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Thursday, April 1, 2010

  • Give yourself a pep talk.
Sometimes our inner monologue is filled with negativity. If you counter that with a positive pep talk, it can give you the motivation to get moving. Imagine that you had to motivate your best friend. What would you say to him or her? Say those very same things to yourself and let yourself get inspired!
  • S-t-r-e-t-c-h.
Take just a few minutes to warm up your muscles by marching in place or taking a short walk. Then take your time stretching your muscles very gently, holding each stretch for a few seconds. Start with your face and neck, and work your way down to your toes. As you work each area, imagine all stress and tension leaving your body, and a new sense of peace and happiness flowing in to replace it.
  • Create a contest.
Imagine you’re in a competition with other people, each of you trying to do more than the others. You can focus on making your work the best it’s ever been, or doing it in the least amount of time it’s ever taken you. This can create a feeling of urgency and fun that will keep you moving long after you ordinarily would have given up.
  • Dance.
If feeling bored or tired, boogie your lethargy away! Sing along with the lyrics or move your body.
  • Make a to-do list.
Confusion can cause a desire to procrastinate because your tasks seem to be too numerous and overwhelming. You can list them in order of priority, or categorize like tasks together. Think about ways you can cut the time each task might take, or shortcuts that would enable you to tackle more than one thing at a time. In no time you should be feeling more focused and ready to begin.
  • Pray.
Spend a few minutes connecting to your source before you begin a challenging task. Give thanks for the opportunities in your life, and ask for inspiration, courage and stamina to do a good job. This can help you feel that you’ve got a powerful ally on your side and reduce any feelings of fear or loneliness.
  • Surround yourself with inspiration.
Take some of your favorite motivational quotes, enlarge the type, print and hang them up to read whenever you need a little boost. Hanging inspiring words and images in your home and workplace can create a continuous focus on inspiration that will keep you feeling motivated no matter what you’re working on.
  • Spend time in nature.
Sitting quietly in a peaceful place outdoors can soothe frustration and refresh your mind. Go to your favorite garden and sit quietly or walk slowly through, letting the beauty stimulate your senses. Visit a local park and watch children play, or take a trip to the beach and let the power of the ocean (or a lake) inspire you. Buy some new plants or flowers to brighten up your home and workspace.

summarises from white dove book