Archives for Motivation
Discover your strengths and new insights with this simple 5 minute exercise. I came across this journal entry from last year where I wrote out my key strengths. I found this exercise so compelling and motivating. All you need to do is write out these three statements and complete them in your own words.
Here are my own answers…
#1. FIVE THINGS I have learned about motivating myself and achieving my dreams are…
- stay in action
- create a compelling vision
- follow my heart
- be courageous
- do it NOW!
#2. FIVE THINGS I have learned about leading others and being a good team player are…
- communication is 90% of the game
- acknowledgement and appreciation motivates others
- be the change you want to see
- expect the best and coach the rest
- if you know how to do it, ask!
#3. FIVE THINGS I have learned about managing my money are…
- spend less than you earn
- have a system to create wealth
- spend only what you have (not more)
- big service = big checks
- be consistent; it pays off in the end
Now get started with your own list, START RIGHT NOW!
Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write out each of these statements with at least 5 answers for each one. Go!
P.S. I found a common theme when writing out the answers to these statements. That “theme” provided some key insights about my natural abilities and core strengths. What did you learn about yourself? What did you discover?
Getting gooder is much easier than getting better. Getting better takes time, persisentence and a dedication to personal growth. It’s a long term commitment. But getting gooder, that’s a whole new game. And it’s a game worth playing because it leads to improvement. It starts the personal growth cycle. In this article I’ll share with you how you can get gooder (so that you feel better).
When you look at getting better at something (playing a sport, dating, your career, making money), it is implied that you are already not that good – and that you even suck. That you are broken goods.
That can be a real hit to your ego. It can drown your self esteem. It can lead to hopelessness and in-action because you don’t feel worthy of moving forward.
While this might be true, you can ALWAYS get better if you start by getting gooder FIRST.
Keep reading and I’ll show you how this works.
Get Motivated and achieve your goals this year. If you’re going to achieve your deepest desires, you must understand how your mind works. When you learn how to tap into the deep resevoirs of your mind, getting motivated to achieve your goals gets much easier. When you work with your mind, you turn:
- probably into possibility
- “I can’t” into “I can” ;
- “can I?” into “how can I?”
Here are 7 ways to get motivated and achieve your goals:
1. Feel It Already Done
This works great for a fitness or wellness goal (or any goal). Most people have a hard time going to the gym because they’re so focused on all the pain and inconvenience of a workout – and since we habitually move away from pain – we dread going to the gym.
Instead, try feeling what it would be like if you had already finished your workout. Get those good vibes going. Feel what it would be like if you had already worked out. Feel energetic and alive. As you get into this state, your desire and enthusiasm to workout will inspire you to act.
2. Give Yourself A Reward
This is very similar to feeling as if it is already done, but with one small difference. If you have a hard time feeling the feelings of having it already done, then the next best thing you can do is give yourself a reward. But don’t just give yourself a reward just for the sake of it – you want to feel the reward.
Feel the reward. Associate strong positive feelings with the end result – your reward. When you feel the reward, you reinforce that goal and your desire with your subconscious. You reinforce that goal to your subconscious when you reinforce the feeling. The stronger and more positive the feelings are, the faster you leap into action.
3. Ask A Buddy
Recently I had to undergo a major WordPress upgrade on my blog so I asked a buddy to help. I phoned him up and told him about my situation. I explained all the details and asked him if he had a goal or activity that he had been procrastinating with.
It turns out he did. So I offered to partner with him – to do a trade – where he would help me in exchange for my help. The result was beyond amazing. I helped my partner with his marketing needs and put more money in his pocket while he helped me upgrade my blog to the latest version of WordPress – a definite win-win.
4. Work With A Finish Line
Be clear with your outcome from the very beginning. Set a finish line.
When I worked on my WordPress upgrade, I set a finish line – not a deadline. I always work with a finish line – not a deadline – because I don’t want to be dead when I’m finished. Subtle, but effective. Click here to read more…
Do you drink coffee? Have you ever tried to stop?
Me neither. I like coffee.
But what about getting up early? Have you ever tried waking up early? How did it go?
That was a challenge for me. I used to dread getting up early – especially for work!
I mean 40 hours a week working in a job you don’t enjoy… who the heck wants to do that?
But nowadays I love getting up early. Yeah, you heard me… I absolutely love it!
It’s so much fun to be up before the sun rise. It feels like I have a head start over everyone else… like I have some sort of secret that nobody else knows about – and if you “get” what I’m going to share with you by the end of this article – you’ll know the secret too ;)
Would you like to hear it?
