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How to Stay Totally Motivated and Achieve Your Dreams!
By Chris Widener Copyright 2003 All Rights Reserved Worldwide
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About the author:
Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of Made for Success and Extraordinary Leaders, two companies helping individuals and organizations turn their potential into performance, succeed in every area of their lives and achieve their dreams. Chris has been recognized as the leader of a new generation of personal development and leadership experts. His three newsletters on successful living and leadership have subscribers in 105 countries around the world. Chris has been a speaking professionally since 1988 and has shared the stage with U.S. Presidential candidates, nationally known television news anchors, best-selling authors, and professional athletes. He has spoken on motivation and leadership to groups at some of America's finest organizations such as General Electric, Cisco Systems, and the Harvard Business School. Please visit his website at www.MadeForSuccess.com.
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Here is what Jim Rohn, master motivator and business philosopher says about Chris Widener: "Chris Widener is the leader of a new generation of personal development and leadership experts. He lives and breathes the strategies and tools he shares with millions around the globe. Chris' content is rich and practical, and his style is dynamic and engaging! If you want to see real change in your life, or the life of your organization, connect with Chris Widener."
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Congratulations! You are taking charge of your life and investing in yourself by reading this ebook on how to stay totally motivated all of the time. I believe it is possible and the chapters in this ebook are designed to give you insights on how to do it – from many different angles.
You will find out what motivates me, how to stay motivated even when things aren’t going so well, how to overcome fear, avoid conflict, think and live like a winner, overcome bad habits, and take massive action to propel your life forward – all of which are key elements of staying totally motivated!
So dig in, read, and most of all, apply the principles you find in this ebook. As you do, you will find yourself becoming increasingly motivated until you learn how to stay totally motivated all of the time!
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com .What Motivates the Motivator? Someone wrote me once and said.MadeforSuccess. “I would love to know what motivates YOU!” So I took them up on it and I want to spend some time telling you how I stay motivated. how will it work for you? It is a valid question. this one of what motivates me. After all. marketing my materials. each and every day I have to stay on the top of my game whether it is because I am giving a speech. or just trying to keep my kids energized! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. how will I be able to tell you how to? And if it doesn’t work for me. writing to one of the subscribers I have in over 100 countries around the world. I f I can’t keep myself motivated.
Give yourself a budget to spend on materials that will make you into a Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Keep reading them on a regular basis throughout the month and not just in reading binges. magazines etc all of the time. you can too! If you want to stay motivated. I am an information junkie! I read all of the time.As I thought about it. try these basics that I use to keep myself motivated: Read good books and magazines. And they are things that ANYBODY can do.MadeforSuccess. you cannot be successful without reading! I read books. I realized again just how simple life can be if you put the right processes in place. Get yourself into some good tapes. Listen to what others have to say. I don’t care what you say. I realized that me staying motivated revolves around a few basic things that I do. I read a breadth of information so as to develop myself on a wide variety of topics. So if I can stay motivated.com . Listen to good information.
as you listen.motivated animal! Above all. We have to discipline ourselves and as we do we find ourselves becoming more and more Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. yes.MadeforSuccess. They are firmly rooted in my mind and heart. but they will also challenge you to shoot for the stars! Focus clearly on my goals. I know where I am going and what I want to accomplish. apply the truths to your life in your head and they will become what you live! Maintain a positive group of friends and colleagues. They will be honest with you. Most of the time it takes plain old work.com . Because of this. my mind and heart are in an attitude of motivation all of the time. I put my energies into them. I am still recovering from him! One of the best things you can do is to surround yourself with positive people who will build you up and encourage you to pursue your dreams. I want to hit my goals and since they are present in my heart and mind. Discipline myself to live out my priorities. I broke this rule yesterday and went to coffee with a real downer.
motivated. Take a moment right now and see if you are living out the principles for keeping motivated: Do you regularly read good books and magazines? Do you regularly listen to good material? Do you surround yourself with positive and supportive people? Do you know and focus on your goals? Do you discipline yourself to action even when you don’t feel like it? Commit yourself to these and you will find that you become a much more motivated person. which makes us feel good. Are you keeping yourself motivated? You can. If we don’t discipline ourselves.com . it gives us wins and victories. we feel defeated and we fall into a downward spiral of despair. If we discipline ourselves.MadeforSuccess. I know you can because I have seen these principles and actions work in my own life. which motivates us for further action. and why I can continue to motivate others! Upward and onward my friends! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. This is what I do.
“What did you accomplish in the last year?” you will respond. “Let me tell you . next year you will be one year older and still stuck in the rut wondering when you will achieve your dreams. But you can change! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. more fulfilling ones? You can . and neither am I. If nothing changes.I was on fire!” You aren’t getting any younger.Ignite Your Life! Where have you come from in the last year? What have you accomplished? Don’t like the answers? Wish you had better ones.MadeforSuccess.just one year from now! You have within yourself the power to decide that when someone asks you just one year from now.com .
nor get it. if you do not know what “it” is.Here are some thoughts to apply so that you can take control of your world and ignite your life! Decide what you want over the next year. Maybe you want to lose weight. Crystallize it in your mind. Put a picture of someone who looks the way you want to.MadeforSuccess.exactly? You will never pursue it. Know it. catch them. Stop telling yourself negative things. Increase your positive self-talk. Take them captive and throw them out! When you Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. “But Chris. This will keep it in your mind each and every day.com . What is it . those thoughts just run around in my head. and I include thoughts. Instead. Put some sort of physical reminder where you will see it every day. See it. start telling yourself positive things. I don’t put them there!” Well. not just verbal talk. or perhaps a picture of yourself from when you weighed what you want to weigh again.
Want to get out of debt? Ask the boss for 5 hours of overtime a week. put a physical reminder of it where you will see it. I mean get some action going in your life. act.MadeforSuccess. you will ignite your life! And next year when someone asks how you have been your Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. If you normally make $15 an hour. Over a year that would be 250 hours (I give you two weeks for vacation. Yes. I don’t mean join a theater group. Worrying about money won’t.go with me here). $30 multiplied by 250 is $7500. increase your positive self-talk and take actions that will propel you toward your goals.catch yourself thinking negative thoughts. If you do the above . If you want to lose weight. Aren’t I nice?).if you decide what you want. go to the gym on a set schedule.com . Whatever you do .act! Just make the action something that will propel you toward your goal. you will make $30 (or something like that . Your action will move you toward your goal. Then begin to think it. stop and ask yourself what the exact opposite would be. Let the positive thought expand and take over the terrain of your mind the same way the negative thought would have before you ran it out of town! Act.
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Keeping Your Attitude Up When Circumstances Are Down “Instead of spending your time thinking about how bad things are. on a regular basis. both minor and major. but if we are going to be successful.com .MadeforSuccess. we need to know how to deal with them and keep our attitudes intact! We need practical tools to help us understand how Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Life deals us setbacks. But what happens when things go wrong? What happens when circumstances deal us a blow? We have a tendency to let our attitudes take the dive along with our state of affairs. think about how good they will be!” Chris Widener Everyone knows that a positive attitude is key to the successful life.
