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20 Ways To Wake Up With Motivation

20 Ways To Wake Up With Motivation

Lets face it, feeling motivated is perhaps one of the most difficult things you could ever do. If it were so easy, everyone would be making progress and achieving their goals they’ve set out to achieve.

Even worse is when we read countless articles from around the web that make it seem straightforward. As a result, it often becomes frustrating due to it seeming easy to apply on paper. It does little to improve your self-esteem and confidence, especially when you face difficulties in applying the advice you know and understand so well.

But all of this should feel encouraging, because one of the main things I personally found with regards to motivation is that it takes very little of it when doing the things you truly love. It seems very confusing at first but it makes sense when understood. Have you ever felt like you needed motivation when doing something that excited you?

In setting up the following points to help you wake up motivated, we need to firstly get the following basic point out of the way in order to establish good fundamentals and a strong foundation:

Find out what you truly enjoy doing in your life.

Really think about what you truly enjoy, and ffter establishing what truly fascinates and excites you, lets look at the 20 things you can do that will make you feel energized to start your day.

1) Have your biggest dreams written and visible for you to see the minute you wake up.

Our brains constantly need reminding of what we want from our lives. Having it written down creates a massive shift in our psyches and belief systems because what is simply a thought and a dream suddenly becomes tangible and clearly visible for everyone to see.

It suddenly no longer becomes a vivid imagination, but something that could actually become a reality.

2) Focus on what needs to be done for that day.

The morning is quite possibly the hardest time in the day to become productive due to having so many things to get on with. So many tasks and errands to get done, and often feeling overwhelmed due to constantly focusing on the big picture of what we hope to achieve in the long term.

It’s a great way to motivate and excite you, but be aware that the things you have to do today is what will eventually lead you there 3-4 years down the line. Break down your goals into smaller chunks and begin to hack away at them.

3) Stretch and Exercise before starting your day.

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    It’s been proven by science that regular exercise releases dopamine, which is the same chemical that makes us feel a burst of happiness. It’s our biology’s ‘feel good’ pill that does wonders to our positivity.

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    Doing this often will not only increase your feel good state, but will also help you keep fit, healthy and in great shape, which is an added bonus.

    4) Practice Discipline to help you follow through with your tasks.

    Due to social media, the internet and smart phones. We are constantly bombarded by information from every angle that can suck up your time and willpower to get things done.

    Have the tenacity and discipline to set priorities for yourself and to focus on what needs to be done first. Set your phone on silent, block websites on your filtering service to help stop you from logging on.

    5) Take regular breaks.

    It is always important to give yourself a few minutes break for every half hour of work you do.

    Use the ‘Pomodoro Technique’ by setting yourself a 20 minute timer to do as much as you can in that time period. Undistracted and pure productivity. Then spend the remaining 10 minutes to wind down, make a coffee or go for a short walk around the block.

    You will find you will have gotten more work down in those 2 hours than you could have ever done throughout the entire day of unfocused work.

    6) Call up friends and family and share your thoughts.

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      As focused as we can be, it is always a good idea to speak to people in order to share your thoughts and worries. We are social creatures by nature and need to speak with someone in order to feel connected.

      This will help you re-gather your mind in order to keep you focused and concentrated.

      7) Always aim to look your best at all times.

      Looking your best will help you feel more confident and sure of yourself. This is especially important if you’re currently lacking in self-confidence and self-esteem.

      The fact is, people who think highly of themselves will naturally aim to look their best at all times. Even if you don’t feel it yet, you can always fake it until you make it.

      Look for clothes that fit your body well and feels comfortable to wear on any occasion.

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      8) Plan and take short trips abroad multiple times a year.

      Taking short trips are especially important when times get tough and will help you clear your mind from the daily struggles, which will inevitably arise as you continue to take action.

      These are commonly referred to as ‘mini retirements’. Spend some time planning out your travels throughout the year. Fortunately, with cheap airline flights and apartments, this could easily be achieved within a small budget.

      9) Keep improving yourself.

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        Staying comfortable is never a good thing and is what generally makes us lose satisfaction over time. Have the drive to always improve where you currently are.

        The people you hang around with will constantly find you interesting to be with as they will never be able to create a sustained impression of you due to growing on a daily basis.

        If you’ve achieved your goals, try and set even higher goals for yourself that will take you to the next level. There really is no such thing as destinations, only milestones.

        10) Start a personal blog and share your discoveries with the world.

