15 ways to motivate yourself so you can enjoy more happiness and success!

15 ways to motivate yourself so you can enjoy more happiness and success!

Achieving happiness requires little more than practising a few simple disciplines each and every day. 

But practising these for happiness requires, as is implicit in the above, discipline. 

And discipline requires motivation…to get started and to keep going. 

Accordingly, happiness is inherently based on motivation which is why these 15 tips should come in handy…

via Greatist by Rachel Nussbaum

We're experts at setting goals. Today we'll do 12 different things. And by the end of the month, we'll nail all those, plus one million more. Sounds like a plan, right? Truth is, it's much easier to set goals than to actually get 'em done. It all comes down to motivation, and we'll be honest: We have trouble keeping the fire lit. (It's so much easier to sit back and think about all the things we're going to do… eventually.)

To stay motivated, we knew we needed some outside help. That's why we went to the pros to find 15 new ways to reach your goal, whatever it may be.

We're not saying it'll be easy, and we're not saying it'll be quick. But we're willing to bet it'll be worth it. And the satisfaction that comes from accomplishing just one of our goals? Enough to keep us taking baby steps toward everything else on our list.

Ready, Set, Go!

1. Write down why you want it.

To keep that clear-eyed outlook, write down a few reasons you want to get fit (or whatever your goal is), suggests Michelle Segar, Ph.D., behavior expert and author of No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness.

While that may sound obvious, naming concrete things you want to be able to do (like make it up to a third-floor walk-up without panting, sleep better at night, or stay full enough on healthy foods to turn down junk) will make it easier to track your progress and stay motivated, rather than aiming for an abstract goal like "get healthy."

"We want people to anchor physical activity to something that’s actually going to motivate long-term behavior," Segar says. "It’s important for people to figure out whether the reasons they’ve been trying to do it in the past actually set them up for failure or success."

2. Keep a running list of what makes you smile.

Believe it or not, one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated comes auto-installed on your smartphone. We're not talking Apple Health, but the Notes app.

Say you don't know exactly what you want. If you just know you want to start living better, keep a running list of the moments that make you smile, suggests Lindi Duesenberg, founder of Dance Motivation Fitness. "For a while, I would just write down moments in my day that really brought me joy—what I was excited about—and that led me to where I am now."

So if you're not entirely sure what your endgame is, try tracking what makes you happy. Love seeing your silhouette in Warrior II or that feeling when you hit mile 2.9 of a 5K? Add it to your list, then take a peek and let it motivate you when it's drizzling and working out sounds like the worst idea ever. Stoked to get home from work and cook dinner? Maybe think about enrolling in an cooking class.

3. Start small.

All of the experts we spoke to recommended establishing a baseline of what your reality is so you can aim for progress you can actually make happen—for example, not saying you'll get up at 6 a.m. when you hate mornings. To accept that reality in the most positive way, tick off a few things you're grateful for while still in bed, says Duesenberg.

"When we wake up, we’re often overwhelmed with what we have to do and what we have to fix, and our focus becomes that," Duesenberg says. "So shifting that focus right away, just acknowledging what is good, puts you in a better mind frame to tackle the day."

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