How To Stay Motivated All Day Long

We all have those days where we feel like doing nothing, and these are okay but only every once in a while to relax and wind down. At the end of a non-productive day you feel worthless, you have accomplished nothing and wasted a day so when it happens too often it can get you down. So start changing your days, beginning with the morning that is the most important part of the day. If you wake up feeling tired and unenthusiastic, it will be hard to shake this feeling off for the rest of the day.

Wake Up Bright and Early

Too much sleep can cause us to feel more tired and lethargic. Getting the right amount of sleep is essential but too much is bad and will leave you feeling unmotivated. Try and wake up as early as possible, around 7 am so you have more time in the morning to achieve things. When you reach lunchtime, you will feel great about how much you have already got done. If it is difficult, the first few mornings just persevere as your body is adjusting, and it will become normal soon enough.

Healthy Diet

Drink plenty of water throughout the day and especially when you wake up. Keeping your body hydrated is important for energy levels and staying focused. Start your day with a rich and healthy breakfast that is the most important meal and will give you energy for the rest of the day.

Get Moving

Beginning your day with exercise no matter how intense is very beneficial. Your blood will get flowing, and more oxygen gets pumped to the brain, so you feel refreshed, energetic and ready for the day ahead. Even just a few laps up and down the stairs or a 10 minute jog is enough.

Plan Your Day

Before you begin your daily tasks, organize and plan your day ahead. This can help you complete more tasks, plus you can prioritize them and put them in order of where you will start. Then you have a plan of your day which will help you feel motivated, not waste any time and be more productive.

Meditation

Even if you’re not one for meditation, just take a few minutes in the morning to clear your mind, forget about any distractions and find your focus (learn more about meditation). This will leave you feeling more stimulated and see an increase in production for the day.

Learn to love your life!

“The great question of our time is, ‘Will we be motivated by materialistic philosophy or by spiritual power?'”

Billy Graham

Ten Ways to Find Inner Peace

image of how to find inner peaceA lot of people think inner peace is impossible to find or perhaps doesn’t even exist at all. However for very few of us, it has been found and no matter the situation they are calm, at peace with themselves and the world around them.

Inner-peace is a choice we can make, and it may be hard work but it is about training our mind and body. Trying to stay calm and let nothing affect you takes practice but can become part of which you are if you want it.

Stay In the Present

The most important factor in finding inner peace is focusing on the present moment that we exist in now. The past has gone, and the future is still to come so don’t get preoccupied with the time that is not reality. Give everyday your best and stay focused on the present time, don’t lose it because you were thinking about another time.

Clear Out

Try to clean out your life in all areas and simplify, so your mind can focus. Take away unnecessary thoughts, friends that bring you down and items that are taking over your home. All of this clogs up your mind and takes away energy, so have a good clear out in your mind, body and life so you can only focus on what matters.

image of how to be thankfulBe Thankful

Remind yourself often how blessed you are and to be thankful for your life. Think about the amount of people in the world that are a lot worse off than you and everything you have to express gratitude for. We all have desires but take nothing for granted.

Everything Moves On

Remember that time always passes, and everything changes. Nothing will stay the same for long, so appreciated those amazing moments and were aware that the problematic times will end. Don’t beat yourself up over small things, it will eventually pass, and we all move on.

Be Willing To Try

Be open to other opinions and be willing to try new ideas. Your opinion is not always right and is willing to listen and learn from others. The only way we can grow is to try new things and have an open mind.

Always Smile

A smile is the doorway to happiness and can change your mood as well as others. Smile at everyone around you and wipe away all negativity. A smile throughout the day will bring happiness and love to all without anger, jealousy and sadness.

End All That Is Unfinished

Everything you start must always be finished. Any unfinished business will weigh down your mind and block the inner peace. Finish what needs to be completed in relationships, work and projects so your mind can be free.