Sometimes circumstances surprise us and we react. this often compounds the problem because by reacting we tend to operate out of our weaknesses instead of our strengths. take some time to just step back from the problem and think. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. We function with a bad attitude that says.MadeforSuccess. when the circumstances are down. All of your best-laid plans begin to tumble. By doing this you function with you being in control and not the circumstances.com . I'm sure you are aware of what happens. It will allow you to put your state of mind back into its proper place. It gives you the opportunity to choose your attitude as you face the circumstances at hand. Here are some thoughts to help us do so: Take some time-out. Remember that we don't have to do something right now. “I can’t believe this is happening!” The next time circumstances turn against you. when out of nowhere disaster strikes. We make decisions that are not well thought out. Go grab a cup of coffee and relax little bit. instead of emotionally.we can go about keeping our attitude up. You are going about your day and everything seems to be going well. Unfortunately. This will enable you to deal with the issue at hand rationally.
One of the biggest problems with trouble is that it gets your focus off of where it should be. “Pretty well. If you find yourself getting down about circumstances. Give some thought to how you can achieve that goal. When I experience difficult circumstances and people ask me how it is going. and this keeps them out of trouble. Instead.” The other man asked. or others you may have. We shouldn’t be under the circumstances. under the circumstances. they keep their eyes straight ahead and do not move them away. “What are you doing under the circumstances?” Good question. sit down and write out what the goal is.com . A second step in keeping our attitude in the proper place is to make sure we keep the important things important.” It has always been fascinating to me that when racecar drivers get into trouble. A man was asked how he was doing and he responded. we should be focused on the goal and moving forward. “I am just keeping my eye on the goal. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. There is just too much chance of wrecking that way.MadeforSuccess.Keep your eye on the goal. their eyes are on the goal. I tell them.
When we face difficult circumstances. with an emphasis on the positive results that will come from doing so. worry.Focus on solutions. Get some positive input. Then take some time to put these solutions down on paper. get with a Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. i. the old saying goes. The mind tends to build on itself. The squeaky wheel gets the oil. Have meetings on the solutions and how you will implement them. Instead of talking about problems. When circumstances have got you against the emotional wall. so you can monitor your progress. They scream for our attention. so when we begin to go in one direction.com . Instead of spending your time thinking about how bad things are. think about how good they will be! Don’t have family or staff meetings about the problems and how big they are.e. fret about them. We talk about them. One thing we must do is get our thoughts back on track with positive ideas. we tend to dwell on them. Negative circumstances don’t sit idly by.MadeforSuccess. Encourage them to solve. not problems. and give them way too much attention. talk about solutions. Don’t let yourself or other team members complain. it can be a slippery slope.
when in reality. Spend time dwelling on the good things about your life or job instead of the problems. Tell yourself the good. This will give you a sense of hope Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Whatever external influence you can get to put your attitude back on the positive side of the tracks – do it! It must be one of our first goals to start plugging good things into our minds to fuel our attitudes. Pick up a good book and give it a read. Sometimes it seems like we are going to be up to our eyeballs in the situation forever. This makes all the difference! Remember that circumstances are not forever. There is an old childhood song that says. Think about positive things. “Count your blessings.com . There will be a time in the future when circumstances will change and you will be on the mountain instead of the valley. this too shall pass. name them one by one. One of the greatest internal powers we have is the power to control our thoughts.” That is great advice! Let your positive attitude develop from within as well as from without. things you enjoy and give you a sense of happiness and peace.MadeforSuccess. Listen to a tape by Zig Zigler or another motivational speaker.good friend who can encourage you.
make you feel better and put you on the fast track for growth! Some questions as we close: Q. Do you have a habit of keeping your eye on the goal? Q.MadeforSuccess. Do you focus on solutions or problems? Q.com . Do you give yourself positive outside influence? Q.as you live and work that will change your attitude. Do you remind yourself that nothing is forever? Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Do you have a habit of telling yourself the good? Q. Do you have a habit of reflection before responding? Q.
com . The ‘you’ who wants to stop. who doesn't sometimes find themselves simply not wanting to do the things that they need and want to do. I've never found anyone. give up. It is a part of human nature that there will be times that. and the ‘you’ who chooses to beat back that which would stand in the way of your success . or take it easy.MadeforSuccess.Finding Motivation: What To Do When You Don't Feel Like Doing Anything “The measure of your success usually comes down to who wins the battle that rages between the two of you. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. regardless of their level of success.” Chris Widener In all of my interactions with people.complacency.
and even desire to. but proven ways to get yourself to go even when you don't feel like doing anything. I'll give you a good example.MadeforSuccess. I don't particularly like Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. I find that I confront this issue in my life on a regular basis.in spite of all that we need to do.com . And what separates those who will become successful from those who will maintain the status-quo. This is the first thing that I usually do what I find that I don't want to get to a specific action. is the ability at those very crucial moments of time when we are making decisions about what we will do. to choose to find the inner motivation that will enable us to conquer our complacency and move on in action. The fact is that oftentimes we will have been working very hard and the lethargy we are feeling is really our body and emotions telling us that we simply need a break. And this is where it takes real intellectual honesty because when we don't need a break our mind is still telling us we need a break! But sometimes we do need a break. we will find ourselves not wanting to do anything. so the following success strategies are not merely pie in the sky techniques. Honestly evaluate whether or not you need a break.
to exercise. Well. Most of the time I am just being lazy. I begin to miss my workout. and eagerly anticipate a turning to the gym. I find myself before going to the club thinking about how I just didn't feel like going. Go to the driving range and hit some golf balls.MadeforSuccess. Take a break and then get back to it! Start small. after a day or two. Sometimes. Two. I'll commit to Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. I'm at a point in my workout schedule now where a typical workout day for me consists of 30 to 45 minutes of aerobic exercise. You wake up one morning and just don’t feel like doing it any more. my body gets a break to regenerate itself. So from time to time I will take a one or two daybreak from working out. The benefits of this are two-fold: One. However. I will sometimes make a commitment to go and just do a smaller workout. take a break for the morning. and about 30 minutes of weight lifting. Other examples: Perhaps you are a salesman who has been phoning clients for a week straight. but I do almost every day.com . So when I find myself not wanting to get up and go to the gym. Go to a coffee shop and read the paper. sometimes I realize that my body needs a break. Instead of deciding not to go. day and night.
doing 15 to 20 minutes of aerobic exercise and 15 to 30 minutes of weight lifting. it keeps me from getting into a cycle of giving up when I don't feel like moving toward action. Other examples: Maybe you are a writer who simply doesn’t want to write today.com . Now let me be very blunt. 5 to 10 minutes on the rowing machine. Change your routine. but sometimes I need to vary my routine. 5 to 10 minutes on the stair stepper. This is also good for two reasons. And two. and then back on to the Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. So instead of 30 to 45 minutes on a treadmill.MadeforSuccess. You will at least get these done. One. and you may have found that you put yourself into the writing mood after all. 10 to 15 minutes on the reclining cycle. I actually get some exercise that day. I will do ten to 15 minutes on treadmills. I find running on the treadmill to be extremely boring. is to do 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill every day. I have found that what keeps me in the best shape and burns the most calories for me. Instead of the long day writing you had planned. Usually I can get myself to do it. decide that you will at least outline a couple of new articles. I will break down my aerobic exercise routine into a number of different areas.
