When it comes to motivation, they often talk about ways to force yourself, magic pendal and the like. Such things work with varying success and not for long: the effect disappears as soon as the compulsion disappears. Besides, forcing, even oneself, something is unpleasant. WB.Motivator editors love life and love readers; we are for non-violent, but at the same time effective ways of motivation. We bring to your attention methods that work and do not contain anything unpleasant or tedious.
Five seconds to act
The rule was formulated by Mel Robbins, author of The Five Second Rule. How to manage everything and not be nervous.
“Any time you need to do something, but you feel insecure, afraid or stressed, start counting from 5 to 1, and act when you get to one.”
The five-second tactic differs from the simple “close your eyes and jump” with noticeably greater awareness. The trick is that by counting we distract the brain, which just comes up with why it’s not worth trying or why nothing will work out. If a large part of your rational «I» is sure that it is worth acting this way, and not otherwise, start the countdown from five to one — and act.
In his book, Robbins provides a lot of feedback from readers about how they used the rule, such as: «Twice to introduce myself to powerful people and once to get up and do a lot of work this morning.»
Five minutes for willpower
In his book Willpower, Stanford professor Kelly McGonigal talks about ways to build the willpower muscle. One of the simplest and most effective exercises is meditation, focusing on the breath.
Our brains are plastic, and so is the adult brain. You start to get better at what you often train. Breath meditation is a simple activity that perfectly and very visually helps you stay on your chosen reference point (breath) and not be distracted (by external stimuli). Devoting at least five minutes a day to this activity, you lay the base of skills for all other cases where you need not to be distracted. Even meditation is beneficial, where you seem to constantly leave your thoughts to the side:
“Andrew found that although he was constantly distracted during meditation, he was more focused after the exercise, in contrast to the days when he shied away from training. He realized that in ordinary life he lacked exactly what he did during meditation: he needed to notice when he deviated from the goal and return to it (only in meditation the goal is breathing).
Meditation was the perfect technique for holding back and ordering healthy food. She also helped when he was ready to make a caustic remark, but he had to hold his tongue. This technique was perfect for spotting when he was idling at work when he needed to get down to business. All day long, self-control caught when he went astray and brought him back to the goal … The «worse» meditation, the better it responded to everyday life, because he was able to track when thoughts took him far.
…The essence of meditation is not to get rid of all thoughts. It teaches you how not to get lost in them and not forget what your goal is. Don’t worry if you get distracted while meditating. Just come back to the breath again and again.”
Five minutes to determine the main thing in life
A memoir is a technique from Gleb Arkhangelsky’s book Time Drive. It is recommended to take a few minutes every day at the end of the day to remember the most vivid impression and note why it was important to you. Meditative and lyrical practice serves a completely business task: every day you check your actions with the main course of life.
“A simple and technological tool for identifying personal values was invented by Vitaly Korolev, a member of the Time Management Community, a consultant on corporate governance and business inheritance. «Memoir» (from the word «memoirs») is conducted as follows:
Set aside 3-5 minutes of quiet time every evening.
— Write down in a diary or in a separate notebook the Main event of the day (GSD). It is an event that is emotionally significant for you. This is not necessarily the main result of the day, not necessarily the main achievement. The most striking event may be, for example, a five-minute conversation with a friend. An event can be both positive and negative. Imagine that you were allowed to take one book from your entire library to a desert island — which one would you choose? So here — what one event of the day would you «take to a desert island»?
— At the end of the week, write down the Main Event of the week — one of the seven GDOs or some separate new event. At the end of the month — The main event of the month. At the end of the year — The main event of the year … Next to the events, formulate your value, on the basis of which you made this particular event the main one.
What quick ways of motivation work for you?