Seven Motivational Tips For Christmas or Similar Events

I woke up yesterday morning feeling low on energy and overwhelmed by all the tasks needing to be done before Christmas. Some of you might have had the same feeling! Are there solutions? Yes!

First, realize how important energy is and imagine yourself as being full of the electric power of energy. Energy has been described as:

“the power and ability to be physically and mentally active.”

We all know how important action is to achieving anything. Start to take action both physically and mentally on the things that need to be done and the feeling of energy and eagerness to act may well appear like the genie of the lamp.

Benjamin Franklin made the value of energy clear:

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

Secondly, get moving physically. Go for a walk or skip rope! Sitting down or sleeping are not always the best ways to gain energy. Expend some energy instead by some kind of physical movement and you will ignite the fires of the mental and physical energy that are available to all of us.

Thirdly, even if you don’t feel enthusiastic about Christmas, or any similar event, pretend that you are. The pretence may well become your reality.

Frank Bettger lost his enthusiasm for baseball but decided to act as if he was enthusiastic. He soon earned the name ‘Pep Bettger’ and ended up playing in the major leagues. His enthusiasm for the game returned. A similar thing happened when he became a salesman.

The following quote from Norman Vincent Peale could be applied to Christmas amongst other things:

“You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something! The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”

One could, for example, get enthralled by Christmas and see the hard work that Christmas can involve as a huge opportunity to be and do more.

Sending Christmas cards can be a chore or an opportunity to get in touch once more after a year of non-communication. Even a late Christmas card is better than none! You can, at least, tell your relative or friend what you have been up to even if your news arrives in January!

Fourthly, recapture your childhood wonder at the experience of Christmas or at a similar event that thrilled you as a child. Enjoy the snow falling down in the TV advertisements, if not in the real world.

Get excited by the story of Christmas and, whether you believe the story or not, see Christmas as a chance to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’. In fact, you will probably have an even better chance to love your relatives as yourself as they visit you or you visit them on Christmas day or Boxing day.

Loving relatives and neighbours can be difficult unless we look for the good in them. We all have our good and bad sides. The bad usually emerges when we are deprived of what we want. I remember, as a youngster, not being given the corner of the Yorkshire pudding which I much preferred to the soggy middle. Instead of taking this philosophically, I ate a spoonful of mustard as a public protest while my family looked on amazed. No one suffered but me!

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