By Lily Friedman
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”- Thomas Edison
Productivity is some seriously tricky territory to navigate. When setting a goal is only half the battle, how do you go about actually achieving them? That’s exactly what we’ll be getting down to the bottom to in this week’s Wellness Roundup.
Scouring the internet each week as the social media marketer here at The Sanity Snack, I’m on a mission to deliver some of the best wellness and self-improvement advice on the web to our followers.
Whether you struggle to get motivated, or suffer from lack of confidence or intention, we’ll have you hardcore goal digging and crushing everything you set out to do.
Getting Motivated- The Opposite Approach
What’s boosting confidence have to do with motivation? Apparently a lot more than we think.
In ‘Struggling to Get Motivated? Don’t Ask for Advice–Give It’ on Inc.com, Jessica Skillman analyzes psychologists new suggested approach to getting motivated. Rather than taking the traditional approach and giving advice, Lauren Eskreis-Winkler and Ayelet Fishbach’s research claims you should be asking for it instead.
Evidently, your lack of motivation may very well boil down to a lack in confidence. If people don’t believe their going to succeed at something then they will never. “No matter what area of life has you flummoxed, this study suggests simply imagining yourself in the shoes of someone else with similar problems and looking for solutions through that lens will do more for your motivation than even the best pep talk or informational material,” Skillman writes.
Becoming a Goal Digger:
Maybe it’s a simple loss of five pounds or that big New Years resolution you’re looking to achieve. Whatever end goal is at stake, Jenna Kutcher’s tried and true hacks will not only have you achieving your goals, but crushing them.
As a girl who took a $300 Craigslist Camera and turned it into a million dollar empire, Kutcher knows exactly how to goal dig. In fact, she even named her entire podcast show after it. In Kutcher’s Goal Digger Podcast, ‘The Best Kept Secret to Setting Goals You’ll Actually Want to Achieve’, she talks about exactly that.
After doing a bit of research, Kutcher discovered that it’s intention we must follow through with, and not motivation when it comes to achieving goals. “People who explicitly state when and where their new behaviors are going to happen are much more likely to stick to their goals,” she says. This goes along with the next hack she mentions, you have to be specific. “For example, if you want to start a daily meditation habit this month, then you’ll be more likely to stick to your goal if you plan out when and where you’ll meditate each day.”
Kutcher explains how quarterly goals may even be more effective for some. This way you have a set realistic time to achieve the goal. You may even want to follow one of her suggestions like writing down 3 action steps a day and when you will complete them in order to achieve the task or goal at hand.
Having Trouble Sticking To a Morning Ritual?
There is a true power that lies in the first moments of the day, but most do not take advantage of this. And just like with any healthy habit, it’s difficult to make the good stuff stick.
As an author that studies how morning rituals can transform lives, Ashley Ellington Brown offers five ways to commit to your morning ritual on YogaJournal.com’s ‘5 Ways to Actually Stick to a Morning Ritual.’ Ultimately, Brown suggests that if you want make the little changes stick then you must try customizing your practice to your lifestyle. If you can learn to do this, then your life may improve ten-fold.
Some of the benefits to a morning ritual? It allows you to give yourself the gift of time and attention before entering a busy day. It also helps you start the day off mindfully so that you are put in control of making the smartest decisions and positive actions which fuel your life. Check out the rest of her tips from Yoga Journal by clicking here.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”- Helen Keller