6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

Something’s got to change. You’ve decided this firmly, things can’t stay the way they are and you’re going to make a move and finally start living the life you’ve always wanted to live, you’re going to get up early, embrace healthy habits, work out, no more unhealthy snacks, no more bad relationships, no more lost opportunities! This is the new you! Or at least, it will be the new you. On Monday. When you’ve rested a bit. And also you’re in the middle of eating a pizza and what kind of a monster throws pizza away?

A few days later, you’re lying in bed, slamming that alarm clock with your fist for a snooze, having completely forgotten the promise that you’ll get up early today to exercise. Oh well, maybe next Monday, then.

Forget about Mondays

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

The mystical place of song and merriment, the Utopia where wine flows, where hot, naked guys feed you grapes and fan you with palm leaves, where you look like a marble statue without an extra ounce of fat on you. Ah yes, the ever elusive Monday and its dreamy fantasies. If you’re going to make a change, there’s really no reason to start on a specific date, at a specific time. As soon as you start equating “next Monday,” “tomorrow,” and similar terms with what they basically are  – procrastination – you’ll realise that change starts now, not in some abstract moment in the future.

Small steps instead of grandiose plans

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

You’ll lose weight, fall in love with a perfect guy, learn romantic French, become a fashion designer, learn how to play the piano, and all this in a span of a year! Woah, slow down there. Take it easy. These grand, majestic ideas are very difficult to put into action, and if by the end of the year you don’t accomplish all that you’ve planned, you’ll only end up disappointed and discouraged from trying again.
They are simply unrealistic, and there’s a lot better way to do things. Instead of a vague desire, make a solid plan, and have it rely on very small steps. Instead of “I’ll become a slim supermodel” try “I won’t skip my workouts at all this week.” You need to have an achievable goal in sight, and then keep adding these little challenges as you make progress. 

Self-care above all

You need to remember to love yourself, you need to remember that you’re important and that you’re beautiful. Small beauty secrets are more than just a way to indulge our vanity, they’re there to help our self-love thrive. Every week, take time to exfoliate your face and put on a nourishing sheet mask.
Put argan oil in your hair and leave it on for at least an hour before you wash your hair and style it gently. Play around with makeup, use a luxuriously rich hand cream, spray your face with rose water to refresh it. Cleanse and moisturize your face each day, and never forget sunscreen. If you don’t take time for yourself, then you’ll just be stressed, tired, and unhappy. 

Inspire yourself with little things

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

The best way to keep your goal in mind is to give yourself a little visual. Want to slim down? Here’s what you can do: pour yourself a cup of hot tea, start looking at cute swimwear online, and find the sexiest, prettiest bathing suit there is. Don’t get it in the size you wear right now, but in the size you want to reach, and then make sure to hang it up in your bedroom. Glance at it every day, and you’ll remember what you’re working for. Regardless of what kind of a change you want to make in your life, keep little reminders of it all around you to inspire yourself.

Remove toxic people around you

If being around someone leaves you anxious, insecure, and sad most of the time, then perhaps it’s time to reconsider the relationship you have with them. Whether this is a partner, a friend, or a parent, no one has any right to be mean and condescending, no one has any right to make you feel unsafe, stupid, or worthless.
 Read about these warning signs and work on a strategy to slowly distance yourself from people who are dragging you down. Surround yourself with those who genuinely care about you, who want you to succeed. Surround yourself with achievers and positive people who are hungry for life and who love to tell jokes and act silly.

Read more

6 Smart Ways to Motivate Yourself to Include Changes into Your Life

Books open our minds. They serve as an escape from reality, as a comfort, as a way to learn new things and expand your horizons. Books are a way to be a wizard in a fantasy world, a supermodel from Paris, a rich sultan from Arabia, or a poor man whose life is hard, but who knows the value of love. You can be anything from a knight to a pauper, you can see any corner of the world, learn anything there is to learn. Read about people you admire, immerse yourself in a fictional world, and your heart and mind will overflow with inspiration to be better, to do better.
Lastly, learn how to forgive yourself. If you make a plan and stray from it, if you stumble, that’s alright. Don’t feel like all is lost and don’t give up. Gently get back to your course and remain unrelenting. 

                                           This is a guest post by Amy Mia  (Facebook Twitter)