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Why it is Hard to Stay Motivated

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Change is the only constant.

How many times have we heard this in our lives? 

Do you realize this is not merely a saying but an experience every individual goes through multiple times during his entire life?

None of us know what the next second has in store for us. Right now you may be elated and you might find yourself in complete folds the next hour.

Relatable?

Well, these are the times when you need to chomp in a well-prepared meal.

No no, not your regular food, this meal has special ingredients which when cooked together, give you the dish called ‘motivation’.

It is extremely important to sense when our morale starts losing for if not paid attention to, it can turn into a habit and you might find yourself quite comfortable.

To be able to pull yourself out of lethargy, an understanding of what motivation actually is should be taken into consideration.

When defined, motivation is the power that activates the engine of success and moves you to act. It is not some external drive but comes from within and is very much related to your ambitions and desires in life.

Keep reminding yourself that this is a recurring process, you’ll have to be your own source of encouragement every day, sometimes even more than once a day.

Easier said than done right?

 I am aware.

However, a strong and logical mind is sure to overrule your emotions. After all, you are not your mind but much beyond that.

To be content and motive-driven, you need to have clarity. Like I mentioned above, a strong mind has control over your emotions and will help you keep track of your visions and goals. It is usually easy to get distracted by external factors but if you are sure enough of what you want ahead, nothing can come in your way.

Let’s see some things that you could do when you feel like there’s not much productivity flowing out :

  • The foremost thing is to stop and take deep breaths. A calm and relaxed mind is capable of viewing different point of views of the same situation. A moment of panic is sure to push you away and impact your ability to work.
  • After you find yourself quiet, drink two sips of water to give fuel to the brain.
  • Now, look closely at what you have in hand. An assignment to finish before the deadline? An examination to prepare for, due the day after? A project you just stepped into? Well, the list obviously is endless.
  • Having the work outline made, sit and divide it into smaller tasks, hence now you have shorter goals which are comparatively easier to achieve.
  • When a 4-5 hour project is broken down into sets of half an hour each, after the completion of every 0.5 hours there will be a sense of contentment and pride. The satisfaction thus attained will be far greater than anything else.

Now, this was just a little glimpse of what can be done or something that I usually adhere to. However, is this the only standard procedure? 

No.

Every individual is different and has his own psychological being. For some, a pep-talk would do wonders while for others just a 10-15 minute alone time is enough to get back to normal.

Therefore, don’t try to follow any steps mechanically. See various things, read about various things, and in the end, come up with different permutations and combinations that suit the best for you.

Enough of how to get motivated and why to get motivated. Let’s step into the deeper issue – ‘Not being able to work and to not be productive does not mean I am any less serious about my career. I am not making excuses just so that I can get off of responsibilities easily. Why does no one believe when I say this?’

The thoughts that we ponder over every time we are hit by a wave of disinterest. The problem is not anybody not believing you, the setback is of how society isn’t accepting of low workload times.

The pressure of watching every other person excel and hear stories of how people work 36 hours a day, has made this the notion of how one should approach his professional background.

The fear of not being able to report in time and the stress of being a few steps behind others always is daunting our subconsciousness. It’s high time we as individuals accept that this is what it is and it’s completely okay to be not okay somedays.

Embracing your own shortcomings will give you the courage to stand by yourself and fall back into action with double the motivation and power.

You know that these aren’t mere excuses, you know your mindset at that point in time and you know that you will give anything and everything to not be in this position and this is all that matters.

A sense of belief and confidence will automatically provide a boost and you’ll see yourself springing into ideas and creative techniques to give shape to the same project.

Hence, two things are the highlight of your gloomy days – One, that targets smaller goals to reach the bigger goal in less time and with less stress. Two, to accept and face the fact that you will have no willpower one day and it’s okay but at the same time knowing that you have to get back on your feet the next day.

