5 thoughts to keep your motivation up on hazy, hot and muggy days

“Our most beautiful moments are most likely to occur when we are deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. Because only in such moments, driven by our uneasiness, are we likely to step out of our rut and start searching other ways or truer answers.” M. Scott Peck – The “road less traveled”

1. Manage your thoughts – Use positive self-talk. When you’re not in your own corner don’t expect others to be. Bombard yourself with positive thoughts; Do this consciously and the thoughts will eventually enter your subconscious and become a part of your being. Everything we see or hear affects us. Positive books, note cards and other reminders are helpful for getting and staying motivated.

2. Focus your enthusiasm on goals. Do not let this great goal overwhelm you in the future. Sit down and write down your goals, why you want to achieve them, and the steps you need to take to achieve them. Set long-term goals and then break them down into medium-term and short-term goals. Next, develop plans for what you must do to complete each goal by a specific date. By breaking down each big goal into smaller ones, you’re likely to make further progress and achieve those big wins.

3. Manage the environment. They create and maintain an environment conducive to sustained motivation. Create a work environment that energizes you and surround yourself with positive, goal-oriented, and self-motivated people.

4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise will make you feel better and keep fatigue and low morale from derailing you.

5. Make and honor commitments. Consistently keeping commitments to yourself and others is key to living a fulfilling life and achieving goals during those dog days of summer.

If you’re still struggling, remember that your deepest motivation starts in your brain. Neurotransmitters trigger chemical messages to keep you alert and ready for action. Things like meditation, self-reflection, and mindfulness can help stimulate pathways in your brain. They can also help you gain clarity to identify and understand the ideas or goals that mean the deepest to you, or your “big why”..”

When you can define your “Big Why”.‘ Your deeds and actions will be filled with more purpose and meaning. You feel calmer and make fewer mistakes. Most importantly, you have the motivation to make the transition from idea to action in your personal, professional, and spiritual life.

With these guidelines, you can step out of the hazy, hot, and humid environment and into the clearer, cooler life you’ve been dreaming of all summer.

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