Don’t Rush

Take your time in all aspects of your life and be patient. Everything happens in the right time and don’t try to rush anything as this only leads to stress. Appreciate what does happen and be patient for more great things to come.

Money Is Not Everything

Don’t make money your priority as it is just a material thing. Instead, focus on what you want to make money for and its purpose. Is the money worth the work you do? If money was no object, think about if you would stay doing what you do or would you change. This is very important as we should all be doing what we love and trying to make money through this.

Be Calm

When you feel frustrated or angry, try to take a few moments to catch your breath and calm down before you do anything else. Then make the decision once you are calm, as rash decisions do not bring the best outcomes. The ability to stay calm regardless of the situation is a true sign of inner peace.

Top Tips to Improve Your Self-Confidence

image of improving confidenceConfidence comes naturally to some and without it life can be a lot harder. Your self-confidence is something that is not hard to build and begins with embracing who you are and finding your self-esteem. Confidence will give you the ability to break limits, feel content and find happiness. Here are some tips on being brave and improving your self-confidence:

There Is No Perfection

Do not focus all of your attention on creating your perfect world, as perfection is hard to find and disappointment will always follow. Instead, be happy with the life you have and understand that we all make mistakes. It is how you handle those mistakes that can change your life. Don’t get upset about mistakes or dwell on them, use them as an opportunity to learn and improve. With this outlook, you can move on with confidence rather than feeling down.

Believe In Yourself

To build your confidence, you must love who you are. Overlook what people might think and remember it is how you feel that matters, as you are the one with the power to improve your life. Strive to be better and accept yourself with both your strengths and weaknesses. Your thoughts have the power to build your self-confidence and thinking positively about yourself will make you believe in yourself.

Stay Away From Negativity

Positivity is the way to improved confidence and life in general. Find the best out of every situation and stay away from those who make you feel down. People that throw negative thoughts, jealousy and are unwilling to see you happy should be removed from your life. Surround yourself only with those who bring out the best in you. Your negative thoughts also need to be wiped away and replaced with only positive ones. These great thoughts will help you to believe you can achieve anything and feel confident about it.

image of confidence improvementLearn and Grow

Having something you are good at is a great way to build your confidence. It doesn’t matter what it is whether it is sewing or martial arts, as long as it is something you enjoy. Push yourself with it, practice, try to improve and when you do you will feel accomplishment that will build your confidence. Work out what are your strengths and talents, as everyone has some and persevere. As you improve your self-esteem will too and even if it feels too much like hard work, keep going. The challenges with goals at the end will give you strength and confidence that you can reach them. When you do, the satisfaction will build your self-confidence.

Log Your Triumphs

Another great way to remember how great you are is to keep a log of the triumphs and victories you have reached. No matter how big or small, every success will make you feel better about yourself. Every time you add another one and go through it you will be reminded how amazing you are and why you should have confidence in yourself.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Removing Your Negative Thought Patterns

image of negative thoughts laughing 1Dwelling on negative thoughts is a bad habit that is hard to break away from. Thoughts like “I’m depressed”, “I hate going to work” and “I can’t do it” are negative and will hold you back from many things you want to do in your life.

These thoughts are in our minds and cannot easily be wiped away, trying to resist them will make it worse. A negative thought pattern needs to be replaced with a new one and when a negative thought comes you need to redirect it into a positive thought. Once your mind gets used to this, every time a negative thought comes along it will automatically link to the positive thought. Here’s how to squash those negative thoughts.

Negative Mental Image

First take the thought and picture a mental image to go with it. For example the thought “I’m stupid”, picture yourself dressed in silly clothes with a dunce hat and surrounded by people pointing at you while you shout your thought. Exaggerate the image as much as possible and keep practising it in your mind until every time this thought comes along you picture the ridiculous image.

image of happy thoughts 1Positive Thoughts

Then think about the positive thought you want to replace the negative one. Choose something empowering and influential enough to replace the old thought. For example “I am amazing”.

