Why You Suck At Motivating Yourself, 5 Ways to Do It Right & Get Results

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Guest post by: Jai Turner

So you got an idea, you’re super pumped.  You’ve talked to close friends, did a little quick research, asked some acquaintances about this new cool idea and now you’re ready to run.  A month has gone by and – wait; did you forget your idea?  Did you literally drop the ball and abandon that dream?

Reality is, many of us suck at motivating ourselves and we’ve got to do something about it.  January 2014 is almost to an end and we’ve got to stay pretty dang consistent if we want to get some type of result.  Here are 5 ways to stay the course and master self-motivation:

1.    Determine if your idea is just a phase or a real revelation.  Sporadic ideas that pop up after a commercial, conversation with a passionate business woman or man, or maybe a trip made you come up with this awesome venture.  Two months later, you’re like a complete stranger to it. When real revelations and visions happen, they will not let you go until you do something about it, even when your heart second guesses it. Know the difference and pursue it.

2.    Self-motivation means checking out of social media or other distractions in intervals or amounts of time.  Social media will suck the motivation right out of your bones, so every now and then take a break from distractions and focus on what’s at hand.  Putting your phone down to pump out results that will allow you to live your best life.  Perhaps, using social media 2-3 times a week will do you some justice. Check out of the normalcy of life and just belch out creativity.

3.    Find visual representations of what your results could look like.  I’m super supportive of awesome vision boards.  If you’re sort of technical, Pinterest is “boss” when it comes to creating e-vision boards.  You can make it private where no one can see it but you.  Refer to it often when you feel stuck or just plain ole’ unmotivated.

4.    Go after the purpose rather than the dollars.  People chase money like they’re on a hamster wheel, but at the end of the day it’s about what purpose or meaning are you establishing in your life?  After all the learning, the clients, the followers, the businesses – are they changing lives, mindsets, or creating inspiration?  When you chase purpose, you continue that motivation.goldfish-and-money

5.    Do more internal connecting.  Keeping yourself spiritually and emotionally connected to you will keep you moving towards your target.  Wake up earlier to write, take strolls through nature to think, read books and spiritual resources to attract divine wisdom.

Motivation is about connecting to your vision. You have everything to create the life you want, but you’ve got to do the work. But motivation keeps you on your toes.  It kicks in between the “thought” and the “doing”.  Once you have the thought, you’ve got to get up.  Believe me, I understand that it’s the hard part.  However, there is work to be done and you’ve got to do it with your gut, with your hustle mentality, with your power.  Go for it and do it with everything in you. Now, let’s get motivated!


JaiTurnerJai Turner is the Career & Business Strategist at O.S. Career & Life Solutions, a life, business, and career management business to help women who dream big to do big things.  She’s also a Blogger for My Success Is Pink, a blog that helps women with being bold and boss in their lives.  Jai’s ultimate purpose is to help women live fearlessly, and assisting others with spiritual, professional, and emotional health.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Houston, TX.  You can visit Jai’s website at




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