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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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You have something to give

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice” ~ Indian Proverb. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give” ~ Sir Winston Churchill. Each one of us is uniquely designed and made. We are all designed to be interdependent no single person in this world can say he is independent and does not need the other. In this article I want to remind and encourage you of how important and relevant you are to humanity. I want you to realize that you have something to contribute towards the well being of humanity. Whatever, your situation or background you have something that everyone does not have.

I have noted with great concern on some of the negative questions being asked on one of the major websites. And to make matters worse they are coming from kids as young as 15 years of age. Most of the questions are to do with giving up on life. Imagine a 15 year old kid is giving up on life even before he actually begins living. I always ask myself this question; imagine Albert Einstein; Henry Ford; Thomas A. Edison and the many other inventors and discoverers had given up on their lives, before their inventions or discoveries, what would the world be today?

Your gifts and talents may not amount or march the great discoverers and inventors of the past, but it plays a very significant role in the advancement of humanity. You have a very significant and important role to play on earth. Myles Monroe says the richest place on earth is the grave yard. This is where you find inventions that were never invented; dreams that where not realized; songs that were not sung; buildings that were not built and many other things that the world has been deprived of. I pray and hope that you will not be a grave yard statistic but will leave a legacy to be remembered.

Ask not what the world will do for you but, what you will do for the world. Stop thinking from within the box and in fact let’s remove the box all together. The human race is like a body. The body cannot function properly with a missing part, it may function but with a lot of difficulties, Do not be those missing parts. Do not rob the world of your talents and gifts. Do not deprive us of your contribution to humanity. We need it greatly. You are not living by accident but for a reason and purpose.

If you were almost giving up on your life sit down and thank your God that you are still alive. Many are struggling to hang on to life yet you have it for free. There are so many things to thank your creator about and let alone obey his words by contributing to the wellbeing of humanity. I personally have learnt that there is no little contribution. It all adds up to something. It is high time you started using your mind constructively.

You see everything is conceived in the mind. Our minds are the workshops for all that we see. Our minds are the power engines of our lives. The real secret of power is consciousness of power. The more conscious we become of our unity with this mind, the less conscious we shall become of conditions and limitations, and as we become emancipated or freed from conditions we come into a realization of the unconditional. We have become free! We have removed the box. We have evolved.

The ability to eliminate imperfect conditions depends upon mental action, and mental action depends upon consciousness of power; therefore, the more conscious we become of our unity with the source of all power, the greater will be our power to control and master every condition.

Conclusion

Every human being including yourself is as important as the next one and the one before. I want to encourage you not to look down upon yourself. You were created to contribute to humanity and your contribution is valuable. This all starts with you realizing and appreciating how important you are to the whole world. DO NOT rob us of your gifts and talents. Just like you have benefited from the inventors of computers we also want to benefit from you. 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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Is knowledge key to success?

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

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” ~ The Bible. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest” ~ Benjamin Franklin. The fact is that knowledge is married to success and that there is no success without knowledge. I like to compare the co-relationship between knowledge and success with a mobile phone and a sim card they are inseparable.

In my endeavour to achieve my intended goals I have discovered that I need to acquire knowledge to achieve them. I have also come to understand that knowledge is the key to success. Without knowledge chances of you achieving your intended life’s purpose(s) are very slim if not bleak. In this article I outline why knowledge is key to achieving your success.

What is knowledge?
The result of man’s ability to think is knowledge” ~ the master key system. Put in another way “man’s ability to think is as a result of his awareness; know-how; understanding and intelligence”. The oxford English dictionary defines knowledge as “the information and skills acquired through experience or education; the sum of what is known; awareness or familiarity gained by experience”.

According to the definitions given above knowledge is gained through experience and education. By the way education does not need to be formal you can be educated informally. I believe that not all successful people are “educated”. They have just acquired the right knowledge and experience needed to achieve their personal objectives. “There are no secrets to success it is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure” ~ Colin Powell.

Using knowledge as a yardstick
Knowledge helps us to prepare ourselves for the oncoming obstacles as we move towards achieving our objectives. It is therefore imperative that you continuously acquire knowledge and improve on your skill set. As I have mentioned before in my previous articles that success is a journey and not a destination you will come across many obstacles on your journey. The difference between successful people and the rest is that they prevail over the obstacle.

They never give up even when they fail the first time around. I am pretty sure that the knowledge and experience gained when faced with different challenges comes in handy at some stage in life. I want to encourage you acquire as much knowledge as you can as you go about working through to achieve your intended life’s purpose. You just never know when you will need to call upon it for help.

Knowledge can then be best acquired through reading books and experience. These two are some of my best ways of acquiring knowledge. You could also attend seminars, listen to recorded messages and many other ways that are available to you. When it comes to acquiring knowledge do not limit yourself. Remember that one of the very few possessions that can never be grabbed from you even in your death is knowledge. I have never heard anything like they downloaded his knowledge to a storage media never before.

How does knowledge fit in?
If knowledge is the awareness gained by experience, I would be right to say that success is achieved by experience and this takes time. Clearly from the definitions of knowledge described above I can safely say that without knowledge; experience; awareness or education there is no success. Experience does not come over night, it takes time to come.

In my opinion knowledge is the driving force to success without which it is very difficult to walk down the road of success. If you have to succeed in life you will need to spend good quality time acquiring knowledge and skills needed for your intended purpose. If it is the driving force, then you must therefore learn to put it to good use. Knowledge acquired without being used is a waste of time. Knowledge is acquired for a purpose and not just for the sake of it.

