You clicked on this post for a reason, and it’s been written with yourself in mind.

So to start with, a little about me. This year I’ve become an expert life juggler, taking on double my workload (including starting a small business from scratch), and still maintaining a house, a relationship, and enough sleep to get me through… JUST!

Motivation was and continues to be the #1 driver to keep me going, and at times I’ve had to find it in some weird places. I know I’m not the only one that needs this, so I teamed up with L’Occitane to deliver my tried and tested top tips for motivating yourself to success. Success is something I’m super thirsty for, so if you are too, check it out…

15 Ways to motivate yourself to success

1* Get your space looking good:
Whatever conditions work best for you, make your space exactly that. So if it involves colourful drawings, a decent sound system, or simply a blank canvas of stationery, get your working space feeling right for you. Also, pro tip: Never work from bed!

2* Words of affirmation:
If you’re one for quotes, search and search (I like Pinterest and Tumblr best for this) until you find one that truly, truly speaks to you. Put this as your phone/laptop lock screen, print it out, repeat to yourself everyday. Do it!

3* Vision Board yo’ dreams:
What’s a dream without some vision? I got into vision boarding at the start of this year, and it’s been great! Basically, think of all the things you’ll like to have, and the kind of person you’d like to be by getting through this hard work, and find images that match this. For me, I want an awesome home office, travelling the world, and being able to shop when I want to, so my Pinterest vision board shows this. When everything is feeling too heavy, look to your board for motivation – It works!

4* Get positive:
If you’re constantly putting yourself down, you really won’t get very far (at least not comfortably). So change that mindset now, and catch yourself out the next time you speak badly about yourself.

5* Have a good support system:
Getting positive also includes surrounding yourself with people that will motivate and support you at all times. This is so, so important. If you feel like you don’t have that support system where you are now, go out and search for it… It does not mean you need to leave behind what you already have, but rather add to.

6* The 5-second rule:
You have 5 seconds to begin something (can be as simple as getting yourself out of bed). Count down and hold yourself accountable! This one has helped me when the energy is low.

7* The 5-minute rule:
This is one I’ve had to remember time and time again. If it’s not gonna matter in 5 years time, wipe those tears and don’t dwell on it for more than 5 minutes.

8* Peer pressure:
Although generally not great in most situations, peer pressure is a good one when it comes to motivating yourself. Find someone that has similar goals as you, and assign them as your accountability partner. Check in each day on what you’re going to get through, then smoke it!

9* Vent when you need to:
You can’t keep running on empty, so if you need to cry, cry. If you need to vent, go do it. But do it in your own time and with someone you trust. Do not put it online!

10* Celebrate along the way:
Creating small goals along the way, and smashing them is great. Celebrate that! If you’re slowly growing, you’re getting there, and if you’re not, you’re learning.

11* Get clear on your plans:
This one is all about staying organised, because you’ll need this if you want to get anywhere quickly. I recommend finding a weekly planner that you fill out every Sunday night in preparation of the week. If you want to know more about how I stay organised,
watch this.


12* Reward yourself:
Just had to do something really draining and out of the ordinary? Treat yourself to a coffee and some cake. I told you it’s okay, so it is! I did this recently with completing my end of year tax return – Bleh!!

13* Compare yourself to only yourself:
This one is a big one, and one I honestly still struggle with. There’s a quote that says “Comparison is the thief of joy”, and boy is it true. Take a moment, breathe, and look how far you’ve come from the person you were a year ago. This speaks volumes!!

14* Outsource your big pain points:
This one might be hard when you’re first getting going and the $$$ isn’t there, but once you’re on your way I highly recommend looking into this. For me, a huge pain point is cleaning the house. I mean, my time is best spent in front of this computer working on my businesses, but the dishes still need washing, and the house vacuuming. So I’ve made this a goal for me. Before the end of the year I want to outsource my cleaning even once a month by hiring a cleaner.

15* Find inspiration wherever you can:
I’m big on podcasts for upskilling and hearing stories of entrepreneurs before me, so I’ll tap into one during any car rides and while doing my morning and nighttime routines. But inspiration doesn’t just come from this, and it’s not defined – If it makes you think, smile or simply breathe, it’s good for you!!

Being successful in my career is something I’m really thirsty for, but I’d be nowhere in the “hustle game” if it wasn’t for finding corners to cut, and things that just make life easier, as well as brands that I can trust are aligned with my values. I’ve been using the new L’Occitane Aqua Reotier skincare range for the last 3 months, and it’s stopped annoying dry skin in its tracks over Autumn, while providing a solid skincare system using only 3 products… Hello earlier nights in bed!

The whole range uses natural spring water from the heart of the Provence mountains in France, that ends up at the Reotier Springs where it collects rich minerals and is filled with high calcium content. This, along with a blend of hyaluronic acid, helps skin maintain its hydration barrier and retain moisture, as well as recharging skin and leaving it soft and glowing.

The whole line up is great, but my standouts have to be the Moisture Prep Essence and Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel. Why? Probably because they’re the most different in terms of what’s on the market already in NZ, and they sink in like a dream. With using this range, my skin has survived through three colds, a crisp start to winter, and have provided me with the perfect base for easy makeup application in the morning (I’m even finding myself confident enough for makeup free days too).

If you are yet to find a skincare line that works with your busy lifestyle, while providing hydrating results, you need to go check out this range. It’s super affordable ($25-$64NZD per product), and from a trusted, natural skincare brand.

 

Thanks to L’Occitane for teaming up with me on this post. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

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A 28 year old digital content specialist and blogger from Auckland, New Zealand. Christine loves writing, styling expensive new outfits, reviewing beauty products galore, and dabbles in snowboarding during winter. She loves her mum dearly, best friends uncontrollably, and boyfriend fiercely. There's also her cats Teddy and TinTin, but don't get her started on how cute they are.

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