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Startling, Excellent Secret to Jumpstart Your Motivation

When we're feeling stuck, it's especially challenging to get motivated. During several recent organizing visits with clients, I was reminded about one of the benefits of enlisting help as a way to boost motivation.

My clients were feeling overwhelmed and stuck. Those feelings resulted in procrastination and lack of motivation to tackle their organizational challenges. Yet in each of these cases, they recognized that no movement forward was going to happen unless they reached out for help. They had hit a wall of overwhelm. They called me for help.

It was fascinating to see the transformation. By talking about their goals, offering organizing support, and working by their sides, their feelings of overwhelm lifted and their motivation returned. In between organizing visits they were able to accomplish a lot on their own. They no longer felt stuck and had a renewed sense of purpose and energy around what they wanted to accomplish. They found the path forward.

So while enlisting the help of a professional organizer isn't the only way to jumpstart your waning motivation, it is definitely one of the effective strategies.

If you're struggling with moving forward and your lack of motivation and clarity is blocking you, reach out for help. You may be surprised at how valuable it is to hire a professional organizer or enlist the help from a trusted family member or friend.

Have you ever experienced positive change in motivation after enlisting help? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!


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Reader Comments (12)

Someone showing up at the door is a powerful motivator! My husband and I wanted to get into a better exercise routine a couple of years back. I hired a trainer to meet with us once a week and help us design a couple of workouts we could do, including one that he could do when traveling. She came for a couple of months, and it really gave us the "kick" we needed to get into a new routine!

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

This is so true, Linda. My client i was working with last week, said she knew she had to get organized, but having me there held her accountable to that action.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

@Seana- As I read your response and then Jill's, I think you've hit the nail on the head...that having someone to be accountable too plays a huge part in motivation. I began seeing a nutritionist several months ago and it's made a huge difference with my cooking, food shopping, and eating patterns. She acts as a guide and accountability partner too. So valuable. I love what you and your husband did with hiring a personal trainer for a short period to get you going. So smart!

@Jill- How wonderful that you could be that accountability partner for your client! And even better that your client recognized how valuable your services and presence were.

July 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Yes, asking for help can be hard to do but even just having a friend or mentor by your side can be an awesome motivator. Having someone to be accountable to also can make a huge difference in a persons motivation, myself included.

July 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKim

@Kim- I was just having this conversation about asking for help with one of my friends. She was thinking about why some find it easier to ask for help than others. It certainly can make a huge difference to get help, especially when you're not sure what the next steps are or if you're having a challenge with motivation.

July 17, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I hired a professional organizer last year when I was getting ready to move and needed help sorting through and organizing some of the spaces in my house. It felt so good to know I wasn't stuck doing it all by myself. Even professional organizers need help from time to time!

July 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

Such a great reminder to reach out for help, Linda. I often find that when I'm thinking about asking for help, I start to formulate what I need help with or where I'm stuck. That way, once I pick up the phone, I feel like I've won half the battle (very motivating). And, I get help with the second half or next step from the person I've called (extremely motivating).

July 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Lee

@Diane- That's so awesome that you hired a PO to help you with your move and organizing spaces! When I was getting my CPO-CD from ICD, as you probably remember, one of the assignments was to hire a PO. It was an amazing experience and it really helped me to understand what our clients go through...both the anxiety part and the wonderful transformations.

@Deb- Kudos to you for knowing when it's time to reach out for help. I've realized that very often my first instinct is to just "do it myself." But I've come to learn that it's not possible, realistic, nor even desireable to do everything myself. I love how you've distinguishes the two different positive motivation boosts you receive when you've identified that help is needed - the pre-planning and the expertise from the person helping. Excellent!

July 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

There are many ways to get unstuck and we are professionals often see ourselves as the front line to unstuckness. My clients often create a team to move forward, including myself, a therapist, a coach, and a spiritual advisor. I love the roles we plan in helping other's accomplish their goals.

July 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

@Ellen- What a great point to bring up, that often people create a team approach to moving forward. As you said, in the work that we do as organizers, it's a privilege to be part of that trusted team.

July 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great post! I love accountability and think it is indeed a powerful motivator. I belong to a runners group, and pay a personal trainer to do a weekly session with me. I show up for the runners group because I know others will be there, relying on me. And I show up for the training too because I know I will have a coach guiding me. Works so well!

July 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Montanaro

@Lisa- What a great example of getting motivated and motivating others!

July 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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