Overcoming Life & 3 Ways to Stay Motivated

Overcoming Life & 3 Ways to Stay Motivated

Dustin Lien
April 20, 2014

Persistence: Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.

Today is a writing day for me, which means no matter what happens, I need to have a new post completed. For the most part, I haven’t had any issues getting posts written the past 2 weeks. I’m doing 2 per week right now, so it’s not that difficult. I have set days for writing them, so I just do it on those days. Simple enough—until today.

My day was supposed to go smoothly. Work from 9-5, go to the gym, get home and write, done and relaxing by 8:30. Instead, I had 2 surprise meetings after work, got stuck talking to an old colleague for 45 minutes at the gym, and to top it off my car got hit in the gym parking lot so I had to deal with that too…and now my dog is biting my hand and walking on the keyboardghificeoKDAFFECEZ.

Ok, I’m back. Moved away from the dog.

The thing about life is, it’s not always that simple, and it definitely doesn’t always go as planned. It’s easy to give up on things. That’s why, according to Huffington Post,

Only 1 in 8 people who make a resolution will keep it for a year.

Why do you think that is? Life gets in the way. Things come up that push our goals aside like cold soup.

Here are 3 ways to stay motivated:

1. Proclaim your goals publicly

You can do this however you’d like. The main thing here is to tell your goals to people who you don’t want to let down, or people who you would feel embarrassed to fail in front of. Sound awkward? Don’t like to be out of your comfort zone? I don’t care about your comfort, just do it—it works.

2. Respect yourself

I’ll let Clint Eastwood handle this one. “Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.”

3. Don’t be a liar
If you say you’re going to do it, do it no matter what. Nobody likes a liar.

Set goals, stay hungry, and apply these principles to make sure when life throws you a curveball, you hit a home run. It’s time to start doing.

What are some ways you keep yourself motivated? (comment below)