Four Smart And Simple Ways To Motivate Yourself

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There’s a lot you want to achieve this year. 2019 is a big year, and to make it happen this year you need to push yourself just a little bit harder than last year. You want to see results, right? So you’ll be setting goals and then working solidly towards them, if you haven’t started already.

Playtime is over, as they say. One thing that’s changed my life this year is realizing that I’m perfectly capable of achieving anything I want to, as long as I break it down and work on it a little at a time, not frantically all at once. I realized that plenty of successful women stretch themselves thin, they work so hard trying to become the best versions of themselves, but they don’t feel overworked.

They achieve what they want to without any excuses. If you’re hitting February feeling a little defeated, don’t worry. Consider us your doctor, here to prescribe you a dose of much-needed motivation!

 

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MEGHAN MARKLE’S HEADPHONE TRICK

To motivate yourself, you need to play some music that gets you going. For me it’s Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore. For you, it might be Eye Of The Tiger. If you really want to get it together this year, create a playlist that motivates you to get out of bed (or off the couch) and make it happen.

Meghan Markle shared her motivational morning playlist on her lifestyle website, The Tig, saying “Turn these tracks on as you’re getting ready in the morning when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or during your next evening celebration.” The music in her headphones encourages her to get up early in the morning, show up to her yoga class, and go for a run, even when she’s not feeling like it. Her top tracks included the Jackson Five and Janelle Monae.

According to the Journal of Science “Focusing on a favorite song combats de-motivating brain signals associated with fatigue or boredom.”  A powerful song can change your mood instantly.  Music can be fun and uplifting or comforting and melancholy.  In fact, “Music’s energizing effects comes from its ability to engage the body’s sympathetic nervous system. The activation of this system readies the body for action whenever we face a challenge in our environment.”

 

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LET YOURSELF BE INSPIRED

To get yourself motivated you likely need a good old fashioned talking to. I know from experience how easy it is to talk myself out of something, particularly working out, so you need someone (or something) that’s going to change your mind and reverse that procrastination effect. I recommend Will Smith’s video on self-discipline to start with.

Create a playlist of videos that motivate you, it could be transformation videos, or simply inspiring people yelling at you to get it done. This video is inspiring as it’ll remind you that the only person stopping you from doing anything in life is you. Psychology Today notes that if you let your motivation run out when the video does, you won’t achieve anything. But if you remember “Life-changing inspiration verily forces its way out of us, demanding that we take action. That is the inspiration that propels people to monumental acts of courage, willpower, perseverance, and, ultimately, change.”

It needs to come from you, but it can be helped along by people like Will Smith.

 

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WRITE AN ACTION PLAN

Did you know, you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down, properly. If you break them down into steps that you can actually achieve and write them up in a way that allows you to tackle them one step at a time, instead of trying to rush to get a huge goal accomplished in a short space of time. One prime example of this is people who give themselves weight loss goals. To lose x by y. Sounds good right? But it never works, because it’s too long-term. Write it down in a different way, what are you going to do this week? This month? Today?

A planner like the Getting Stuff Done planner will allow you to track your daily plans, and the little ways you’re working towards your goals. It’ll keep you motivated to eat right, to workout, to drink enough water, stay on top of your savings and stick to a plan. Find it here and start planning your life properly.

 

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EDIT YOUR BAD DIET

There’s a quote, ‘the mind grows by what it feeds on’ and that’s so true. This year, you need to eat the right things if you want to stay motivated, in control, and smash your goals. At the end of 2019, you want to look back and be so proud of everything you’ve done.

There’s only so much motivation you can give yourself, most of it comes from within. And actually, there are a lot of meals that are super motivating, for various reasons. Firstly, Tuna contains 69% of your daily dose of vitamin B6 which is linked to motivation and positivity. Spinach and whole grains are actually pretty damn good for motivating you, too. Giving your body the nutrients it needs and feeding yourself from the inside out is the best way to get ahead of the day.

 

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