I am a glass half-full kinda guy. But I must admit that these days, with everything that we have going on in our lives, it is hard to stay motivated. Staying motivated becomes a herculean task when we lose sight of some of the bad habits we pick up along the way. In your struggle against the dark side, here are 3 habits that you should absolutely keep in check.
When things go well, we tend to thrive and make progress in tackling the wonderful goals and aspirations we set for ourselves. Unfortunately, life has a way of testing our resolve, especially when things go wrong. In those moments, we may feel like we are failing and that life is working against us. Consequently, we become vulnerable to negative thoughts and self-doubt. We may even give up on our dreams and aspirations. That’s when negativity starts to take hold. We doubt ourselves and our abilities to succeed. Our self-esteem and self-worth takes a beating.
Negativity is one of the biggest threats to motivation and success. It is also contagious to those around us and can poison our relationships, even the strongest ones. So how do you stop negativity? You counter it with a generous dose of positivity! The best and quickest way to get that positivity is to immerse yourself with things that make you immediately feel happy. Make time for your primary hobby. Change your scenery by going out with a group of friends. Sometimes, just leaving the house and breaking the routine can make a big difference in how you feel. Attend an event in your area. Watch a motivational video. Start a fun project to get your mind off the things that are not working so well and focus on the ones that are.
Inactivity has many negative effects on us. It affects our motivation, our health and by extension our goals. It is no secret that for most of us, inactivity causes a number of challenges. When you are less active, your body begins to settle into a negative routine. It makes it physically painful for your to even go up 2 flights of stairs. Research has shown that there is a link between inactivity and certain mental health conditions, including feeling depressed. Worse of all, your motivation suffers. Without motivation, you will only do the minimum necessary to live your life: go to work, eat, drink, sleep. Repeat. For those of us who wish to reach new heights for ourselves and our families, this is a bad thing!
Luckily, inactivity is quite easy to fix. Even walking 20 to 30 minutes a few times a week will drastically help. Ideally, joining a gym is the way to go. But if that’s not an appealing option for you, there are clever ways of tricking yourself into exercising. Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Park on the far side of the grocery store parking lot. Go to outdoor events – you could easily walk for an hour without realizing it. Get an accountability partner to hold you accountable and keep you on track. Needless to say that it also makes it more difficult to keep a healthy weight. This is why every good diet program out there will recommend healthy eating AND at least 20 minutes of activity a day.
Many studies have been done over the years, showing that the most successful people are those who have very active routines. They generally wake up in the morning, exercise, meditate, pray or have some kind of ritual (religious or not) before taking on their day. Our brain is designed to reward us when we do something it likes.
3. Associating with the Wrong People
It takes effort to keep a positive mindset and believe in your ability to do great things. Sadly, not everyone thinks that way. Some people have a very negative outlook on life. If you happen to socialize with people who don’t see the need to push themselves to achieve more, it will start rubbing off on you. Groupthink, which is the tendency for a group of people to think and act alike, leading to a lack of creativity, is a real phenomenon. If you have a passion for achieving great many things, seek out people who believe that their contributions to society matters and that it is not just about surviving, it is also about thriving.
So, routinely re-evaluate your situation in life. Make an effort to see the world in a positive light and trust that the tough times will pass. Get your heart pumping and, most of all, cut ties with the “Debbie downers” in your life and surround yourself with people who, like you, believe in achieving the impossible!
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