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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself For Success
Motivation is one of the great keys to success. There are whole books dedicated to the subject and countless articles have been written upon the matter. Companies, particularly the sales industry will go to great lengths in teaching their team how to acquire motivation. The simple truth is that the power of motivation is hard wired into each and every one of us. We need not look any further than the chambers of our own soul for the rich attributes of motivation. Like a light bulb, we need only to flip the switch for the light to come on. This article will list 10 random ways we can find within ourselves the power of motivation.
10 Motivating Tips
Tip #1 Creative thought: In his bestselling book, Man's Search For Meaning, Victor Frankl tells how he and others survived the unimaginable conditions of Nazi concentration camps. In the absolute loneliness of a prison cell, Frankl describes how some prisoners created universes unto themselves inside their own minds. The very thoughts these prisoners focused on motivated them to survive, and they did. According to Frank's observation, the prisoners that did not train their minds in such a way, unfortunately did not survive the ordeal.Thoughts have the power to change our mood, our feelings and even our health. This leads me to our second tip, which is making everything we do fun.
Tip #2 Make projects fun: I hold to the belief that through thought, we have the power to effect change in our biochemistry. If we set out to complete a project that produces feelings of dread, then it must be that we are thinking of the project in a negative, dreadful manner. However, if we trick our minds to think the project is fun, this will trigger a biochemical response in us that will produce feelings that this will be a fun project.
Tip #3 Surround yourself with happy people: Nothing will bring you down faster than negative people. Politely walk away from these social vampires before it's too late. Happy people create feelings of happiness and confidence. Happy people support the decisions you make in your life. Negative people will be jealous and afraid every time you make a positive change. They will see your new motivation as a condemnation of their own lack of it. They will try to bring you back down to who you used to be.
Tip #4 Run toward your fear: On the other side of every fear is something safe and beneficial waiting for you. Passing through fear will increase your confidence in your abilities to create your life. General George Patton had a great quote, "fear kills more people than death." Remember, death only kills us once. Fear will kill us many times over. The worst thing we can do is close our eyes and pretend that fear does not exist.
Tip #5 Embrace your willpower: If you think you have no willpower you are undermining your own success. You have willpower just like you have a muscle in your arm. It may not be a strong muscle but it's there. You can develop that muscle in your arm just like you can develop will power. Nothing happens until you generate the will to make it happen.
Tip #6 Stay in the present: There is something to be said about the power of now. Don't live in the past, unless you want guilt. Don't live in the future, unless you want fear. Focus on the present and you will find happiness. You cannot become the master of yourself until you can put your attention where you want it. Live in the here and now.
Tip #7 Make a list: Make a list of all the positive things you can think of about yourself. List every characteristic and accomplishment that you are proud of. Keep this list with you at all times. When you are feeling down take out your list and read through it. By doing this you can change your entire attitude from feeling discouraged to feeling positive.
Tip #8 Turn your television off: I know this is a scary thought for some people but stay with me for a moment. When we watch TV we are watching what other people love doing for a living. The average household watches 6-8 hours of television per day. We are so obsessed with other people's success on television that we often forget about our own. This is quality time we can be spending on more positive activities.
Tip #9 Listening on the road: We all have a tremendous opportunity to educate and motivate ourselves when we are commuting to and from work in our automobiles. There is a plethora of motivational audio Cd's we can choose to listen to while we drive. No time should be wasted time.
Tip #10 Create a vision: Create a vision in your mind of who and what you want to be. Then live into that picture as if it were already true. Always act as if you already made millions of dollars. Act as if you were the founder and CEO of a fortune 500 company. Act as if you have already written and published twenty bestselling novels.
It is my hope that these 10 ways to motivate yourself will work for you as it has for countless other successful people throughout history. It is time to get motivated about our purpose in life. May you use the powers of motivation to better yourself, and those around you.