March Motivation Series #4: 7 Steps To A Positive Mindset and A Happy Life… And Keeping It That Way

Hello beauties, how’s your week going?

This is the fourth and last post in my March Motivation series, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of the ways you could keep positivity in your lives.

You may have heard of the saying, “You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind”. That is so true! Attitudes have a spiralling effect so the more you approach life with negativity, things will never feel like they’re going right for you even if they really aren’t the case.

7 Steps to a positive mind

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So let’s take a look at why each of the above were included…

#1 Make a plan for your goals: Set realistic and achievable goals for yourself and outline how you are going to achieve them. As you work through the baby steps, you will feel that sense of satisfaction and know that your final goal is slowly becoming within your reach.

#2 Watch your thoughts: As the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said,  “Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything”  When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, start thinking of something cheery and pleasant to help bring you out of the mood.

#3 Think about what makes you happy: Spend a few minutes each day thinking about the things that make you happy. These few minutes will give you the opportunity to focus on the positive things in your life and motivate you to work towards what you have yet to achieve.

#4 Do something nice for yourself: Take some time each day to do something nice for yourself. Whether you treat yourself to lunch, take a long and relaxing bath or simply spend a few extra minutes on your make up to look prettier, you will  subconsciously be putting yourself in a better mood for the remaining part of the day.

#5 Look after your health: Most of us do tend to take our health for granted, I am guilty of that sometimes. But maintaining your health through eating well and exercising is key to enjoying your life. If you’re falling sick often or God forbid, develop a more serious condition, it would be difficult to even enjoy basic things like eating at your favourite restaurant.

#6 Read for inspiration: Devote some time each day to reading a few pages of an inspiring book or article. Even if it is just a fiction novel, there may be perspectives within that you might have just discovered :)

#7 Laugh: Yes, this is the easiest and fastest way to feeling happy! Sure, there are occasions when you need to be serious and appropriate, but being able to laugh when you make a silly mistake and not be too hard up on yourself helps you get through life easier. We’re all human and make mistakes, as long as we learn from them, let’s not dwell too much on the deed that cannot be undone :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I did researching and writing up the posts! :D

What do you like to do to help yourself stay positive?

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March Motivation Series #3: 7 Great Ways To Kickstart Your Morning

Welcome to the third installment of the March Motivation series!

I’m sure every one of us has had mornings when we wake up feeling like we got knocked down by a bus, or just generally not feeling like the day’s going to turn out right (hence getting out the wrong side of the bed) and indeed, we encounter a few more hiccups when the day is barely halfway over. And we also would have had mornings when we’re just going about doing our own thing when a neighbour or stranger walks by and greets you with a megawatt smile, and we feel like our day is off to a good start.

Clearly getting ourselves in a positive mood helps to make your day turn out better. When we are in a negative mood, we tend to take a neutral event that happens to us in a negative way and the opposite is also true. So what are some of the ways we can psyche ourselves up for a great day ahead?

*At this point I will have to include a disclaimer, that I do not do all of the below every single morning, but I do practice more than half of what I’m sharing and found them to work for me :)

Kickstart your morning

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1. Say Good Morning to yourself – Greet yourself the way you would to a neighbour or stranger on the streets. You’ll be surprised at how a chirpy greeting would brighten up your morning. Plus you’ll probably laugh at yourself looking silly anyway and that laughter is just what we need!

2. Think 3 good thoughts – These could be things you could look forward to for the day, or just how great the weather is or even just thanking God that you have a job. Positive thoughts help to put you in a better mood to start the day right :)

3. Drink a glass of water – Or two! It is proven that drinking a glass or two of water in the morning after waking up helps to activate your internal organs. You could also add lemon if you wish, lemon is a natural energizer so they’re great in the mornings too.

