Motivation is something that I, and I guess most people, battle with constantly. One minute I’m super pumped to get everything and anything done, then all of a sudden *poof* I’ve spent 3 hours watching Friends re-runs and browsing Pinterest..
But believe it or not, I’m an incredibly driven person, and there are many things that really boost my motivation:
You can probably guess that I’m a crazy competitive person, but everyone is, right? Its the runner in me; I run faster in races surrounded by other people, push harder in the gym when its busier, and eat better when I’m out with friends. Its not always about smashing the competition, as much as it is about having the drive to prove what you are capable of.
This sounds odd, but its really another aspect of my competitive nature: beating myself. I’m always looking at numbers – running pace, blog views, social media followers, sales figures etc – and its purely for the purpose of knowing where I’ve come from and where I am now. During training, I pester Dad constantly.. ‘What distance are we at?’ ‘What pace are we running?’ ‘What did we do last time?’, and its not because I’m curious, its because I’m constantly working out how much better we’re doing, eg. our record for 5 miles has dropped from over 1 hour to 55 minutes in the past 2 months.
Similarly, I check my blog stats daily. I need to know how many people are reading, what’s most popular, when is traffic busiest.. I check Instagram so frequently I’m amazed my phone screen hasn’t worn away where the app button is, and its all because new likes, comments and followers make my day, and that keeps me happy and excited to post!
In life, its just as much of a drive, just slightly more boring.. I monitor spending and savings to the point where it becomes slightly anal, I countdown days til big events and holidays, I even count my steps! What can I say, numbers just do it for me, I guess..
Sometimes the main goal can seem so far away, so I always set smaller targets to keep my spirits up along the way.
As a runner, it could be as big as the next mile, or as small as the next step, but having something to concentrate on and aim for makes it all the more easier. When I have writers block, which happens ALL the time, even just finishing the paragraph can feel like a great success, and that feeling pushes me to get the next sentence, next paragraph and next post finished.
4. Who benefits from what I’m doing
I don’t think I would describe myself as totally selfless, but I don’t do anything without thinking about those around me; who might it affect, what do they think etc..
I run for myself, I run because I do it with my dad, and sometimes I run for charity. When I’m writing I’m thinking about my readers and what they enjoy, and with every decision I make in life I’m constantly considering my family, friends and those around me.
5. What am I getting out of it
See, not totally selfless! Every time I lose drive, I have to remind myself why I’m doing it and what I’m going to gain. Every run is another step towards my fitness goal, every gym workout contributes to a body I can be proud of, and it gives me a kick to know I’m eating healthy!
As far as blogging goes, the benefits for myself are really just the good feeling I get from sharing my experiences with my readers; I’m not in blogging for the ‘fame’ or anything, its just nice to get the words out..
Life is probably where I have to keep reminding myself of why I’m doing what I’m doing most often. When I’m regretting picking up that extra shift or two, I have to keep telling myself that I need the money (see, those darn numbers doing it for me again), and reminding myself that I’d otherwise just be sat at home watching rubbish on tv! Spending bans are for savings goals, long days and late nights are because work has to be done, and salads instead of burgers are because I want to live a healthier life.
What motivates you?