How to stay motivated when times get tough! Part #1

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When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  I’ve heard this 1000+ times.  And I couldn’t understand it.  It never worked for me and it never encouraged me.  For starters…..I don’t like lemonade.  LOL, I know they don’t mean we should literally drink lemonade.  I completely understand that we have to take a bad situation and turn it into something good.  But, why??  How?? What if the lemons hit me upside my head and now I’m wounded?  I can’t focus because so many lemons were thrown at one time.   What if the lemons burned my eyes and now I can’t see clearly?  My vision is so thrown off that I can’t see beyond the pain I am experiencing.  What if I am buried under the lemons and can’t muster up enough strength to get out from under them?

Yes, lemons represent the burdens of life.  We have to face reality.  When life hits, it hits hard.  Sometimes it feels like we are stuck in a war that just won’t end.  What if I am physically, mentally and emotionally unable to get beyond the attack?  How can I motivate myself so that I am able to turn my horrible situation into something beautiful?

I am excited about helping you with staying motivated and realized I have more content than I could fit into one blog post.  So I broke it up into 4 bitesize sections to make it easier for you to consume and apply to your life.  Here is the first application.

Step #1 – Know Your WHY and/or WHO?

This is probably the MOST important step in motivating yourself.  Why should you stay motivated?  Who are you doing this for?  Let’s be real, sometimes it is more comfortable to just stay where you are.  There isn’t a fire to get up and change your situation.  You’ve dealt with it for so many years.  You know how to handle it.  It’s become comfortable for you.  You have to identify why you need to accomplish your goal and who you are doing it for.  This should be someone you would run into a burning building for.  Someone who’s life will be negatively affected if YOU don’t get up and fix the problem.

After my 4th child, my weight fluctuated.  My love for ALL things chocolate controlled me.  I knew I needed to lose weight.  I knew my blood pressure kept spiking.  There was a desire for me to lose weight, but, there was no real motivation to do it.  It wasn’t until we took my daughter to the doctor and they said she “might” be pre-diabetic.  WHAT?!?!  Pre-what?!?!  I don’t know about you, but, I am insane momma bear when it comes to her babies.  “The devil is a liar”  (Please know I am NOT calling the doctor the devil.)  I refuse to accept any attack the enemy is throwing ESPECIALLY when he is throwing them at my baby!  I jumped into renegade weight loss and be healthy mode.  We cut out carbs and sugars.  Stopped eating at fast food restaurants.  And got involved in every activity I could find for us.

My WHY kicked my motivation into high gear!

Yes, I said us.  I knew I had to lead by example.  I had to also participate in this new lifestyle so that she would participate.  In order for her to be successful, I had to get more active and eat better.  I ended up losing 20 pounds in the first 2 months.  Something I have tried 1000 times.  But, what changed?  My WHY!  Who I was doing this for!  It was no longer about me losing weight.  It was now about me doing everything that I can to make sure she is healthy.

That’s why I said who will you run into a burning building to rescue.   For me, my Who is normally my children.  The Lord has used my children to motivated me to accomplish things, like overcoming depression, restoring my marriage, and building an empire.

Your WHY and your WHO will dramatically impact your level of motivation.  It doesn’t matter what you are trying to accomplish.  Losing weight, overcoming depression, restoring your marriage, building an empire.  It doesn’t matter.  Your  WHY and WHO will give you the fire you need to finish strong.

So let’s begin the work!

Step 1 – Identify what you want to accomplish.

Step 2– Why do you want to accomplish this?

Step 3 – Who will be affected if you do not accomplish this?

Step 4–  Write on a couple sheets of paper and fill in the blanks,

“I will ____________!

(ie. lose weight, graduate from college, get a higher paying job)!

I am doing this for ____________!”

(Name who will be affected by this accomplishment)

This is your new affirmation!

Step 5 – Post this in different areas around your house, car, any place where you will constantly see it.

When you feel like you want to give up, read your affirmation.  Say it out loud.  Repeat it constantly until you believe.


Use the word to edify, support and encourage you along this journey.  Write out these scriptures and post them around your house.

  • Philippians 4:13
  • Isaiah 40:29
  • Ephesians 6:10
  • Isaiah 40:31
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
  • Psalm 46:1

I hope this has blessed your socks off.  After I created this post, I received feedback from many women that were struggling with staying motivated when times get tough.  Because of you, I created a 5 Day Motivation Challenge.  By the end of this challenge, you will have a personalized formula for keeping yourself motivated when times get tough!   You don’t want to miss it!    Plus, it is completely free for you.  Enter your name and email address below so that I can send it right to your inbox.


P.S.  I would love to hear from and support you as you accomplish your new goal.  Comment below and share your new affirmation with me.

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