How To Stay Motivated With What You Start

Have you started a new routine and looking for ways to stay motivated? This episode is a must listen. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, you’ll learn how to keep the momentum going so you stay on track with what you start. The key to motivation lies in your ability to first take action. Tune in to today’s episode to learn just how you can begin to do so!
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Ashley Brown 0:00
[Intro] Routines, my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself, and your life. I'm Ashley Brown and this is the Routine and Things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life one routine at a time. Trust me, you're gonna want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:49
Hey, welcome to the Routine and Things Podcast. I'm so happy that you are back and joining me and if this is your first time listening to the Routine and Things Podcast hey girl, how you doing? How you feeling? So it is a brand new year. It is a brand new year we are in 2021. How does it feel for you? For me, it feels new, it feels fresh, it feels renewed. And I'm super excited about this year. I was excited about last year, even though I don't want to go back there. Let's just focus on 2021. So 2021 is going to be an amazing year. That's why I wanted to do this podcast episode all about how to stay motivated with what you start. Because right now we all have goals and plans that we are starting, we have a vision that we see for ourselves in 2021 that we want to make happen. And I'm here to tell you, you can make it happen.

Ashley Brown 1:54
So in this episode, I'm going to share with you how you can stay motivated how you can keep momentum with what you start. Because that's the goal, right? To keep going to keep moving forward to keep making progress towards the goal and the vision that you have for either your home or yourself or for your life. It really doesn't matter, you have a goal, you want to reach it. So I'm going to share with you how. And I know that this isn't the first year that you have set big goals for the new year or had like a really major vision. But I also know that many times, our goals will start to drop off after some time.

Ashley Brown 2:35
Because I know all about this. I've had goals in the past that I wanted to reach and accomplish. But around March, April, I don't know what happened. So I know what it's like to set goals and not keep them going. But I also know what it's like to set goals and to accomplish them. Because I'm really good at that too. So it's like a give and take but at the end of the day I do think it's something to be said about learning what is going to keep you motivated, learning what is going to keep you with the momentum you have to actually finish what you start, or at least keep going with what you start, especially if that is your goal. And I'm pretty sure if you are listening to this today, that is what you are aiming for.

Ashley Brown 3:24
And in order to stay motivated, I want to share this with you. You don't have to have a strong internal drive, that is not something that you need. You can be the type of person that outside motivation is really important for you. And that's fine. I do think that being able to motivate yourself and find ways of staying motivated that are outside of another individual. And that stems from you. I think that is really important. But I also want you to know yourself. And if you feel outside influences have really helped you to keep going and stay motivated, and be able to keep on track with your goals. But you have to do what works for you. So today I'm going to be sharing a mix of both. I'm going to be sharing ways that you can stay internally motivated, but also how can you pull on outside influences so that those things help to keep you motivated as well. So I'm going to be talking about both today. So let's go ahead and get into things.

Ashley Brown 4:29
So in terms of the first thing that I think can really help to keep you motivated, that is identifying your anchor, and your anchor is your why why are you starting whatever it is that you want to start? Why do you want to reach this goal? Why do you have this certain vision that you want to see come to life? What is the point? Why is it important to you? You have to start there, having a why anchors you back to being motivated to carry this plan out to actually reach the goal, to actually continue the routine. And the way I like to put it is 'wake up your why', wake it up and dig deep, because your why needs to be strong enough for you to find much value in doing and continuing with whatever you started. That is super important. If you do not have a strong enough why you are going to quickly see yourself dwindle. And that momentum is going to be lost very quickly. You always need to have a strong why and it doesn't have to be something profound. Please hear me with this. It does not have to be a profound why it just has to hit your heart. So for example, when I was doing this really strenuous exercise program, what kept me focused on doing that exercise program is my why was my belly was to be and I was tired. My belly being really big. Like that was my why. Is that profound? No, it ain't profound. It sounds vain, right? I don't care. That was my why. And it kept me to that exercise program and in doing that and continuing it, because that's what resonated with me.

Ashley Brown 6:20
So it does not have to be something that is profound that is so deep as to why you are doing this routine or why you have this plan that you want to meet or this goal that you want to accomplish. It doesn't matter what the why is, it needs to stand out to you and it needs to hit your heartstrings and make you get your butt up and move. Okay. So that is why having an anchor and knowing your why. And having it be something that is of value to you, is so important. Okay, so that's the first thing identify your why. And a way that you can do this, which is so simple is to take out a piece of paper and write down, why is this important to you? Why is this plan of losing 20 pounds important for you? Why is this goal of putting your children to bed by 730 really a value to you? Why do you care about creating a really happy home? Why is kind of like a journal prompt? Why is this important to you and just write. Don't have it make sense, it doesn't have to make sense, I just want you to write because the thing that you'll find is majority of the time, we try to get really deep. But like I said many times our why is pretty superficial and that's okay, so I want you to get to what is really causing you to want to stay motivated with what you're starting. Why is this important? That's the first thing.

Ashley Brown 7:55
Now let's get into the second thing that I think is really important when it comes to staying motivated with what to start. And that is understanding and calling out your self sabotaging behaviors. These behaviors that we do that we know are going to hinder our progress. I have them you have them, we all have them. So you have to be able to call out those sabotaging behaviors that you do that are going to get you off track. So for example, for me, I know mine like the back of my hand. And that is I will either one, watch TV, like binge like anytime I'm binging something when I know I have things to do, or I know the goal has not been met. That is a behavior that I do when I don't want to do something. But I know it's important to do. So I know when I'm binging, that's a problem. Another self sabotaging behavior that I will do is organize when I know something is of high importance is going to take a lot of thought or energy or is going to stretch me and I'm like, I don't want to be stretched right now. I will start to organize things. I don't care if that is the pantry, if that is my children's toys, if that's my closet, if that's files in my Google Drive, it doesn't matter, I will just I will start doing tedious tasks that aren't moving the needle forward in the actual goal that I have, right because it is moving the needle forward in some way. But if I have a specific goal and that is not attached to my specific goal, or outcome that I want to see, then why am I doing it so that's a self sabotaging behavior for me.

