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Don’t Sell Yourself Short: How to Stay Motivated When It Seems Impossible

Okay, so this blog post’s subject matter doesn’t directly relate to promotional products…but that doesn’t mean it’s unimportant! Motivation is crucial for success in so many ways, and it is a topic that has been on my mind for some time now. I’d like to offer some motivational tips that can be applied in the business world or in the personal realm, depending on where you need them most.

Be Relentless, Not Lazy

If you’re feeling discouraged about something—whether it’s a major project due at work or it’s a personal issue taking a toll on your emotions—it can be extremely difficult to overcome those feelings and push forward. Here’s a tip: force yourself to take action for the better instead of allowing yourself to sink deeper into your doubts. The further you sink, the more impossible it will seem to get out of the hole you’ve created. I know it’s easier said than done, but just try it.

It’s SO easy to space out in front of the TV instead of making a conscious effort to get important work done or to remedy a difficult situation…but don’t let that happen. How can you improve what lacks if you aren’t trying to make any changes? Make a list of your short-term and long-term goals (realistic ones, of course) and then figure out how you can reach those goals. Think of your list as a map that shows you the path to buried treasure—also known as the confidence you never knew you had!

Don’t Procrastinate

If you leave everything to the last possible minute, then your work will be rushed and it will appear as such to others. Plus, it’s tougher to be motivated when you know you haven’t left yourself enough time! I usually set deadlines for myself (much earlier than the actual deadlines, of course) in order to get work done on time. As previously mentioned, it’s much more fun to sit on the couch in front of the boob tube than it is to work your butt off, but which one do you think will be more rewarding to you in the long run? Take it from me: once you put the finishing touches on a project ahead of schedule, you’ll feel so good about yourself that you’ll want to tackle more!

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Has your boss asked you to complete a HUGE assignment? Do you feel overwhelmed about an upcoming event in your life? Reach out to a co-worker or to a close friend (respectively) to see if he/she can help you. It will only take a toll on your stress levels if you try to take on everything when you know you cannot, and that will cause even more damage to your motivation abilities. Use your support system when you need it. You should never be embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help when you feel like you’re drowning in your “to-do” lists!

You Can Do It!

The phrase: “You can do it!” seems so cliché, but it’s helped me accomplish tasks many times. Use that phrase or find words that encourage you and repeat them to yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed. In the grand scheme of things, whichever project or task you’re working on will only be a minuscule part of your existence, so you shouldn’t feel completely defeated about it. That DOES NOT mean that you shouldn’t try, but know that one small slip-up will not bring about the end of the world.

Do you have any more ideas about motivation? How do you give yourself confidence to succeed when you need it? Comment below and let me know! If you have any questions about this blog post or about promotional items, then please feel free to contact Quality Logo Products. You can reach us by sending an email to info@qualitylogoproducts.com, by calling us at (866) 312-5646, or by contacting us on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks for reading the Quality Logo Products blog!



Jill Tooley

Jill has been obsessed with words since her fingers could turn the pages of a book. She’s a hopeless bibliophile who recently purchased a Kindle after almost 6 years of radical opposition, and she loves stumbling upon new music on Pandora. Random interests include (but are not limited to) bookstores, movie memorabilia, and adorable rodents. Jill writes for the QLP blog and assists with the company’s social media accounts. You can connect with Jill on Google+.

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