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Strengthen your motivation to improve your mind

simple33274026.jpgEach of us has personal motivation, it is that inward power that pushes us to become a better person, work harder, and enjoy life. Motivation doesn't always happen on a daily basis, it takes the combination of desire and ambition to make it truly work. Highly motivated people often set personal goals for themselves that they must achieve in order to have a feeling of self worth. Many people have a desire to do something, but they lack the imitative to do it. They are held back by fear, doubt, and anxiety. Having motivation means you have a willingness to take action and do something, despite the consequences.

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Keeping your mind healthy

sideview32994967.jpgIt doesn't matter what age you are, it's important to set daily goals to keep your mind healthy. When a person has a healthy mind, they live happier, fuller lives. Many of them tend to live healthier lives and they often do not encounter dementia in their old age. Here is a list of simple things you can do to keep your mind healthy:

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Lack of sleep, killer of motivation

peaceful30349841.jpgOne of the biggest killer of motivation is being tired. A lack of sleep is one of the worst things you can do for yourself if you want to get and stay motivated.

Let's look at some examples of when lack of sleep acts as the killer of motivation:

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Using medications to improve brain power

pills31967012.jpgRecently there has been an increase in the use of prescription drugs to enhance concentration and memory. While there is no doubt that these drugs can improve concentration, most of them are stimulants and medicines prescribed primarily to treat ADHD symptoms. A recent survey found that up to 25% of college students routinely purchase black market prescriptions such as Ritalin or Adderall in order to boost memory and concentration before exams. Of course the downside to these pills is that they can be habit forming and when not properly prescribed by a physician who is aware of your personal medical history, also dangerous.

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Tips for reducing memory loss

comfort19302800.jpgMemory loss happens to everyone, even if it occurs on differing levels and ages for each of us. In order to keep your brain alert and working, you need to exercise it just as you would any other muscle. There are many easy ways to improve and reverse memory loss such as leading a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy foods. Some psychologists believe that simple exercises that require your eyes to move from side to side can help improve the accuracy of your memory also.

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Keeping your glass half-full instead of half-empty

relaxing19183965.jpgToday, with wars raging, the economy on a slippery slope, and our busy, stressful days taking over our lives, it's difficult to always think positive and keep our glass "half full". When you get to the point that you can't focus on the positive in life anymore, here are some tips to help you find the light at the end of the tunnel.

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How sleep impacts your job

peaceful30349841.jpgSeveral researchers have conducted studies to determine how a night's sleep impacts employee performance at the office. One of the recent studies published found that a bad night's sleep impacts your job performance and it also makes you cranky and irritable. Employees that do not get a proper amount of rest are less likely to enjoy their job.

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How music helps concentration

MP345382094.jpgThe idea of brain music has been debated for years. Whether it is helpful for students to listen to the likes of Mozart can be beneficial or hurtful to the study process is yet to be completely agreed upon by the experts. Even so, listening to rhythmical music can be quite calming, can help relieve stress, depression and insomnia. It also has been found to speed up the recovering of people suffering from illness.

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Foregoing stereotypes

icecream32254768.jpgStereotypes are ways to define individuals and groups of people by common characteristics. They are typically cultural and even though they contain some truth to their base, are usually exaggerated and over simplified to keep us from seeing each other as we really are. Stereotypes have been handed down from one generation to another and a lot of times are negative carryovers from some other time in history. This way of generalizing based on limited knowledge can be dangerous and hurtful but as individuals we can seek to find more positive ways of knowing about people and not assuming the worst is true of each other.

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Daily exercises to improve concentration

eye36180828.jpgImproving your concentration takes time and practice, just like any other muscle in your body. In order to keep your brain fine tuned and ready to work hard you can do some simple exercises each day. Find a quiet place where you can be alone. Relax your body, and work through any or all of these exercises. Spend 20-30 minutes a day to complete your work out and track your progress in a notebook or chart.

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Clearing your mind

sideview32994967.jpgFinding ways to clear your mind not only helps you achieve a more balanced, focused life, it will also allow you to relax through stressful moments. There are many different techniques for learning to exercise your brain in this way. We are going to look at a few different ideas to help you focus and relax so you're more alert and aware of your surroundings and the ability to finish your daily tasks.

