Notes From The Universe has become a phenomenal success with over 700,000 subscribers to these daily emails of wisdom. Each note is written by Mike Dooley from the perspective of the universe. On a daily basis, the universe sends you no more than ten sentences of an idea for you to think about.
These short little notes have been a real spark for me in my life since I discovered them over a year ago through Joel Browns Podcast interview with Mike. They get me to think consciously every day about what I am doing and the way I am thinking about major challenges.
It’s not difficult in life to have a whole day where you get no positive reinforcement and no positive outside influence. What Notes From The Universe will do for you is become the thing every day that creates a small amount of positivity for you, especially if you’re currently lacking in good vibes.
It’s this very idea that fuels people to read Addicted2Success on a regular basis to get the strategies that are not always available through traditional media outlets.
Mike Dooley has been asked many times why he created Notes From The Universe, and I think the quote that sums it up best is “thoughts become things…choose the good ones!”
The seven reasons you should check out Notes From The Universe are:
1. The notes lift your day
Life has many up’s and downs. Since receiving Note’s From The Universe regularly I have found that I always have a reason to smile and believe in myself. You have to make it a must to surround yourself with powerful, positive ideas that can catapult you towards success.
Even on the lowest of lowest days, you can always count on receiving a ten-second email from the Notes From The Universe creator Mike, to consciously make you mindful of everything in life that is going in your favor. It’s as if someone is secretly watching over you and writing these notes even though there is no scientific evidence to prove that theory…haha. I like to believe it none the less ☺
2. The ability to share something valuable with someone else
Once I started getting the benefits from the Notes From The Universe I asked myself the question “how would these notes make other people feel?” I then decided to try this idea out by showing two of my work colleagues that were going through a difficult time.
After signing up, both of them began seeing the importance of these notes and thanked me for lifting their day and making their life just that little bit better.
If you have been lying to yourself and thinking that you don’t have time to give to other people, then you now have a way to abolish this myth by sharing Notes From The Universe with people you know.
“Sometimes an idea as simple as a ten-sentence email is enough to help even the loneliest person realise the lies they have been telling themselves”
3. You will get a lot of wisdom
Finding wisdom through written words can be a challenge. Signing up for Notes From The Universe is a way to get a new perspective on the entire concept of wisdom. Before reading the notes, I thought I knew what wisdom was – it turns out I didn’t.
The way that each note cuts through your existing belief systems and spreads like a virus through your mind will blow you away.
The notes challenge everything you have ever thought, and they will plant seeds inside of you that you can unlock at any point in the future. Every time you become torn inside when making a decision, try reading one of the notes to see if you still think the same afterward.
4. Your confidence will be built up or restored
We all ask ourselves the question “are we enough” once in a while through many different thought patterns. When we feel we are not enough or don’t have the resources to succeed, our mind defaults into thoughts that take away our confidence.
Notes From The Universe help to reinforce your confidence and build you up. The notes are like a friend that is hardwired to want nothing else than for you to succeed at your dream. As your confidence increases from every note, you will find yourself pushing through fears that you have avoided for a long time.
5. Interesting ideas you haven’t thought of
Thanks to the Internet there aren’t too many ideas that haven’t been thought of in some way before. What you will find astounding about Notes From The Universe is that you will come across ideas that you have never heard of before.
You will be exposed to concepts that could easily be from a thousand years ago. You will learn in a matter of seconds, ideas that will be the building blocks to your success. I have had some horrific situations occur over the last twelve months, and I have found these notes to offer some rationale for the way I have been thinking.
Negative events are often reframed in some of the notes to be a must have part of the journey. You are also reminded of your intuition regularly, and you will begin to see its importance as the weeks go by.
6. Amazing writing style
If you like very different writing styles that will draw you in and become an addiction, then Notes From The Universe is for you.
The way some of the emails are written is seriously cool. Sometimes the writing style is so left of center that you have to read the notes twice to understand fully what the note is attempting to tell you. There is plenty of humor and energy too in each note which makes them even more contagious.
7. You feel like someone is guiding you
Never before in life will you feel so guided once you begin reading each note from the universe. It’s hard for me to describe the feeling and the only suggestion I can give you is to try it for yourself and see what I mean.
The notes are highly personal and not too specific so you can give meaning to the message any way you want. If you’re like me and not religious, then the notes will tap into your spiritual side and help you to seek clarity in your life.
I’ll be honest; I don’t think I had much of a spiritual side until I started reading Notes From The Universe. I would love you to have a similar experience.
I am not one to be superstitious. Having said that, the timing of each note that I read seems always to align with something that happened that day. For example, I had a note about breakups on the day I was picking up the pieces from a broken heart. How does that happen? I have no idea.
Don’t get too caught up in the wah wah, woo woo of what I have written about Notes From The Universe, and just give them a try. Before I forget, I have to say thank you to Joel Brown for introducing me to Notes From The Universe…many thanks mate!
Lastly, I have a confession. I signed up to Notes From The Universe from two different email addresses so I could get double the wisdom. What can I say; I’m a wannabe fast learner that is obsessed with success. You can’t blame me, can you?
What website or email subscription do you use to motivate you each day? Let me know in the comments section below or on my website timdenning.net and my Facebook.
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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