I will give myself a little reward.treadmill for five to 10 minutes. Don’t do the plumbing today! Go frame-in the office. but I'm bored a lot less. Other examples: Maybe you are in construction and you have been working on the plumbing for a week. which will shorten my workout routine. One way that I motivate myself to do something when I don't feel like doing it. it works! Other examples: Maybe you are a mortgage broker who feels like sleeping in. Maybe you’ll give yourself a night on the town with old friends. I may tell myself if I to get up and go to the club I can take five to 10 minutes off my treadmill exercise. or your spouse to the movies. Tell yourself that after the next three mortgages you close you will take your kids to the fair.MadeforSuccess. For instance. Hey. Reward yourself. and I'll allow myself to sit in the hot tub for a few extra minutes. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.com . is to tell myself that if I get through the work that I need to. I still get my exercise. and it is getting monotonous.
or pain. we find our internal motivating force unleashed and changing our attitude about the action that we are considering.MadeforSuccess.com . the pain of exercising and weight lifting. For instance. This brings me pleasure. rather than pleasure. and I will live longer. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. what we are probably finding about ourselves is that we are associating the action that we are thinking about with pain. Tony Robbins has popularized this even further in the last few years with something he calls Neural Associations. That is. When we begin to run those kinds of tapes through our minds. or the boringness of running on a treadmill for an extended period of time. What I can do to re-associate is to remind myself that by going in and doing my exercise I will feel better about myself. Psychologists have long told us that we humans tend to connect every action with either pleasure or pain. I will lose weight. I am usually associating going and working out with having no time. when I'm considering that not going to the health club on any given day.Reconnect the action with pleasure rather than pain. we connect every action with either a pleasure. When we are finding ourselves lacking motivation.
Other examples: Maybe you are a counselor who really doesn’t want to spend the day listening to people. Your association may be that it will be boring. re-associate yourself to the truth of the matter: Someone will be better off because of your care and concern.com . Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Think of your clients and the progression they have been making recently and how you have been a part of that.MadeforSuccess. or that you will be inside while it is sunny outside. Instead.
and with your desire to become increasingly successful. Growth for growth’s sake is good. but that is the way to bet. The old quote is true. here are some ways to accelerate your abilities. Those who will achieve much are those who say to themselves. the wins usually go to those with exceptional skills and abilities.Accelerate Your Abilities In today’s fast-paced life. thus enabling you to achieve greater and greater things.MadeforSuccess. Become dissatisfied with your current state.” With this in mind.com . I want to be better. And Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. “I want to grow. “The race is not always won by the swift and the strong.
This will saturate your mind with the motivation that it will take for you to do what it takes to increase your abilities. What good will come out of my increased ability? How will I be better off as well as the others around me? The answers to these questions act as the carrot before the horse. And the gains will still look great for your overall situation! Take some time to consider what areas you are weakest in and focus in on them for a while.I am willing to do what it takes to get there.” Sometimes it is easier to improve something you aren’t good at that something you are. Visualize the benefits of increased abilities. Understand your weaknesses. The results will obviously be much Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. This current state is not enough!” This dissatisfaction will create for you an insatiable drive to do what it takes to get your abilities to the next level.MadeforSuccess. moving you forward. This is the “shoring up method. one of the best ways is to start with some area that you aren’t particularly good at.com . If you want to improve. Put them at the forefront of your mind.
com . practice. but needs to fit in with your overall goals.more pronounced than getting better at something you have already somewhat mastered. day out. The key is day in.” That is okay. What areas do you excel in? Now understand that when you leave the weaker areas weak and make extraordinary gains in one area. But alas. Steady improvement is the way to go. Practice. Even five minutes a day equals a half hour a week. 2 hours a month. Attempt greater levels of what you are already good at. Another tact to take would be to stretch yourself in an area that you already have some skill and ability in. Commit time each day to improvement. In fact. then you will be moving more toward “specialist” rather than “generalist. spending time working on improving. you may not see improvement for days or weeks. eventually you will get it and your skill will increase to the next level. You may feel like you are failing each time. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. practice. That adds up! Remember.MadeforSuccess.
do it right. Hire one of the many coaches available today. At the very least. interacting with them. not worse. Take a course at a local college or vocational institute. One of the best things to do to increase your ability is hang out with people who are already more skilled than you. Keep going in the right direction. Slow but sure.MadeforSuccess. Go to school my friend. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. you play with people better than you. not the hare. As in sports. studying them. them. Learn your craft correctly. Be the tortoise.Seek out and spend time with someone who has greater ability than you. Pick a specific skill you would like to improve upon and find someone who is a specialist in that area. Take your time. Who around you can you get involved with who will help you with your ability? Take a class or hire a coach. pick up some audio or videotapes to help you grow. even competing with them will make you better. to improve.com . They will raise you to a new level. Take a class online. Don’t give up quality for speed. Watching.
com .The whole idea of acceleration is this way: Slow start. work up to high speeds. Luckily life isn’t a sprint but a marathon! Hope these ideas help you as you commit to accelerating your abilities! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. go the distance.MadeforSuccess.
Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Instead. And we ought also do all that we can to help others win. while playing the game right! I totally disagree with the statement that we should win at all costs. we should do everything good that we can to win at this game we call life. It presupposes. It is how you play the game. or at least strongly suggests that winning and playing the game “right” are mutually exclusive propositions. I have a problem with that statement.Are You In It – To Win It? Have you ever heard this? “It isn’t whether you win or lose.com . But do you know who said it? Some guy who came in second place! You see. Perhaps we ought to have this as our goal as we pursue success: We want to win.MadeforSuccess.” I am sure you have.
it is worth playing for the win! It is good to win. emotionally. It is good to push ourselves. If I get into a game. I play to win. It is a grand thing to want to win! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. to stretch and reach for victory.com . physically.With all of that… here are some thoughts on being in the game – to win! Any “game” worth playing is a game worth pursuing a win in. and our educational scores show that. Kudos to all of the teachers out there who still tell their kids that they can be winners! It is good and noble to win! It is something to strive for. We live in an age now where people have reacted to sore winners by saying that we shouldn’t strive for winning. relationally – every area of my life! If it is worth doing. financially. What nobility is there is playing like a slacker? What virtue is purposeful mediocrity? None! I live my life to be a winner – Spiritually.MadeforSuccess. Many of our schools have abandoned the idea of competition.
you learned new skills and strategies. Winners are the ones who push progress. you competed at your highest level. businesses. organizations.There doesn’t have to be a loser in life.com . Just because your score in a game or contest is the least at the end of the game doesn’t mean all is lost.MadeforSuccess. cities and countries ahead. Yes. there are always losers (but more on that in a bit). in teamed competition. too. Winners are the ones who move families. you can all win! We can all strive for the best and give it our all to win. You don’t think that couch potato is the one who will cure cancer or open up the next great technology do you? No – it will be a person who has chosen to be a winner! Losing can mean winning. but in life. That is right. people who pursue winning by excellence. can enjoy the Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. and you became a better player and person. You can still be a winner in that you gave it your all. are also people who stop to help others so that they. That is winning in my book! Winners help others win. good people.
