Motivation

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY – STEP 13: Weakening temptations and strengthening willpower

How can we weaken temptations and strengthen our will to act? 🤔
Do you know that saying „out of sight, out of mind”? Turns out that scientific researches prove that wisdom when it comes to fighting temptation and empowering willpower! 💪
:::
Brian Wansink, american psychologist did an interesting research with James E. Painter that he describes in his book „Mindless Eating” 🧐
:::
Gentlemen gave their secretaries chocolates 🍫. Some of the sweets were in a box with a see-through lid where they could see all the chocolates and some of the sweets were in a normal not see-through box.
:::
What do you think, which chocolates tempted more to be eaten? 😅 Of course those with a see-through lid. Women that could see the chocolates were tempted 71% times more! They were reaching for chocolates 7,7 times a day while those women who had „hidden” chocolates reached for them only 4,6 times a day 😋.
:::
You see? Out of sight out of mind and it’s not only about sweets of course! If you need to learn or work late don’t do it in front of a TV, better yet, go to some quiet place 🤫, without TV, without any games or non-scientific books in your sight. Turn your phone off and focus on your task.
:::
Now how can we strengthen our will? 🤔 First of all write down a list of reasons WHY do you want to reach your goal, WHY do you want to follow that dream 📝. This so-called Benefit Card will help you a lot in a moment of crisis 😃
:::
If you’re wondering why bother writing them down and you think „I remember them all easily” I’ll surprise you: in moments of lost motivation it is easy to forget why you want to reach your goal that much 😉. When there is a temptation in eyesight (and within reach of a hand), you’re feeling stressed, tired and/or you’re in a bad mood, believe me, those reasons suddenly fly away and it is so hard to remember those 😬
:::
In those kind of situations Benefit Card might come very useful! Carry it with you everday and read it in any moment of weakness.

About me · positive news

POSITIVE NEWS

Serbian footballers donate cash bonus after defeating Portugal for the treatment of sick children
🔅
Heartwarming Photo Captures Man’s Gesture of Gratitude Towards the Nurses Who Saved His Wife’s Life
🔅
Google’s low-cost device that makes drinking water from air is now open source
🔅
This company replants your Christmas tree – then rents it back to you every year
🔅
It’s my birthday this week! I’m turning 30 on Thursday!

Come back next Monday for more!

positive

5 things you NEED TO remember

🔸️ Rest can be/is productive 🙏. Never feel bad about taking a break. You need it to reset your body, to rest and be more productive later on, to get new ideas and be more creative.
🔸️ Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness 🤝. Don’t work your a** off just to prove somebody you can do it by yourself, it’s not worth it. Simply ask for help when you need it and help others when they need it.
🔸️ You don’t have to have it all figured out. I’m almost 30 and I think I know what I want to do for the rest of my life yet it keeps changing every couple years and that’s fine 😅 I change my dreams whenever I find some new passion because.. :
🔸️ You’re allowed to change your mind. Whether it’s about your job, a city where you want to live and other big decisions as well as on each everyday step like saying you’re not gonna go to a party even though you RSVP’ed because you don’t feel like it 🤷‍♀️.
🔸️ You can keep as much of your private life to yourself as you want. Just because somebody else starts talking about his/her problems, his financial situation, family drama etc doesn’t mean that you have to be open about it as well 😉

Self-Love

SELF LOVE: Honey & cinnamon scrub

In winter our lips often get dry so it’s important to do lip scrubs from time to time! 😊
Today lets make honey & cinnamon scrub! 😀
You’ll need:
🔸️ 1/4 cup brown sugar (you can use regular sugar here or even salt but brown sugar is tastier!)
🔸️1 Tbsp. coconut oil (this can be substituted with any sort of oil such as almond, olive, etc.)
🔸️1 Tbsp. raw unfiltered honey (that pretend honey just won’t do)
🔸️1 tsp. cinnamon powder (you can even do ginger powder, nutmeg, or cloves.) …
:::
➡️ Combine ingredients in a small bowl using a wooden spoon, mix everything well.
➡️ Transfer to a small glass jar with a lid.
➡️ To use: Rub a small amount onto your lips in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes.
➡️ Rinse (or you could just lick it off if you really wanted too…😃) off with a wet washcloth and feel the difference!…

Source: https://hybridrastamama.com

positive

Core beliefs

What are you main core beliefs? 🤔
For me it’s:
🔸️ Be kind – always treat others how you want to be treated, don’t judge another person, especially if you don’t know the whole story
🔸️ Think positive – positive vibes really attract positive mind = positive life. Learn to appreciate what you got, to be happy about the little things, learn to see something good in the world around you
🔸️ Follow your dreams – set your steps that you need to take to reach your goal and try doing something everyday to pursue those dreams. It doesn’t have to be big, just keep taking small steps and keep moving forward. Anything is possible with hard work (and maybe a little luck)!
:::
Which one out of those 3 is most important to you?
Keep reading my posts and I’ll teach you how to take care of/practice all 3 core beliefs 🙏
What are your core beliefs?

