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How to Stay Motivated Throughout the Day
How do you Start your Day?
¨You should concentrate on just one thing, ¨a friend of mine suggested.
* Why should I? ¨I inquired, knowing in advance the usual response.
¨Because it´s not good, people should only follow a straight path in life.
I refrained from answering this common inquiry. I already knew that this guy did not have any other good statement to reinforce this affirmation. I had heard similar suggestions from other people, including my family.
I had been born with a tendency to remain restless in my thinking. I remember that when I was a child my thoughts would take me to the confines of the universe and to imagine things that could not be said out loud openly as the risk of being labeled insane could spread around in my environment.
I don´t remember when or how but it was very common to hear this remark whenever I would say or do something in my childhood;
¨Ay, Juanito, ¨
That caused me trouble at the beginning but over time, I learned to understand that the remark was not of disapproval, but on the contrary was a ¨I don´t understand, but is funny. ¨
SImple Ways to Motivate Yourself
Since the very first day I left my home, I would always carry items (book, notebook, telescope, three-color click ball pen..etc.) that I considered useful for me. All of these items were stuffed into a single cardboard not bigger than a shipping postal box. Seeing those simple items well packed and in order would always keep me stimulated for the day long. Everytime I used any of these items, they would provide me with some kind of pleasure.
¨Hey, would you like to go running tomorrow morning? ¨ a friend of mine asked me.
¨I don´t like running, ¨I answered.
¨Come on, it´s fun! ¨ He insisted.
¨I exercise every day, ¨I replied.
¨How? ¨ He wanted to know.
¨I walk eight blocks from here to my guitar course, ¨I explained.
¨That´s fun! ¨ He asserted.
I did not tell him at that moment, but running is not one of my favorite sports. I tried it once and ended up exhausted and with a fast heart rhythm. It´s probably one of the most recommended forms of exercise for good health, but I prefer training at a slower speed. Walking produces more e enjoyment in me than running.
Setting Goals in all Areas of Your Life
With wjhat Frequency Do you Set your Goals?
Setting Daily Goals for Motivation
Since the very first day I left my home, I would always carry items (book, notebook, telescope, three-color click ball pen...etc.) that I considered useful for me. All of these items were stuffed into a single cardboard not bigger than a shipping postal box. Seeing those simple items well packed and in order would always keep me stimulated for the day long.
Every time I used these items, they would provide me with some kind of pleasure. The enjoyment was not on the item itself but on the utility they provided. They formed part of my daily tools for general improvement.
¨What are you carrying in that box, ¨ someone asked me.
¨Things that are useful for me, ¨I answered.
¨Let me take a look¨ the person demanded.
¨Ash, I wouldn’t carry too much junk with me, ¨he stated in a mocking tone.
They were not the types of things that anyone could consider useful, especially if someone is not interested in astronomy or writing like I was.
Setting Daily Goals
I enrolled in a guitar course. The first in my life, at the age of 15. I remember the progress I had made in just one week. From knowing nothing about the guitar and music, I was, after the lapse time of one week, able to play my first three chord progression on the guitar. The driving force throughout those two or three weeks that I spent learning to play the guitar were the progressively daily advances in my knowledge of the instrument.
There was more stimulation involved than that. The walk from my home to the guitar school was another type of daily stimulation and the thought of a good lunch after the course was another good stimulating source. So, not only setting daily goals, but setting them hourly would keep me motivated throughout the day.
After a break up relationship, I was asked the following question;
¨What are you planning on doing? ¨
¨About what? ¨ I demanded.
¨About the break up? ¨
¨I´m going to have a good sleep tonight, ¨ I answered.
¨No, what are your plans for the year, now that you are alone? ¨
¨I´m going to............, ¨
I didn´t really know what to answer. What I was naturally resolving at that moment was not to put too much thought on the break up, but concentrating myself more on the more tangible set of daily events.
It provided me with more pleasure than thinking in what could have been but it wasn´t. What followed to this life mishap was a sort of personal arrangements in relation with stablishing goals on the short-term.
Technique for Setting Goals
- Decide what you want to achieve
- Separate the important from what is insignificant or distracting
- Approach with self-confidence the achievement of your goals
- Set yearly goals. Then, set short-term goals
- Set daily goals and achieve them as they come
Setting Short Term Goals
Often, one sets goals that may or may not be attained. Those that are set on the long term risk not being reached due to various factors, including health, death or accidents. It all depends on how one approaches them. Those that are set on the short term can be more achievable and even enjoyable.
¨What are your goals for this year? ¨ a friend asked me.
¨To be better in all aspects of my life, ¨ I answered.
¨I have set my goals for this month, not for the year, ¨ I explained.
¨I think they´re more achievable.
¨Yes, I think the so, too, ¨ he expressed.
¨Last year’s goals for the year were not attained due to a family issue that needed immediate solution, ¨ he explained.
¨One doesn´t know what is going to come across during the year, ¨ I asserted.
¨I´ll be better when I set my goals for the short term, ¨ I said.
¨What about going swimming this evening? ¨ He invited.
¨I bet you I will swim those 100 meters in a minute, ¨ I challenged him.
¨That is a bet, it will be fun! ¨he uttered happily.
Driving Forces Behind Human Motivation
Setting goals is the driving force behind motivation. In order to set goals. there must be a driving force, first; moreover, the creation of visual images in our mind will increase the motivation and will add certain pleasure to us.
Every one of us has necessities and desires. We should stay focus towards satisfying our basic needs, such as hunger, money, health, etc. when all these basic necessities are satisfied, then, we should consider satisfying others in hierarchical order.