Maintaining your composure by staying positive and motivated can be one of the most difficult things to do when life throws one of its many twists and turns at you. Positivity stems from a belief that things are going to be fine in the end, that everything will work out.
Some people might have been programmed by genetics, chemical imbalances, and influences in their life to be more negative than others. However, there is always work that you can do on your own to reverse negative trends and control your outcome.
At any moment, you can use your anger or negativity towards a situation or person as motivation to turn that scenario into something positive and constructive.
With all of this in mind, here are 15 tips that will help you to become more positive and motivated throughout your life.
1. Begin Your Day With Positivity
When your alarm goes off first thing in the morning, groaning and moaning might be your initial reaction. However, you should try your best to avoid these actions and, instead, start your day positively.
You can do this by viewing your day ahead as something that isn’t to be feared. To reinforce these positive feelings, you can do something small but impactful like a short workout or meditate for a short amount of time.
Even after doing a few pushups and sit-ups or thinking about your day ahead with a cup of coffee, you’ll feel like you’re more prepared and you’ve already completed a task.
2. Watch What You Eat
We mentioned earlier that positivity is a choice. And that choice can be apparent in all aspects of your life, including your diet and as you determine what you eat each day.
If you don’t have a nutritional well-balanced diet and if you don’t start your day with a proper breakfast, you’re already putting yourself behind the 8-ball.
Staying positive is much easier when your body is taken care of and when your key nutrient requirements are satisfied. So, pass up on the unhealthy options for breakfast and reach for something more substantial and nutritious.
3. Get Some Exercise
This one is no secret. When you read the title of this article you likely suspected that there would be something about exercise in here.
We all know that we feel better when we exercise, and yet we often still fail to make exercise part of our regular routine.
You’ve certainly heard the benefits of how regular exercise can enhance your life. These benefits include lessening the blow of mental stress, depression, and anxiety, helping you sleep well, fueling you with positive endorphins, and more.
Start with a small exercise goal and keep adding to it. In regards to exercise, something is always better than nothing. Starting with small exercise goals will help to keep you from getting discouraged before you even start.
4. Put In Your Sleeping Hours
Lack of sleep and negativity can create a snowball effect.
You first don’t sleep, and as a result, you are more emotional and unstable the next day. When you are emotionally unstable, you become more easily stressed which makes it subsequently harder to sleep the next night again.
It can be so easy to become a victim of this vicious cycle. You can work on getting your best night’s sleep by exercising during the day and turning off devices an hour before bed.
Furthermore, be sure to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day so you aren’t being woken in the middle of the night as you need to go to the bathroom.
5. Keep Positive People Close To You
Examine the time that you spend with other people and how you feel when you’re with them. If you have fond memories and you feel empowered when with them, of course, you should seek their company often.
However, if you leave feeling worse about yourself, such as demotivated or feeling pessimistic, consider lessening your time spent with those individuals.
There are people who you inevitably have to encounter daily, such as coworkers or classmates in college, but you can control who you spend time with outside of obligatory peers.
Limit your time with those individuals who bring more negative into your life than positive. With busy schedules and tight deadlines, time spent with friends should be a fun experience and a break from problematic or stressful situations you might find yourself in.
6. Mindfulness Is The Key To Reacting Positively
Mindfulness is a mental practice of focusing on the now and the good that is happening.
Keeping your mind focused on the present can help you to stay motivated and conquer small tasks one step at a time. It can also help prepare you for worst-case scenarios when you might be prone to reacting negatively.
Instead of thinking about all that you’ll have to do to mitigate a problem, you’re instead focused on what you can do now to help yourself.
7. Get Your Thoughts Out There
Having someone that you can talk to about your daily life, or even the issues that you’re facing can be an extremely therapeutic exercise.
Furthermore, getting a fresh perspective from someone outside of your situation can also help to put an unbiased spin on it. They will be able to help you proactively decide what your best plan of action is, without being emotionally invested in the situation.
They can also help keep you stay grounded and realize that the issue might not be as big as you think. If you don’t currently have someone you can talk to, an alternative could be to write your thoughts down in a journal.
It is a good exercise to journal daily as you work to find that person you feel you can trust and open up to.
8. Find The Silver Lining
This somewhat ties into mindfulness, since mindfulness can help you to make the most of the present. But finding the silver lining can even be done in retrospect.
