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What Drives You To Stay Motivated?


“What drives you”—so goes a famous tagline of Caltex. Yes, indeed, have you ever asked that question yourself? In other words, how do you stay motivated? But first and foremost, identify the things that keep you going or the things that personally bring you happiness, or at least help you attain happiness.

Could it be professional success, a sense of achievement, financial independence, the freedom to be different, or to backpack and travel everywhere? You have your own reasons for pursuing those personal wants and aspirations to stay motivated. Try to do more of those things you like and less of those things you dislike.

In reality, when you really like what you’re doing, you’ll be more improved at what you’re doing, since you’re more willing to do it. So, you stay motivated because you want to, and not because you’re being forced into something. Another tip to stay motivated is to constantly challenge yourself.

When you establish a personal challenge for yourself, life becomes more exciting. You have a reason to wake up every day, to welcome a brand new day with a bright smile. Try to be gutsy and do anything once or anything new in your life. It can be as simple as deciding to help a friend design a website, smiling at a stranger, or more complex as cracking (or just trying) the Rubik’s Cube, traveling alone, or trying rock climbing to test your fear of heights.

Break free from the ordinary and see beyond what you thought was impossible for you to attain. When you arrive at your workplace, set a nice working atmosphere to encourage productivity and efficiency. Try to set a clean and comfy environment so that you’ll enjoy every moment of your working hours.

A relaxing and comfortable workspace contributes to a healthy mind ready for working. If you want to stay motivated, you should also never lose sight of your dream and keep visualizing your successes and triumphs, no matter how small they may seem. Don’t define success as what other people perceive it to be, but rather view your success as what it looks like from your own point of view.

In short, don’t compare other people’s accomplishments to your own. Lastly, celebrate your achievements and progress you’ve made as you go through your journey. Reward yourself and let others know about it by treating a friend or your colleagues to dinner to commemorate your triumph and your upcoming successes in the future.

You Can Change The World When You Dream Big


When you dream big, it doesn’t simply mean that you’re wishful thinking. It means that you want to have a purpose in your life, and you want to be fulfilled. They say that if you want to reach the heavens, aim for the stars. Aside from that, you have another great reason to welcome a brand new day with a smile in your heart. If you dream big, it’s a reminder and a motivator of what your raison d’être is in this world.

Come to think about it–it’s because of big dreamers that we have great men in history who contributed all those inventions we now enjoy.

Famous people from all over the world have their own big dreamers–from illustrious artists, enterprising businessmen, great thinkers, musicians, athletes, physicians who invented antidotes for diseases, and legendary philanthropists.

That’s why we have to thank those people who dream big since they are the pioneers who, over time, change the course of history and the world becomes a better place. If you want to leave a legacy and leave a great name in this world, then dream bigger dreams!

Besides, it gives you a sense of rush–an excitement of what life has to offer and embracing all the possibilities of your future, of what the great vast universe can offer.

And why not–it’s because of your vision and firm belief which pushes the envelope farther and your imagination greater. You’ll even create for yourself a role model others will willingly emulate, and that’s setting the bar high.

bar higher, which is simply fabulous.

Questions To Help You Think About How To Start Your Day Right

Sorry, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

That’s the common statement we hear from most people if ever they have a bout with a foul mood and the people around them are at least affected. We all have bad hair days and not-so perfect days, but you don’t want your productivity to be affected just because you woke up on the wrong side of the bed. ‘ Usually, it’s just a matter of conditioning your mind that nothing can spoil your day no matter what.

If you train your mind how to start your day right, then it’s easier to carry out your mornings and it’s all a matter of self-awareness. To do this, you can begin with answering questions like:

What am I grateful for today in my life?

What could I accomplish this day to improve my life?

What makes me feel excited and what do I look forward to this moment?

What am I contented at this stage in my life right now?

How can I be of help to someone today?

What makes me happy in my life right now?

Pondering these questions and answering them helps you start your day right.

These questions make you think about your present conditions, your future goals, and all the motivation you need to make you happier. It helps us keep track of our objectives and remain steadfast in our goals instead of merely reacting to whatever circumstances that we encounter and being affected by them.


Remember Your Motivations And Move


A new year is supposed to be a great way to start afresh. It’s not necessarily a clean slate, but it’s clean enough for most people. For a lot of people, a new start is enough of a motivation to begin with, so let’s get back to some basics, shall we?