Motivational Mondays

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY – STEP 12: Learning how to defer gratification

Last week we’ve talked about deferring gratification – does it apply to you? 🤔 Does your brain demand a reward here and now? 😬 Do you forget about your goal when you see something you want (e.g. a cake while being on a diet) and you easily succumb to temptation? 🧐
:::
Don’t worry! The art of deferring gratification can be learned, same as you can train your willpower 💪.
:::
Try this exercise from Kelly McGonigqal’s book „The Willpower Instinct”: It appears that 10 minutes is not a long time to wait for something we want. Neurologists however discovered that it has great impact on how your brain processes the vision of reward 🏆. If instant gratification is supposed to come after 10 minutes then our brain sees it as future benefit 🔜. Hence the system that processes the promise of a reward calms down and strong biological impulse to instant consummation weakens ⬇️.
:::
In order for your brain 🧠 to think straight try waiting 10 minutes before you succumb to temptation. If after 10 minutes you still want it, take it/do it 😄. Before the time passes though try to think of long-term benefits you’ll get for resisting temptation. If it’s possible, try also creating some physical or visual distance ↔️.
:::
If you need to do something you don’t feel like doing you can also use „10 minutes rule” to help you resist the temptation of delaying necessary actions and to force yourself a bit to do them😉. Try making it „do it for 10 minutes, then you can stop”. Let yourself stop working after 10 minutes – it might turn out that as you already had started you will want to continue 😉. For me, it’s always the most difficult to start working and when I do I usually want to finish so this trick works on me quie well 👍
:::
Try doing that excercise and write down your results. „10 miutes rule” might work great when you don’t feel like working! ☺

positive news

POSITIVE NEWS

13-year-old qualified for ‘Make-A-Wish’ uses it to feed homeless every month for a year
🔅
12-year-old Uses Boy Scout Know-How to Rescue Lost Couple and Injured Dog on a Hike
🔅
School gatekeeper in Morocco fixed and painted every broken classroom furniture during quarantine
🔅
Bride who had a life-saving organ transplant is walked down the aisle by the father of the donor who died in a crash days before her own wedding
🔅
COP26: World leaders back deal to end deforestation by 2030

Come back next Monday for more!

Self-Love

SELF LOVE: Cooling Cucumber Mask 🧖‍♀️

Ingredients:
🔸️ 1 large cucumber 🥒
🔸️ 2 TBSP Unrefined Coconut Oil 🥥
🔸️ 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
🔸️ 8 drops of Carrot Seed Essential Oil (optional)
:::
➡️ Blend all ingredients together until all ingredients form a smooth cream.  ➡️ Transfer to ice cube tray and freeze.  You might hold a bit back and pop it in the fridge so you can use your mask now!
➡️ Apply all around the eyes.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
It feels HEAVENLY! 😍 So refreshing-you can just feel the puffiness disappearing!  If you are using the Carrot Seed oil be very careful-if it gets in your eyes it will burn 😬. If the oil gets in your eyes, rinse out your eye with cool water immediately.

Source: https://thepaleomama.com

positive

Inner child

Don’t mind me asking but… how old are you? 🤔 Are you 20+? 30+? Older? If so, do you act for your age, are you mature and serious all the time? 🧐 You’re no longer a child so you have to be serious, responsible and definitely not spontaneus…. Wrooooong! 🚫👎🥱
:::
Age doesn’t define us! 😉 I know plenty men who are almost (or already) 40 and act like 20 and that is not a bad thing! 🤪 Of course you need to be responsible and, if the situation requires that, serious from time to time but so you should be crazy, fun and wild! 🙃
:::
I remember hearing a girl saying „I want to be a kid again, this was so much fun, now nothing is fun” once 🙄. Well… if this is what your life looks like then you made it this way!
:::
Be crazy 🤪, be spontanous 😎, be passionate 🥰, be wild 🥴 – this is how you create memories! 😃 This is how you make life beautiful, fun and happy!
:::
Go and dance in the rain 🌂, surprise your friend at his/her door with a bottle of wine 🍷 (even if he/she lives couple hours away), go to karaoke bar 🎤, play hide and seek 🤭, go to a cinema with a bag full of jellies to see a Disney movie 😜…. why not?
:::
If there are any activities you liked as a child and you wish you could keep doing them just…keep doing them! 😃 Don’t let age, or actually not the age itself but the society pressure to BEHAVE YOUR AGE 🙄, stop you! Do whatever you wish! 🥰
:::
I, for example, love being goofy with my husband and e.g. do funny faces 🤪 and voices or sing with high-pitched voice (our neighbours must hate us haha 🤣), I watch cartoons and I love it ❤, 90% of the time I want to be a businesswoman/boss babe/independent woman 💪 but 10% of the time I want to be spoiled, eat candy and watch silly romantic comedies 🤭 like a teenager… and that’s fine! 😀
:::
Just do whatever you want to do, be your true self! ☺

Bez kategorii

7 things I’ve learned about Mayans while being in Mexico

➡️ 1. There’s still plenty Mayans among Mexicans  and some of them will actually get a bit angry if you call them Mexican, not Mayan 😉.
➡️ 2. Mayans were VERY intelligent people who could meassure days, calendar and solar systems centuries ago just by observing the nature around them 🌹🌒🌓🌕🌖🌗🌙 and their calculations compared to  nowadays’ calendars were mistaken by only 6 seconds! 🤯
➡️ 3. Mayan calendar is very complicated, it is actually a combination of 3 different calendars, and each day had a special name in calendar and everyone got a name after the day they were born.
2012 actually wasn’t the end of Mayan calendar. Their whole calendar cycle lasts over 5000 years and 2012 was the end of 1st cycle 😉
➡️ 4. The ancient Mayans believed that the world was created on 11th August, 3114 BCE. The Mayan calendars start counting from that date.
➡️ 5. Do you know how to write number 10 in ancient Roman numbers? It’s ‘X’, right? 😃 5 is ‘V’ and so on. But how do you write ‘0’ in Roman numbers? 🤔 There is no sign for that because the concept of number ‘0’ was invented later by Mayans! 😃
➡️ 6. There are plenty words in modern language that were invented by Mayans. One of them is ‘chocolate’ 🍫– ‘chocolhaa’ in Mayan that means ‘bitter water’
➡️ 7. Mayans kind of invented soccer but the rules were quite different 😅 – you could hit the ball only with your hips, forearms or calves and you had to aim the ball to a stone hoop that was couple metres above the ground 😃