In a world that is moving fast, life is passing by whilst everyone is living in the moment. Those dream crippling moments will come where you wish you had prepared more properly, accomplished something, wanting to feel more accepted, perfect; intelligent, skilful and complete. The truth is you have to grind and hustle to make it where you want to be.
We have come to learn that there isn’t perfection but life will give you another meaning. Let’s put some drive into life. Prepare both mentally and physically to activate that inner power. Eventually limits will be broken by keeping at hand tools that will provide you with relentless form of energy in pursuit of your dreams. Welcome to beast mode.
Here are 6 ways to activate beast mode:
1. Stand tall and make your declaration
Seeing is believing, so make it reality by committing to your goals so that you won’t be going through life aimlessly. The majority of people do not do this and thus dreams become abandoned so always aim higher. The answer is simple, do what you love and believe you are worthy. Drop the false dreams. Evoke a spiritual journey by reminding yourself on why you started but also seeing how far you’ve come.
It will provoke you to tackle goal after goal and trigger achievement after achievement. This helps you build momentum and a clear drive so that you can become unstoppable. Once it’s written, make it happen. Unleash the shackles of doubts; stay hungry and go after what you want. Wake up the beast.
“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.” – Eric Thomas
2. A killer workout
A strong mind, body and soul will overcome anything. Diet and regular physical activity is important to maintain a balance between work and life. A major benefit of physical activity is to increase those energy levels, self- esteem and attitude, which can help everything else in life seem much easier. Whether it’s sport, lifting weights or running, build schedules and workout plans around your daily routine.
This will build confidence in channeling your inner beast and recognize your limits. Psych yourself up to give you a mental edge because it is a great sensation in ending the day like a champion. You’ll be left wanting more. Train the beast.
3. Energy boost with motivational videos
Watching motivational videos changed my life because they improved my outlook and mind-set; a positive one. I would make it spontaneous at first and then it became routine, morning, afternoon and evening. The messages would strike a chord within me and lift me up. I would take the messages and reflect on it and use it in my life. Every step, decision and action would be driven by hunger and positive vibes. Feed the beast!
Check out my two favourite videos on YouTube:
1. It’s not over until you win! Your dream is possible: My favorite motivational speaker – Les Brown
2. Unbroken: The best I’ve seen. When we go through life we will suffer some sort of failure and when you are defeated it takes courage to go again.
4. Be adaptable to change
How will you cope with set-backs? Will you rise to the occasion? Flexible people tend to adapt and go with the flow, naturally being able to think of solutions to their problems, whilst rigid people just give up. Throughout life you will have been built on a behavioural script, taught certain things or ideas. This will result in you living on somebody else terms and not yours.
So step away from the average crowd. The willingness to get out of these models will enable you to adapt to new surroundings. Learn to survive because life sometimes hits hard and the lessons you take from them makes the difference between being successful and unsuccessful. Beast must learn to survive and rise.
5. Patiently hunt for the prey
Lions are well known to stalk their prey from cover to cover being phenomenally patient with a final burst of speed at the end. This personifies the desire, strength and power in pursuit of its goal. Likewise in life there are tremendous opportunities out there for you so be patient whilst the fire of desire burns inside you; strengthen yourself physically and mentally. When the right moment arrives, eye it up and prepare for victory. Beast patiently waits.
“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy
6. Remind yourself of the legacy you want to leave
How do you want to be remembered in life? Many will talk about the hero you were, the one who never gave up. Show others the traits of a true warrior. Inspire others that your roar was as big as your dreams. Heads will turn to see an example of success. Beast must not only be the best for self but lead by example.
What tips would you add to this list to activate beast mode? Please leave your thoughts below!
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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
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.
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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