Whether you're a mom looking to start a new business, are already working from home, or simply want to make being home with your kids a wonderful experience, one tough obstacle is finding ways to stay inspired.
Let's face it, as moms we have a lot on our plates! No matter where you are at in your journey you have to not only manage your time wisely but your thoughts as well. There's nothing that hinders you from moving forward more than thoughts of defeat. You will need to find a way to stay inspired so you can continue to move forward, one step at a time.
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Here are 5 ways to stay inspired that work for me.
Start your morning with alone time
This will allow you to focus on not only your day, but to think about your life as well. Now I realize that as moms this is a tough one. We usually don't have much time to ourselves, and if you have kids who go to school, mornings can be especially hectic.
I make it a point to get up at least 15 minutes before my kids, (30 is ideal, but I tend to hit the snooze button on my alarm clock too often). For me it's my time to read (either my Bible or daily devotional), pray, and really think about not only what I want to accomplish with my life, but how I see my day going.
Make a decision that things are going to go well for you today
I know, I know, it's not that simple you say. But it really is. You have control over your own thoughts, and regardless of your circumstances, you CAN choose to have a positive outlook and look on the bright side of things.
Good or bad, I do believe everything happens for a reason, (even though I don't always understand it and often think it sucks), I know there is a bigger picture. Making a decision to see the good in all things is a great way to keep your spirits up.
Write it down
Ideally you want to plan your days at the beginning of the week, but I totally get it that it's not always possible to do this. Even if it's jotting down a quick list in the morning of what you need to accomplish, do it. I'm a HUGE fan of Post-its®, I have them everywhere. Seriously, I love them. It's weird, huh? Ok, that's another post altogether, let's get back on track.
A list is helpful to me because I can physically cross or check things off when I complete the task. It makes me feel like I actually did accomplish a few things for the day, which is a great way to stay inspired. (Side note: If you use Post-its® you're allowed to just rip them off and throw them away. More fun even than crossing things off. But that's just my opinion, cuz I love them).
Draw inspiration from others
This works. Surround yourself with positive people. “But I'm a stay at home mom”, you say, “I'm usually only surrounded by my kids”!
While that may be true, you can surround yourself with positive people in a number of ways. From what you watch, to places you visit online, to books you read, make sure you're spending your time on the positive instead of negative information.
One trick I use is to find inspiring verses and just hand write them on index cards. I have a few taped up around my house, like in my kitchen, so when I'm standing there doing the dishes I can read and reflect on a positive verse or quote. It's also easier for me to grab a small stack of note cards and read through them throughout the day when I need a little pick me up.
Nothing will banish the blues faster and inspire you to keep going forward then thankfulness.
You can't be unsatisfied and thankful at the same time, it's just not possible, so when you have a negative thought come into your head, immediately counteract it with thankfulness.
Even when you're going through troubles, like we all do, be thankful on purpose. Surely even in the worst of times you can find something to be thankful for. Step back and really take stock of what you have, even the small stuff that we tend to take for granted.
I hope these 5 ways to stay inspired will help you in your daily life. Some might work for you while others won't, after all, we're all different. The key is finding what does work for you and then making a plan to follow it, a routine, if you will.
Still feeling like you need to stay inspired? Go look into the eyes of your child~ it works every time.
How do you stay inspired? Tell us in the comments!