than setting yourself a goal and following through with it! Feeling the sense of accomplishment can work wonders for you. Even if they are small and not necessarily important it is the fact that you set yourself up for something and finished it.
Try it for yourself. Write a to-do list or just jot down a few things that simply must be done that day and do it. That little high you get from checking them off is enough motivation to keep you going and you might even attempt to tackle other tasks!
Stephanie’s post on writing an effective to-do list really fits perfectly to accomplish anything you want!
What is the difference between goals and dreams?
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
This is one of my favorite questions to go into detail about.
Goals are something that you are able to achieve because you put a plan in action. You are able to see how you will reach the next step.
Essentially goals are attainable.
Dreams are a beautiful thing to have, but in reality they are just dreams. Something that may never happen but that’s okay because they keep you excited.
If you are ever so lucky, your goals and dreams work together harmoniously and you are able to do both!
Once you get started… how to KEEP your momentum
Getting started can seem like the easiest part.
The excitement of something new happening in your life, the fact that you started it and the high from it hasn’t quite fizzled away yet. However, after the initial beginning things become mundane. Even boring.
Now you’re just trying to keep up that momentum and it’s difficult.
Keeping up your momentum is easier if you realize that you have to work hard and embrace that. Don’t underestimate the power of success in your goals but don’t think that it will come easy.
A good rule of thumb, is when you start to feel like you want to give up, that is the time that you need to work double hard and you will always be thankful you did!
An elegant mind refuses to let you quit.
Here is another reason that having an elegant mind can serve you well.
Everything you do is never a waste of time. You consider it valuable. So why on earth would you give up on something that you put all this effort into?
If you give up on something that gets a bit hard or not what you imagined, then so many successful people wouldn’t be where they are today.
He didn’t talk until he was four. Did not read until he was seven. Was expelled from school. Everyone thought he was not of average intelligence. Little did we know!
She was fired from a television reporting job because she was unfit for television. Now she is one of the biggest TV faces of all time!
His first performance was terrible. Being booed off stage. Clearly that didn’t last for too long though!
His first thriller, Carrie was rejected numerous times. So many that he actually threw it out. His wife was the one to pick it out and actually keep pushing him to keep trying. He did, and obviously it was a hit!
He was cut from his high school basketball team.
He was fired from a newspaper because he lacked imagination! After that he started businesses that ended up filing for bankruptcy. So he kept on working hard at his job that he felt was right and ended up starting one of the most iconic brand!
If you’re interested to see more, here is 50 Famous People Who Failed at Their First Attempt at Career Success I think you’ll love this and it also inspires you to know that even if you fail, you are will succeed soon!
Stephanie has another great post on staying motivated!
Motivation is a very essential characteristic in life. Without it, you won’t get very far.
An elegant mind really enables you to not only accomplish your goals, it even gives you the potential to take an attempt at your dreams.
By adapting a few of these ideas, I don’t doubt for a second that you can’t make it.
Being motivated is just one of my 101 Ways of an Elegant Woman.
Find what moves you, what really gets you excited.
Have an elegant mind and accomplish anything!
Before I let you go, I just wanted to say a big thank you to Stephanie for letting me guest post on her wonderful blog! One of my favorite posts of hers is about saving money, something everyone can take a little tip from!