5 Simple Ways To Encourage Yourself

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Yourself

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 may be totally different from mine, but the end result is the same.  Being able to encourage ourselves is the goal.

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?

This has been shared on Wednesday’s Wisdom, Pin Worthy WednesdayThoughtful Thursday and Show off Friday, Shine  Blog Hop, & Fridays Blog Booster Party.

If you like this post, you may also like 2 Powerful Tools You Gain By Working On Your Goals and How to decline an invite to a self-pity party.

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87 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways To Encourage Yourself

  1. This is such a great list. Sometimes we really do forget that the simplest things can encourage us. Something as simple as a walk can clear your head and make you feel better and chase those negative thoughts away. 🙂

  2. Going on a walk always gets me thinking about the important stuff and usually when I come up with new challenges to try out and push myself.

  3. You have written a great list & informative information. I do agree walks are a way to encourage me as well as the bible. I read & I am always asking God for motivation to do things, and help with hard tasks!

  4. Thank you so much! I really needed to read that today.I’m going to make my list right now. I’ll share one of my tips with you- whenever I am stressed out and unsure that my needs will be met whatever they may be, I make a list of all the things that I need or that I’m praying for, then I make a list of all the things that I’m grateful for. Usually what happens is that the list of what I need is much much shorter than the list of what I’m grateful for and somehow that brings calm to the situation. also reading my Bible helps too that’s one that I love. Thanks again for posting this I really needed to see it today. Now I’m off to make my list of things to do when I get discouraged!

  5. HI JcCee thanks for sharing your posts. It is hard to push through when motivation waivers. I try to review what I have accomplished tick those off the list and this gives me the encouragement to keep going to tick more off. #FridaysBlogBooster

  6. Thanks again JcCee for your positive input that is so helpful for us all. I love that through blogging we can help and encourage each other. Just yesterday I felt all the negatives taking over and I made myself stop and list all the things that I am thankful for. It was not long before things balanced back from my negative view of the situation. Like you, walking does wonders. Thanks so much for bringing your wise words to Fridays Blog Booster Party.

    1. You’re very welcome, Kathleen! I love that about blogging also. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  7. Hi JcCee, we all have times when we get discouraged. It is especially easy in the blogging world where sometimes if feels we are writing for crickets. I try to remember that when I am most discouraged, something always happens to encourage me again- a great comment on a post, a featured post, a writing opportunity. i tell myself- tomorrow something good will happen.

    1. Hey Michele, thanks for sharing encouraging words. Yes, it is always nice to get a great comment, featured post, or writing opportunity. Have a great weekend 🙂

  8. Going for a walk is my favorite piece of advice you give here! It’s so true! Being able to clear your head, or better yet, gather your thoughts about whatever direction you might be heading in, is something I always do! It’s nice to get a little fresh air, and pull yourself back together to continue on your path!

    1. You have shared some great benefits that comes with walking, Ariel! Sometimes, we definitely have to pull ourselves back together to continue on. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  9. This is a great post! I love to go for walks or a nice run to get a little clarity and encouragement! Sitting in the spa also helps. Thank you for sharing!

  10. These are all great tips for staying motivated and encouraged. It always helps e when I look back on past accomplishments to see how far I’ve come and to remember what I am capable of doing when I’m motivated.

  11. Great suggestions. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of worrying so much about encouraging others that we don’t have any energy left to spend on ourselves. Ideally, others would encourage us right back but you cannot always count on that.

  12. Great post! I think it’s important as well to set realistic goals for yourself… something to motivate you to reach that next level… whatever it is. Not a chore list, but an overall “to do” list for your self alone to work at and then you can see your own progress.

  13. What an inspirational post! I love the one on encouraging others. If your not getting the encouragement you need then give it away. It’ll come back two folds!!!!

  14. I hold in mind the fact that dipping in energy and doubting oneself half way through a long project is normal and not a reflection of my lack of ability. i sit with it and find that it gradually goes. Great post. You made me really think about how I manage those times. #shinebloghop

    1. I agree that it is normal. I am glad that you were able to reflect on how you manage those times. I think that it is important to be aware of those times and have some techniques set aside to get you through them. Thanks so much for stopping by, Kirsten. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  15. I agree Jccee sometimes it is hard for the motivator to keep motivated. Having a list is a great idea so thanks for sharing with us at #WednesdaysWisdom

  16. Great list of ideas – personally a walk works for me.Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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