How to make plans, not resolutions.

How I stay motivated.

Happy new year!

It’s the start of a new decade.. And I, like many of you, have set goals that I’d like to achieve this year, and for years to come.

But for me, I prefer to set intentions as opposed to ‘resolutions’. I feel like setting myself actual realistic goals and intentions is far more doable and sustainable.

Year after year I’ve had a fresh burst of motivation and have told myself I’d (for example) get up at 5am every morning and go for a run, ditch chocolate, smash the gym 5-6 days a week and so on so forth and I found myself snoozing the alarm, binging, convincing myself that I didn’t have time to slot a gym session in that day..which ended up being that month..  

And it was because I was trying to make huge adjustments all at once instead of slowly transitioning into the lifestyle I wanted to lead.

So instead I had a look at the reasons why it was hard for me to, for example getting up earlier and I worked on that over time as opposed to just setting an alarm and leaping out of bed. I’d slowly set my alarms earlier and earlier to adjust. (admittedly I haven't quite made it to 5am yet and right now it’s not my focus, but just as an example of what you could do)  

I'd swap chocolate for a chocolate flavoured protein shake, but still treat myself when I fancied it as opposed to cutting it out completely and I’d push myself to go to the gym two times a week consistently, and then three, and then four..

setting small, achievable goals is the way to success. And the way forward.

For years I’ve wanted to set up my own business and be a photographer. But I’ve always been too afraid of what people would think of me, of failure, of being unsuccessful, or not being good enough. I would constantly compare my work to other photographers and think my art was complete rubbish..

But last year I decided to take the plunge and just go for it. I’m so passionate about it and when I am being completely honest with myself, fake laughing at people’s jokes for minimum wage and having absolutely no free time or life is not how I want to spend the rest of my time here on earth. I have got so much more to offer the world. And I believe life is way too short to spend your time being miserable.. Working myself into the ground making someone else’s business run when my heart isn’t in it is just completely soul destroying. So it’s my mission this year to follow my dream and keep working consistently until I make it happen.

You can too.

Each day I spend at least 30 minutes doing something towards my business. Every penny I possibly can I put towards my business, I reach out to those who inspire me and educate myself. I’m teaching myself new editing skills & so on so forth.

Your life is entirely up to you. So go get it & Make shit happen. ☺️

Niamh :) x


January 9, 2020