Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Why should you do everything in your power to achieve your goals? Why should you go through the trouble of disciplining yourself to take consistent action each and every day towards your goals? Why should you have to deal with setbacks and challenges that will bring you to your knees? Why do go through any of these things just to accomplish your goals? One reason is because if you don't, you will feel regret. The second reason is because you will miss your chance to change other people's lives.
When people get to the end of their lives, they will either feel fulfilled or full of regret. If there is something you have always wanted to do, do it. Even if there a possibility that you may fail, do it. Realize that most of the things we regret in life will come failing to take action, not taking action. In other words, we will have more regrets over the things that we didn't do than the things that we did do.
So when you achieve your goals, how does that affect other people's lives? Well, if you think about it, we are all motivated by one of two things. The first is desperation. When we become desperate, when our backs are against the wall, when there is no other choice, we will spring into action. There are hundreds of stories of people who went from being sick of being broke and living in poverty to becoming successful. The second reason people are motivated is inspiration.
When you see someone achieve massive success, you start to believe you can to. The problem is that many people see successful people as being lucky. Now if you achieve your goal, you will be able to inspire the people around you to believe in themselves because they won't see you as just being lucky. Whether you are trying to achieve your financial goals, fitness goals or any other kind of goal, just realize that your success or failure in achieving that goal doesn't just affect you, it affects everyone around you.
Learning how to achieve your goals and more importantly, putting what you learn into action, will help inspire others to pursue their own goals with the same determination that you had in achieving your goals. No one said living your dreams was easy, it's not. That is why so many people end up quitting. There are far too many stories of failure and not enough stories of success. No matter how big or small your goal is, do everything you can to accomplish it. Your accomplishment can possibly inspire someone to become more than they thought they could become.
Monday, June 27, 2011
There is an oft-ignored phenomenon at work in our lives. Those who live a consciously-aware life are familiar with this phenomenon. They use their knowledge of this principle to govern their actions so that their lives are more peaceful and more meaningful.
What is this phenomenon? The principle of "what goes around comes around." Have you ever experienced or participated in an action or event that demonstrated this principle? Think back on some of the surprising events of your life:
You give flowers or other gift to someone, and you receive an unexpected gift from a surprising source.
You smile as you greet someone who seems to be having a challenging day, and it seems to have a positive impact upon that person. A few days later, you find yourself having a challenging day, and you are the recipient of kind words and a smile that lift your spirits.
You make a donation to a charitable event, even though money is a little tight, and you receive an unexpected gift that fills a need.
You provide assistance to a stranded motorist and when your car breaks down, someone unexpectedly appears to provide assistance to you.
These are but a few examples that demonstrate the "what goes around, comes around" principle. This same principle can have negative consequences if your actions or deeds are negative. Think about that "very bad day" you had when you handled a situation poorly and it seemed that bad luck came at you from every direction.
If you stop and think back on how you responded to a situation, you might be able to see this principle in action. By contemplating the possible impact of your thoughts and behaviors, you may discover that the seed you planted previously resulted in that particular outcome.
We do have a great deal of control over what happens to us in our lives. If we adopt and practice the idea that "what goes around, comes around" we can positively impact many events in our lives. Sometimes it may be that we choose to view a situation in a different manner and, as a result, it has a different impact on lives.
The greatest gift that you can give to others and to yourself is to take responsibility and be accountable for your life. Recognizing that we have control over our actions, and our reactions, is a power-filled recognition that can help us meet the challenges that life may bring to us.
Affirmation for the Week:
"What goes around comes around. I choose my actions with a clear understanding of the power of this statement."
Have a week filled with awareness!
Friday, June 24, 2011
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Poem is by Maya Angelou
Celebrate being a woman. You are unique. It doesn't get any better than this.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
"You can't do that!" "That's way too difficult!" "If you try, you'll probably just fail anyway." These statements sound as if they're coming from a tyrannical and cruel person with a mission to destroy self-confidence. Unfortunately, all too often, we can be the tyrant and our target can be our self.
Negative self-talk is something we have all probably engaged in at some time. When it rears its ugly head on a regular basis it, it can lead to self-sabotage, and can stop us achieving our goals and dreams.
What's worse is that we usually don't recognize that it's even happening. Instead, we attribute our lack of success to inadequacy. This, in turn, strengthens the negative messages we feed ourselves, and we get caught in a self-sabotaging cycle that can be very difficult to break.
The tell-tale sign that you are sabotaging your self is when you grind to a halt when you're trying to achieve your goals, for no rational reason. The skill, ability and desire are there: It's just that something stops you moving forward.
When you feel that you can't do something you should be able to do, or that you shouldn't do something, even though you know deep down that you want or need to do it, self-sabotage is at work.
Ways to beat self sabotage:
1.) Reevaluate what you want in life
2.) Reset goals, if you haven't already set them, now would be a good time
3.) Don't forget your collage, having it in pictures in front of you can be very motivating
4.) Get on SP daily. Read their articles, join a group, talk with you buddies. in other words "GET INVOLVED AND STAY INVOLVED"
5.) Exercise daily, even if only 10 minutes at least you are moving
6.) Reward yourself for small accomplishments they will add up to be your BIG ones
7.) Don't beat yourself up for a step or two backwards. Each day gives us 24 hours or 1440 minutes.. If you mess up, evaluate what you have done, and move forward.
8.) Think positively, not negatively
9.) Get family and friend involved. You need support in your journey. If you don't get it from family/friends, then find a spark buddy
10.) Remember this journey is a life style change. It will take time. The weight did not appear overnight and will not come off overnight.
Have a blessed day my Spark friends. Remember.. one day at a time, you can make a difference.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The final thing to focus on is surrounding yourself with people and resources that will remind you of your goals, and help you with your internal motivation. These are external factors – they'll help you get motivated from the outside, which is different from the internal motivation we've discussed so far. However, the more factors you have working for you, the better.
You can't just rely on these "environmental" or outside elements alone to motivate you, but you can use them for extra support. Try the following:
Look for team work opportunities. Working in a team makes you accountable to others.
Ask your boss for specific targets and objectives to help you measure your success.
Ask for interesting assignments. See our article on Maximizing Job Satisfaction for tips on getting the most from your job.
Set up some goals that you can easily achieve. Quick wins are great for getting you motivated.
Buddy up with people who you trust to be supportive, and ask them to help keep you accountable.
Try not to work by yourself too much. Balance the amount of time you work from home with time spent working with others.
When you start your self-motivation program, you may tend to rely heavily on these external factors. As you get more comfortable and confident with your self-motivation, you'll probably use them only as needed, and for a little extra help.
Self-motivation doesn't come naturally to everyone. And even those who are highly self-motivated need some extra help every now and then.
Build your self-motivation by practicing goal-setting skills, and combining those with positive thinking, the creation of powerful visions of success, and the building of high levels of self-efficacy and self-confidence.
Your attitude and beliefs about your likelihood of success can predict whether or not you actually succeed. Set goals, and work hard to achieve them. Examine ways to improve your self-motivation, and regularly reassess your motivation levels. If you actively keep your internal motivation high, you can significantly increase the likelihood of achieving your hopes, dreams, and visions of the future.
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