5 ways to motivate yourself

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Many of us lacks the determination to achieve our goals or finish our plans with single-mindedness due to the lack of motivation or drive, while some of us are scatterbrained with a bunch of ideas, but are unable to set the goals. Chances are you’re one of those people, or perhaps you want to further increase your fluctuated motivation level.

Understanding yourself is the first step towards the self-improvement. The knowledge you gain from the others can help you understand about yourself and your weakness, and how to use your strength to overcome your weakness. For whatever reasons you are suffering from low motivation, following the 5 ways presented below might help you in boosting your motivation level:

1) Create a list of reasons for your goals

When you have a goal, then there is a high probably that you have reasons behind it. Write the every reason you know that you need to achieve your goals, i.e., what will you achieve with your goals, what motivated you to achieve your goals in the first place, etc. When you feel less motivation or get the negative thoughts, read the list again and again. You must convert your negative thoughts, and replace them with positive ones in order to have a clear picture of what the future will look like once you accomplish your goals. Research shows that positive reaffirmation helps programming your mind for the better outcome. You can even create notes about yourself to understand when your motivation sucks to see the pattern.

2) Break your goal into baby steps

You get a burst of ideas to achieve your goal, but you are not confident about it, because there are so many steps that come to your mind, then the old ideas get vanished and you get new ideas, this endless loop continues and you lose motivation. In order to efficiently achieve your goal, you must break it into baby steps and follow them thoroughly. Keep tracking the progress of your projects. If you keep a journal, then write the steps down and stick with them. Doing this way, you can even ask the help from other people to complete some of your steps, so that you can achieve your goals earlier than the predicted time.

3) Prepare ahead for the bad feelings

You must make the realistic expectations and set the logical steps for your goals. You must see the possibilities from every perspective before setting your goals. If you don’t prepare for the odds or the bad feelings, then you will become self-absorbed, self-hating, and thus lose the motivation to achieve your goals. You must understand that the lack of motivation you feel now won’t last long unless you make yourself immersed in the feelings. You must learn to replace procrastination with the willpower in order to complete the project with determination.

4) Listen to the motivational music

Listening to up-beat and loud music can really boost your motivational level. In particular, people with high musical intelligence tends to be inspired and motivated after they listen to their favorite music. Music can also help you in stabilizing your mood. Always listen to the music with optimistic lyrics if you want to reduce the pessimism and cynicism in your life.

5) Do the things your own way

If the traditional approach towards improving your motivation doesn’t work, then you shouldn’t worry about it, as not every person is the same. The best you can do is to study yourself, and try to analyze the situation when you get the motivation. Try to recreate that feeling to get motivation when needed. Perhaps, you might have an ADD? In that case, the psychiatrist can help you overcome your lack of focus.

Final Thoughts

Whatever road you take towards increasing your motivation, remember the life is too short for the procrastination. If you can overcome your procrastination when you must focus on your goal, then you’ve won the great war of the human misery. Procrastination has the capability to kill your dreams; do not let it control you!

5 great quotations which make you reconsider your existence

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Often we found ourselves in the grip of existential depression, where the life stops making sense. At such moments, spending time with like-minded people improves the emotional health and may help you in finding the good in life. However, at times, you don’t find anyone around you. I found the following quotes incredibly fascinating which can get you out of the existential crisis:

1) “Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

Reading this poetic utter of Ludwig, you might not be able to grasp the meaning at first, as he didn’t mention the perspective through which he sees the life. In this quote, he meant that we can’t experience “death” because our consciousness stops when are dead. We can only experience “dying”. If you are living to experience a death, then you are not living at all. There is no death for us. We all are eternal.

2) “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

This is a remarkable quotation of Friedrich. He argued that people only see things from their perspectives, which is shaped by their experiences, genetics and environmental factors. When the same people find someone “out of the box”, they laugh at him, bully him, or even hurt him verbally and physically in order to “fix” him, because they think they care for him, believing the person does things because of his insanity, without realizing the inherent meaning or motivation or possibilities.

