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- Motivation Monday
- How many times have you heard someone say or said yourself “I will get started when….” This is the kiss of death, you cannot wait for the sun and the moon and the stars to align – you have to reach out and start aligning them yourself.
- Lets talk about the downward spiral that comes with this kind of thinking and what one simple thing you need to do to avoid it.
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Some time back I heard a story that I would like to share – it’s a story about finding the gems of our life in the norm before going off and looking at all the hyped things you are being pitched every day – the story was about a farmer in Africa who heard many accounts of other farmers making their fortunes by discovering diamond mines.
One of the things that can help you find your acres of diamond is inside my audio series “The 3 keys to success – keys that will help you make this year YOUR year. You can get it free by going to http://YourSuccessAtLast.com/secrets or you can go to http://YourSuccessAtLast.comand click on the ‘3 Secrets’ banner that will be near the top of your screen. So go get that audio series and start mining your acres of diamonds right now! (after you listen to the podcast of course)
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As it turns out, those of us who complain a lot have negative thoughts running through our brains much of the time. These negative thoughts compel us to say them aloud frequently. But this just begets more negativity. Luckily, life doesn’t have to be that way!
So how do we end up like this, anyway? Complaining doesn’t feel good…or does it?
Here’s a parallel: Have you ever eaten extremely healthy for a week or more? Do you remember what it was like when you went back to eating junk? You felt horrible at first, but as you kept eating junk food, you started to like it again. Eventually, you even started craving it.
Negative thoughts and the resulting complaining are addictive, but they can be removed from your life. There are two things you can do to successfully eliminate complaining:
- Get your negative thoughts under control.
- Take full responsibility for the things in your life that you don’t like.
Negative thoughts can be challenging to eliminate. You’ll need to be diligent and patient with yourself.
This process will help you stop both the negative thoughts and the complaining:
- Resolve to change. Decide in your heart that you want to eliminate negative thoughts from your life. Recognize that they accomplish nothing other than making you (and others!) feel bad.
- Recognize them when they appear, without getting emotional. Notice as quickly as possible that you’re having a negative thought. Stop yourself before you go any further. If you don’t stop, you may start thinking thoughts like, “What’s wrong with me? Why do I always do that?” Simply notice that you are having negative thoughts.
- Look for a solution. Always focus on the solution. If you’re thinking, “The yard looks horrible,” then brainstorm some solutions to make your place look better.
The truth is you can only think about one thing at a time. If you’re focused on solutions, you can’t think about the problem. Once the problem is solved, there’s nothing left to be negative about.
Of course, this is easier said than done, but 30 days of conscious effort are enough to instill a new mental habit. When you’ve done 30 days, shoot for 31! Before you know it, your whole life will feel more positive.
Taking responsibility for the challenges in your life may seem unappealing. After all, who wants to believe that the bad stuff is their own fault? But if you believe you created the challenge, then you can eliminate it. If you blame someone else, you’re just stuck.
Taking responsibility is an immensely powerful thing. This is really the ultimate in freedom. Through responsibility, you can change anything in your life. Your happiness isn’t dependent on other people or circumstances in general.
We all have a choice. Do you want sympathy for creating a life that’s full of misery and challenge, or do you want a pat on the back for creating a spectacular life?
Ridding yourself of complaining and negative thoughts can take some work. Most habits can become addictive after a while. But by choosing to take control over your negative thoughts, you can focus on solutions. Consequently, your life will improve in many ways.
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Teaching and motivating others motivates me. I stumbled across this some years ago while working on my goal to become a better public speaker. One of the steps I took was joining a great organization called Toastmasters. The Toastmasters program is built around giving speeches focused on a specific goal each new speech building upon the last. Sounds like a sound formula for success doesn’t it? During some of the speeches I was giving I found that I became very motivated when I was teaching my audience about personal, professional and life success skills. Skills that I learned and had personally put into play to be more, do more and have more.
This thrill and literal adrenaline rush became quite addictive. So addictive that I was able to achieve all of my Toastmasters goals in a very short period of time, faster than anyone else in my club ever had. But these awards, while gratifying, were not the true driver behind my Toastmaster speaking success.
The driver behind my success was the feedback I was getting from those people in the audience. The more they learned from my message, the more I was driven to seek and teach them. Of course in order to teach I had to learn. I had to test. I had to apply. I have come across lots of information, tips, techniques, and gurus that did nothing for me. There were many methods I could not get to work for me. However, does that mean the time was waste? No!
You see, every single book I read, seminar I attended, or audio I listen to did one of two things (often they did both.) It taught me something new that I needed to go out and try; and/or it drove home something I had already learned and needed to continue to implement – because some facts are core principles to personal, professional and life success.
But this blog and these posts are not just about me – they are here to help you learn that things you need to go out and try or perhaps remind you of the tips and techniques that you know already and just need to get out there and implement because as you already know – some facts are just principle truths.
Principle truths in life are time tested and everlasting. For example, he time tested truths of nearly all religions i.e. do unto others as you would have them do unto you; though shalt not kill and so on are founding principles that just work. Whether you believe in the rest of the text offered by any given religion, the writers core message is still sound, focus on and work towards a worthy goal then good things will come back around to you tenfold.
These types of principles were here a thousand years ago, are still being taught today, and will be taught and applied a thousand years to come. The names of the teachers will change; the names of the students will change. Heck, even the method by which the message is shared will change. But the core success principles will still be there firm and strong, unyielding and unmoved by the sands of time.
