3 Simple Steps to Maintain Momentum
Do you sometime get fed up with people saying to you, “Keep going, if you keep trying you will do it. It’s going to get better. You can do it. It will happen!” Well, to be honest, if you keep pouring from an empty jug, you won’t be saying, “My cup runneth over” at all.
Have you been really trying hard at something but not making headway? If it’s getting you down, is it because:
· You’ve been in the job market for a while and things are moving along far too slowly?
· You’ve been trying to talk to your colleague, boss, spouse, flatmate, best friend about something important and they just don’t or won’t listen?
· You’ve been organizing something and it’s just not working out?
· You’ve been doing everything that you think is right and its turning out all wrong?
Well, of course you will start to feel unappreciated, unrewarded and, ‘Oh, no, here comes another lousy weekend!”
When your efforts don’t yield the desired results in what you consider to be a reasonable timeframe, it’s natural to feel frustrated and de-motivated. Consequently it will be your state of mind that will hinder your ability to act and take charge of your life and then it will be even harder to uncover the solution.
Therefore the key to maintaining motivation and momentum is to create a stress free state of mind. You will then be able to put in a sustainable effort to get creative and resolve those sticky problems.
What works? These three simple steps work for me:
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This is one of the most effective and easy to learn techniques to calm yourself and feel relaxed. The benefits of meditation are now scientifically proven.
The great thing about meditation is that it doesn’t require you to change your beliefs, buy any equipment, or cost you money! You don’t even have to really ‘DO’ anything. There are many different ways to meditate but for now, let’s use the K.I.S.S. principle and try this:
Sit in a quiet place. Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Slowly take deep breaths and focus your attention on your breathing. If your mind starts to wander, it’s ok, when you notice your thoughts taking over just take it back to the breathing . Keep doing this for about 20 minutes. Twice a day, morning and evening.
How easy is that?
For a scientific analysis of how meditation really works, read this fabulous Time Magazine article Meditation