“Don’t half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing.”
– Ron Swanson
In my last post I talked about how I am an extremely motivated person, which gets in the way of my ability to relax. But how do I stay so motivated? How do I find the effort to get up and work on my side hustle when I am exhausted from my full time job? In this post I will talk about the steps I take to keep my motivation from wavering, even on the toughest of days.
Create an ‘Impossible List’
So I definitely stole this idea from Josh (check out his blog Short On Beer HERE) but I’m completely obsessed with it. The concept of a bucket list is super morbid to me and those can be SO specific. What I love about an ‘impossible list’ is instead of being a list of dreams, it is a list of goals you want to complete. Making them more realistic to you and then allowing you to break those big goals down into smaller steps that will help you to cross it off your list.
What are a few things on my ‘Impossible List’?
- Unlock the Toronto YouTube Space
- Attend San Diego Comic Con
- Go on a yoga/meditation retreat
- Learn how to play the guitar
All manageable, but will take some time and work. Looking at this list from time to time keeps me on track and motivated to take on the day-to-day tasks to achieve these goals.
Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
If you tell your friends about an idea you have (an idea you think it is just the greatest things since sliced bread), and they respond with “that’s stupid” or “why would you do that?” on repetitive occasions, it may be time to surround yourself with more positivity. Especially when it comes to your work. I can not tell you how many ideas I threw away because I was afraid people would think it was silly, or make fun of me if it failed.
By creating a support system of motivated and like-minded individuals, you put yourself in a position where you can share your ideas freely and be supported or offered constructive criticism. In one of Sawyer Hartman’s most recent videos, he said that one of the best compliments he every received was, after showing a short film of his to a friend, the friend said “you can do better”. Not taking away from his hard work, but reminding him that he was capable of way more, so why was he not doing that? Those are the kind of people you want to be around. People who believe in you and your work so much, that they won’t settle for anything less. And want to help you achieve the highest level of AWESOME you possibly can.
And if you’re going ‘well damn, where do I find those people’? Hi, hello, yes, I am a person right here. Tweet at me, tell me what you’re working on, and I will cheer you on!
Keep Your Mental and Physical Health Intact
Listen, you won’t want to get ANYTHING done if you feel like crap. If you are so focused on the hustle that you forget proper sleep/diet/exercise, your work will suffer. End of story. In order to put out the best quality work, you have to make your health a priority. I’m not saying you have to shut your laptop right now and run a marathon (actually, I very highly recommend against that…because running sucks…I’m just looking out for you here…) but get out of your chair and do some stretches! Walk to the kitchen and get yourself a glass of water, take a walk around the block, blast the Lion King soundtrack and dance around like a madman/woman! Whatever it is that gets you up and moving, go do it!
In addition to this, get some sleep. This is the pot calling the kettle black, because I really don’t sleep much. But I am working on it! Other ways to keep your mental health in check? Writing in a journal, meditation, or yoga (I’m actually doing a 30 day yoga challenge right now, join me!). I guarantee that if you put some effort into your health, motivation and creativity will come to you. Not only that, but you will have the energy to turn that motivation into BETTER work. That seems like a pretty solid guarantee.
You can take my word on this one, I ate spinach today.
I also ate chicken nuggets, but LET’S FOCUS ON THE SPINACH.
And there you have it, three tips on how to keep yourself motivated! Let me know how YOU stay motivated in a comment below. If you do end up creating an impossible list of your own, tweet one item of it to me! I’d love to hear what one of your big goals is and help you get there! I’ve also listed a few extra resources below to give you that extra little boost of motivation, check them out!
- Make a KILLER Plan: How to work towards your goal like Riddick – Command+Edit
- The Ultimate Guide to Goal Setting – Wonderlass
- Success, Failure, and the Drive to Keep Creating – Elizabeth Gilbert Ted Talk
You got this!