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[Special Edition] 30 Principles of Motivation

Updated: Feb 12

Stick to these principles and they will help you re-center your mind and rejuvenate your heart.

Principle #1- Recognize The Blessing

It's no secret that life can be immensely difficult. If you are reading this article now, chances are you are feeling this way. That's nothing to be ashamed of. By reaching out for help, you are already winning half the battle. Take a moment to reflect on the fact that the information we need to get by in life, is often right at our fingertips. We are immensely lucky to be living in an age where information is easily accessible.

Positive Affirmation: Technology is a blessing! To ignore its value is unwise in our quest for happiness and rejuvenation. Allow yourself to rediscover the gift of technology, without being ruled by it.

Principle #2- You Are Not Alone

Many spiritual men and women who have gone before us, have maintained that all of life is a single organism. Yet we are all individuals within this body. When one of us falls, we all fall. When one of us rises, we all rise. Therefore, recognize that you are not alone in your struggle. We all face adversity. Adversity rears its ugly head in many shapes and forms, yet is a common factor in all of our lives. We fight not to shun or ignore adversity but to gain the strength to face it. It is good to remember that you are not the only person that experiences pain. It can often feel that way. During the thick of the storm, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that most of the people you know are facing difficult trials of their own.

Positive Affirmation: Your demons can only get stronger when you have your back turned to them. By facing your challenges you are a step ahead in the game!

Principle #3- Discover The Path

Sometimes you're better off having one clear vision for your future, than ten standard goals. Everybody has goals. Some come to fruition, some don't. But if you have a clear vision for your future, you've equipped yourself with a valuable tool. Whether you're trying to lose weight, finish school, or embark on the journey of a new career, a vision is your friend. Now, remember, no vision is complete without execution. Take action today, to ensure that you are where you want to be tomorrow. Delaying and procrastinating will simply keep you off the path rather than push you along it. You want to be walking hand-in-hand with your vision, rather than watching it from a distance. Be flexible and allow your vision to alter, but never lose sight of it.

Positive Affirmation: Think of your vision as you would a friend. Bury it in your subconscious and allow it to wander to the forefront of your mind frequently. Guard it with intensity and don't let anyone, including yourself, get in the way of it. Indeed, your life can and does depend on it.

Principle #4- Continue To Take Action

Remember that nobody else can do what you need to do for yourself. The only person that needs to take action in the equation is you. And that is something you are capable of!

Positive Affirmation: The little successes you build along the way, will reinforce your confidence as you confront new challenges in the future.

Principle #5- Don't Compare Yourself To Others

The path you're on is unique to you. By comparing yourself to others, you not only begin to worry, but you slow yourself down. The last thing you need is a distraction.

Positive Affirmation: As you focus on your goals and continue to persevere, you will soon have a few successes to celebrate along the way!

Principle #6- You Sow What You Reap

Keep in mind that everything you do today recycles itself and informs who you are in the future. This can be an intimidating thought. But allow it to inform the decisions you make in the now.

Positive Affirmation: Be your own best friend, and treat your body like a temple!

Principle #7- Be Content With Your Best

We all know how incredibly easy it is to beat ourselves up. However, doing so only reinforces negative thought patterns and slows us down. It's okay to go at your own pace.

Positive Affirmation: As long as you are steadily working toward your goals, you are on the path you need to be!

Principle #8- Develop Positive Habits

Our lifestyles are often determined by our routines. Good habits can take you far in life. It has been said that the habits you form in the first half of your life become the chains you wear in the second half. With that said no matter how old you are, you can always learn something new and create a positive change.

Positive Affirmation: You are your habits. Give yourself some time to allow new habits to stick along the way.

Principle #9- Believe In Yourself!

You can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. It is likely that we have all experienced a taste of both.

Positive Affirmation: If you've read this far, that in itself is a positive action!

Principle #10- Get Up When You Fall

Even as you're making progress along your path of positivity, you are going to experience some pitfalls along the way. Remember that this experience is not exclusive to you. When you do fall, get up again.

Positive Affirmation: If you've had to get up after experiencing personal failure in the past, as we all have, you're capable of doing it again!

Principle #11- Surround Yourself With Positivity

They say you become those whom you surround yourself with. So make sure that your circle of friends is goal-oriented and helpful to you along your journey.

Positive Affirmation: There are a positive group of friends out there for everybody! It is best to discover them sooner rather than later.

Principle #12- Reawaken With Each New Day

Every day is a blessing. No new day is guaranteed. If you are alive reading this, you are luckier than some who didn't make it to see today.

Positive Affirmation: Every new day is a new opportunity to try something new, seize it!

