“We create our lives a thought at a time. And sometimes, it comes down to changing a thought such as “Why did this happen to me?” into “There is a divine plan and there is a reason for this, and my choice is to create the most positive reaction I can.” – Dee Wallace Stone
You know that positive thinking and positive action attracts positive things. But you also know that it is not possible to stay motivated and positive all the time.
You constantly need to check your thoughts as busy activities make you forget your dreams and goals at times. In other words, live a motivated life and you will feel that your life has improved.
Here are some ideas to increase your motivation and improve your life:
1. Get Close To Positive Energy
Be Friends with Happy People: Associate yourself with positive and happy people. Their enthusiasm for life is contagious. Positive and optimistic people will uplift your spirits and help you through challenging times. We all know people that just seem to have a negative vibe that floats around them and sometimes these people are family. While you might think it is easier just to stay clear that just isn’t always possible.
There are a couple things to help you stay positive in less than ideal circumstances:
Go to your happy place – yes really! If you know you are going to have to spend time around negative people, spend time before in your happy place. Even 15 minutes will shore up your positive vibes.
Set your intentions – Make a decision before hand and visualize how confident you will be in your own positive space. Visualize a glowing shield around your body extending out 2-3 feet around you, do this for 10-15 minutes each day and any time you are feeling negative vibes. I used to use this strategy often when I was riding public transit in the city.
2. Never Give Up
Don’t ever give up. We will not fail if we keep trying. Work hard at what you want to achieve and never let negative thoughts cloud your mind. Have faith in yourself. I spend time daily in quiet meditation and visualization, always focusing on my end result. What my life will be like when my goals have been completed.
During difficult times, you will find ways to keep your spirits up and keep moving forward. Remember, if you think positively, you will get positive results. And if you think negatively, you will get negative results.
3. Reflect On Success
There are going to be some days that will take every will power to feel motivated and move forward. What can you do? Reflect on what is happening in your life and what you can learn from it. Look back on how far you’ve come. Think of past accomplishments that make you feel good and proud of. List down all your achievements, both personal and professional, and know your worth. Don’t forget the little achievements too. These are proofs that you have made good use of your time and energy.
4. Don’t Wait, Do It Now
While it’s important to work within your plan, don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you make that move. Don’t be in limbo, waiting for perfection that will never be. If you’re waiting for a shining moment of excitement, it isn’t going to happen. Stop waiting for it.
Work within your plan and take that first step. Frustration sets in when you make all the plans you want, make lists, detail every step, but take no action. You have to MAKE it happen. Take Inspired Action and repeat the action process again tomorrow.
5. Take Time To Relax Too
It is critical to take time off. We need rest and relaxation every now and then. Rest, by itself, is a great motivator. We are so busy that we can forget to relax and recharge. Even a weekend away from work, studying or watching kids can be good. You need to recharge those “batteries”, refresh your attitude, and renew your commitment to yourself. Without sufficient rest and relaxation, you will burn out fast. Taking time off from work is essential to your mental, physical, and emotional health.
To live the life you want to live, action is required. Take these simple ideas to create and improve the life you have always wanted. Start Today.