First off, what have you been doing with your life in the past year? Did you build your own business? Have you tried a new sport? Did you write that novel you’ve always wanted or that tune you’ve always been thinking of? Whatever it is, it’s time to evaluate the things you’ve been doing. If you haven’t had the right motivation to do those things you’ve wanted to do, why not?

One reason why you haven’t found it is probably because you don’t like what you’re doing. It’s an elementary analysis, but true, nonetheless.

You get intrinsic motivation when you do something you like.

When you do something, you like, you don’t really think about how hard it is, but you do think of the challenge ahead of you as something fun. It’s pretty powerful stuff, but what if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing?

In situations like that, you should look ahead. Look into the near future or a place that’s farther away, but basically, you should think about a goal you’ll get to once you reach the end of your labors. After hours of working at the office, you could get yourself that new gadget you wanted. After all that dieting and exercise, you can look forward to a fitter, healthier you.

You can find several ways of rewarding yourself just to get things done. Extrinsic motivation can work in labor that you enjoy, but it matters most when you feel that you don’t like what you’re doing. Besides, what good is it to keep working at something you don’t enjoy and something you won’t get anything out of? When that happens, it’s time to reevaluate your life.

Time for less elementary thoughts on the matter. Motivation will only take you so far, so if you want to achieve success, job, or anything that needs your attention, it needs your patience and dedication. If you’re working on something that takes really long to finish, make a habit out of it and build a routine around it. You don’t have to stick to it forever but make it something that you can get used to so it’s familiar. When you’re familiar with something, it’s just that much easier to do.

Finally, get yourself the appropriate amount of rest and relaxation so you’ll have the energy and motivation to tackle anything ahead of you. The mind is only as strong as the body can carry you. Even if you like what you do, you still get tired. And if you combine the two, you could fool yourself into thinking that you’re doing something tiring and it could lead you to inactivity. Fatigue and boredom are two of your worst enemies. You can get rid of one of them when you eat good food and get good rest.

Motivate Yourself To Stay Healthy By Trying These Types Of Exercises


In my next ebook, “Goldmine to Success“, there’s a chapter about self-motivation. And when it comes to staying healthy, what motivates you to be fit and stay healthy? Is it because of vanity–like looking good so that you’ll look like a model in any clothes that you wear? Or you want to live a long life to be strong enough for your descendants? Or how about being free from worries like sickness and hospital bills?

Well, whatever your reason to stay healthy, I’m sure exercise always plays a huge part in any health and fitness goals. Check out these 4 types of exercises:

1) Flexibility, or simply stretching
Most especially when we age, stretching becomes our most trusted ally. Though stretching is one of the most underrated types of exercise, you can’t underestimate the advantages that come with it. Not only does it improve our posture, but flexibility exercises also reduce muscle tension and promote circulation.

2) Resistance training, a.k.a. strength or weight training
Nowadays, not just men are trying these kinds of exercise–women too! Weightlifters are not just for men alone. But of course, females don’t attain the same muscle mass as males do. This kind of exercise will enhance body metabolism and noticeable changes in body structure if done regularly.

3) Mind-body exercises
Some examples include Pilates, yoga, or tai-chi. These mind-body exercises focus awareness on our breathing and posture movements. Expect some stress-reduction effects, enhanced energy flow and better circulation. You can also try meditation for improved mindfulness.

4) Aerobic exercise
If you want to sustain respiration and elevated heart rate for like, 15-20 minutes, then this activity is for you.

This exercise is also called a cardio workout. There are many advantages to this exercise; you can improve your energy, mood, and digestion. It also enhances the immune system and our lungs and heart, promoting improved circulation as well.

Whatever type of exercise you want to try, choose the one which you can truly benefit from and make sure you also enjoy it in the process. You can even try a combination of these exercises. Ask your fitness professional about it.

Daily Motivation Tips For Blah Days


Of course, there are those ‘blah-days’ when you believe you awoke on the wrong side of the bed or that today is just not your day. So how can you cope with a bad mood in such a way that it does not ruin your whole day?

1) Be a nature lover once again
Perhaps it’s time to reconnect with Mother Nature again. Be one with nature and perhaps the smoke-filled hustle and bustle of the city life is also causing your foul mood. Try having a picnic in a garden. Lie in the grass of your courtyard and watch birds fly.

