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Be gracious and stay happy

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation” ~ Brian Tracy. When something bad happens, instead of embracing it and taking it personal you need to learn to change how you think of it. For instance, if you work in the service industry and you have a rude customer, instead of letting it ruin your day and your mood, try and show some compassion, you see different people have different problems, perhaps something bad has happened to that individual, try and do something nice for them. A smile can be contagious. Instead of taking everyone’s bad mood personal make the choice to be in a good mood, smile and circulate the cheer! Thank the customer and wish them a pleasant day.

With larger life issues that can bring us down, like an ill family member, a divorce, a disagreement with a loved one, cast your worries away. Do what you can to help or correct the situation and then leave it in God’s hands. Many of the times we want to carry the burden in our heart. Remember you’re only a human, you can’t fix everything and shouldn’t have to carry all of life’s burden’s on your heart day in and day out. Do your best to apologise to those you wronged, forgive those who wronged you, ask for help when you require it, and offer help when you are able to.
It’s about letting go of all of those things sitting in your heart that are keeping you from having a positive outlook. It’s your choice; do not overload your heart with hate and spite. If you are able to keep the negative in your heart, let it go to make room for the positive.

Some people will never tell you they had a bad day perhaps they will describe the events that occurred. As a matter of fact some believe there’s no such thing as a bad day. I know that this is a hard concept to grasp especially for me, “bad days” have been a steady occurrence. To some every day is a gift. Some are thankful for the challenges as they are a source of learning. Be thankful for your job even when it is not pleasant. I have worked in an unpleasant environment. Until I learned to appreciate the job did I start getting some job satisfaction. I did not stay long though my plan was to move on.

Try and start to adopt the philosophy of appreciating what you have and see if it can work for you as well. Make a choice to be positive and learn to be thankful for all you have. Remember there are millions of people in a worse situation than you are. When you are having a “bad day” try and discover something good in it, there are more good things than bad things in a day. When you discover something good you will realize that a few bad things don’t ruin a whole day unless you let them! It’s an option! Every day we’re alive is a gift there is so much to be grateful for so why do we center on the things that make us unhappy? “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift that is why it called present” ~ unknown. Surely a present is mean for all to enjoy.

Conclusion
Readapt your thinking .bad days are selections we make! In the end having a positive outlook is entirely up to you! Its a choice you make day-to-day. You can never control what other people say or do to you but you are able to control your response. By selecting the positive route, as briefly outlined, you’ll be happier and healthier than ever before. You’ll have a peace within you that will leave people looking at you in awe. I think it is a choice that’s worth making. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted” and be gracious and enjoy your life.

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Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” ~Tony Robins.  “Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives” ~ Tony Robins. No man is an island. Personal success and development cannot be achieved in isolation. God has abundantly blessed us with people in our lives that we can rightly use to achieve our life’s purpose and goals.

Each and every person you have come across in your life has a part to play and it is entirely up to you to recognise that and help them to help you move closer to your life’s purpose. In this article I discuss three important ways to empower our associates. Firstly let me make mention that there are 3 groups of people in our lives; firstly those close relations, these will include your family, your friends, your spouse and children; secondly your work relationships, these will include your colleagues, work mates including your boss. Thirdly all the other people you come across on a day to day basis.

You need to know how to interact these people in order for you to help you achieve your desired life’s purpose and goals. The key areas I have identified are listed below.

APPRECIATION
There is no single person I have come across in my entire life that does not like or rather feel good when they are appreciated. This is perhaps the most important aspect of getting people to like you and do what you would like them to do. You must learn and be in the habit of thanking people even for the smallest of things they have done for you. A simple smile and a “thank you” goes a long way in lifting the other persons morale.

At least say thank you for the effort even when what you have been given is not exactly what you asked for. Let the other person feel appreciated when serving you. Appreciation lifts the self-esteem of human beings. The feeling of appreciation is an intense one and can make or break someone’s self-esteem. Imagine yourself working for a boss who does not seem to appreciate whatever effort you put in your work.

Imagine the feeling of not being appreciated after you have spent so many hours on an assignment. But then contrast this with the feeling of being appreciated even for your very small efforts. You will even put in more extra time because you feel that your work and presence are being appreciated.

