When you are working on goals in your life, sometimes you need to encourage or motivate yourself. I discussed in a previous post about motivating and encouraging yourself. In order to find encouragement when needed, it may be helpful to have a list of ways in place that you can pull from. I know getting encouragement from others is great and it is good to have support like that but sometimes you need a little more or sometimes you may not have that support. Or better yet, sometimes you may need both.
Picture this. You have created 8 steps that will help you accomplish your recent goal. You have made it through 4 steps but you get on step 5 and you get tired, things may not be happening fast enough for you (so guilty of this), lose your focus, or lose your way. Actually, I have been guilty of all of them before. There are obstacles coming up from everywhere. Your tank of energy is on E. You feeling down like you can’t make it through step 5 and making it to step 8 is not looking for very promising in the future.
There is no one there to tell you to push on. There is no one there to tell you that you only have 3 steps left. There is no one there letting you know how far you have made it. So, where will you get the energy/strength and encouragement from to push on through step 5 and make it to step 8?
If you have a list of ways in place where you can encourage yourself, you can get your push from it. You can get that cheerleader screaming “You almost there” and “You only got a little ways to go” from it.
I will share my list. I have complied a list of 5 ways I encourage myself.
1. Read my bible (I love Proverbs) and one on one with God.
2. Encourage someone else.
3. Seek and identify how far I have made it and remember the benefits of accomplishing the goal.
4. Read inspirational quotes and words.
5. Go for a walk.
These seem so simple to do but they can be so easy to forget. While writing this post, I was like, I do these at some point or another. What is the big deal about writing them down in a list form? They are not secrets that have been hiding away. They are just common activities that I participate in.
But there is a big deal,
The big deal is to have something in place for when the times come when I will need that boost of encouragement when I am alone. The big deal is to remind me that I have what it takes to get through the rough patch.
I have already prepared myself for this time if it should come. You know that time. That time when the negative voices want to meet up and have their say in your head. Trying to cloud your thoughts and make you feel like you just can’t do it. Cheering you on to quit. Yeah, that time right there.
Instead of going through the woe it’s me phrase and possibly end up quitting, I can go back to the list that I created and remind myself that I got this. Go through the ways on the list and push through. There are a lot of benefits that I gain from this list. I will discussed just a few. I will not only gain encouragement but I will gain strength also. I always gain strength from my times with God. I even have a way on the list to stop and relax /clear my mind for a moment if I have to by going for a walk. There is also a way on the list to help someone while helping myself. It is not all about me.
True be told, if you think back on it, the times that you have accomplished a goal, you have had to encourage yourself at one point or another along the way.
Your list does not have to look like mine. Your list may be totally different from mine but the end result is the same. Encouraging ourselves is the ultimate goal. I know you may have heard this before and it may even seem common to you. But have you noticed how things we categorized as common and positive seemed to slide through the cracks of life during some of the most difficult time. What we thought was so common was easily forgotten during those times.
By creating a list, we have something to refer back to when we seem alone and our motivation has reduce significantly or left. The list may help give us the push we need to get through step 5. The list may help reduce the number of times we end up listening to the negative voices or even talking ourselves out of completing what we started. I know I have talked myself out of doing things before that could have been beneficial to me.
By establishing a list of ways to encourage ourselves, we are empowering ourselves. The list is another tool to get you through step 5 and make it on to the finish line. Tools set you up for success.
What are some ways you participate in to encourage yourself?
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