I may come up short in the score. but I will be better because that winner will make me grow in every area of my game! Winners stretch the losers so they can become winners too! Questions for reflection: Are you afraid of winning? Do you think it is wrong to win? Are you living each area of your life as though you are a winner? Are you enjoying your wins? Are you helping others win with you? Friends. Pursue the win.MadeforSuccess.com .spoils of victory. we need to be in the game of life full force! We need to be in it. but help others achieve all that they can as well! Winners make everyone better. and we need to be in it to win it! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. When I get into athletic matches I want to play against the best. Yes.
com . It can happen in marriage and it can happen between friends and business associates. The good news is that conflict can be healthy and can actually move you closer to success. You put two people or more in a group and there is potential for conflict – and conflict.MadeforSuccess. That is just a fact of life. success doesn’t happen.Don’t Let Conflict Keep You From Success Anytime you are making ground and moving toward success. Success is based on relationships Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. And when conflict goes bad. can destroy your ability to continue on and achieve your goals. This is true in many areas of life. there will inevitably be the opportunity for conflict. from the boardroom to the schoolroom. improperly handled.
Since you can’t assume anything. Here are some questions to ask: What was your intention in saying or doing that (Maybe they had good but misguided intentions)? What were the thoughts behind those words or actions (Maybe they actually have a Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Don’t assume the worst. here are some ideas for handling conflict. Don’t assume they know any better. so to get success. you must master conflict. When you are the one who is confronting the problem with someone else: Don’t assume. Don’t assume that they meant what you think they did.and relationships offer the chance of conflict.MadeforSuccess. So with that in mind. Ask questions. you must begin your confrontation by finding out the facts as that person sees them.com . The fact is that most of the time our assumptions are incorrect and all our assumptions do is cause us to get out of a deeper hole. Don’t assume they did it on purpose.
“Well. If they battle back a bit. or how you feel. When someone is confronting you: Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. you may be tempted to say. a number of us here think that you also need to work on…” If there is another issue. “I feel like your action may have been better if you would have…” Or. “I think that the way that came across may have been…” Deal with one issue at a time. rather than what they did. then deal with it at a separate time. Everybody is entitled to blow it)? Tell them how you perceive things. Stick to one point and see it through to understanding. It is never good to start out with telling somebody.well thought out position that you hadn’t thought of)? Are you aware of how that might have been perceived (Maybe they just missed how that would be seen.MadeforSuccess. that isn’t all! As a matter of fact. Too many conflicts go around and around and don’t end up solving the original issue. you can say something like.com . “You did this!” Instead.
talk about it later. or as the case may be. Worst-case scenario. If they have a problem. So don’t act like they have accused your character (unless they have. let the conversation run its course until it is solved. in which case you should try to get the conversation back to the facts). Don’t muddy the waters with debate about who is better. But that doesn’t make you a bad person.Don’t take it personally.MadeforSuccess. Don’t try to justify or hide from the conflict the person has with you by showing him or her their problems. This gets back to dealing with one issue at a time.com . less guilty. you blew it. As hard as it may be. we had no idea Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Ask for some time to give it objective reflection. great. One way to stop conflict from escalating is simply to ask for time to consider it. When we take things personally we become even more protective and we tend to become defensive and in the end escalate the conflict even more. Don’t counterattack. Most of the time when people confront us.
and they may even find that they had confronted too soon themselves. Is your husband worth giving up on because he leaves his underwear on the Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. or so upset that the relationship breaks down. You will keep from reacting. no more than three days away. Either way: Keep your eye on the big picture.com . to get back together. Set a time to get back with them and discuss the issue. Most things simply aren’t worth getting too upset about. Let the person know that you take their concern seriously and that you want to deal with it in a timely manner. Is a productive business relationship worth sacrificing over the fact that you partner wears too much cologne or their spouse talks loudly at parties? Of course not. Our natural tendency is to fight out of reaction. If we go and think about it. or at least more so. but some people go to war over those things.MadeforSuccess. Is this the hill you want to die on? Determine how important this issue really is.it was coming. we can be objective and approach the situation objectively. Set a time.
floor? Now. No matter what they have done. what is done is done – what can we do to fix Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Be solution oriented. This will personalize your issue and keep you from going overboard. the reverse is true: The other person could wear less cologne or pick up their underwear. “Why in the world did you do that stupid thing? What were you thinking?” Ask. If it is. Whatever you do. Ask yourself if this is really a big deal. Rather than ask. for the sake of argument. “Okay. they are a person of value and deserve to be treated that way. fears and worries. Ask yourself and the other person to approach the issue with the idea that you are both working for a solution that will be mutually beneficial.com . They have hopes and dreams. proceed. strengths and weaknesses.MadeforSuccess. playing with their kids or doing something fun. They are not summed up and defined by their mistake. Always respect the other person as a person. don’t focus on the problem. Take some time to picture them outside the office. because that is an easy way to make the other person happy.
MadeforSuccess. Conflict doesn’t have to end in a bad way. not continually punish the other person. it can cause you to develop a deeper and more trusting relationship with the person you have had conflict with. In fact.com . The goal is to get things going again. or you are being confronted.this again?” That is much more productive. So the next time you have to confront. follow the advice above and you will be much further along toward getting through your conflict in a positive way. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.
Getting Over Fear and On with Your Life I have worked with thousands of people through the years and written for millions of others. This does not have to be so! I truly believe that a person does not have to have fear in their life. Now. many who have written to me for advice and the like.MadeforSuccess. Fear is something that cripples people and keeps them from pursuing and reaching their dreams. I can honestly say that I do not have any fear in my life. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. I am not perfect by any means but fear is not something I have because I have dealt with it. One of the things that I have found to be common in so many people is fear.com .
then I believe we can be free from fear. A few weeks ago I spoke to a group on fear and here are a few of the insights I gave them on how they can get over their fears and get on with their lives. The first angle is psychologically and the second angle is theologically. Fear is an action of the mind. when you fear something. In reality.The main reason I do not have fear is because I have come to grips with the concepts surrounding fear. I have understood fear. Theology is the understanding of God and the world we live in as it relates to God and what takes place in this world. or better said. Disciplining your thoughts. we can be free from fear. misuse. you are simply choosing to imagine a future happening. You see. primarily from two angles. that as we settle just a few basic issues. Fear is a use.MadeforSuccess. Psychology is the study of the mind and that is where most of our fears take place.com . Look and see how each one of these principles fits either psychology or theology. I think that if we address the issues of life and the fears we experience from both a good understanding of psychology and theology. You are fearful that your Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. I know from personal experience. of the imagination.
