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7 Exceptional Things You Can Learn From Motivational Speakers

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A well seasoned motivational speakers competence to conquer peaks and achieve their goals, makes them flawless and an inspiration for many in several terms.

There is a lot to learn from their present and past life. Undoubtedly, their speeches are the most influential ways to communicate the right message to the audience.

But, one can grab and guzzle much more.

Take a look:

1. Positivity- The First Step to Facing Any Challenge!

It is really important to understand that success is not some glorified thing, which just happens to you out of nowhere, one day. The accumulation of the little achievements and failures, make the big difference. What remains important is positivity!

And, this is what motivational speakers teach us. Being positive in good and bad times together, made them successful in their life.

When you choose to become positive, life becomes easier. So, let go of all the negative thoughts around you and believe in yourself.

 

2. Helping Hands- They Make You Strong!

“It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game ever starts.” – Addison Walker

Studies show that helping others enhances social interaction, distracts your mind from big and small problems, and advances self-esteem. Motivating others is a great help in itself.

Speakers offer their helping hand in terms of their speeches, inspiring others for better outcomes. Similarly, they encourage you to be helpful to people around you. 

 

3. Idea Generation- Get more Creative!

During your monotonous and rigorous routines, you are hardly putting in any effort to encourage your mind to come up with new ideas and thoughts. But, through their speeches, speakers tend to generate a ‘new thought’ process.

While delivering their speeches, they help you understand the importance of goals in your life.

They energize your minds and encourage you to chase your goals.

 

4. Being Organized- Find Time for everything!

“Organize your life around your dreams – and watch them come true.”

Another thing, that you can learn from these speakers, is to remain well organized in every phase of your life. Getting organized, not only helps you to manage stress, but also gets the best out of you.

It prevents you from falling through the cracks and it helps you respond effectively to every situation.

 

5. Don’t Panic- Ride the Momentum!

Time never remains the same’- It might not be so good right now, but it will change in the future.

Motivational speakers have crossed through the leaps and bounds of life, but their patience and hard work have made them an inspiration for others today.

If your ideas are working right now, it’s really good. But, if they are not working, it’s okay! Just keep patient and plug away at the problems.

Keeping a balance between the good and bad times is the key to success.

 

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6. Appreciation- A Huge Motivator!

The two major factors that motivate a lot of people are appreciation and recognition. Thus, applauding yourself on each and every achievement stimulates your growth. It inspires you to work harder and aim higher for the future.

Studies support the statement that; it is revealed that a person, who rewards himself for going that extra mile, turn out to be more productive, loyal and eagercontributor to other’s well-being!

And, this is what motivational speakers have been doing for ages.

 

7. Acceptance – Become more Content with Your Life!

Beliefs, opinions, and goals – It’s highly unlikely that yours will be exactly the same as others. You might not agree with others on everything, but you need to remember that their thoughts and criticism can be beneficial at times.

So, it is perfect to expand your horizons and become more appreciative in life. Instead of discouraging others, spend some time to listen and learn something from others and you will gain a different perspective you never knew was even there.

 

Motivational speakers help you learn that to be successful, you need to raise your standards.
Doing things out of the ordinary and stretching your limits can only help you achieve goals and set milestones for others, like they did!

This is Jonathan Curran. I am a blogger, author and Entrepreneur. I founded and lead Promotivate Speakers Agency who specialized in providing business speakers across Europe. Click here to checkout some of the leading business speakers we represent. Sharing this knowledge I help companies and individuals unlock how to ‘make it happen’ and the importance of finding the right work/life balance which leads to improved happiness and greater success. I represent after dinner speakers for business conferences and events. Blogging is my passion and it helps me to connect with people like you.

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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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