Ashley Brown 9:44
Also, scrolling Instagram is a problem sometimes for me when it comes to when I don't want to do what I know I need to do. I will get on Instagram and start scrolling. And so I have to tell myself to put the phone out of sight so I can get done with it. To get it done. So that is another self sabotaging behavior that I do. But you have to figure out what is that for you. And you probably know, you probably don't know, if you are not sure what your sabotaging behaviors are I challenge you today, to go ahead and think about what are the things that you do? What is your go to when you know, you don't want to do something? And also start to observe yourself this week, when you know those dishes need to be washed. What do you go do instead? When you know the laundry is piling up? What do you go to do? When you know that you have a deadline for a project that you need to get done? What are you doing instead of doing the actual project, that is what I want you to pay attention to because then you'll start to recognize what are those self sabotaging behaviors that you do, because you want to be able to bring these out, call yourself out when you go to do these sabotaging behaviors, because that's going to help to hold you accountable. And I'm going to be talking about accountability in a future episode because I feel as if accountability is so important to think about in terms of staying motivated in moving forward with what you start with. But that's going to be in a future episode.

Ashley Brown 11:15
But for today just understand, you have ways that you hinder yourself from actually accomplishing your goals and staying motivated when you start to realize that it's okay, we all do it. It's all about recognizing them, identifying what those are. And getting back on track when we find ourselves drifting away. That's all it's about. So that's the second thing, understand and call out your sabotaging behaviors and call them out girl.

Ashley Brown 11:47
The third thing that I think is super important to help you stay motivated, what you start is recognizing and using your energy boosters, I'm going to talk a little bit about what energy boosters are you kind of probably know by the title or by the name. But these are things that can help to give you energy. When you don't feel like doing whatever you need to do. When you don't feel like doing that task complete in that project. These energy boosters can give you a little pep in your step so that you get moving and that motivation will come. So in terms of energy boosters, this can be things or people can be energy boosters. So when I talk about things, examples of this is music, oh my gosh, like that's my go to, for an energy booster. Music. Foods can be great energy boosters, I know for me, I love coffee, or tea, or even like a sweet treat, really boost my energy, not a whole bunch of sweets, because then I'll come crashing. But a little bite of a brownie or a cookie, or something like that, yes will boost my energy for sure. And then it's also things like fresh air can help to boost your energy. So if you feel as if you don't want to do your exercise routine, and you're feeling sluggish, or just not a lotof energy, go outside and get you some fresh air, because that will wake you up and get your blood rushing like that's basically what these energy boosters are all about is getting your blood pumping faster, getting your heart beating a little bit quicker, so that you can boost that energy and then that energy is going to help to get you motivated. So that's what this is about.

Ashley Brown 13:35
Another thing is movement. Movement is so great, just stretching. One movement that I love to do, I will get into downward dog when I am trying to boost my energy. And like start paddling my legs in downward dog. That's something that I do. Because it does help to get my heart racing. So movement can be great. Taking a quick walk, going up the stairs in your home. Just moving around. Starting to clean up something that can help you so movement is really good for boosting your energy. So things like that.

Ashley Brown 14:08
And then also, like I said, people can be an energy booster as well. And I know for me, I have certain people that I go to that I follow primarily on Instagram that helps to boost my energy. These are people that are so inspirational and inspiring. It's just they just have the personality for this. And anytime I'm feeling as if I don't want to do something, I will go to listen to this person's podcast and I will go to listen to them on igtv or on Instagram and instantly I am ready to go. I am starting whatever I need to start. So people can be really inspirational. Even just chatting with your friends calling your bestie on the phone, getting that blood rushing because y'all are having a really good conversation. That is really really great for you as well in boosting your energy. So know that inspirational people and conversation can help to increase your energy and boost it so that you can start to gain momentum so that you can stay motivated with what to start. So recognize and use your energy boosters, start to put them in your back pocket, know what they are so that you can be more successful in staying on track with where you want to get the goals you want to reach the outcome you want to have in your life. So those are the things I wanted to share with you.

Ashley Brown 15:33
I hope that this was really helpful for you, I promise you if you think about these three things, and start to add them to your life and implement them, you for sure will be able to stay motivated with what you start. So anytime you're feeling as if you do not want to do your routine or you do not want to do that project or you do not want to fold those clothes and put them away, pull out one of these. Be like what is your why? What are you doing right now that's sabotaging yourself in making progress and then recognizing and using one of your energy boosters. Do one of those three things, so important for you.

Ashley Brown 16:15
Alright, so that's what I wanted to share. Also, before you leave, let me give you some routine wisdom. And that is 'motivation comes with movement'. Okay, I want you to really understand this. That motivation is not a static activity. It requires movement and action, small steps that will help to build your momentum. And motivation comes with the movement. So taking one of the small steps that I mentioned today in this episode can start to help you gain momentum. So remember this today and always as you move forward with continuing what it is that you have started for this year. You got it this year, girl, you are going to do so well this year and things are gonna look so much different this year, no matter what comes into play. All right. Well, that's it for today's episode. Thank you for listening. Continue to enjoy wherever you are, whatever you're doing today, and I will talk to you next week.

Ashley Brown 17:17
[Outro] Thanks for listening. If you enjoyed today's episode, take a screenshot and share it on social, I would love to know you're listening. And for tools to help you start, maintain and enjoy your routines be sure to head to routineandthings.com. Here's to staying happy.
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