Motivate Yourself and Change Your Life
The reality is that the only person that is able to motivate yourself is you. Of course, you can be given incentives by others to improve yourself, but it is always your own responsibility to actually use those incentives to make a difference. Let’s take a look at 5 fantastic tips that will help you take charge of yourself and your own life. There is a huge untapped potential within you, and with these tips, you should be able to unleash that.
You have to make sure that you get off to a good start every day.
“This means getting up early and eating breakfast. You will have much more energy throughout the day to follow the rest of these tips if you do!” Top 10 Tips for Self-Improvement
Besides having a healthy and nutritious breakfast, you could also do some light exercise on the morning. If you have a family, make sure everyone is joined at the breakfast table, so you can start your day together. Remember that you have been to sleep the night before in order to recharge your batteries, but other batteries within you will have been depleted due to that period of sleep. You need to ease yourself back into your waking day, so you are better able to harness the benefits of the sleep you had, allowing you to be ready to face the rest of your day.
2 – Identify Your Comfort Zone and Break Through It
We all have a comfort zone and by its definition, that is exactly where we like to be. However, unleashing your inner potential is about taking risks and daring to do things outside of that area where you feel comfortable.
“The greatest barrier to achieving your potential is your comfort zone. Great things happen when you make friends with your discomfort zone.” 10 Terrific Self Motivating Tips
It is about believing in yourself, after all, which is a huge part of self-improvement. You have to be willing to do things you have never done before, otherwise you won’t improve yourself but rather remain fully stagnant. Doing this feels weird and, as you may expect, uncomfortable, but once you have dared to take that plunge, the rewards you will reap from it are tremendous.
3 – The Pareto Principle
There is actually real science behind self-motivation, and you need to learn to understand the Pareto principle, also known as the law of 80/20.
“Basically it states that the majority of the effects are created by a minority of the causes. For example, the minority of books that are launched each year make the majority of the sales.” Self Improvement Tips
So how does this apply to improving and motivating yourself? Basically, it means that only 20% of the things you actually do lead to 80% of the improvement you see in your life. As such, you need to identify what your good habits are, and how these lead to improvement. Figure out how you can include more of the good habits in your life, because these are the ones that actually lead to the improvement and motivation you are after.
4 – Smile a Lot
Positive energy leads to positive change. If you are happy with yourself and inside yourself, you will see more positive things coming to you. Smiling is an expression of positivity and you need to use this as much as possible. Not just that, smiling is infectious and you will be able to help others as well.
“It’s really that simple. This will not only lift your spirits as you see a good many people smile back, but it will lift other people’s as well. Even the ones who are too shy to smile back.”
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Smiling, and laughing, are incredibly healthy as well. They release endorphins, the happiness hormones, and these also give you a clearer mind. When you can view things in a positive light, it becomes much easier to see how you can make these same things even better. The opposite is much easier to understand: when you view things in a negative light, it feels as if it will be impossible to make any sort of significant change.
5 – Be Persistent
They say that patience is a virtue, and this is absolutely true. It is also very closely linked to persistence. We seem to expect results straight away, and no longer have the patience to wait for these results. Because of this, if one of our efforts doesn’t deliver immediate change, we often give up on it, rather than being patient enough to keep going so that we can eventually reap the rewards.
“Persistence will ultimately provide its own motivation. If you simply keep taking action, you’ll eventually get results, and results can be very motivating.” Self-Discipline: Persistence
Did you know that most people who operate at what is known as the genius level do so because they spent hours and hours studying, reading and trying things out? Yes, they were born with a greater level of intelligence, but not with a greater level of knowledge. Had they not persisted at gaining that knowledge, they would not be able to operate at the genius level they have reached.
There are various other tips, but self-improvement is about approaching your life in a holistic way. It is about actions that you can take within yourself to make you happier and healthier overall, but it is just as much about taking positive action to improve the external factors in your life. Take risks, go the extra mile, set yourself goals, and you will soon start to see notable improvements.
Naturally, incentives are also highly beneficial, but sometimes you simply have to do things for yourself. If you don’t have an employer who gives you incentives to grow, you need to take charge and grab the bull by the horns yourself. Recognize your abilities and build on those in order to advance your life, both personally and professionally. Approach all of those efforts with a positive mind and perhaps even use positive affirmations (such as “I am great at what I do”) to keep yourself motivated. Remember to identify your good habits and positive points and you will go very far.