Top Ten Tools to Boost Self-Motivation

Keeping yourself going forward when the going gets tough takes skill, willpower and resolve. Here are five of my favorite methods for staying self-motivated and focused on the future:

1. Visualizations and Affirmations – Visualizations guide and direct specific mental motion pictures beyond your conscious, and often limiting beliefs, into “ideal” scenarios. Visualizing is used to stimulate your unconscious mind into seeing the ideal outcome you’re looking to create.

Affirmations are short, present tense positive statements used to help reprogram your unconscious mind away from negative thinking and toward positive win-win situations. Affirming and visualizing are two positive tools that work extremely well together.

2. Masterminding – The power of a mastermind group lies in bringing like-minded people together in the spirit of sharing and growth. When two or more people come together to share a common interest, it forms a powerful energy and synergy of purpose.

3. Recognizing Self-Sabotage –Self-sabotaging behaviors work to keep you from living up to your full potential and allowing you to live life to the fullest. Think of a sabotaging behavior as anything you emotionally, spiritually or physically do that keeps you from going consistently and positively forward.

Recognizing self-sabotage is important because sabotaging behaviors have the power to take away your sense of accomplishment, self-satisfaction and even chip away at your healthy self-esteem. Awareness is the first step to greater self-empowerment.

4. Journaling –Journaling can become a powerful form of communication between your outside world and your inside thoughts. Sometimes, we just need to make time to listen to the silence and write down what we discover.

5. Goal Setting –Goal setting is simply the process of keeping yourself on track toward achieving those things that are important to you and your loved ones. Goals provide the motivation that can keep you going if the going gets tough and can also help make the future more exciting and hopeful.

6. Vision Boards –Vision boards can take the power of visualizing and affirming to a tangible visual level. The unconscious/subconscious part of your mind plays a major role in controlling your mental pictures. A vision board can trigger those powerful inner motivators that will help you to go positively toward achieving your goals.

A vision board most often is comprised of pictures and words on a poster or form board. The pictures and words are meaningful to you and can stimulate your desire to achieve. It doesn’t matter how fancy your vision board is, what matters is how meaningful it is to you.

7. Reading/Listening to Positive Materials –The type of information you place into your mind reflects itself in how you are living your life. The more positive your reading, listening and watching materials, the more positive your life. What have you been filling your mind with lately?

8. Eliminating Toxic Situations –Your relationships and overall day-to-day environment can either be empowering or disempowering for you emotionally, physically and spiritually. Take a close look at your friends, living situation and work environment – are they encouraging, supportive and empowering? Or, at the end of the day are you drained in mind, body and spirit.

I believe that life is full of choices. How you are choosing to live your life determines how positively or negatively your life will unfold. Are the people and situations in life your encouraging or toxic?

9. Relaxing –Relaxation is as important as a good diet and daily exercise. Chronic stress can lead to many physical and mental problems. Relaxing with fifteen minutes of mediation or prayer and can produce many physical and emotional health benefits. Do you make time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate?

10. Meditation/Prayer –As part of your relaxation routine, meditation or prayer can become a healthful and powerful stress reliever.

How you choose to focus your time and energy will be reflected back to you in how you are living life.

This article originally appeared on the Self-Development site of BellaOnline.com by Sharon Michaels.

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