APPROVAL
Remember, everyone is primarily emotional.  Everything that people do, or refrain from doing, is triggered by their deeper emotions.  Your job is to connect with their higher and more positive emotions so they feel so good about you they want to help you and please you in some way. If you are in a supervisory position it will really help you to spend more time with your subordinates inviting their feedback and comments on their work. This I believe is one of the best methods to get their work approved as they will understand what is expected of them.

Nothing beats the feeling of satisfaction when your work is approved by your manager. You feel like the work is personally yours. Believe me having a highly, motivated worker can yield results beyond your imagination. If your personal goal is very dependent on other people’s input you need to devise methods that are consistent and gain respect from other people. You need to be nice, friendly and courteous. I encourage you to read more on people management. In life, you always have a choice.  You can either do everything yourself or you can get others to help you do some of the work.

ATTENTION
The third and final aspect of empowering others is attention. Just like every one of us love attention in one way or the other. Learn to listen with a keen interest. Pay attention to the details that keep people motivated and work to improve them. If you have a difference with say a work colleague. Do not argue with them but reason with them. Listen to their explanation and make sure you understand the reasoning behind.

I have experienced this especially with women. Even when they know that you cannot help them but just the fact that you will listen to them makes a difference. The fact that you will give them the attention they need, will greatly improve their self-esteem. If you are married that is lesson number one for you.

CONCLUSION
Your ability to delegate effectively, which requires that you inspire and empower others to help you willingly, will determine how fast you move ahead.  It will determine how much you earn in your job. It will determine the quality and quantity of your productivity.  It will determine your ultimate financial success in life.  And the key to all of this is your ability to empower others. Remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Keeping track of your achievements

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” ~ Harold Whitman. “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Positive life changes come to those who show dedication and discipline towards their purpose. Making the decision to change your mind is a step in the right direction. Every achievement has its seed in the mind and can only be realized by deliberate planning and execution. To get to the level of success that one aspires to, one must focus only on the positive things. The ability to stay motivated is the key ingredient to turning the tables on one’s fortunes.

One of the most interesting contributing factors to maintaining the high positive motivation levels always is to be able to physically see and acknowledge the progress and achievements made you have made. I usually take stock of my achievements on a quarterly basis. Some people do it on an annual basis others do it monthly. Keeping track of your achievements is perhaps be the best motivating factor of all because the satisfaction gained from a successfully completed project has no limits.

Keeping Track
Thus being able to keep track of one’s achievements is very important and here are popular ways that are commonly used for this purpose.

At the beginning of most well thought of projects, there is usually a good and reliable strategic plan in place be it marketing, business or personal development. This usually works as a check and balance formula to ensure everything stays on track. If it is a long term project a periodical review is the prudent way of monitoring progress.

Even when the project is successfully completed it is always prudent to draw up a summary of or things covering the details of the major aspects of the project and its contributions to the final outcome, making sure to quantify as many aspects as possible.

Compiling a folder of positive acknowledgements for the job well done is also another way to be able to track achievements. This of course is not only valuable to the future endeavors of the individual but also serves as a motivating factor.

Serving as both testimonials and references, these acknowledgements can also be used to build up an impressive portfolio for the individual from the expertise angle. It is always gratifying and satisfying to look at past projects that you have achieved with distinction. I must say that you should also not forget to look at the under achievements in your project. These can be used as learning lessons.

Participating in as many high profile external activities, company boards, internal committees, representations and other platforms that create the necessary experience and exposure is also recommended. After which keeping a well documented and monitored chart of the said activities to be used as a tracking element is also helpful in encouraging you to keep a positive mindset.

These achievements tracking helps to further project the extensive capabilities of the individual with the intention of creating an impressive portfolio.

Knowledge goes hand in hand with success. We have to learn from what we hear and see. If we surround ourselves with a positive and enriching environment, we accelerate our personal development. Therefore reading empowering books, watching motivational videos and attending seminars on personal development is the way to go.

