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Anger Serves A Purpose

Anger is a normal human emotion. And like all emotions, it serves a purpose. Anger can guide you towards positive change and inspire you to set long term goals. 

Accept Your Anger:

It’s a common misconception that anger is a negative emotion and should be avoided at all costs. When in fact that is far from the truth. Dismissing and avoiding anger tends to intensify and prolong it. 

We all get angry. Accepting and embracing your anger can help keep it under control. 

Here’s an example. Let’s say traffic jams often make you angry, and in turn, cause your palms to sweat.

Instead of getting frustrated, take a few deep breaths, and accept what is happening. 

Remind yourself that your sweaty palms are simply the body’s physical response to anger and nothing to worry about. You are experiencing a human emotion, and it shall pass. 

Identify Your Anger:

Once you’ve accepted and come to terms with your anger, you have to identify the reason behind is.

Anger is communicating a need for change. You just need to figure out what that change is and its significance. 

Why do you think you’re angry right now? What is your anger trying to tell you? 

Establish Boundaries:

Once you’ve identified the source behind your anger, you can reset your boundaries and set appropriate expectations. 

Anger is an emotion for a reason and serves a purpose. 

It can teach you about yourself, others and the world around you. 

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The Benefits of Thinking About The Future

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Yes, focusing on the present moment can improve your wellbeing and overall happiness – but if done correctly, so can thinking about the future.

Helps You Make Better Decisions

Thinking about tomorrow can help you decide what to do today.

We all have our own set of long-term goals.

Let’s say, you’d love to have enough money saved for a downpayment in 5 years. By keeping that vision in mind, you can start prioritizing your spending habits today instead of tomorrow.

Acts as Motivation

A goal usually starts out as nothing more than a fantasy, which can be very motivating.

Daydreams can inspire you to turn those thoughts into reality.

Improves Well-Being

Are you familiar with the “three good things” exercise? It’s easy.

All you have to do is write down 3 good things you would like to happen tomorrow.

Once you have that list, you can start taking action to make those dreams come true.

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Tips And Strategies to Reach Your Goals

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No matter how large or small your goal may be, it’s key to go in with a plan.

How will you get from point A to point B? How will you motivate yourself to reach the finish line?

Here are a few strategies to keep in mind before you get started.

Focus on the Progress

You may think that the end result is the most important thing.

That is not always the case. It’s actually the steps you take.

Even though your day to day actions may feel insignificant at the moment, they do add up.

Let’s say your goal is to earn an extra $50 this month from your side hustle.

However, at the end of the month, you only earned an extra $45.

If you did everything you could and feel proud, you did reach your goal.

Visualize Success

Before you even get started, don’t be afraid to visualize what your life will be like, once you accomplish that goal.

Several studies show that visualization can connect the brain’s intentions to the body. If you can dream it, you can do it.

Keep it Visible

Writing down your goals can help them feel more real. After you write your goal down, don’t toss that piece of paper away. Instead, keep it somewhere visible. Something you look at every single day.

Doing so, will keep you motivated and in the game.

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How to Make Tasks More Pleasant And Stop Procrastinating

We tend to avoid doing things we find unpleasant or painful. By changing your mindset, you can make these “unpleasant” tasks a little bit easier, and even fun!

Adapt The Task

Before you get started, take a minute to think about your strengths and weaknesses relevant to the task at hand.

Here’s an example.

A friend asks you to run alongside them on the treadmill at the gym.

However, cardio isn’t exactly your thing, so you tend to avoid it.

Here’s where adapting the task comes in.

There are several other machines at the gym that may be more up your alley.

By switching up the workout, you can make the experience fun.

Make it Pleasant

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make “chores” more fun? Oh wait… you can!

All you have to do is ask yourself this one question.

“What can I do before, during, or after the task to make it fun?”

Take your time; there is no right or wrong answer.

If it’s a task that requires little concentration like cooking or cleaning, you can play your favorite song or audiobook in the background.

On the other hand, if this task requires a high level of concentration, reward yourself after every milestone.

The One Minute Struggle

Unfamiliar with the “One Minute Struggle?”

No worries, here is a quick overview.

Have you ever been in a situation, you just can’t get past? Maybe you can’t figure out that puzzle, or set up that computer software. Either way, you feel lost.

Instead of sitting there for hours on end, you have a few choices:

1) Get some help.

2) Ask yourself what else might work.

3) Come back to the problem later with a new set of eyes.

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