How many times last week did you have one of ‘those mornings’?
You know the ones. You set your alarm for 6am so you can go for a run before work, but as usual you hit the snooze button and fall back to sleep for an hour. You jump out of bed, not with enthusiasm, but with a fear of being late. You grab one of those ‘kinda sorta but not really healthy’ muesli bars on your way out the door and if you’re lucky down a cup of coffee on your way to work.
By the end of the day you are frustrated because customers are rude or you haven’t ticked enough off your To-Do list.
I’m not a doctor, but it sounds like you have a severe case of what I like to call ‘a lack of inspiration’. However, I have some good news for you. Your diagnosis is treatable. Your prescription is as follows.
1. Buy yourself a book by Napoleon Hill
I recommend ‘Success through a Positive Mental Attitude’. Yes, I know it doesn’t sound as exciting as Fifty Shades but just a few chapters a day will have you feeling motivated and empowered.
It is regarded by many as the self-improvement bible as it will teach you how to master the power of your attitude whilst also teaching you how to turn problems into opportunities.
2. Subscribe to Peak Your Mind
Whenever you feel the need to search ‘Hotline Bling’ Vines, give this a go instead.
Martin Sosa, the founder of the Youtube Channel ‘Peak Your Mind’, is a self-help genius from Southern California. He covers everything from dealing with toxic people, to raising your confidence levels and even finding your purpose in life.
His infectious personality and huge grin will encourage you every-time you are faced with a challenging situation as he provides solutions to even the toughest of problems. His light-hearted humour will leave you in hysterics and his passion and positivity will have you feeling super motivated to take on whatever life throws at you.
Not to mention, Martin has the most perfect teeth I’ve ever seen on a human being, so go check ‘em out.
3. Treat yourself to a Netflix (Chill optional) session
Instead of re-watching Orange is the New Black: Season 3 again, check out one of the hundreds of documentaries that Netflix has in its library.
My recommendations are A Dollar a Day, which follows the journey of three American college students who travel to Guatemala with the challenge of living on $1 a day. It will leave you feeling full of gratitude and hope for the future.
If that doesn’t tickle your peach, give Monica and David a watch. Following the relationship between a down-syndrome couple, Monica and David will put a smile on your face and remind you of everything that is good with the world.
4. Spend some time mind wandering
There is a powerful TED Talk by Matt Killingsworth who talks about the human ability to ‘Mind Wander’.
Have you ever been in a meeting but all you could think about is sitting in a villa overlooking Santorini’s caldera? Or maybe you have been in a lecture and all you could think about is the Nutella Cronut you are going to devour later.
This, my friends, is what we call ‘Mind Wandering’. This ability is entirely unique to human beings so use this superpower to motivate and inspire yourself. Let your mind wander to images of your dream career, house, vacation or whatever makes you feel excited to be alive.
5. Get in touch with your spiritual side
Spirituality has so many different meanings to so many different people. In this case, I am prescribing a good, strong dose of whatever it is that makes you feel connected to something greater than yourself.
Whether this is through listening to a sermon by Joel Osteen, taking a yoga class or sitting out in the sun for a few hours, make time to do it.
I know so many people who find relief through volunteering. Devoting some time to an idea or cause that is greater than yourself can have a powerful effect on your outlook on life.
I’ll sign off on my prescription by saying that when you surround yourself with inspiration, you will never lack motivation. This is the key to achieving your objectives and living with enthusiasm.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.