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The Single Best Way To Stay Motivated Every Single Day

Daniel Hartwin is a bonafide Gentle man living and working in Newyork city. He is a librarian who reads a lot of books.

The human body is self-motivated and needs little else to keep it functioning properly. Humans are naturally self-motivated in most aspects of life without motivation being taught or encouraged by parents or other adults in the home environment.

The human body is self-motivated and needs little else to keep it functioning properly. Humans are naturally self-motivated in most aspects of life without motivation being taught or encouraged by parents or other adults in the home environment.

What's the best way to stay motivated and energized every day? How do successful people stay motivated and pursue their toughest goals for a year?

You may be asking yourself a similar question this time of year. Perhaps you are reflecting on the past year and wondering why you couldn't focus on your goals 11 months ago. Or maybe you're planning your resolution for New Year 2017 and wondering how to stay motivated long enough to achieve it.

A reader named John recently contacted me with a similar question. He wrote: "I am currently working in investment management, a demanding job and a competitive environment that requires overtime. I have also studied for the CFA - an average of two or three hours a day for six months. Definitely doable, but how can we maintain the same energy and motivation?

• Goal Setting and Goldilocks Rules: Goal setting is one of the most powerful psychological tools we have, but the trick is to get it right. The great thinker and writer James Clear calls it the goldilocks rule: if your goal is too difficult, it will lose its power because you will discover, consciously or subconsciously, that it is simply not realistic. If you set your goal too low, you will also lose power because you assume you will make it no matter what. As the authors of Clear state, “people experience the greatest motivation when working on tasks that are at the limit of their current capabilities. It is not very difficult. It is not too easy. Right on the right side. "


• Higher Purpose: Despite the innate power of goal setting, a more sustained fuel for motivation is having a higher purpose. Simon Sinek popularized the concept of knowing one's "why". It is your true purpose or belief that inspires you. Whether your motivation is to lose weight, quit smoking, pay off debt, or start a new business, ask yourself "why" you want to do it. Ask even more why below and you will be surprised at your answer.

• Responsible partners: Who can help you meet your commitments? It's easy to break a promise to yourself, but much harder to admit failure with a friend or colleague. Ideally, your partner travels with you. Maybe a running mate who meets you at the park at 6:00 in the morning. m., or a fellow writer who keeps track of your daily word count. But even an "independent observer" can influence their behavior. My assistant asks me every day: "Did you train?" How many healthy meals have you eaten? How many hours have you written? How many thank you cards have you sent? In fact, she tracks my data in an Excel spreadsheet and shares results and trends on a monthly basis.

The ways to stay motivated


Prepare your body.

The reality is that you live in your body. Motivation, a state of mind, is by the environment. And the environment of your mind is your body.

Think about it: how motivated do you feel when you have a high fever? How motivated do you feel when you have gastroenteritis? How motivated do you feel when you have a migraine?


Four ways to maximize physical energy

First, focus on sleep quality, not sleep quantity. Just yesterday I was watching a live video on Facebook from fitness guru Joe Wicks. Someone asked what they thought about pre-workout energy drinks (many avid athletes drink caffeinated energy drinks to maximize their efforts during their workouts). Wicks replies: "The best basis is a good night's sleep." For my productivity book, I interviewed 13 Olympians about their productivity routines, and nearly all of them called sleep "recovery."


Yes, ideally you should sleep eight hours, but for most of us that's unrealistic. But you can improve your deep sleep, which is the most restful sleep cycle. You probably wake up several times during the night without realizing it. Think of your bedroom as a sleeping paradise. What can you do to make sure the temperature is right and it's as dark and quiet as possible? Blackout curtains for the bedroom are ideal, but a good sleep mask can do the trick too. Telling your partner to turn off the TV in the bedroom is a must, and don't forget to tell your kids when you go to bed so they can turn it off too.


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Secondly, drink lots of water. By the time you wake up, you are already 1% dehydrated and most of us are never fully hydrated. Studies show that even mild dehydration leads to a loss of focus, decision making, creativity and, yes, energy. You will be surprised how much water you need to keep your mind at its best. Think of the phrase "half your fluid intake". This means that you take your body weight (in pounds) and divide it in half, and this is the number of ounces of water you need to consume each day. I now weigh 170 pounds, so I divide that by two and I get 85. I drink 85 ounces of water a day. That's a lot of water! To help, I use a bottle of Nalgene water and add a few slices of lemon and cucumber for some flavor. On weekends, I only carry a gallon of water with me all day to rinse.





Third, don't skip meals. His new mantra: food is fuel! In the world of health and fitness, there is probably nothing more controversial than what and when to eat. High protein diets, vegan diets, bulletproof coffee for ketosis, fasting days, lots of options! When I want to maximize my motivation and energy (not rapid weight loss), I eat five small, low-carb meals a day. I skipped breakfast because I thought it would save time and calories, then eat a sandwich or a slice of pizza and devour a hearty dinner of whatever. What I was experiencing were wild swings in glucose, your brain fuel, as I went from waking up with low glucose to flooding my body with carbohydrates and then the inevitable carbohydrate crash. I'm better off when I eat a body for life plan or a Tim Ferriss low carb diet.

Fourth, daily exercise. Don't panic, move! You don't have to be a Crossfit'er fan (although I congratulate myself if you are). You don't have to spend an hour a day in the gym (although that would be great). You just have to move enough to get your heart racing for 20 minutes a day. For most people, a quick walk around the neighborhood or on the treadmill every morning is sufficient. A yoga session or a basketball game after work is great. It's not for the long-term health benefits, although there are some. You move 20 minutes a day to have energy and clarity on the same day. The research is clear, 20 minutes of cardiovascular activity increases blood flow to the brain, giving you an instant boost of energy, clarity, focus and creativity.


Another Important Thing In Self Motivation Is Self Talk/Inner dialogue

Inner dialogue means that we speak with our inner voice. It matters because it has a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves. Inner dialogue creates self-motivation. Once we are motivated by the inner voice, literally no one can demotivate us. As we have heard many times before, “at least tell yourself the truth”. This means that we can lie to others, but not to ourselves. For anyone who feels I want to express myself but can't say it in front of everyone, it's best to talk about me, it builds confidence and improves fluency of speech. For example, we want to simply present the PPT we make, i.e. memorize or memorize the talking point, and then we present it with confidence.


The inner dialogue can also be negative, it can sound like "I'm not good at this, I can't, I'm giving up". Making negative talk about ourselves will drag us down and we will not be able to achieve our goals.



Therefore, what we say to ourselves should be taken into account as it reflects our mind and also our outward appearance. Many young people of the current generation are facing problems such as depression, anxiety, etc. and we often hear that nobody loves me, to overcome this problem the only way is to talk about yourself.

Tips to Stop Negative Self Dialogue:-


1. Be aware of what you are telling yourself.

2. Challenge your thoughts.

3. Put your thinking into perspective.

Benefits of positive self-talk:-

1. Reduces the risk of self-harm and suicide.

2. Helps calm and relax the body.

3. Motivated to overcome obstacles





© 2022 Daniel Hartwin

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