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Motivation Life Hacks

Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It happens to the best of us, even the most goal-driven people can get off track. Whether it be missing a deadline or simply not wanting to get out of bed, we can lose motivation to get the things accomplished in life that matter to us.

When we are not motivated, we are likely to neglect our personal and professional goals, creating negative emotions that can bring us down. Motivation is key to moving forward and maintaining a balanced healthy life.

Here are six ways to stay motivated when you feel stressed and exhausted.

1. Write Down your Goals

Visually seeing our goals can help us stay motivated. If you have a journal, calendar, or app that allows you to track your progress, chances are you will have a better chance at gracefully moving forward.

Tip: Write down both your long-term and short-term goals and keep them in a place where you can revisit them every day. Practicing awareness by revisiting short-term goals will help them develop, while manifesting long-term goals will help them come to fruition.

2. Take a Break

This can be challenging for those who run themselves ragged with work. We often feel like taking a break is a waste of time and can deter us from accomplishing what we need to do. Rest and relaxation is one of the best ways to stay motivated, as it allows us to rejuvenate our mind, body and spirit.

Take 20 minutes and sit down with a cup of ORGANIC INDIA Tulsi Tea. Use this time to evaluate the things occurring in your life. Feel gratitude for the things you have and motivation to obtain the things you want.

3. Reward your Body, Mind, and Spirit

Make sure that you celebrate your successes along the way! Take time to reward yourself for accomplishing your goals. Go buy a new book, visit the spa, or simply see a new movie. These little rewards rejuvenate your mind and energize your body to keep moving forward.

Tip: Keep track of your rewards along the way by including them on your list of goals. Whenever you feel tired and unmotivated, look at these rewards as it will remind you that good things are coming as you achieve what you set out to accomplish.

4. Stop the Negative Self-Talk

Critiquing yourself is not always a bad thing. It can be a reality check that encourages you to move forward and be a better person. That being said, negative self-talk can drag you down and keep you from accomplishing your goals.

Saying negative things to yourself about your appearance, work habits, or the way people view you can impact your motivation and leave you feeling stressed out and exhausted.

Stop with the negative self-talk! This often happens subconsciously and takes fierce awareness to get rid of. Embrace yourself for who you are and focus on the good in you. Try this guided meditation to return to the present moment when you feel your mind steering away.

5. Be Kind to Others

It's no secret that we live in a negative world. Negative people, situations, and conversations will keep you focused on all of the wrong things, distracting you from achieving your goals.

Seek out positive people and look for ways to help others. By spreading love and kindness, you give yourself a booster shot of gratitude. This gratitude can spur you to move forward, helping you finish a new project or reach a personal goal.

6. Use Positive Affirmations

There is great power in words as they can encourage you to stay creative, energized, and motivated to reach your goals. Speak out loud what you want to have happen in your life.

Write affirmations down and place them somewhere you will see every day. If you are not sure what to write down, research positive affirmations, there are a ton of resources available (and even apps!)

Find a mantra that speaks to you and encourages you to achieve the things you want in life.

About the Author

Margaux J Rathbun, B.S., N.T.P., is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and the creator of Authentic Self Wellness ( Her mission is to inspire others to live authentically as their true selves, nourishing their bodies with the nutrients needed to look and feel their absolute best. Margaux lives outside of Portland Oregon with her husband Jeff and their three dogs.