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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8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get Your Motivation Back
Welcome to our new normal. A time in our lives that a year ago we certainly didn’t see coming that most of us probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves; but here we are. As the days away from each other carry on and more and more bad news comes our way, it’s easy to lose your motivation and waste energy doing things that aren’t helpful like worrying and fighting with people on the internet instead.
Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While many of us had routines set up to deal with stress in the past, the stress we are facing during this time is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. It’s easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, and that’s the most challenging time to stop the momentum and turn things around. If that’s the case, keep it simple and start to reach for little things to help you feel better and climb your way out.
Here’s a reminder of a few simple things you can do right now to start getting positive momentum going your way:
1. Find someone who was in a similar place and made it to the other side
Whether you’ve been unmotivated to workout, eat healthy, make sales calls or simply do anything, you can find someone who has been there and made it to the other side. Look up some great TED talks, go on YouTube and look up people that motivate you, google them to find their websites. There are short speeches and much longer talks all over the internet, you just need to find someone who you relate to that speaks to you.
2. Do something that you love
When we’re unmotivated, it’s easy to get out of the habit of doing what we love. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the tv feels like a chore. Think back to a time in your life when you felt great – what were you doing? What do you absolutely love to do that if you had the time, you would do all day and not realize any time had passed at all?
Figure out a way to do whatever that is, or a modified version of it if it is something that you aren’t able to do at the present time. Spending time doing what you love will get your mind off of anything that is wrong and allow you to find inspiration.
3. Don’t overcomplicate it
Keep it simple. When we’re stuck in a rut, we’ll give ourselves every excuse to not do something. Say you’ve gained some weight; you might tell yourself you need to find the perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your meals from scratch each night before you do anything else. Stop trying to overcomplicate it and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, however small that may be. You don’t have to wait until the timing is perfect and the stars align for you to start moving in the direction you want to go.
4. Get up and get moving
This is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but once you are up and moving, your blood will start flowing. The hardest part is getting started. Day one, get up and do anything to get moving. This is the hardest day if you haven’t in a while because getting up is really the hardest part. Day two, do a little more. Once you start, you’ll build momentum and get back in the habit.
5. Reset your focus
It’s so easy for worry to set in and for our minds to wander to places of what we can’t control. This is not motivating or helpful and we always have a choice to redirect our attention. There is always something we can do right where we are, so bring your focus to the solution instead of the problem and figure out the next step of what you can do.
One step at a time. Step one, take your attention away from what you can’t control and what you can’t do. Step two, ask yourself questions like “What can I do?” and see what comes to mind. Follow through with the answers you find.
6. Listen to your favorite music
Not much can lift our spirits and put us into a positive vibration more than our favorite music. Feel free to sing along. Find a song that pumps you up and make that your theme song. Put it on anytime you feel down or unmotivated.
7. Expand your knowledge
“In times of change, the learners will inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Quote by Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is great loss but also great opportunity. Continually learning opens you to new opportunities and leads you to paths you may not have otherwise found.
If you’re already a meditator and got away from it, take some time to come back to it. If you’ve never tried, it can be as easy as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with one or two minutes) and focusing on your breath. Listen to the inhalations and exhalations. Silently say to yourself “in” as you inhale and “out” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to calm down and allow your mind to refocus.
When we’re unmotivated, our momentum starts moving in the other direction. Slow down that momentum by trying one of the ideas above. Once you’ve slowed down the momentum, get it moving in the right direction and you’ll be well on your way.
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