Seven Direct Ways To Encourage Yourself
Empowerment,  Goal Setting,  Lifestyle

Seven Direct Ways To Encourage Yourself

Seven Direct Ways To Encourage Yourself. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be exploring seven direct ways to encourage yourself. We are halfway through 2024, so it’s time to do a quick review and reflect on something that might be holding you back from achieving your goals. Do you find yourself procrastinating and feeling a sense of dread? Instead of tackling your responsibilities, do you watch TV or go shopping? Even though you feel disheartened, you reassure yourself that you’ll deal with it tomorrow. It’s normal to experience a lack of motivation, and we all need self-encouragement at times. The demands and pressures of everyday life can leave us feeling drained, hinder our creativity, and make us anxious. However, you can take steps to regain re-energise and pursue your goals.

Seven Direct Ways To Encourage Yourself

Optimistic Thinking and Visualisation

Scientific studies have proven that positive thinking can uplift and motivate us. For example, a positive thinking study published in the Journal of Behavior Research and Therapy studied people with anxiety disorder. The test subjects were split into groups. One group visualised a vivid image of a positive outcome to their worries, and another group was asked to think of positive verbal outcomes when they started to worry. Both groups reported decreased anxiety and increased optimism, with the visualisation group being slightly higher.

Both groups reported decreased anxiety and increased optimism, with the visualisation group being the visualiser. For example, suppose that you are worried about meeting a goal deadline. You reframe your worrying thoughts and focus on positive thinking, such as, “I will do what it takes to meet the deadline and will celebrate my accomplishment!” You can also visualise or imagine what visualisation to achieve as the outcome. Twice a day, take 5 – 10 minutes to close your eyes, use your senses and emotions, and imagine the positive result.

Seek Inspiration

When we experience significant life changes, are stressed, or have depression, we tend to feel as though everything is overwhelming. We end up not wanting to do anything – we feel deflated.
You can regain your inspiration and drive by trying the following strategies.

  • Make a list of everything you need to do, then prioritise each item by priority. Focus on completing one thing at a time.
  • Complete a low-effort task to increase your optimism and momentum.
  • Take a break to do stretches or go outside for fresh air.
  • Listen to an inspirational podcast.
  • Enjoy what makes you happy—listening to music, dancing, or walking your dog.

Dismiss Overwhelming Goals

Having goals is essential for our growth and well-being. Long-term goals that take several months or years to complete can overwhelm you. You feel as though you will never achieve the desired outcome. Try the following to help you feel less swamped.

  • Set realistic goals that stimulate you.
  • Divide long-term goals into smaller, attainable tasks. This approach will help you stay focused on completing the task.

Showcase Your Skills

As we pursue our goals, we may encounter challenges that require patience and determination. However, these obstacles present opportunities to showcase our capabilities and hone our skills. Take, for instance, orchestrating a neighbourhood garage sale. You can demonstrate your exceptional organisational abilities by leading this endeavour. Your role in coordinating this event will allow you to exhibit your adept organisational skills and proficiency. Embracing such challenges showcases your talents and allows for personal and professional growth, ultimately contributing to your overall development.

Be Grateful

Being grateful can result in several health benefits, such as a lower risk of heart disease, better sleep, reduced anxiety and depression, and improved self-value.

  • Find a quiet place and reflect on what you are grateful for.
  • Use a journal to list your gratitude items.
  • Review your gratitude journal when you feel discouraged or need a lift,
  • Continue to update your journal each time that you are grateful for something.
  • Remember to be thankful for things you may take for granted, such as having a good job, shelter, food, and water.

Try A Change Of Scenery

Our bodies and minds are affected by our environment, which can impact our energy level, decision-making ability, and motivation. For example, suppose your goal is to write a book, and you are busy at work in your home office.
You are continually distracted by your children and barking dogs, making you feel frustrated and impacting your progress. It would be best to find an environment that is quiet and interruption-free. Or you already have an ideal place to work on your project but feel bored and isolated. It would help if you had a change of environment.

  • Depending on the nature of the project, consider working outdoors in a quiet area of your yard, patio, or balcony.
  • Move to a different, uncluttered room or office where you can get organised.
  • Set boundaries. The children and dogs must be quieter and not interrupt you for two hours daily.
  • Consider going to a local coffee shop or other public venue with Internet access.

The Early Bird Gets The Worm

I recently came across an interesting study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. According to their findings, waking up before 7 a.m. can positively impact mental health and productivity. They noted that individuals who rise early tend to have more focused and inspired minds in the morning. Having a consistent morning routine further enhances this effect. This information is thought-provoking and raises the question of whether adjusting one’s daily habits, such as waking up earlier, could lead to improved mental well-being and increased productivity. It’s definitely something worth considering!

That Said

When encouraged, we feel positive and fully engaged and enjoy working toward our goals. As humans, we sometimes see those feelings have slipped away and that we have no incentive. The tips mentioned earlier, such as setting achievable goals, celebrating successes, and seeking support from friends and family, can rejuvenate and motivate you to reach your full potential. It’s important to remind yourself of your achievements and the progress you’ve made so far. By focusing on the positive aspects of your journey and visualising the successful outcome, you can reignite your motivation and drive.

I hope you enjoyed that.

Talk soon

Working with Strong women, I help empower women not to give up on their goals and find true happiness within themselves. #lifestyle #womenempowerment #selfcare

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