Want my confession?

The nerve of me. I started this site with the bold name of “Mama Motivator”. That was one gutsy move to say the least. You can’t set out to motivate other moms without being motivated yourself. You can’t inspire and motivate mamas to find their passion and follow their dreams if you aren’t doing the same.

If I’m honest, things have gotten a bit tougher for me to do every since I launched this site. While they’ve gotten tougher, things have also gotten clearer. Does that make sense?

I feel like when you put yourself out there to do something, you will be tested on that very thing you say you’re about. That is what I’m dealing with right now. In order for me to be some source of “get it, girl”, “you got this, mama” cheerleader. I have to cheer myself on. If I don’t then I can’t offer you suggestions for cheering yourself on when things get tough.

So while it’s been harder for me to get things done and sometimes I struggle to keep my momentum, I also have clarity. I have never been clearer on what my goals are and what the big dream is for me. Because I don’t have a huge amount of time to dedicate to making things happen, I have to be real specific about what I want and use my time wisely. In times like this…this has to become your mantra!

I'm going to SUCCEED because I'm justIt’s hard to do anything while being the full time teacher, caretaker, short order cook and everything else my family needs from me. Finding time to write, promote and create can be a struggle. I am knee deep in a new e book that I can’t wait to share with the world. It’s hard to work on that and actively blog.  I have had it on my list for a while to release my book of poetry on Kindle. It is finally a reality. I can’t tell you how to knock dreams out as a SAHM with two kids if I’m not living it. I’m living it. I’m struggling through it. It’s not always pretty. The dream is real though. Creating a spaces that inspires, motivates and empowers moms is real for me. I live it, I breathe it, I am it.

Here are some ideas to help you keep going when you feel like your get up and go, got up and went.

1 Remember why you started. I started this site with the intent of really being an ally to other moms. I want to see us take those things we hide in our hearts and present them to the world. I seriously think about you guys all the time and things I want to share. To say  I’m passionate would be an understatement. When I feel like it’s too hard to keep this going, I remember why I started.

2 Walk away. Whenever ever you are passionate about something, when it’s your dream, it’s easy to let it consume you. It’s easy to get lost in the bigness of it all. It’s a dream so big that it’s hard to see your way through it. Walk away. Taking a break from it all will give you the space to clear your head. You can think about other stuff and enjoy other things. In the process you’ll secretly be getting doses of inspiration and creative nuggets that will help you tackle this again with new eyes. It probably won’t seem so overwhelming anymore.

3 See the big finish. Think about what it will be like when you’ve made it. When you’ve made the impossible totally doable. You’ll be one of those rare people that gets to say, “I did it!” You’ll also have the honor of being a huge inspiration to others.

What zaps your motivation and how do you get back on track?

66 comments on “Confession: I’ve got nerve”

  1. Walking away helps me. Sometimes I just need a change of scenery to be able to get back to what I was doing and be able to focus.

  2. Great tips. Tip #1 will keep me motivated If I ever come to the point of giving up,and tip #3 will keep me going even when i don’t feel like it anymore.

  3. This is really great. I need this BIG TIME. And I agree walking away for a little helps a lot. I was feeling that way and something as simple as cold to keep me down for 2 weeks helped me greatly. while my head was congested it opened the door for new ideas.

  4. I know how hard it can be to get motivated. I try my best to think about why I need to get something done. Exercise is one of the most important ones that I need motivation on. I love to walk, so when the weather is nice outside I’m always motivated to take a walk with my children.

  5. For me, it was my blog. I was totally consumed by it and with the lack of time after a new baby, I had no choice but to walk away. Now that baby girl is older, I can get back to it. Thanks for all the great tips, so helpful.

  6. Thank you so much for the encouraging post. I think I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to staying motivated to do something. Then I just need to keep things in perspective and usually I can get back on track.
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  7. Love your honesty and how you keep going even when the challenge is pulling you back. I love your gustiness, you really are a Mama Motivator! This mama is a wee bit burned out tonight, and your post zapped some motivation back into my soul! I read inspiring quotes, I meditate, and jump on my rebounder saying affirmations. Walking away is so important, I find. I get new perspective, I refuel, and if we forget to live, play with our kids, talk with our friends, be with our significant other, or in my case, attract him;-) we actually can lose sight of what we are passionate about. Great post!
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  8. I’ve noticed that walking away is one of the best things that I’ve ever done for myself. It sometimes gives time to focus on other things like you mentioned and honestly helps me get more motivated.

  9. This is such an awesome post, I can so relate on the motivation front. I found that when I was busy dishing out advice on my blogs I started to forget to use it myself and being a 9-5 person who only has weekends to relax, live life and blog it was hard but i am taking a step back and re-evaluating then will start again.
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  10. Yes!!!! I know for me taking a day or two and just not focusing on anything related to my goal…. That little break will have me coming back bigger and stronger and ready to work! Sometimes you just need to breath 😉

  11. First off, Congratulations on your book of poetry! WooHoo! Yes, the secret behind motivating others is that you learn to motivate yourself and it propels you forward. Life has its challenges, and I get up in the the morning and make the best of it. So do you! 🙂

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