As I write this blog post, the President has announced that due to the exponential spread of COVID-19, the country will remain on level 3. The pandemic continues to devastate our country, and the air is thick with sadness and negativity. When negativity seems to surround you, it’s easy to get despondent. While we can’t control what is happening in the world right now, we can control how we react. So how do we choose positivity amidst all the pain and uncertainty? How do we remain motivated to achieve our goals and dreams? Here is how to stay motivated during difficult times.
Take control of what you can
There are many things that we cannot control at the moment, and there’s not much we can do about that. However, you do have control over how you take care of your body, mind and soul. Exercise regularly, do your best to stick to a healthy diet and do whatever it takes to nurture your mental health. And most importantly, stay at home. Guys, this is the time to show up for yourself, now more than ever before.
I’ve spoken about how we, as mamas, set the tone in our homes. Let us lead the way, and the rest of the family will follow suit.
It’s in our nature as human beings not to take time out to celebrate our accomplishments, we’re always on to the next thing. Celebrate every single achievement, no matter how small. Reward yourself every time you reach a goal. It could be anything, a new pair of shoes, or treating yourself to a healthy Netflix binge. Rewards play a huge role in staying motivated.
Read and listen to positive content
Be mindful of the content that you consume. Yes, we must stay informed; however, we need to set boundaries for ourselves. Be intentional about filling your mind with positive and inspiring content. Pouring COVID-19 updates into your head all day is unnecessary. Consume what you need to stay informed and move on.
Here’s the thing, as human beings we tend to get caught up in this vicious cycle of always wanting more. We pray for a promotion, and if we get that promotion, then we start praying for a bigger house or a new car. It’s never enough. Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with growth, that’s part of life. But if you are continually chasing the next big thing, you’ll never find true happiness. Have you ever thought to yourself that I’ll be happier once you earn more money or be more satisfied when you have your own business? The truth is once you achieve any of those things, you’ll keep moving the goal post.
That’s where practicing gratitude comes in. If you start practicing gratitude, your focus will eventually shift. The more you focus on all the good things in your life, the more content you’ll feel. All the fluff that you are continually chasing won’t be at the center of your thoughts.
Set new goals
You may need to tweak your 2020 goals as a result of the pandemic. Start working towards those new goals, and don’t forget to celebrate your achievements along the way!
We need to be intentional about infusing positivity in our lives, especially during difficult times. How are you staying motivated at the moment? Let me know in the comments below.