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5 Life Changes That Will Make You Jump Out of Bed Every Morning!

5 Life Changes That Will Make You Jump Out of Bed Every Morning!

If you want to see how life is meant to be lived, just take a few moments and watch children play.  Their first instincts are to explore, create, experience and have fun! We carry this explorer instinct with us through our teen years and maybe through the first few years out of college, but then something occurs; we grow up.

After all, life can get pretty serious.  College graduates must find jobs, housing, pay bills and establish themselves.  Then it’s time to find a spouse, settle down and start a family. Next, gotta focus on promotions to get those big raises to provide for that beautiful young family.  And what about college educations and retirement? And by the time the college graduate realizes, 25 years has quickly and magically disappeared!  Becoming an adult is a process and it tends to result in people being formed and pressed into molds.  We learn as we grow older that being different isn’t always the best thing.

Many of us even learn to modify our behavior to make sure we don’t stick out of the crowd. Ever heard the expression “Fly under the radar?” There is one problem though.  Conformity suppresses our individuality; the essence that makes each of us unique.  And once our spirit is suppressed it may take years, if ever, to excavate.

In order to reawaken that child-like, adventure-seeking, explorer within, we must introduce new and exciting things to our lives to reawaken our authentic self and make us feel alive once again! My motto is: if you can change your thinking, you can change your life!  So here are 5 life changes that will make you jump out of bed every morning:

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1. Begin planning a fall vacation in January

Nothing says excitement like getting away from it all and relaxing!!  And what better way to add excitement back into your life than to spend your year planning and anticipating an exotic vacation?!  Imagine beginning your year with the knowledge that you may end up anywhere in the world come September or October.

The possibilities are endless: cruises, Caribbean islands, United States, Asia, Europe, Disney, hiking, skiing, scuba, relaxing, cocktails, great food, etc.  Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps! And the fun of it all is you get to plan every aspect along the way.  Talk about adventure right from the same chair you boringly scanned the internet just 2 months prior!

Now your life has a purpose and you have some fun to look forward to.  Not only that, but the excitement of the unknown and the unlimited possibilities reawakens your dormant adventurous spirit which, in turn, adds excitement to a boring, mundane life!

2. Join an exciting exercise program

I cannot think of a better way to change one’s life than to begin living a healthy lifestyle. I experienced the benefits of a healthy lifestyle a few years ago upon losing 25 pounds following my MS diagnosis.  And let me tell you, it will change your life forever!!

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What is keeping you from working with your doctor to develop an exciting fitness regiment that works specifically for you? Oftentimes we think of gyms and machines when we think of fitness and exercise, but what if you think outside the box and add some spark? Ever thought of martial arts, MMA training, boxing training, mountain climbing, parkour, anti-gravity yoga, plyometrics training?  There are so many new and exciting fitness regimen that will not only break the cycle of boredom, but will also get you into that ripped physique you’ve always imagined!

3. Begin planning the business you always wanted to open

I have always believed that luck occurs when opportunity meets preparation.  And what better way to add some zest to your life than opening a business!  Or at least planning to open a business.

Even if you don’t have the capital right now, why not start planning?  Go online and begin preliminary investigations on your business.  How much will start up costs be?  Will you need permits?  If so, where and when will you need them?  Will you need to lease a building or office space?  If so, what location, price and square footage?  Will you need employees? What is your operating budget?  Have you conducted demographic studies?

Now if these plans don’t get you motivated I don’t know what will!  Imagine spending an entire year planning and preparing every detail of your business.  Before any entrepreneur goes into action, they must do the leg work and develop a well-developed business plan and that planning process might just be what the doctor ordered to break you out of your dull-drums!

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4. Start writing your autobiography

So you say you don’t have a story to tell?  You don’t think anyone would be interested? How do you know if you never try?

I can tell you some of my favorite blogs are those that tell the everyday stories of a person just like you! Maya Angelou said “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings).  With that said…let that story out!  Sit down with pen and pad or grab your laptop and get to writing.  It is that simple.

Reminisce about about your childhood.  Think back to family vacations.  What about the neighborhood in which you grew up?  Remember the names of your friends growing up and the times you spent together. Before you know it, your jog down memory lane will come to life on paper and paint a picture of an experience that no one on this planet has ever experienced!  You may just discover that your life isn’t as boring as you think!

5. Take up an amazing new hobby like skydiving or scuba

Extreme sports are not for the faint-of-heart and are not recommended for everyone. But, can you think of a better way to add juice back to life than jumping from a perfectly functioning airplane? Or maybe diving with sharks on a shipwreck at 80 feet?

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I know several friends that have taken up some type of new hobby which acted as a jump-start for their life, making them feel alive again. Go online and see what excitement exists in extreme sports: rock climbing, skydiving, scuba, cycling, mountain biking, white water rafting, kayaking!  There are so many expedition companies whose experts are waiting to train you to experience a life lived on the edge.

