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15 Most Motivational Things That Can Inspire Anyone

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15 Most Motivational Things That Can Inspire Anyone

No two people have the exact same thoughts on what is or is not motivating. However, there are a few things that are globally considered to be motivational. When people area asked questions such as:

  • What movie inspires you?
  • Who touches you with their life story?
  • When you are feeling down, what song do you look for on Spotify?
  • If you could read one motivational book, which would it be?
  • If you had to create a cross-stitch sticker of an inspirational quote to hang on your office wall, what would it be?

There are answers that come up over and over again. So, to that end, here is the ultimate list of motivational things by GrabMyEssay blog.

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Most Motivational Things Ever

    The Most Motivational Book Read by Go-Getters

    Stephen Covey’s classic “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is the clear winner here. However, “Awaken the Giant Within”, by Anthony Robbins is another great choice. It did not make the list, but “How to Win Friends and Influence People” also made a decent showing.

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    The Best Movie to Watch When You Need to be Inspired

    There is nothing more motivational than a man, who in spite of being locked in prison for over a decade, still manages to appreciate beauty. This is why “The Shawshank Redemption” is the most motivational film ever. We also love “My Left Foot”, the inspirational story of a severely disabled young man.

    The Person Whose Life Story Should Inspire Everybody

    There are several people who came very close to winning in this category. However, at the end of the day, Stephen Hawking is the most inspirational human being due to his extraordinary ability to contribute to science, entertainment, and culture for decades while suffering from a debilitating motor neuron disease. There are definitely others who will have as great an influence as Mr. Hawkins did. Malala is certainly one of these people. Her courage has inspired women and girls around the world, and it has stirred a movement encouraging brave young girls to get an education.

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    The Quote that Every Single Person Should Tape to their Office Door

    “I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work” – Thomas Edison. Edison has many famous quotes that have been repeated multiple times over the years. This particular quote demonstrates his famous ability to combine ironic humor with encouraging motivation. The great boxer Muhammad Ali and Walt Disney are two other sources of great, inspirational quotes.

    The Ultimate Motivational Song

    There can be no other. This song has an intense build up, passionate lyrics about failing and getting up and trying again, a driving beat, a great chorus, and rapper Eminem’s signature machine-gun delivery. “Lose Yourself”, by Eminem is the ultimate motivational song. This was hard to determine, as some people are motivated by lyrics, and other by beat, volume, and tempo.

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    Would your list of the ultimate motivational things be different? That’s great. Everybody should come up with their own lists of what inspires and motivates them. Then, they should make sure that they keep those things close to them.

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    Last Updated on October 21, 2021

    How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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    How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

    Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

    Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

    The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

    Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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    Program Your Own Algorithms

    Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

    Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

    By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

    How to Form a Ritual

    I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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    Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

    1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
    2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
    3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
    4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

    Ways to Use a Ritual

    Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

    1. Waking Up

    Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

    2. Web Usage

    How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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    3. Reading

    How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

    4. Friendliness

    Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

    5. Working

    One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

    6. Going to the gym

    If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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    7. Exercise

    Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

    8. Sleeping

    Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

    8. Weekly Reviews

    The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

    Final Thoughts

    We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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