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3 Effective Principles to Help You Stop Procrastinating and Start Taking Action

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When it comes to achieving your goals and living your dreams, most people have a hard time because they procrastinate and are not taking any action to achieve what they want in life. They tell you that they want to be successful, but they are not doing anything about it. Does this sound familiar to you?

You are what you do, not what you say you will do. Don’t just say that you want to build an online business with your free time, and when you get back home from work, all you do is watch TV. You have to stop procrastinating on your goals and start taking action instead. Taking action is the only key to getting the results you desire.

Here are three powerful methods that can help you in this:

1. Apply the Goldilocks Strategy

Imagine you are a regular tennis player. And if you have to play a match against a complete rookie, how will you feel? Well, most people will say that it will be boring because the opponent is too easy. And this is true. Now, how about if your opponent is Roger Federer? Do you think the match is going to be exciting and fun?

Not likely, because the opponent is too strong and you can’t even return the ball. If the match is too easy, you will feel bored. On the other hand, if the match is too difficult, you will feel overwhelmed. Hence, you have to find the sweet spot between the two. You have to find an opponent that has almost the same skill level as you.

“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.” – Dalai Lama

It is the same when it comes to working on your goals and doing your tasks. When the task is too difficult, you feel overwhelmed, and you do not want to do it. Conversely, when the task is too easy, you don’t feel motivated to do it. And this is where the Goldilocks strategy comes in. Make the task or the work just right for you. Not too difficult and not too easy, just right.

2. Revisit Your Purpose

Why are some people able to work harder and stay later while some don’t have the motivation to work at all? It all comes down to their purpose. A heavy smoker finds it hard to get rid of his bad smoking habit. He tries many times, but he fails. So he continues to smoke, and his health deteriorates.

One day, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. The doctor tells him that if he did not stop smoking, he would never live past three months. Suddenly, he had all the reasons to stop smoking, and it becomes a must.

When you have a strong and emotional reason to do something, you will do it. When you don’t have a reason, you don’t even care about it. Why do you wake up in the morning? If you have nothing to do and have no plan for the weekend, you will choose to sleep more. However, when you have a reason to wake up, you will get up.

Can you see how your reasons can drive you? Thus, revisit your purpose. Why do you want to achieve your goals? Why do you want to live your dreams? Why do you want to work more and take action? Why can’t you rest and procrastinate?

Your reasons will become the fuel that motivates you to move forward and to take action. The stronger and more emotional your reasons, the more desperate you will be. When you have a strong purpose and are committed, you will do whatever it takes. When you are just interested and have no clear reasons, you will do what is convenient.

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

3. Build A Ritual

Extraordinary people are able to take action and work on their dreams regardless of their feelings because they have built a ritual. In other words, they have made it into a habit. The process has become the ritual, and they will work on it whether they feel like it or not. This is what you need to do too.

Create a ritual that you will follow through to take action each day. For example, you can make your morning ritual as follows:

  • After washing up, go to the kitchen and drink a cup full of water.
  • After that, do some stretching and exercises.
  • And then practice daily goal setting.
  • After that, work on your most important task.

It is a chain reaction that one follows another. After you wash up, you drink the water. After drinking, you do some exercise. There is a cue for every action. The cue to start working on your most important task is after you write down your goals. The cue to exercise is after you drink the water.

When everything is in position, you will make it into a ritual and eventually, it will become a habit that will keep you moving whether you like it or not. What you can do right now is to write down your ritual. How do you want your morning to be? What about the afternoon and evening? Create your ritual right now and follow through.

Remember, what you do once in awhile is not as important as what you do every day. It is your habit that will shape your life and your destiny.

How do you beat procrastination? Please leave your thoughts below!

Shawn Lim is the creator of StunningMotivation.com (https://StunningMotivation.com) and he’s a passionate blogger in the personal development industry who has inspired thousands to pursue their dreams and follow their passions. You can learn more about him plus download a free copy of his guidebook, Reach Your Goals on his website.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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