I’m sure you would. But first let me explain something important. There are two different ways you can get up in the morning.
In my personal opinion, this is the more difficult of the two. It’s like pulling teeth, but you would be surprised how many people still use it. I used it for 28 years because I didn’t know any better because I thought that was how everybody woke up!
Here’s how it goes. As soon as you hear your alarm or start to wake, you either press snooze or turn off your alarm. Then after what seems like an eternity you get this negative feeling in your gut… similar to a feeling you may have had in before when you were late (or almost late) for work. As this feeling starts to intensify, you begin to make pictures of being late for work – and worse – your boss yelling at you. Then when the feeling is strong enough, you scare yourself awake and jump out of bed.
That’s how most people wake up. This strategy works well because it is a moving away from strategy. When you move away from negative feelings you are waking up with this strategy. That’s what motivates a lot of people to get out of bed – that negative vibe.
But there is a much better way. The second strategy is my preference and one I’ve been using for the past 5 some years without missing a beat. Would you like to know it?
I thought you would.
Strategy #2: Click here to read more…
November 29, 2010 | 14 Comments
We can all use encouragement from time to time – and with many people struggling financially one of the most important things you can do to turn your situation around is to look at the positive aspects of where you are by shifting your perception – because your perception is in fact your reality.
Here are 101 of the best personal growth quotes I could find to give you the courage to move forward and give you that boost of encouragement. As you read through these quotes think of others that may helped you in the past and feel free to add them to the list below…
No. 1: Abraham Lincoln
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
No. 2: Albert Einstein
“You can never solve a problem with the same kind of thinking that created the problem in the first place.”
No. 3: Albert Schweitzer
“Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.”
No. 4: Ally Carter
“Not knowing you can’t do something, is sometimes all it takes to do it.”
No. 5: Anthony Robbins
“It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.”
No. 6: Aristotle Click here to read more…
I just finished cleaning the whole house because my wife is out with the girls.
This afternoon my wife told me to leave everything a mess until she got home – but I couldn’t help it – I just wanted everything to be clean….
Which is sort of weird because because I never really liked cleaning.
I haven’t been able to keep the house a mess since I used that special *technique* that I talk about in my Motivation Book. (Hint: it uses NLP)
And here’s the most alarming part; I used that technique almost 4 months ago and I still feel motivated to clean the house.
My wife has even started calling me the “cleaning lady” because everything around the house is so spotless.
Now she wants to know how I did it.
It’s almost too powerful. Maybe I shouldn’t have shared my book with so many people.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. This sort of stuff changes lives. Download my Motivation Book
P.S. You know what it’s like to procrastinate; it’s never the right time to do anything. But what if you could turn a switch and get going in less than 7 minutes? Click here to Download my Motivation Book
“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
You know what I’ve found to be one of the biggest obstacles to achievement, progress and real success? The ability to decide – not a half-ass decision, but a real committed decision where you commit to something and then go and do it.
When I decided to leave my full time job in 2008 to pursue a full time career as a coach, it was one of the most gut-wrenching decisions I’ve ever made. It was a difficult decision and maybe the craziest decision I’ve made ever – at least that’s what my parents, my family and most of my good friends were telling me.
They thought I was nuts. To leave a really good-paying job to go and chase some dream to become a successful entrepreneur was insanity.
It turns out it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I absolutely love what I do and I’m having a blast doing it.
So, how about you? Are you looking for something new? Are you feeling stuck and unsure how to get around it?
When you make a decision, any decision, what you’re really doing is moving your life in a new direction. Because the Universe will always find an abundance of opportunities to conspire and create your reality once you decide.
Decision is the Starting Point
When you don’t decide what you’re really doing is holding up your creativity. You’ve delayed the flow of current in your life. It’s just like you might pause a movie to go and get some popcorn. The move doesn’t start again until you hit play.
The way you hit play in your life is by making a decision. As soon as you make your decision the Universal Movie Projector of your life will conspire to make it happen for you.
Now here’s the other side of the coin. Its a myth that many people have been brainwashed to believe; that if you just wait long enough and be patient, the right opportunities will show up on your doorstep.
There is some truth in that statement – about being patient - but here’s the other half that nobody seems to speak about. It’s that opportunity only comes knocking once you decide what it is you want. The reality is that the sooner you decide, the sooner you will be flooded with new opportunities.
I can tell you from my own personal experience that opportunities only show up when you make a committed decision and go for it. Only then will you see new opportunities that weren’t there before.
Making the Wrong Decision Helps Too!
Decision is the starting point. Being able to make good decisions – often enough – will always bring you new opportunities. You might not always make the right decision, but making a decision is more important than not making any decision at all.
