“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” Lou Holtz
1. Don’t Take Yourself too Seriously: Laugh at Your mistakes, failures and yourself often.
2. Be Kind to Yourself: If you eat that box of chocolates, celebrate it and then start your detox tomorrow
3. Express Gratitude for All You Have: Avoid complacency at all costs, as it is the enemy of motivation.
4. Surround Yourself with Laughter and Positive People: Add your brand of humor to your conversations
5. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others: Focus on your own game. That gorgeous guy/girl has issues they battle with too.
6. Believe in Yourself: It’s great to just be YOU! Look in the mirror; you are your competition, your cheerleader and your critic. Pick one C every day and conquer it.
7. Acknowledge Your Attributes: If you don’t rejoice over your fabulous baking skills or your great Zumba moves, who will? Dance away!
I think we all take ourselves too seriously on the road to success, and we need to be reminded to live a little and learn to laugh. I hope the 20 tips and accompanying stories above and below will add some mirth to your day… if not, you’re on your own!
A Story: Meaning of Happiness
An Englishman, a Frenchman, and a Russian were once discussing the meaning of true happiness.
The Englishman said, “True happiness, my friends, is rising early on a frosty autumn morning, getting on top of a good horse, and galloping off behind the hounds in pursuit of the fox. A hard ride over fields and fences and rivulets until the fox is brought down. A ride back with the ears and the tail and then sitting before a roaring fire with a glass of good port. Ah, that is true happiness.”
The Frenchman said, “That is not true happiness. That is merely animal pleasure. True happiness is meeting with the love of your life, having an intimate meal in a top-notch restaurant with champagne, and then retiring to a wonderful hotel room, where you can make frantic and impassioned love all night long. Ah, that is true happiness.”
The Russian said, “That is not true happiness. That is merely a good time. True happiness comes when you are sitting in your apartment after a hard day at the factory, your little Ivan on your knee, and reading your copy of ‘Pravda’. There comes a knock at the door. Three men in ill-fitting brown suits come storming in and say, ‘Stepan Stepanovich?’ and you say, ‘He lives in the room upstairs.’ Ah, that is true happiness.” via Happiness Humor
“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live.” Greg Anderson
8. Recognize Your Progress: Visualize achieving all your small goals and take one step at a time to achieve your big goals.
9. Set Realistic SMART Goals: Forgive yourself when you drop the ball: Create a vision-board and reward yourself when you achieve any of the visuals on it. Is it the car? Drive it. Is it skydiving on your bucket list? Go do it!
10. Think and Act Positively: If you feel down, pause and reflect on what is bothering you… Then seek out those funny friends to cheer you up.
11. Move Your Body: The endorphin rush we experience in exercise can do wonders for our mind, body and spirit.
12. Volunteer: Helping others will do wonders for your mood and make you feel so much better.
13. Enjoy the Occasional Indulgence: Eat good food and allow yourself some treats. Enjoy every bit of your indulgence with no pangs of guilt or regrets.
14. Do Things that Add to Your Mirth/Joy: Watch funny movies, read hilarious books and yes, entertain your family, friends, and the odd stranger with an occasional joke.
Imagine life without humor. What would that look like to you? Take the time to surround yourself with people, places, things that cheer you up. Life isn’t boring until we stop seeing how creative we can get to make the best of what we do have. Enjoy the story below.
A Story: The Dead Cat
A cat died and went to Heaven. God met her at the gates and said, “You have been a good cat all these years. Anything you want is yours for the asking.”
The cat thought for a minute and then said, “All my life I lived on a farm and slept on hard wooden floors. I would like a real fluffy pillow to sleep on.”
God said, “Say no more.” Instantly the cat had a huge fluffy pillow.
A few days later, six mice were killed in an accident and they all went to Heaven together. God met the mice at the gates with the same offer that He made to the cat.
The mice said, “Well, we have had to run all of our lives: from cats, dogs, and even people with brooms! If we could just have some little roller skates, we would not have to run again.”
God answered, “It is done.” All the mice had beautiful little roller skates.
About a week later, God decided to check on the cat. He found her sound asleep on her fluffy pillow. God gently awakened the cat and asked, “Is everything okay? How have you been doing? Are you happy?”
The cat replied, “Oh, it is WONDERFUL. I have never been so happy in my life. The pillow is so fluffy, and those little ‘Meals on Wheels’ you have been sending over are delicious!”
“I’m not motivated to entertain people through Twitter, so just by having Twitter and not saying anything, I make people mad.” Louis C. K.
15. Stay Focused and Strong about your Beliefs: They are your beliefs and who cares if we don’t like them. As long as they don’t include hurting others, you are good to go.
16. Press the “Worry Pause button” for a while: Put WORRY in a basket and send it on a long road trip. Why worry so much? Nothing changes when we worry. Do something about it by taking action to address the cause of your worries.
17. Love the Life You Have: Work to change the things that give you grief and laugh as often as you can… Stop sweating the small stuff… It’s only stuff.
18. Learn to Laugh: If you don’t learn to laugh, tears will be your companion.
19. Be Happy: Mirth means joy/happiness. Unless we make the effort to be mirthful and seek ways to enjoy life, it will always be out of reach – it’s a choice!
20. Work, Play and Love Hard: Passion is temporary but, it sure gets the adrenaline going and who knows where it might lead you … down the yellow brick road?
Of course, we all experience challenges in our lives, and we can choose to pick up the pieces, find the light and humor in it, or stay miserable. It is a choice. Whether we laugh or cry, one thing is certain, humor is better for our soul. So, laugh a little more. Ha!
A Story: The Family Fortune
Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.
When he found out he was going to inherit a fortune when his sickly father died, he decided he needed to find a wife with whom to share his fortune.
One evening, at an investment meeting, he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.
Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary guy,” he said to her, “But in just a few years my father will die and I will inherit $200 million.” Impressed, the woman asked for his business card and three days later, she became his stepmother.
Positive Motivation Tip: Find occasions to muster up funny moments in your life. Make time to laugh … even if you don’t have any reason to do so… just laugh!