In order to truly become great and make our dreams into realities we have to cultivate superior levels of consistent motivation. This type of motivation guarantees success in whatever endeavor because it allows you to do what needs to be done regardless of whether you feel terrible or great.
The simple feat of knowing that you are that kind of person with that amount of self-discipline brings all the unbreakable confidence and satisfaction you can dream of. Imagine for a moment how amazing the world would be if every single person just activated their motivation?
Every single person who planned to start a new years resolution and had the motivation to complete it? Every single person that planned to exercise consistently and followed through? Every business, project, service and idea could become a reality if more individuals had the motivation to continue taking persistent action. How different would our society be?
“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than master of oneself.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
You can start using all of the following tips in your day-to-day routines or just choose one that inspired you the most:
I know, you were thinking I would start off with some crazy new concept that would change your life. The further you dive into the self-development field the more you keep coming back to the three fundamentals; sleep, nutrition and exercise. Optimize those three and you will find that every area of your life will dramatically improve.
Recommended action: 7-8 hours, go to sleep before 11:00PM and focus on a PM routine that keeps your sleeping habits consistent.
2. Morning ritual
Every single morning you have a choice. The choice is simple. Either you wake up reacting to the world or you wake up in creator mode and take important action towards your vision. How you start your mornings will create incredible amounts of momentum and fuel your motivation.
Recommended action: Have a minimum of 30 minutes to yourself without checking any type of electronic device. Aim for 1-3 hours of (GET STUFF DONE) time for world-class productivity every morning. Plan your #1 task aka (the frog) from the night before into this time period. Create value for your dreams instead of reacting to the world.
3. Gatorade showers
What does any type of sports team do after a huge win? They surprise their coach with a nice refreshing Gatorade shower to show their appreciation. If another person can do something so can you. In order to stay motivated you have to remember your wins and build on them.
Recommended action: Before you go to bed journal all of your micro/macro wins that you had throughout your day. Call this your success journal. Once a week celebrate all your wins by rereading them, rewarding yourself with a ‘Gatorade shower’ of your choice. (Do not miss a day as this momentum becomes compounded).
4. Take a small step
Feeling some type of way? Feeling demotivated? Just get started with it! Take the mini-habits approach and just do one push up, write one line. Just get started. When you are lacking motivation remember to just take some small level of action because research shows that our attitude follows our behaviors every time.
Recommended action: When motivation is not there just take any type of bare minimum action to ‘take off’ and you will see your attitude and motivation change.
5. Clarity and commitment
Without clarity and commitment your motivation will be low. Guaranteed no questions asked. Are you feeling demotivated? What do you need the extra motivation for? Do you really think that some type of inspirational video on loop is going to really do that for you? What type of action are you having trouble mustering up the strength to accomplish? Why do you need to be more motivated?
Recommended action: Answer those questions and get as clear as possible on what you’re having trouble being motivated to do. Journal on this and find your ‘why’. Perform some type of ritual for a macro commitment; such as writing down your goals and action steps on a paper and burning it. Every morning recommit to taking action in congruence with your best self.
Remembering that you will eventually die is such a motivating factor because it is the most powerful reminder that we only have so many moments in our life. It reminds you that every single ‘present’ moment is completely priceless. You will eventually run out of time and stop living. Why not make the most of your life starting right now?
Recommended action: Imagine your last moment on earth. Imagine the 100-year-old version of yourself crawling out of their deathbed in a hospital. Imagine this older version of yourself looking at you right now and becoming furious at the fact that you do not understand how crucial the present moment is because he hardly has any left. Channel this urgency and get to work.
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs
These six tips are powerful. I have laid out the framework to being motivated right now and creating a momentum to staying motivated over the long term. In order to stay motivated you need to really want something, think you can get it while curbing your impulses and setting a bunch of micro goals along the way.
If you were to die tomorrow, how would you want others to remember you? What exact words and phrases would you love to hear described about you?
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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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