Welcome to the start of my new series, The Group Chat. The Group Chat will be a blog series in which I will ask a selection of people from different backgrounds, upbringings and walks of life a variety of questions. The questions will vary: from everyday life questions to the deep, powerful questions that need to be voiced. I created this because as good as it is to have one person (me) writing about different concepts, everyone is different and will have different opinions or ways of doing things. Everyone’s voice needs to be heard.
Today, I brought up a question which I believe is very relevant during this lockdown period. I constantly hear about people lacking motivation, or leaving things for another day (which is perfectly okay!), but sometimes, we just need that spark of inspiration. However outside of lockdown, lacking inspiration is very real and can be very frustrating.
For this question, I asked it quite generally and broadly: ‘where do you find your motivation and what inspires you?’
I think I find my inspiration in others, especially the people I care about, and seeing them work hard and push to be their best selves motivates me to want to do the same. One of my biggest motivators that pushes me to get out of bed each morning is realising that our future is created by what we do today, not tomorrow. All our hard work, whether that be on ourselves, our education or our career will all pay off in the end. Knowing that I’ll make the people I care about proud by doing and being the best I can be makes it worth it.
My inspiration is ever changing and growing, although the two main inspirations that have never changed are that of my mum and nan. They show me what hard work and determination can get you and to never let your self-doubt and others opinions deter you from what you want, and to always strive for progress and to never get complacent. They’ve shown me that even through tough times there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
My mums push for success and encouragement (in the form of threats), are what motivates me to do my best and to get where I want in life. Also, the motivation of being successful and making money, so that I can travel around the world, so I can get my tan on and eat all different cultural cuisines – are what push me to aim for success.
I always write a list of things to do that day which is usually quite short – it keeps me on track and it’s nice to be able to actually tick things off. I also find it helpful to do something small in the morning to tick off straightaway as then you’ve started the day off being productive, which always makes me feel more motivated. Also, take breaks – there’s nothing worse than spending hours on something with no break at all (at least for me).
In terms of motivation and inspiration, I think the most important thing is enjoyment. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, be it studying, working out or just general activities, you won’t want to do it. The more you enjoy it, the more you will look forward to doing it, and therefore get it done. Also listening to people talk about what they love, be it either a friend or a family member or just an online talk always makes me feel inspired.
I also take inspiration and motivation from others. If you like what they are doing, copy it.
My motivation varies from time to time, but I know I can always rely on Pinterest or Youtube whenever I need inspiration – from motivational ‘Study with Me’ when I am not bothered to start any uni coursework, or workout videos when I’ve been lacking inspiration for new moves. However, the quote I always tell myself that manages me to get moving is “get it done now rather than later because no one is else is going to do it for you”. If you have time in this moment right now, why would you want to wait till later when plans may pop up?
I normally look at the people around me for inspiration or motivation, whether it be friends, family or people I follow online. Watching other people triumph or even completing small, personal goals for the day, week or month really motivates me. I make sure to surround myself with a good circle of people that have similar goals in life to some capacity: their goals may not even be related in terms of field, but having people that work hard, strive to do their best and have fun doing it inspire me. My parents, who have worked hard their whole life, have engrained in me that no work doesn’t get you anywhere: I was never brought up not to work hard for what I want. No one is going to do the work for you, so you have to do it yourself.
As for procrastination (the reason I’m not acting on any motivation), I always try to remind myself that Youtube and Netflix is always going to be there when I come back, but getting myself to do work that requires deadlines of a sort will not, so just get it out the way and come back.
Do whatever it is you want to do in small portions, set small goals to build up to your ultimate goal. Be realistic in what you want to do, and don’t let other people’s opinions hold you back. As cheesy as it sounds, you need to work to achieve the life you dream of – it’s possible.
I hope you enjoyed this style of post, and I hope it helps with any lacking inspiration or motivation you may have. Remember to look round you: it may be closer than you think. I loved working with all these people and I hope (if they’re up for it) that we can continue to work together more. It was so interesting hearing other people’s points of view on one collective post.
If you have any ideas for more group chat questions you want answered, please leave a comment below or send a DM on Instagram!