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This Is Why You Need to Stay Motivated Every Morning

This Is Why You Need to Stay Motivated Every Morning

It is early morning and you wake up and suddenly you realize that you don’t want to leave your warm bed. You cannot think of a reason to get up and go. There’s something amiss.

Do you know what is it that is missing?

It is the power from within; the spark that keeps one going.

But you might ask, “Why does one need motivation in the first place? Can’t we function without it? Can’t we just keep up a routine without being enthused?”

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Actually, you can! But the problem is that you just cannot excel at anything if you are not motivated enough.

Why do we all need motivation?

We, as logical beings, need a reason for performing any action. If money attracts me, I will work. If I want to become a published author, I will work on polishing my writing skills. If I want to lose weight, I will control my calorie intake. So on and so forth.

So you see, there is some goal or target that keeps you going. Without that, we would not want to work or exert our energy on any type of work.

A very important aspect of motivation is that it can disappear easily. One thing that motivates us right now might not remain the same in the future. Goals change, desires diminish and things simply evolve over time. Nothing in life remains constant and thus we need motivation constantly.

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Each morning we need a flame that motivates us from within.

Now the million dollar question:

Since being motivated is so important, how do we keep ourselves motivated enough to keep working on a goal and not get tired of it?

The answer to this million dollar question:

Don’t worry. We have the answers ready for you here.

There are many ways of keeping yourself motivated, but we will focus on the most important and practical ones here so that you stay motivated to follow this advice.

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1. Know what you like doing.

If one knows what they like to do, it is highly likely that they will keep doing it. Writing is what I love to do; that is why I keep doing it and do not just get bored of it. Everybody has different interests, likes and dislikes. A person just cannot keep doing something for long if they don’t like it enough.

2. Choose and focus.

Most of the time, the reason behind our failure is that we do not focus. We like doing too many things or have a lot of varied interests. Due to lack of focus, one becomes a jack of all and master of none. Each morning, we need to set our priorities and focus on them. We have limited time and energy and it is put to best use if we know our forte and focus on it.

3. Think positive.

It might sound like a cliché but this is a must!! When you wake up in the morning, try to think about at least three encouraging things in your life or from your previous day. This will set a positive tone to your day and you will see for yourself how productive your day turns out.

Tip: To combat depressing phases in my life, I keep a notebook and jot down my achievements (big or small) or positive happenings in my life. When I feel low, I read it and become totally rejuvenated.

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4. Begin your day early.

You might hate me for this one but trust me: it makes a lot of difference when it comes to your productivity. You are at the best of your energy levels for the day. Your mind is clearer and you are refreshed from the previous day’s hectic events. Try this for a few days and you might even end up liking the early morning environment and the energy that it brings with it.

5. Practice the above suggestions daily.

Yeah, that’s the most important tip! Nothing will work if we don’t follow it regularly. Only perseverance brings out great results!!

The above tips might sound simple but that’s the trick. They work due to the simplicity. Try for yourself and let us know about the results!!

Stay motivated everyone! Why do you need motivation?

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Last Updated on November 15, 2019

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems, why?

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

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The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

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The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

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It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

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For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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