Where does motivation come from? Is it the desire for change or wanting to make a difference? If you really think about it, people use motivation all the time, on all different levels. The month of October marks a very important occasion for Komen CSNJ: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As an organization, Komen CSNJ dedicates the month of October to staying focused on breast health empowerment and awareness. This includes helping women across our 13-county service area stay motivated and reach their goals. Whether women are striving for a healthier lifestyle, aiming to increase Race fundraising or learning more about being breast self-aware, finding that motivation can involve major self-discovery.
Here are three tips for discovering the motivation to be your best self and to help fulfill your goals during the month of October, and beyond.
1. Dedicated attitude and mentality
Finding motivation begins with having the right mentality. This involves picturing your goal, being positive and taking action. Repeating short mantras such as “I am strong, I am worthy, I am happy” in your thoughts can help strengthen your mindset.
For people who are going through treatment or who know a loved one that is fighting breast cancer, try picking a new mantra every day and accepting that you deserve to reach your goal. Make sure to dedicate yourself to your mission and avoid giving in to minor excuses that may block your path. Motivation begins in the mind and transforms into action, so it is crucial to believe in yourself.
2. Keep variety
Maintaining a sense of variety throughout your weekly routine is key for keeping motivation. Although it is good to dedicate yourself to your goal, staying on track 100% of the time may cause frustration and result in giving up. For example, if your goal is to raise $2000 for Race for the Cure, make sure to give yourself time for personal enjoyment and to not feel guilty about it.
A tip to follow could be pushing fundraising online Friday to Sunday, but focusing on family, work, and friends Monday through Thursday. If you stick to this tip, it will be easier to keep high motivation for a longer period of time driving you closer to your goal.
3. Get support from others
The final tip for staying motivated is to reach out to friends and family for support. The month of October is a time to unify in the fight against breast cancer and it cannot be done alone. Fulfilling a goal will be much easier and enjoyable with the help of loved ones beside you. This will serve as an extra foundation of motivation and encouragement in your life whether it be fighting breast cancer or working together to raise money for a great cause.
Motivation is like a long-distance friend. It is something that will always be there to get you through the day, but you may need to reach out in order to connect. It can be applied in all aspects of life, and will serve as a mental support system. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month you may find that an extra push of motivation can lead to a huge impact for not only someone close to you, but someone you don’t even know. For those of you who are determined to reach a goal, find that inner motivation to push through and achieve.
Written by: Paige Harootunian