MadeforSuccess. If you are a fearful person. That is what fear is! Imagining a bad future. there are two things you can do. I know many fearful mothers who won’t let their children play in the front yard because they are afraid the kids will get Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.spouse will divorce you (future). we are simply letting our minds imagine a bad future. Period. either one of these would be preferable to living in the prison you currently live in. people choose to do crazy things in relationships etc. or that you will lose your job (future – you still have it). We can do that. Much of what people fear are the realities of life.com . One would be to imagine a good future. The principle remains true in that we have to discipline our minds and choose not to think about a bad future. people lose jobs. We can choose our thoughts. or that the snake will bite you (future – it hasn’t yet). The other would be to stop thinking about the future and just take one day at a time. Some may think this cold. Accepting the realities of life. For example. So when we fear. So what is the answer? Well. but people die. There is nothing you can do about that. It just takes discipline.
Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.MadeforSuccess. even though the reality is that there is absolutely nothing that snake can do to them! Take the time to educate yourself about whatever it is you fear and see if that doesn’t help you gain the mental edge you need. These things happen and all you can do is work to make your life what it can be and accept that sometimes things happen. Could someone get kidnapped? Yes. Much of what we fear is irrational and not based on good information. you experience the pain and emotion then – there is no sense forcing yourself to experience it before it happens – IF it happens! This is a mental adjustment that we make that enables us to get over fear. someone afraid of snakes will scream when they see a gardener snake. Now. What should they do? Work hard.kidnapped. Give yourself good information. If they happen. invest and live life. For example. save. what should they do? Do everything they can to make it safe and then let their kids play in the front yard! Some people are afraid they will go bankrupt or broke and worry endlessly about it. even tragic things. Could you go bankrupt? Yes.com .
Basic to my understanding of God is that God is in control of the universe (God better be. You can control whether you save for a rainy day or not. There are things you can control and things you can’t. There is an old theological term called “sovereignty. Now there is a fundamental Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. “God is in control of the universe. You can control how you will treat others.com . You can’t control how others will treat you.” I believe that.MadeforSuccess. Control what you can control. You can control whether you eat right and exercise. and what you teach them. You can control how you treat your spouse. You can’t control how your kids will turn out.” that basically means. Much of what we fear is out of our hands and we can’t control it. You can’t control a downturn in the economy. You can’t control whether or not you will get a fatal disease. Trusting that God is in control. You can’t control if your spouse leaves you. and let go of the rest. even when it doesn’t seem like it. because I’m certainly not – and wouldn’t want to be!). You can control how you raise them. what kind of example you set. Here is where theology comes in.Taking control only of those things you can control.
difference between believing that God is in control and trusting that God is at the helm. Getting over fear is an issue of the mind and the spirit and. and many you probably use yourself. I am sure. I think one of the overriding principles of life that we can embrace that will help us overcome fear is that we can relinquish control and trust that someone greater than us is fully aware of what is happening on this earth and in our lives.com . There are a few others as well. believe me. These are some basic points that I use to shape my heart and mind so that I don’t have to spend my life in fear. this should be enough to chew on. but for now. I for one leave a lot of my fears on this theological hook.MadeforSuccess. the battle over fear can be won! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. There is a difference between believing that ultimately God is calling the shots and actually liking the shots that God calls.
You can imagine though that it can become routine. You see. I believe in Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.How to Guarantee a GREAT Day Every Day! I have a standing interview every Monday morning on a radio station in the southeast that I enjoy very much.MadeforSuccess. So to make it a little more fun. every day? Now some may find that a hard question but for me it was actually a very easy question to answer (a little harder to actually live. but not that hard).com . the host nowadays doesn’t even tell me the topic before we go live on the air – that puts some excitement into it! This past week he asked me the following question cold at the beginning of the show: How can a person guarantee that they will have a great day.
to control it and make it what will eventually. You can work on tomorrow when it gets here.MadeforSuccess. Yes. we need to have long-range goals. Today is enough trouble in and of itself. Realize that when you lay down to sleep tonight you will have just given up the only shot you will ever have at today. But our focus must be on today. what were the principles that I gave to guarantee that a person could have a GREAT day every day? Here they are: Focus on today only. when multiplied by time.principles that govern our lives so that we can control our destinies and create for ourselves the kind of lives that we desire. make today the best day you have ever had. Don’t think about tomorrow. Instead.com . With that in mind. equal our long-term goals. People who live based on principles achieve what they desire while people who live reacting to circumstances do not. You only get one shot at your today so focus intently on making it all that it Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. So. Today is now gone and it is only a memory. it is imperative that we focus in on our short-term. My old equation is that your short-term tasks multiplied by time equal your long-term accomplishments.
” When your today becomes your yesterday. you are on the road to guaranteeing that you will make your day GREAT. The moment we realize that we have a gift from God that the animals do not have. Dwight D. every day! Embrace your power to choose. what if my boss controlled my day? That isn’t my choice!” But it is your choice to work for someone else! You choice to let someone else tell you what to do. then and only then. will we begin to create for ourselves a GREAT day each and every day! Take Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Eisenhower said that “The history of free men is never written by chance but by choice. mainly the gift of free will and choice. and when we realize the inherent power within that gift. Focus. their choice.com .possibly can be. You chose the feelings of helplessness that overwhelm you when you feel bad that you do not control your own destiny. focus! When you focus on making today great.MadeforSuccess. “But wait Chris. and ultimately when we finally begin to exercise that gift. focus. you will look back and realize that that day was a result of your choices and your choices only.
“Sometime you win and sometimes you learn – I can really learn something from this!”? Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. The pitcher for Team Circumstances may have a tremendous curveball waiting for you and you cannot control that.com . keeping you from forging ahead and making the day the best one ever? Or will you say to yourself that no matter what happens you are on the path to success and no obstacle will keep you from it? Will you say. You cannot control what others may do or say. “Sometime you win and sometimes you lose – I guess this time I lost”? Will you say.ownership of the direction in your life. Your attitude about whatever happens to you is up to you. When something happens to you. you have the choice: Will you let it get you down and depressed. Yes. But you do control your attitude. bad things may happen in your day. Make your choices then carry them out! Your attitude is up to you.MadeforSuccess.
They are our priorities. every day! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. So each morning you start out by saying. then we have to live out those things that will by definition make our days great.MadeforSuccess. But the practical place is in our priorities.com . you are choosing to guarantee to have a GREAT day. and that is indeed the place to start. So far we have dealt with internal perspectives. Do what is IMPORTANT! Live out your priorities! When you do. you will guarantee that you will make your day GREAT. And those things are what are important to us. Don’t so what is fun. If we want to make our days great.It is all in what attitude we choose. Don’t do what is easy. every day! Live out and act on your priorities. Your attitude is up to you and when you choose to have a great attitude. “What things are important to me today? What are the things I need to accomplish in order for me to lay down tonight and know that I lived a GREAT day?” Then you put those in order of most important to least important.
