We’ve all experienced a piece of writing that leaves us with goosebumps and inspires us. Until recently, I had forgotten which blog posts had done that too me. The most inspiring blog posts all have one thing in common: they evoke emotion.
The most shared blog posts make us see the world differently. They’re vulnerable, they highlight the role of courage, and they’re relatable no matter what culture you come from. We all get stuck in the hamster wheel of life and forget to take time out to rebuild our mindset.
We go to war every day with negativity and fail to come back to base once in a while to repair the wounds. Living a life of fulfillment and happiness is a daily struggle for me, and I know it’s the same for you. These blog posts below will help you to find inspiration in every situation. They’ll provide the sort of wisdom that a Buddhist monk will give you.
Here are the top 5 blog posts of all time:
1. Advice from 30 year old me to 20 year old me
Nic Haralambous wrote this incredibly simple blog post that has been shared a bunch on social media. What makes it so inspiring is that it’s easy to digest. Anyone can relate to what Nic is saying. He has written this piece from the heart, and passed on real advice that will inspire you to think differently.
His best point is around failing. Failing allows us to grow, and growth is what takes us to the next level. I feel like I’m becoming a Zen Master in my own life because I’m embracing failure. I’m doing things that have a high amount of risk associated with each goal.
The fear when you fail is what forces you to take action in the next chapter of your life. The answer to success lies in failure.
2. The Subtle art of not giving a fuck
Mark Manson wrote this inspiring blog post about how to essentially let go. He pointed out to us that we don’t need to live up to anyone else’s standards. Standing out because we’re different is what makes us incredible in our own way, and we don’t need anyone to validate that.
People admire adversity, and so you should aim to not give a fuck when you fail. Marcus clearly articulates that when you care too much about the little things, it’s because you have no major goal or vision for your life. You’re stuck on autopilot heading towards a mountain that has no meaning to you whatsoever.
The moment you find that one thing that sends chills down your spine and makes you happy, all the small crap that doesn’t matter becomes irrelevant.
“You become the hero of your own story, rather than watching the other heroes win while you fail miserably and become depressed”
We only have so much energy and brainpower. Learning to focus and put your life into perspective is what this blog post is all about. Don’t let the F word put you off. This blog post is bold, direct, informative, and simply inspiring. No wonder it has become so popular that it’s been expanded into a best- selling book.
3. How To Think, To Get What You Want
Now I’m not biased by including an Addicted2Success article. I told you I would share the most shared blog posts that will inspire you and this one is exactly that. Laura Leigh Clark bravely tells us that in order to get what we want and feel successful, it all comes down to our thoughts.
Our reality is shaped by our thoughts. The guy or girl that has a better job or a bigger business than you got it because they thought they could. Their mind was focused on abundance rather than scarcity. Laura links up in our minds that our thoughts and experience are related.
If we think we’re going to fail, we will. It’s not blind faith; it’s focusing on the positive which will give you the strategies and mental capacity to overcome any challenge. This blog post would not have reached critical mass unless Laura included the next part: the actions you can take.
We all know that theory and “Rah! Rah!” inspiration is great, but it won’t help us change the game and inspire others. Laura’s advice is straight to the point, and she provides three fundamental steps that are required when you want to create what you want. Check this one out. Even re-reading it helped me overcome a current challenge in my life.
4. How to be THE LUCKIEST GUY ON THE PLANET in 4 Easy Steps
James Altucher teaches us how we can essentially master our own luck. He believes in luck but then goes on to say that there are things that assist in creating it. He also links the power of habit to his becoming luckier in life.
Most notably, he tells us all that our happiness is linked to our level of so-called luck, and that all of this really comes down to the action we take. It’s no surprise when James explains how important it is to master your mental state and your emotions.
5. How To Lose Weight In Four Easy Steps
Admittedly a blog post has never made me cry before. This was that blog post for me. Aaron Bleyaert shares his story of weight loss, although within two paragraphs it becomes clear that weight loss has nothing to do with his blog post.
Aaron boldly tells the story of his romantic heartbreak, and how any one of us can become the most powerful human being on the planet. He talks in a clear voice that reveals his every thought. He shows us how we all feel that we’re not enough, and how we focus on the shallow challenges like our weight.
To turn his life around, Aaron learned that he had to go through failure (a bad breakup) to get his lazy ass to the gym. Through all of his struggles, he shows us that when we hit rock bottom, it’s patience that will bring us back to life again. You must read this blog post!
What’s your favorite blog post that inspired you? I’m literally dying to know and can’t get enough of inspiring blog posts. Send me your favorite via timdenning.net or through Facebook.
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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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