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30 Simple Little Hacks To Motivate Yourself Throughout Life

30 Simple Little Hacks To Motivate Yourself Throughout Life

Motivation doesn’t last. Luckily, we can refuel ourselves by using some simple solutions.

For Jennifer Lopez, “I always joke about letting the haters motivate you. Everybody has that in their life, people who doubt them or make them feel less than they are.” Indeed, haters and naysayers do help. Besides that, check out the following hacks that you can apply easily to your life.

1. Get enough sleep. Nothing works if you feel lethargic. Energize yourself with a 10 to 20 minutes nap.

2. Have positive self-talk in the morning. Look into the mirror and say, “I’m awesome and I can do it!” Repeat five times and you’ll feel powerful.

3. Use quotes to ignite your fire. Paste them on the wall, save as your devices wallpapers or read them to yourself every day.

4. Visualize using a vision board. Looking at the photos that portray your goal is way better than just using your imagination.

5. Get some music to rock your body and soul. Regardless it’s the classic “We are the champions” or the current “Happy”, seek strength from the lyrics, sing, dance!

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6. Take a shower or citrus bath soak. Refreshed body and mind are ready for any challenges.

7. Feel regret now. Imagine that today is your last day and you’ve never done the things that you wanted to do. Remember the pain. Then get back to reality and start doing them.

8. Set milestones so you have a clear, doable action plan with deadlines. Be flexible but not to delay as you like.

9. Work with motivational apps like GoalTracker, Lift or LifeTick. You can set your goals, add tasks and check your progress so you will keep on track.

10. Break project into smaller chunks. Handle them just like how you eat an elephant – one bite at a time.

11. Create a nice and tidy working space. Clean your desk, decorate with small plants, get some fun stationery or stick an inspiring poster. Spice it up!

12. Tell everyone about your goal. Your family and friends will support you, and your rivals will keep an eye on you. All of them fire you up to keep going.

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13. Use unpleasant consequences as motivation force. For example, if you’re afraid of failing in exams again and being look down by others, use that to push yourself to study hard.

14. Buy expensive but useful tools. For example, invest in a professional camera even if you are a beginner. The high price reminds you not to give up easily.

15. Change venue once in a while. Let’s say if you are a freelance writer, try working in a park or cafe instead of your room. It sparks your creativity.

16. Find friends with similar goal. Strive together, help and support each other. Team spirit helps everyone goes further.

17. Join competition. The prize excites you and you’ll train yourself harder for the battle.

18. Treat yourself with small pleasures like an ice-cream for completing small tasks. Not to forget to reward yourself generously when you accomplish a long-term goal.

19. Read books, not just to deepen your knowledge, but to strengthen your resolve. Learn how others stand up from failures and keep your fighting spirit alive.

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20. Follow a role model. Be a serious student to learn and apply his or her strategies. Remember that your ‘teacher’ won’t be happy if you are lazy.

21. Watch TED Talks. Just like good cups of coffee, they give you a great boost of motivation to start your day.

22. Keep record of your victories. They are like magic pills that pick you up and empower you to continue your journey.

23. Help people with your talent, skills or experiences. Your contributions not only make a difference in the lives of others, but also reaffirm your capabilities and build your confidence to carry on.

24. Give yourself a break. Take a stroll, gather with friends or go vacation. Reboot yourself and come back stronger.

25. Change plan when you are stuck. Sometimes you don’t need more motivation, you need to review and change the things that don’t work anymore. New approach can enliven you.

26. Participate in workshops or seminars. You acquire new knowledge, skills and like-minded friends.

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27. Do what you love and make yourself happy. Without good mood, you will lack of energy and enthusiasm to do anything. Put your happiness first.

28. Focus on today. If you’re overwhelmed because there is still a long way to succeed, relax. Look how far you’ve come. Excel each day and success will take care of itself.

29. Stop worrying about “what-ifs”. Don’t strive for perfections. Just do your best and enjoy the journey.

30. Accept failures as hints for success. Their purpose is not to destroy you, but to guide you to the correct path. Learn from them and begin again.

Featured photo credit: Miss Summer by tdnb via freeimages.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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