10 Ways to Stay Positive and Motivated During Tough Times

1) Your Health Should be a Top Priority | Take Care of YOU

No matter what is taking place in your life, always remember the value of your health. When you let your health suffer, challenges can seem incredibly difficult. The better you feel, the easier it will be to overcome challenges that you encounter in your life. Here are a few simple things you can do to keep you on the right path.

  • Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast. It truly is the most important meal of the day.
  • Create yourself a weekly meal plan that includes your vital food groups. Creating a plan for yourself will also make you more knowledgeable on healthy foods you can prepare at home.
  • Stretch for about 10 minutes in the morning and at night. Many people underestimate the value of stretching. It’ll help relax your body. It’s very therapeutic and you always feel much more physically and mentally refreshed.
  • Save time to workout a few days a week. You can create a routine that works for you. Working out gives your body more natural energy and provides personal inspiration, as well as self-confidence.
2) Meditate | Refresh and Clear Your Mind

Sometimes we all just need a mental break. We get so caught up in a challenge that we don’t allow ourselves to Simply Breathe. Meditation can be very simple. Go into a quiet and comfortable space. Relax your muscles. Close your eyes. Take a deep, long breath and slowly exhale. Think happy and positive thoughts. Reflect on all the great experiences and wonderful people in your life that make you happy. You can do this for about 5 minutes. Or you can spend more time if you would like, but 5 minutes of fully relaxed thinking can greatly benefit you.

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3) Take Action | Make a Plan and Change Your Situation

Many of us get so caught up in a problem or challenge, that we don’t focus our energy upon solutions. Worrying can be one of the most toxic roadblocks in our lives. It’s very easy to allow your mind to worry. But aim to train your mind to focus on conquering your problems, instead of letting worry consume you. The number one tool is putting your thoughts on paper. Write down your challenge and possible solutions. Write down everything that comes to mind: What is bothering you, Why it’s bothering you, etc. Brainstorm a list of ideas that can help you overcome this challenge.

4) Positive Self-Talk | Appreciate YOU

No one is perfect and we ALL struggle. Be Kind to yourself. You’re not alone. You are important no matter what challenge comes your way or how hard you struggle. Always remember that You Matter. You will make a difference in your life and the lives of others. You will always overcome your struggle. Always keep a positive mindset. Positivity helps keep your mind on the right path. Understand that being positive will help you see the light in the toughest situations. Negativity will only bring you and those around you down even further. Always be positive and seek solutions.

5) Be Inspired by Music | Clear Your Mind

Music is one of the most therapeutic and inspirational forms of relaxation; it allows us to completely refresh and clear our minds. Rhythm, melody and great lyrics can quickly take your mind off stress and worry. Put your headphones in and just listen. Allow it to fill your mind. Great songs can also help you connect to deeper emotions and feelings that you may be experiencing. Music reminds us that we are never alone. It allows us to feel connected with others through powerful lyrics. Simply allowing yourself to drift into the soothing rhythm can be eye-opening to inspiration surrounding you. Learning to play an instrument can also be inspirational and help challenge you to grow. Music is a language in itself. You’ll be able to better express yourself as well.

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6) Seek Support | Surround Yourself with those who Care

It is important to seek support from those who love and care about you. When speaking to family and friends, explain your difficulty and ask for advice. Sometimes all we need is for someone to just Listen. The key here is to Always Speak with Positivity. Make sure you don’t just complain to your family/friends or repeat the same worry over and over again. It’s important for you to show that you do believe you will grow and you can overcome/learn from your current challenge. When you speak with positivity, people are much more willing to help you. Sometimes, they’ll even go out of their way to help because they know you’re genuinely trying to improve.

7) Spend Time Outdoors | Appreciate Nature

Being outdoors can be one of the most refreshing atmospheres to cleanse your mind. Whichever scenery you like most, go out and get some air. The beach is one of the most refreshing places for many people. Drive to the ocean and just sit and watch the waves. Close your eyes, breathe in the fresh, crisp ocean air and remember that there is so much more to life than worry and stress. Truly allow your outdoor atmosphere to sink in. You will almost feel like a new, refreshed person when fully letting yourself relax. Ease your mind, and think of all the wonderful experiences and people in your life, as well as the great future you have ahead of you.

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8) Reflect, Keep a Journal | Express your Thoughts, Needs, Wants, Wishes

Keeping a daily/weekly journal is one of the most helpful tools possible. Putting your personal thoughts and feeling on paper (a notebook or via a computer document for journal entries) allows you to sort through your emotions. The better you understand yourself, the easier it’ll be to overcome challenges in your life. Many challenges or struggles simply occur because we’re not sure what we want, or what we truly Value in our lives. Keeping a consistent journal will help you target your needs and prepare yourself for challenges.

9) Rid of Negativity | Surround yourself with Uplifting People

Choose to associate closely with people who Value You and want to see you succeed. They are there for you because they believe in your character and support who you are. Many worries in our lives come from self-doubt. But the doubt is often triggered from others. It’s human nature to seek acceptance. When the people you associate with do not provide support, it can make us doubt ourselves. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people. Be kind to all, but choose to associate closely with Caring, Supportive people.