Live out and act on my priorities. when you wake up.com .Tomorrow.MadeforSuccess. Do this and you will guarantee a GREAT day. go through the four following points and see if you don’t make tomorrow a GREAT day: Focus on today only. Remain in a positive attitude no matter what happens. Understand that I get to choose how today will go. every day! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.
and those you don’t know you have but everybody else knows you have! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Everybody. some people have less than others and some people’s bad habits are more grating than those of others. What is great is that we don’t have to! Imagine a life where you couldn’t change? What kind of life would that be? But we can.com . Now granted.MadeforSuccess. but we all have them. so let’s! There are two kinds of bad habits: Those you know you have that others may or may not know about.Give Bad Habits the Boot! Everybody has bad habits.
MadeforSuccess.” Would you rather everyone talk behind your back? Get up the courage and ask. but I’ll be embarrassed. but hard.which are all of them once your good friend tells you the ones you were missing? Those are the tough ones. Ask somebody to be brutally honest with you! You might think. Ask somebody who loves you and has your best interest in mind. right? Well Chris. Be gracious and don’t defend your self. What about the ones we know about . How do I know they are tough? They must be tough if you know about them and yet you still have them! If they weren’t tough. how can I get rid of a bad habit if I don’t know I have it? Simple. “Yeah.For the sake of everybody involved we ought to get rid of them all. they would be FORMER bad habits! Got me? Good! So how do you break a bad habit? How do you give it the boot out of your life? Here are a few things that must be a part of the plan in order to see that stuff gone forever! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.com . Just accept it and work on it.
The first thing is to go deep into the recesses of your heart and ask. I have seen smokers continue smoking while watching their parents die of emphysema. “Do I really want to give this up?” You do? Good.MadeforSuccess. Now memorize them. Make them positive.com . They don’t want them to go. You are making connections between stopping the bad behavior with what good things you will get from doing so. some people want them to stick around. then picture yourself slim and looking good in those skinny people clothes! If you want to stop smoking. Put them in your mind. Step two: Make up a list of all of the reasons you want to quit your bad habits. That’s right. Make the list long! Start with the really powerful and dramatic if you need to. I have seen dads choose alcohol over their grandchildren.You must want them to go. If you want to lose weight. picture your wife actually kissing you rather than sending you to the bathroom to brush your teeth! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.
their choice.MadeforSuccess. this comes down to one thing: It is an act of the will.Choose.” It is your choice. They will get rid of all fat in the house. They would decide to limit dessert to two nights a week. this person would go spend $500 to join a gym. Once you have the information. They should start out slow. One theory is that you must take massive action. Say to yourself throughout the day. feel like failures and be worse off than before. taking baby steps.com . Others would burn out on that. rework their schedule and hit the treadmill everyday for a year. “I am choosing to…” Eisenhower rightly said. You must go all or nothing. That is right. Which one am I? Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. “The history of free men is written not by chance but by choice. You can write your history. but working diligently toward a planned goal. Take action! Point four is tricky because there are two philosophies about this. They go all out! That works for some. This person would decide to start walking three days a week. See how this works? Either way is okay as long as you get to the goal eventually. down from seven. Choose to do it. Using the weight loss example.
The key is to have them be setbacks and not turnbacks! Pick yourself up and get going again. Tell them your goal and tell them your plan. Some people may want to lose 30 pounds and after losing fifteen they eat a gallon of ice cream. Inevitably most people will have setbacks. Chalk it off to experience! Say to yourself. Write it down for them and have them ask you on regular intervals about your progress.” Reward yourself.Tell somebody. Then they feel bad and give up.MadeforSuccess. You should regularly congratulate yourself by rewarding yourself with some gift to yourself. This will prove invaluable! Recover from failure. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. “Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn. Start small with small victories and plan a big one when you are finally and for sure over the habit. That’s right. Don’t! Reset your goal for another two weeks and get going again.com . This is your accountability partner.
There are so many intangibles that it would be hard to cover them all. Habits are hard to break.MadeforSuccess. But this is a simple and workable plan that will help you make great strides if you apply the principles. no.com .Is it that simple? Most of the time. Get going! Give those bad habits a boot! Good luck! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.
com . What kind of person you are is what determines your success in life.My Top Four Pointers for Kicking Your Life into High Gear How would you like to kick your life into high gear? I can help you! Your life doesn’t have to be stale and full of drudgery. Your life can be lived at the highest levels. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. though we will certainly do certain things to become a certain kind of person. experiencing joy in every area! I want to give you my top pointers for kicking your life into high gear so you can get moving on the fast track to success! But first… A secret key to understanding success. Yes. Secret Key: Success isn’t just doing certain things.MadeforSuccess.
Vision is what sees us through the dark days so we do not give up and settle for second best. The successful person has a fully developed vision of their destination. So what are my four tips? Here the are: Become a person of Vision. but not the kind of success I am talking about – true life success. but is your vision fully developed? Now certainly we cannot know everything that Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Vision is the grand scheme that we relentlessly pursue. Vision is the spectacular that causes us to carry out the mundane.you can do right things and achieve a certain level of success.com .MadeforSuccess. Vision is the goal we aim for. So let me ask you a simple question: Do YOU know where you are going? And not only do you have a vision of where you are going. The best way to kick your life into high gear and begin to succeed in what you want to succeed in is to begin to become a person of vision.
MadeforSuccess. They planned for it and they created it. the sooner you will kick your life into high gear! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.will happen to us in the future. but we can develop the plan fully. “But Chris.” It is.com . The Tests of Vision Is it Clear? Is it Concise? Is it Inspiring? Is it Achievable? Is it Easy to Memorize? Ask your self the questions above and let the answers begin to shape the vision you have for your life. The tighter and clearer the vision you have for your life. Life didn’t just happen to them. that is a lot of work. They didn’t just stumble into success. allowing in our plan for a variety of contingency plans. they are people who laid out most of their life and work before it happened. but when you look across the board at people who have succeeded much.
love. Passion. Passion is the burning of the heart. It is the unbridled running amuck of the emotions. The fact is that the victory isn’t only in the mind. So by all means. and the goals and vision you have for your life! Commit yourself to becoming a person who lives passionately! Become a person of Priorities. The truths of the mind are driven by the passion of the heart. As I have worked through the years with people who achieve much and have lives that are constantly in high gear. Even if all you have is barely lit embers. I notice something Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.Become a person of Passion.com . It can rage or it can smolder. Passion. It drives and thrusts you toward your goal. Passion is like a fire. you can fan into flame the fire of your passion for life.MadeforSuccess. You MUST have it! Those who consider themselves intellectuals will underestimate the power of passion. fuel the passion for life that resides deep within your soul. It transcends the mental assent to a set of ideals. Mmmmm…. It is the overwhelming desire to accomplish your goal.
When all was said and done.amazing about them: They are people with an extraordinary ability to know what the right thing to do is and to actually do it in a timely fashion. I encouraged him by reminding him that this was actually a sign of his incredible ability to have focused on and lived out his priorities throughout the whole year before the event took place. he is enjoying life.com . You can too. For example. a friend of mine was in charge of a three-day event a few weeks ago that was attended by close to 250. Four days before the event he told me he had nothing to do and felt guilty. His life was in high gear and because he is a person of priorities. Then relentlessly live out of those priorities.000 people and was featured on national and international television. Say “no” to everything else! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.MadeforSuccess. Discern what the important things are that you must involve yourself in so as to have the life you want. living and working out of his priorities enabled him to kick back and enjoy the fruit of his (and hundreds of his employees) labor.