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Simple tips to increase your motivation

businessmeeting26246912.jpgFinding motivation within yourself to stay on task and accomplish what you need to do is hard for everyone. One day you may be focused and get everything done you wanted, and the next day, you may find yourself lacking the motivation and not getting anything done. Here are some simple tips that you can use in your daily life to increase your motivation:

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Self-motivation tips

ladyoncellphone33269406.jpgFinding the inner strength to become self-motivated can be challenging for anyone. There are a lot of ways you can learn how to become self-motivated, this article will offer some tips that may be helpful to you:

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Reducing stress to improve motivation

stressedwoman16009389.jpgStress is a part of everyone's life and running from is not an option. While some stress is good to have, too much of it can actually threaten your health. It is always there. Finding ways to reduce your stress can add to your stress and make you feel frustrated. When you feel frustrated you often will find yourself procrastinating on things you need to get accomplished. Frustration will also lead to you losing your motivation. Once you lose your motivation, it is hard to start back up again. Use some of the tips and examples listed below to help you to reduce your stress.

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How to have an enthusiastic personality

videogames39172478.jpgWe all have different personalities and different ways that we interact with people. Some days are harder than others and we struggle with keeping a positive and upbeat attitude and personality. We all want to be that person that is happy most of the time and can look at the positive side of life. How do we get to that point? Here are some techniques that you can use the next time you are in a situation that you need to have an enthusiastic personality.

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How to improve your mind

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Your mind is a powerful thing, sometimes more powerful than you may think! An improved mind means better concentration and reasoning skills among many benefits. But in order to keep your mind sharp, you need to constantly be exercising it and working to improve it.

These are just a few tips on how to improve your mind:

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Mental health and self mastery

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Staying mentally healthy is a critical part of self mastery and motivation. If you suffer from a mental illness, you are not controlling yourself. So, what can you do to have optimum mental health and avoid mental illness, of all kinds? Try the following:

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Getting motivated to clean up your thoughts

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Your thoughts have an effect on you. Negative thoughts can affect you in a negative way, while positive thoughts can affect you in a positive way. When your thoughts are negative your body and mind are weakened. You are more relaxed, alert, and centered when your thoughts are positive. To accomplish your goals and function more efficiently in life you must learn to beat your negative thoughts. First, you must be motivated to clean up your thoughts and then you can begin to transform your inner critic. These steps will help you to become motivated to end the negative thoughts and emotions you feel:

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What you can do to live happier


Everyone wants happiness, but happiness doesn't seem to want everyone. It almost does feel like fate sometimes. Why are some people ugly and others beautiful? Why are some people rich and others poor? Why do some people suffer from depression while others seem hardwired against it? Why are some people athletic and others awkward? Why are some people lucky and others cursed?

These are the sorts of questions that can keep you awake at night. They keep you awake because there's no satisfactory answer to them. I mean, you can say that Jane is attractive and Sally less so because Jane's parents were models and Sally's mutants; but why in the world are there mutants? No one knows. When asking yourself what you can do to live happier, keep that in mind above all else. When the whys start flooding in, build a dam. Why X, Why Y? No one knows. That's just the way things are.

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How to find it in yourself to go after your dreams


Making your dreams a reality is going to take a lot of things such as determination, hard work, and focus. However finding it in yourself to do so will take a great deal of confidence. When you have self confidence you will also have the courage, strength and motivation to accomplish your goals and live your dreams. Confidence will also give you the motivation and persistence that is needed to achieve your goals and rise above challenges and failures. Confidence is a learned skill and anyone can learn the skills needed to become self confident. Here are just a few tips to help you become more confident. These tips are extremely effective and when done on a daily basis they will help you to make confident thinking a habit.
1.Put yourself into a confident state of mind by writing down all of the day's achievements in your diary or journal at the end of each day. Be sure to write down even the smallest of achievements. Writing them down will reinforce the idea of success and confidence. This is beneficial and motivating for you to feel success deep within yourself so your mind acknowledges them as achievements.