Conclusion
Amazingly, we already have gathered immense knowledge in our journey of life. Sometimes when we search within ourselves we may find inspirational thoughts from the wealth of our experiences. Instead of tucking away this knowledge, why not write about them to inspire others. One might just find it extremely rewarding to put down one’s inspirational thoughts in an ebook. Bye for now and remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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How to keep track of your thoughts

Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ~ Frank Outlaw. The lesson learned from the preceding quote is that you are what you are, because of what you think. Therefore, the thoughts you keep in your mind are of paramount importance to building your character. All character and all habits are formed from your thoughts.

It is therefore, important that as you build your character and as you walk on the road of success your thoughts are in tune with your surrounds. Know that your success is the manifestation of your thoughts. It is what you think you are that, will manifest. If your think you are a failure then that is what you will end up to be; if you think otherwise the exact opposite is what you will be. You are the captain of your soul.

What thoughts are right?
Am sure this is the question you really want answered. It is rather difficult for me to answer this question for you as it is an individual’s choice. I would rather you answer it on your own. I have my own answer and I can rest assure you that it is very different from yours. You see one thing I have learned is that the mind does not decipher wrong or right thoughts. It takes whatever, thoughts you allow in. Wrong or right is decided by you.

If you allow your mind to dwell on wrong thoughts you will yield wrong results, if your mind dwells on the right thoughts be rest assured of the right results. In other words you reap what you sow, if you sow positive thoughts you reap positive results and vice versa. What you are from the inside is what comes out of you. You cannot be a devil inside and be an angel outside. The bible says “You shall know them by their fruits”. A farmer cannot plant an almond seed and expect the seed to grow into a guava tree. I have never seen that myself. Somebody help me if they have.

The decision to decide what thoughts are right depends entirely on what you want to achieve in your life. Your thoughts must be inclined to your achievement. For example if you are aiming to have say $5million dollars in five years’ time; your thoughts must have already seen the $5million dollars. You must have convinced in your thoughts that you already have received and begin to work on how you are going to achieve your target. In this case the thoughts of saving and spending less money would be the right ones. The thoughts of how to raise more money would set you on the right path. It would be detrimental to begin to think that money will come without hard work, perseverance and patience.

How to keep track
If thoughts are so important to our lives and success, it then follows, that there must be a way of keeping track of them. As human beings we are prone to easily push aside good thoughts and never recall them. One of the best ways I use to keep track of my thoughts is to have them written down in a note book. I just don’t understand but I know that there is power in writing down something.

I have written down my life’s purpose and continuously write on how best I can achieve or rather attain it. The main theme does not change but the methods being used to get there keep on improving. The more I write about the methods to be used, the more clearer my destination gets. Don’t just write it down and forget it but, read it daily to keep the thoughts fresh. For me writing is the best method I have devised, if you can think of any other method that’s very good. Please follow it religiously and see what results you will achieve.

Keeping track of your thoughts is very important and should be encouraged. The use of mnemonics is also a one good method that can be utilized. You also need to have some “thought time”. This is the time when you are alone and not disturbed. At this particular time search your mind and focus on your written down life’s purpose. Focus on how best you can move towards your set goals and write down every thought and answer that comes to mind. Keep track of them by reviewing them regularly. Off course some will be done away with as they will be unrealistic but still keep track of your thoughts.

Conclusion
I must emphasize and remind you that everything that is, and has been was first conceived as a thought and transmuted into being.  I believe that even GOD had to think before he spoke of creation. The bible says “as a man thinketh so is he in his heart”. Notice that whatever, you say is first processed as a thought before being said. This is how important your thoughts are. Always think before your act and live conscious of your success. Bye for now and always remember to “standout tall and be counted” by thinking positively.

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It pays to start small

Do not despise the days of your small beginnings” ~ the Bible. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still” ~ Chinese proverb. Some translations of the bible say “humble” beginnings. I am sure that we all want to succeed in all areas of our lives more especially in the financial areas. It is only normal and nature permits it. I believe that all normal human beings have the desire to wanting to do something that will make them excel and succeed in all life’s endevours’. The biggest problem though, is wanting to climb the tree from the top.

We always want to ignore the basics. Many of us do not want to build a solid foundation for our success, be it in business or personal development. We would rather start reaping from what we have not fully sowed. However, what we do not realize is that the ignorance and avoidance of basics is one of the major contributors to our failures.

