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Kill the Routine and Increase Your Motivation and Energy Level

Many of us rely on a structured routine to give us stability in life. We know what to expect when we wake up in the morning and we enjoy watching life play out in an orderly way, just like we always expected.  From the time we are small children, we learn to rely on routine. New mothers teach their babies routine by feeding them every three hours and allowing them to have scheduled naptimes every afternoon.

 Out of your comfort zone

School aged children rely on routine to be at school during the same hours every single day. They come home and have a snack, do homework, enjoy playtime, then have dinner, a bath, and go to bed. As adults, we also tend to be creatures of habit. We create predictable routines for our lives and we follow them without ever really thinking about it. Then one day, we suddenly have no energy and our motivation has tanked. Why is this happening? If you have hit a rough patch, your routine could be to blame.

 

Too Much of A Good Thing

While some routine in life is good, if you have too much of it, you will suffer. Routine often kills creativity and prevents you from any form of personal growth. Routine becomes an easy comfort zone of knowing what to expect and it allows us to avoid any form of change. While having a routine is not bad in and of itself, it can become bad if it holds you back in life.

 

Avoid Life on Auto Pilot

Have you ever been driving home from work and entered into a weird auto pilot mode without meaning to? Maybe you pulled into your driveway and suddenly realized you had no recollection of how you got home! Sometimes our routines are so engrained in us that our brains just take over and we go through the motions without ever experiencing the moments. This must be avoided if you want to find some fresh motivation and renew your energy level!

 

Shake Things Up!

If you are a major creature of habit and your routine is the same day in and day out, it might be time to try something new. Step out and shake things up a little and just see how it impacts your motivation and energy level. Try flipping your work hours around and see if you get more accomplished. For those that work at home, it can sometimes make creativity flourish by working late at night instead of early in the morning. Don’t let old habits dictate new days!

 

Killing your routine might seem counterproductive, but for some of us, it is the only way to shake away a funk and find a fresh dose of motivation to push us to the next level of success.

Chasing Happiness One Step At A Time

Chasing HappinessWith the dawn of a New Year, many people are making resolutions, goals, and promises to propel them into success and happiness in the coming months. In the elusive search for happiness, many people fall flat and end up more miserable than ever before. So what is the true secret to happiness? How can you end up with positive results in your efforts to be happy in the New Year? The key is to take things one step at a time and realize that happiness is the by-product of doing the next right thing.

Most people assume that happiness is something that will happen all at once.  They set it up in their mind to assume that happiness will happen in one glorious moment when they achieve their goal. Whether it is financial freedom, career success, of landing the love of a lifetime, most people concentrate on one of these goals as the only way to achieve true happiness. However, this is a myth. Happiness comes in the chasing of dreams and true contentment comes in each individual step of the journey.

Every dream begins with a series of steps. Ultimately, you have a choice to make. You can continue to feel unhappy and think about all the things you are lacking that keep you from being happy. On the other hand, you could choose to take the first step towards your happiness and take action to change your circumstances. You might be surprised to find that as you take that first step, happiness starts to creep in and take over.

Instead of focusing only on your end goal, focus on doing the next right thing. By breaking up your goals into smaller, actionable steps, you can make them become a reality. As you take each new step, you will gain confidence and happiness as you work towards your dreams.

Don’t underestimate the power of daily decisions. You have dozens of choices to make every single day and each one can powerfully impact your state of mind. If you choose to do nothing, you won’t feel any differently tomorrow. However, if you seize the opportunities of today and choose to take the next step, you will feel a little happier when you go to bed tonight. Even if you are the only one who sees the tiny step you took towards your dream, the knowledge that you are on the way will propel you and unlock a whole new world of happiness and motivation with each passing day.

As you chase your dreams and goals in the New Year, don’t get so hung up on the long term goals that you forget to make the right choices in the here and now. Do the next right thing and you will unlock a whole new world of happiness.

Resource Box: Doug Dvorak is a motivational speaker offering corporate workshops and productivity training. Learn more about his upcoming conferences at http://www.DougDvorak.com.

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Motivation in Motion – 7 Steps to Help You Stay Motivated

Being and staying motivated are two completely different things with different obstacles and benefits. Everyone, particularly those in the selling profession, have certain things which can keep them motivated. Here are seven steps to help you stay motivated personally and professionally.

1. Dream Bigger Dreams

There is nothing more important and motivating than training or fantasizing about what we can achieve and end up being. By dreaming bigger you automatically set your goals higher. This can also increase your level of confidence and give you a feeling of control regarding your abilities to improve and achieve.

2. Have a Clear Vision

The word motivation is defined literally as a reason to act. It is the rational or cognitive side of getting motivated that should be your vision. This vision however should be big enough that it motivates you to take action. It is smart to develop clear steps to help you stay motivated. This way you know what needs to be done in order for you to be motivated and happy.

3. Renew Your Vision Each Day

It’s a proven fact that sometimes motivation doesn’t last. Therefore we have to renew it while reminding ourselves of our dreams and visions every day. As creatures of habit, everyone realizes that in order to remain motivated over a long-term, it’s something that must be developed continuously.

4. Fueling Your Passion

One of the most powerful forces to keep us going is emotion, especially passion. Therefore fuel it as needed. Although logic is good, having passion for any great cause is better. Put yourself on course with a consuming desire to meet your goals.

5. Learning from Other Minds

Read and listen from those who have achieved goals in life and are successful. This can come from listening to CD’s or reading books by those who give lessons and examples of successful achievements. Their success can motivate others to achieve and prosper. They can certainly start to teach you steps to help you stay motivated

6. Work Harder to Get Results

Action will always be the key to more motivation. Motivation can build on itself when getting results. The harder you are working, the more results you’ll get. It’s a never ending cycle as successes in life typically motivates people to want to achieve more.

7. Enjoying the Process

It’s simply not possible to feel motivated all the time. Sometimes taking a small break can do wonders to help clear your mind and assess where you are at and what you need to still accomplish. After the break you’ll start feeling more refreshed and will notice that your inspiration and enthusiasm are returning again.

 

Each one of these steps has small benefits, together, they make a big difference. Follow these steps to help you stay motivated throughout your career and personal life.