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Ikigai: Finding the Perfect Sweet Spot to Revolutionise Your Life

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If you haven’t been living off the internet under a rock, then you must have at least heard the word ‘ikigai’ floating about even if you’ve not seen or read about a certain book on the same. The charming pastel blue book claiming to contain the ever-elusive secret to a long and happy life seems to have inundated every online newsfeed and offline bookstores with its appealing aesthetic.

But the real value of the delicate text, as with all books, lies beyond the cover and in-between the pages, where it discusses an age-old Japanese tradition involved in the making of life choices and career decisions. In this article, we will be talking about what this seemingly wonderful concept of ‘ikigai’ is, how you can discover your own ikigai and how to harness it to turn your life around.

What is ‘ikigai’?

‘Ikigai’ (pronounced ee-key-guy) is a Japanese word that roughly translates into ‘reason for living’. It is a lifestyle that seeks to strike balance by mapping out different individual ambitions and aptitudes. It aims to create satisfaction in a life well-lived by uniting the practical and the spiritual things that sustain a person.

The New York Post perhaps said it best: “If hygge is the art of doing nothing, ikigai is the art of doing something – and doing it with supreme focus and joy.” Simply put, it is a theory of everything— everything that a person might possibly need to be contented, happy and prosperous.

How to find your own ikigai

The four things that this unique idea considers are: what an individual loves doing, what they are good at, what the world needs, and what the world is willing to pay for. A closer look reveals that for almost everybody, it strikes the sweet spot between earning money to sustain oneself comfortably and leading a life that has meaning and contributes to the progress and well-being of the world.

So, think about your passions, interests, talents, and what you want your impact on the world to look like. Then try to figure out which of these is or can be developed into a tenable career choice, and lo and behold! The answer that you arrive at, might just be your ikigai. If you’re struggling, then look on the internet for colorful pie charts that can make your work in determining your ikigai easier.

What follows next?

As with all things in life, nothing is attained without practice. The same is applicable here too, since realigning your life choices, purpose and essentially, your philosophy of living calls for a near-total upheaval on both fronts— the personal and the professional. However, since the central premise of this unique and fulfilling Japanese concept is based on realizing your desires and ambitions in a sustainable way, there is little that can go wrong in the long run if you stick to it! 

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Motivational Wall Art That Represent Your Culture

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The space where we live must reflect our personality, heritage, culture, and taste. One of the best ways to boost the style of home interior design with culture is to set up a wall with cultural art and craft. With walls, you have an endless opportunity to showcase ‘where you’re from’ while adding visual interest.

Whether you set up a home office or planning to renovate your living room, beautifying your walls with culture in mind provides you with the opportunity to express your values and personal beliefs- making your home sweet home a soothing place than ever before.

The issue is not everyone knows the art of wall art. If you are among those who don’t know how to do it, the first thing you need to do is stop stressing.

Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. It’s your home, and you can make variations that you love to foster a relaxed vibe. But that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve a wall that feels like the creation of an expert.

Unique ways to infuse culture in your wall space and refresh their look

The following tips are for those who want to create a great cultural wall.

1.   Make a cultural trip gallery

What can be more fascinating than putting your most treasured pictures from your last cultural trip on your wall? Travel inspired décor is pretty in modern interior design.

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Let the images speak for themselves. Displaying your travel photos is a brilliant idea to show your love for your culture no matter what corner of the earth you live. Tell your story and what you learn about your own culture through the language of images.

You can use printing services or use your own printer to get physical copies of your photos. There are tons of ways to use these images but creating a travel gallery wall is perhaps the most popular choice.

Now buy a wooden photo hanger, hanging frames, or branch string to display your memories creatively on walls. Have lots of photos to display? You can also create a grid to create photo display using poster tape

2.   Create an ancestor wall

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If you have wasted so many time scouring magazines and blogs for inspiration, now is the time to stop as here is a great idea for you to add a personal touch to your wall.

You can create a beautiful vintage family wall by blending the history of your own and your spouse’s family.  

Why should you create an ancestor gallery wall?