The building blocks

To succeed at anything we need to have the building blocks put together. In fact we must firstly acquire the building materials and then put together in the right order. Most of us have acquired the building blocks and I can assure you that a good number of us have better building materials than the successful people. The major difference is that we want to jump the gun. We want to start building the house from the roof. Simply put we do not appreciate our small beginnings. I like this Chinese proverb that says “a journey of three thousand miles beginnings with one step”. And for ever every step taken you have covered distance. In this case your building blocks are the steps you are taking.

As an individual I have learnt to appreciate that for anything that I want to succeed at, the small efforts and inputs that I put in are greatly appreciated and treasured. For I know that it is these small small things that give birth to big things. Remember if you are planning to start running your business do not be discouraged at the amount of startup capital you have. Just start and grow with your business. The more you learn how to handle small amounts of money the more you are training yourself to handle large amounts of money. They say “it is the cents that make the dollars”. Put the cents together and you have a dollar. The more cents you put together the more dollars you have.

It’s just like the human body; it’s made up of small cells. These small cells when put together make each and every tissue, organ and finally the whole body is complete. When you focus on the composition and makeup of the human body you will appreciate that all growth comes from within; and you appreciate that small things when put together they add up to something big.

Start small

I know we all want to start big and quickly move in the comfort zone. The reality is that even the biggest corporations of today started small. A lesson learned from starting small is that you grow with the business and develop a discipline for managing it. Nature is such that you will hold dear what you have worked for and have seen grown it from scratch. It is very different to be given a lot of money that you have never handled before in your life, the likely hood of mismanaging the funds are higher than when you have toiled for the same money.

Starting small and ensuring steady growth also gives you a sense of pride and satisfaction. I am not against anyone who start big, my experience has shown that those who grow their businesses from a small scale are more likely to succeed than those who start big. I personally feel more comfortable to start with something I can handle and improve on it as the business grows.

Even in the area of personal development, change will not come like manner from heaven. Change will come through the small everyday efforts that we put in.

Conclusion

In order to succeed we must appreciate the days of our humble beginnings. We also appreciate that all form of living things are made of small components and remember that it is the cents that make the dollars. Learn to cherish those days and thank your creator for them. The days of your small beginnings are your learning curve and building blocks for your success also remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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The law of success

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes”  ~Desraeli. “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and, not something you do in your spare time” ~ Marion Wright Edelman. We all want to succeed and I must say that I have never come across a person who does not want to succeed in life. I would say there is something wrong with them if I came across one. Perhaps the most read books and articles in the world today are on success and how to get rich. I know for sure that you and I have read some books and articles on these topics without really getting the gist of them.

The subject of success is very wide and can be very complex at times.  Am sure we all know that success starts with the right frame of mind and the right kind of thoughts and attitude and action being undertaken. I personally have come to understand that money weaves its self in to the entire fabric of our very existence. The money consciousness is an attitude of the mind; it is the receptive attitude. In other words we all need money to survive but money is not everything. Money is a medium used to express ourselves. Money will definitely play an important role in our success but is it the ultimate?

The one important law of success I have appreciated is that of service; that we get what we give and for this reason we should consider it a great privilege to be able to give. Notice that I am using the phrase “to be able to” give. Some of you are not able to give. This is a principle that is taught to us in the bible. “It is more blessed to give than to receive”~ the Bible.

Giving is of service. I don’t know about you but giving should be a part of our lives. There is always something you can give no matter how small. Let me come back to the issue of money. We make money by making friends, and we enlarge our circle of friends by making money for them, by helping them, by being of service to them. What do I mean? Have you noticed that in the world of business the top income earners come from the service industry; lawyers, attorneys, accountants, doctors and many more professions that provide services to people.

You see the forces of life are volatile; they are composed of our thoughts and ideals and these are in turn are molded into form the problem we have is keeping an open mind, to constantly reach out for the new, to recognize opportunity and to be interested in the race rather than the goal, for the pleasure is in the pursuit rather than the possession. You can make yourself a money magnet, but to do so you must first consider how you can make money for other people.

