If I could say one thing to anybody in a rut, or just not where they want to be: A great life isn’t about great big things; it’s a about small things that make a big difference. Success and happiness is a habit, naturally with the things you enjoy.
It doesn’t start with ridiculous mantras; and things we don’t want to do. Just take a conscious look at your everyday life, starting with your interests. There are so many things going on in our subconscious.
Here are 7 small things that helped me find inspiration and motivation:
What has a more profound, yet subtle, effect than music? It’s all around us. We model our attire after the corresponding subculture. Sometimes friendships are formed, and rejected, based on musical taste. Our attitudes are subconsciously molded from it. Music can lift our spirits, drive us past late hours, or make us victims. Be conscious and cautious of the mainstream. Don’t let marketing specialists bombard us with a great beat to shitty message. ’nuff said.
I use to listen to nothing but hardcore techno and gangsta rap. If you can make an assumption about what kind of person I was, you get my point. Switching tunes allowed me to switch gears, and pass some of the people who still say 10 years later, ‘me? same-o same-o.’ Getting out of the ‘gutter’ mindset allowed me to accept positive changes in my life.
It’s understandable, after a long hard day of ‘mining salt’ we want nothing more than to laugh at some ‘losers'; feel someway towards others; root for something; or just anything to escape the drudgery of our day. If we change the channel once in awhile we may see everyday proof that unimaginable qualities are within human capabilities— courage, resilience, compassion, determination & etc . Listen to people’s stories. Expand our horizons. And if that’s too boring, turn off the TV, and look else where. Resist escapeing to TV land for the sake of boredom.
I don’t watch much TV anymore. I find if I can’t watch a show sober, it’s a clear indicator I shouldn’t be watching it AT ALL. Some shows are hilarious in small dosages. But for the sake of yourself and people around you, don’t pour yourself a drink, roll up a blunt and watch a marathon of anything— brainwashing yourself.
When I see a good movie, it inspires and motivates me. But when I continuously bombard myself with shitty movies, life gradually seems so meaningless. I’m in no way picky— even the most unreal fantasies are able to enthusiastically entertain an otherwise ordinary moral. I love heroic movies, and movies that challenge our way of thinking. Don’t be afraid to take a chance on something that isn’t seriously Hollywood. Any great movie at the right time can really help put things in perspective and carry a positive momentum for weeks. However, If you find yourself venturing too deep into the Netflix catalog, time to smash your Playstation.
Flying a lot helps. I tend to choose “sleepers” on 16 hrs. Movies like ‘Pursuit of Happiness’ and ‘Flick’. I rarely play Theater roulette anymore— afraid if I risk watching Michael Bay’s “they’re still going to see the movie!” movie I can’t un-watch it, like I did with Transformers 2 and 3— what were those movies about again?
Look good; feel good. You honestly never know what the day will bring. The best you can do is be prepared to accept every opportunity— sporting with threads that bring confidence. It’s a nice habit. If you dress like you are going to take a nap, you are mentally going to take a nap. Take some joy or pride in your fashion statement. Just getting dressed in the morning sometimes makes my day.
There are plenty of reasons to hate high fashion, but there are no of reasons to go out in something you can’t be confident in. Thinking back to all the times my friends and I missed the boat because one of us “needed” to go home and change, is a slap in the face. My clothes aren’t just a reflection upon myself, it’s a reflection of the company I keep. Dressing properly is a way to honor my friends. People really do appreciate it. Just don’t be a show off.
Reading is not something that comes natural to all. Expanding our minds does not have an immediate, tangible benefit— opposed to the glamorous night life is literally waiting outside the window. But the occasional moment and new perspective is worth the risk. A great book, leading to a million dollar idea, is more probable than a lottery jackpot. Tap into some of history’s greatest minds. You should be so lucky if a book was written about a friend. Imagine these authors as somebody you would want a beer with.
I attribute some of my greatest ideas to my “dry” taste in books. I think certain economic or sociology books helps me understand the world and, in turn, myself. I didn’t use to read much, despite enjoying it when I did. It all began at my lowest moment in life (a story for another time), that I decided to pick out ‘the Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking’ by Christopher Hansard, from the stocked bookshelf of my rented Hong Kong apartment..
It’s medical fact, that exercise releases neurotransmitters into your brain, like when you are gorging on chocolate, having sex, and smoking a spliff. Anybody who tells me they don’t enjoy fresh air and a bit of movement, are doing it wrong. You don’t have to climb a mountain. Sometimes all it takes are friends, an excuse to road trip, and great experience to develop a healthy obsession. So get out there and do something. You can get ideas from my best ways to make friends and feel great!
I credit a lot of positivity in my life to snowboarding. So much I volunteer my time to under-privileged youth on the mountain. And it all started from a friend dragging me on a road trip. Reluctantly getting off my ass and drive 5 hours eventually lead me to some of the great things in my life… A story for another time.
Impact doesn’t take a whole lot of effort; it takes a conscious one. If life ain’t working out for you, take a chance on something new. Making a little conscious effort in what you consume here and there can make a big difference over time. Even if you don’t feel it, one day you may wake up a new person and opportunities start opening up. Inspiration hits your on the head when you least expect it.
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I hope this article helps you. Please feel free to share some of your stories.