A family portrait wall can make a huge contribution to knowing your ancestral lineage and unquestionably more details about those blood relations who helped get us where you are today. Old portraits of ancestors would fascinate everyone in the home by looking at the photos of their distant relatives, knowing that some of them are not even alive.

A pro tip is to buy frames that do not match too closely with other frames. That way, it will appear as if the antique pictures have been accumulated over a long time.

3.     Use large-scale symbols

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As soon as you find an appealing cultural symbol, you can use that as an inspiration for your wall décor. Cultural symbols feature in books, movies, kids, clothing, movies, stationery, and fashion. You can also create a statement wall by painting a popular cultural symbol in the center. 

For instance, the Chinese dragon Feng Shui has a huge history in Chinese culture and symbolizes power, luck, and novelty. You’ve probably seen a Chinese dragon in a Chinese restaurant. These pictures have dragons with long snake-like bodies with sharp claws of hawks.

4.     Use fabric

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If you are looking for an interior designing idea that captures the attention of all the guests then

add a tinge of cultural grandiose to your living or bedroom by showcasing fabric on walls.

A tapestry can add life as well as softness to a wall. Consider vintage fabrics, scarves with patterns or other attractive textiles telling your cultural history.

Ancient Egypt and Italian tapestry from the 19th-century looks stunningly beautiful on walls. The added benefit of hanging tapestries is that they are a lot easier to move than a bunch of framed photos and paintings. 

5.   Paint a mural

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If your home has a large wall that needs a punch, then painting it with murals is a great idea. From wall murals in interior design to street art murals, they have been used by people as a way to mark their existence.

Murals cover large surfaces with beautiful imagery and tell a visual narrative expressing the history of a culture. Plus, they are a cost-effective strategy to add exotic cultural elements to your homes.

Take some inspiration from the Thai mural paintings that usually depict temples, exotic beach scenery, rainforests, and Thai symbols. You can choose your favorite cultural elements and uplift the décor of your lounge.

6.     Hang plates depicting your culture

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A cool idea to show your cultural roots is to hang in decorative plates with beautiful artwork. If you have friends from the southern culture, you’ll probably see hanging plates on their home walls for decorative purpose.

Most Southern homes have these hanging plates that tell stories about their homeowner’s culture and history. If you are bored with the typical old look of your walls, then redecorate them with some easy DIY wall plate ideas.

The finely hand-painted ceramic China plates are popular for their unique floral patterns in blue and white. A collection of plates arranged on the wall of your dining room can uplift its aesthetics. It is suggested to pick big and small plates of different shapes and create a layout that looks best.

Cultural wall to drive motivation

Art is commonly only used for decorating offices, homes, schools but art not only decorates a space, it actually defines it. In fact, art on walls can make a difference. You can use it to increase your productivity at work.

Culture shapes the way we spend our lives, but culture is also a key factor that can bring motivation to our everyday life.

How art brings joy to your life?

People experience both good and bad events in life. Arts let us validate our feelings and emotions. It is important to be thankful for the blessings and hope for a better future.

Gathering your much loved moments and displaying them creatively on the wall can give you the strength to move on even in your lowest phase. It can make us remember the happy moments, cheer up instantly whenever you’ll pass by, and inspire us to do more in life.

Plus, if you display happy memories from your last cultural adventure, then another trip isn’t far behind.

Try to create photos of your own. If you are busy an cannot create your own photographs, you can buy some relevant ones, just like students buys with their extracurricular activities buy dissertation to save time.

Creating a motivational wall trough art is a great idea to stay motivated and keep going. Revisiting your own culture teaches you more about your homeland and yourself. Hanging frames of your culture trip on walls remind you daily that you are linked to this place in many ways.

Why should you add cultural elements in your wall art?

Art is a language that speaks the things that cannot be said. With artwork that shows our culture, you can sense the hard work, time, and skills that went into the making. The brush strokes and colors used in the painting also made you think about the artist and what inspires him. The piece of art serves as a reminder of history and let you experience the incidents from the past.

