Lifestyle Dictates Your Motivation

Motivation lifestyle changes.Have you ever waken up in the morning knowing your life is going to be the same like yesterday? It is as if you already know how your life is going to be without even starting your day. Well, this is probably due to your motivation.

Motivation is defined as the willingness to do something and reasons why a behavior is acted in a certain way. Notice the key words here: willingness, reasons, and behavior. To be willing to do something, you must have a strong reason to act upon it and your behavior dictates it. Thus, in order to boost-up your motivation, you have to work within these boundaries.

You can’t change time since time is uncontrollable. Changing your occupation requires a big change and causes you to become unemployment which really goes nowhere. Buying materialistic items don’t really help since it is short-term and only makes you want more. Well, if you haven’t guessed it, it is changing your lifestyle.

Your lifestyle dictates your motivation in life. It is how you decide and how you direct yourself to live that helps you get that motivation. It sounds ridiculous, but it is not. Here is why.

By changing just small aspects of your life, you will feel life is a bit different. It can be from waking up 10 minutes earlier than your usual waking-up time to jogging in the morning before you begin your day. It can also be just starting your day by telling yourself in front of your bathroom mirror, “Today is a wonderful day.” These little actions make you realize that life can be different and you don’t always have to feel like your life is at a dead-end. You become aware you are in control of how you begin your day and how you end your day. You will notice your day is going by smoothly and that is because you made changes in your lifestyle to increase your motivation.

Making short-term goals and long-term goals also enhance your motivation. If you have some sense of achievement in a day-by-day basis, you feel you have a greater meaning to life. For example, you can tell every customers at the end of the sale, “Thank you for your time and have a beautiful day.” It can also be scheduling to clean your room every Friday. Or it can also be saying “Good Morning” to any strangers you encounter. By accomplishing these short-term goals, you will feel you can accomplish tasks and understand your capacity to do things. This is important because it demonstrates to yourself what tasks you are able to handle and the amount of time requires to complete them. As you start to achieve these short-term goals, you will soon realize you want a bigger accomplishment in your life to show yourself how great and successful you can be. That is where the long-term goal comes in. Long-term goals require a strong dedication and time to get there. Thus, if you make these goals, you will feel that you have to keep pushing yourself to get there. As you pursuit, you will realize sitting your butt all day and crying under your sheets will not get you there. As you thrive and push to get to that goal, you will soon realize what motivation you have since the last time you felt life is going nowhere. Even if you are not there yet or unable to achieve the long-term goal, it is okay. As you look back at what you did, you will feel great about yourself. You will see the how you went through obstacles and how you build your motivation in the process. So at the end, it is a win-win situation. But be aware, short-term and long-term goals work together and cannot be separated, otherwise, the effectiveness might be prolonged or might not even help your motivation.

Lastly, planning your day using a daily planner/organizer will help build motivation. If you don’t plan your days, how else will you know where and what you are doing in life? You can’t just go by each day without knowing some scheduling of your days. It will be as if you walk into a corn maze without using a map and expect to get out. You are definitely going to be lost and be mislead that life has no definite meaning. Well, by planning your day accordingly, not only do you get to control when and what you do each day, you allow yourself to see how busy you are and the importance of your life. By acknowledging you have stuff to do, it motivates you to push harder. It is the repetitive daily activities that lowers people’s motivation. If you recognize that you repeat the same activities, you will definitely change it, and you can live your life differently. So, managing your lifestyle through utilizing daily planner/organizer will definitely get your life going.

So now I put it out there, have I convinced you that lifestyle dictates your motivation?


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  1. #1 by toosoxy on November 12, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Motivation gets harder and harder to come by…

    • #2 by TriviaYourMind on November 12, 2011 - 7:05 pm

      yeah, but we have to change the way we live in order to get that meaningful life we crave for

  2. #3 by mimo khair on November 12, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    very useful and inspiring!

  3. #5 by MAHER SAYEED on November 12, 2011 - 8:18 pm

    Motivation is born when one indulges in the idea to self improve and progressively evolve in an effort to become better. Thanks for your post!

