I motivate myself in different ways; set goals, meditate, write affirmations, say affirmative things over my life, surround myself with positive people. Still sometimes, with all of that, things get hard. However, I've found that if I begin my day with at least meditation and some positive affirmations, things start out on the right foot. I know that seems cliche but it's true for me.
I get up pretty early. Like 4:30 am early. I joke that I'm an old lady in a young woman's body. Anyway, instead of starting my day thinking about all the things I need to get done, all the traffic I'm about to encounter, and how that's going to suck...instead I roll out of the bed and meditate. I go sit in the craft room, light a lavender or other aromatherapy candle and start my meditation app.
I've talked about the Calm app before. You can play scenes and do a meditation with your chosen theme playing in the background. I don't know if I love the actual sound of rain, but on the app, it's the best. I play that and do either a body scan or calm meditation. You can decide how long, or short you want to meditate for. There's the option to meditate for 2 minutes. I usually select to meditate for 5 - 10 minutes. The best part is I can take a break during your day to mediate too. It's just like exercise, accumulated meditation counts just like one long session. Go calm!
After my meditation I open up my phone and make some positive affirmations. After meditating, upon waking and just before going to bed are said to be the best times to affirm positive things over your life. I found a site with 80 affirmations for entrepreneurs. I usually scroll through and state the ones that are true for me, or that I need "work" on at the moment.
The other thing I do, is keep little talisman around me. I love symbols and think it important to pay attention to the things around you. Especially the things you keep seeing, or that light upon you.
In my office, I've placed a little Buddha on my desk. It's a reminder for me not to go ape shit on people or over things. Because, ape shit isn't just limited to a melt down on a particular person. It's also symbolic of staying calm and grounded. It's like that bracelet that was popular for a while W.W.J.D. instead it's a W.W.B.D. It makes me smile so I'll keep it for no other reason.
At home, I have an owl on my desk. Owls are a symbol of wisdom. It reminds me that I am wise and have all the wisdom I need for every situation within me. As do you. The key is being able to hear the wisdom. And once you hear it, trust it.
I used to have affirmations pinned to a board that I keep on my desk. I still have a couple that I got from the Magic of Thinking Big. I was looking through office supplies and found some old affirmations that I had written down. They're small like business cards. Easy to keep with me in a wallet or purse compartment. I like to keep things all around that way, if I forget to meditate, I see my cards or have the screenshots on my phone. There's always something to remind me. Some use the bible or scriptures, I prefer positive affirmations, oh, and watching positive people.
This weekend I watched some videos by Shameless Maya. I love to hear about people, that some may not know, getting paid to live out their dreams. Or doing what they love and making money doing it. She's the best as are her videos. She not only talks about her rise but she gives advice to other artists on getting where you would like to be. If you listen to similar stuff, by different people, you notice it's a repeat. And if more than one person is saying it, there's got to be some truth to it.
This weekend, I watched her video on Fear. That lead to another video on 5 tips for artists, which led to the next video. You can never have too much advice, especially when it gives you the courage to take consistent steps on the direction of your dreams.