8 Motivational Tips You Can Share with Friends

Motivation can be fickle. You might feel motivated one moment and completely unmotivated the next. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to ride a roller coaster of emotions for the rest of your life! It just means you need to find ways to motivate yourself without being mean to yourself or putting unrealistic expectations on your own shoulders.

Here are some ideas for doing just that: 

Do something kind for yourself every single day. 

It’s important to take time for self-care. You can do something kind for yourself every day, even if it’s only a few moments of your time. Some ideas: 

Give yourself time to think, time to talk with others, and time to move around. 

Motivation is an essential part of everyday life. If we didn’t have motivation, we would never do anything for ourselves or for anyone else. There are many ways to motivate yourself and others, but first you need to know what it is that motivates people. 

Motivation means different things to different people. It can mean getting better grades so you can go to a good college, or it could mean exercising every day so that you’ll feel healthier and stronger on the inside and out. Whatever your motivation may be, there are plenty of ways around it if you’re willing not just to give up but also try again! 

Stop being so hard on yourself. 

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you have to be perfect in order to succeed, but it’s not true. You are human and make mistakes. And that’s okay! 

You don’t have to be perfect to accomplish your goals or do well at your job. When you think about it, if you were all-powerful, what would motivate you? What would even matter? Everyone makes mistakes—that’s just part of being human! 

It’s important not only for your confidence but also for your mental health as well as physical health (because stress is horrible for both) that you learn how not to beat yourself up over every mistake. 

Get excited about your progress. 

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Keeping track of your progress is an important part of staying motivated. If you don’t know how far you’ve come and how much more work is left to do, it’s easy to lose focus on what’s important. Write down some short-term goals that are specific and measurable, such as losing weight or running a mile in under 8 minutes. Keep track of these goals (GoalsOnTrack) and celebrate when they’re achieved—it will help keep you inspired! 

Connect with someone who supports you. 

Focus on one step at a time. 

If you are having trouble focusing on your goals, try to think about each step as a single goal in itself. For example: if you want to run a marathon, don’t worry about how long it will take or how much work it will be. Focus on the next step: run one mile. If you are looking for motivation to start running, focus on getting out the door tomorrow morning and putting one foot in front of the other for at least 20 minutes (which is all I can handle). Then set another goal—run an additional mile tomorrow morning. When I started running, I made myself go outside no matter what the weather was like because I knew that my motivation would not last more than ten minutes if I didn’t make myself go outside right away! It was very important that I stuck with this rule because it gave me momentum—I wanted so badly to get back out there again! 

Use your unmotivated days to rest, not stress. 

If you’re not feeling motivated on a given day, don’t worry about it. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to not be worried about what other people are doing or what you should be doing. If your schedule doesn’t allow time for a rest day (and if you have a job, chances are this will happen), then take that time as an opportunity to relax and refocus yourself. Some helpful tips: 

You can motivate yourself without being mean to yourself. 

It’s not a matter of being mean to yourself or not; it’s about learning from your mistakes and knowing when it’s time to ask for help. 

You don’t need to be hard on yourself; you just need to realize that you can motivate yourself without being harsh and critical. When you’re working towards your long-term goals, there will be plenty of times when things aren’t easy or fun—but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth doing! With this in mind, here are some tips for staying motivated: 


In the end, it’s important to know that no one is perfect. You are going to mess up sometimes and feel unmotivated, and that’s okay! You can still motivate yourself by being kind to yourself, focusing on what you do right instead of what you do wrong, getting excited about your progress, connecting with others who support you… And when the time comes for rest? Take it without stress! 

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