This Exercise Helped me Feel Motivated on a Down Day.

If you lack motivation, are just feeling a little down or notice your self-confidence could use a boost, then this post is for you. Today’s blog is a continuation of my last post where I wrote about being hard on ourselves and about finding a way to see ourselves with compassion and kindness. Love is more motivating than fear. Today I describe a practical exercise that might help you change the way you’re seeing things and rev up your energy.

Even the most buoyant of us have our down days, so if you find yourself in the position described above (lacking confidence, feeling down or feeling unmotivated) you are not alone. Our emotion from one part of our lives often transfers to other areas. If we just had a big success at work or met someone that thinks we are fabulous, we might notice a boost of self confidence that makes us feel we can achieve almost anything. On the other hand, if we think we are failing in an area, we can end up feeling like we are messing everything up when it’s simply not true. An example of this might be failing in the area of some personal goal, which ends up making us feel like we don’t have what it takes to do that important presentation at work. Sometimes we can even end up feeling a bit like Eeyore (a character in the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne who is generally characterized as pessimistic, gloomy and depressed).

The excellent news is that the transferring of emotion from one area of our lives to another doesn’t just happen with negative feelings. When we remind ourselves what we feel good about, even small stuff, the energy and confidence of those feel-good emotions seem to ripple into other areas.

Try this exercise.

Make a list of all the things you’re doing or have done that you are proud of and feel good about. These don’t have to be big things… It can be that you chose to go to bed on time, reached out to a friend or perhaps that you ate a healthy meal. Include the more significant things too. Go ahead and make a list – put as many ideas down as you can.

What you’ll find is that this exercise will help connect you to the resourceful, more confident part of yourself and leave you feeling motivated for the day. Don’t dismiss the power of this exercise unless you try it! It has really helped me turn some dismal days around.

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