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6 Lessons From Some of the Greats to Keep Your Mindset Strong

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Anyone who is a long time student of personal development has probably learned some pretty amazing lessons from some of the greats. In times of uncertainty, these lessons are especially important and we can turn to this wisdom to push us through. One of the biggest lessons to remember to keep your mindset strong is that we control our reality, which can feel like a cruel joke when times are really tough. When the outside world seems to be spinning out of control, we can maintain a sense of inner peace and keep our mindsets strong by remembering some of these important lessons.

1. “Nothing in life has any meaning except the meaning we give it.” – Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins reminds us that whatever is happening in our outside worlds, we have the power to give meaning to it. When things seem out of control, we can easily give up our power and end up on a downward spiral. We let fear take over and forget that we can give meaning to anything. If you are feeling down or allowing the outside world to control you right now, remember that you have the power to choose a new thought and a new action.  

2. “What you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.” – Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey doesn’t make a secret about how much she values gratitude. She has done countless shows about the power of gratitude on both her television show and now on her OWN network. Living in a constant state of gratitude is not easy; supposedly “bad” things happen and it’s easy to question why and forget to look for the good. Maintaining gratitude even in times of trial, increases our mental strength and resilience.

A few ways to incorporate gratitude into your life? Start a gratitude journal. A simpler way – first thing in the morning and right before you go to bed at night, bring to mind something that you are grateful for. Make it a habit. Even in the toughest of times, stopping to be grateful can have a profound effect.

3. “There is no problem outside of you that is superior to the power within.” – Bob Proctor

Author and renowned speaker Bob Proctor, often tells his own story at his workshops and seminars – he was 26 and broke with only two months of high school education when his first mentor introduced him to the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

In the last 50+ years, he has never stopped studying that book and has gone on to become one of the most successful speakers in the world and a great leader in the personal development industry. His story is a great reminder not only that if you believe it, you can achieve it but also to never stop studying.

4. “Feed your fear a suck-it sandwich.” – Jen Sincero

The hilariously insightful author Jen Sincero (You Are a Badass), reminds us that we have the power to choose faith or fear. Giving in to your fears is always an option. In times of change, we can crawl back under our covers and decide not to face the day or we can look fear right in the eye and choose to move forward and not let it stop us in our endeavors. Life is a choice.  Choose love and faith over fear.

5. “Your doubts create mountains. Your actions move them.” – Mel Robbins

Author Mel Robbins teaches us to take immediate action. Much like fear, doubts creep up when you least expect them, especially in times of uncertainty. In her brilliant book, The 5 Second Rule, she reminds us that the moment you have an instinct to act, count backwards from five to one and act on your goal.

If you allow yourself the time to sit and think about it, you may never take action. If your instincts tell you the time is right, whether that is speaking up at a meeting or starting a new business, five, four, three, two, one, go and take action now. Don’t wait.

6. “You can think independent of circumstances and watch your life begin to change.” – Michael Bernard Beckwith

Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, empowers us to think beyond our circumstances. He teaches that you can pick up the vibrations around you or you can deliver the vibrations and bring your own energy into the room. See yourself on the other side of your circumstances where you are right now. 

Allow yourself the power to be who you want to be and know that where you are in your life right now is not where you will be. You can get through anything, you just have to remember to believe in yourself and the power within you.

You have the power to do or be anything you want. Remember these important lessons especially when times are tough. The power is always within.

Amy Kerman-Gutzmer is a coach, yoga teacher and believer of continuous personal development and improvement. She helps others to live their best lives and find their inner calm. You can find her on her website Everyday Yoga Escape or follow her on facebook.

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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals

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Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.

What is Motivation?

The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.

Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).

Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.

However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals. 

How to Get Motivated

James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.

This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.

4 Ways to Make Starting Easier

1. Schedule it

One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it. 

When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.

An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”

2. Measure something

It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.

3. Extrinsic motivation

This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.

4. Make it public

Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

How to Stay Motivated Long Term

When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.

These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:

1. Stay in your goldilocks zone

The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.

For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging. 

The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.

2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals

Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within. 

For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.

3. Use “chunking”

Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.

Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.

For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.

4. Be flexible

We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.

5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion

Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.

This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.

Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.

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