    • #6 by TriviaYourMind on November 12, 2011 - 8:23 pm

      Your welcome! Thanks for reading and come back for more!

  4. #7 by chris on November 12, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    Thanks, good points! They reminded me of something I always try to remember – you can’t control what other people do but you CAN control how you react. I like your ideas about first thing in the morning and I’m going to try them out tomorrow…..oh wait, it’s Sunday and I’m sleeping in – I’ll try them out for sure Monday morning 🙂

    • #8 by TriviaYourMind on November 12, 2011 - 9:35 pm

      haha…glad you liked it. sleep sounds good too. LOL!

  5. #9 by Yudy Yunardy on November 14, 2011 - 12:01 am

    motivation came from the goal we set. Is it? Naaaah, not every aspects of our life needs goal setting, unless it’s utterly important, like conquering the world or destroying the galaxy…. As for everything else we tend to live by as it goes.
    I spent my childhood planning everything down to the minutes, yeah imagine that….9 years old kid with weekly plan down to 15 minutes breakdown……scary huh!?
    Right now, I often find myself juggling from one problem into another solution. Don’t have time to plan small matters, just go along as it face me one problem at a time (often just seconds between breaks). But being a logic driven human being, I’d say I like to give it a try, because I receive some complaint (well, objection) from people around me by being too bland (I could eat in the same restaurant for two months, everyday twice, lunch and dinner) because I’m too lazy to think where I should eat.
    I will plan to eat in another restaurant tomorrow, wait….oh it rains! Better take this closest restaurant, you never know how long the rain will be…..hahaha!
    Just joking, I will try it, put it in my planner as we speak (errr….write?)

    • #10 by TriviaYourMind on November 14, 2011 - 10:11 am

      from my experience, sooner or later, a person will begin go drift on in life questioning his or her motives in life. there are people who live life in a day-by-day basis. But from what ive seen, these people usually breakdown sooner or later

  6. #11 by Yudy Yunardy on November 14, 2011 - 10:01 pm

    my motives in life is pretty simple, to be beneficial to others. put religion aside, just like what you said, there must be something wrong with me. I should, I must breakdown, somehow. I really wish that’s the case, I’ve lived my life for 37 solid years, one breakdown is when I got divorced, that’s the only one. There wasn’t any day go by when I wish I would breakdown (due to my bland lifestyle) like normal people would. Sadly, it’s always people surround me that gave up on me, before I could experience (or enjoy?) a good normal breakdown.
    Am I OCD? but I’m not shown any sign of it, my desk is not neat at all, I don’t have the urge to control. Or am I just postponing the inevitable, when I do breakdown it’ll be a big one?
    I really planned to have lunch on different venue today, as I walk and type this comment, end up in front of the restaurant I usually eat, I’m hopeless…..hahaha!

    • #12 by TriviaYourMind on November 14, 2011 - 11:03 pm

      sorry to hear that…start slow, dont push yourself too hard. treat yourself for the changes…when ready, think big and make a bigger change. all i can say is it takes time

  7. #13 by ajaykercheyartist on November 15, 2011 - 1:25 am

    I’m motivated by every thing I see from beautiful sunsets and sunrises to life it self,I agree that changing ure routine as long as it’s comfortable to do so and at ure own speed it can be beneficial and an achievement in itself then once you achieve one thing it is much easier to set higher goals like a ripple in a pond when u toss a stone into the water the ripples always get bigger 🙂

    • #14 by TriviaYourMind on November 15, 2011 - 1:56 pm

      very true, i totally agree with u. as for goals, people just gotta try before stepping out

  8. #15 by ajaykercheyartist on November 16, 2011 - 1:35 am

    Exactly if you never try you will never succeed 🙂

    • #16 by TriviaYourMind on November 16, 2011 - 11:51 am

      very true…in my experience, constantly push yourself to prevent being lazy and daring to challenge the rocks in front of you. otherwise, you can easily fall and lose yourself. thnx for commenting.

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