10 Ways To Get Your Motivation Back After Getting Knocked Down

It happens to the best of us! At some points in our life, we are going to burn-out or totally get knocked down from something that we felt was going to work out but didn’t. Our confidence gets rocked and we feel like all the efforts we put into something was a waste of time.  We get in a major bummed-out state and don’t seem to have an ounce of energy to get ourselves out of it. I get it! I think we all can relate to feeling this way one time or another. Know that it’s normal and that it happens to everyone from time-to-time.

But we must believe and know it is a temporary state. We must keep hope. We must know that whatever challenges we have, it’s within our control how we handle things today and the days ahead.  Don’t let challenges get you thrown off your path to your long-term success. Have your experiences make you stronger for the future ahead. YOU deserve GREAT success and happiness and I want you to go out and get it!  So check out my video below then my 10 ways to get you back pumped-up and back into your game. You’ve got this!

10 Ways To Get Your Motivation Back After Getting Knocked Down

  1. Reduce Your OverwhelmAwesome -Be awesome today – Many times when you are burned-out or not motivated, it’s because you have too much going on in your life. Reduce the overwhelm and stop doing things in your life that are draining you.
  2. Focus On One Goal to Get You Kick-Started – Start fresh by not trying to accomplish too many goals. Pick one or two at the most. When you focus, you have your full attention on it.
  3. Fill Your Life With Inspiration – When you are looking to get back into your game, you really need to fill your mind with inspiration. So read inspirational articles, listen to motivational videos and surround yourself with inspiring people. When you fill your life with positivity it will affect your life in an awesome way.
  4. Do Something Awesome For Others –  Sometimes in order to feel good yourself, it helps to give to others; do something really generous for someone else. Volunteer, help a neighbor out or giving to a charity are some examples. Share your gifts with someone and it’ll pump you up because of how you made others feel.
  5. Commit to Progress Every Day – Make a commitment to take small steps forward every day. Remember that small steps forward lead to big achievements.
  6. Speak Your Goal Out-Loud – If you are ready to make positive changes in your life, speak your goal out-loud to someone or a trusted community. By putting it out there, you are making a commitment which is accountability for yourself. You will get great support from others to keep moving forward on your goal and you’ll want to succeed once you know others know about it.
  7. Understand That Every Day Will Not Be a Perfect Day – Always remember that even with the most amazing action plan, things are going to go wrong and every day will not be a perfect day. Don’t be too hard on yourself. When things get thrown off track, take a step back, re-strategize and move onward and forward.
  8. Treat Yourself To Something Special – To get out of that initial slump, why not treat yourself to something special. Get a new haircut or treat yourself to a spa day or just take a nice long walk. Just do something for yourself to make you feel good as you commit to moving ahead.
  9. Design a Success Box – Put together a box where you put in memories of your ‘wins’ throughout the year. For my clients, this is an awesome motivational tool to keep them pumped-up during the year.
  10. Reward Yourself Each Step of the Way – To keep yourself on the right track and inspired, don’t forget to reward yourself for your small wins. You want and need something to look forward to. Reward yourself along the way!

Which of my 10 ways to get your motivation back most resonate with you? Do you have a story to share or other ways to get back motivated in your life? I would love to hear from you!

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2016-11-11T11:55:57-07:00By |Inspirational Articles|15 Comments


  1. Marianne March 10, 2015 at 5:38 am - Reply

    I love your video Cynthia! You are so right, ditch the To Do list and focus on one or two things instead, it frees us up so much!!! You are awesome my friend!!!

    • SmartChic March 10, 2015 at 6:16 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Marianne! I am so glad you enjoyed the video! Laser-focus is key to achieving great success! Have an awesome day.

  2. Dale Fagre March 10, 2015 at 6:14 am - Reply

    Good morning Cynthia my friend! Great post today! I particularly like points three and four about surrounding yourself with inspiration and doing awesome things for other people. That is a dynamic combination that can withstand any knockdown punch. Thanks for your motivational remarks, as I know they will inspire and motivate thousands!!

    • SmartChic March 10, 2015 at 6:15 am - Reply

      Thank you so much Dale for your awesome shout out! It is so important for us to surround ourselves with inspiration and do things for others. I am so glad you enjoyed the post and video. I appreciate you very much! Have a great day!