10) Keep Learning | Focus on how you can Grow Stronger

No matter what is taking place in our lives, there is always something to learn and always a reason to smile. We can continuously improve who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Personal Growth is Continuous. The more we experience, the more we grow. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to face a challenge. Be Confident in Who You Are. Every challenge can be viewed as an opportunity to become even Stronger.

The 6 Keys to Success and Following Your Passion

1) Conquering Fear | Keep Growing

The number one challenge preventing people from achieving their goals and dreams is, fear: the fear of getting started, the fear of making mistakes, the fear of what others might think and the fear of the unknown.

It’s important to keep in mind, ‘You do not fail when you make a mistake. You fail, when you fear failure. Mistakes are a part of the journey. Learning in valuable.’ No matter what you experience, there is always something to learn. Choose to grow better, stronger from each experience. Don’t let fear prevent you from achieving your goals. Instead keep your head up, go after what you want, and always aim to do Your Best.


2) Do What You Love | Follow Your Passion

Life is exactly what you make of it. Becoming the Best Version of Yourself is something we should all aim for. In order to become Your Best, you must truly enjoy what you’re doing. This is why passion is so essential for long-term success and overall happiness. Passion gives you the extra spark, joy and excitement to begin each day. Always remember: everyone has a Passion and a Purpose. Once you find yours, you’ll gain further reason and excitement to excel.

Here’s the deal, everyone has to start somewhere but it’s vital to begin by doing what you enjoy. You may start out in an a job that’s not 100% what you ultimately aim to do, but you’re still taking steps in the right direction towards achieving your ultimate goal. Others may begin in a field or job that they are not completely satisfied with. In this case, don’t be afraid to switch directions and pursue another option.

Some of us may also not be 100% sure what our passion is, and that is completely ok. Experience helps us learn more about ourselves and what we truly want. Keep searching until you feel that thrill and excitement for your career. When you find your passion, you will know. Don’t settle.

Steve Jobs

Each step you take and each goal you achieve, will lead you further along the path to your ideal career. Visa versa, every challenge you overcome teaches you something new and helps you grow stronger.

Another huge key to remember is to: Stop comparing yourself to others. Appreciate, value and learn from others, but be sure to value your own strengths and skills. Every one of us is different and unique in our own way. Focus on growing yourself and do what works for YOU. 

3) Goal Setting | Achievement 

A huge piece of simple, yet valuable advice given to me was: “Write Down Your Goals.” Once you have your goals written down on paper, it becomes more real and achievable. You can visually see your accomplishments day-by-day and week-by week.

You can also adjust your goals and see what you need to change. You can further write down notes and things that you‘ve learned daily/weekly. Keeping a planner and utilizing note taking are valuable tools in goal setting. The better organized you are, the better you’ll be able to accomplish your goals. Sometimes ideas flow even better or more clearly when you write them down on paper.

Another valuable tool is a personal Mission Statement. A written mission statement will help you to decide what is the most important to you and what you truly value the most. (Read: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People~Stephen Covey)


4) Reflection and Relaxation | Save time for YOU!

The better you take care of yourself, the better you will perform. Throughout each day, set aside some time to relax. Go for a walk or jog, drive by the beach, read a book, listen to music, draw, meditate, etc. Do something for yourself that refreshes your inspiration and focus. Even during your workday, take 5-10minute breaks to refresh your mind. You will not only regain focus, but you will gain additional inspiration and creative ideas if you truly allow yourself to clear your mind during your breaks.

When it comes to reflection, be sure to save time to reflect at the end of each week. Think about what you accomplished or what you wish to change the next week. Reflection and self-thought can truly help you excel and think through the challenges you come across each day and week.


5) Health and Fitness | Take care of Yourself!

It is vital to value your body and health. Working out and eating healthy provides additional energy and inspiration to each day. Everyone is different, so always do what works for You. What I have learned is that routines are one of the best tools when it comes to fitness. I save time to workout before I get ready for my day. Others may save time to workout after they get off work, or during their work day, or even a combination of these times. Others may save time for fitness a few days a week. But whichever form of fitness or routine you like, just do what you like Best.

Working out could be as simple as: walking, jogging and stretching. It does not have to be an intense form of workout. About 15-30 minutes is still valuable time. Of course, there may be exceptional days where you break routine with a busy schedule, but that is completely alright. Just keep in mind that your health and body is important.

As for eating healthy, you don’t have to be a health nut, but make sure you’re eating your vital food groups. Focus on buying food and making meals at home more often than eating out. Or pack a lunch and take it with you. Once again, there are always those exceptional days but do your best to eat healthy.

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6) People and Relationships | The Ultimate Key to Success and Happiness

At the end of the day, there is one thing that matters the most more than anything else: people and relationships. When you choose to surround yourself with great people, every experience just becomes better. Sharing your life with the people that love and value you, makes each challenge and success worthwhile. It’s important to surround yourself with those who support your passions and goals and want to lift you higher.  At the same time, the people that get the farthest in life not only work hard for themselves, they also support and lift up others.