How do you encourage yourself? This is an important question. Keep reading for 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 why you need to motivate and encourage yourself.
To give yourself encouragement, it may be helpful to have a list of ways in place that you can pulled from. I know getting encouragement from others feels great. It is good to have support like that.
There are moments when it is just you vs you. Everyone is not with you all time.
Picture this. You have created eight steps that will help you accomplish your recent goal. You have made it through four of the steps. You get to the fifth step and get tired.
Things may not be happening fast enough for you (so guilty of this). Next, you lose your focus or lose your way. I have been guilty of all of them before.
Obstacles are coming up from everywhere. Your tank of energy is on E. You’re feeling down. You feel like you can’t make it through step five. 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 three 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 five and make it to step eight?
If you have a list of ways in a place where you can encourage yourself, you can get your push from it.
You can get that cheerleader cheering
“You got this”
“You almost there”
“You only got a little ways to go”
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 time 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 ends 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 is an overall positive theme this list creates in my life. It creates a positive environment.
If you want to do anything good or positive, you need a positive environment. This list helps me create one when I am feeling stuck.
After I complete the things off this list, I can encourage myself. I speak positive things about myself. I can cheer myself on. I remember my strengths. I remember what I am capable of. I remember the positive characteristics of myself that I forgot when I got stuck on the step 5.
You see, many things can steam from a positive environment. Self-encouragement is one of them.
In this positive environment, I will also gain strength. I always gain strength from my times with God.
I even have away 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.
Doing everything on this list helps create a positive environment where I have the power to encourage myself.
Life happens. We get sidetracked. We need to take some time to pause and reset. A list like this will help you regroup.
It takes you from being stuck to remind you of some things about yourself you have forgotten.
You are full of different strengths. Sometimes, you need to be reminded.
A positive environment gives you the space to do that. So, you can keep going.
Your list does not have to look like mine. It may be different from mine but the result is the same. Creating a positive environment where you are able to encourage yourself is the ultimate goal.
I know you may have heard this before. It may even seem like common knowledge.
But have you noticed how things we categorized as common knowledge and positive seemed to slide through the cracks of life during some of the most difficult times?
What we thought was common knowledge, was forgotten during those times.
By creating a list, we are creating a positive environment. We are also taking back control over our life.
By having something already in place, we are equipping ourselves with tools to get back up, encourage ourselves, cheer ourselves on, etc.
I kept the list short and simple because when you are going through the motion of feeling stuck, you need something easy to do to get you back on track.
Something simple to create the positive environment you need to get help you encourage yourself.
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 creating a positive environment in which we can do what needs to be done to empower ourselves.
The list is another tool to get you through step five and make it on to the finish line. Tools set you up for success.
What are some ways you participate in to encourage yourself?
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.