3) “A perfection of means and a confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.” – Albert Einstein

Many problems in the world can be solved in the correct way. We have the potential to fix our problems right away; we human beings are good at getting things done, especially when we are passionate about it because the values matches ours, but we are extremely bad at deciding what should be done.

4) “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

People don’t actually accept the truth. They end up calling it “self-evident” when they can’t go anywhere in their intellectual pursuits to defend themselves. This is, of course, said with a perspective which conflates opinion with truth.

5) “Hope in reality is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich beautifully translated “Ignorance is a bliss” into the human language. The desire for truth, the curiosity of things leads to the destruction of one’s health. It’s terrible to find the truth: the collective beliefs of people turn out to be delusional, language and culture which make people less isolated use lying and fakery to get the aims, forcing people to get into escapism.

6 Tips For Writing A Killer Cover Letter

Tired of getting declination of jobs because of poorly written cover letters?

Most of us who are looking for potential jobs in a marketplace need to regularly write cover letters to sell ourselves in such a way that make us stand out among the rest, especially for online work platforms or freelance marketplace. Badly or poorly written cover letters give impression to the client that the candidate is a cut / copy paste person, and so that way a client can lose a potential candidate!

The tradition of writing cover letters for making contracts date back to the days when people started using the medium of written communication to express the formal message, meaning the cover letters need to be considered as a medium of communication, not something that could be automated!

After having some experience in writing cover letters while working as a freelance software developer, and getting hired and rejected, I have noticed 6 crucial things that need to be kept in mind when writing a cover letter. Even though I can’t guarantee that the following tips will land you a job, I can say for sure that if you precisely follow these tips, then there is a good chance that the client would enjoy reading your cover letter.

6 Tips For Writing A Killer Cover Letter

1) Be specific

Always highlight your strong points and be specific as to why the client should choose you instead of others of the same set of skills as yours applying for the same job. Do not use general sentences, such as, “I’m excellent in HTML/CSS“, etc., but rather use specific sentences, such as, “I feel like I’m very good in HTML/CSS because I have designed ___ site from scratch“, etc.

2) Do not copy from previous cover letters

You can use the previous letter as the basis for your new cover letter, but never copy / paste the exact words from them! The clients would clearly find out that you have simply copy-pasted the cover letter and won’t take your application seriously as it gives the impression that you didn’t pay enough attention to the job requirements, thus making you look unprofessional.

3) Never beg for the job

Never ever beg for the job; when you are begging for a job, then it sends a negative impression of yours to the client that you don’t have enough skills to do the job and rather you are trying so hard to land the job.

Usage of the word “please“, particularly in the sentences like “Please hire me“, “Please do me a favor“, etc. are highly discouraged! You need to understand that everyone who is applying for a job gets a strong case, so you aren’t the exception! Use sentences like, “You may need to try me before rejecting my application” or “You can test my skills before rejecting me for mere lack of experience“, etc.

4) Be personal

You can be personal without begging for the job; that is, you can make a case that you are the only person who is perfect for the job. For instance, suppose a client has posted a job wanting a writer with software development knowledge, then you can tell why you are the only person who is perfect for the job, because you have both writing and software development skills at the same time. You can also mention your personal qualities, like how you are known for working under deadlines, etc.

5) Use proper English

Always use proper English with correct structure, and without any grammatical mistakes, especially for the jobs on content / blog writing. For the non-native writers, I would highly recommend Michael Swan’s Practical English Usage. Any grammatical error in a cover letter can be a break dealer, so it can be a worth investment!

6) Do not oversell yourself

Avoid the use of words like “expert“, “perfect“, etc. when describing your skills to the clients. Most clients prefer honest individuals who self-assess themselves honestly. Prefer the use of “very good” or “quite experienced” instead.

Know any other tips for writing a killer cover letter that has helped you in landing a job? Tell me in the comments section below!