4. Eat breakfast – This does not have to be a full breakfast with bacon, eggs and the works, you could just have a simple peanut butter and banana sandwich or a bowl of muesli. Tip: Make breakfast muesli cups the night before and store them in the fridge overnight. You can take them out and have it to go in the morning if you’re in a rush. Saves time and money :)

5. Exercise outdoors – These could be light exercises such as walking in the park. Taking in fresh air in the morning energizes and freshens you up for the day ahead. Nature always look better in the morning sunlight so why not begin your morning with a beautiful view?

6. Read an inspirational or motivational book – It does not have to be an entire book; a chapter or a few pages would do just fine. You could also be reading blogs for ideas or listening to motivational podcasts. The best part? You can do these while you’re commuting in the morning so you make the most of your time, especially if you spend a long time in commute!

7. Get prepared the night before – I like to prepare for my day the night before – getting my work clothes ready, a simple to-do list for what I expect to be doing and even preparing next day’s lunch. When I get everything sorted out the night before, my mornings are usually more relaxed instead of being in a rush to leave the house on time, or worse, being flustered and in panic after realising I forgot things when I’m already halfway on my journey to work.

Are you already doing some of the above? What else do you do in your morning routine to psyche yourself for the day ahead? Please leave a comment below to share your thoughts with me :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post and have an awesome week ahead!

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March Motivation Series #2: 6 Daily Habits For Success

Hiya lovelies!

Welcome to Part Two of my March Motivation Series. In Part One, we talked about how to-do lists help us organise our time and what we can do to actually complete tasks on our to-do lists. Good time management is one of the reasons how some people get so much more done in their day and achieve more than others.

For those in the working world, you would have heard of the saying, “If you want the part, you have to dress/look the part”. Dressing the part wouldn’t be too difficult, but only dressing the part is not going to make you appear like a motivated and successful individual every day.

There are a plethora of books out there that teaches you what to do to become successful, or biographies of successful people that aim to discover what is that special thing that made them successful. What these people have in common is that they did some things that are right for them, and they did it with consistency.

A consistent action is what we call a habit, and good habits are exactly what puts us in better stead on the road to success. I once read from an article that habits take 21 days to take form. It’s debatable whether that is truth but I think we can all agree that bad habits are much easier to pick up and much more difficult to kick than the good habits.

I’m definitely guilty of having bad habits, and have more of them in the past than at present. It will not be easy to break out of the bad habits at the start, but with discipline and focus on the thought of good habits laying the path to your success, you will get better with time.

Success mean different things to everyone and certain “good habits” might work for one person but not another. Nevertheless I would like to share some of the habits I follow on a daily basis now, and hopefully some of these might inspire you to make that change :) I like to keep things simple and uncomplicated, so here are my 6 daily habits:

My manifesto

#1 Schedule your time – This sounds very basic, but scheduling time helps me know when to do what, and how much time I have left to slot in various activities. When I am sure that nothing else needs to be attended to for the day, well that’s all TV and blogsurfing time then ;)

#2 Always try to finish your to-do list – One of my motivations for finishing my to-do list is striking off completed tasks. It’s so therapeutic!

#3 Get sufficient rest and wake up at the same time everyday – I used to sleep in on the weekends so much that half the day would have been gone by the time I was out of bed. Now I allow myself some sleep luxury but set the alarm clock even on the weekend so that I don’t overdo it and still get things done during my weekend.

#4 Keep a gratitude journal – I have a gratitude journal from Kikki K, in which I write three things I’m grateful for everyday. It helps me appreciate the simple things I have and keeps me motivated to achieve bigger things :)

#5 Exercise, drink plenty of water and eat right – Maintaining your body in good condition is so important especially when you are going about your day trying to make the most out of every minute. Getting exercise and eating right not only keeps me in good physical shape, they combat lethargy as well so I can go further.

#6 Create personal time – I find that setting time aside to do the things I like helps me to recharge and stay happy. When my emotional and mental health is in good shape, I can focus better on tasks at hand.

And there you go, 6 simple daily habits you can choose from to incorporate into your day :) What are some of the daily habits you do that help you stay motivated and smash goals? Please share them with me in the comment box below. You might have something I can learn from!

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