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Motivation Part 2

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

  • Chew peppermint gum.
The action of consistently chewing can keep you feeling more alert and freshen your breath.

  • Get your blood pumping.
Go for a walk to clear your mind and invigorate your body! A short 10-minute walk can do wonders.

  • Wash away your woes.
A brisk shower can be a wake-up call for a sluggish mind. Scrub vigorously to stimulate your skin.

  • Oxygenate your brain.
Inhale slowly through your nose, feel your abdomen expand first, then expand your chest. Pause for 3 to 5 seconds and then s-l-o-w-l-y exhale through your mouth, making a “shhhhh” noise as you do so. When you have completely exhaled, pause a few seconds then slowly inhale using the same technique (belly first, then chest). Repeat for 5 to 10 breaths (do it slowly so you don’t hyperventilate!).

  • Clear out the clutter.
Few things can make us feel as sluggish and confused as physical clutter can! Set the timer for 15 minutes. Get rid of empty food containers, unneeded notes and paperwork, empty envelopes, empty glasses or bottles, etc. Create a separate pile for anything that needs to be filed or sorted, and move it to another location. Don’t keep it within view unless it looks neat and orderly.

  • Just begin.
It’s the start of any objective that is often the hardest for most of us, because we convince ourselves the task will be unpleasant or boring. Set it for 15 minutes. Promise yourself you can stop working after 15 minutes if you want to, but you have to work at least that long.

  • Push yourself harder.
If you think it will take an hour to finish a particular task or goal, make it your mission to finish it in 30 minutes. Most of us have a terrible habit of pampering ourselves rather than pushing ourselves to be better and do better. Deciding to take it to the next level can motivate you to keep doing that and blast through any feelings of procrastination.

  • Dress to the nines.
If you’re trying to accomplish something – dress up! Put on a formal outfit, including shoes and socks (or pantyhose). Do your hair, shave, and put on cologne or perfume – whatever you would normally do for a social or business event. This gets your mind into action mode and clears away any tendency to slack off.

  • Visualize the end result.
Set aside 10 minutes before you begin and allow yourself to feel the feelings you’ll experience when you’ve accomplished what you set out to do – whether it’s satisfaction, pride, happiness, excitement, or simple relief. This gets the good feelings flowing and motivates you to do what it takes to create that experience “for real.” 

summarised from white dove book