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Building Yourself A Motivational Environment

Our environment, the people and all the external elements around us can be influenced with varying degrees. It is easy to replace the car we have, as compared to switching to a different company. Family culture, market trends and political/social/economical factors are the hardest to change or influence.

Learning about what is easy to change and what is not is important before we try to influence, replace, remove or tinker with any of the environmental factors.

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The Variables Of Life

Where you are right now is a sum total of your starting point, your character and your environment.

Our character, personality traits, behavioural patterns, level of awareness, and decision-making skills form a set of variables that define the outcome of our life. Another set of variables is what we get in our environment, like our upbringing, and the people around us.

Good environments are a blend of talent, technology, tolerance, transparency and transcendence.

  1. A place that makes you shine and brings out the best in you.
  2. Encourages you to make smart, right choices every day, like saving money by riding a bicycle, or eating an apple instead of a pack of Lays.
  3. Promotes moving towards good decisions and accelerating your success.
  • Change your smartphone or desktop wallpaper to something motivational.
  • Set alarms to follow your daily systems and good habits.
  • Declutter your home.
  • Install apps to manage your health better, like a meditation app.
  • Remove time-sucking apps and constant notifications from your phone.
  • Sell away things that annoy you.
  • Buy fresh fruit instead of chips.
  • Get a faster computer.

We can impact our environment by simply changing the way we behave and react.

  1. Stop fighting with family members.
  2. Stop resisting the market trends, and adjust our actions instead.
  3. Build a strategy to work with the system we are in, and the law of the land.
  4. Remember that the more successful we want to be, the more support we need from our environment.
  1. Join a social club, gym or a business club.
  2. Find a new spouse, who is a better fit for your life.
  3. Switch to a job where your talents are better appreciated and where you like doing what you do.
  4. Change your career altogether.
  5. Move to a different country.

We may not have control over most of the factors of our environment, but the more we understand ourselves, getting aware of our personal power and learning the required life lessons to humble us, the more capable we get at influencing our own environment.

Some factors will stay the same no matter what we do, and it is a good idea to change our mindset about them, and decide to see things differently. We can redesign our environment or redesign our thinking.

  1. Get rid of the Television.
  2. Find a positive person or a mentor to help you reach your goals faster.
  3. Delete your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Accounts.
  4. Stop spending time with people who drain your energy.
  5. Sell your car and get a bike.

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The greatest motivation
The most motivational statement comes down to three words: “You’re gonna die.”

You get one life and one chance to make yourself happy. Instead of sitting and complaining about not pursuing the things you want in life, do something about it.

No matter your age, you have the time to make yourself happy:
  • If you’re in your early 20s, most likely you don't have major life commitments, so this is the time to take the chance on the life you want: travel, experiment with your talents, start networking.
  • If you’re in your 40s, 50s, 60s, or older, instead of retiring and taking up golf, maybe it’s time to triple down and really focus on what you want. 
There’s this tendency people have to pass over opportunities when they think they can just “come back to it later.” People are living their lives like they have unlimited time. 

The biggest poison we encounter as humans is regret, so stop making excuses and start making yourself happy.

New Year Resolutions that Stick

Whether it is a resolution to lose weight, to do more exercise, or to consume less sugar, we all have encountered hardships trying to stick with them.

Health-related New Year Resolutions are easy to make, but hard to implement. We all could use some healthy behavior changes that continue past January.

One Thing At A Time

Making resolutions requires no effort, but if we decide to suddenly shift towards improving too many of our behaviors at once, it can backfire.

Focus on one thing that you want to change, at a time, and commit to it.

What You Can Control

You may not be able to change the external circumstances, stressful situations, or work environment. What you can do is control how you react to negative forces and stressful situations.

For example: If you get unhealthy food at your home, you can control how or when you eat it.

The Social Cognitive Theory

The Social Cognitive Theory states that a mix of personal and environmental determinants influence our behavior, our beliefs and the outcomes we expect if we do act as planned.

Do Some Research

If you want to change your behavior, break an unhealthy habit, or develop a new habit, find out all the information about it.

Find out if it suits you and your body, and how much you need to push yourself. If you can see how it benefits you, it can work as a motivation to keep up with the change.

Towards a Healthy Habit

There are five stages in the process of shifting towards a healthy practice:

  • Contemplation
  • Seeking Advice
  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Maintenance of the new behavior.
Tell Your Friends

Seeking support, asking for help, or even making your progress visible to others helps you with social support and an added motivation.

It also weeds out potential cheat moments as your friends know about your regime.

Change Your Environment

Trying to create a new healthy habit while being in the same environment or surroundings can be difficult. Changing your surroundings to suit your new resolution ensures you adhere to it.

For example: If you are trying to cut on sugar, your pantry should not be filled with candy, but with fruits.

Social Peer Pressure

People get motivated socially, as there are a lot of people with you, engaging in the same challenges to lead a healthier and better life.

For example: If we see social media posts of a friend exercising regularly, it can help motivate us to be more active.

Small And Attainable Goals

We all want to accomplish a lot of things, some of which cannot be suddenly achievable. We need to work on small and attainable goals, inching towards our bigger goal, step-by-step.

For example: If you cannot suddenly start going to bed early, try going a few minutes earlier than the night before.

Celebrate Your Success

Reward yourself and celebrate the goals you accomplish, and the milestones you complete.

Don’t Improve All Things at Once

Create a list of what you want to change and place the easiest issues firstly. 

When you finish improving one aspect, only then you can start the next step. The first steps are important and when you'll see the results of your efforts, you will be inspired to go further.

Procrastinating Is Not Always Bad

It doesn’t mean that you should procrastinate all the time as you want

If you’re working on a project, for example, schedule an alarm every 2 hours and relax for about 15 minutes. But don’t spend all your free time on unproductive activities: do exercise for your body and for eyes, go for a walk or have a meal if it’s needed.

Don’t Tell Anybody About Your Plans

When you tell someone about your goal, you already feel partially satisfied because you start thinking that you’ve done some steps on the way towards your goal.

Plus, some of the people you tell might demotivate you.

Stop the Negative Self-talk

Recall your thoughts during the day. 

For example, when you receive a compliment about your work, you think, “Oh, that’s nothing.” And this is a problem, you can estimate your work objectively, we are all inclined to think about ourselves only in a bad way. Just silence your inner critic and start thinking that you can improve your life.

Don’t Criticize Others

Align with criticizing ourselves, we also like to criticize others. We judge and label other people so quickly, even if we don’t know them.

If you want to lower the level of negative thoughts, stop comparing yourself to others. 

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