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5 Ways to Make Every Day Powerful

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5 Ways to Make Every Day Powerful

There’s no hope for this. There’s NO way this is going to happen! I’ve tried everything… and nothing is working. Forget it, I give up. Ever been there?  Have you ever felt like all you are doing is running forward blindly, barreling into an unseen wall and bouncing off?  You get up, shake off the hurt and run forward again only to hit the same wall once more. Amazingly, this can go on and on as there seems to be some deep seeded belief that this is just how life is. That you just have to suck it up and power through it.

But it sure gets tiring and painful, bloodying yourself on that wall, doesn’t it? Eventually there becomes an overwhelming desire to just sit down and rest for a bit. To lick your wounds, to maybe just “think” for a while about the situation that has become so HOPELESS. And right there is where so many dreams die, where so many good ideas go unrealized. Because most never get back up again. They are totally unaware of just how close they are to the success they are seeking.

Take heart, you aren’t alone in this challenge of hitting that sneaky wall. but, it is up to you what happens next; the death of your dream or coming up with another path around the wall instead. The key here is that feeling of hopelessness you’ve developed. It has to go! You MUST have hope in the future for success to be realized.

“When there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.” – John C. Maxwell

But how do you have hope when the walls seem so high, your physical and mental efforts are taxed and your nose and knees are bloody?  Maxwell has actually given you the formula, but you have to look closely. Read it from the end to the beginning instead.

So, let’s look at five ways you can put power into your present and birth hope for your future:

1. Associate with the right people

Surround yourself with those who have already climbed that wall. Surrender your ways of blindly running and instead follow the path these mentors will gladly map out for you. Additionally, take inventory of everyone you currently spend time with.  Separate from those with negative attitudes or that aren’t supportive of your goals. The harsh reality of this is that these people may very well be the ones that are closest to you.

 

2. Create and stick to a morning ritual

Begin each day with time dedicated only to you. Fill it with a combination of exercise, prayer, meditation, affirmations and goal review.  Cultivating the habit of starting with accomplishments rather than setting out immediately on the run develops a tone of expectation and focus for the day ahead.  The amount of time you spend is much less important than simply following through on the commitment each day.

 

3. Carefully choose and limit the media you consume

These days you are bombarded with information from every direction; TV, radio, email, social media and more.  It is simply more than your mind can cope with. The resulting “infoxication” overwhelms your cognitive processing ability thereby decreasing your capability to think and act clearly. The more you limit your exposure to this information glut, the more mental energy and focus you will have for handling things that matter to you most right now.

 

4. Read good books

The knowledge of the world is literally right at your fingertips. Many of the greatest minds, past and present, have written books about their lives and crafts. Read daily and your mind will be filled with the wisdom, encouragement and guidance of the ages.  Further, a book can serve as a faithful mentor when you are unable to connect with one face to face.

 

5. Lighten up on yourself

Realize that most of the daily struggles you have are not near as serious as you make them out to be.  They really are just the hassles, challenges and hardships that make up life’s experience, not disasters of the worst sort. You must take time everyday to laugh, especially at yourself and the crazy, messed-up stuff that you do. Realize that being human means you are fallible and that is normal. Don’t take yourself or your day so seriously.

“When we make our present powerful, there becomes a rising glimmer of hope for the future.” – Tom Ziglar

Now it is your turn, in the comments below, tell us how you put power into your present so you can maintain your future hope.

Doug is a chiropractor, a business coach and a writer too. He coaches and speaks on healthcare business success systems while he blogs and podcasts about strategies for handling life’s changes. In the last 3 years alone he has sold a business, evolved his career, moved his family from Texas to Wisconsin, lost control of his autistic son… and gained it back again. He knows change!  His goal is to help you face it and conquer it too! Join him at AchievementRenewed.com and Dr. Doug Sullivan on Facebook.

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  1. morobi

    Nov 20, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Some days you get highly inspired and other days you’re back to a normal routine… I think meditating before you embark on any task is really worth it with so much pressure to succeed. Thanks. – Doug

    • Doug Sullivan

      Nov 21, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      So right, Morobi! And the great thing about meditation is that there are so many ways to do it and so few tools (or no tools at all) needed. So it can be done anywhere and at any time. It takes some time to master but it is so worth the effort! thanks for your comment!!

  2. Haupt

    Nov 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

    When I heard that the media is clouding the minds of people to keep us negative, I thought “what is this guy smoking?” but I am open minded and gave it a try. WOW! I am blown away at how my life changed.
    I also got addicted to books, especially ones where you can learn from others who already had a similar journey and not to make the same mistakes.
    These 5 tips are excellent and I live by them.
    Thanks for sharing and reminding me.

