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The Art of Living
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have fewer responsibilities and more time for letting your mind wander? I do. My self control is pretty strong when it comes to limiting the distractions I invite into my life and my family's life. I know that the more I take on, the less time I will have to rest and to be still.
We live in a world run mainly by extroverts; those who compete aggressively for top spot and who can reach the finish line the fastest. This is especially true in the United States and less so in other countries. This type of fast lifestyle doesn't know compassion and is barely aware of kindness. The mentality is one of self-serving and selfishness.
So what's my point here? The idea to set limits for yourself is to know yourself and how many distractions you can allow without becoming overwhelmed. Be honest with yourself and determine at what point it becomes too much for you to handle. Then go back; move your thoughts backward at least three distractions before you reached your breaking point because your mind was already moving toward "enough is enough." Don't allow yourself to be stretched so thin that you lose it. Go back to where you were before you said "enough is enough." Then establish this point as your limit, and do everything in your power not to allow yourself to go beyond this point. You are establishing boundaries for what stuff you invite into your life.
There will be phases in your life when it will be more challenging to establish the amount of distractions that come into your life because that's life. Life will throw disasters, children, financial challenges, loneliness, and depression at you. All of these events bring a large set of distractions that are unavoidable. However, if you know how to establish the ground rules for determining which distractions you let in, you can navigate the life challenges in a simpler way.
Life distractions bring limitations to creativity. Sometimes, when you allow yourself to escape through art, the difficulties in life can go away for a short period of time as the mind wanders only to the creative actions before you. Other times, when you are weary and lonely, it is more difficult to initiate the creative process because quite frankly what you need is sleep, rest, and stillness. This is especially true for introverts and borderline introverts who are forced into living the extrovert's fast paced culture.
Sadly, there really isn't an easy solution to this cultural problem because the culture of a nation is seeded in the majority of the people's style and way of getting things done. The best suggestion is to practice the idea of establishing your own limitations and know yourself so that you will stop unwanted distractions and noise to enter your life. We can each do this for ourselves, and perhaps begin to shift toward a more compassionate and kinder culture that allows for more creativity.
The softness of the wet grass under foot, the warmth of the Earth rising over the meadow as a fragrant mist, and the smell of wet leaves make this time of year a time for gratitude of all living things and our humble homes. It is an enchanted time.
How to stay motivated ...
1. Method 1 Keeping Spirits High
2. Remind yourself of your goals. ...
3. Make weekly checkpoints to track your progress. ...
4. Make sure to reward yourself every time you achieve your weekly goals. ...
5. Give yourself breaks. ...
6. Don't be too hard on yourself. ...
7. Watch and read motivational stories or speeches.
How you can get motivated to reach your goals?
1. Feel It Already Done.
2. Give Yourself A Reward.
3. Ask A Buddy.
4. Work With A Finish Line.
5. Create Reasons Why You Will Succeed.
6. Have A Bigger Vision.
7. Use “Pain” as Leverage.
My thoughts about getting motivated ...
In my humble opinion, the 14 points about motivation that you just read don't address the main factor about getting motivated. These are great organizational skills to incorporate when establishing and following through in order to achieve my goal.
What isn't addressed is the fact that depression, procrastination, and unhappiness are leading causes of not being motivated, and even if I attempt to follow through with any of these 14 points listed above, the first thing that I must do is shed whatever is blocking my creativity.
It may be a family member who needs to be dealt with, losing a meaningless job, or taking a road trip and a change of scenery that triggers my happiness sensors, which will ultimately affect my motivation. I don't think that unhappy people are motivated people because they lack the enthusiasm and desire to propel them to complete a goal.
Life can bring an endless list of tasks and work into our lives; and daily we get up and carry out those tasks. After a certain time of doing something that is work alone rather than doing something fun, it changes us and transforms us into procrastinating lumps.
My recommendation is to rid yourself of whatever is dragging you down, and transform yourself by learning something new everyday, walking or exercising, writing down your thoughts in a private journal, and teach yourself the vitality of transforming into a motivated hero to do whatever it is that brings you joy.
I am learning this as I walk this journey of transformation so that I can be motivated to make beautiful rugs. Come along with me as we discover ways to become motivated and achieve wonderful goals.
A loving mother to an incredibly intelligent and beautiful young adult, writer, textile artist, and a nurturing keeper of a very lovable Siberian cat and Sir Finlay my rescued Terrier mix.