You could sum most all success principles into this:
- Figure out what you want.
- Find out what you need to do to get it.
- Start Doing That – TODAY!
I chuckle as I re-read that last part of this post. Why you may ask? Well because it is that true. It is so true you honestly do not have to read any more of my blog, my courses or any of my articles. Those three things are so sound that you could close this internet window and never come back to this site. But I hope you do come back because I go through some great ways for you to make each of those steps a little easier. To avoid procrastination inside any of those steps and avoid running out of energy or motivation along the way – so again, keep reading.
But before you leave today – let me ask you this. What core success principle have you read, heard or learned over the course of your lifetime. Like I said this blog is not all about me – I want to hear about you. Let me hear about what core personal, professional or life success principles you have learned – leave me a comment below so I can learn from you too!
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I have learned over my 45+ years of life that fear can be one of the most crippling ailments to your motivation in reaching a goal, no matter how small or large that dream or goal might be. Fear allows your mind to run wild with worst case scenarios that quite probably would never happen if you sweated it out and simply took consistent action. The four letter word know as fear can, if you let it, keep you from taking the first step towards your dream or goal – and I have found that in 100% of the cases with no exceptions, if you do not take the first step towards your dream or goal you will never take the second step, because your fear will bleed your motivation out of you. So you will need to sweat now or bleed later.
The lesson of sweating now or bleeding later is another one of the valuable lessons I learned from the military that I have been able to apply to all areas of my life long after having left the military. In the armed forces they teach you, in a number of ways, that the more you sweat in peacetime, the less you bleed in battle. There in hides a lesson I was able to take and apply in everything I attempt. In the military they train and train and train, putting you through situations that you could face under fire. But then they take it one step farther and put you though the next level of situation in an attempt to prepare you for the most extreme types of situations that God forbid you would ever have to face. But this next level of sweating in peace time preps you for these worst case scenarios and enables you to face them with a more level head.
One less extreme example I can share with you would alli best buy be during basic training, when you are taught how to quickly remove your gas mask from its pouch and put it on correctly in seconds. We went through drill after drill after drill on doing this at times when we knew it was coming and times when it was a complete surprise. I remember thinking how fast I was able to do it with all this practice. Then we took a 5+ mile hike out into the woods to a small one story cinder block building which had ‘smoke’ coming out of it. We were told this build was filled with tear gas and were instructed to put our gas masks on. Then in groups of 8 to 10 at a time we were lead into the gas filled building. I remember thinking to myself how glad I was that I paid attention when learning to seal the mask correctly around my face. Once inside we were lined up and a few seconds later instructed to pull our mask off. WHAT??!! You want to talk about heart pound fear! None of us wanted to but we all knew we had to – and we were told that we all had to stand in that gas there until everyone did it AND until everyone took their first breath of the notorious tear gas.
I would love to tell you about how tough I was in handling this experience but sadly I am only human and the gas… well the gas is designed to be very effective. Let me tell you – I never want to experience tear gas again. Imagine if you will your face feeling like it is on fire as if sitting under sun lamp on high, then you eyes burning like all your sweat was pouring right into them. Now add to that an uncontrollable cough, the burning in your lungs makes you think they are going to explode. Then there is your nose – lets just say, the body can be quite effective at trying to push foreign agents out of the body and the nose will try to do this by flooding itself. You get the picture.
I can hear you now, “Wait Tracy what lesson could you have learned from this other then perhaps your fellow soldiers look really funny stumbling out of the gas house with faces washed out with tears and snot?” Well I realized the value of the gas house lesson two nights later while we were sleeping in the woods and one of the drill sergeants threw a tear gas grenade. My nose got the first hint of that gas and my body snapped to being fully awake and I had that gas mask on faster then I had ever done it previously. Sweat now or bleed later.
The lesson of sweating now or bleeding later has stayed with me long since I learned it. When I was faced with the opportunity to compete at a national level in a humorous speech contest I could feel my fear welling up and impacting my usual practice process. I was avoiding honing my speech for fear of failing on stage. Odd as it might seem the act of avoiding the honing was surely going to result in my failing on stage. It wasn’t speaking in public in general that I was afraid of – it was speaking to an audience of people that I knew would want someone else to win. The friends and family of those I would be up against would be in the audience and I knew they wouldn’t want me to win, that fear was choking off my action. So I faced my fear head on by putting myself into a speaking opportunity where I knew the audience would be even less likely to want me to successful in giving my message. I arranged to give a motivational speech at the Gwinnett County Juvenile Detention Facility. I figured that if I could face this audience of teenagers whose lives had taken a turn that landed them in this facility, where they were being made to sit through my presentation – then I could surly face any audience I would meet at the Humorous Speech Contest.
Well to make a long story short – I was actually well received by both audiences. The teens actually appreciated that someone took the time to speak to them and had many questions to ask during and after my presentation. And while I did not win the humorous speech contest, I did learn that if you ever had to face something that you fear then you can always ‘stage’ a bigger battle then the one you have to face. If you have something hard to do and you are reluctant or hesitant to do it, pick out something even harder and do that first.
Apply this sweat now or bleed later lesson and watch what it does to your motivation when you finally reach that ‘real’ challenge!
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One of today’s TOP Motivated Coaches & Author of Success Atlas Programs.