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How to Get and Stay Motivated

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How to Get and Stay Motivated

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I am a motivational speaker and book author. In these times of world turmoil, in these times of terrorism and political strife, with such violence and discord around the world where there seems to be so much inhumanity to man, here is the question that I get across the country; how can I get and stay motivated in times like these? First, here is the bad news: It is not easy; it’s hard. Now, here is the good news: It can be done. I believe that it comes down to one word and the word in this case is exposure. You really must limit your exposure to the big poisonous stuff and increase your exposure to things that are positive. I know as a motivational speaker it’s easy for me to say but here are some ways to achieve exactly that:

  1. Set a bad news budget. If you want to get and stay motivated, I strongly recommend limiting the time spent reading watching negative stories. Look I’m not an ostrich and I’m not burying my head in the sand I know that there is violence and terrorism in the world. If a horrific story comes up, I will find out what happened, but once I get the gist of it, I move on. I do not dwell on the sad horrific details and read all the eyewitness reports on the horror that happened. The result of doing that is just depression and bringing you down. So, I strongly recommend that you create a budget and spend a very short amount of time each day on reviewing the news then move on to something positive.
  2. Increase the time you spend with positive content. Go online and watch a Ted talk, make time to speak to a positive friend, read an inspirational biography, listen to a motivational podcast. By increasing the time you spend with positive content to be putting more positive information into your heart mind and soul.
  3. Don’t talk about it too much. It seems to me that whenever terrible things happen people sit around and talk endlessly about the story with friends and family and coworkers here is the problem the negativity of those conversations can consume you. It’s so easy to say what a terrible world it is and how this is awful and that is tragic and oh my goodness how can people do this. It owns you It would eat at your soul. And I’m not letting evil own my soul or my life and pull me down with them into the abyss. If I do let it pull me down into the abyss that evil wins and evil must not now or ever when. Goodness should reign supreme.
  4. Expose yourself to beauty. There is so much beauty in the world around us (it sounds like a cliché, but it is so true). There are majestic beauties like amazing sunsets and beautiful ocean views, then there are the simple beauties of life such as Hummingbird in mid-flight or the smile of a baby and their infectious laugh. There is inspiring art and mesmerizing dance and amazing architecture and invention all around us that makes your life better every day, but we don’t tend to notice it for dwelling on the negative. Do more of that.

Also keep in mind that throughout history, there have been people who are able to get and stay motivated through the most difficult of circumstances, through violence and wars and plagues and famines and they stayed motivated and positive despite their circumstances. So put a stake in the ground and decide that you’re going to be and stay motivated because after all at the end of each day whether or motivated or not motivated is simply a choice.

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