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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Effort Is Between You And You – Ray Lewis

Effort Is Between You And You

Linebacker Ray Lewis is a man who knows how to win. He took his Ravens to the playoffs over and over again in the 2000s, giving them two Super bowls to show for it. He won defensive player of the year in 2000 and 2003, was selected to the pro-bowl 13 times and won the Super bowl MVP.

Ray Lewis didn’t just win, he worked. In an amazing, inspirational speech to Stanford Basketball players Ray says, “If tomorrow wasn’t promised what would you give for today?”

We get one opportunity in life, one chance to do what we’re going to do and that comes through effort. Everyday is a new day. Every moment is a new moment.

Life isn’t for tomorrow or next week, it’s for today and now and making yourself a champion in your heart and mind at every opportunity you get.

Run Or Learn – Monday Motivation

 

Run Or Learn

What happens if you don’t get the job you were going for? Do you stop applying altogether and resign yourself to a jobless life?

 

What about if your forever partner breaks it off? Do you decide the best course of action is to hole yourself up all alone in a cabin in the woods forever?

 

Or if you fail the last exam before your degree? Do you walk away and leave the degree unfinished?

 

Never let your past determine your future

Hopefully you did not decide on a jobless/loveless/degreeless life and realized the only way what happened in the past can stop you from achieving your future, is if you let it.

 

Of course it’s heartbreaking when things don’t work out the way you want and sometimes it feels like they never will, but as Rafiki says, you always have a choice. “You can either run from it, or learn from it.”

 

Choose to learn. Make the world your kingdom!

Why Not?

Why not?

George Bernard Shaw is the author of Pygmalion, the story of a professor who makes a bet that he can take a destitute flower girl from the street and teach her so well that she will pass for a duchess at an upcoming party at the ambassador’s place.

 

The same story is also told in the movie “My Fair Lady.”

 

Eliza Dolittle does pass for a duchess at the party. With a little tutoring, she is a transformed woman. Dramatics of the relationship between professor Henry Higgens and ex-street urchin Eliza Dolittle aside, the story is a perfect illustration of George Bernard Shaw’s observation, “Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

 

Where you start does not determine where you will end

Just because Eliza Dolittle was born into poverty does not mean she hasn’t got the intelligence and capacity to be something else. She is perceived as a duchess because that’s how she presents herself.

 

People will generally take you at face value. If you present a confident, competent exterior, people will assume that’s what you are on the inside too.

 

Just because something or someone is one way that does not mean it or they must always remain that way. Current circumstances are not a snapshot caught in a drop of amber that always must remain as is.

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.

Normal or Amazing?

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Sometimes while we’re trying to get into the job market, we feel like we need to be like everyone else. Wear the right clothes, say the right things, think the right thoughts, so we’ll be accepted by the powers that be.

 

Make a good impression, not the same impression

 

Although it’s important to make a good impression to be liked and appreciated by others, you certainly don’t have to make the same impression as everyone else.

 

You bring unique thoughts, insights and ideas to the table. It’s important to build up your confidence to the level where you feel comfortable sharing them. The more you believe in yourself, the more others will believe in you.

 

Create your own box

You shouldn’t feel like you have to live in the same box as everyone else in order to get ahead. People don’t make an impression on others by being just like everyone else. They make an impression by being themselves.

 

Remember, every time there’s a bright new idea out there, that becomes the bright new thing everyone wants to talk and think about. Instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing, think about that bright new thing you can do.

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.