Attitude is the compilation of how we view everything around us as well as reflecting what we think and feel towards something. It also influences our actions and decision-making which makes it all the more important. Nowadays, because of increasing problems, people are having a hard time in keeping up a good outlook in life.
However, attitudes and behaviors are easily influenced from external sources in the environment. The most common and influential external factor that can affect people is by watching television and/or movies. A recent survey shows that an average person will watch approximately 5,000 movies in their lifetime. It also revealed 10% of the people based their career paths on movies while 25% were influenced in choosing where they want to live.
Different movies can prompt varying responses to our mental capability and beliefs. Research revealed that the wrong kind of movie can affect a person negatively. Some movies can stress you further while other movies can make you gain weight. The good thing is that there are films that can motivate us to have a positive attitude.
Here are the most influential animated films promoting a better perspective in life:
1. The Lion King – Worry-free life & the art of moving forward
The Lion King has a lot to teach us. For one, it shows that maybe you just need some Hakuna Matata (No Worries) in your life. Panicking and stressing out will only make it worse for your situation and your health. Sure, it won’t solve your problems with work or pay your bills but it will calm you and give you some peace of mind to be able to think of a solution.
Every one of us has a past and everyone has something in their past that has hurt them. The severity may vary but the pain caused by our past still hurts. As Rafiki, the baboon stated, we can either run from it or learn from it. Running away from it and ignoring it is the easiest thing to do but it will still be there, haunting you. The only way for us to develop and grow to our full potential is to confront it. You have to be brave and face the pain and fear of the past and learn from it to move forward.
“The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it or learn from it.” — Rafiki
2. Mulan – Empowering women & just be yourself
This movie introduced the gender discrimination that is present in the world. Responsibilities and roles are limited to women whose duty is to only give birth. However, the movie motivates women and shows them that they can be more when they want to and not limit themselves to how other people expect them to be.
Apart from empowering women, it also teaches you to be true to yourself despite the adversity that you will be facing in every corner for being that way. Challenges and struggles make us into better and stronger people. Never give up even if you fail because being yourself is your greatest weapon to overcome the problems that are blocking your way to your goals.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – The Emperor
3. Ratatouille – Dreams do come true & everyone has talent
This animated movie urges you to follow and chase after your dreams no matter what as long as you know you’ve got what it takes. Everyone can do something such as cooking, writing or acting, showing the difference between a normal talent from a great talent. Those who can be brave enough to try something new and accept failure will achieve great things.
The movie also portrays talent and genius as coming from anyone and anywhere. Even the lowest person can achieve this great talent as long as they take courage to improve it and develop it to perfection. You just have to think that you are talented and that talent can only be wielded by you and no one else so take care of it, improve it and cherish it.
“Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Food critic, Anton Ego
4. The Princess And The Frog – Success is hard work & never lose sight of what’s important
The Princess and the Frog revealed the value of perseverance and hard work to reach your dreams. You have to plan ahead and do your best to overcome the possible obstacles along your way. You have to face struggles and hardships but always look forward and look at your dream as an inspiration. Although daydreaming and wishing isn’t all that bad, what truly makes you see the results you want is putting in 100% effort all the time.
“My daddy never did get what he wanted. But he had what he needed. He had love! He never lost sight of what was really important.” – Tiana
Being an adult doesn’t mean that you can’t watch animated films anymore. Animated films are made and produced by fellow adults and successful professionals also. With it’s light hearted plot and witty humor, it might only take a little laugh here or a small smile there to jumpstart positivity back in your life. Life doesn’t need to be serious and problematic all the time.
Positivity is to never give up in order to become a winner in life because a winner is a loser who just tried again. Whether you struggle with your business, weight loss, or education it just takes the right motivation to spark a positive attitude, and it takes a positive attitude to gain the success that you are looking for.
Motivation for a positive attitude comes in different forms and in this case, this form satisfies the child in us. A child that seeks the happy, simple and stress-free life that we once had.
What motivates you to stay positive in life? Let us know by commenting below!
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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone
Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.
When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.
But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.
Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.
These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.
1. Include short breaks
My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.
2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking
Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.
3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule
A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!
These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!
This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!
2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery
When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.
3. Love what you do
This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.
These last few tips are Industry-related!
1. Make sure you have fun projects
Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.
2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year
Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.
3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry
View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.
These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!
7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success
Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.
Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.
Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.
I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.
Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.
Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:
1. It Solves Your Problem
When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.
2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress
Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety.
Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.
“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale
3. Increase Your Focus
Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate.
Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing, and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.
Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential.
If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.
5. It Boosts Your Health
Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments.
Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.
“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra
6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present
Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations.
Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.
7. Stay Aware and Positive
A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally, it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self.
Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.
To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.
Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!
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