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Its Saturday, the plan is to get something done, be more productive, and feel accomplished with this one day we get to “catch up”…. Especially when I want to make Sunday a day of relaxation and rest.

Much of the time this willingness seems to fade and, well, I spend the day watching movies and drinking coffee (which is not a bad thing, but not good when you want to get some things crossed off the goals list). So how do I spark my motivational gears and get moving along? Here are a few simple things I do regularly that help me stimulate momentum and action in my life.

  1. Get some physical movement. A few minutes of a workout, a run, or some form of exercise increases the brain energy levels that effect our motivation, creativity and durability. Even if it’s a five minute run, “just do it and move it.”
  2. Get positive. Negative moods and feelings have much to do with our motivation. Increase your momentum by focusing on the positive… be it from a devotional, inspiring story, or thoughts of gratitude. Emotions inspire action, so get some “happy juice.” According to research, happiness increases productivity and makes us more successful (via “The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work”)
  3. Celebrate when you make progress. When a task is completed, notice it and celebrate/reward yourself. Progress increases happiness, which motivates further action.

Surround yourself with people who motivate. When I am around motivated friends/people/mentors, I am motivated myself. Spend the majority of your ” hang out time” around people who are positive and moved to action, and notice it fuel you. Think about it as positive peer pressure.

Tulsa Trauma Counselor

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