Until I looked I had not realized its been 6 months since the publication of Part 4
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Tip #29 – Stay up late.
If you’re an early riser and not used to burning the midnight oil, try saving a complex task for late in the evening. Just switching your normal routine can often be enough to energize and inspire you.
Tip #30 – Wear a symbol of intention.
Go through your belongings and choose an item that you can wear as a motivation symbol (or go shopping and buy something new). It could be anything from a lucky shirt to a favorite hat, to a cherished piece of jewelry that you rarely wear. Hold a little ceremony that designates that item as your “motivation symbol.” State aloud that while you are wearing this item, you will always feel very motivated, very inspired, and very productive. Then be sure to put it on every time you feel in need of some motivation. Eventually your mind will make a connection between that item and the feelings of motivation and you’ll be able to effortlessly slip into a motivated mind-set just by putting on your motivation symbol.
Tip #31 – Weed your garden, weed your mind.
If you have a garden, spend 30 minutes weeding it. As you do so, imagine also weeding out negative thoughts and procrastination from your mind. (If you don’t have an actual garden, simply walk around your yard – you’ll probably still find plenty of weeds! If you don’t have a yard of your own, you can instead make this a mental exercise done during meditation; it will still work just as well.) Affirm that with every weed you pull, you are making room for motivation and inspiration to enter your life. When you’re finished, look at the pile of weeds and feel great about removing them from your life as you dump them into the trimmings barrel or trash receptacle. Then go about working on your tasks for the day, and notice that you feel lighter and less burdened.
Tip #32 – Give yourself a reward.
Make a promise to yourself that you can have a reward when you reach a certain point in your objectives. Make the reward something you’ll really enjoy, like a new DVD or CD, or a new journal. It doesn’t have to be expensive either, it can be as simple as a few hours to relax and do something you love. However, be sure to follow through and really give yourself the reward when you complete what you set out to do! Don’t fool yourself into believing it was just a trick to get you moving; your mind will remember that little deception next time.
Tip #33 – Avoid doom and gloom.
This tip may take a little longer to show results, but it is well worth the effort! Beginning today, start reducing the amount of time you are exposed to negativity. Whether that means not watching the evening news for awhile or avoiding toxic people in your life, it’s important to begin switching your focus to more positive input. If you have to scan the headlines at a news website once a day and read only the things you feel you must know about, that’s fine. Just avoid getting immersed in the sludge every day if you can. Over time, this will automatically make you feel more motivated because you won’t be so weighed down by the horrible things happening in the world around you. You can’t do much about them anyway, so why burden yourself with them?
Tip #34 – Do a good deed.
Avoiding doom and gloom is a good start, but you can make even greater strides if you do nice things for others as frequently as possible. Make financial donations to charitable organizations, or volunteer some time for a worthy cause. Even better is if you can do these things anonymously. There is no greater feeling than doing something kind without a single possibility of compensation or recognition. Talk about an emotional and mental high! Just one of these acts can make you feel more motivated than you’ve felt in a long time, but if you keep doing them on a regular basis the benefits begin to accumulate and you intensify the feelings even more.
Tip #35 – All you need is love.
You know how love can make you feel all fluttery and happy inside? Get those feelings to flow for the project you’re doing! Even if you don’t love it initially, take some time to think about what the project or task means to you, and the benefits you’ll gain from it. Let yourself begin to feel excited and emotional about it, and in no time you should be feeling ready to get moving.