Get Out of Your Own Way!

I don’t know about you, but I really struggle find motivation to accomplish my goals sometimes. In college, it was finding the drive to push through a big essay or project, and today it’s being able to balance work and personal life. I always find myself saying, “There’s always tomorrow,” when in all actuality I never get around to the tasks on any of the “tomorrows” I’ve spoken of.

A key part in lack of motivation is found in lack of personal development. It is important to find time to focus on yourself and get yourself in check before you can tackle the homework, project or task at hand. I’m not saying I’m an expert at this, but here are a few things I’ve done along my journey that have helped me refocus.

When I am lacking motivation, I often times have a mental block. I feel like my head is in a cloud and I just want to dwell in all the terrible moments of the day. To help myself snapout of the cloud of sadness, I first have to realize I am dwelling. Once I’ve realized what I am doing, I make a choice to turn my day around. I get out a piece of paper and do a brain dump; I give myself two minutes to write down all the negative thoughts in my mind. “You aren’t good enough,” “You can’t reach your dreams,” “You’ll never find true love because you can’t have kids,” “You’ve let yourself go,” “No one likes you,” “I won’t be successful anyways.” ALL OF IT! Every ugly, hateful thing, clouding your mind, write it down and take two minutes to acknowledge it. Be truthful and raw. Then crumble it up, throw it away and move on!

Once all the negative thoughts are gone, fill the space with positivity! For me, the simple act of keeping a grateful journal has been the most rewarding. Every day I search for the amazing moments in my day. “Today I’m grateful for a job, waking up, a new opportunity, growth, perspective, my family, sunshine, a smile, my cat, my Alpha Sigma Alpha sisters!”

Lastly, I purposefully plan for the day ahead. I make a list of all the things I want to accomplish the next day. Checking things off makes me feel powerful about my day. My list always includes some morning freebies that are a part of my routine like “wake up, brush my teeth, make my bed.” Just being able to check three things off right away propels me forward into my list and all the day’s possibilities.

The power of positivity can make a large impact on your life. While each of these things seems so easy, the key is consistency. I enjoy doing them before bed because it puts me at peace knowing I’ve let go of the negativity of the day and can move forward tomorrow. I’m able to wake up with a clear head and drive to accomplish any task that comes my way.

 I’ll leave you with a quote from the great Les Brown – “Change your thinking. Change your LIFE! Your thoughts create your reality. Practice positive thinking. Act the way you want to be, and soon you will act the way you act.”

Emily LeGrande, ϴΡ

Academic Excellence Coaching Team Member


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