Keeping Motivated – Overcoming Negative Self-Talk

Today’s post is about a hack for keeping motivated and getting over negative self talk.

Over the last three or four weeks, I’ve slept really badly. So I’ve been waking up very tired after not sleeping enough, and Yesterday morning I woke up and felt really unmotivated.

Now I normally get up a quarter past five in the morning, and go out and do an hour’s exercise. And that really gives me a lift. Yesterday morning however, it caught up with me.

I’m laying there in bed when the alarm had gone off, and that little voice in your head that comes around those times, was saying to me,

“Im too tired.”

“I haven’t had enough sleep.”

I just want to curl up and go back to sleep and have a little more time in a warm bed.”

I don’t know about you, but mine is a really whiny voice. And it really pisses me off sometimes.

So this is the hack I use to overcome it. Now it may or may not work for you, but I thought I’d at least share it.

I’ve learned over time that I can’t fight that voice directly. So when it appears and comes into into my mind and says “I’m tired”, I I genuinely do feel tired. When it says “I ache”, I bloody ache.

So one of the ways I’ve managed to deal with it successfully, is to let it have its say for 5 or 10 minutes, and turn it into a bit of a spectator sport.

I just listen to what it’s saying to me and take on board how it’s feeling.

And then after five or 10 minutes, I literally just say (out loud at times), “right! bollocks to that- I’ve got shit to get on with”

And get up and get on with it.

I can hear the voice starting to scream and shout in my head going “No, no, get back to bed – don’t do that, Don’t do that!”.

But at that point, it’s too late. I’m done. I’m up. I’m starting to do stuff. And yesterday morning particularly, I really was tired. But after I got up, I went out (in the dark – already) to go and do some exercise.

Then within 5 or 10 minutes of being outside around nature and the sounds of the early morning before dawn, I feel inspired again.

It just gives me a whole load of new ideas and thoughts for work and business. And by the time I got back home an hour later, I was feeling re-energised, full of the joys of spring and ready to hit the day as it was needed to be hit – with gusto!.

And that drive for getting on with things is back at full speed which then makes getting on with the day good fun. I

So anyway, just a very quick one to share on this lovely morning on how I kept myself motivated in the morning sometimes when the negative self-talk tries to pull you down.

And maybe it’s something that might work for you. Give it a shot.

Love to hear how you keep yourself fired up – drop a note or comment below.

Take care.

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