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How to confront your fears today so you can get motivated tomorrow


Getting motivated can be a difficult thing. This is especially true when you're governed by your fears. So let's learn how to confront your fears today so that you can get motivated tomorrow.

1. Get close to your fear. This is a great way to start. In order to determine exactly what the fear is, you need to become familiar with your fear. Research it. What makes you feel this fear? Are there specific activities or people who trigger the fear? Is your fear centered on a place or a person? Are you more likely to be fearful at a particular time of day? Once you have specifically define your fear, you'll be much more likely to overcome it so you can get motivated tomorrow.
2. Develop a new thinking pattern. This may require the help of a friend or even a professional. Try to convince yourself that the fear is not there. Train your brain to ignore the fear. When confronted with the fear, instead of running from it, change your mind about the fear. Tell yourself you're not afraid and you won't be. Think positive. You can do it. You have the ability to conquer this fear and emerge as a strong, motivated person.

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How to get out of failure mode


Failure mode is something that is easy to slip into. We all tend to self defeat and talk ourselves out of the ability to succeed. So, what can you do to get out of failure mode and more importantly, get into success mode? Try the following:

Recognize that failure is not always the result. In fact, many succeed. If people did not succeed then we would not have cars, government, food, technology etc. All of these things come as a result of people's dreams and goals. People are more than capable of creating compelling dreams. It is fact. The problem is that the fear of failure often clouds the path, and leads you astray. So, what you are going to do is use that wonderful imagination of yours. Imagine that it is impossible to fail. If it was impossible to fail what dreams and desires would you pursue? If you were guaranteed success then what would you try to do? When you start thinking in the possibilities, you start to get your mind out of failure mode.

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Five tips for being mentally and emotionally motivated


The two ways you know that you have finally become motivated is when you mentally and emotionally are determined to go out and do what plans you have set for yourself. These goals to mean a lot to you in order to engage yourself in the emotional and mental dedication required to make these things become a reality. Here are five tips for being mentally and emotionally motivated.

1. Become passionate about something. Or in other words, know your passions and pursue them will all you have inside you. These things will make you happy if you work hard for them. The hard work will help foster the mental and emotional drive you initially sparked to start yourself on your current affair. Caring a lot for anything will make the task so much more important and accomplishing it will be the result.

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How to build your self-esteem, and why it is important

Self-esteem is how you esteem yourself. That is, self-esteem is how you feel about yourself; how you feel about your prospects in life; how you feel about your talents, looks, abilities, job success, and so forth. High self-esteem, backed by productivity, is healthy. High self-esteem backed by low productivity is unhealthy. Low self-esteem backed by productivity is unhealthy. Low self-esteem backed by low productivity is unhealthy.

We're not here to talk about high self-esteem backed by productivity, or high self-esteem backed by low productivity. Both of those things are for different essays. What we want to consider is low self-esteem in general, whether it's backed by productivity or not.

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Getting motivated to turn off the television


A lot of people want to work out, want to be more organized, want to cook, want to go to bed early, and one thing stands in the way. What? The television. For many the television, and the inability to turn it off and do something else keeps them from accomplishing other things they want to do. The following are some tips for getting motivated to turn off the television:

1. Find a friend to work out with or do crafts with, or whatever else it is you want to do. If you find that all you do is sit in front of the television, find a friend to motivate you to do something else. If you have always wanted to make a scrapbook of your kids, invite a girl friend over to scrapbook. Then, when the day gets long, and you get to the time you planned to scrapbook, you won't justify watching television instead because you have someone to scrapbook with. The same holds true for anything else you want to do. If you have a friend to do it with you are much more likely to do it. You won't let your friend down. You will let yourself down. So, get motivated by having an external force that almost does just that, forces you to follow through with doing something, anything, other than watching television.

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Getting motivated to study, read, and learn for fun!