        The greatest satisfaction you could ever have is in sharing what you know with others. I’ve never felt any better than when I’ve personally received an email from a reader of my own blog, telling me how much it’s helped them with their personal life.

        This feeling can’t ever be bought and is without a doubt, the greatest thing you could ever do for your self-worth.

        11) Spend an hour a day learning new skills.

        Similar to point #9, learning new skill sets is perhaps the best way to improve your overall value and marketability as a person.

        The more you’re able to provide for people, the better you’ll be able to effectively communicate high market value, which will increase your self-worth and self-confidence.

        12) Aim to give more in value than you expect to receive.

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          The biggest difference in my life personally was in understanding the importance of giving in value to others.

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          In reality, we very rarely place importance or significance in things if it doesn’t provide us with a sense of value in the first place. With this understanding, I realised how crucial it is to give as opposed to receiving.

          Find out what people want, and aim to give more to them in value than you expect to receive. This will not only create more satisfaction in your life, but will also help see the world with positivity.

          13) Start talking to strangers and making new friends.

          We become so busy in our daily lives that we simply have little time to meet new people outside of it. As a result, the concept of meeting a new person beyond a social environment is generally seen as taboo.

          There really is nothing wrong with meeting new people whilst out and about. Start talking to new people wherever you go. Talk to checkout clerks, bus drivers, people on the street. You will eventually realize that it’s not as scary or out of the ordinary as you once thought it was.

          14) Look for mentors who are already doing the things you would like to achieve.

          Whatever goals and dreams you have for yourself, chances are there is likely someone out there who is already successful at it.

          Seek these people out and surround yourself with them. If it’s not possible, look for successful figures in books, audios or other blogs and learn from their successes.

          Your learning curve will be a lot quicker and will help you create the positive mindsets you need in order to achieve.

          15) Spend a few hours a day purely for fun and leisure.

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            It is never a good idea to focus purely on work. We need to wind down and do fun activities as well. In fact, this is so important that Google uses this as part of their work ethic.

            Some of our most creative and ingenious ideas come from doing the things that aren’t related to work.

            16) Focus on creating a balanced life.

            If you place all of your time and energy on one thing, you are at great risk of hurting your identity due to having nothing else in place in order to keep you happy.

            Set a balanced schedule to fit in all of the things that make you happy so that if one thing suddenly fails, you will always have something else in your life to keep you positive.

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            17) Pursue things that scares you and makes you feel uncomfortable.

            Never be afraid to push yourself and to live on the edge. As long as it’s physically safe and not harmful to your body, you will always come out the other side a better person who is able to tackle more things comfortably.

            Your goal is to eventually have a comfort zone that is so large that everything you’ll ever experience in your life will no longer seem out of the ordinary and will be able to competently tackle them all with ease.

            18) Learn how to sell and market yourself.

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              The key thing I learned in life is that the better people were at selling and marketing themselves via effective communication, the more opportunities and successful they were.

              You can have all the skills and abilities in the world, but if you do not know how to sell and market yourself, no one will know you exist or know your true value.

              19) Build a mastermind group to share ideas with.

              Look for like minded people who also want the same things as you do. Going on the path to success can sometimes be a lonely journey.

              Having other people on the journey will help make things easier due to sharing and bouncing ideas across, which keeps everyone motivated.

              Finally…

              20) Don’t take life too seriously.

              It’s sometimes easy to forget that in the end, this life is only temporary. As important it is to achieve goals and better yourself, in the end neither of us will come out of it alive or live forever. Always take the time to admire and appreciate the time you have and to appreciate the finer details of life.

              It will keep your feet on the ground and above all, help you stay humble.

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              How to Master Effective Communication Skills at Work and Home

              How to Master Effective Communication Skills at Work and Home

              Possessing effective communication skills is a powerful tool to have. Effective communication skills are essential to success in many aspects and areas of your life. There are a lot of jobs that require you to be a good communicator.

              Strong communication skills help you enjoy better relationships with friends and family. Being an effective communicator will give you advantages in more ways than you can imagine.

              Conversely, being poor at communicating will negatively impact your life.

              Let’s take a look at how to master effective communication skills at work and home.

              What is Effective Communication?

              Probably a good place to start is to paint a picture of what clear communication is.

              Effective communication is defined as verbal speech or other communication methods to get your point across. Sounds pretty simple, right? It does but there’s more to it than that.

