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October 20, 2014

How to Stay Motivated

It's no secret that a major part in achieving our goals is staying motivated. But with so many obstacles in our way and so many distractions it's easy to lose motivation, get stuck and just become unhappy. I decided to put together a short list of ideas on how I stay motivated and hopefully you will find something useful for yourselves here too.
1) Reasons. This is a big one. It's a fact that if you don't have a big enough reason to accomplish something, you probably won't. Either change the goal or find a good reason to achieve it.
2) Visualize. You have to have a clear idea on where you want to go and what you want to achieve. If you constantly change your mind or the direction of your goal you lose your energy, get lost and will probably not accomplish anything. That's actually a hard one for me, but I am trying to learn from my own mistakes. As a girl it's hard to have a clear idea of what I want, because it changes depending on the mood, weather, circumstances and time of the year :)
3) Don't compare yourself. I know, in this day and age it's practically impossible. Watching people's lives through their carefully angled lens of their iPhones and multiple filters can really bring you down especially when you have a bunch of problems in your real life outside social media (and who doesn't?) It's important to realize what social media has done to us and understand that it's only human to try to glamorize one's life on social media - it's a way for us to feel better with ourselves. We all do it. So as the say, don't compare your behind the scenes with someone else's highlight reel.
4) Recognize your progress. This one is in tune with point 3 above. We are all different and unique and each of us has our own path. The only person who you should really compare yourself to is yourself in the past, being that yesterday, a month, a year or even a decade ago. If you feel like you have moved forward, then congrats, you have accomplished a lot and you deserve a reward.
5) Rewarding yourself is one of the most powerful ways of staying motivated. When you reward yourself after each small step for the job that you accomplished (and it can be something from a cup of coffee to a trip somewhere depending on the goal and accomplishment) you will create an extra urge to finish what you planned yesterday today and overall will achieve your goals faster and in a better mood ;)
6) Quotes. Nobody likes a good motivational quote better than me. It is a fast and somewhat artistic way to stay on track. I have a bunch of quotes that I read daily for an extra push of energy and drive. If you have been following me on Twitter you know that I like sharing quotes with you guys, so if you'd like an extra motivational boost from me follow me there if you haven't done so already. 
The other way of having quotes handy, besides hanging them on your wall, is having them on your iPhone case. That way, your motivation comes with you anywhere you go. Thanks to Zazzle, I now have my own personal motivational case that I customized with my favorite quote in the same font as my blog header.
As for the look, I am mixing patterns today in a fearless way (stripes and squares).
Phone case: Zazzle. Blazer: Zara. Skirts: Lulus. Boots: ASOS.

Hope you like this little article. Please share with me your tips and tricks on how you stay motivated in the comment section.

29 comments:

  1. cool outfit..i love you skirt,beautiful make up

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  2. Great post, I liked your tips, they're all so true!

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  3. I like your post a lot! I'm new blogger and I definitely need to be motivated! Thank you :))
    xx, www.dilyanatabakova.com

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  4. This is so perfect right now, I'm lately really struggling with staying on top of everything, mostly due to lack of motivation. I'll be trying out your suggestions, starting with visualization ;)

    xx Cheyenne
    www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

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  5. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to stay motivated! I am going through a phase where I really need it (sigh, mostly weight issue lol). So I will be remembering these tips! :)

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  6. I love all of these tips! It's definitely hard to stay motivated at times, but it's always good to look back at your accomplishments and see how far you've come. I totally agree with tip #3. I think it's hard not to compare ourselves to others when we see all these great things that they're posting on social media, but Facebook and Instagram don't depict the whole picture of what is going on in somebody's life.

    -Helen

    Sweet Helen Grace

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  7. Love this post. I agree a lot with the rewarding yourself. The look is fab.
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  8. That's a very cool outfit you're wearing and also the tips you gave were brilliant. :) x

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  9. love the mix print


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  10. I love this post! It's exactly what I needed to hear!

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  11. Love so much this gorgeous mix :)

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  12. This stripe & square print clash is such a great visual combo love it. The tips you share totally go a long way when it comes to motivation.

    Christy of:
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  13. beautiful edgy outfit!the print mix is perfect!

    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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  14. Great article- motivation is the key! Love your look and the phone case.
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    Miri
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  15. What you want and what you can have sometimes just never mix..

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  16. Awesome monochromatic look! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

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  17. Love the creative mix of prints and the skirt is so unique and cool! Fantastic style.

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.wordpress.com

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  18. Such a cool outfit
    Xoxo
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  19. Wise words and adorable outfit:)

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  20. Great tips!

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  21. Love the jacket :)

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  22. Интересная и вдохновляющая статья! Каждый человек индивидуален и должен идти своим путем, ставить перед собой задачи и достигать цели! Поощрения и мотивация - всегда полезно, это награда за твой труд! Важно найти то, что заставляет двигаться вперед и получать удовольствие! Все образы на фотографиях великолепны! Полосатый стиль имеет место быть в каждом гардеробе девушки!

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  23. I'm a sucker for stripped clothing. The blazer is spot on!

    xx Indya
    http://eastindystreet.com/

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  24. Social networks and instegram not always reflect the actual events, this and attract attention! Seek your way and do not stop there! Motivation - the result of your small victories! I agree with all the points of this article and enjoy! This black-and-white striped dress is gorgeous!



























    Social networks and instegram not always reflect the actual events, this and attract attention! Seek your way and do not stop there! Motivation - the result of your small victories! I agree with all the points of this article and enjoy! This black-and-white striped dress is gorgeous!

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    Tracy xx

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  26. I love this post, Diana! You should write more like this. All the points you make are really good, I wouldn't add anything else. I love using quotes to stay motivated, they help a lot!!

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