To make motivation a daily part of your life takes practice and perseverance. Below are nine ways to stock your motivation toolbox. Use these tools daily to keep your spirits and goals on track.
Accept where you are. By accepting your own abilities and working within your limitations, you can use valuable energy to create positive life changes. Someone once said, "Your circumstances don't control you, they define you!" The way you are reflects the sum total of your choices to date.
Dare to Think in awesome dimensions. When you think about what you want to achieve, do you think of yourself-proclaimed limits? Why stop where you stop? Try thinking in unusual or outrageous terms.
Don't dwell on defeat. When you give up in your mind, your mind gives up on you. Once this happens the rest is downhill. Remember there is no such thing as failure; there are only outcomes. If you don't like your outcome, try changing your activity.
Listen to motivational tapes. When you listen to your "mental recordings" of past years, you fall victim to your mind's ceaseless broadcast. To counteract this endless tape, flood your mind with positive input every day of your life. If you were to add up the money you spend on the outside of your head you'd be surprised at the annual expenditure. instead, spend some money on the inside of your head by purchasing at least one cassette every month. Listen to a tape every time you drive.
For every dollar you spend ask yourself, "Do I need this and can I afford this?" This tip can help you spend less and save more. If you expect to become one of the four percent of Americans who reach financial independence by age 65, then saving is absolutely essential. Here's a sobering exercise. Ask yourself how much money per month you'd want, net, after taxes, if you retired today and quit working.
Now, leaving the principal intact, figure out how much money you'll need at eight percent net (after all taxes and investment management expenses) to generate that amount monthly for the rest of your life. Add the tax you have to pay on the total amount of income you'll need to put into your life savings account. Now you have a positive basis for beginning to plan for your financial future.
Stay committed to your career goals. People have a tendency to be on the lookout for a better deal. Lack of personal career commitment is the greatest source of personal dissatisfaction with one's profession. Get committed and learn to just say "No" to anything that doesn't support your career purpose.
Do not allow setbacks to control you. If you do, then your supporters may be that you haven't the resolve to stick to your plans for success. When you face an inevitable disappointment, accept it as a learning experience and find creative ways to work through it. You can choose to react to a disappointment by seeking solace and quitting trying, thus weakening your ability to do something positive about it. Or, you can choose to learn from it, to resolve to handle a similar situation differently the next time around, to grow and become more of a person instead of shrinking from challenge and becoming less.
Never be intimidated. Most success is more perceived than real. it does no good to envy the possessions of others. There is a teaching in Buddhism that says: "People are not their stuff." This means if you take all your elements such as your pride, body, friends, money, status, position, job and anything else you can think of that you normally use to define another, and remove them from yourself, the real you is left. You are as important as anyone else on the planet. Be your own person and don't get caught up in the myth of a "get more to be more" society.
If it is to be, it is up to me. You have to accept the responsibility for getting what you want in your life. When you don't like a situation, take action to change it. Waiting for someone else to make the changes you want decreases your motivation and your ability to act. By waiting you diminish yourself and your cause. Don't just take notice, take action!