5 ways to stay motivated when you don't want to

Today's blog post is from Ashleigh Mythen. Ashleigh is a passionate naturopath and host of "It Can't Be That Friggin Hard" Podcast. In this blog post she shares her top motivation tips.


Whether it’s a business baby, a creative idea, or a new

health venture.

In the beginning, we are all starry-eyed and excited as in most honeymoon fazes of relationships. The relationship, we have with our ability to maintain momentum and motivation is no different.

Staying motivated and keeping momentum can be the

difference between success and failure.

As an inventor, Thomas Edison was said to have made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.

Imagine... for one moment… If he had quit at 999 attempts?

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

Here are 5 ways to stay motivated when you don't want to:

1. What is your why?

This is important because it will create something you

can return to when you hit the inevitable bump in the road, rejection or challenge that can get you questioning...

Why the heck am I doing this again??

Make it personal, connect with the deep reasons behind your goals.

Write it down. Put it on your mirror. Set it as a daily

reminder on your phone. 

There is a reason why you start anything, so all you must do is remind yourself of that reason when you feel like giving up.

2. Just do it

Motivation – much to my dismay – does not just appear, like a magical fairy godmother

ready to wave her motivation wand at exactly the right moment.

Motivation is the result of constant effort in just showing up.

Waiting for motivation so we can put plans into action is like wanting to win the

lotto without buying the ticket.

Just do it, no excuses.

Not buy a lotto ticket that is, (of course you can if you want to.)

But take that step towards your dreams.

Push through the mental chatter that is holding you back.

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do” – Carl Gustav Jung

3. The 5-minute rule

When there is something, I need to do and I REALLY can’t be bothered... and let’s face it, this happens to all of us!

I tell myself just do it for 5 minutes.

More often than not - 5 minutes into that workout, creative project, or new habit you will end up doing it a little longer and then a little longer still.

And if not… Hey, at least you did it for 5 minutes today!

Go you! One step closer to your goal is all it takes.

4. Enjoy the process

When you enjoy the process, you are more likely to be more

inclined to well… keep doing it!

Ask yourself: how could I enjoy this more?

You could start by pumping some of your favourite tunes, audiobook, or podcasts.

You could boil the kettle and make a fresh batch of your favourite

Tea or coffee.

Experiment and remember just have fun with it!

5. Rest is best

Sometimes the reason we do not want to do something is

that we have previously worn ourselves out by doing that same thing.

Rest is best, and the only way to keep going and keeping momentum is making sure you have the energy to do so.

So, put an hourly timer on your phone to walk away from the computer for 5 minutes,

Make sure you get enough sleep,

Have time to turn off in the evenings, walk away from your work and devices.

We all need time to switch off, recharge and be ready for the next round.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes… including you.” – Anne Lamott

This Article was written by Ashleigh Mythen - Passionate Naturopath, Podcaster and An Avocado lover. Head to her website https://www.ashleighmythen.com/ to listen to her podcasts, learn through her Webinars or have help on a 1-on-1 consult. Reach out to her on Ashleigh@itcantbethatfrigginhard.com to find out more…

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