Start This New Year with Zen Motivation

It’s a new year, a new beginning, time to set some new goals and add milestones to the ongoing ones. But where to find an endless supply of motivation, the energy of positive thinking? How to bind it with daily life?

Here are some suggestions, shared by achievers:

  1. Break down big goals into small ones

Your big goal might be to lose 20 pounds or to raise funds to buy a new car. But can any of this happen overnight? You know the answer – it can’t happen in one go. So what do you do?

To lose that 20 pounds, figure out how much you need to work out and diet on a daily basis. To buy the new car, figure out how much you need to save on a daily basis. Small daily goals make all the difference. Prepare a simple checklist or maintain an Excel file. Update it daily and note down the small steps you have taken. This way, someday if you feel demotivated or low on energy, one look at your “progress so far” will set you right back on track.

When it comes to life, we all follow Murphy’s Law. We count everything bad happening to us, but forget about the blessings. Keep a track of the progress you’ve made, and that will motivate you to keep going.

  1. Penalties and rewards

Hold yourself accountable for your actions. The days you fail to stick to your target, set a little penalty or a little punishment for yourself. However, don’t make it too hard. Try simple things such as avoiding elevators all day long or staying away from coffee or tea for one whole day. This will only add strength to your resolution.

Also, the days you cover a noteworthy milestone on your track, treat the “good you”. Go for something that cheers you up. It can be that favorite ice-cream you like, or a fun movie.

It’s a strategy that can do wonders to boost your spirit and keep it uplifted.

  1. Feed your mind well and develop good habits

Build a mental environment to help you stay focused on your vision. Check blogs, read articles, watch documentaries, and have discussions with your friends on a regular basis. Feed your mind well and watch it smoothly adapt to your motivations. Motivations work better when the mind starts to build habits. Remember the wise, old saying: “Motivation is what gets you started, Habit is what keeps you going.”

  1. Identify and accept stress, then de-stress

Know your limits. Once you feel stressed, take a break. It’s hard to keep an exhausted mind motivated. Ease up the burden and take some load off. Listen to music, go for a stroll, do activities that lighten your mood. Everyone gets stressed at some point or the other. Dragging yourself at that point, is only going to slow you down. By taking a voluntary break, you’ll avoid breaking down a well set schedule.

  1. Meditate

This is one powerful tool. No matter what your target is, what your struggles are, meditation always helps. By meditating, you learn to reflect on your thoughts and actions. You connect with your inner self. And you also begin to channelize your subconscious mind. If you have never meditated, it’s not a problem. You can start by simply focusing on your breathing. Concentrate on the rhythm of inhaling and exhaling and relax your mind. It might be difficult at first, but with patience and effort, you will get the flow.

Nothing is impossible in life. With the right attitude, positive approach, and strong motivation anything can be achieved. The whole point is about understanding what you need and how to get it. Give a chance to these simple, yet precious, suggestions. Many have benefited by following these simple codes of staying motivated, you can too. So, go ahead and make the most out of this New Year and all the years ahead. All the best!

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