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.
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.
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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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