Posted in Notes: motivation & goals

How to get inspired? Part 2.

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While the Total cleaning (from the previous post) is the easiest thing you can do to clean your mind and home and get some space for new ideas, there are some more tricks to help you find the needed inspiration to start acting towards your ideas and dreams.

First of all, new season is almost here! In my area spring is coming and soon it’s gonna be so colourful and beautiful outside, but even if you are having autumn or any other season coming in your area, still, new month- new start! At least for me it is a great motivation and inspiration to start doing something, adapt some new good habits!

It is difficult to get new ideas if you are trapped in the same routine. So the best thing you can do is to get some fresh air. You can just go for a walk to a place you haven’t been before or even plan some trip within your area or abroad. Travelling allows us to get new experience and knowledge, which give us many new ideas and form some new plans. We might see some interesting business ideas, or think if we should relocate to a different city or country, or simply some interesting home design or furniture, but whatever new we see, it always makes us think and gives us some inspiration.

We are lazy creatures by nature, and our brain tries to keep us from leaving our comfort zone and once we start thinking about doing something, our brain tries to calm us down and keep us inside our routine circle. We have to force ourselves and fight our laziness if we want to get some new ideas and inspiration. Push yourself to start doing some exercise, start from something that is easy enough to do, so it wouldn’t sound too complicated and “scare you away”. I myself have started to walk from my work to home everyday, I thought: “Okay I can take a bus, but then on the other hand it is only 25 minutes walk, so it’s not so bad, I can try it!” Now it’s been few months and I walk home everyday and don’t even notice it anymore and don’t count it as an exercise, but the important thing is that I get fresh air, some time for myself and also some movement for my body! Now my plan is to start having some morning or evening routine like yoga, 10-15 mins, hopefully I can follow this plan and let’s see how it works out.

Also, start reading books. But bear in mind that I am talking about books that can bring you some value and new thoughts, not the ones that remind you of soap operas and have nothing to do with developing you and your thoughts. You can find list of “Must read books” in google, read the descriptions and choose something you think you might like and just start. You don’t have to read it if you don’t like it, but you can always try.

Finally, my last advice is – just start doing. Often inspiration comes in the process, and honestly it’s the best kind of inspiration you can get. If you have some idea, and you start moving towards it slowly, nothing feels better that realizing that you are actually able to achieve something in here. So always when I don’t feel like doing something, I just force myself, and there it is: the inspiration!

Cheers

Daria

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Posted in Notes: motivation & goals

Quit New Year’s resolutions and start doing here and now!

It is that time of the year, when we all make plans, goals and new year’s resolutions. We believe that with the New Year comes fresh start. But truth is that every day is a fresh start. For me the concept of New Year’s resolutions is same as “I will start from Monday”.  We do not need to wait for particular time or day to start doing something. Just because the year has changed, it does not mean that changes will come by themselves.

The main problem comes from the fact, that we kind of feel obliged to make new year’s resolution, because everyone is doing them. But this way we create unnecessary pressure on ourselves, and force ourselves to do things we do not maybe even need or want to do. Just find something that inspires you and go from there. New Year’s resolutions are not an inspiration, and even if they are, they inspire only for a short period of time. Surround yourself with people and things that inspire you all the time, then you can achieve almost anything!

Moreover, often our resolutions are so broad, that they become not possible to achieve. We want to lose weight, read more, study more, travel more etc. But those are not specific goals, and we face huge disappointments when the year ends and we do not see the results.

Furthermore, sometimes the deadline of 1 year is not enough, so our unrealistic view of our goals also brings lots of pressure and demotivates us in the future.

Do not create goals as New Year’s resolutions, make them whenever you feel like this is what you want to achieve, and do not wait for Monday, Friday or Saturday to start moving towards them. Start now, always! And always remember to give yourself realistic deadlines, changes do not happen overnight!

P.S. When I moved to Finland, one of my dreams and goals was to go on husky rides, see Santa Claus and cross the Arctic Circle. It took me 5 years to find perfect time, money and company, but I have achieved it and my dream came true!

Cheers!

May the force be with you!