6 Proven Ways to Motivate Yourself Every Day
It happened to me this morning. No motivation to write, to get moving, to work on my goals – just an overall state of blah. I felt off. I couldn’t seem to pull myself out of a low-grade funk. What could I do to motivate myself? I decided to go back to the basics of what I’ve learned about motivation. I practiced what I’m preaching below – and it worked.
OUR EMOTIONS CAN BE BIG FAT LIARS
Our emotions are precarious rascals. They can often lead us astray, lie to us, compel us to give up and take the easy route. They can convince us that our dreams won’t come true, we won’t live a happy life, and that the next disaster is waiting just around the corner. That’s what emotions can do when they rule us, but we must rule them. It’s the key to seeing the most important things we desire in life become reality.
Most emotions are coming from information our brains are receiving. If we wake up dreading the day or telling ourselves we don’t want to face what is ahead, guess what the corresponding emotion will be? It’s almost like a self-fulfilling prophecy. The reason this is true is because of the neurotransmitters that spark the chemicals being released in our brains that tell us what to feel. The release of dopamine in our brains is a key factor in the determination of our motivation. Add these things below to your daily morning diet and you will be sure to increase your levels of motivation everyday and feel completely different about seeing your goals and dreams become realities.
Find simple ways to manage your mood.
The mistake most goal setting courses and productivity systems make is this – they fail to consider how our emotions affect every single thing we do. Why is this important? Because of how our brains are structured which I discuss above. This is also why it is so critical to learn how to increase positive emotions in our lives. These 6 simple things can be game changers to increase our motivation.
(1) Don’t check your email first thing in the morning. If you do, you are allowing other people’s lives and agendas to control your motivation. Most of the time, you’ll read about bad news, arguments, tragedies – you’ll start comparing yourself to others, and all of these things will not help you start your day focused and motivated.
(2) Drink a 16 oz glass of water as soon as you wake up. There are numerous studies that prove the benefits to this simple practice. This helps you: increase your level of alertness, refuel your brain, fight sickness and jump-start your metabolism. A ton of benefit for something so simple.
(3) Exercise. I know you don’t feel like it, but studies prove that even a little exercise in the morning transforms the way you feel. You will boost endorphins, your energy levels will go up, you’ll be healthier, and less stressed throughout the entire day.
(4) Review your goals and priorities. Designing your life is extremely important in determining where you are going. Less than 3% of people live out of a personal vision and mission statement but the most successful people in life do. It was fascinating for me to read that 5 of the most successful CEO’s on the planet choose to live their lives out of a personal vision. As you start your day your focus should be on accomplishing the most important things that get you closer to your life vision – every single morning. This Forbes article talks more in depth about goals and why they are so important.
(5) Meditate. The benefits of meditation have been proven in thousands of studies you can find here and here. They are numerous: a longer life, more relaxation, increased focus, improved health, clearer thinking, and a profound sense of happiness. I choose to meditate around meaningful Biblical scriptures particularly in the Psalms and Proverbs.
(6) Music. Music has incredible power to release motivating neurotransmitters in our brains. The key is to find music that motivates you the most. There is also science behind this truth and you can read further in this article called, The Neuroscience of Music, Mindset and Motivation.
One truth I learned some time ago that has proven itself is this: EITHER YOU LEAD YOUR LIFE OR SOMEONE (or something) ELSE WILL LEAD IF FOR YOU. Our lives are too important to leave to chance. When you don’t wake up and have a plan, you will be subjected to the first wind that blows across your sail. But, if you are PROACTIVE and you set a plan to be motivated and focus on the things that are important to you – nothing will stand in the way of your dreams!
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