6 Life Hacks for Motivation6 min read

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Lorynne Heyns

Lorynne Heyns

Owner of The Great British Confectioners. Economist and self-proclaimed Queen of Luxury Confectionery. My business creates fine confectionery for the corporate gifting, weddings and retail markets. I am an experienced start-up and growth business advisor.

It’s Monday. A new week has dawned! A new start, a new opportunity for a new you! But you’re starting this week just like you did last week. And the week before that. And the week before that. Heck! Facebook On this Day just reminded you that you started Monday doing EXACTLY the same thing 5 years ago. Today, you’ve committed yourself to that new training regime, a new diet and to a highly sophisticated, time-efficient work/study schedule. It’ll go well for 3 days, then quickly begin to unravel.

Monday…

Things were looking good on Tuesday

I threw it all away by Wednesday

And on Thursday and Friday and Saturday 

Regretted it on Sunday

Repeat chorus….

Now I don’t claim to be a super natural human being, but as someone who has three children, while simultaneously studying full time and running a successful start-up, I’ve found myself adopting these six life-hacks to keep my motivation super boosted and I’d like to pass them forward. So here goes:

Self Sabotage is REAL and it will Kick Your Ass….if you let it

THIS ONE REALIZATION CHANGED MY LIFE IN EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF MY BEAUTIFUL EXISTENCE!!! The thing about self-sabotage is you more than likely don’t even realise you’re doing it. Like the time you ate that piece of cake, and you knew it was enough, that it wouldn’t undo all the hard work you’d been putting in at the gym. And then you ate another piece. By the end of that day you’d eaten your weight in sugar. And then you did that again every day for the next 4 weeks. That, right there, is freaking self sabotage.

“No excuses, no I’ll try again on Monday or in January. Right now! Stop that shit.”

You’re punishing yourself honey, making sure you can’t get to where you’re wanting to go. Hell knows why, that’s up to you to figure out. Start by recognising what you’re doing and STOP IT! No excuses, no I’ll try again on Monday or in January. Right now! Stop that shit. Forgive yourself for what-ever you need to forgive yourself for and believe you deserve to get to where you’re wanting to go.

Everything in life is temporary…

Remember a moment, a day, a week or even a month off track is isolated to just that. It doesn’t have to be dragged on and obsessed over. The best thing about the good things in life being temporary, is that the bad things in life are too. Everything is temporary, whether it be heartbreak, failure, a tummy bug, a broken leg, or fat gain. Give yourself time to deal with it, but don’t let yourself get stuck. Go through it, get over it, move on – there’s fun and adventure to be had and so much sweet success to be enjoyed.

What you feed becomes you

“If you continually wallow in misery, you will become miserable.”

If you’ve ever heard the tale of the two wolves, then you’ll get what I’m saying. Negative thoughts perpetuate negative thinking and negative actions. And positive thoughts do exactly the opposite. This isn’t fluffy karma prophesizing, this is fact. If you continually wallow in misery, you will become miserable. Do not continually make excuses for why you’re full of negativity. You’re breeding it. You make yourself happy. No-one else can. Unless you are living below the poverty line, or in the depths of hell of abuse and torment. If you are lucky enough to have a roof over your head and freedom and support and love. If you aren’t dying a slow, miserable death or are closely connected to someone who is, and you have a body that can move, and a mind that can think , then you have every reason to be happy and you can choose whether to be or not.

Life waits for no man. Get on with shit & FFS,stop overthinking it

I CANNOT say this enough. All the people I meet who have a list as long as my basset hound’s torso of all the magical things they have to do before they can even start, makes me want to bash my head through a concrete wall. Those are little hurdles you’ve purposefully placed in front of you because you’re too damn scared, or lazy, or confident to get the darn thing off the ground. Stop it! Just stop it! And get started already! Produce the first product, make that first sale, take a lil uncalculated risk (it won’t kill you and it’s freaking fun). Just do something to start the fire!

Cue my favourite quote of all time:

‘Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.’

Arnold H. Glasow, you genius you!

Consistency is Key with a capital K or C (I’m not sure)

But with that being said there are two important things to highlight: 1. You’ll get nowhere being consistently, inconsistent. And 2. Consistency doesn’t mean doing the same thing day-in and day-out. Regular breaks from routine and effort is part of being consistent. The important thing is, that every day, you’re doing something to get to where you want to go. If you want to be making those gains in the gym, then you have to be working out regularly, eating right (80% of the time) and taking rest days. Other than when I’m really ill, I’ll get myself there and do whatever I can. It may not be what’s in my program, but I’m there, keeping my head in the game!

Find what works for YOU

“There’s no one-fits-all, tried-and-tested approach to living your best life.”

For some people, food prepping works, for others flexibility is better suited. For some, its a cold shower first thing, for others it’s a relaxing candle lit bath just before bed. It may be HIIT cardio, burning infinite calories, or it may be a 40 minute slow burn on the treadmill. The point is, we will all reach the same destination if we find what works best for us. Try new things, adopt what works, trash what doesn’t. Life is a dynamic, learning curve and will continue as such until the end of your time, so be flexible and do what works for you. There’s no one-fits-all, tried-and-tested approach to living your best life.

I hope whatever it is you’re doing you find something in this article to help you achieve what-ever it is you have your heart set on. Don’t stress the small stuff yeah? Life is too short for that shit!

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Best wishes in business, and beyond.

Lorynne

For advice on starting up and growing your business, or to have me talk at your event, please connect with me on LinkedIn.

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Lorynne Heyns

Lorynne Heyns

Owner of The Great British Confectioners. Economist and self-proclaimed Queen of Luxury Confectionery. My business creates fine confectionery for the corporate gifting, weddings and retail markets. I am an experienced start-up and growth business advisor.

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