While being smarter is something we would all want to be, sometimes it is hard to want to study, read, and learn when we could be doing something more fun, like playing games, sleeping in, reading television etc. So, how do you get motivated to study, read, and learn for fun? Try the following:

1. Start slow, with something you like, such as Harry Potter. If you have never been one to enjoy learning, reading, etc. but you want to start doing these things for fun, you can't start with something deep and heavy. Get motivated to do more reading, studying and learning by starting off with something really enjoyable. There are tons of great fiction books that can really light a fire under you, and spark the curiosity and desire to read more. Start with something like Harry Potter, or Eragon that has a series so that you do not just read one book and are done, but that you want to continue with the story and keep reading. Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse are a fascinating series that appeals to many. Harry Potter is one of the most read series ever. If this genre is not right for you, try Grisham, find an author, or a type of book you enjoy and find pleasure in reading and start there. This should motivate

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Getting motivated to get some sleep

Sleep is key to health and happiness. We all know this, and yet we still let a lot of things get in the way of sleep. We let television, talking on the phone, going out with friends, or even doing nothing get in the way of sleep. So, how can you change that? The following are some ways to get motivated to get some sleep:

1. Try it out and see how it goes. Just one week of going to bed early, and getting up after about eight hours will probably be all the motivation you need to get some sleep. Sleep is something that induces more sleep. It also helps you feel better, have energy during the day, you stay healthier, and you are generally less moody if you get enough sleep each night, so try it out, and let that motivate you. Usually you have gone so long without sleep that you do not feel like getting enough is really going to be that big of a deal. However, if you try for just one week, and not let yourself get distracted, you will find that you love getting enough sleep, that it makes you feel so good, and that you are motivated. You will likely still have a few late nights here and there, but for the most part the benefits will be evident and you will like sleep too much to not be motivated to get some.

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Getting motivated to become smarter


Now, to be honest, if you're reading this article you're probably already motivated to become smarter. It's like saying, getting motivated to not have pimples. Everyone wants to be smarter, and no one wants pimples. BUT-there is a subtler side to it; there are ways in which what is initially a vague, general sort of emotion can be turned into a laser beam that cuts through all the gunk, buildup, and superfluous garbage of your life and makes you into the sort of person you've always dreamed of being. So let's look at a few ways in which you can get motivated to get smarter.
1. Let's talk about a general principle of existence that should come in quite handy when getting motivated to get smarter. That is, motivation increases as you reach and experience your goals. In other words, getting motivated to become smarter starts right now, with reading this article. Then you set a goal for yourself. Let's say you want to be smarter about great literature. I'd suggest you start with someone fairly straightforward like Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald, etc. You can probably think of a few names yourself. Sherlock Homes stories would count, the science fiction of H.G. Wells would count, you've got this whole map to range in.

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How being motivated makes you happier

What keeps you motivated and happy in your life? For most, being motivated is the key to happiness; For example, in my life motivation is the key to a lot of my happiness. Without it I wouldn't have accomplished the things in my life that I have. Without motivation you may not accomplish much, and even small accomplishments can make you happy. To some my accomplishments may not be the biggest achievements but they are sufficed to me, which in turn makes me happy. And who wants to be depressed? I know I don't.

Being motivated at work means higher income, at home means happier family, at diet and health means more energy and a better life. Recently one of my proudest achievements was setting up a healthy eating and exercising calendar for my family and me. It has improved our lives on so many levels and we are all so much happier and more energetic as well. It's helped my son to actually improve in school. Now how much more of a reason would you need to be motivated for something like that? Being motivated in not always simple. In fact, in the beginning it wasn't the easiest thing to get my family into-especially my son. But with persistence and of course motivation I persuaded him to the healthy side.

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How to build on existing confidence

There are many different ways that you can build upon the abilities that you already have. For example if you are working on being able to run longer distance you are going to want to start out small and work your way up to your goal. Another thing that you might want to build on is your confidence. Maybe you have existing confidence but you want to have better confidence there are different ways that you can build on that. This just like anything else you might have to start with something small and work your way up. Here are some ways on how to build on existing confidence.