Conclusion
In whatever, endevours one may be engaged in, it is impossible to succeed without sufficient knowledge. It is therefore key that you strive to acquire the right knowledge for you to pursue your life’s intended purpose. Knowledge does not necessarily have to be acquired through established institutions such as schools. There are various ways and the main one being reading. I will end here and hope you have enjoyed the article and always remember to “standout tall and be counted”.

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3 things to help you improve your motivation

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

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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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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Inspiration leads to success part 1

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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Living with hope

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

He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything“. Have you ever felt that you are on the brink of success? That you can smell success in the air? That you can actually see success coming your way? That you can’t help but succeed in whatever you are doing? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you have hope. Keep the hope alive success is actually coming your way.

We all hope for something. We go to school with the hope of having a better and brighter future. No one on this earth can say that they have never hoped for anything in their life. I believe that for as long as you have the breath of life there is hope for you regardless of the current situation. We live our lives hoping for things to happen every day. When we sleep we hope to wake up the next day at least I do. We work with the hope of getting paid. It is hope that drives our lives.

What is hope?

Imagine every day to be the last of a life surrounded with hopes, cares, anger and fear. The hours that come unexpectedly will be much the more grateful” ~ Horace. Lets start by defining what hope is, “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen”. Hope is perhaps the most important source of motivation. Hope is the principal emotion towards the future. Resilience is just but a benefit of hope. Hope is precisely, the most central emotion related to the future. We must therefore, strive to acquire and keep it alive, if we are to achieve our intended goals. With hope on your side you can overcome mountains. You have come, this far in life because of the hope that is in you.

You have succeeded because you have kept the spirit of hope alive. Never lose hope or you will die. It is hope that keeps me writing knowing that someone out there is being helped by my articles and I hope that am doing a good job.

Enhance hope

Every one of us should know how to maintain and increase hope in our selves. I have devised a short list of the activities that help me enhance hope in my life. If it works for me it could work for you, make the list a daily part of your habits. Remember habits become character and character becomes your destiny.

  • Hopeful thinking – make efforts to see good and better results when thinking about the future. What you expect from the start determines the future out come. Broaden your thoughts about the future. Your thoughts are closely linked with your hopes. Remember always that you attract whet you think. If you have negative hopes you will definitely reap negative rewards.
  • Have positive thoughts – the more positive thoughts you harbour in your mind the more hope you generate. Look for specific and modifiable reasons to regain control over past failures and place hope in the future. Reject negative thoughts. Anxiety does not help, it takes away valuable energy from your batteries, send encouraging messages to yourself e.g. Henry you will definitely achieve your goals, this is just a temporary set back. Try again at the next available chance.
  • Reflect on the past with serenity – focus on the pleasant things and appreciate them with gratitude. Doing this makes you look at the future in a more positive way. It is therefore very important that you learn from your past failures. I know that we all have failed at some point in life and believe me you will encounter failure in the very near future. Reflect and learn from it.
  • In moments of despair break the cycle by – watching nature, entertaining yourself with something different, listen to music, talk to some old pals or just do anything that distracts you from your current thought patterns. We all go through challenges and it is just important that you clear your mind from them. gain composure and focus on resolving them positively.
  • Be optimistic – hope and optimism are closely related, they always have been. Always have two ways of interpreting the same fact. Everything has a positive and negative side. Examine both but enjoy the positive side of results. There are many encounters in life that can be life changing both positively and negatively. What you choose or follow is what will determine and shape your future.
  • Reading and meditating on maxims of wisdom – is a proven method of elevating ones motivation. Find peace and strength to nourish your hope. One very good book to read is the Holy Bible. You can never go wrong reading the bible. It is full of hope and helps to nourish your mind.
  • Find a good social circle – hope does not only increase through your own influence but also through other people’s influence. Look for people who enjoy hope and be friends with them. Offer your help and see how well you will be received and appreciated. This will make you gain a vision of hope. Vision is an important part of personal development. Without vision and knowledge it is difficult to achieve personal development.
  • Encourage and give hope to others – personal growth also includes transmuting and approaching others with a positive influence. Speak hope to someone going through trials, encourage them, and make them believe that it is just a passing phase and that everything is going to be fine. I personally feel that it is our responsibility to offer hope and help to people who need it. In this vein it is also very important that you ask for help when that time comes.
  • Care for your physical well being – take good care of yourself so that your thinking habits may be hopeful. A simple and varied diet, rest exercise and activity, plenty of water, absence of toxic substances and trusting in God can be of great help to enhancing your hope. When you are in good health you will spend less time worrying and spend more time hoping for good things. Let me encourage you if you are experiencing bad health to focus on getting healed and one best way to do it is to hope for the best. Focus your mind on being healed and hope for the best results.

Hope is a quality closely related to religious faith. Most of the religions are founded on hope or consider it as an important part of religion. Hope links past, present and future. Hope offers eventual and definite end. Keeping thoughts of courage, power, confidence and hope all produce a positive state of mind. Hope;

  • offers salvation
  • is essential to survival
  • takes more than human effort to attain it
  • brings about joy
  • focuses on a perfect and eternal reward.

Conclusion

Hope is a quality that should be nurtured and kept alive in our hearts. Without it we cannot achieve our goals and personal development is but a mere philosophy. Thoughts and hope are very closely linked and I encourage you to read my article “The power of thought to help open up your mind. Have a hopeful life and “standout tall and be counted”. Article revised on 15/07/2014.

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