Flex Your Motivational Muscles
Self motivation is like a muscle, it needs exercise to keep
strong and in good shape. If you fail to exercise a muscle
it will gradually atrophy until it becomes completely useless.
If you allow this to happen, it takes a great deal of extra
effort to restore the muscle to full power and to regain your
previous fitness level. Self motivation is needed when the
wear and tear of daily life slows you down and you need to
give yourself an extra push to keep going. Getting into the
habit of daily exercise will ensure your motivational muscles
won't let you down when you need them.
Whether you are aiming to improve your work productivity,
trying to break a bad habit, or if you want to make a big
change in the direction of your life, you can benefit from
performing self motivation exercises. Motivation is the force
that drives you to achieve your dreams, realise your plans,
and reach your goals. There will be times when the ordinary
pressures of life wear you down. Stress, anxiety, and fatigue
can sap your energy and rob you of your joy and passion for
life. A self motivation exercise or two will help to reverse
the effects of those negative forces, and give you the power
to reshape your future.
A simple but effective self motivation exercise that you can
perform anywhere and at any time is creative visualization.
To implement this technique you literally picture yourself
achieving your dreams, carrying through your plans and reaching
your goals. A good time to carry out the visualization exercise
is when you are falling asleep at night. Alternatively you
can set aside some time when you won't be interrupted to perform
the visualization in a relaxed atmosphere. You should concentrate
on your mental picture of you reaching your goal. Once you
have the picture clear in your mind, imagine the feelings
that accompany your achievement. Feel the elation, happiness
and fulfillment you are feeling at that moment in your visualization.
Practice this visualization every day and over time you will
find that just conjuring up the picture will bring with it
the positive feelings associated with reaching your goal.
To enhance the effect of these positive thoughts, you can
add a further exercise: positive speaking. This exercise,
however, is best done in a place where you won't be overheard,
otherwise your exercise might be mistaken for eccentricity.
Once you have your vision in place, say positive and encouraging
words that promote and affirm the picture you are imagining.
If you are overcome with self-doubt, then speak aloud the
opposite of your negative emotions. Speaking the opposite
of the negative words associated with your feelings will empower
you and restore your self-belief.
If you allow your mind to dwell on negative thoughts, your
attitude will become negative but the damaging effects of
negative thoughts and feelings can be eradicated by positive
thinking. By repeating the exercises daily, you will achieve
a positive mental attitude. As Aristotle said: "We are what
we repeatedly do". These exercises, although simple, can have
astonishing benefits and by using them you can change your
If you believe that you can reach your goals and make your
dreams come true then you will.
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