We have all been there, right? When you’re just tired and have no more energy or motivation to go on with your day or work? I think everyone experiences this so now and then. And you might be wondering, but how do I keep going when things get tough? How do I stay motivated?
The answer to this question will be different for everyone. But I do believe that there are certain tips that might apply to a lot of people.
I have days where I am super motivated, excited, and full of energy to work on my small business. Days that I feel energized to take on the day and all the tasks I have to do. But then other days, I don’t feel like doing anything.
I believe that this is entirely normal and that life is a balance between these moments. The important part is that even when you feel like giving up, you find a way to keep going. And by that, I don’t mean that you have to work all the time, but you need to find your balance and find out what helps you keep going.
1 Keep your goal in mind
When I feel like stopping and don’t even know why I try to focus on why I’m doing whatever I’m doing. It can be your study, your work, or anything else.
You might hit that wall and wonder why bother? In those moments, think back to why you started, what you wanted to accomplish with these actions.
It helps to write your goals somewhere or to create a vision board. These actions can remind you of all the goals you want to reach and why you need to keep going.
2 Take a break
The feeling of wanting to stop or hitting a wall can be a message from your body telling you to take it slow.
Sometimes we just need to take a break and relax.
Your body, your mind can only endure so much, and to keep going, you need to take a step back and take a break. You need to give yourself the room to recharge.
Taking a break does not mean that you’re weak or lazy; it means you’re human. Taking a break is an important way of practicing self-care.
You can decide which way of taking a break works best for you. You can take a nap, go for a walk, watch a movie, or do some breathing exercises to relax. I like using the calm app for breathing exercises.
3 Don’t be too hard on yourself
In continuation of the previous point, don’t be too hard on yourself. We often expect too much from ourselves and want to reach some impossible goals.
Remember that everything takes time, and it’s okay if right now all you need is a break. Don’t give up or get the feeling to stop when it gets hard but allow yourself to be tired, allow yourself to feel bad, and after that, try to get past that feeling.
When you’re expecting too much from yourself, it might be hard to keep going because you’re setting too high expectations for yourself.
You’re only human, and you’re doing your best; remind yourself that.
4 Stop comparing your progress to others
A big mistake we all can make sometimes is comparing our journey to that of others, looking at how easy it went for them and how hard it is for us now.
The thing is, we don’t always know the struggles they have of their own or don’t know why their journey seems easier. That was their journey, and this is yours. You are a different person on a different path.
Comparing yourself to others will only make it harder on you and harder to keep going on your journey. Instead, try to see what you have learned so far and how you can improve your own journey.
The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.
5 Motivate yourself to keep going
The best motivation you can get is intrinsic motivation. Being motivated by others is great, but it might fade, the people might leave, or just not always be around.
Make it a habit to be your biggest motivation and cheer the loudest for your progress.
You can motivate yourself every day by saying or writing down positive and confidence-building affirmations. You can also write down the things you have already accomplished so far. Reminding yourself of what you are capable of.
And there you have it, 5 simple tips to keep going when things get tough. Remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint. You’re allowed to feel tired and to take a break. It takes time to grow and to reach your destination.
If you have any other tips on how to keep going when things get tough, I’d love to read them in the comments.