Spirit animals has been used for many years to portray or to describe ones character for example the fox is known for being cunning or a trickster, and the crow is closely associated with the mysteries of life. Motivation is a driving factor for taking actions and achieving goals. There is no better animal that exhibits these traits like the horse. The horse is a spirit animal that symbolises personal drive, passion and a strong appetite for freedom.

Lack of motivation is one of the biggest killers of dreams and aspirations in this world (like they say, the greatest of innovative ideas can be found in the graveyard). Our motivation can be affected by different things, for example we have the pandemic, family issues, lack of constructive planning and most importantly our mental health.

The big question that’s in your mind is probably how do we stay motivated, or how to improve our motivation. Therefore I’m going to share 4 tips that I believe will be truly effective.

1) break down goals – it’s all well and good to have a Big goal, but we forget to plan micro goals (small milestones). If I was going to London from Manchester, London is my big goal, but Birmingham, Bedford and the St Albion sign are my micro goal that I’m heading in the right direction. Ways of setting Micro goals is to write down what you want to do and then have a think about all the steps you need to take to achieve this. Write it as if you’re explaining your plans to someone who has no idea on what you want to do. After you’ve done this organise your steps by what you can do from NOW! This can help reduce procrastination and give you the opportunity to celebrate the small wins that will accumulate to the big wins. 

2) Celebrate – I mentioned celebrating the journey in the first point because hitting targets set along the way can be highly motivating. In Greek mythology, Pegasus was a gift to Hercules by Zeus to celebrate one of his many trails. So yeah you might not be able to buy yourself a horse but treat yourself to a favourite snack, have a little dance anything that will give you a sense of progression. It’s so easy to be underwhelmed by your progress because it seems so small and doesn’t have that huge feeling of relief. Nevertheless, big or small every step made towards achieving your goal is something, it’s another piece to the puzzle. You will start to see your motivation build when your progress is acknowledged.

3) Water – like the saying goes “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink it” this time we are going to make sure we do drink because we need that horse to get moving. Now you’re probably thinking what’s water got to do with it? And the simple answer is ALOT! The power house behind you ideas, plans and even the sense of determination is the brain and being made up 73% water you can see why this component is important. So, what exactly does drinking what do to your brain? First of all it helps improve concentration, so when you feel your mind feeling tired or distracted unable to focus it may be time to pick up that glass of water. It also helps balance your moods. Imagine trying to do something on a really bad day, draining right? Drinking water helps your brain to detox and improve its ability to handle stress and anxiety. Overall drinking water (at least 2 litres a day) will help you stay on course to hitting your goal and will help you navigate stress better. The better you feel about something the higher the chance you will stick to it and find inspiration from the world around you. Now I know for something that is so vital to our everyday living it could at least taste better right? Well don’t you worry I have a few ideas to “spice” up that water lifestyle and make it tastier to sustain. If you love tea like I do then cold infusion tea bags are one way to improve the taste of your water with different flavours to choose from my favourite being strawberry and watermelon mmm… Another option is by utilising the fruit and veg you have in your home! So a few sliced lemons, slices of cucumber and some mint leaves can really be refreshing through out the day. But my favourite by far is eating cold slices of watermelon! Watermelon is made up of 92% water and it tastes good. Adding these things as part of your lifestyle can help improve your brain function, keep you motivated and innovative. 

4) Accountability partner – what is an accountability partner? An accountability partner simply put is someone who helps you stick to your commitments. Have you had those moments where you really don’t want to do something, but you still got up to do it because you promised someone you were going to? That’s the same impact an accountability part has on you and your goals. Your accountability partner can be a family member, friend or mentor but one thing they must be someone who is willing to hold you to your words and set time frames. For example, if you had home work to hand in for Friday and you tell your accountability partner that you will have it done by Wednesday then you accountability partner will check in with you on Wednesday to ensure it has been done. In some case some partners maybe even send you a message before the Wednesday just to remind you of the goal you have set that way you have no excuses. When picking your accountability partner, you have to make sure that they’re someone who can be your cheerlead and a firm hand all at the same time. Having someone like that in your corner will give you a sense of motivation to conquer whatever goal you have set before you. You can also be the other person’s partner too, a journey with company sure is a whole lot better than a lonesome road. 

There are many other ways and tips to staying motivated especially in these trying times but starting here will having you reanalysing where you want to be and give you more confidence in knowing you CAN do something about it. I believe you have all it takes to be all you have wished for yourself and all it takes is one step at a time.

 So, here’s to doing more and being more.