Good just won’t do.MadeforSuccess. The best is the target. their play. their relationships – everything! Do you long for a life lived in high gear? One that is filled with joy and achievement? It is possible! Give some time to contemplate how you can make changes in the next few days and weeks in the following areas and see if your life doesn’t kick into high gear! Vision Passion Priorities Excellence Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. People who live life in high gear. and live for. They are people who want.Become a person of Excellence. Even when they fail or do poorly.com . their finances. excellence in their work. are people who place a high emphasis on and strive for excellence in every area of life. succeeding in every area of life. they make an inner commitment to do an excellent job the next time.
Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. people will be astounded (since very few people make no excuses) and they will come to a greater respect of you. People will respect you. Here are some thoughts on a “No Excuses” policy. and that you take full responsibility to make the situation right. that you blew it. But do you know what I hate even more? Finding myself making excuses for my failures! I have a policy that I try to live by: No excuses.MadeforSuccess.com . When you say that there are no excuses.No Excuses Don’t you just hate it when people make excuses for their failures? So do I.
When someone wants something done. they will turn to you because they know that they can count on you to perform. When you know that your policy is to have no excuses.MadeforSuccess. there will be less room for error because you will be doing everything that you can to make sure the job gets done! You will become the “go to” person.You will find yourself taking greater responsibility.com . There is no excuse for that. right? Practice up: “You’re right. And they know they won’t get any excuses! This will improve your level of success. I will fix it immediately. and that is exactly what you are aiming for.” Refreshing! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.
MadeforSuccess.com . is “want” with a fire under it! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. sounds like you could take it or leave it.Put Some Fire in Your Desire One of the keys to success is staying motivated because it is being motivated that keeps us going out the door every day to change the world and reach our destiny! It is our desire for a better life. “I have to have it!” Desire. “Desire” says.” though. for change in ourselves and others. and for personal growth and fulfillment that moves our mountains! Desire! Desire sure is a word with much more richness to it than the word “want” though they are essentially the same. “Want.
The key to keeping on is to re-light the fire under want so it roars into a raging fire of desire! Then. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Know what your goal is and what it looks like. This is imperative. The picture of the goal is like the wood in a fire. we find ourselves simply in the “want” camp again.MadeforSuccess. and only then. we tend to ebb and flow from want to desire.Unfortunately. will we see the passion needed to be tenacious pursuers of our dreams! Keeping the fire lit is what will see you through the mountains and valleys of life and the journey you are on to your success! So what do we do? We light the fire! Here are a few thoughts to help you build the fire of your desire! The wood: Keep a clear mental picture of the goal. the next day.com . even with the same goal! One day we may be passionate about building our business or growing our relationships and then. It is the raw material.
get yourself to act and soon you will see the fire burning because you have again ignited the dream! The more desire you have the more the fire burns. “Hear” them. because it is easier to continually throw wood and fuel on an already burning fire than it is to start one up again! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. strike another match.MadeforSuccess. “See” the benefits. Eventually the fire will begin to die out. of all of the benefits of pursuing and reaching your goal. I would encourage you to not let the fire go out though. The match: Keep yourself active! This is the match: Action! Even when you don’t feel like it.The fuel: Keep a list. Here is where you throw the wood on again. Make them as “sense” oriented as possible. pour on some fuel. if simply just a mental one. and if need be. This is like the fuel that we add to a fire to get it going.com . “Touch” them. Now all we need is a match.
MadeforSuccess. the world is full of educated derelicts. nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Talent will not. I have also worked with many people who are not anywhere near where they Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. people who have achieved the kinds of lives they have dreamed about. Education will not. Genius will not.com ." Calvin Coolidge I have worked with many successful people. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.Take a Turn at Tenacious! "Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
but I find this to be almost universally true. Yes.want to be in life. What I have found however is that actually the reverse is true. Those who have achieved much have worked much HARDER than those who are not successful. they are successful. or looking at someone who “has it made. You wouldn’t believe the stories of struggle that I hear from those who now appear to on “top of the heap. it wasn’t handed to them! And I find that most of the unsuccessful people who come to me actually haven’t been tenacious at all. If you are one who finds yourself dreaming of a better life.” Yes. When I ask them questions I usually get excuses. deep look inward and at your life to find whether or not you have actually been tenacious in pursuit of your dreams. but no. Many times those who are not successful resent those who are and believe that somehow success was handed to those who have achieved much.com .” I would ask you to take a long. How long have you gone for Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. there are exceptions on both sides. I find that with many of the people I speak to who complain about their lack of success simply haven’t persevered and been tenacious.MadeforSuccess.
Then those who stop resent those who make it. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www." William Feather I have found that many people start on their dreams but most never finish. They just plain ol’ work hard! So what are the principles of tenacity? What do you need to know in order to take your turn at the tenacious? Here are some thoughts to start your fire and get you going! Sometimes you just have to outlast the others. They strive valiantly for what it is that resides deep in their dreams. "Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. They have sacrificed much.MadeforSuccess.it? Many people who achieve much go for YEARS before they achieve what their hearts long for? How hard have you gone for it? Most people who achieve much have given up much. The truth is that most people who become successful have simply mastered the art of keeping on keeping on! I myself can remember early on in my career when I would get discouraged and I literally said to myself.com .
Ask those who have achieved success if they ever got disheartened and you will find some of the most amazing stories you have ever heard." Franklin Roosevelt I wonder how many people have quit just as they would have begun their entrance into success? Sure there are many who quit at the first sign of hard work.com . I hung on as others let go.“One more week. but what about those who. Sometimes you just have to hold on at the end. just as fate would have seen them go through one Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Give it a try: Go to the most successful person you know and ask them if they ever thought about quitting. Just give it one more week. this is what got me through a couple of years of my work early on. "When you get to the end of your rope.” Quite frankly. tie a knot and hang on. Ask them how they kept on going. You will be amazed at what you hear.MadeforSuccess. after the tenth time of trial then give up. It is easy to get disheartened.
eventually I will get to my last trial.last hurdle and then into the promised land? How many people were on their last hurdle and decided not to jump? How many people had just one more mountain pass to go? Or just one more river to cross? Of course we will never know. "Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.com . right? So what does this mean for you? For me it means I do not quit because I would hate to find out later that all I needed was just one last effort and I would have achieved my goal." Malcolm Forbes Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. and I will enter the Winner’s Circle. What if it isn’t my last trial? That’s okay because as long as I keep going. Sometimes the most beautiful results come from dull things under pressure.MadeforSuccess. I will overcome it. but certainly some of the people who quit are doing so on what would have been their last trial.
and you will end up living the life you dream of! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. Ugly. “Stop! I want out!” But that coal. when facing incredible pressure. See these trials as the very things that will enable you to have the life that dream of! Trials will surely come. to grow.MadeforSuccess. You will want to quit. You will become stronger. Then you will have a choice: Will you give up? Or will you take your turn at tenacious. See it as your opportunity to learn. Instead of looking at pressure and trials as the reason to quit. is turned into one of earth’s most precious possessions. Life will get hard. dirty old coal is transformed into beautiful diamonds.com . and to be transformed. The choice you make will determine much of the rest of your life. My advice? Take your turn at tenacious. get tenacious and see them as the very thing that will make your life the beautiful thing that you desire it to be.If coal wasn’t an inanimate object it would certainly scream.
