Do you ever feel like you’re in a race against something that does not want you to see the light of day?
We’ll just call this thing “defeat”, because evidently that’s what will happen if it gets to the finish line first, and you know it because you’ve been there. But it seems to get worse. Every time you go through another challenge, the circumstance is no doubt tougher than the last.
In the beginning, maybe you feared your own greatness; how amazing you can be and that kept you from advancing. But now that you’ve been through the ringer, there’s nothing that sounds sweeter. You welcome the chance to finally be free and to finally taste the victory that awaits you.
“Do the thing you fear, and continue to do so. This is quickest and surest way of all victory over fear”. – Dale Carnegie
It’s there. No matter how dark things get, your freedom is still there. It’s calling to you right now, and it is not an illusion. It’s not some mythical goddess in a distant ocean fog haunting you with something you can’t have. It’s very real, and it needs you now more than ever.
You are the missing puzzle piece to that life, and without you, we will all miss out on what could have been.
You have to conquer defeat! So here are 5 ways to do it:
1. Drown out the noise
I’m talking about the garbage you see on the news, TV shows, the commercials, and the tabloids that are currently flooding your mind with useless and debilitating information. It’s doing nothing but harming your efforts and slowing your progress.
If you are sitting down watching TV, maybe nothing else excites you and so you live vicariously through other characters that are living their dreams. Shut off the TV, and go live your dream, not theirs.
2. Affirm how great you are
Especially if you’ve been watching the news and have been filled with a ridiculous amount of negativity, you need to bounce back and never stop affirming to yourself how awesome and amazing you really are. Write down all the positive attributes about yourself, including the kind of person you’re stepping to.
The perfect you! Make sure you read this to yourself every day. Perhaps when you wake up or when you go to bed. Just convince yourself of this truth, because it is true. You are every great thing you know you are and want to become.
3. Live with a sense of urgency
Again, this year has flown by! Another year is almost gone and then next year will do the same thing. This kind of puts the pressure on me to not miss out on my freedoms, to not miss out on this world, and to not miss out on my dreams.
Your dreams are valuable, and if you don’t live them; if you don’t maximize your chance to live your dreams you’ve wasted a great opportunity. Live each day as though you’re on a timeline to reach your freedoms because you are. Time will not wait for you. Don’t waste another moment.
4. Flood your mind with good, positive and uplifting information
This needs to be an intentional act in your life. Obviously you know this, or you wouldn’t be reading this article right now and spending time on websites like this. It will propel you and give you the juice you need to succeed much faster.
It will make you an expert in your field much faster, it will make you feel good, and you will live a much happier life because of all the good stuff you have filled your mind with. You need all that happiness and wisdom. It is fuel to get you to the next level and it’s the kind of fuel that just keeps making you better.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
5. Surround yourself with winners
People who are driven and like-minded like you, the coaches who want to help you get there, and the people who are already succeeding at a level you want to be at, are all part of that world of winners that you need to keep in your life.
It makes you much better because you start to take on their habits by nature. People pick up each other’s ways. If you hang around thugs, you’ll probably do thuggish things. If you hang around five millionaires, I’ve heard that you’ll probably soon become the sixth.
Thank you for reading my article! Tell me, how do you conquer defeat?
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Motivation is something we all strive to have, but can also be one of those feelings that’s hard to keep. Whether we’re attempting to reach a new fitness goal or trying to stay motivated in our role at work, sometimes that motivation just isn’t there. You feel motivated for a while – you’ll listen to podcasts, read books, keep yourself accountable – but then it’s lost. You feel so much energy at the start, then feel yourself slowly losing that inspiration. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. (more…)
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8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get Your Motivation Back
Welcome to our new normal. A time in our lives that a year ago we certainly didn’t see coming that most of us probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves; but here we are. As the days away from each other carry on and more and more bad news comes our way, it’s easy to lose your motivation and waste energy doing things that aren’t helpful like worrying and fighting with people on the internet instead.
Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While many of us had routines set up to deal with stress in the past, the stress we are facing during this time is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. It’s easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, and that’s the most challenging time to stop the momentum and turn things around. If that’s the case, keep it simple and start to reach for little things to help you feel better and climb your way out.
Here’s a reminder of a few simple things you can do right now to start getting positive momentum going your way:
1. Find someone who was in a similar place and made it to the other side
Whether you’ve been unmotivated to workout, eat healthy, make sales calls or simply do anything, you can find someone who has been there and made it to the other side. Look up some great TED talks, go on YouTube and look up people that motivate you, google them to find their websites. There are short speeches and much longer talks all over the internet, you just need to find someone who you relate to that speaks to you.
2. Do something that you love
When we’re unmotivated, it’s easy to get out of the habit of doing what we love. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the tv feels like a chore. Think back to a time in your life when you felt great – what were you doing? What do you absolutely love to do that if you had the time, you would do all day and not realize any time had passed at all?
Figure out a way to do whatever that is, or a modified version of it if it is something that you aren’t able to do at the present time. Spending time doing what you love will get your mind off of anything that is wrong and allow you to find inspiration.
3. Don’t overcomplicate it
Keep it simple. When we’re stuck in a rut, we’ll give ourselves every excuse to not do something. Say you’ve gained some weight; you might tell yourself you need to find the perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your meals from scratch each night before you do anything else. Stop trying to overcomplicate it and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, however small that may be. You don’t have to wait until the timing is perfect and the stars align for you to start moving in the direction you want to go.
4. Get up and get moving
This is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but once you are up and moving, your blood will start flowing. The hardest part is getting started. Day one, get up and do anything to get moving. This is the hardest day if you haven’t in a while because getting up is really the hardest part. Day two, do a little more. Once you start, you’ll build momentum and get back in the habit.
5. Reset your focus
It’s so easy for worry to set in and for our minds to wander to places of what we can’t control. This is not motivating or helpful and we always have a choice to redirect our attention. There is always something we can do right where we are, so bring your focus to the solution instead of the problem and figure out the next step of what you can do.
One step at a time. Step one, take your attention away from what you can’t control and what you can’t do. Step two, ask yourself questions like “What can I do?” and see what comes to mind. Follow through with the answers you find.
6. Listen to your favorite music
Not much can lift our spirits and put us into a positive vibration more than our favorite music. Feel free to sing along. Find a song that pumps you up and make that your theme song. Put it on anytime you feel down or unmotivated.
7. Expand your knowledge
“In times of change, the learners will inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Quote by Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is great loss but also great opportunity. Continually learning opens you to new opportunities and leads you to paths you may not have otherwise found.
If you’re already a meditator and got away from it, take some time to come back to it. If you’ve never tried, it can be as easy as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with one or two minutes) and focusing on your breath. Listen to the inhalations and exhalations. Silently say to yourself “in” as you inhale and “out” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to calm down and allow your mind to refocus.
When we’re unmotivated, our momentum starts moving in the other direction. Slow down that momentum by trying one of the ideas above. Once you’ve slowed down the momentum, get it moving in the right direction and you’ll be well on your way.
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