Let’s talk about motivation.
I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t always find motivation in my day-to-day life, and when I do, it’s not always in the most healthy way. I, like so many others, find a lot of my motivation and inspiration on social media. While this can be beneficial at times, it’s not always the healthiest way. Can you relate?
Too often, we compare ourselves to others on social media, especially in this day and age. We look at others and think “wow, if my life was like that I would be SO happy”. But, my friends, the grass always seems greener on the other side.
Believe it or not, people found motivation before the internet. People achieved their dreams and rocked their dream careers long before “Instagram Influencer” was a career.
Think about your dream life right now. Does someone come to mind? Yes, you read that right… someone. Before I quit my 9-5 job and took my side biz to a full-time gig, I desperately wanted to be Kiki from The Blonde Abroad. Kiki travels the world for a living… the DREAM. In my mind, she was just getting paid to travel the world and write blog posts about it. I thought DAMN, that girl is LUCKY.
What I didn’t see was the hours upon hours of work she put in every day, or the months and years of hustle it took for her to get where she is.
When we compare ourselves to Instagram Influencers, or other people living in the public eye, we often over look the hustle it took for them to get where they are. They started EXACTLY where you are right now (or a year ago, or 5 months ago).
When you compare yourself to people who have been in the game for years, you are only cheating yourself.
Finding inspiration and motivation from within is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. What do you really want your life to be like? Are you still comparing yourself to someone on Instagram? If you are, STOP. Close your eyes and envision yourself living your dream life. Picture yourself in your dream day-to-day routine. What does it look like?
If you can picture something, that’s powerful stuff. If you can’t, don’t worry. I couldn’t at first, either. It took a lot of self development books, hikes, daydreaming, and disconnecting from social media for me to truly understand what I wanted. Emphases on the “I”. Once you learn to stop comparing your journey to someone else’s, your journey seems A LOT more exciting.
I can remember laying in bed, scrolling through social media, and thinking “I will NEVER be able to quit my job or start my business” because I was SO focused on how successful other people were on their journey. I never thought I could catch up to them. Then I realized, it’s not about catching up to them, it’s about finding my own path.
WAYS TO FIND INSPIRATION OUTSIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
- Take a walk or hike WITHOUT electronics and allow your mind to explore
- Make a vision board
- Chat with friends about what you want to accomplish AKA brainstorm
- Hit the gym: some of my best ideas came to me while I was at the gym
- Read self development books such as: You Are a Badass, Girl Wash Your Face, and pretty much anything else on this list.
- Most importantly: DREAM BIG
What are some of your favorite ways to find inspiration? Drop them in the comments below!