2) Mix yourself with shades of orange and yellow
Leatrice Eiseman, author of “More Alive with Color”, explains that these bright and warm hues tend to make people very joyful, probably because they remind us of the sun. No orange or yellow outfits to don? You can pick up flowers with these colors to give you an instant lift.

3) LOL at your PC
Even if you’re stuck in your cubicle or desk, try to amuse yourself from time to time. There are tons of hilarious content on the Internet. Aside from searching on YouTube, you can check out funnyordie.com. Who says you can’t crack up alone?

4) Give your harsh overhead lighting a rest; switch on your desk lamp for a change
A softer and lighter glow could help soothe and relax you. Plus, you don’t have to squint your eyes because of so much brightness.

5) Amp up your mood with your fave tunes
If things go wrong, you can always rely on your music to transcend you to another state… of happiness, that is. If you want to let off steam of irritation and anger without getting lost, you can play heavy and banging tunes. If you want something to relax you, then pick a slower, soothing song.

Choose What Works for You When It Comes To Staying Motivated

When it comes to tons of tips and self-improvement advice (usually online), you may be confused about what to follow, especially when it comes to the motivation genre. Take note that we are all created differently, and what works for me may not work out for you. The best advice for staying motivated? Just stick to whatever works for you. No complications–less are more.

Take all advice with a grain of salt and don’t think twice about discarding advice that doesn’t work for you. People can get motivated differently, and for example, about how to go about your tasks during your workdays. Remember that gurus are not immune to their own personal styles of working techniques which also work for them–but may not be working for you.

Like in this example, should you do easy tasks first, or do difficult tasks first?

Just like working out in the gym, some gurus suggest a little “warm up” of doing easy tasks first.

Usually in the morning, you can choose tasks which don’t really demand a lot of thinking. I know some people who profess that they’re “not a morning person” and they can’t handle “heavy” work early in the morning, since their brains need some warming up before getting into the “main event”–which is the difficult tasks.

On the other hand, there are also experts who suggest finishing difficult projects early in the day, so that you can breathe a sigh of relief soon after, since a large chunk of the “burden” is already done. Yes, this may work for some so that it’s going to be a breeze after it’s over.

In the end, there is still no wrong choice, and you have to figure out what works best for you when it comes to staying motivated when it comes to your working happiness.

Make Decisions You Will Never Regret


Making decisions is a part of life and you want to make sure you’ll never regret it. Here are some suggestions that I gleaned from cosmopolitan.com.

1) Try sleeping on it—but only for one night
Ever wonder why people tell you to “sleep on it” when confronted with major dilemmas? Sleeping may help you evaluate your options and make a choice, according to studies. But don’t linger on your choices for so long–for it may mean you’re not comfy with the choices you got, and you might need to try other options.

2) Ditch people who are pressuring you
Especially when confronted with making decisions, don’t be a victim of being swayed by others who only have self-serving motives and are not really after your best interests.

Be wary of those people (salespeople persuading you to buy high-priced items you can’t afford). Try distancing yourself away from them. If not, act as if you’re seeking advice for a friend to help you to act reasonably.

3) Have a discussion with a small group of individuals
You may need the advice of others, or whomever you trust to contribute their honest opinion, for you know they have your best interests at heart. Hearing others’ viewpoints may enlighten you, especially in areas where you have no expertise or experience.

4) But you don’t have to talk it over with everyone
Seeking out too many opinions, including those from people whom you barely know, could keep you hanging with several disharmonious or unnecessary advice which will only make you more confused.

If you think this person is not in a position to know what’s best for you, better zip it and look for someone else who does. Check character references before seeking advice.

5) Wait till you’re no longer stressed
Wait before you’re no longer distressed or upset when asking decisions. When we act out of anxiety, we tend to make poor choices. That said, you may hold off getting a new haircut right after being fired.

5 Ways on How To Motivate Yourself

There are good days and bad days, and those in-between, wherein it’s neither good nor bad, but simply those ho-hum days that make you feel bored and not want to do anything at all. Well, it’s time to be proactive and start to motivate yourself.

Here are some tips:

1) Instead of thinking or talking about it, DO it! Turn your to-do lists into to-done lists. The best things and goals don’t materialize just by thinking or talking about them. Act on it! And don’t think about those things which you can’t do–you don’t want to attract bad vibes.

2) Though it’s always not easy to do, try your best to stay focused on what you should be doing.

Concentrate on one goal at a time, making them more realistic and attainable. Don’t try to overwhelm yourself with too many tasks in one day.