Opportunity follows perception, action follows inspiration, growth follows knowledge, and eminence follows progress. Always the spiritual first, then the transformation into the infinite and illimitable possibilities of achievement. If you have the necessary insight to perceive and utilize opportunities and favorable conditions and recognize values, you can put yourself in position to take advantage of them, but your greatest success will come as you are enabled to assist others. There is a saying that “what benefits one must benefit all”.

To succeed you will need to eliminate fear, by concentrating on courage; eliminate lack by concentrating on abundance; eliminate disease by concentrating on health. Always concentrate on the ideal as an already existing fact. There is power in our thoughts as can be seen in the following. Thought will bring about conditions in correspondence with the predominant mental attitude. Therefore if we fear disaster, as fear is a powerful form of thought, disaster will be the certain result of our thinking.

Conclusion

Ultimately if we can be happy, we shall definitely have everything the world can give. If we are happy then we can make others happy. If we can make others happy we can serve them even better. Till next time remember to always “standout tall and be counted”.

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Evolution is key to success

To have more, you must become more. Your success is a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. This holds true if your definition of success includes having a fat bank account.

Almost Everybody I have come into contact with wants to succeed and almost ninety percent of them are not willing to change. Success does not just come on a silver platter. To succeed you must become more and this is not an easy task. Your level of success is linked much to your skill set as a person. What are you willing to offer your market? The market will always pay you what you are worth and how well you are able to beat your competitors.

Acquiring knowledge

In this article I try to bring out two processes that will help you achieve your success. The processes maybe complicated but the come down to two. These are based on my own personal experience and have since proved to be worthwhile. The first and most important process is that of acquiring more knowledge. Read related article “Knowledge is key to success”. Remember I said “success is a reflection of the value you bring to others and is direct reflection of your skill set” the best way to improve your skill set is by reading and acquiring more knowledge. You should always be ahead of your competition by learning and mastering new techniques in whatever niche you are providing a service or goods.

The more knowledgeable you are the better the service being provided. A good example is a lawyer the more knowledge he adds to his skills the better he will service his clients and the more the market is willing to pay. This means that the lawyer must be willing to evolve and not stagnate. Acquiring knowledge is a key part of evolution which is key component to success. If you are willing to change and become more I can surely guarantee that you are destined for success.

We all as human beings must strive very hard to increase our knowledge. In this part of the world where I come from, they say if you want to hide something put it in writing. This is because we have a no reading culture hence knowledge is limited.

Action

The second process and which I think is the most important is implementation. Knowledge has to be put to action. There is no need to acquire knowledge and not put it to action. Imagine you want to know more about internet marketing. You read three of four books and attend seminars on internet marketing. You then decide to attend a course. At this stage in my opinion you are very equipped for the task. Then you get busy at your office, you suddenly have to take care of your children and life’s taken over your plans. You have wasted the knowledge. You have lost an opportunity to put your knowledge to action.

Who knows you could have earned yourself some pretty good money had you tried it out. In my opinion knowledge not put to action is opportunity for success missed. And in this day and age opportunities are far and wide. You need to act fast when a window of opportunity opens. Action coupled with perseverance will definitely yield positive or rather desired results.

Action alone cannot achieve success. But action and persistence will guarantee you success.  The difference between people who succeed and those who do not is that the successful ones take action and the rest just do not take action, for various reasons; one of them being the fear of failure or indeed the fear of success.

Conclusion

In order to succeed evolution must take place both as an individual and as team or organization. For evolution to take place there must be a continuous process of individual increase in knowledge and an increase in skill. The individual must be willing to learn and change his methods as and when necessary in order that they remain relevant in the niche being serviced. I will end with the way I started “To have more, you must become more. Your success is a reflection of the value you bring to others and your value is a direct reflection of your skill set. The more valuable your skill set, the better your chances of higher achievement”. Remember to always standout tall and be counted.

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Count your blessings

“Count your blessings”~ Og Madino. This is perhaps one of the most common quote I have come across without really digesting the meaning. As simple and popular as the quote maybe very few of us have actually sat down and done what it says. That is counting your blessings. With the fast changing and demanding world of today people are busy with the hassles and bassles of life. Some have turned into perpetual complainants. “I should have this and that; I am not this and that; maybe I should be this and that”. Well maybe you should stop complaining and count your blessings.

