Seven Creative Ways to Stay Motivated

9 Jan

Discover your passion and you will always be motivated - quote from Karen Sebastian of HOPEpreneurs.What’s your motivation quotient? Was it a great week full of accomplishments or were you struggling to get through the days? Did you take on too much as you started the new year?

For the sake of this topic, I would like to give the HOPEpreneur definition of the word motivation: the internal drive to carry out what is important to us. It is closely aligned to what motivates us and what we are passionate about. It is personal and will grow when shared with others who share our passion.

Here are seven creative ways to keep the motivational flame burning brightly to do keep moving forward toward success (For sake of a practical example, I will be talking about find the motivation to write the HOPEpreneur blog that you are reading):

1. Tap into your true motivation.

When we align our goals with what truly motivates us, we will find the stamina to follow through with them. For example, my passion is to make a difference in the lives of women entrepreneurs. As a result, I have found increased my motivation to write this blog as I hear back from readers who find it helpful. What motivates you?

2. Celebrate every step in the right direction.

Set small goals that keep you moving forward. I set a goal of ten blogs and you are reading the eleventh one.  Now I am going to write some blogs to have ready to go for when my travel schedule picks up next year. What’s a small goal you can set that you will celebrate when you accomplish it?

3. Accept setbacks as reality check points.

Initially, I set my goal to write three blogs a week to get me established and build up my mailing list. I still want to do that but am happy when I can get two blogs out there. If I re-frame the setback, I see that this is not a failure but rather a reality check depending on my schedule. What milestones have you set in place to mark your progress?

4. Acquire an accountability partner.

Find someone who will check back with you to see if you completed what you set out to do. This is the reason that organizations like Weight Watchers are so successful. Pick someone you trust and who will urge you to keep going if you get derailed. Who will you ask to celebrate your next accomplishment with you?

5. Get moving.

Literally, get up and walk around when ready to stop. Avoid the temptation to go online because you can burn up time very quickly in that venue. Set your timer and go for a walk around the block. Put some music on and dance to your favorite tune. Moving releases endorphins which help the creative process. What’s your plan when you want to stop? Where are you going to walk?

6. Believe you can.

This sounds like such a ‘no brainer’ doesn’t it? When it comes to our stretch goals, most of us talk ourselves out of what we want to accomplish long before we give it a chance to succeed. I meet people every day who tell me that they are terrible writers. Start small and persist. Follow through and improve your writing every day. The best way to do that is to write. What do you tell others about that stretch goal you’ve set for this year?

7. Have fun.

Read the comics or watch a funny movie. Go spend time with friends that share your sense of humor. The more you laugh, the more creative you will be. What helps you laugh? I, for one, have learned to laugh at myself and find many opportunities every day to laugh.

Karen Sebastian is a serial entrepreneur who wants to help you succeed in your business. Subscribe to this blog for more inspiration on how to become a HOPEpreneur.

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6 Responses to “Seven Creative Ways to Stay Motivated”

  1. Trina January 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    I am loving this. I think that I am running into a bit of a snag with my blog address. I have been posting, but I don’t think people are finding my new blog since it has been migrated. What do I do about this?

    • Karen Sebastian January 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      What’s going on? One of my downfalls is being too ambitious. Remember to keep going in the right direction even if it’s just coming up with some additional topics. Maybe you need to back off from a daily post. I had to do that recently and the great news is I didn’t beat myself up or apologize for it. I’m back in my routine now. You can do it too! Let me know if I can help you in any way.

      • Trina January 28, 2012 at 4:50 am #

        Thanks Karen. I think I am a little too ambitious, as well. I have just been trying to stay with the writing and posting. I was able to follow blogs before I had it migrated and even share via facebook and other social media sites. I was also able to share feeds, now I am a little lost

      • Karen Sebastian January 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

        I can so relate. Hang in there. It will get easier. Set one goal a week and add the shares via facebook and other social media sites. You are not lost – just finding new paths. Have an awesome week!

  2. Ana Sabaduquia September 14, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    Very inspirational piece. I really liked your point on accepting setbacks as reality check points creative as main way to stay motivated. Also, it’d be great if you could take a look at my viewpoints on this matter, “Finding Your Motivation to Overcome Obstacles That Hold Most Entrepreneurs from Success” ( as well.

    I really enjoyed this encouraging article post. I really believe that something like this should be read on a daily basis for keeping the faith in your endeavor!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen Sebastian September 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

      Thank for your comment. I really like your article as well.

I would love to get your insights on this topic.

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