5 Ways to Motivate Yourself Daily – PART TWO

Part 2 of 5

I decided to break this topic up into 5 parts to allow me to share some deeper thoughts that I have on each individual tip and to make it easier to digest for you, the reader. So let’s get started.

In part #1, we talked about the importance of having a morning and evening routine as a way to help you motivate yourself. If you’re well rested and able to start each day with a clear-cut plan, taking the steps needed to reach your goals become so much easier! Let’s move on to the next step:

#2 – Make a vision board

A vision board is a powerful tool that will help remind you daily (several times a day in fact) of your dreams and desires. It is a collage of images and/or words that represent your goals in a very real and visual form. These images and words can be things you cut out from magazines. They can be handwritten quotes or statements that inspire you. Drawings. Anything that triggers your mind to see the end result of your hard work should go onto your vision board. By having these reminders all in one place, it is easier for you visualize and manifest them into your life.

If you have a cork bulletin board at home you can use that, or buy some poster board or foam board from a craft store (or the Dollar Store to save some money!) and start collecting images and text from magazines, or print out related inspirational ideas from web sites. Are you artistic? Draw or paint your dreams. Save positive notes from friends and family. Once you have your collection of inspiration, add them to your board! You can create a backdrop on your board if you’d like and add your items on top of that. Arrange the items in whatever way feels good to you and will make you smile – and feel happy and inspired – every time you look at it! 

I suggest having several vision boards for different goals. If for example you have a goal to run a marathon, make one board that includes words and images specific to that purpose.

A runner breaking through the tape at the finish line. A fitness chart outlining a training routine you might want to follow. A map of the route of the upcoming race.

Do the same for other goals. Is there a certain job you want? Fill that vision board with things specific to that line of work. Want a new car or home? Same thing. You get the idea.

Place these vision boards in locations that will allow you to notice them throughout the day. The more you see your dreams in images and words, the easier it will be to keep them in your mind’s eye which will result in having them manifest into reality. I think placing the vision boards that relate to achieving health goals in a place where you spend time exercising or meditating for example is a great idea! If your vision boards are related to finding your dream job, place them in an area where you will see them when you are getting ready for work every day, or maybe in your home office if you do a lot of work from home. Dreaming of that new car? Place your vision board for that goal on the door to the garage or in the area where you keep your car keys so that you see it every time you are leaving the house.

If you have never watched the movie “The Secret”, I suggest you check it out. The movie outlines the steps required to achieve anything in your life. Success in business, financial freedom, relationships, etc.

Here are links to the movie and the book, both found on Amazon:

The book (available in paperback and hardcover): https://amzn.to/34DVWyr

The video (available to rent or buy): https://amzn.to/2EA0j2N

I hope you found some helpful information in today’s post. Be sure to come back on Wednesday for part #3 of our five part series “5 Ways to Motivate Yourself Daily”.

Thoughts shared by Kris

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself Daily – PART ONE

Part 1 of 5

I decided to break this topic up into 5 parts to allow me to share some deeper thoughts that I have on each individual tip and to make it easier to digest for you, the reader. So let’s get started.

Now that you’ve decided to start something new, whether it is writing a blog, starting a new exercise routine, or eating better, you’re going to need help staying on track, staying motivated to continue doing those things on a regular basis. Here are 5 things that I find helpful to keep me motivated to accomplish the goals that I have set.

#1 – Have a regular morning AND evening routine

The way you start and end your day goes a long way toward you accomplishing your goals. Having a set routine that you do every morning takes the guesswork out of waking up! You know that you’ll be getting out of bed at the same time, having a healthy and nutritious breakfast, maybe spending a few minutes stretching or meditating and taking care of yourself before you step outside of your house to face the world. This in and of itself might take some extra motivation! It’s never an easy thing to get up an hour or so earlier than you have to (I for one feel the most comfortable and as though I’m getting the best rest just when that alarm goes off!), but sticking to this morning routine will eventually become your new normal and you won’t think of it as a chore.

For a little inspiration here, read the book by Robin Sharma, The 5 AM Club. His book is based on a morning routine that has helped his clients “maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity.” 

I borrowed this book from my local library but it is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and hard copy formats. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/the5amclub

Having an evening routine can help ensure your new morning routine is a success! Start by making sure you are eating a healthy dinner, and limit your alcohol intake! My wife and I both quit drinking several years ago and I can say from personal experience that we both sleep better and, most mornings, wake up feeling well rested and refreshed. It’s also a good idea to put a limit on your after dinner snacking. Try to not eat anything after 8:00 PM, and make sure if you are prone to snacking that you make good choices (no, a half a bag of chips is not a good choice!). This is an area where I struggle because I love to snack while catching up on YouTube channels that we follow, and my snack of choice? Cheese and crackers! Popcorn is a close second with a bowl of granola and oat milk coming in third. 

Another thing you can do every evening is to stop looking at your phone or other mobile device about 30 minutes before you plan on going to sleep. This helps your brain to relax and will make falling asleep much easier. Think about all the things our brains absorb subconsciously – especially today! I’m writing this in the fall of 2020 and our social media and news feeds are filled with Covid-19 doom and gloom, cities across the nation holding protests (some in actual riot status) due to the BLM movement, there’s a heated political climate (on both sides) as we gear up for our presidential election in November … 

Even though you think you can tune most of this our, your brain is constantly at work.

Filling your mind with such information moments before turning off the light to go to sleep does not allow enough of a break for your brain to say “OK. I can switch to rest mode now and put my energy into making sure this human I’m in charge of gets some good quality sleep”.

So unless you plan on falling asleep to some sound wave therapy, turn off your devices folks.

Having a set time to go to sleep every night is just as important as having a set time to get up every morning. This sets the stage for success and, I believe, is key to the whole process. Just like getting up early every morning might take a little motivation itself, making sure you are in bed and ready to go to sleep at the same time every day will take some self discipline and daily motivation as well. The distractions at bedtime can be numerous – you might really want to watch one more episode of that series you’re currently binge watching, the kids might be restless and need something, you’ve been sucked into your Facebook feed (put the phone down!), etc. Decide on a time for “lights out” and stick to it.

I hope you found some helpful information in today’s post. Be sure to come back on Wednesday for part #2 of our five part series “5 Ways to Motivate Yourself Daily”. 

Thoughts shared by Kris