Getting motivated to go for what you really want is difficult, but staying motivated is even harder. Because when all of our dreams are just in our head, it's easy to dream big. But the daily grind, the sweat, the work— that's the tough stuff. But nothing that comes easy is worth getting, so you need to find a way to keep you going.
One of the best ways is to remember why you had this goal in the first place. Whether your goal is getting stronger, learning something new, starting a business— it doesn't matter. There's something that you decided to go for. There's a reason you decided to go for that. And though sometimes it's going to feel hard, sometimes it's going to feel impossible, you have to remember the reasons that you decided to try in the first place. Because although it may be hard to believe at times, you actually do have all the skills you need.
And believing yourself can be the hardest part. Because you can get over the exhaustion, the trials, the effort— but its' a lot harder to get over the self-doubt. That's the thing that really cripples you. That's the thing that makes everything else seem impossible. So when you need to find your motivation, what you're really looking for is your belief in yourself. You have to find a way to believe in your self again. Because that's what's going to get you there. You really can do it, so try and remember that.
"It's absolutely f*cking amazing what happens when you just won't give up."
"When you feel like quitting think about why you started."
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will."
"Don't stop until you're proud."
"Worrying is stupid. It's like walking around with an umbrella and waiting for it to rain."
"Was it a bad day? Or was it a bad five minutes that you milked all day?"
"She turned her can'ts into cans and her dreams into plans."
"Be the girl who decided to go for it."
"Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself."
"Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it."
"Be so good they can't ignore you."
"You must tell yourself, 'No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I'm going to make it.'"
"Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable."
"Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right."
"Get out of your own way."
"A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure."
"Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you."
Remember that success isn't about getting there right away— it's about failing, getting up, and trying again. It's about keeping going in the face of failure. And that's why you have to do everything you can to stay motivated and to keep believing in yourself.
So think about why you're doing it, think of everything you've accomplished before and everything you hope to accomplish in the future. Don't be afraid to use your support network and to ask for help when you need it. Because asking for help doesn't mean that you're not enough— it just means that you're smart enough to recognize when you need a hand. And we all need that sometimes.
And you're going to have moments of doubt. You're going to have minutes, hours, or days where you just think, "I can't." or "It's not worth it." and you're going to just let it all go. I understand, we've all been there. But those are the moments where you cut your teeth. When it all looks so bleak, so insurmountable that it seems worth it to just give up. That's when you need to buckle down and try. That's when you need to try twice as hard as you were trying before. It may not always feel like it, but you definitely have it in you to keep on fighting. So give yourself the credit that you deserve and try harder.
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