              It’s really about how all of us interact and communicate in every aspect of our lives. It’s the ability to say something at the right time; to be able to get multiple people on the same page in a group decision. It’s how that one friend of yours who plans most of the activities is able to get everyone to the same place at the same time.

              Non-verbal communication is key to being effective as well. It’s the ability to have your body language say the right thing so the person you’re speaking to knows your listening.

              Effective communicators don’t react to situations with high emotion. It means not having to say something all the time in every situation. You are even being an effective communicator when you show up to pick your daughter up from the mall when you say you will. You are communicating to her that she can rely on you.

              Are You a Poor Communicator?

              Before we get too deep into how to be a master communicator, let’s take a look at your communication skills.

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              If you find yourself agreeing with a lot of these, you might want to sharpen your communication skills.

              • You’re constantly interrupting – Hey, I know, we all want to be listened to. We all want to get our point across. Most importantly, we want to be understood. If you find yourself interrupting all the time you aren’t listening enough.
              • Doing too much – Many of us are master multi-taskers. It’s not good if you are communicating with someone. When you try to do too much while speaking with someone, you aren’t paying attention to what they are saying. Lack of focus is bad.
              • Rambling – I know of several people I work with who do this constantly. I honestly dread having to speak to them. The worst part is even though a lot of words are coming out of their mouths, they really aren’t saying anything. I’m more confused after they answer my question.
              • Not being direct – Nothing wrong with emails or reports. However, if you can convey the same information quickly and directly to someone, it is much more effective. Why write a 2 paragraph email when you can pick up the phone and say the same information in 2 sentences?
              • Always talking about yourself – Everybody likes to relate things to their own experiences. It draws us together and helps us create a feeling of sharing and community. If you are always coloring someone else’s conversation with a similar situation in your life, people will think you are making everything about you. Don’t be that person!
              • Using a lot of qualifiers – Qualifiers are fine for the most part. When you use them as a crutch most of the time when you speak, it’s not helping your communication. Sometimes, we do this to makes things seem “softer”. Saying things like “I don’t want you to take this the wrong way but…” or “I know what you’re thinking but…” over and over doesn’t help you communicate.
              • Your ears don’t work – If you don’t listen well, you can’t answer someone correctly. In order to be an effective communicator, you have to understand what someone else is saying to you. If you don’t listen with purpose you will only have part of the picture.
              • Bad body language – The importance of body language is well documented. If you don’t look at someone when they are speaking, it appears that you don’t really care what’s being said. This makes people feel like you don’t care what they are saying and it’s not important to you. Other bad body language examples include always crossing your arms and not looking someone in the eyes.

              What Effective Communication Can Do For You

              Let’s take a look at how being able to effectively communicate can help you at work and in your personal relationships.

              Work

              • Better client relationships – You certainly want a great communicator to be handling your client relationships. Strong communicators represent both the client and your company is the best manner.
              • Higher employee engagement – Pretty critical if you are a leader or a manager of people. An engaging and interactive communicator in a leadership position is wonderful for employees.
              • Getting better buy in from others – This is great whether you are a manager or individual contributor. Strong communicators tend to get people moving and working towards a common goal.
              • Helps mitigate conflict – Good communicators are able to help resolve conflicts quicker and easier. This helps smooth things over and keeps projects and initiatives moving forward.
              • Builds trust – You want to be able to trust who you work for and with. Effective communicators are good at establishing and building trust between people and groups.
              • Solves problems – Problems are solved by people with the ability to communicate clearly between groups and people. Those without good communication skills many times add to the confusion of a problem because they are unable to articulate their thoughts and ideas.

              Personal relationships

              • Creates closeness – A good communicator is able to help foster a feeling of closeness with his or her partner.
              • Makes conflict okay – It’s actually better to fight with your partner from time to time instead of never fighting. We all have differences of opinion and points of view. When we don’t express these and bury it inside by not communicating, it just comes out later in a more negative form.
              • Provides support – It’s nice to know that someone cares about you and supports you. A strong communicator will ask how you’re doing and be a good sounding board for what you’re going through.
              • Expressing feelings – People who are not effective communicators tend to be not very good at expressing how they feel. This makes it tough to share your feelings with you partner.
              • Get the loving you want – In order to get the physical, mental, and emotional love you want and need, you have to be able to communicate clearly and appropriately with your spouse or partner. This is done through effective communication.
              • Eliminate mistrust, doubt, faithlessness, and insecurities – Many times these seeds are sown due to a lack of communication. If your partner rarely tells you where he or she is going, you will tend to start coming up with your own ideas. Often these aren’t true but how would you know if you aren’t told?