Would you like to know why?
The more decisions you make, the more contrast you experience. The more contrast you experience, the greater the variety in your life. The greater the variety in your life, the easier it is for you to decide what you like and what you don’t like. The easier it is for you to decide what you like and what you don’t like, the easier it is for you to decide what you really WANT.
You see how this works?
By actually becoming a master in making decisions, you get clearer on what you want – and not only that. You also get what you want much faster.
But you MUST decide.
The problem is that many people are afraid of making the wrong decisions. They don’t want to look stupid or make a mistake. Because of they did make a mistake, their friends and family might think they were a failure.
Now here’s what you must realize. You’re decisions are not just about you. They impact everyone in your life. So when considering your decision, you want to bring in a broader perspective so that you get clear on what it is you’re really trying to do.
5 Questions to Help You Make Better Decisions Now
You can gain a broader perspective on your decisions by asking these higher level questions:
- What’s the best way to handle this so that everyone wins?
- What’s the most creative way to create a win-win solution?
- How can I do this so that everyone benefits?
- What can I do to make this work?
- How do I feel about this decision?
Anytime you make a decision ask these five questions. Not only will it get you out of your head and into someone else’s - it will give you a broader perspective of what you’re trying to do, it will help you clarify your direction and help others too.
Do you need to make a decision right now? How do you do it? What questions do you ask yourself? Click here to read more…
Procrastination is a huge problem. There are so many books out there on the subject, but nobody (that I’ve seen) has clearly told you the truth about why you really procrastinate. Inside this free report you’ll find the #1 reason you procrastinate and how to stop procrastinating now.
Are you feeling guilty for putting off critical tasks and want to stop wasting your time?
Stop Procrastinating Now
One of the most common questions I get asked is: how do I stay motivated?
In an answer to this question I created this free report: The #1 Reason You Procrastinate. In my free report, you’ll learn:
- the #1 reason you procrastinate
- what you need to do to stop procrastinating
- where exactly does motivation come from
Procrastination can be a big problem. You see what many people don’t realize is that putting off the important has greater consequences than they think. When you do this often and long enough, you start churning up destructive habit patterns.
These destructive habits can negatively affect your self-confidence and self-image. It negatively affects the way you feel. That’s why it’s critical to identify procrastination from the very beginning.
Here are 6 clear signs of procrastination:
- Feeling guilty for incomplete tasks
- Lowered self-esteem
- Feeling tired and fatigued
- A sense of being unworthy
- Signs of doubt and being depressed
- Feeling stressed and strung-out
Not a pretty sight, is it?
Well luckily a few smart people put together some suggestions to help you and I overcome procrastination. So let’s take a look.
Procrastination: What’s the Solution? Click here to read more…
Your best friend, procrastination.
“What!” you say, “My best friend, how could you say that?” The reason procrastination is your best friend is because it’s on the teetering edge of motivation.
Let me explain.
For a behavior to be classified as procrastination, it must be counterproductive, needless, and delaying. Here are some other examples you may be familiar with:
- putting off an important decision
- leaving a critical task undone
- becoming counterproductive and keeping “busy” on needless work
To start behaving this way it takes real mastery. You’ve got to learn how to procrastinate – it doesn’t just happen. You’ve got to use your physiology, create the right emotions and get it all working perfectly and in the right sequence.
And when you get really good at it so you can do it without thinking…. then you’ve really mastered it. What an accomplishment!!
Most people don’t look at it this way. They think procrastination is a negative thing, but what they don’t realize is that you learned this behavior. If you can learn how to procrastinate and do it well, then you can just as easily learn how to become motivated.
You see, all you’re creating is a result. You’re teaching yourself how to get motivated or how to procrastinate. To get really good at procrastination you had to learn how to use your emotions because your emotions are what drive your behavior.
Here are 2 ways to overcome procrastination:
#1. Eliminate Fear
You see, you’ve got these emotions pulling you back and forth. It’s like an internal tug of war. Some days you’re good and others days – not so good. Positive emotions can pull you towards what you want and negative emotions can push you away.
In a sense, procrastination is a form of self-sabotage. If negative emotions are pushing away the important then your negative emotions must be stronger than your positive emotions to pull you towards – and that fear is winning the tug of war.
If you want to eliminate procrastination, then eliminate your fear. Just ask yourself: Are you pushing away the things you want? And if you are, are you pushing them away because of your fear of success or a fear of failure?
Once you get clear on what’s stopping you, you can reframe those fears and empower yourself to take action.
#2. Cultivate Desire Click here to read more…