    • Doug Sullivan

      Nov 20, 2015 at 2:42 am

      Couldn’t agree more Haupt! other than with “breaking event” like we just had in Paris, I haven’t regularly watched a news show in YEARS. I’m so much happier for it too! More time to read!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  3. Shunmuga

    Nov 19, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Nice article.. All the above things are important to be followed. The one I am struggling to make it for a long time is “Creating morning rituals”. I keep on trying to follow them but at some point I lose it and getting back normal routine. Anyhow I will try it and achieve it . Thanks for the article.

    • Doug Sullivan

      Nov 19, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Thanks for reading Shunmuga! Certainly the morning ritual takes a lot of self discipline to perfect. I’ve been “working on it” for a long time myself. Some days are better than others for sure, but the effort is worth reward for sure. Keep working at it!

  4. Lethu

    Nov 19, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Wow, this is a great read. I love the second point about morning rituals. It really helps me shape how my day will be.

    • Doug Sullivan

      Nov 20, 2015 at 2:37 am

      Hi Lethu… thanks for the comment! I too LOVE my morning ritual. It is my favorite part of the day!!

  5. Nick Scuderi

    Nov 19, 2015 at 3:26 am

    These are great tips. Especially with media, because it makes us assume that what celebrities do are important when it’s not. We need to focus more on our own lives rather than others. And reading books is very powerful, unfortunately schools make us hate reading. Once we become aware of these problems, then we will see more success in our lives.

    • Doug Sullivan

      Nov 19, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the article Nick, thanks for reading! you know, I’ve had a lot of fun poked at me over the years for being so illiterate about pop culture! No matter though… I’ve found that being ignorant of what the celebrities are up to leaves me so much more brain space for taking care of ME and my goals. Not to mention the time you gain for reading when you aren’t consuming all that “media”. Thanks for your comments!

  6. fermin

    Nov 19, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Very good! Thank you! : )

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You run out of battery, and the only solution that seemed viable was to rely on more caffeine. When that stopped working, all the temptations around you started to look much more appealing, and that sense of drive and commitment you had before slowly faded away. This is you running out of willpower.

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The American Psychology Association describes willpower as “the ability to resist short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals.” In the book “The Willpower Instinct”, Dr. Kelly McGonigal, explains how every person’s willpower is limited, and slowly depletes throughout the day. The more “willpower challenges” you face, the quicker your reserve drains. Dr. McGonigal divided the different types of willpower challenges you might encounter in three categories:

  • I will: We face this type of challenge whenever we should do something, but we simply don’t feel like getting it done right now.
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It’s easy to recognize it when you face a willpower challenge because you literally “feel it in your body.” Imagine being really hungry and walking in front of a bakery. The sight and the smell of pastries quickly triggers an “I won’t” type of challenge, and it takes a severe amount of effort and energy to walk away.

Every time you manage to win one of those challenges, a little bit of your willpower reserve gets used. The more challenges you face daily, the harder it will be to stay true to your goals.

Can you train or recharge your willpower?

A growing body of research suggests that willpower should be considered a muscle. To strengthen it, you should exercise it regularly, but you should not overwork it. Therefore, we shouldn’t try to “be good” at all times. Instead, we should learn how to relax and recharge our willpower.

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1. Focused breathing

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You should feel a pulling sensation around your neck and trapezius muscles. Once your lungs are full, try to hold the breath for five seconds, then slowly exhale through the mouth for at least five seconds. If you repeat this process ten to twenty times, you should feel dramatically more relaxed. Use this method several times a day, especially when you’re experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety.

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Be that 1% that’s willing to dream big and rise above the norm. Unfortunately, in today’s society, our ancestral instincts still rule our everyday life. Fear is one of them and controls the majority of our population. It’s scary to push comfort zones and try something new, the thought of failure is often paralyzing to many. But my question to you is, will you look back one day and regret the chances you didn’t take?

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If you are too busy wondering when your desires will manifest, comparing yourself to others, or ignoring every sign that doesn’t look like your detailed plan you’ve written down, then you may be missing out on opportunities that are right in front of you! Your visualizations don’t have to be perfect, in fact, it’s better to just let go altogether and focus on the result itself rather than dwelling on every little detail. This doesn’t mean to simply forget about what you want but instead having the confidence it will happen in time. 

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