Positive Mental Image

Now conduct the same process of a mental image with the positive thought. For example picture yourself on stage standing tall with people cheering for you and you shouting “I am amazing” over and again. Keep picturing the image so every time you think that thought the image automatically comes.

Join the Images

Both the negative and positive mental imaged now need to be chained together in your mind. The first scene needs to morph into the second scene, still exaggerating as much as possible. For example start with everyone pointing at you in your silly clothes, and you shouting “I’m stupid”, and then maybe someone throws something at you which hits you and makes you wake up. Then you can rip your clothes off to find stylish clothes underneath, and you run to the stage and shout “I’m amazing”. Keep picturing the full image in your mind and try to make it a quick thought, ideally less than one second.

Testing

Now it is time to test your thoughts, what should happen is when you think of the negative thought it is automatically replaced with the positive one. If you have done everything right, your mind will know what to do, and the negative thought will always be covered by the positive thought, without you even being fully aware. If this is your first time doing visualizations, it may take a few minutes or more to go through the process. But every time you practice you can get faster, and it can even be done in seconds once your mind is trained.

Wiping away negative thoughts is a process and easy once you are used to it. Try and experiment with different imagery types as some may be more effective than others, for example in the first person and third person. Once you have redirected one negative thought, try to do it with all of your negative thoughts to change to the pattern. You will feel that you have more control over your mind and empower your life. Then you can always be a positive thinker without even trying and enjoy your life without dwelling on unnecessary thoughts that hold you back.

Top 5 Reasons to Love Your Life

image of loving life 1Life can be amazing but only if you want it to be. There are endless opportunities for different people, places and unique experiences. To be truly happy, you have to find yourself and realize that your life is a precious gift that only you can turn into your fairytale.

The way to find happiness is a positive mind, someone that lives for today with both imagination and truth. It is not difficult to change your mindset, just be aware and don’t let things get you down. Life will forever throw challenges, but there will always be something positive to learn and grow from.

Living every day with good thoughts, great people and amazing experiences is the best way, let go of the negatives, travel and grab on to opportunities and you will see how life can be lived.

A lot of my inspiration comes from The Art of Happiness blog. It’s definitely worth your time!

1. Determination

As human beings, we have been given many gifts of strength and willpower. No matter what happens we always have a way to get back up, dust ourselves off and start again. Without challenges, we will never grow, and we can surprise ourselves and others around us. Seeing people rise from the biggest problems is inspiring and gives us all hope, something that is very important.

2. Living in the Now

Every moment we are given is a chance for an experience, and we can do whatever we want with it. Worrying about the past and future is unnecessary and must be left alone for the chance to appreciate the present time. Living in the now is the way to feel satisfied and at peace with life.

3. Creating Memories

Each minute we have now is an opportunity to create memories in the future. Trying new and amazing things will be special moments in your life that will never be forgotten about. Look back, smile and keep the stories for the future.

image of loving life 24. Eternal Opportunities

There are no struggles in life, only opportunities so you can develop. Every day we find chances to meet new people, travel to new places, find independence, get jobs, earn money, overcome fear and frustration. Just realize what they are, be brave and grab on to these opportunities.

5. Fascinating People & Places

It is a lot more to life than just work, home and the people around us. The world is our oyster, and we are lucky that travelling is so easy now. Visiting new places with different cultures and traditions will open your eyes to the world we live in, not just your bubble you have always known. Going on adventures is a blessing, climb a mountain, snorkel the coral reefs, jump out of a plane, there are endless experiences out there just waiting.

The world is not just full of incredible places; there are also millions of pretty cool people out there too. Meeting new people is inspiring; you will find endless individuals that are intelligent, daring, cheerful and fearless. Some will encourage you to do something exciting, others will tell stories that you can learn from, and there will be the special ones that you will never forget and find a place in your heart. Having someone in your life that is positive and enjoying their life is a great way to start enjoying yours.

Don’t waste any time, start loving your life today.

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