              Can You Improve Your Communication Skills?

              The short answer is yes, of course you can improve your communication skills.

              Improving or changing anything in your life takes some work and effort but it can be done. You have to keep in mind your starting point and your goal.

              If you are not a very good communicator now and you want to be able to give a motivating speech to a large graduating class, you’d better get working.

              On the other hand, if you get along fairly well in general but want to be able to improve your relationship with your boss or spouse by being able to master effective communication, you may just need some guidance and practice.

              Either way, if you want to master effective communication skills at both work and home, it will take a little work and effort. Doing so will benefit you in many ways.

              How to Master Effective Communication Skills

              In general mastering effective communication skills will help you at both work and home. Let’s look at how to improve verbal, written, and body language communication skills. These will help you create better relationships everywhere you go!

              1. Learn how to listen

              Speaking is only half of the communication equation. Sharpen your listening skills so you are able to process what the other person is saying. You can then respond it a well-informed manner.

              Check out these active listening guidelines to be a better listener.

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              2. Make eye contact

              Having regular eye contact with someone while you are having a conversation shows you care what they are saying. When you are looking at the floor or out the window it gives the impression that you aren’t paying attention.

              Take a look at this advice on how to make engaging eye contact.

              3. Ask questions

              When you ask someone questions, you are able to clarify what they are saying to ensure you get the whole picture. If you don’t understand it fully, ask questions.

              Do you know that it takes some skills to ask questions too? Here’s how to be good at asking questions.

              4. Watch body language

              Watch both yours and the other persons.

              We all know if you have a conversation with your arms crossed the entire time, it gives off a bad vibe. Have open, engaging body language when speaking with someone.

              On the flip side, if you see someone’s eyes glazing over while speaking to you, it’s probably a good idea to wrap it up.

              Take a look at these top 20 body language indicators to learn more.

              5. Speak confidently

              Sometimes this is easier said than done. If you communicate in an open, direct, and clear manner, it subtly shows people that you are confident in what you are saying.

              It doesn’t mean you always have to be right but delivering your thoughts with confidence helps your case.

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              These tips will help you speak more confidently.

              6. Keep it simple

              You don’t always have to be succinct in your communication. There is a lot of value in being able to tell a great story.

              That being said, there are many instances where keeping it simple is very helpful. This is especially true at work in both verbal conversations as well as written like emails.

              7. Know your audience

              You should have a certain style when communicating with your boss. Another style of communication is better with your spouse and probably others with your kids or friends.

              Know your audience to help you communicate the most effectively.

              8. Be empathetic and understanding

              There is a massive amount of power in being empathetic. And I mean that in a very positive way.

              Showing that you are empathetic and understanding to another person goes a long way to creating a great bond with that person. We all want to be understood. It’s that simple.

              Think it’s a challenge for you? These 5 tips for empathetic listening will help you.

              9. Pause before reacting

              There have been a number of times when I’ve read an email that just came in and had an instant reaction to reading it. And I don’t mean a positive reaction. My less effective ways of dealing and communicating has been to send a scathing email back.

              When I’ve communicated more appropriately, I’ve waited a while before I responded. This is true in verbal situations as well.

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              10. Over communicate

              You’d think if you tell someone something that should be the end of it, right? Done deal. Not so fast.

              I’m not recommending you tell someone the same thing 10 times in a row. With as many distractions as we all have these days, it’s generally a good idea to follow up on something you’ve communicated a few times if it’s important.

              Conclusion

              Having effective communication skills at both work and home will help you immensely.

              At work, it helps you in your career in many ways.

              Communicating well with your boss leads to a solid, symbiotic working relationship. You’re able to clearly articulate what you need to do your job well. You can share your vision and strategy with your boss and others. Good communicators are needed in management roles and leading others. Fostering an environment of effective communication leads to a great work environment.

              At home, having effective communication skills will help you achieve the type of relationship you want with your spouse.

              You are able to speak freely and openly about your feelings. You can share your wants and needs in a manner that your spouse understands. Your spouse will feel understood and supported by you which is a wonderful feeling to have. And being able to have a disagreement and work through it due to strong communication skills is amazing.

              Look at how you can master effective communication skills at work and home to help create more satisfying relationships in all phases of your life.

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