How Having a Purpose Gives You a Reason to Wake Up 163

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I met some friends at a café the other day and had a quality time.

Someone mentioned what time he got up this morning and that’s where the conversation headed. I said I went to bed at 4 a.m. and somehow managed to get up around 9. My sleep patterns have been a bit messed up lately but getting up at that time leads to going to bed earlier in the evening and eventually getting back on track.

Anyways, what stroke me was a thing one of my friends said. She said I’ve done a good job not sleeping in and then added that she can’t get up early if she doesn’t have something particular to do. And because she didn’t want to waste her last few days off from uni, she gathered with other friends earlier in the day so that she can have a reason to get up earlier and not spent half of the day sleeping.

And then I realized that some people needed to make something – whatever it is – their reason to get up. But if you think about it, after a few years you come to the conclusion it was not worth it.

What I mean is that I have my ‘why’. I get up with purpose every morning. It may be to write, read some stuff, work on personal projects, go to the gym, or do something else that’s important to me.

The funny thing is that I probably won’t do it because of classes, to meet friends, or to just be up. Because most of the things we do in our days are unproductive and time wasting activities that prevent us from living with a purpose.

That is why we need to identify what is the thing we’re ready to get up early for.

What makes us start the day with an intention and excitement? What do we look forward to when we go to bed?

It’s also known as purpose. The driving force behind every action we take. Without it, it won’t last long and success won’t come. But by having it, and keeping it throughout the process, we manage to stay motivated and eventually achieve our goal.

Here is why having a purpose gives you a reason to wake up:

  • you can’t wait to start the new day so that you can work on your project/goal/plan or else again;
  • you are one step closer to your purpose;
  • you often start waking up early and having a healthy and powerful morning routine only because of your purpose;
  • it keeps you going throughout the whole day;
  • it gives meaning to everything you do;
  • you are full of motivation;
  • your actions are purposeful;
  • it gets you back on track after going through a tough period;
  • it makes your life challenging;
  • you never get bored;
  • you find great pleasure when doing something connected to your purpose;
  • you improve many other aspects of your life as a result;
  • you let go of other less significant projects that are wasting your time;
  • you become productive;
  • you are full of enthusiasm;
  • you are inspiration for those around you because they see you’re driven by a mighty power;
  • you live more consciously;
  • you focus easily;
  • it’s your goal number one;
  • it’s the first thing on your to-do list every day;
  • you visualize the success.

This can be about anything. Something you want to possess, the new person you want to become, the business you’re planning to start. It can be a personal or work project, a desire to become wealthy, to live in a bigger house, to become emotionally independent, to acquire new skills and habits.

A purpose is always connected with the thing you truly want, deep inside you.

You may have not found it yet, but when you do, it will become your driving force and the reason you wake up every morning.

If you haven’t found what moves your hearth, however, you can’t say you have a purpose. You may have many plans and goals, but it’s not the same.

Steve Pavlina, one of the people whose writings have helped me a lot, shares how to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes.

In a nutshell, he basically advises us to ask ourselves a few questions and to be as honest as we can.

So finding your purpose is one of the best things you can do now that will define the rest of your life. Everything changes for the better once you know it.

Of course there are people whose reasons to wake up are not good for the society and the world in general, and that’s why there’s no balance on the planet. If we were all doing it for the greater good, things would be different.

I urge you to find your driving force, make it meaningful and for others – not only for yourself. And then follow it every single day.

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7 Tactics to Build Increased Motivation and Fulfill Your Goals 98

7 Tactics to Build Increased Motivation and Fulfill Your Goals

Sometimes, the simplest things to do can also be the hardest.

Something as simple as getting out of bed and getting your chores done, or going to work on time and meeting your deadlines; all of these might seem like tasks that any functional adult should not find hard to do. However, we can find ourselves in a tough spot every now and then, when the motivation is lacking and we don’t have the drive to keep moving forward.

What can the reason for this lack of motivation be?

It can be lethargy, fatigue, stress, mental instability, or even just a serious lack of passion and enthusiasm to do something. And, keeping all factors in mind, it really is quite normal for you to be feeling this way. A lot of people face this, and we are only human after all, so no one is perfect.

Stress is something that you need to be wary of as it can make you feel defeated and unmotivated. There are several factors in everyday life that can aggravate you. Here is an infographic that can help you reduce stress:

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Before you go ahead with trying to achieve your goals, ask yourself these questions:

Are my goals defined?

Do I have a solid plan to move forward with?

What are the problems that bother me the most?

Do I have my priorities lined up right?

What are my flaws?

This is why it is essential for us to work on building motivation for ourselves.

How? Let’s take a quick look:

1. Write down your goals.

Making a list of your goals and ambitions is a great way to give you that extra push to keep going. A list is not just a reminder of what tasks need to be fulfilled, but also a way of letting yourself prepare properly for any upcoming opportunity or task at hand.  

2. Meditate.

Meditation is a wonderful tool that really helps with getting your thoughts and mind together, in sync, and taking your potential to a whole other level. When your mind and ideas are working with each other in harmony, there’s no stopping your progress graph.

Even your goals then become clearer and more defined, leaving you feeling more monetarily satisfied and secure too.

3. Exercising regularly.

Once your thoughts have been directed to the right channels, it’s time to focus on your physical health and fitness.

Fitness is not just about looking good, it’s also about feeling great and healthy. Your exercise regime, if followed regularly, can instantly spike your response rate and also your performance levels both at home and at work.

4. Learning to de-stress.

You know yourself better than anyone else does. Which is why it’s vital for you to understand what types of scenarios are stressful for you. Try your best to either stay away from them or learn how to accept your situation and make the most of it.

Whether it’s playing a friendly sport or visiting a spa, make sure you de-stress amply and take your mind off all the serious stuff.

5. Take inspiration from others.

There is always someone you look up to. A close friend or maybe a family member who you admire; who inspires you through their own stories of achievement and success. These are the people whom you should be around more, and draw as much learning and lessons that you can from them. Ask them questions, learn about their journey, and take notes while you do so!

6. Learn from your mistakes.

It’s okay to err, to make mistakes and stupid blunders too because we all do that. The most important thing here is to make sure that you learn something from it and grow as an individual.

You should come to a stage where you know you won’t repeat a stupid mistake like that again. And you’re also drawing pointers on how you can improve your outcome in a similar situation in the future.

7. Don’t lose hope.

Even if things aren’t going away, giving up is never an option. You have to keep trying to reach your goals, despite any obstacles or failure that might come in your path. I

t is this hope and inner confidence that will push your forward and take you through your journey, whilst also molding you into a more mature, experienced individual who is not afraid to take up a challenge.

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to life goals and objectives. It’s never an easy path or ride, but the journey is a very knowledgeable and interesting one. There’s always two outlooks – a positive one and a negative one. A positive outlook will make things easier for you because your optimism allows you to look past shortcomings and be hopeful for better results in the future.

You are your best motivator, there is no denying that. Being fully aware of your own strengths and weaknesses puts you in a favorable position because it translates to you being your best critique and teacher as well.

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Luke writes about mental wellness and benefits of brain supplements at Nootrina. He’s a big fan of Yoga and mindfulness and feels that these two are the real key to mental well-being. Being a foodie, Luke loves cooking and brings several cuisines to bear at his dinner table. He’s looking to improve the awareness about mental health issues and share ways to handle them among people of all ages.