Take It Up a Notch One of the problems many people have is that they have a long-term goal.com . Hear this: Don’t have the mindset of going for it all at once! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. which they should. most people shoot for it all and fail. rather than focusing in on simply taking their lives or careers up a notch.MadeforSuccess. but they don’t have any short-term goals that they move toward. What they want is to get to the top. The person who does is extremely rare. and they focus on that. then get discouraged and quit. chances are you will not be able to make it. Instead. When you shoot for it all at once.
Sales. Then at every level you have the confidence that you will be able to move to the next level.P.MadeforSuccess. The men and women I have worked with who have achieved so much usually have a lot of notches they passed through to get there. then CEO. then president of a division. and then goes through the position of salesperson. we need to plan and work on getting to the notch above us. So while our ultimate goal may be to be the CEO. Final thoughts: Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.Here is the reality for most of us: We get to the top one notch at a time.com . then V. The road to CEO starts at the mailroom. do what it takes to get there and do it better than anyone else! One of the benefits of going one notch at a time is that your confidence builds in ways that it never would if you went for the gold and failed repeatedly. What will it take to get to the next level? When you find that out. then sales manager. These are all notches that we go through. Every once in a while you may be able to skip a notch. but rarely.
Take a long-term view but work for the short-term. Then develop a plan for getting to the next notch. You want to stretch but make sure it is something you can really achieve! This will maximize your time and your gains! Take a look where you want to go. Then over time. Make sure that your notches are far enough to be a challenge. This is a balance that only you can answer for yourself. but set many notches between where you are and where you want to go.com . Yes. Then create the notches you have to go through. but short enough to be a possibility. keep your eye on where you ultimately want to be.MadeforSuccess. take it up a notch at a time. Now go for it! Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.
and relational management. but an underlying problem I find that people have as it relates to the success in their life lies in a proper understanding of what exactly it is that we manage. as they relate to those things. weight management. We don’t manage time. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. some of which is excerpted below). many more. Time clicks by.com . whether we do anything or not. Think about it. that we don’t manage any of those things. career management. We have time management (In fact I have a seminar on this very topic. and financial management. and our activities. The fact is though. What we do is manage ourselves.MadeforSuccess. and many. second by second.The Myth of What We Manage Perhaps it is merely semantics. What we do manage is ourselves.
but with us. one of the keys to grab on to is the idea that the most important thing we can manage isn’t a thing at all – it is our self! How then can we manage ourselves? Here are some thoughts. but by choice. Getting the idea? So as we live our lives and pursue success. The problem as well as the solution lies not with time. It won’t grow or shrink.” Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. their choice. Dwight D Eisenhower said that “The history of free men is not written by chance. We don’t manage money. What we manage is ourselves and the decisions we make in regard to how we will spend the money.com . Make sure that the above is firmly engrained in your thinking: I only manage myself. I can choose how I will act and react in every situation.as the time passes. A pile of money will sit there forever if left alone.MadeforSuccess. We make choices as to what we will do and be involved in.
Know your priorities. Do you know from top to bottom what your priorities are? Have you decided what the top ten things you want to spend your time on are? How about the same with your money? Only after you know these things can you properly manage yourself into choosing to live your priorities.
Learn to say “no” with a smile on your face. Here is where most of us fail. We do not choose to say “no” to those things that are not a matter of priority (the reason “why” is another newsletter article and probably a few counseling sessions at that!). Someone calls us up and asks us to do something for them (usually because they haven’t managed themselves and would like our help picking up the pieces) and we say “Uh, I guess so.” Then what? We usually kick ourselves for the rest of the day. “Why did I ever say yes?” Instead, practice this, “Gee, I am really sorry but I am not going to be able to be involved this time. I am sure you will be able to find somebody though.” Go ahead and try it right now. Weird, isn’t it? That is because we don’t say it very often.
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Schedule your priorities into you schedule or budget or whatever structure governs that area of your life. For example, do you have a financial budget that you yourself set? Then do you first and foremost spend your money in that way, say at the beginning of the month? If you do, you will eliminate even the opportunity to blow your money on impulse decisions and expenses because your money has already been committed into your priorities.
Remember, one of the greatest gifts God gave us is the ability to choose. And we can choose to manage ourselves appropriately and according to our priorities. As we do, we will find ourselves feeling less and less of the personal pain and frustration that we feel when we are out of control.
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Life Rewards Action
Thinking is good, yes it is. I strongly encourage thinking. In fact, thinking plays a terrific role in success. It helps you strategize. It helps you get motivated. It tunes you into success. I am all for thinking and I do it regularly!
That being said, just thinking, no matter how good of a thinker you are, will never keep you totally motivated or catapult you to success. The difference between the thinker who succeeds and the thinker who doesn’t is that the thinker who succeeds also ACTS! Actions produce results, and results keep us motivated!
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Life does not reward thinking. Life rewards action. Let me clarify: Life rewards thoughtful action.
Think first, by all means… But then ACT!
Do you want to gain wealth? The save your money – ACT! Do you want to lose weight? Then hit the treadmill – ACT! Do you want a new job? Then quit your current one – ACT! Do you want to write a book? Then begin to write – ACT! Do you want a new friend? Then introduce yourself – ACT!
Anything you want to accomplish will only be done by bold and decisive action.
Wishing won’t bring it about. Neither will dreaming. Nor will hoping.
Nope, you must ACT.
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Think about it. Roll it around inside that noggin of yours. Will you succeed? Will you achieve your dreams? Will you live the life that you want? Only you can make that decision because only you can decide whether or not you will act.What is it you want from life? Tell me. With achievement.MadeforSuccess. Your actions do not need to be perfect. life rewards action. They just need to be. Strategize. And then they get rewarded with success. Now what? What will you DO to turn that non-physical electrical impulse we call a thought into a physical reality? There is only one thing: ACTION. My friends.com . You have the power within you to lead YOUR life as you see it. Be specific. There is only one question you must answer for yourself: Will I act? Because Life Rewards Action. Accomplishment. Got it? Good. Be clear. Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www.
but now you will be. You will need to stay motivated to do it. Now the only thing standing between you and success is your application of the principles and allowing time to move you forward! I believe in you. Over 80 pages of secrets of staying motivated all of the time.com . I believe you have it within you to accomplish anything your heart desires.The Last Word… There you have it.MadeforSuccess.com Get More Motivation! Visit us on the web: www. So go for it my friend! Chris Widener Chris@MadeForSuccess.
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