- We are naturally motivated by default. It’s only when obstacles appear that we lose our motivation.
- You’re not lazy. People like to claim that they are just lazy or that other people are lazy. When related to motivation, saying that someone is lazy is just another way of saying that they are unmotivated.
- Confusion is an obstacle. Often, we fail to take action on our goals because we’re confused about what the next step is or we’re confused about which tools we need to use in order to take action. If you know to look out for this as an obstacle, it’s easier to remove than when you’re off looking in another direction…or not looking at all.
- The way you think is an obstacle…and support. Your self-talk (or internal dialogue) greatly influences your actions. Think you can accomplish your goal? You can. Think you can’t accomplish your goal? You can’t. So pay attention to how you’re thinking.
- Motivation requires a goal. People sometimes say, “I’m just not motivated lately.” Motivated to do what? You must have a goal or objective in order to get motivated. Some people confuse a lack of energy or optimism for having a lack of motivation. Motivation is always goal-focused.
- You can’t hold yourself accountable. Okay, in rare cases you can, but most of the time, it’s exceptionally difficult for you to hold yourself accountable for anything. When you make up the rules, you can bend or break them if nobody is watching or aware of the rules.
- Motivation contracts are powerful. Everybody says to write down your goals. But without clearly defined consequences for not following the plan and how the consequences will be enacted, many goal plans will fail. A motivation contract covers every detail of goal achievement, including how to hold you accountable, which requires one or more people who will hold the key to your consequence and the power to execute the consequence.
- Pain is the third-best motivator. Trying to avoid a painful consequence is typically going to motivate you more than trying to gain a specific reward. It’s a lot harder to overcome the inertia of everyday life to work hard, sometimes for days or weeks, to gain a positive reward.
- Accountability is the second-best motivator. Why? Because accountability usually includes painful consequences and they usually hit us on a deep emotional level. With accountability, the goal is usually more well-defined and there is usually one person or a group of people tracking your progress and holding you accountable.
- Enthusiasm is the best motivator of all. Everyone likes to think that they are more motivated by positive consequences than by negative ones. It’s a lovely idea, but very much not true. When it comes to motivation, pain is a far more powerful motivator than pleasurable rewards. But Enthusiasm breaks this rule. There is something mind-blowing about enthusiasm. When you hook into a goal that you connect with on all levels and it really resonates with who you are, then your enthusiasm explodes. If you have enthusiasm, you don’t need contracts, accountability, or any other motivation strategies or tricks. You will be self-propelled to take action simply because you want to and you’re excited to do so. This kind of motivation is pretty rare though. But it is, indeed, the absolute best motivator because it’s intrinsic and natural.
Did you know that you can make your life better simply by thinking? Do you realize that by reading some very basic ideas, placed in a certain order, you can raise your awareness, charge up your motivation, and even totally change your life. Your beliefs are powerful. Your thoughts can take you to wonderful and unexpected places in life.
Sometimes simple ideas have the most powerful and most profound effect on us. In an instant, your life can change for the better simply by reading a thought you’ve never considered, or being reminded of simple truths that you’ve forgotten. All it takes is the right seed planted at the right moment.
Here are 14 statements that can guide you to a simple but extraordinary conclusion about yourself:
Now is your greatest moment for change!
- There are more than 7.80 billion people in the world, and you are just one of them.
- More than likely, 99.99% of all the people in the world are not aware of any past mistakes you’ve made.
- In 20 years, most of the people you’ve wronged will have forgiven you or forgotten about it.
- In 100 years, it’s likely that everyone will have forgotten about any of your mistakes.
- Ultimately, your mistakes are not nearly as important to other people as they are to you, so let them go!
- Two of the most important things you can do in the future are, forget about your past errors, and start doing better right now!
- No matter what you’ve done in the past, the future can be different.
- What you do with the rest of your life is far more important than what you’ve done in the past.
- No matter what you do with the rest of your life, you will get older…only, today, it’s not too late to create the kind of life you will be proud to look back on.
- If you’re stuck in a rut, you only have to do one thing differently, today, to start changing your life.