3) Leave your problems/personal issues at the door. Whatever it is you’re trying to do/achieve within the day, Stop making excuses for why you can’t–try focusing on what you can do right now. You have to do what you can do at the moment.

4) Heard what they say about following your gut feeling? Well, grab that confidence in what you believe feels right and follow it. There must be a reason why you feel strongly about something. And more often than not, they always serve your best purpose.

5) Put a lot of effort into something you truly want to desire and achieve.

Motivate yourself to figure out how to materialize your dreams into reality. Don’t regret or complain about the hard work that goes with pursuing your dream because in the end, you know it’s going to be worth it.


Influence People By Sharing A Part Of You


A particular black American lady who has a great deal of power in the United States was reared on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi by her grandmother and endured molestation and abuse throughout her youth. She has survived despite the conditions of her life. Her life began to take shape when she joined a broadcasting team at WVOL radio in Nashville and eventually rose to the position of news reporter and anchor.

Being in the media, she can influence people with her daily broadcast. She again became a co-anchor at WJZ-TV news in Baltimore, where she hosted the talk show “People Are Talking” while multi-tasking as a reporter and anchor. In 1984, she went to Chicago for another hosting job on a local talk show, “AM Chicago”, that became a hit and was renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which was named after her.

It garnered three Daytime Emmy Awards. She was the youngest person ever that received an award from the International Radio and Television Society as “Broadcaster of the Year”. The influence of her job made her enter the production business and build HARPO Productions, Inc., which was formed from her name, which was spelled backwards.

The production later took over responsibilities for “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, which marked Oprah as the first woman to produce her very own show. The influence of her early bad experiences of abuse aroused her to initiate a campaign for child abusers. She proposed the “Oprah Bill” under the Child Protection Act to former President Clinton and it was signed in 1993.

This widened her influence more to a larger crowd. According to Time magazine, Oprah is included in the list of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences rewarded her with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and she was presented with a gold medal award by the National Book Foundation on its 50th anniversary for her service to authors and books.

This started when she also dominated the publishing industry by having an on-air book club. Oprah has so many achievements and contributions that she has shared with a large number of people. She almost gave her wealth away to the needy. She had helped many people and inspired millions because of her deeds.

People are drawn by her innate goodness. The realization there—-is you have to share the goodness that you can give. Initiate an action that will benefit your neighbors and all things will follow. People want to be loved first, and they will never forget an act of kindness performed on them.

This will start something positive that will influence others.

Inspiring People: Check It Out If You’re One Of Them


Do you consider yourself to be one of the most inspirational people you know? Consider whether you believe you deserve to be on that list. Thus, here is my own checklist of the most common qualities of inspirational individuals. Check it out and see if you belong—and if you do, then good for you.

It’s always nice to feel recognized, isn’t it?

1.Inspirational people are those who count their blessings. They savor and find joy in whatever they have—even in the littlest of things. They don’t whine and complain about what they don’t have because they know it’s just a waste of time.

2. Then, there are also courageous individuals not afraid to take the risk to do what their hearts long for—very inspiring.

It’s not always easy for most of us to do what feels so right. Examples like making unpopular decisions that will lead us to happiness, even if they go against the tide of others’ popular beliefs and opinions, like our family, friends, and colleagues, just as long as you know that you’re not hurting anyone in the process.

3. Inspiring people are also those who acknowledge there’s a problem to be solved but rather than blame others, they focus on looking for solutions and readily carry them out. These people are worth looking up to.

4. Good-humored people who make others laugh are always a delight that inspires.

Having a wonderful sense of humor is a gift that has to be shared in order to infect happiness on a global scale, if only momentarily, in order to alleviate a load. The most inspirational individuals usually make us grin more.

5. There are also individuals who listen but never judge—a very admirable trait. This is patience at its very best. How many of us take the time to listen to someone without judging him? They know how to attack the problem and not the person, because they understand that nobody is perfect in this world.

6. It’s an inspiration when you know someone who readily and willingly apologizes for the wrongs or mistakes, they’ve made and really means it. It’s a brave thing when you sincerely apologize, because as they say, it’s hard to say, “I’m sorry.” The same goes for the offended party to sincerely accept the apology and really mean it—very compassionate and humane.