Principle #13- Take Care Of The Issues You Foresee

Remember procrastination is the enemy. Small molehills can turn into mountains when left unattended!

Positive Affirmation: Take care of what needs to be handled today and save yourself the burden tomorrow!

Principle #14- Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The positive things you do for yourself can leave a lasting impression on the life of a loved one. If you have kids, then as you know they are like sponges. Remember that we change the world not by pointing the finger, but by changing ourselves. Others that see we have embarked on our journey will emulate positive changes we make.

Positive Affirmation: The more positive you become, the more positivity you give to a world that desperately needs it.

Principle #15- Get Selfish, Keep The Focus On You

Remember that it's all about you. At the end of the day, it's easy to attend to everybody's needs except ourselves. Sure it's good to be selfless, but not at the expense of our own lives.

Positive Affirmation: By focusing on yourself first, you put yourself in a healthy position to eventually help others without enabling.

Principle #16- Develop An Exercise Routine

Start small. You don't have to morph into a triathlete after spending a good chunk of your life without exercise. This is another area of your life where comparing yourself to others can cause major setbacks.

Positive Affirmation: Exercise is not only great for your body, but your mental health as well!

Principle #17- Eat Healthily!

In conjunction with daily exercise, healthy eating can extend your life and open you up to new levels of personal satisfaction.

Positive Affirmation: Eating healthy will positively affect every other aspect of your life!

Principle #18- Reassess Your Vision Every So Often

It's not a bad thing to do a tune-up on your vision and/or goals every so often. As you change, so will your values.

Positive Affirmation: As you keep your vision for the future fresh, you allow yourself to draw new inspiration from it whenever necessary.

Principle #19- Too Much Thinking Is Never A Good Thing

It's easy to get sucked into sitting around at home and contemplating life and its challenges. Sometimes with no help from others at all, we take on the task of dragging ourselves down. Train your mind to recognize these periods and do something about them.

Positive Affirmation: We all lapse into these moments. It doesn't have to remain so. Break the cycle by doing something fresh as soon as you recognize yourself plunging into this nasty state.

Principle #20- Discover A New Hobby

Sometimes the monotony of life is overwhelming. We cope with this through recreation and hobbies alike. Every now and then it's good to throw a new hobby into the mix. You'll thank yourself after giving that one activity you've been wanting to try for years a chance.

Positive Affirmation: It doesn't hurt to try! By putting yourself into new situations, you never know what opportunities you open yourself up to and whom you can meet along the way.

Principle #21- Focus On Your Goal, Not Beating Others

A little healthy competition is fine. But when you become consumed by the desire to do better than others you cross over into unhealthy territory. In other words, if your goal as you climb the ladder of success is to cut out the rungs beneath you, it could be time to get some counseling.

Positive Affirmation: Keep the focus on yourself, you deserve it!

Principle #22- Practice Kindness Along The Way

Remember that other people are on a difficult, sometimes treacherous journey of their own. A little kindness goes a long way.

Positive Affirmation: Even when you're not speaking, you're communicating. If you don't have anything to say, a smile can go a long way!

Principle #23- Keep Looking Ahead

You're tarnishing the present if you dwell in the past. With that said, it is also important to not be so consumed by the future that we are unable to enjoy the present.

Positive Affirmation: Bring yourself back to reality every so often if you have to. Focusing on your goals is great, but losing sight of how special the now is can be unfortunate.

Principle #24- Life Is A Marathon

Remain true to yourself and your vision for the long haul. In doing so you demonstrate clarity of vision and strength of mind. Stand behind the choices you made, and don't give in to the pressures on your journey.

Positive Affirmation: Perseverance is the name of the game!

Principle #25- Problems Are Part Of The Process

Don't be afraid of the challenges you face along the way. Not every obstacle has the potential to hurt you. It's all about perspective. Recognize the wall in front of you as an opportunity to grow.

Positive Affirmation: The person you become while chasing your goals, can be an unseen benefit you retain for the future.

Principle #26- Keep Your Goals Set High!

At the end of life, many people regret not setting their goals high enough. Don't allow yourself to be one of those people. Continue to refresh and add slight alterations to your vision along the way.

Positive Affirmation: As you achieve new heights, remember how intimidating setting certain goals were at their conception. Yet here you are. Now set new goals and go after them!

Principle #27- It’s Ok To Be Where You Are

Wherever you are in life, it's okay. It's better to acknowledge where you find yourself than be in denial. Accept your place for what it is.

Positive Affirmation: Judging yourself can only bring you down. As you reinforce your mindset with positivity, your sense of self will change for the better along the way.

Principle #28- An Object In Motion Stays In Motion, An Object At Rest Stays At Rest