I get some really weird looks from people. Visitors that come to my house, my family and friends, or my followers who have been on virtual tours of my home. Even the people who know me really well, or the people who know my quirks inside and out. But there’s something about a giant Post-It on the wall with a quote in bad handwriting that will elicit weird looks from people 😆 But it truly helps me with staying motivated!
My home is filled with these notes. Some big, some small, some in my bathroom, a ton in my office… you get the idea. Post-It should sponsor me at this point. My house is pretty and decorated, and then there’s my Post-It notes!
But there’s a method to my madness.
It’s not enough to keep your hopes, dreams, goals, and affirmations in your head. You need to write them out. And for me, that works best on my walls scribbled on a Post-It note. This brings me to my #1 mindset secret to help you stay motivated!
Find Your Affirmation
What is something you’ve heard that you felt genuinely connected to? Something that clicked for you, that made you feel inspired, or that you felt hit your pain points? It can be a quote, a song lyric, a bible verse, an affirmation, or a piece of advice. The first step with this secret is to find this affirmation. I have a ton of them! Many are by Tom Bileyu or Brene Brown. My favorite is by Teddy Rooseevlt.
Here are some affirmations I love that I share often:
Done is better than perfect
Just because I failed doesn’t mean I’m a failure
Identity is malleable
Action creates momentum, even imperfect action
We do hard things
Vulnerability is strength
Believe in Yourself
Write It Down
Once you’ve found your affirmation, or affirmations, write them down. This may sound obvious, but it’s not. There’s a psychology to writing things down and the power it can have over your mindset. Few people write out their goals, so I know the number is even lower for affirmations. But the people who do write out their goals are more likely to achieve them. This is the power of writing things down.
Here are some ideas of where to write down your affirmations:
On a Post-It on your wall! (Natalie style)
On a whiteboard
In your notes app
Create a phone background
Create a desktop background
Put it on your mirror
Write it on your calendar
Look At It Every Day
You’ve found your affirmation, you’ve written it down, now, look at it EVERY DAY. Yes, every day. Read it, say it out loud, tap it when you walk by it, wait for others to think you’re weird and ask you about it so you can explain it to them! If you want to stay motivated, no matter what your goals are, you need to keep your mindset in a positive and motivational space.
If you’re trying to be consistent about working out, and you have an affirmation on your wall that says, “Don’t decide to skip the gym until you’ve put your workout clothes on!” Then I bet you’d be more likely to stick to it. If you’re trying to speak kinder to yourself and you have an affirmation on your mirror that says, “Speak to yourself the way you’d speak to a dear friend,” I bet you remember to stop the negative thoughts more often. If you’re trying to start a business and you have a Post-It on your computer that says, “I was born to make an impact,” I bet it helps you to remember your dreams when you start to feel discouraged.
That’s it. My #1 mindset secret to help you stay motivated: Find your affirmation, write it down, look at it every day!
It sounds easy, it sounds obvious, it sounds like it won’t do much.
But trust me, it’s the little sprinkles of encouragement that help you stay motivated when things are hard. It’s things like this that keep your goals in the front of your mind.
What will your affirmation be?
xo Natalie 💓
P.S. I share more mindset secrets like this one in my 21-Day Challenge! We have a new one starting soon! Click HERE to learn more!