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How To Shift Your Motivational Paradigm

What exactly is a paradigm shift and why is it important? The word paradigm comes from the Greek word “paradeigma” and refers to a set of patterns, methods, or systemic models within a discipline. However, in today’s world, the phrase is used to represent an individual’s learned values, habits, and overall outlook about the world. In a nutshell, a paradigm is basically what makes you unique. A person goes through many fundamental paradigm shifts in their lives that will forever alter their perception about themselves and the world they live in. It is that amazing eureka moment that can change your life for the better, but like with all things that matter to us, it just doesn’t happen overnight.

 

You can think of a paradigm as the architecture that makes up your life and your habits as the building blocks. From the time you wake up in the morning to the last few hours before you sleep, your paradigm has direct influence over the decisions you make. There are times, however, when we feel like we have become unproductive and complacent with ourselves and unsure of the direction we are headed in. It’s under times like these where we tend to make the biggest shifts in our lives and make the necessary shifts to the behaviors that affect our motivation for better or for worse.

 

Change is almost never easy, but almost always worth it in the long run. Learning to cultivate the right tools to succeed in our daily endeavors and learning to stick with those new endeavors will always be challenging but everything that is worth doing will always be difficult at first until you find your own rhythm. Here are a few vital factors to keep in mind while trying to make a major shift in your life that will help lead to a positive outcome.
Related Article: Challenge Yourself To Change Yourself

 

 

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The Difference Between Motivation and Discipline

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As individuals, we have to learn to adapt to the changes that take place in our lives. We don’t always feel up to completing our to-do list. Often times we wait until the last minute or when we find the willpower, inner strength, motivation or an energy drink! The problem with this paradigm is that we rely on “feeling” up to things before we get around to doing what we have to do and that is never reliable. Instead, focus on cultivating the muscle of discipline.

Motivation requires a certain mood to get started. When in the real world people have to do things every day that they’re not excited about. Discipline means doing it even if you don’t feel like it and therein lies the difference. You can flex this muscle and create a lasting shift in your paradigm of motivation by thinking about discipline as a series of habits that you cultivate.

 

Related Articles: Goodbye Excuses: How To Stop Being Lazy And Get Motivated

 

 

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Since motivation is an emotion that comes and goes when it wants to, sometimes it’s not a reliable source. However, there is a way to hack your motivational paradigm by setting up a system of routines that trigger you into showing up every day. The reason routines are effective is because it builds off the concept of momentum. Once you get the ball rolling, regardless of what it is, it becomes easier to build off previous success. Committing to an action and completing it also inspires you to get more things done because it builds up your self-esteem.

 

 

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How do you eat an elephant? That’s right, one bite at a time.  Focus on making consistent progress and tackling projects by dealing with them in chunks. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by something when you start thinking about it as a whole.

Shift your energy in the process! Remember your routine! If your goal is to get healthier you can set a goal to drink water every day.

  • Set practical tasks that are simple enough to get done, but are meaningful to your overall objectives.

 

 

Celebrate The Progress You Make

  • The biggest achievements in your life will be the result of the tiny choices that you decide to make on a daily basis towards the right direction.

Most people tend to dismiss these little victories, but a fundamental factor in learning how to shift your motivational paradigm is learning how to celebrate the newly formed habits that you’ve just created. The smallest shifts towards developing positive habits are like ripples in the pond of productivity.

 

Related Article: Challenge Yourself To Change Yourself

 

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Get Motivated Through Motivational Mindfulness Meditation! Here’s how!

You have heard it before that maintaining PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) daily is one of the critical factors to living a more meaningful and significant life.  But how can we truly stay up in a down world!  Every morning before I get out of bed, I start my day by practicing motivational mindfulness meditation.

Related Article: How a Motivational Attitude Breeds Success

In the spirit of full disclosure, this is not something that I developed or invented.  I read an interesting article in United Airlines Hemisphere’s magazine on ABC National News Anchor, Dan Harris, who experienced a full-blown anxiety attack “live” on air.

He was filling in on “Good Morning America,” anchoring the news updates each hour. He had done this job many times before, so he had no reason to foresee what would happen next. He was suddenly overtaken by a massive anxiety attack. His heart started racing uncontrollably, he broke out in a strong sweat and he felt like he was dying and that the world was ending.

What he discovered as a result of the anxiety attack has improved his life, because he found “Mindfulness Meditation to improve his life.  He was so much calmer and more motivated that he wrote a national bestseller, “10% Happier”.

Motivational Mindfulness Meditation is a tool for calming the voice in your head. You know the voices I’m talking about. It’s that incessant mental chatter that is constantly ruminating on about the past or projecting into the future and robs us from the joy of living in the eternal now, the present!

Some very successful people’s morning rituals include meditation including Tony Robbins, Oprah, Richard Branson & more. Here are some suggested steps to start you on your way to Motivational Mindfulness Meditation and more peace of mind!

5 Simple Steps To Meditate

1. Find your meditation spot

This should be a private spot free from external disturbances. You should feel safe, at peace and comfortable in it. If you have a bedroom to yourself, it is probably the most appropriate inside your bedroom. After you pick the spot, clean the space around it. Remove any pieces of clutter lying around.

2. Sit in a comfortable position

There are different recommendations on sitting positions, like the lotus position, sitting on a cushion, or in that comfortable, safe and quiet place. I just meditate in a cross-legged position (on my bed) or sit on my chair. I look forward to it because it’s so comfortable and easy. You don’t have to specifically sit in a special way just to meditate. Find a position that’s most comfortable for you.

3. Clear your mind

Clear your mind. Loosen yourself up. Take a few deep, slow breaths.

4. Simply sit and observe

Then, just sit back and observe the inner dialogue playing in your mind. Let them float by. What are you thinking? What are you feeling? Just observe; don’t engage. Many people probably think that in meditation, they have to force themselves not to think and block out all their mental thoughts. It is really quite the opposite.

5. Ending Your Meditation

When you are done with your meditation, slowly ease into the physical state. Start off by being present of the physical reality around you. Next, be aware of your physical body. This can take 15~30 seconds, or however long you need to do this step. Then, very slowly, open your eyes. Get attuned to your surroundings. If you open your eyes immediately and try to resume your physical activities, it might be disjointing and jarring.

 

Instead of resuming your physical activities immediately, you might want to continue sitting in the meditative spot and reflect upon some of the thoughts, feelings or imagery that arose during your meditation. You may also want to just spend a few minutes expressing gratitude toward the things you enjoy in your life.

 

Related Article: 10 Zen Based Habits To Motivate You

 

Sources;

United Airlines Hemispheres Magazine

Dan Harris, ABC News

“10% Happier”, Dan Harris

Celes – The Power of Meditation in 5 Easy Steps