Don’t be afraid, take the plunge today!

When all is said and done, life is about experiences.  And it is the lack of new and exciting experiences that kills our spirit as adults.  Life wants to compress you, stifle you and mold you.  But I say it is time for you to break free of this conformist thinking and get out onto the expressway of life and live!

Here’s the skinny: you may not all be able to work the job of your dreams, but you sure can live the life of your dreams!   The only question left: are you up to the challenge of changing your actions in order to get new and exciting results?

Featured photo credit: Alarm Clock/Phalinn Ooi via flickr.com

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60 Workout Motivation Quotes for Tough Workouts

60 Workout Motivation Quotes for Tough Workouts

When it comes to working out, you have to find some kind of schedule that works for you. For me, I either have to get up at 5 a.m. and work out before work or force myself to work out when I get home. The latter is difficult, because by the time I get home from work, I want to put on pajamas, not tennis shoes. If this sounds like you, workout motivation quotes can help.

It feels great to be active and get in shape, but sometimes it also feels good to watch Netflix in bed with a pizza[1]. It can be hard to keep the momentum going and hit the gym or your favorite workout class every morning. However, you have the potential to push yourself; you just have to want to.

Several years ago, I was gaining weight and talking myself out of fitness. “I’m too tired,” “I’ll work out tomorrow,” “I don’t have time.” But even when I was telling myself I was justified in skipping my exercises, I knew I was lying to myself.

I finally allowed a friend to really push me back into a pattern. Now, I work out every day, even if it’s just walking two miles on my lunch break. 

I’ve lost weight, but more importantly, I feel healthy again. Now that I’m getting back in shape, I’m able to see how much time I wasted talking myself out of it. Don’t let yourself have regrets, too.

If you really feel like you’re just too busy to get into a regular workout routine, check out Lifehack’s Busy Yet Fit Programme. It will help you learn how to fit exercise into your busy life.

60 Workout Motivation Quotes

When it comes to getting motivated, there are things that work and things that don’t. When I look at fitness models on Instagram, I wind up feeling bad about myself, but when I read motivational quotes or look up pictures of healthy recipes, suddenly I want to hit the gym.

Here are 60 workout motivation quotes to get inspired and get to the gym!

“What hurts today makes you stronger tomorrow.” -Jay Cutler

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” -Unknown

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” -Frederick Douglass

“Be stronger than your excuses.” -Unknown

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett

“You never fail until you stop trying.” -Albert Einstein

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“With self-discipline most anything is possible.” -Theodore Roosevelt

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Fall in love with taking care of your body.” -Unknown

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Junk food you’ve craved for an hour, or the body you’ve craved for a lifetime? Your decision.” -Unknown

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.” -Tom Hanks

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vidal Sassoon

“You don’t have to go fast…you just have to go.” -Unknown

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” -Amelia Earhar

“You don’t get what you want, you get what you work for.” -Unknown

“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” -Jennifer Freeman

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” -Michael Jordan

“You’re only one workout away from a good mood.” -Unknown

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“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” -Benjamin Mays

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” -Confucius

“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” -Oprah Winfrey

“Fit is not a destination. It is a way of life.” -Unknown

“There’s only one growth strategy: work hard.” -William Hague

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” -Carl Lewis

“Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.” -Unknown

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” -Unknown

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” -Tommy Lasorda

“Slow progress is better than no progress.” -Unknown

“You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.” -Unknown

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“Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life.” – Deborah Day

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard

“If you kinda sorta try, then you kinda sorta get results.” -Unknown

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” -Steve Maraboli

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” -Abraham Maslow

“When you skip an opportunity to work out, you skip an opportunity to improve yourself.” -Unknown

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Motivation is what gets you started, but persistence is the only thing that guarantees your success.” -Edmond Mbiaka

“I don’t work out because I hate my body. I work out because I love it.” -Unknown

“A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.” -Jack Dempsey

“No one ever drowned in sweat.” -Lou Holtz

“Start before you’re ready.” -Steven Pressfield

“You have to be fearless to have success.” -Serena Williams

“You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.” -Steve Garvey

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“Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.” -Unknown

“Run when you can, walk if you have to. Crawl if you must; just never give up.” -Dean Karnazes

“You’ve always been beautiful. Now you’re just deciding to be healthier, fitter, faster and stronger. Remember that.” -Unknown

“The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.” -Nido R. Qubien

“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for something you ate.” -Unknown

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” -Chinese Proverb

“The future depends on what you do today.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” -Unknown

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” -Jerry Rice

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison

“Watch your habits. Not your weight.” -Unknown

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” -Khloe Kardashian

The Bottom Line

Finding motivation to workout can be tough, especially if you’ve already had a long day or week. Pushing through the exhaustion and the stress of the day can feel daunting, but moving out of your comfort zone is often the best decision you can make. Read a couple of the workout motivation quotes above to tap into your fitness motivation and get back to working toward a healthier you. 

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