In a world filled with negativity, it can be challenge to staying motivated and positive. However, it is crucial to remain optimistic, regardless of the situations we face. As Robert Tew, an American businessman, once said, “Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.”
We all have experienced moments when we feel motivated, inspired, and full of ideas. However, after a few days, we give up, and nothing happens. This phenomenon can be discouraging, and we may wonder why it happens.
Staying motivated and energized, it is essential to start by asking ourselves three critical questions:
- What do I want to achieve today?
- What steps have I taken today to get closer to my goals?
- What can I do right now that will move me towards my goals?
Honest answers to these questions can help us focus and energize us for the day’s activities. However, we must understand that we are responsible for generating positive energy and keeping ourselves motivated. As American author and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Different things motivate different people. Therefore, it is essential to identify what motivates us individually.
The following self-improvement tips can guide us towards staying motivated and positive:
1. Set Aside Time for Yourself Every Day.
It is essential to practice self-care by scheduling time for ourselves every day. We should set aside moments when we are not answering calls, scrolling through social media, responding to emails, or watching our favorite movies. As American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Richard Branson once said, “Most people have forgotten how to take time for themselves. It is essential to remember that every now and then, you have to stop climbing and enjoy the view.”
2. Reward Yourself for Every Little Thing.
We must set little milestones in our lives, such as finishing an assignment on time. We can reward ourselves by watching our favorite show or buying our favorite coffee. However, self-rewards do not always have to involve money or be time-consuming. Simple things such as standing up and telling ourselves that we are capable can go a long way in boosting our morale.
3. Surround Yourself with Positive-Minded People.
Surrounding ourselves with positive-minded people can give us the extra push we need to get through the day. As American author and motivational speaker, Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Therefore, it is crucial to have positive people in our lives who can lift us when we are down.
4. Help Others.
Helping others can bring an unusual feeling of joy and create a positive influence in people’s lives. As American businessman and author, Zig Ziglar once said, “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
5. Visualize Yourself Succeeding.
Visualizing ourselves succeeding can help us stay motivated and positive. Taking a few minutes every morning or evening to picture ourselves succeeding can give us the drive to overcome challenges. As American entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Tony Robbins once said, “All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So, how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pleasure with the new belief.”
6. Starve Your Distractions.
Distractions can prevent us from achieving our goals. Therefore, it is crucial to starve them. It is easy to find things that will capture our attention and keep us away from what we should be doing. When we don’t feed our distractions, we get more time to focus on what truly matters to us, and we can achieve our goals more efficiently. As American author and speaker, Brendon Burchard once said, “No distraction can hold us back when we have a burning desire to succeed.”
Staying motivated and positive in a negative world can be challenging, but it is crucial to our success. By practicing self-care, rewarding ourselves, surrounding ourselves with positive people, helping others, visualizing our success, and starving our distractions, we can overcome any challenge and achieve our goals. As American entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Brian Tracy once said, “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”