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How to motivate yourself

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt. Just as willpower is an essential factor in achieving success, at some point in time, discouragement and lack of motivation may hinder you from reaching your objective. And it is up to you, and you alone to devise techniques that will help you keep the fire burning within.

It is helpful to have visual goals. Whatever it is you are working towards, make it visual. Write it down and always remember to remind yourself about it every day. It maybe something material like a car, or a vacation you have been looking forward to for a long time.

If possible take or cut out a picture of it and post it at a conspicuous place at work or at home where you can see it often. So that when you feel discouraged, this will remind you of your goal and will help you keep your spotlight.

Make a contract with yourself. According to motivational researches, people who write down to-do-lists are far more triumphant in achieving their intended goals than those people who just keep mental lists instead.

Putting something in writing somehow makes it more powerful psychologically speaking. This may also be the basis why most cultures have such a high regard in honoring contracts. In the contract, you may also include a certain reward that you will give yourself once you have accomplished the task.

After all, everyone likes to be rewarded for completing a good job. Even a simple pat on the back, “good job”, or “thank you” may do the trick to give the person the additional push to carry on, but unfortunately, these may not always be readily available. Considering that these are also essential in keeping oneself motivated, you must learn to find a way to get that encouragement on your own through pleasing yourself.

Abusive people lower your self-esteem and bring you down. Get these negative people out of your life. Surround yourself with positive people. Imitate their example. Smile amply and think happy thoughts.

These will give you a brighter outlook and lets you see a clearer picture of what you really want and a fresh mind to know what steps to take to get there. Rather than wait for things to happen, try to be proactive and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. Inactivity idles the brain and stagnates your potential to reach your goals. There is a saying that “an idle mind is the devils workshop”.

Read inspirational books and literature. These will help you improve your attitude and heal your mind. A book of success stories also proves to be encouraging. You will not only learn from others’ experiences and derive confidence boosting insights from them but the story will be instrumental in motivating you to go for your goal and move ahead with your plans. If this still seems to falter, get training or education.

Often times, not knowing how or where to start from is frustrating. Knowledge is power. Having a clear understanding of how and where to start is empowering and it will provide the extra drive needed to hit the mark you are aiming for and follow it through.

Whatever it is that you have been meaning to do, or wanting to achieve, JUST DO IT! Keep on aiming high and go for it! Actually getting your hands dirty best solves the problem of motivation. By “forcing” yourself to just do it, your momentum will pick up gradually as you go along and before you know it you have finished the task or have finally achieved your goal. Divide and conquer is the key.

Break down the apparently unattainable activity to small doable steps. Not only does it become less overwhelming, but seeing the “in the meantime” results will further your confidence that it can indeed be done.

Lack of motivation happens to us all, but if you do not encourage yourself to accept opportunities and be challenged, no one else will. It is most important to keep your eye on the goal, find ways to keep going, and in no time, you shall reap its benefits.

And if at the beginning you were just doing it for the material reward, you will also learn to realize that the fulfillment, satisfaction and self-achievement you derive from reaching your goal is equally much enjoyable and will keep the drive within constantly burning.

Conclusion
There are many other ways to keep yourself motivated. The key is to maintain it at a level that drives you to achieving your intended purpose. We all need to be motivated to reach our goals and sometimes that drive burns out and needs to be rekindled. If you want to stay motivated get the motivation spirit and always remember to “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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Inspiration leads to success part 2

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

This is the final part on inspiration leads to success. In this article I encourage you to have positive thoughts and how they relate to inspiration. Note that pessimism, negativity, anxiety and apprehension drain the energy within you. So focus only on the positive side in every situation that you encounter; this way, things get done more easily and efficiently. So to sustain motivation, it requires rationalization that is anchored on positive outcome from endeavors. I know that sometimes we can yield negative results from our endeavors but this should be a stepping stone for improvement and or change of approach. To succeed in life failure must not be accepted. Our minds must be tuned to only accept positive results. Failure only becomes failure if accepted.

Find motivation and develop enthusiasm. Thinking positively is one way of finding your inspiration. Know in your mind and your heart what you are capable of accomplishing. If you doubt, then you lose the game right there and then.  You cannot ever accomplish anything when you first do not believe that you can. Success begins with the changing of your mind set. See article on change your mind and enjoy your success. The bible encourages us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. How do we renew our minds? one of the best ways is to read inspiration and motivational materials. The Bible is very rich in this aspect.

Keep in mind that every act begins with either a positive or negative thought, whereby positive thoughts gains positive results. Be very certain on what you want to do, to achieve and to become and concentrate on those thoughts each day. I would recommend a book by Napoleon Hill “Think and Grow Rich”. The book outlines some great principles you can use to help keep your mind focused on your intended purpose in life.

