One Step at a Time

by Rebecca Louise

Motivation starts with taking action. And that can be as simple as taking one step. Often, we say that we feel “stuck” when we have a lack of motivation or things are not working how we want them to. I believe that we are never truly stuck, we have simply stopped. Here are 10 steps to get unstuck and stay motivated no matter what life throws at you!

If you are feeling down, the best way to change your mood is to give to someone else and radiate good energy.

  1. Take a step.

    It might even feel like a step back in the moment, but a step will lead you into a new direction. The smallest of steps in any direction will get you on the move again and will lead you to where you are meant to be. Not doing anything at all is the worst part because you will stay exactly where you are. After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!

  2. Find other motivated people and surround yourself with uplifting humans.

    Ever been in a group where one person complains and then everyone else around them starts to chime in about how bad their life is too? Come to the table with solutions. If you don’t have something uplifting to add, don’t bring the group down by moaning. Look at all the positives you have in your life and lead with gratitude.

  3. Look for results no matter how small they might seem to you.

    We have to celebrate the small successes in life or we are constantly looking at what’s next. If you have lost a pound, got a better grade at school, made progress in communication with a relationship—all these things should be celebrated!

  4. Give out good energy.

    If you are feeling down, the best way to change your mood is to give to someone else and radiate good energy. As you see the positive affect you’re having on people around you, you’ll be motivated to keep turning up with great energy.

  5. Ask yourself: what am I focused on?

    Are you focused on the right things to get you the results that you want? We lose motivation when we look at all the things that are not working rather than seeing all the wonderful things that are going our way.

  6. Create discipline.

    Yes, we can all get a boost of motivation from time to time, but it doesn’t always last. Create habits of discipline to sustain your actions and make it part of who you are.

  7. Connect with your why.

    Ask yourself: why am I doing this? If, after answering that question, you are still not motivated, then this is not your true why. Sometimes we have to dig a little deeper to find the grit inside of us and the real pain point that will make us do what we need to do.

  8. Bring someone else on the journey.

    If you’re not doing something for yourself, do it for someone else. When two or more people have a vision, anything is possible. You just need to find that one person who will link arms with you and make it happen alongside you!

  9. Remember how you feel when you do show up and use that fire to fuel you to keep going.

    No one ever regrets showing up to a workout, an evening class or whatever it may be for themselves. You will always get value from showing up. Hold that feeling inside so that when you don’t want to turn up, you still do. It is in those times when we do something we don’t want to do, that we grow the most.

  10. If you have a bad day, get up again and again and again!

    We all have bad days, and the only difference between someone who makes it and those that don’t is they keep going when it gets a little tough. Never quit, and you can never fail.

Next time you lose your way, do not get disheartened. Recognize that you are not where you want to be, and take a step. You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction.

Rebecca Louise is the author of “It Takes Grit: The Go-To Guide to Level Up Your Life—Strengthen, Energize, Elevate, and Conquer.”