A wise man once said “Never complain about where you are in life because you are the reason you are where you are.” As grim as that may sound at first, this is actually a good thing. It means that we have the power to turn it all around. Changing your life may sound like a massive chore but the truth is, it all lies with your daily habits. If you focus on changing your habits, you can ensure you will maintain this new lifestyle for good. Many people assume that you must wait for motivation to come knocking on your door before you can improve your life, but you’ll be waiting a long time. It is too inconsistent to rely on a mood booster to make a difference. Enhancing your mood requires a good amount of self-discipline. It is your habits and attitude that help you find daily motivation. So, on that note, check out these useful tips to find and maintain the motivation to live the life you want.
Start A Refreshing Morning Routine
How you start the day dictates how you end the day. If the first thing you do in the morning is reach for your phone and allow yourself to be bombarded with overwhelming news, this will affect your mental capacity throughout the rest of the day. You no longer have control of your thoughts because you are absorbing so much information at once. You have already lost control over your mood for the day. However, if we put the phone down and start the day with more refreshing habits, we will gain control over the day. You don’t need to replace this bad habit with much either; you can simply sit and enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast, gather your thoughts, take a shower, or go for a walk. All of these options are a better way to regulate your emotions.
Include A Morning Stretch
Exercise is a great mood booster so there are many reasons why physical activity should be a habit you implement. It will help reduce anxiety and depression while giving you the energy you need to tackle the day. However, you don’t have to go as far as becoming a highly active individual that goes for a run every morning; there are ways to get these benefits with a slower-paced morning. A morning stretch is all you need to improve circulation and to pump you up. Some people opt for a little 10-minute morning yoga stretch, some do a few stretches while they’re still in bed. It’s a little habit that can make a world of difference.
Practice Positive Self Talk
This is very important. Being able to control your thoughts rather than allowing them to control you is essential. Many of us aren’t even aware of just how negative our self-talk can be. We don’t realize how hard we are on ourselves and, as a result, we wonder why we struggle to find motivation. Reading daily affirmations is a good way to get started; these quotes are great examples of how you can reprogram your mind and find inspiration. Breathing techniques are another great way to absorb affirmations. You’ll quickly start to have more empathy for yourself and your self-talk will change. Then, when negative thoughts become intrusive, you will be able to replace them with a more positive way of thinking that actually serves you and your goals.
Write Down Your Goals and Plans
Writing down your goals helps you visualize your dreams as a reality. It also makes it easier for you to actually devise a plan to achieve them. Moreover, vision boards can aid as motivation; if you look at your goals daily, you will be reminded of why you must stick to your daily habits. Since it is best to focus on the short-term goals (daily habits) over the long-term ones (end goals), it’s good to have your goals written down or displayed somewhere so that you can be reminded of what you’re working towards.
Sometimes, our surroundings affect how motivated we are, and since we are all a work-in-progress, we don’t always have the emotional strength to override our negative mindset. There are a few ways you can find inspiration in this case. First, observe how cluttered your home is; you could struggle to maintain a clear head if your home isn’t organized. Studies show that our surroundings gravely affect how we operate. Then, give yourself a breath of fresh air; sometimes all you need is a change of scenery. Perhaps it is working in the same environment that makes everything stagnant. Going to a cafe, taking a walk in the park, or simply listening to music can help you find inspiration again.
Understand The Importance of Rest
Another bad habit we struggle to break is believing that we must be thinking of our goals all the time in order to succeed. In fact, this is a common misconception, which is why so many people end up abandoning their goals. The truth is, your happiest self is the person that is going to achieve your goals, not your overworked, mentally-drained self. Rest is exactly what you need to get back on the horse and stay motivated. In fact, more often than not, it is during that rest period that you find inspiration to improve your life. Reading a book and getting a good night’s sleep can provide you with more confidence and motivation than constantly harping on yourself to be better.
Celebrate The Little Things
Self-awareness is the key to improving your life. And too many of us are only aware of the things we did wrong, rather than the things we did right. Celebrate every little accomplishment that is helping you become the best you. If you broke a pattern and managed to change your behavior in a situation that would normally trigger you, you have already improved your life and you should be proud of that.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to improve your career, relationships, or skills, it all starts with you. When you focus on making yourself happy and healthy, everything else will be impacted. The reason improving your life starts with daily habits is because it’s these habits that are going to change your attitude. And once you change your attitude, you become more resilient. Remember, it’s not about being hard on yourself every time you aren’t exactly where you want to be, it’s about being patient enough to know that you will get back on track and remain motivated to get there.
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