Motivation Keys

Motivation Keys

 

Making Your Motivation Stick

Every one of us has goals. The question is do we have the motivation to make them stick? Incorporate these six keys into your life and you’ll create motivation superglue!

 

Ambition

Everyone has dreams and wishes for their future. The thing that wakes dreams up out of their stupor is ambition. No matter how hard you dream or visualize that future you say you want, you’re going to need to fuel your days with ambition. That ambition pushes you to create goals, to go out and meet people, to learn more. It makes you see where the holes in your experience lie and fill them.

 

Expectancy

Hoping for success is passive. Expecting success is aggressive. If you wait around passively hoping for the best, then if the best ever decides to show up it won’t be any time soon. If however you expect success at every corner, then you are actively going to get yourself out onto those corners to search for it!

 

 

Focus

In order to get where you need to go, you need to know where you’re going. Focus gives you the ability to stay the course. By focusing on daily, weekly, monthly goals you set on the way to your achievement you are far less likely to stray from your objectives than someone without focus.

 

 

Effort

No matter how much ambition you have and focus and expectancy, if you don’t put in the effort you will never achieve your objectives. Effort is the ability to do what needs doing everyday, no matter how you feel about it. It’s the ability to ignore the whispering invitations in your head to rest today and work a little harder tomorrow. The great thing about effort, is it feeds on itself. The more effort you put in today, the more effort you’ll want to put in tomorrow.

 

Attitude

Everyone had bad days. Days that are a succession of things gone wrong. Sometimes those days can stretch out into weeks when you’re working toward a goal and things consistently don’t work out your way. The attitude you have towards those days and your ultimate goal is going to determine whether you’re able to forge ahead or whether you decide to slow down, or worse stop striving altogether.

 

The best thing about attitude is it’s completely within your control. (That might also be the worst thing about attitude!) No matter what is happening on the outside, you have the ability to re-frame it and see the possible positives. You certainly don’t have control over what happens to you. You do have control over how you react to it.

 

 

Environment

You may not realize just how much of an impact your environment has on your attitude and your focus, but environment can set you up for success or keep you rooted in an unmotivated spot. Your environment means the way you set up your desk, whether you keep it cluttered or clean. It also includes the people you associate with. Attitude is contagious. If you want to stay motivated, surround yourself with motivated people!

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Feel Invisible At Work?

Feel Invisible At Work?

 

You go into work everyday and you do a good job, but you’re neither a new person who needs lots of attention nor someone on the cusp of being promoted. You’re more of a steady Eddie who goes in, gets the job done and goes home. If that’s the case do you ever feel invisible at work? Like no one notices you or what you do at all? If that describes you and you’re perfectly happy with your situation, then this probably isn’t for you. If however you’d prefer to start attracting a little attention to yourself, and along with it a little more appreciation and maybe some more responsibility, there are a few things you can do.

 

Get face to face with your superior

It could be that you are efficient at your job and don’t need any supervision so you are left to do what you do. If you want to feel a little more visible then check in with your superior (or boss) every once in a while. Let them know what you’re doing. How you are affecting the company.

 

A smile, a hello, a few pleasantries can make a huge difference in how you are perceived by others and also how you perceive yourself within the office environment.

 

If you feel like you could take on more work, let them know. If you see a way things could be improved, let them know about that too. Stand out a little as a human being, rather than settling for being simply another worker.

 

Pay attention to those around you

If you’re feeling a little invisible, chances are those around you might be feeling the same way. Make a point of acknowledging the work of those around you. If you see someone do a good job or handle a situation well, tell them. If they do something kind or helpful, thank them.

 

A few words of appreciation from you will probably encourage them to give a few words of appreciation to someone else. If everyone starts paying it forward, a few small acts of appreciation and encouragement can create a whole new office culture!

 

Notice yourself

Sometimes feeling invisible stems from inside ourselves. In the course of trying to keep up with the day to day of life we forget how important it is to give ourselves a break. A walk outside at lunch, or an evening or morning stroll, can do wonders for clearing the mind and changing perspective.

 

Make sure you drink enough water everyday. Take an apple or an orange to work. Eat healthier, sleep more. Make taking care of yourself a priority. Open your eyes and appreciate what you see around you. Sometimes if your perspective from the inside changes you’ll notice the way you perceive what’s happening to you on the outside changes right along with it.

Save And Spend

Save And Spend

 

Maybe you’ve got college debts to pay off. Maybe you’re debt free but are a forward looking individual preparing for financial freedom well before you hit the half century mark.

 

Wherever you fall on the personal finances continuum, if you want to save and get ahead, the first thing you need to do is create a budget.

 

Why budget?

Without a budget you really can’t accurately judge where your money is going, how much you can afford to spend on a Saturday night out, if bringing your lunch everyday is enough to get you closer to your financial goals.

 

There are lots of ways to go about creating a budget. Here are a couple of straightforward ones you could try.

 

Pre-budgeting homework

Before you can create that budget you need to have an idea of how much money you actually spend. Make a list of all your expenses, groceries, gas, monthly bills, gym membership, pet costs – everything you can think of.

 

Some of those expenses are fixed. Like your gas bill and your phone bills. There is no wiggle room. Some of your expenses are flexible, like groceries and clothes. Divide all your expenses into two columns, fixed and flexible. Now you have a concrete idea of exactly what you’re working with.

 

Subtraction budgeting

With this extremely straightforward method, all you do is add up all your monthly bills. Subtract that from your take home monthly income and see what’s left for savings. If there is nothing left or not as much as you were hoping to put away then where you can skim from that flexible column. Maybe cut back on groceries and movie nights.

 

50/20/30 budgeting

50% goes to your fixed costs. Rent, utilities, bills you see month after month go here

 

20% is allotted to financial goals. This is money that goes towards savings or towards paying back debt or towards creating an emergency fund.

 

30% is for your flexible spending. This is where the grocery money comes from, hobbies, clothes, entertainment.

 

By doing a thorough examination of how much you have coming in and where it’s currently going out it’s much easier to create a budget you feel comfortable sticking to as you work towards achieving your financial goals.

Make The Best Cup

Make The Best Cup

Whether you’re at the very bottom rung on the ladder to your goals or near the top, there is a single thing you need to do everyday, and that is your absolute best.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.

Doing your best inspires you to respect and believe in the person you are. It changes the way others look at you, it makes them more inclined to trust you with more responsibility or more money.

It spares you from regret about days past and self-recriminating thoughts. It moves you forward and keeps your thoughts about yourself and what you’re doing positive.

At the beginning of the day you are the one you need to answer to about how you’re going to spend the precious upcoming hours. At the end of the day it’s back to you. Yes there are people you report to, people how have power to promote or demote you, people who will like or dislike you and what you do, but ultimately the most important opinion is the one you have of yourself, because that’s the cue others are going to follow.

Playing people as diverse as anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko, to human rights activist Malcolm X to boxer, to a drunk airline pilot, and just about everything in between, Denzel Washington has made a career of doing his best while following his own internal compass. Three Golden Globes, two Academy Awards and a Tony award later, it’s obvious others agree, when Denzel makes a cup, it’s the best cup he can possibly make.