  3. Donna Gomee Girl March 10, 2015 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Great post! It’s the small steps that really add up – great advice! I really enjoyed reading the tip about filling your life with inspiration… no better place for that than right here with YOU! 🙂 Thanks, as always Cynthia, for lifting us up higher!

  4. Nicole March 10, 2015 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Great post Cynthia! Love the video and all 10 steps. I think that small steps are so necessary to our success. Celebrating each and everyone of them. I also add taking a walk and getting a bit of fresh air on those days where I feel knocked down. When I come back, I feel refreshed and ready to take on that one thing.Number 2, 3 and 5 are the ones that get me going. Have a great day Cynthia.:)

  5. Jane March 10, 2015 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I appreciate this post because OMGoodness I am in a constant state of decisions and little navigational choices in what to do next to make sure I stay on track with what my real goals are. I wish I could say there is one of the 10 that resonate most strongly with me, but you’ve covered so many that are key to regaining motivation. I don’t know one woman today who does not feel some degree of overwhelm. What does overwhelm do? It suffocates us. So that being our #1 idea is right no target. I absolutely believe that doing something for someone else is as vital as breathing air. Oh boy! Not every day will be a perfect day. In fact, few days turn out exactly as we plan – roll with it. Where do things roll? Down a path that either I create or that wanders on its own. I love that you included that one because it reminds me that getting back on track as soon as possible is essential.

    As always your ideas are easy to implement and they don’t have to be done in sequence. Pick something and give it a try and then pick something else until finding the one that works for this time. Next time you need motivation try something else. It’s multiple choice motivation.

  6. Debbie March 10, 2015 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Cynthia – great article and video!

    It’s so important to keep the setback in perspective and sometimes even assess what the setback is trying to tell or teach us before moving forward. I love to do #8 when I’ve experienced a setback first – relaxing meditation, walk or a reflexology appointment. Deciding the next steps after setback is much easier after some self care, followed by loads of #3. While there may be a tendency to want to recover lost ground too quickly, I agree that small daily steps are key to creating lasting progress and staying out of overwhelm. Excellent advice – all 10, not just for recovering motivation but to keep it strong motivation along the success journey!

  7. 'Krithika Rangarajan March 10, 2015 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    My problem is not the dearth of goals, but TOO many goals – or what you would call overwhelm. I am not sure how to prioritize them because they all seem equally important! LOL

    BUT I do agree about the importance of sharing your goals with a community!

    Thank you so much, Cynthia #HUGS


  8. Giovanni Gaudelli March 11, 2015 at 6:07 am - Reply

    All great points, Cynthia! It’s important to cut into the “overwhelm”. Taking a short break is more productive than a ton of worries. I also love # 2. I believe in taking it one step at a time. “Inch pebbles” are less daunting than milestones and easier to accomplish. These accomplishments help us build more self confidence and make the next steps easier and more compelling.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration, Cynthia!

  9. Carla Horn March 11, 2015 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Great article Cyn!!! As always thank you for offering 10 great ways to get us motivated again after a setback. I love your reminder to consistently surround yourself with people who motivate and inspire you to keep going! That is always the key … Keep going ~ nothing lasts forever, good or bad. Also it warms my heart to do something good for another. It uplifts my spirit & reminds me time and time again that it’s often the things we do for others that really do make all the difference! Thanks Girl! Xo :))

  10. Liz March 12, 2015 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Thank you for this great reminder, Cynthia. It is so easy to become frustrated and want to give up when things don’t go the way we planned. Instead of allowing setbacks to make us feel like all hope is lost, these 10 tips provide a path for getting us up and going again.

  11. Cheri Essner March 12, 2015 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Cynthia: I have found this post very helpful. It actually brought tears to my eyes. Really great intuitive work!

  12. Tony Adams March 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Another great post, Cynthia!
    I really like Point 2 – so often the picture in our head is large and seemingly overwhelming, leaving us paralysed with inertia. Your point about focussing on one or two smaller goals is a great way to address this.

    We don’t need to know every answer at the outset, but by having our end objective in mind and focussing on those two early goals, we can start the journey and trust ourselves to work out the next steps.

  13. Aubrey Welch March 17, 2015 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Super post Cynthia.
    I really like point No. 4 which I feel is essential…helping others is equally as important as helping yourself.
    No.7 resonates with me totally…everyday is different…we get good ones…bad ones…indifferent ones…starting each day afresh and with a clean/blank canvas is important…don’t get hung up on what has gone before.
    As always thank you such top sensible and inspirational advice.

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