It’s ideal that you recognize the positive right away and approach every obstacle with a positive outlook, but sometimes the best you can do is come back to it later.
If you reacted negatively or new stress has recently been introduced in your life, you can go back and think about how you could’ve handled it better. Or what positives can you draw from the situation?
This is similar to how most professional sports teams rewatches their performance after a game. It allows them to see areas they performed well in addition to the mistakes they made that they can improve on the next game.
9. Keep Your Home Positive
Keeping your house clean and accomplishing small tasks at home can boost your morale and make you feel like you have things more organized in life.
If you are stressed at work and come home to a dirty home, your misery might only compound.
Furthermore, work to identify the things that make you feel unmotivated or negative, and try to do less of them. If you feel bad after watching 4 hours of TV after work, try cutting it down to one hour a day, or maybe taking days away from the TV totally.
10. Help Others To Stay Motivated
Some of the most fulfilling work you can do is in other people’s lives. Helping other people can help you to realize how small your problems might be and that everyone is facing their own problems.
Furthermore, it can help you realize that the world isn’t against you, but rather, but rather everyone is in it together.
Helping others stay motivated doesn’t necessarily have to mean dealing with someone who has massive life problems. It can be a small task to help those around you that you live or work with.
11. Stay Grateful
Keeping what you’re grateful for in mind is something that should be practiced on a regular basis.
Studies have shown that staying grateful and setting time aside each day to think about what you’re grateful for will help to increase your positive thoughts you have.
It works as a training regimen to think about all the positives in your life first, rather than last. Do this either in your own head or consider writing it down.
Keeping a journal of all the things you are grateful for can also help you to at a later date. When you are going through tough times, you can go back through your journal to help encourage you to become more positive and motivated.
12. Keep Track Of The Compliments You Receive
This might seem like a strange thing to do, but it can be massively helpful. If you keep a log or file of compliments that you have received throughout the various aspects of your life, it can be helpful at a later date.
Furthermore, it can help to get through those moments where you feel incapable, stressed, or demotivated. Seeing the kind things that others have said about you can be reassuring, help you to get back on track to become more motivated and positive.
As with many of these other tips, it also is training for you to take note of the positive attributes about yourself over the negative ones.
13. Take Breaks From Work
Rather than working feverishly on a task for hours and hours on end, consider breaking it up as much as possible.
Research has shown that when you take time away from your desk or your projects, it keeps your satisfaction higher and minimizes your chance of feeling burnt out.
It doesn’t take much time, just a few minutes here and there to help you take a break. Also, coming back to a project after a break can help you to gather your thoughts and maybe rework things upon your return.
14. Continuously Work On Improving And Learning
Throughout work and life, if you focus on continual improvement, you will continue to head in the right direction.
Additionally, there is a good chance that once you feel like you have a better grasp on life and work, you’ll feel more positive and motivated in general.
If you remain stagnant in various aspects of your life, it can be easy to start feeling like you’ve lost your edge. Even if you are stuck in a job that you don’t particularly like, doing it to the best of your ability and seeing signs of improvement will be rewarding to you.
15. Tackle One Task At A Time
When thinking about the long to-do list of things that you need to accomplish, you can make any project seem like a path of misery.
Instead, think about what you need to do right now and focus on that task until it’s done. When it is done, check it off your to-do list and move to the next task.
Rather than focusing on what you still have to do, focus on what you’ve gotten done. Furthermore, focus on the next task that you can look forward to checking off the list.
Dividing your attention will likely just result in you procrastinating many different tasks and creating multiple halfway jobs in the end.
After reading these tips, hopefully, you realize the work that you can put in to become more positive and motivated.
You’ll hopefully also realize that many of these tips are dependent on you and how you approach the various scenarios you might find yourself in. These tips focus on all the things that are in your control.
Often, it appears easier to complain about the bad hand you might have been dealt with in life. However, complaining about your misfortune will not help you become more positive or motivated in your life. Try not to let things you can’t control get you down.
Instead of focusing on your misfortune and the negative events that have happened in your life, try your best to focus on what you can control. How can you work to become more motivated to change your situation and make your life a more positive one?
Try to put these tips into practice so that when life does throw something uncontrollable at you, you’re better equipped to deal with it. As you become more positive, so too does the world around you.
The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?
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