A Brief Guide to Self Motivation

A Brief Guide to Self Motivation

When you are a mother, days are spent tending to the needs of others and ignoring your own. Because of this, it isn’t unusual to wake up totally worn out and lacking any motivation.But as we all know, there’s no pause button on life, and there certainly isn’t one on a toddler.

Developing self-motivation skills can be essential to surviving anything from motherhood, to a busy college life, or a new (or even settled) career.

There are many theories on how to stay motivated. In my personal experience there are five things that, if done daily, can result in a more motivated, ready-to-go you!

Be positive

The first way you can combat a lack of motivation is by staying positive. It is always easy to dwell on the what-ifs and how comes, but staying away from these mind sets will help you to remain positive.

Stop yourself once a bad thought comes to your mind, take a deep breath and think of something else that makes you happy or is good in your life.

Try to re-frame situations to better see the positive side. Instead of being upset your daughter woke up during homework time, be happy that she is healthy and happy and that you have a safe home.

Dwelling on the fact that homework time got pushed aside doesn’t help the situation, but makes it less bearable.

Start each day with something good

Wake up each morning with a can-do attitude.

Open the windows and let some sunshine in. Have some coffee or tea or something that makes your morning.

Start your morning with a short exercise to get your mind and body moving.

Have posters of motivation on your walls in high traffic areas, or subscribe to a daily motivation email to wake up to.

Expect set-backs

There are always going to be times in your life where things don’t go as planned. If you expect for everything to go smoothly, all of the time, you are setting yourself up for some major disappointment.

Remember when facing set-backs that you are human, and like any other human mistakes will be made.

Set-backs are a time for re-evaluation and setting new goals, not a time to give up.

Consider each set-back a new opportunity.

Set goals

Goals can help you to stay motivated by encouraging you to always do your best.

Set long-term and short-terms goals that motivate you to get to work.

Use the SMART goals strategy- setting goals that are Specific, Measured, Action-oriented, Realistic and Time-based.

Not only should you set goals, but keep track of your accomplishments. Crossing off things on a to-do list could be the boost of energy you need to get through the day!

End everyday doing something that makes tomorrow easier

Even the smallest preparations for tomorrow can help you have an easier day.

Set out outfits for yourself and your children.

Clean up the living room before going to sleep.

Set the coffee pot to start a batch of coffee that will be ready for you to wake up to.

These things may seem small but they can really have an impact on how you feel when you wake up.


Feeling motivated can really help in all aspects of your life. When you are motivated you feel more confident and happy and ready to get things done. Your day is more productive and goes a lot smoother.

I encourage you to try these five things to improve your daily motivation.






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