I think there are hundreds of different ways to get motivated. None of them are more right than the others; it is just a matter of personal taste.
What works for me:
I’m a big fan of routines or things that you do every day to help you stay grounded and focused.
For example, I love mornings. I love the peace and quiet they offer and the possibility of make the new day whatever you want it to be. After one cup of coffee in the morning I’m basically unstoppable. If I can’t get up before everyone in my house and have a few minutes of solitude, my whole day feels out of whack.
Likewise, every night before I go to bed I let my dog out to go pee and I lie on my deck and look at the stars. It’s one of my favourite things to do. I stare up at the massive expanse of black velvet and try to picture it going on forever. I take a moment to remember that we don’t live under a dome of stars but we are in fact sitting in space right now.
If not for gravity, we’d be on our way to Jupiter, floating through an immeasurable universe. I imagine that the energy that my body puts out is no different than the energy of the sun. That it is powerful and otherworldly and that I can do whatever the hell I want with it simply by changing the way I think. It’s allows me great perspective about my life when I think things are going poorly or are out of my control. The night sky reminds me that I am insignificant and all-powerful all at once.
Whoa. Who knew Stacey was so deep!
Another thing that I do in order to avoid the inevitable slump of lack of motivation and a shitty mindset is bombard myself with positive and inspirational messages and people. Like, I’m talking bombarding my senses and psyche. I listen to podcasts as I walk my dog, I read interviews and blogs, I watch documentaries – anything I can get my hands on.
My thinking here is that if I can saturate my mind with nothing but positive messages and exercises that help me to feel amazing every day then why wouldn’t I do that? What is the harm in feeling good? Because if you feel good you can take on anything that comes your way. If you’re grateful and happy with the life you have now, then you don’t need to wish for anything more than what you presently have.
Have I lost you? Stay with me here, folks.
If this whole world of positive mindsets seems a little hippy-dippy to you and you’re not feeling it, believe me, I understand where you’re coming from. But maybe it’s just because you’ve never been exposed to a different way of thinking. Luckily for you, we live in an age where the world is literally at your fingertips. It doesn’t get much better than this.
My partner and I were sitting on the couch the other day, trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix (this seems like a daily fight of ours…) when I came across a Tony Robbins special. I love Tony Robbins. Partly because he’s such an amazing human and partly because he’s 6’7”. I have a thing for tall guys. But I digress.
She, much to my shock, had never heard of him. I was like, “Whaaaa? We have to watch this immediately!” And so we did.
This blog posting is not a review of the documentary but if you’re wondering what I thought — I loved it. It was wonderfully enlightening and positive. The exact kind of stuff I like to absorb on a daily basis. He seems like the kind of guy who genuinely wants to help people and I felt all warm and fuzzy when it was over. I would highly recommend you watch it.
But maybe it’s not for you. Maybe Tony isn’t your kind of guy. Maybe he’s too spiritual or too out there for you and you know what? That’s all good. I’m not writing this posting so that you do exactly what I do in order to get inspired. I’m writing it in hopes that you get inspired to find what work for you. And that’s where most people fall short with their mindset work.
They quit when they figure out that it is work.
If you want to change the way you think and the way you see and interpret things you’re going to have to actually put in the work.
And let me tell you, it is not an easy thing to do, shifting the way you see the world. It feels awkward and clumsy at first because you’re not used to it. But you need to keep at it in order to reap the rewards. For me, the work seems easier if I have some quiet time in the morning, breathe in the stars at night and drown the middle with positive messages.
Nothing changes if nothing changes.
If you’re feeling shitty about where you are in life or your weight or anything really, maybe its time to step out of your comfort zone. Perhaps it starts with some breathing in the morning. Or maybe you want to throw on Netflix and check out what Tony has to say. It doesn’t matter what you do but if you’re not happy with what’s happening right now, you have to do something.
So that’s it my friends. A little window into my life and what I do to kick my own ass and pull myself out of funks. If you find my routine helpful, use it. Or, say, “screw you, Stacey” and do your own thing. I’m good either way, as long as you’re doing something that makes you feel great.
Do you have an awesome documentary that I should watch or a podcast you can’t live without? I’m all over that stuff so let me know in the comments!