Feeling Low? 5 Ways to Stay Motivated!
It is approximately five in the morning and I'm up doing the usual: checking and responding to emails, figuring out social media moves for the day, arranging details for May's launch, and yes -- straight up worrying.  As a founder of a new company/organization, its super easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged at the amount of work, time and energy you put into the endeavor. And it's usually in these moments you try to remember why you started and walk by faith.When I first conceptualized KARIF, I was at a crossroads in my life. Being a young woman of color, educated and fully expected to enter the work force, I was faced with a myriad of challenges. However, the biggest challenge, (and perhaps the one that most people don't accept) was the fact that I choose a path that is unexpected and perhaps rocky.Since then, life has taken a whole new meaning for me and I'm the happiest I've ever been.  But that doesn't mean I don't have fears, doubts and reservations. I've come to realize that we all must go through these feelings. Here's how I stay positive:1. Be grateful.Open your eyes and realize that you are doing something you love. Not many people have the opportunity to discover that one thing that makes them look longingly at the day ahead of them. You have the chance and you're working toward getting there. Be grateful.2. Stop comparing yourself to others.Its very easy to fall in this trap when you first start a -- anything. You must realize that your path and struggles are unique because your dreams and goals are unique! You gotta always remember that those same people you laud as great examples of success all started somewhere. So are you. The most important thing is to start.3. Take a break.When you've spent hours trying to perform a task, or tackle a specific issue, you may find your self mentally exhausted at the end. It happens to the best of us. Take a break from it all. Take a walk, watch a movie, take a nap, go for a run, play with your baby cousin-- anything that can take your mind away from the challenge at hand for a brief period. When you come back, not only will you come mentally recharged, but you're most likely to solve the impending issue because you've reemerged with a different perspective.4.  Just pray.Prayer is an enormous self-motivator.   Knowing that there is a higher power watching over you and guiding you gives you a sense of relief.  Its gives you relief from your common syptyoms of self-doubt and fear.  Just pray and confer all your issues on to God.5.  Remember why you started.You started what you started because you saw an issue that had to be solved.  Nothing worth attaining is ever easy, or else everyone would have attained it!Let me end this post with these famous words from Muhammad Ali, who we all know and remember as one of the world's most undefeatable boxer: "I hated every minute of training, but I said 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"How do you stay motivated? Please share below!

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