You are better than the next person

Have you ever realized that there are more people in a much worse position than you are in? If you are able to read this article on the internet I would consider you much lucky and privileged. The fact that you are going through a difficult situation does not necessarily mean you are not blessed. Thank your creator that; you are alive and not dead; you are better than the man who sleeps on the streets and does not know where his next meal will come from.

No matter what your circumstances maybe, be rest assured that someone out there is in a worse off situation than you. I am not trying to condemn your position nor encourage you to stay in your current position but merely trying to uplift you so that you look to the brighter side of life. Also know that some of those who have succeeded in life have come from much worse situations than you are in. The difference is that they turned their difficult circumstances and ceased the opportunity and moved on from there.

If you are in position of need I believe that “necessity is the mother of invention”~ Proverb. I find it impossible to mention a product that was not invented for a purpose. I would challenge you to name one. If you are hungry go find work, get paid and buy food. Do not seat idle and wait to be fed.

 Count it all joy

Maybe you are in a job that does not pay you enough; well firstly money is never enough and secondly, thank God, you at least have an income to count on. The more you earn the more you spend. Maybe your business is not doing fine at least you are trying and doing something.

Count it all joy in everything you are doing because your blessing is on the way. Keep the faith and always remember to give thanks to your creator for whatever little you have. Growth comes through the small things that we get and when put together they become big. I have learnt to be happy with what I have and I thank my creator for it. Have you ever given a small child a gift even though it is not enough and they say thank you dad for the toy with a smile on their face? How does that make you feel? Exactly the same with our creator but, he has more compassion than you and me can comprehend. I just feel that it is polite to just say thank you for any gift you receive.

Do not despair you are blessed

Why do you despair for it is written “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” ~ the bible. Instead take time to appreciate what you have. Many times we do not realize that half a loaf in your hands is better than none. Appreciate the children that you have; thank God for your wife; thank him for your life, there is so much to be thankful for even in your current situation.

Take a minute to think that right now as you are reading this article there are some people gasping for air in hospitals yet, you are freely taking in the same air without a gasp. Forget about your worries and start counting your blessings.

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you realize that you are such a blessed human being and that if you are going through trials and tribulations consider them as challenges. Imagine life without challenges wouldn’t that be boring? I believe that after every storm comes calmness. May the peace of the lord be upon your life and always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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Motivational Quotes

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.

 

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

 

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth, and set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.” – Horace.

 

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called present.” – Unkonwn

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain.

 

“Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.”  – Newell D. Hillis.

To succeed you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you”. ~ Tony Dorset. Many of us have read a great deal on the subject of success and what it takes to be successful in whatever you intend to be. You will agree with me that there are thousands and thousands of books on success and it’s requirements, after all we all want to be successful in our endevours. I want to humbly contribute by giving a practical experience on the subject. Success does not come without motivation and inspiration. I have never come across a successful person who has no inspiration and motivation.

We are all motivated and inspired by something or someone. The difference is that those who succeed keep the fire burning were as most of you quench the fire even before you get started. Below I have outlined three things that will help improve and keep you motivated. Surely the road to success is definitely not an easy one.

• Self motivation
To become self motivated means to get out of the beaten path, out of the rut, because extraordinary results require extraordinary means. I describe self motivation as the fuel to keeping your dream alive. The more motivated you are the more you keep working and getting closer towards realizing your dream.

To keep yourself motivation high, write down your intended purpose and keep it somewhere you can easily access and read it often. In Napoleon Hills’ book “Think and Grow Rich” he advises that you read it on a daily basis. Just like in a car fuel runs out every now and again and the car needs refueling. Self motivation must be kept alive. Remember it is the fuel to keeping your dream alive.

I have written my intended purpose in life and I keep referring to it on a regular basis. At least 3 or 4 times a week. This way I keep reminding myself of what I should be doing on a daily basis in order that I achieve my purpose.

• What is your goal
Surely success cannot be attained without a goal. I would like to believe that all people who have succeeded have had goals imbibed somewhere. I prefer writing down in black and white cause I believe there is power in writing.

At first your goal may not be as clear as you want it to be, but still write it down anyway. You will notice that along the way you begin to make adjustments to it as you become clearer. Your written down intended purpose is your target and goal. You only make adjustments to the way you are going to achieve it. If your goal for example is to raise $10m in 10 years you must state how you intend to raise this amount of money and start working towards achieving your goal.

