This #MondayMotivation is all about “self-motivation”.

In the pursuit of success, motivation is crucial to keeping on keeping on, to persevering through the hard times and not giving up when it seems that nothing is going right. And no one can best motivate you but yourself. Let’s be serious, being demotivated is a state of mind. Only you can control it, only you can foster a healthy mindset, only you have the ability to pull yourself together and the ability to believe in your ability.

Here are my 5 tips on how to self-motivate:

1. Birds of a feather flock together.
The circles you find yourself in are either going to be positive and uplifting, or negative and demotivating. Choose your friends wisely. Not all of them are out to see you succeed, and not all of them wish the best for you. Surround yourself with friends who want the best for you, and who can bring value to your life. If they don’t, and they’re just keen to party, let them party-on without you. You’ve got much bigger fish to fry!

2. Don’t stop learning.
No, you don’t actually know everything, although you might think you do (#newgeneration arrogance). You can always improve on the things you know to prevent mistakes you could make in the future. The moment you stop learning is the moment you stop leading. The moment you stop learning is the moment you’ll find your grip slipping down the ladder of success, rather than upward. Take good advice from successful professionals who’s made the mistakes so you don’t have to.

3. Don’t be negative, just be positive.
Nobody likes a Debbie Downer, so develop a positive outlook on life, and your abilities, to kick-start your self-motivation! Starting with a negative attitude already sets you up for failure. Have you ever heard of any negative motivational success stories? Me neither.

4. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
What works for your self-motivation, and what doesn’t? When you’re feeling low, what sparked it? Knowing these triggers is helpful in avoiding them altogether, as well as understanding that you’re not losing your marbles or going through a depression dip. You’ll be able to avoid the trouble altogether, and be mature enough to slap yourself back into shape.

5. Be a great friend.
Help the people around you, because watching them do well, and knowing you’ve contributed is an instant motivator to get cracking on your own goals. Besides, wouldn’t your want to see your loved ones succeeding too?

Jade <3

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