7. Finally, inspirational individuals are those that are smart and accomplished but maintain a modest demeanor and never boast about their achievements. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear someone who has truly achieved so much yet still keeps their feet firmly planted on the ground.

Chill Out And Enjoy The Beauty Of Life


How can we appreciate and enjoy life’s beauty despite the demands and annoyances of daily life? Have you forgotten to take time to breathe and smell the flowers? Well, as they say, always live your day as if it’s your last, so you might as well be happy and make the most of it each day.

1) Re-connect with the people around you. Appreciating the beauty of life is also about bonding and re-connecting with the people who make us happy. Improving our friendships and relationships with the people who matter to us makes us enjoy the beauty of life more. So go ahead, bond with your long-lost pals you never saw many years ago and update each other with the latest happenings in your lives.

It’s a fun and rewarding experience.

2) Enjoy the simple joys of living. Yes, all the small things in our lives that make us smile, savor them, relish them. It can be your favorite food, re-watching your favorite movie of all time, checking out your Twitter or Facebook, walking your dog, cooking your favorite dish for your family and friends. It can actually be anything; it may not be a fantastically extraordinary event, but some of your simple joys and pleasures in life can make you smile more.

3) Be one with nature; the universe has gifted us with nature to refresh and heal us from the daily stresses and pressures of day-to-day living, especially in the city.

If you plan to have that nature trip, well then, go for it–for it’s truly worth it. Basking in the vision of catching a sunset or having that picnic with your family is one way of enjoying the beauty of life.

Be Curious Like the World’s Geniuses

So, just because you became an adult, you assumed you knew all there was to know? Consider this—that is why, every now and again, we must revisit our childhood. Research has found out that 42% of college graduates have never bothered to read another book after college.

Don’t be like them—remember, learning never stops when you start graduating. Be curious—it’s worth it. We’ve heard of the adage, “curiosity killed the cat”, but for the eager, adventurous and the daring, well, it may certainly skilled them. The path to an interesting life is waiting for you if you can rediscover your ability to be curious—just as you were in your youth.

Albert Einstein said it best, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” That’s why if you want to be far from being a mediocre and be more like a genius, be curious. Remember that apple theory which fell to the ground? Many people saw that it fell, but only Isaac Newton only asked why.

So, if you want to be curious, go ahead and ask questions anyway—be inquisitive. And also consider some ideas (which you may think seem far-out) that, who knows, may work anyway. You learn a lot from others, so talk to them and hear what they have to say and be open to their views and opinions.

And try to experiment with different stuff, for a change. If you’re a loyal follower of action movies, why not try watching foreign films for once? Who knows—you may come to love it and enjoy it more. For curiosity’s sake, it’s time to break barriers–life can be exciting with all its eclectic variety.

Mingle With Passionate People– They Are Everywhere!


If you want to live a passionate life and be a passionate person yourself, then that’s easy! Simply surround yourself with passionate people.

When you mingle and enjoy the company of passionate people, when you talk with individuals who are extremely motivated about what they are doing, about the persons they love and the life they live and how they enjoy it, it can rub off on you and you can’t help yourself but also be excited and be ignited by life–filled with zest and zing! When you do, you won’t even realize how much time has elapsed because you’re having so much fun.

Actually, these passionate people not only inspire or motivate you, but they can also be sources of ideas and lessons. They refer you to other inspiring individuals as well, and they even read some self-improvement books by individuals who inspire them, and in a way, they pass their ideas to you.

The best part about it? You don’t have to move to a big city like New York, Los Angeles, or anywhere else big or happening just to look for these passionate people.

They can also be found in small towns, and you don’t have to give up looking for your own brand of people. For example, you can find some small start-up businesses who are doing great things on their own.

and carving out their own niche. Then, there are also really creative individuals out there also known for their passions–like writers, artists, musicians.  Or just about those individuals who you feel are truly excited about doing something really well in their vision for life.

Okay, if you can’t find some passionate people where you live, study or work, then for sure the world is not scant on passion-filled individuals as you can also find them on the World Wide Web. Now, that is one place where variety is indeed the spice of life! You can visit their blogs, read about their books regarding empowering ideas and insights to keep you better-rounded and socially aware.

You can find some interesting people on forums about a certain topic, and you get to share your thoughts, opinions, sentiments, or two cents’ worth on just about anything you want to share. There, you won’t be limited to one culture, race, or gender.

As long as you keep an open mind, you’ve got a cornucopia of passionate people at your fingertips!