By injecting culture in your interior design, you can give your wall a personality. Even if this isn’t your goal, you can use cultural elements as a way to showcase what you value in your life. The wall can be a perfect translator of what you like. This allows you to forge meaningful connections with anyone who comes into your home.

How art representing our culture motivates us?

The art not only gives us a brief introduction to our heritage and ethnic, but it is a valuable tool when it comes to an understanding our own selves and how we are different from others. It tells us how things changed over time.

The art depicting our culture also keep us informed about the old traditions and the interests of people. It also makes us brave. Assume a painting displaying a scene from the war field. It’ll definitely give you goosebumps. On the other side, seeing your ancestors and distant relatives is also enjoyable.

The symbols and depictions of our culture encourage us to cultivate a deeper appreciation for influence within our own particular society. Finally, your culture wall is a product of your beliefs and values, then carefully pick ideas that truly inspire you.

In summary

Filling in your blank wall spaces with art representing your culture is truly a fun activity. The representation of your culture shouldn’t be limited to walls, but a cultural touch can be given to complete interior design.

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Why Most People Give Up Just Before They See Results

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When I was six years old, I remember giving up half-way on a math problem. I don’t recall who it was, probably a grade-school teacher who then told me a story of a man who needed to swim across a lake. The lake was 2 miles. He swam halfway and then got really tired and decided it wasn’t worth the effort. He turned around and swam back. 

I was aghast. “But he swam 2 miles either way! He could’ve just continued swimming forward and would’ve reached with the same effort!” It seemed like a pointless exercise and didn’t teach me much about giving up. When I think about it now, it’s not so surprising. We always tend to overestimate the journey ahead. 

We want tangible results

The moment we start a new project or skill, we expect results to follow soon. Most people don’t have an idea of what kind of results they want: just that it should be noticeable and experienced. 

If you recently started learning a new language, your idea of seeing results might be to speak fluently. That’s an undefined goal, and it’s difficult to say when that could happen. It could be a few months or a couple of years. But you’ll likely get frustrated before that happens. You’ll wonder why you’re working so hard but not seeing the results you want.

On the other hand, if your idea of seeing results would be to identify all alphabets correctly and pronounce two-syllable words, that’s a more realistic and well-defined result,, and you could accomplish it in six weeks with regular classes. 

Ensuring that your idea of ‘results’ is well-defined can help you identify the progress you’re making, however slow or little it is. 

The Plateau of Latent Potential 

A theory by James Clear (author of Atomic Habits) explains why progress is never linear. You’re making progress every single day, but you don’t always see these results. 

Just because you aren’t seeing results doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They are being stored in your potential. James Clear likens it to heating an ice cube from twenty-five to thirty-one degrees. An ice cube melts at thirty two degrees, but just because the visible result happens between thirty one and thirty two, doesn’t mean the heating that happened before isn’t just as important. 

This is especially true for fitness. Those who make drastic lifestyle changes often notice visible physical differences or increase in strength only weeks after committing to exercise. In those first few weeks where the body is making improvements too minute to be noticed, people often get discouraged, thinking that it’s not working.

Those that do stick at it, however, suddenly show results! To the people around them, it seems like an overnight success. Everyone acknowledges your results, only noticing your ‘thirty one to thirty two degrees’ without knowing the effort you’ve put in. 

Remember that the ‘Valley of Disappointment’, as James Clear calls it, is for a very short duration before you see the progress that you’ve been working so hard to get. We often have arbitrary expectations from ourselves: if we’ve been working hard we ‘should’ be seeing some kind of improvement! 

Having faith in yourself and re-evaluating your motives for getting the results you want can help fuel your motivation as you plow through the first few weeks (or months!). Before you decide something isn’t your cup of tea, make sure you’ve given yourself a fair chance. You’ve put in a lot of effort already. Your ‘thirty two degrees’ might be closer than you think.

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the blow that did it — but all that had gone before.” Jacob Ruiz

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