What Motivates You?

“What makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?”

Someone asked me this question the other day, it was one of those confused “Huh?” moments. Also probably one of the most random questions for a Monday morning, however nonetheless it did make me think.

It is actually a harder question to answer than you imagine. I tested it out on some of my colleagues and the same perplexed look washed over their faces. However the results were varied and interesting…

word-cloud-1And my favourite of them all, mainly because it’s close to my heart….You Only Get One Life.

It reminded me of a conversation I had with a friend at the weekend. She shared that she has made a promise to herself to stop listening to others so much and do things that she really loves doing, things that she enjoys. How awesome is that? Hearing someone make a conscious decision to maximise their life and do what makes them happy was a special moment to witness. It was an admirable, important and brave thing to say. I think nowadays we are so keen to please others for fear of upsetting them or even worse, being afraid of what they will say that we forget our own needs, the things which are important to us. For her it was experiences such as mooching around art galleries and allowing her inner creativity to emerge through painting. That’s what makes her happy, inner joy is what motivates her. It’s also kinda part of defining who she is and what she is about. Something else which is close to my heart…personal branding (but that’s a whole new story!).


Photo Cred: Annie Spratt

You see what is fascinating is that motivation comes in various guises to many different people but more importantly what I have learned is that it should come from within, not external factors. Think back to a time when you achieved something, when you were successful…how awesome is that feeling? Did you feel dam proud, inspired and most of all…did it spur you on to the next thing? That’s real motivation.


Photo Cred: Dayne Topkin


“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.”

~Stephen Covey

So back to the original question, my hunger, drive and catalyst for getting out of bed each day, is the huge desire to live my life to its fullest. You see, this is no dress rehearsal, I won’t get another shot at this and I really don’t want to waste a second of my life. From a young age I have said that I don’t want to be an elderly lady looking back on my life with regrets. I want to enjoy every moment, experience as much as I can, be true to myself and be the best version of me that I can. Happiness comes from within, no-one else can control your bliss but you. It’s about training your mind to see the positive in everything, it’s not always easy but start with small steps. For example, there may be times when others are angry or upset, the best thing to do whilst supporting and empathising where possible, is to remember that they are just in a different place to you at that time. Your inner peace and happiness remain just that, within you.


Photo Cred: Brigitte Tohm

I am influenced greatly by Tony Robbins, almost slightly obsessive of his TED Talk. His life is dedicated to helping people achieve their dreams. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, to show you something better, to make your life better. Your life is just that, your life. Don’t forget to relish it. I promised myself from a young age that I will make sure I have done everything I wanted to, have lived my life the way I want to and make all my dreams a reality. Because you know what, dreams can come true if you work hard enough.

What is it that motivates you?

N x

So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.


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