- Let your life be the demonstration of how you want people to see you.
- Motivation is generated in the presence of a belief in yourself.
- Your thoughts shape your behavior and your behavior shapes your life.
- If you change your thoughts, you change your behavior; if you change your behavior, you change your life.
Positive affirmations are an effective way to create a positive attitude about yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. Basically defined, an affirmation is a statement that describes a goal in its completed state. When you repeat an affirmation to yourself, what you are really doing is communicating with your subconscious brain the thoughts and images of what it would be like if you were to achieve your goals.
By repeating your affirmations on a daily basis, you are literally bombarding your subconscious with these thoughts and images of success. And if you do this over a long enough period of time, your affirmations will become new beliefs. The idea behind positive affirmations is to train your subconscious brain into thinking that what you’re saying is true.
When you have your subconscious mind on your side, it’s much easier to achieve your goals. In fact, your subconscious will start working to make those affirmations a reality. Your mind can’t stand to see a conflict between what it believes is true and what your current reality might be, so it will do everything it can to cause your reality to match your beliefs.
In other words, convince your subconscious of something, and soon that something will become a reality. Positive affirmations can help improve your finances, your self-esteem, and your overall level of success. They can also help you lose weight, overcome procrastination, forgive others, or pretty much anything else you can think of. The process is the same no matter what your goals may be.
How to Write and Use Affirmations for Maximum Effectiveness?
If you prefer to keep it simple, just think of the results in your life that you aren’t happy with and write a statement that is the exact opposite. Keep it in the present tense and try to include how it would feel when you’ve achieved your goal. If you’re overweight and would like to be slim, try something like “I am feeling healthy and alive weighing XXX.” Just replace XXX with your goal weight.
First, come up with a list of 3–5 positive affirmations. Once you’ve got your affirmations, repeat them to yourself throughout the day on a daily basis.
There are many unique ways you can fit affirmation sessions into your day. Recite your positive affirmations first thing in the morning, just before bed, and any other time you can throughout the day. They’re a great way to make productive use of what would otherwise be “wasted time,” like waiting in lineups or at traffic lights, or while you’re driving or walking somewhere. Fit them in whenever you can. The more often you can repeat them, the better your results will be.
Here’s a cool way to ramp up make your visualizations more effective and help you manifest your goals and dreams.
The key to creating positive things in your life is all based on how you feel emotionally. You see, it’s your emotions that either allow, or repel the good that you desire.
Basically, as you improve your emotional state, what you attract into your life experience improves as well.
If you want to use this to your advantage, tap into a higher emotional state when you do your visualizations (you are visualizing right!?).
One great way to do this is when you first sit or lie down to visualize, think about something that brings you great joy or something or someone that you feel great love for. Hold onto that thought until you feel yourself being overwhelmed with the emotion of joy and/or love. Appreciation is another strong, positive emotion. So if you prefer, you can also think about something in your life that you are extremely grateful for.
Once you’ve locked onto that strong positive emotion, hold onto it and start visualizing what you would like to create in your life. The combination of a strong positive emotion coupled with images of what you desire to create will cause a strong attractive force within you that will help pull your visualizations into your life experience.
That’s it, short and sweet! 🙂
Give it a try, and please share your results. I’d love to hear about them!
Why Think Positive?
When things go wrong, remember:
It’s not WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU that matters most, It’s HOW YOU THINK about what happens to you.
Let’s say that you are at the airport, waiting to catch a flight, and the airline tells you, “Sorry! Mechanical trouble. You won’t be leaving for three hours!”
You are furious. You tell yourself:
“This is terrible! This is a disaster!”
While you remain stressed, things will get worse! People will trip over you, spill coffee in your lap and lose your baggage.
When you fight life, life always wins!
Then finally you cool down. You tell yourself:
“There’s nothing I can do about it. I’ll make the most of it.” Suddenly, everything changes!
From nowhere an old friend appears, or you make a new friend, or you stumble on a fresh opportunity and life begins to support you.
Once we change our thoughts about a
“bad situation”, we can take advantage of it.
Life’s great opportunities mostly arrive disguised as misfortune and disaster.