Tough times don’t last. That’s the popular saying.

But, the truth is, even the short period can do a lasting damage.

Are you in a situation where you want to give up? Does everything seem very tiring and you can’t just move on?

Don’t worry, you are not alone.

This article explains how to motivate yourself when it gets tough.

You will find proven tips and mind-blowing messages that will help motivate you to move on right now.

Let’s get started right away.

How To Motivate Yourself When It Gets Tough

1. Stop Finding Excuse To Stop

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I understand that it is very easy to quickly find excuses to halt whatever we find difficult on the way to achieve our goals.

That’s what define us as Humans.

If you have found yourself saying things like:
⦁ This won’t detemine my future anyway, let me just stop.
⦁ The most successful people aren’t the ones who work hard, I can’t kill myself.
⦁ If I will make it, I will make it. Not doing this won’t stop me.
⦁ The richest people don’t study as much as this anyway.
⦁ E.t.c, then you are already finding unnecessary excuses.

Yes, we are all guilty of finding excuses.

Sometimes, we see it as a way to satisfy our ego or as a personal reward for what we’ve done so far.

The important thing is your ability to admit that you are looking for excuses and STOP.

That is the first and most important step if you fall in this category.

Having done that, let’s move on.

2. Surround Yourself With People Who Care

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Your Network determines your Net Worth.

The people you surround yourself with matter a lot, especially during tough times.

If you surround yourself with Pessimists, you are mos likely to remain demotivated and unwilling to move on.

So, ask yourself – How are the people around you helping your current situation?

When you find an answer to that question, you should know whether to give them little space or move even more closer to them.

3. Break The BIG Goal Into Smaller Achievable Ones

Some GOALS can be scary sometimes, especially when you think about how much you need to do in order to achieve them.

Some people call it SMART GOALS, others use the phrase MEASURABLE GOALS, or even both.

Whatever you want to call it, find out how to achieve your GOAL and break it down into smaller bits.

One by one, find a way to achieve each SMALL goal day by day until achieve the ACTUAL BIG GOAL.

For example, you can’t just think about how to complete a 500 pages book in a week and achieve it without having a tough time.

Mere staring at the book, you might lose interest before you begin to read at all.

If I was to achieve that goal, I will divide the pages into the number of days I have and think about how to complete a specific number of pages daily.

By doing that, you have not only eliminated the fear of failure, you will be able to achieve the BIG GOAL without even realising how much effort you have put into it.

So, the next time you find yourself stuck and unable to move on.
Ask yourself – Is my goal smart and achievable?

4. Promise Yourself A BIG Reward If You Achieve Your Goal

Do not underestimate the power of rewards.

Use rewards as baits to move on when it gets tough.

I have tried it so many times and it worked for me.

So many people have also testified to this effective of this strategy.

So, the next time you get stuck.

Tell yourself, “When I finish this thing, I am going to get myself [that thing you’ve always wanted]

Make sure the reward is something you REALLY want to get for yourself.

It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” – Roy T. Bennett

5. Take A Break

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

As common as that may sound, so is it true.

When it all gets tough, maybe it’s just a sign that you need some break.

Sometimes, all you need is just a break and some fun, and pheew, you are back to being proactive.

So, why don’t you take a break for a reasonable amount of minutes, hours or days depending on what you are working on current?

Let’s move on.

6. Think About Past Failures And Achievements

Ask yourself these 3 questions.

⦁ Have you ever failed in the past?
⦁ How did you feel when you failed then?
⦁ What did you learn from past failure(s)?

After you answer these questions, I don’t see any reason why you should be giving up anytime soon.

If you are not getting anything, go over the questions again.

Still the same? Move to the next questions
⦁ What is the best achievement of your life?
⦁ What was the feeling like?

Going through your past achievements and downfalls can be a way to BOOST our morale and work harder to overcome the current hurdle.

7. Spend Time Doing Things You Enjoy

Work, work and then work again….. the cycle continues.

That may be the reason why you are suddenly fed up.

Do you manage your time well and spend some of it doing the things you love to do?

It’s true that some GOALS require you to put 100% commitment.

That doesn’t mean you can’t find some time to do other things.

When I see some of my friends that totally go away from Social media while preparing for school tests, I just smile.

In fact, I use few minutes on WhatsApp to reply chats while taking breaks during my study sessions.

And it actually makes my study MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE.

8. Find A Partner Or Group To Motivate Yourself

Do you feel better when you complain about EVERYTHING to the people around you?

That feeling of justifying your actions?

Well, we all do.

One of the things that helped me the most during tough times is having people around me who are facing the same issue.

Here’s what I found out:

When you surround yourself with people who are also having tough times, you tend to feel better when you complain about this and that.

And every other person in the group does the same thing.

We all pour out our various excuses.

And finally…

We will realise that we’ve just been complaining and not doing anything.

After a while, we will also go back to continuing what we started without any more complaint.

That same way, you will give yourselves reasons to continue and move on.

And that’s where it helps.

9. Don’t Overthink It

You have within you right now, everything to overcome whatever the world throws at you.

Good time will come, you just have to;

10. Give It Time, It Will End Soon

“Sometimes, bad things happen to put us in path to the best thing that will ever happen to us.

Bottom Line

Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” – Roy T. Bennett

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