How to Motivate Yourself When Things Get Hard


Learning how to motivate yourself when things get hard is a must.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a mother, an office worker, or a student, self-motivation is something you must do repeatedly.

Life can get difficult when you least expect it. One minute you’re up in the clouds, then down in the gutters in the next. Because life’s just like that.

Most of us would lose motivation when things get hard. We would find it difficult to keep our heads up when we fail. But the truth is, there’s nothing wrong with feeling that way. It’s OK to feel downhearted. It’s normal to feel discouraged, to doubt yourself when things don’t go as you planned.

The question is how would you motivate yourself, and how would you work your way back and keep yourself on track?

I recently got into the habit of listening to motivational videos to start my day. And of all the speakers I listen to, Les Brown’s powerful motivational speech resonated the most with my soul. This morning I listened to his talk about what to do when you feel lost. His message? Get over it.

Listen to the video here:

We all have a tendency to be emotionally attached to situations, people, and things. It’s part of the process. It makes us do better in all things we do. We create relationships with other people and invest our time getting to know them. Oftentimes, We pour hours on end to projects and clients and give them our best. We spend our hard-earned cash on things we think are important.

And yet, people leave. Contracts end. And sometimes, we lose the things we’ve worked so hard to achieve.

We fall, we make wrong decisions, we fail to hit our goals. And we get embarrassed because of our failures. But the most difficult part of it all is accepting these situations as it comes. No one wants to admit to losing because, in our heart of hearts, we all want to win.

So why is self-motivation important? Because we need to get shit done. And to get shit done, we need to take action.

Our success and failure rely on what we do and don’t do. While it is true that there are certain factors that we can’t control, you are still in charge of the way you react. You are in control of your outcomes. And that is why you need to choose the right motivation that will help you achieve your goal.

There are several self-motivation techniques that you choose from. And here’s mine…


Be Thankful 

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Did you know that most of the successful leaders and entrepreneurs practice gratitude all the time?

All of us have stories to tell. We have all lost a loved one, gone broke, and felt pain at one point or another. And yet, here we are, alive and kicking. Every day we get a chance to start over, pull ourselves together and work on achieving our goals.

Gratitude helps us stay grounded and humble. It also makes us cherish the people we love and love as back. Being grateful is good for your mental, physical, and emotional health. It helps you count your blessings and make you realize how God’s grace has sustained you all this time.

Every day I count three things that I am most grateful for. So no matter how difficult a day goes, I get reminded how good God is to me and my family.


Know What it Feels Like to Lose

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Fear is a great motivator. And the fear of losing what I have now is definitely a reason why I keep on doing what I do.

Once you imagine yourself without work, without electricity, without the internet, homaygas friend, ewan ko na lang kundi parang sinipa ka ng kabayo sa pagtatrabaho.

It might be a negative motivator, but it’s effective nonetheless.


Have a Life Worth Living

Have fun with friends



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Our brains react well to rewards so why not use fun to motivate yourself?

Set a date with friends or your family. Have your favorite meal. Go on a date with your special someone, or just drive around and discover new places to visit.

When you do things you love, you do your brain a favor. You learn new things, get inspiration, and even nourish your soul. Doing so will also improve your productivity and also remind you of the reasons why you do what you do.

Remember, all work and no play makes you dumb and dull.


Fuel your Passion 


I’ve always wanted to be a writer but didn’t know where to begin. Now that I am one, somehow there are times when I feel like I’m still lacking.

But then I remember that not everyone has the chance to do what they love to do. Some spend their lifetimes trying to figure out what they want. Some are stuck in mediocre jobs because they don’t have the courage, the guts, and the grit to go out of their comfort zones. And some, although skilled, don’t have the means to further their passions.

This is why I am thankful to be where I am to be, and do everything in my power to enhance my skills and continue learning my craft as a writer. Because at the end of the day, I still consider myself lucky to have the right people, the right opportunities, and the right timing to do what I’m doing today.

No matter how difficult things get, remember that you have the power to change your life for the better. All it takes is knowing how to motivate yourself so you could realize your purpose and your full potential.

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