Be enthusiastic in everything that you do small or big things and remember that little things when put together, become one big thing. The Bible teaches us not to despise the days of our small beginnings. It is the small savings that when put together amount to large savings. Remember they say Rome was not built in one day.

Act on your goals! Take the necessary steps towards achieving it and begin now. Each day, set up a plan of action and then work on it.  At the end of the day, review what you have done and record it. You will be amazed at how much important it is to document your progress on a regular basis. Then return to your journal each week to see how well you are progressing, or if there are certain acts that needs revising or if you need to take another route.

Look at your goals each day and get inspiration from it. Never allow negative thoughts to invade your mind. Even when you see that you are not progressing, continue and be patient. Never let it discourage you.  Remember, as they often say “where there is a will, there is always a way”.  So stand firm and continue your struggle. Remember that each one encounters problems along the way; successful individuals however kept on going when others have quit.

Enhance your knowledge by indulging in inspirational and positive books, talk to successful people and never stop learning.  Keep on focusing on success, on your goals.  Minimize spending time with people of negative outlook in life as they will often drain you and bring you down.

Success is built on the inspiration of all your little dreams and decisions that you have made for a certain period.  Note that it will not come overnight instead, stone by stone; it is built, carefully, but surely.  So be patient, your time will come.

Conclusion
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration” – Thomas Edison. Make that decision to succeed now. Look into yourself and see that fire burning, ready to be ignited by inspiration’s strength and ready to soar.  Take some actions now, or else, nothing will happen and they will just remain to be a dream. 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

This is a two part article in which I write about inspiration and how it leads to success. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success achieved” ~ Hellen Keller. Achieving success cannot be done in isolation. Success is preceded by inspiration. Inspiration can successfully lead one through a voyage of happiness, hope and complete sense of one’s individuality. The absence of inspiration will result to exactly the opposite.

When inspired there is a feeling of enthusiasm. The question that arises most is, where does your inspiration come from? We all have our own answers to this. For me the sources of inspiration are many. One of the major sources is reading and applying the principles of the Bible. The other sources are the targets I have set for myself that is writing motivational blogs for people and helping the less privileged in society. I get motivated and even more inspired when I receive a compliment about an article I wrote or when I see someone I helped getting the most out their life. In other words I get inspired by helping people and seeing them benefit from my help.

It is important to know what inspires you before you set off on your journey to success. Remember success is not a destination but a journey. I like the definition of success by Booker T. Washington “success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life but, by the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed”. We are all inspired differently. Where some find inspiration from, those that have attained a certain level of success and happiness in their lives do not; still others are inspired by nature and its wonders. For most if not all of us, motivation is key to a life of living meaningfully. Life without motivation is worthless and empty.

When you just drifting and wandering around, with no sense of direction and purpose in life, you become more and more de-motivated, losing your inner self in time, become depressed. I have learned this from one of my close relative. He is very de-motivated and un inspired about his personal life.

Your personal or career goals largely determine the path that you wish to live your life. When wanting to live an abundant life, then the inspiration will easily be found in life stories of those who have achieved success. This principle is equally true to anything you want to pursue in your life be it politics or business. You can never get enough inspiration, it cannot be measured. I feel the starting point to success is inspiration. Again the question “what inspires you” comes to play. If you have not answered this question this is the time to do it.

Definitely, one needs to acquire understanding, to study and learn, to collect knowledge, and the skill to manage your time; however all this will be useless without motivation. And inspiration is a chief motivator and so is the craving to learn. The craving to learn is a very big motivator to me. These should  be your driving force to success. Success in an undertaking leads you to gaining more pursuit and a much greater yearning to learn, resulting in growth of motivation directed towards the goal that you have set. It is almost impossible to succeed without acquiring enough knowledge understanding in a given field. See article “knowledge is key to success”.

Enthusiasm springs from inspiration. Enthusiasm is one’s attitude of confidence, curiosity and expectation, with fragments of daring and risk. Let’s be realistic, for you to succeed you need to take certain risks. Imagine how life would be if there were no risks to be taken, then we would all be successful. The difference between people who are more successful and those who are not is that someone took risks and the other did not. Vince Lombardi says “the difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will”. Business men are people that have gone out there and have taken financial risks and have the will to continue. If you have a job like in my country, you feel safe that your employers will take care of some of your social obligations e.g. sickness and are almost guaranteed of a pay check at the end of the month. Whereas, if you are managing your own business you have to work for your pay check. You cannot afford to be wasteful on time.  More in part 2.

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