The best way to achieving your intended purpose is to be engaged in an activity you enjoy most. This will give you added pleasure and you will be able to produce your very best as you go about your activities. Remember it is easier to do something you enjoy best than what you do not enjoy.

• Be dedicated
My last advice is dedication. How then can you succeed without being dedicated? Goals are achieved through dedication. The time you spend to prepare for an exam will ultimately show when the results are released. Success does not come on a silver plate. There are a lot of sacrifices that are made for you to succeed.

I will go back to the example of raising $10m in 10 years. If that is your goal you will need to adjust your spending and cut out on all an unnecessary expenditure. You will also need to be dedicated on an activity or activities that will help you raise your money and be faithful to saving on a regular basis. Dedication is no easy task.

Conclusion
Improving your motivation and better still keeping motivated is an important part of success. You cannot be successful without being motivated and inspired. The 3 things outlined above are some of the ways I use to help improve my motivation. I believe that there are many ways that can be used to help improve your motivation and do hope that you enjoyed reading my article and find it helpful. Like I always say “standout tall and be counted” you deserve it.

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Motivation, the heart of self improvement

“Have your heart in your life’s work, and be stout-hearted. Do something, act always, and do it now. Don’t be afraid. Many a man has been defeated by his doubts—lack of confidence. Take your risks —you cannot eliminate them, you cannot escape them. You can diminish them by dominating them”. ~ Batten’s Wedge

This article is an excerpt from the book “believe it and you will achieve it“.  I hope you find it helpful like me.

Pain may sometimes be the reason why people change. Getting flunked grades make us realize that we need to study. Debts remind us of our inability to look for a source of income. Being humiliated gives us the ‘push’ to speak up and fight for ourselves to save our face from the next embarrassments. It may be a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that will help us get up and get just the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves.

With the countless negativities the world brings about, how do we keep motivated? Try on the tips I prepared from A to Z…

A – Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

B – Believe in yourself, and in what you can do.

C – Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides.

D – Don’t give up and don’t give in. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, more than thrice before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent light bulb. Make motivation as your steering wheel.

E – Enjoy. Work as if you don’t need money. Dance as if nobody’s watching. Love as if you never cried. Learn as if you’ll live forever. Motivation takes place when people are happy.

F – Family and Friends – are life’s greatest ‘F’ treasures. Don’t loose sight of them.

G – Give more than what is enough. Where does motivation and self improvement take place at work? At home? At school? When you exert extra effort in doing things.

H – Hang on to your dreams. They may dangle in there for a moment, but these little stars will be your driving force.

I – Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people to get the best of you. Stay out of toxic people – the kind of friends who hates to hear about your success.

J – Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And the key to failure is to try to please everyone.

K – keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. When a person is motivated, eventually he sees a harsh life finally clearing out, paving the way to self improvement.

L – Learn to love yourself. Now isn’t that easy?

M – Make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put into work clothes.

N – Never lie, cheat or steal. Always play a fair game.

O – Open your eyes. People should learn the horse attitude and horse sense. They see things in 2 ways – how they want things to be, and how they should be.

P – Practice makes perfect. Practice is about motivation. It lets us learn repertoire and ways on how can we recover from our mistakes.

Q – Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate – are you going to be a quitter? Or a winner?

R – Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. We must hear the little voice within us telling us to get started before others will get on their feet and try to push us around. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark.

S – Stop procrastinating.

T – Take control of your life. Discipline or self control jives synonymously with motivation. Both are key factors in self improvement.

U – Understand others. If you know very well how to talk, you should also learn how to listen. Yearn to understand first, and to be understood the second.

V – Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on a dry land.

W – Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing. And to believe is something that is rooted out from the roots of motivation and self improvement.

X – X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put on “extras” on your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on.

Y – You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence, because you’re just going to spend it once.

Z – Zero in on your dreams and go for it!!!

Conclusion

“Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold”. ~ Zelda Fitzgerald That is why when you put your heart to something it stands out.  I have been practicing the above alphabet and it seems to have started working for me. Give it a try. bye for now and remember to always stand out tall and be counted.

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