The first way to build on existing confidence is to believe in you. You are your number one critic. You are going to be harder on yourself than anyone else. You need to make sure that you are comfortable with who you are and what you are about. This might be difficult at times but try to find something positive about yourself everyday that can help you to like yourself more and more. Doing this will help your existing confidence be even better because when you are more comfortable with yourself it is natural to have more confidence,

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How simply sticking with it when times get rough will keep you motivated

Staying motivated to do the things that need to get done can be difficult. If there are things that you do not do because you love to, or things that take motivation to get done, then it is important for you to stay motivated no matter what. In life things do not go perfectly, there will be interruptions and problems, things that effect you emotionally will occur. So, you have two choices, you can stop working and let the emotional drama take over, or you can work through it, stick with it, and stay motivated. The following is an explanation of why simply sticking with it when times get rough will keep you motivated:

1. If when something hard, or rough happens, you just give up, and decide to come back to things later, when you aren't so distracted by your problems, you will find that you will be unlikely to ever get motivated to come back to it. Giving up is equivalent to no success, and if you have no success in what you do, you will not be very likely to want to continue doing it, and try for success. Instead, you will feel frustrated, and you will associate the thing you need to be motivated to do with your problem, instead of separate like it should be. So, what should you do? If you have a rough moment, instead of stopping work, or whatever it is you are doing, just push through. You will have a hard time at first, you won't be as productive, or effective, but after just a little while you will be back on the ball, and you will be better off than if you don't stick with it. If you stop, then when you come back to it, you will feel behind, and you will have a big struggle.

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How simply sticking with it when times get rough will keep you motivated

Staying motivated to do the things that need to get done can be difficult. If there are things that you do not do because you love to, or things that take motivation to get done, then it is important for you to stay motivated no matter what. In life things do not go perfectly, there will be interruptions and problems, things that effect you emotionally will occur. So, you have two choices, you can stop working and let the emotional drama take over, or you can work through it, stick with it, and stay motivated. The following is an explanation of why simply sticking with it when times get rough will keep you motivated:

1. If when something hard, or rough happens, you just give up, and decide to come back to things later, when you aren't so distracted by your problems, you will find that you will be unlikely to ever get motivated to come back to it. Giving up is equivalent to no success, and if you have no success in what you do, you will not be very likely to want to continue doing it, and try for success. Instead, you will feel frustrated, and you will associate the thing you need to be motivated to do with your problem, instead of separate like it should be. So, what should you do? If you have a rough moment, instead of stopping work, or whatever it is you are doing, just push through. You will have a hard time at first, you won't be as productive, or effective, but after just a little while you will be back on the ball, and you will be better off than if you don't stick with it. If you stop, then when you come back to it, you will feel behind, and you will have a big struggle.

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Tips for getting out of a slump

There's nothing worse than finding oneself stranded in the doldrums of the `blahs'. Those days, weeks, or months (hopefully not years!) of being in a slump are the worst. And it can be really hard to find a way to perk up and find some motivation for being optimistic. Check out this dynamite list for getting fired up again and getting out of a slump.

1. Exercise
It is a proven fact that exercise helps fight against depression. So hop up off the sagging couch and go swimming, biking, rollerblading, walking, hiking, jogging, ice skating, running, or something else, just get that heart pumping!

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How to think positively, despite difficult circumstances

One of the best qualities any person can develop is the ability to think positively despite difficult circumstances. It has been said that there are no situations so bad that complaining about them won't make them worse! Here are some ideas on how to think positively despite difficult circumstances.

1. Make a habit of looking for the good.

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How to improve your mental attitudes

Let's face it: attitude is everything. Our frame of mind is definitely what frames our world. These sound like trite little cliché phrases, but they really speak the truth! Nothing can change the outlook of the world better than changing our own attitude. So here are some thoughts about how to improve your mental attitudes.

First thing first - a person has to want to change. Reading books, practicing skills, and going to therapists won't do a darn thing until a person really wants to change. Something as personal as improving one's attitude is not altered by any outside source. The only way to make a difference is to change from within. That starts to sound all hokey doesn't it? Too bad it's the truth. The only way to change a mental attitude is to do it yourself.

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How to eliminate the tendency to set mental limits

The sky is the limit. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. What thoughts run through your head as you read statements like these? Many people tend to think that statements like these are foolish thinking. But isn't that the beginning of setting mental limits on what we can accomplish? We tend to think that great accomplishments are things that happen to other people. This is not so. People who think in these terms are limiting their ability to achieve. Here are some suggestions on how to eliminate the tendency to set mental limits.

1. Thoughts

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