When I was a young teenager, my Nani (maternal grandmother) would get “hand-me-downs” from her friend’s daughter and bring them home for me to look through. In all the bunches and bunches of clothes she brought home, a particular sweatshirt stood out to me. “Motivate the mind” was printed on the front, “and the body will follow” was printed on the back.
I’ve now had it for over 20 years and still wear it. Though simple, the quote is completely true. I think it must have been burned into my brain as I’ve worn it over the years because it’s how I try to live my life.
There are some days when I don’t feel like doing anything. I want to sit on the couch all day and just be. While that is sometimes exactly what I do (we HAVE to rest our bodies and minds sometimes), there are some days I have tasks to accomplish.
So, what do I do? I self motivate.
I often feel like I have an internal superhero that pushes me forward, even on the days I really want to lay around. She gives me strength, courage, motivation and so much more. Everyone has this internal superhero, otherwise known as self motivation. It’s what pushes us to go to work, eat, or do anything, really.
Today my superhero pushed me to write. She allowed me to lay around for a while, then she said “Okay, it’s time.” So, I did.
For more information on self motivation and it’s connection to emotional intelligence, as well as strategies and tips you can try when you need to find your self motivation, read this article on Positive Psychology Program’s website.
Sending my light and love to anyone who needs it!