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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 Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

              How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

              Possessing strong communication skills will help you in every phase of your life. This is especially true in the workplace.

              I have personally worked with several leaders who were masters of communication. A few were wonderful speakers who could tell a great story and get everyone in the room engaged. Those of us in attendance would walk away feeling inspired and eager to help with what came next. Others were very skilled at sharing a clear direction and job expectations.

              I knew exactly what was expected of me and how to achieve my goals. This was the foundation of an energized and vibrant role I was in. What I have found is strong communication skills are incredibly helpful and sometimes critical in how well we perform at work.

              Here we will take a look at how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

              How Communication Skills Help Your Success

              Strong communication skills pave the way for success in many ways. Let’s look at a few of the big ones.

              Create a Positive Experience

              Here are two examples of how well developed communication skills helps create a positive experience:

              When I first moved to the city I now live in, I began a job search. Prior to my first live interview, I was told an address to go to. Upon arriving at the address provided, I drove around and around attempting to find the location. After 15 minutes of circling and looking for the address, I finally grabbed a parking spot and set out on foot.

              What I discovered was the address was actually down an alley and only had the number over the door. No sign for the actual company. The person that gave me those very unclear directions provided a bad experience for me.

              Had they communicated the directions to get there in a clear manner, my experience would have been much better. Instead the entire experience started off poorly and colored the entire meeting.

              As a recruiter, I frequently provide potential candidates with information about a job I’m speaking to them about. In order to do this, I also provide a picture of the overall company, the group they might be joining, and how their role fits in and impacts the entire company.

              Time and time again I have been told by candidates that I have provided the clearest picture of a company and role they have ever heard. They have a positive experience when I clearly communicate to them. Even when the position does not work out for them, often times they will want to stay in touch with me due to the open communication and beneficial experience they had during the interviewing process.

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              Strong communication skills will provide a positive experience in virtually any interaction you have with someone.

              Help Leadership Skills

              It’s certainly a skill all its own to be able to lead others.

              Being a mentor and guiding others towards success is a major hallmark of great leaders. Another characteristic of effective leaders is the ability to communicate clearly.

              As I referenced above, having a leader who can plainly articulate the company’s mission and direction goes a really long way towards being the Captain of the boat that others want to follow. It’s like saying “here’s our destination and this is how we are going to get there” in a way that everyone can get on board with.

              Another critical component of everyone helping to sail the boat in the right direction is knowing what your portion is all about. How are you helping the boat move towards its destination in the manner than is consistent with the leaders’ vision?

              If you have a boss or a manager that can show you what it takes for not only you to be successful, but also how your performance helps the company’s success then you’ve got a winner. A boss with superior communication skills.

              Build Better Teams

              Most of us work in teams of some sort or another. During the course of my career, I have led teams up to 80 and also been an individual contributor.

              In my individual contributor roles, I have been part of a larger team. Even if you are in business for yourself, you have to interact with others in one manner or another.

              If you have strong communication skills, it helps to build better teams. This is true whether you are in an IT department with 100 other fellow programmers or if you own your own business and have customers or vendors you communicate with.

              When you showcase your robust ability to communicate well with others while interacting with them, you are building a better team.

              Now let’s jump in to how to improve communication skills to help you pave the way for your workplace success.

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              How to Improve Communication Skills for Workplace Success

              There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to improve communication skills. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much information, so let’s focus on the things that will provide the biggest return on your time investment.

              Most of these tips will be fairly easy to become aware of but will take time and effort to implement. So let’s go!

              1. Listen

              Ever heard the saying you have two ears and one mouth for a reason? If you haven’t, then here’s the reason:

              Being a good listener is half the equation to being a good communicator.

              People who have the ability to really listen to someone can then actually answer questions in a meaningful way. If you don’t make the effort to actively listen, then you are really doing yourself and the other person a disservice in the communication department.

              Know that person who is chomping at the bit to open his or her mouth the second you stop talking? Don’t be that person. They haven’t listened to at least 1/2 of what you’ve said. Therefore the words that spill out of their mouth are going to be about 1/2 relevant to what you just said.

              Listen to someone completely and be comfortable with short periods of silence. Work on your listening skills first and foremost.

              2. Know Your Audience

              Knowing your audience is another critical component to having strong communication skills. The way you interact with your manager should be different than how you interact with your kids. This isn’t to say you need to be a different person with everyone you interact with. Far from it.

              Here is a good way to think about it:

              Imagine using your the same choice of words and body language you use with your spouse while interacting with your boss. That puts things in a graphic light!

              You want to ensure you are using the type of communication most relevant to your audience.

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              3. Minimize

              I have lunch with a business associate about 3 times a year. We’ve been talking for several years now about putting a business deal together.

              He is one of those people that simply overwhelms others with a lot of words. Sometimes when I ask him a question, I get buried beneath such an avalanche of words that I’m more confused than when I asked the question. Needless to say this is most likely a large portion of why we never put the deal together.

              Don’t be like my lunch business associate. The goal of talking to or communicating with someone is to share actual information. The goal is not to confuse someone, it’s to provide clarity in many cases.

              State what needs to be stated as succinctly as possible. That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pleasant conversation about the weather too.

              The point is to not create such an onslaught of words and information that the other person walks away more confused than when they started.

              4. Over Communicate

              So this probably sounds completely counter intuitive to what I just wrote about minimizing your communication. It seems like it might be but it’s not.

              What I mean by over communicating is ensuring that the other person understands the important parts of what you are sharing with them. This can be done simply yet effectively. Here’s a good example:

              Most companies have open enrollment for benefits for the employees in the fall. The company I work for has open enrollment from November 1 to 15. The benefits department will send out a communication to all employees around October 1st, letting them know open enrollment is right around the corner and any major changes that year. There’s also a phone number and email for people to contact them with any questions.

              Two weeks later, we all get a follow up email with basically the same information. We get a 3rd communication the week before open enrollment and another one 1 day before it starts.

              Finally we get 2 emails during enrollment reminding us when open enrollment ends.

              There’s minimal information, it’s more of a reminder. This is effective over communication.

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              5. Body Language

              The final critical component to how to improve communication skills for workplace success is body language. This is something most of us have heard about before but, a reminder is probably a good idea.

              When I am in a meeting with someone I am comfortable with, I tend to kind of slouch down in my chair and cross my arms. When I catch myself doing this, I sit up straight and uncross my arms. I remember that crossing arms can many times be interpreted as a sign of disagreement or conflict.

              In general, the best rule of thumb is to work towards having open body language whenever possible at work. This means relaxing your posture, not crossing your arms, and looking people in the eye when speaking with them.

              When you are speaking in front of others, stand up straight and speak in a clear voice. This will convey confidence in your words.

              Conclusion

              Possessing strong communication skills will help you in many facets of your life and most certainly in the workplace.

              Good communication helps create better teams, positive experiences with those we interact with, and are critical for leadership.

              There are numerous tactics and techniques to be used to improve communication skills. Here we’ve reviewed how to improve communication skills for workplace success.

              Now go communicate your way to success.

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