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How To Develop A Motivated Mindset

From time to time, each of us will find ourselves in a rut of boredom and disinterest. We seem to lose our zest for life and feel tired, irritable and unmotivated. We want to hide under the covers rather than face the day. Perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed by work, or sad about the pain and suffering in the world, or just bored with the routine of your daily life.  

You are not alone. We all go through periods like this at some point. The good news is that we can do something about it. Here are some tips to help break out of the rut and feel excited about life again:  

1) Take a “Time Out” – Prolonged stress can wear us down and zap any enthusiasm we once had. Before doing anything else, take a few minutes to breathe and just BE. Empty your mind of all stress and worry. This takes practice, but don’t give up! As thoughts come into your mind, gently push them back out and continue to keep your mind empty and calm. Take slow, deep breaths and let all of your muscles relax. Sit quietly and recharge your batteries. Try to do this daily, or even twice daily (morning and night). We need quiet time as much as we need anything else in life. Give yourself the gift of inner peace 

2) Get Inspired – Read something motivational, inspirational or uplifting. Look at some beautiful nature photos, or read something humorous. Consciously move your thoughts to a more positive place. Focusing on nothing but work and our daily tasks in life can leave us feeling pretty uninspired. It’s easy to turn it around if we want to. We just have to seek out things that will lift our spirits and our moods. Make it a point to laugh, be happy, joyful and lighthearted each day. Don’t wait for inspiration to come knocking on your door, go out and find it, or create it. Conjure up some funny or touching memories. Write them in a journal so you can go back and read them when you’re feeling down.  

3) Get Excited – Think about the things you have planned for the day, and rekindle the enthusiasm you once felt for them. When we first begin a new project, or start a new job, we are excited about the possibilities and eager to get moving! Over time, we can lose that enthusiasm for a variety of reasons. Travel back in time for a Happymoment, and think about what got you so excited at the beginning. What made your heart beat a little faster? Recapture that feeling and hang onto it! Even if your tasks aren’t anything to be really excited about, at least think of some positive benefits to doing them. For example, list the ways they will benefit your children, your spouse, yourself, your job or your home. Identify the payoff, and focus on that. Even mundane tasks have some benefits. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of switching our mindset to see the positive side 

4) Baby Steps – Sometimes the hardest part is actually getting started. A project seems so monstrous that we cringe at the thought of all that time and energy we’ll have to expend. Instead of overwhelming yourself, start small. Set a timer for 15 minutes and just start working on it. Allow yourself to stop after 15 minutes if you really want to. But most often, once we actually start working on something, we won’t want to stop. Don’t focus on the big picture, look at the smaller details and take them on one at a time. Any large task seems manageable once we break it down into smaller steps.  

5) Care of the Body – Sometimes our feelings of fatigue are caused by physical deficiencies, not mental. Be sure you are getting enough rest, eating food that nourishes your body, drinking enough water, getting enough exercise, etc. Especially when we’re very busy, we tend to grab the quickest, easiest meals, which aren’t always the best choice for our bodies. Eating a lot of highly processed foods and sugar is like putting watered-down gasoline into our cars. In order for our cars to run smoothly, we need to maintain them properly, and so it is with our bodies also. Remember, the body is the vehicle for the mind and soul!   

Finally, remember to reward yourself from time to time, and be gentle with yourself! There will always be things that “need” to be done. But some of us take on way more than we can handle, and our lives turn into a pit of drudgery because of it. Try to eliminate the things that truly don’t bring you joy, or at least minimize the time you spend on them. Do what you can, and let the rest go. Or ask for help. Don’t feel you have to do everything yourself.

 Remember that motivation, just like happiness, is something we CHOOSE. We may need to give ourselves a little push at the beginning, but once we get into the right mindset, it’s simple to stay there if we choose to.

 

 

Change Your Thinking!

Day 1 Ambition

Change Your Thinking and Start Thinking Big

In many ways, big thinking is all about changing the way that you currently think. Often, you need to look deep inside yourself in order to see deeply entrenched patterns of behavior that you may not have previously been aware of. This, while difficult, is a necessary process. You see, we often operate on automatic pilot. Our brains are programmed this way on order to save on caloric energy. Have you ever driven home and realized once you’ve arrived that you have absolutely no memory of the drive itself? That’s your brain on automatic pilot. When we are in this mental mode, our brains rely on old behaviors, ones that have been laid down over long periods of time, to keep us moving and reacting appropriately.

Unfortunately, some of these patterns of behavior are not always optimal. If you have a tendency to be negative, then it is virtually guaranteed that some of your patterns of behavior exhibit these tendencies, as well. When you go into autopilot mode this negativity is manifested in a knee-jerk reflexive action because the pattern of behavior is so ingrained. So, while the pattern is saving the caloric energy that is required of creative and reflective thought, it may also be causing you to experience negative outcomes over and over again without you even consciously realizing what it is that you are doing.

The answer to this situation is to assess all of your behaviors and reactions and identify the ones that are the most problematic. Are there patterns to your current way of approaching the world that you can see? Are any of these patterns mostly negative or producing negative outcomes? Are you able to see connections and patterns that you weren’t even aware of?

The key to successfully changing the way that you think is to root out these “automatic” ingrained behaviors. Sometimes, these behaviors can be so deeply ingrained that you may simply be incapable of recognizing them. If you look at your behavior and find nothing wrong, yet you still seem to be unable to reach your goals, this may be what’s going on. In this case, you might need to have your behavior assessed by a third party. A second set of eyes, especially when they aren’t yours, may be able to point out some troublesome areas. Pick someone you trust, someone who’s close to you and knows you well, and ask them about your potentially negative behaviors. You might be surprised to find out what someone else sees.

Big Thinking vs Small Thinking

July 6, 2016 2 comments

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Big Thinking vs Small Thinking

What exactly is big thinking? Well, that’s a simple question that requires a complex answer. You see, thinking big encompasses a lot of territory. It takes in self-worth and strengths. It involves attitude and belief. It requires courage and the ability to see the world in a different way. Above all, it requires a real desire to effectuate change in your life. It requires that you get rid of misconceptions and that you break damaging and ingrained old habits. In short, thinking big requires work. It is definitely not a shortcut or a hack. Instead, it is a slow and steady movement in a positive direction. Because of this, thinking big is not for everyone.

The opposite of thinking big, obviously, is thinking small. One of the best ways to understand big thought is to take a look at small thinking. Small thinking is everything big thinking is not. People who are in the habit of thinking small have an inability to take a long view. They value more immediate, and more transitory, gratifications. They tend to be unable to defer smaller, easily obtainable, rewards in favor of larger, more difficult rewards. Because of these habits, small thinkers often settle for less. They actually do believe that less is more, mainly because they can’t imagine themselves obtaining more than they already have.

This doesn’t mean that small thinkers don’t have dreams, they do. They just don’t see how any of their dreams could ever become real. This results in some interesting actions. A small thinker may dream about and talk about goal X. However, because they don’t think big enough, they actually take steps towards result Y. X and Y are the exact opposite of each other. Yet, the small thinker doesn’t see the contradiction in wanting one thing and then actively moving to achieve that thing’s opposite. That strange result is objectively obvious, but subjectively, to the small thinker it’s simply business as usual.

So, how do you stop thinking small and start thinking big? By changing the way you think and act. Your thoughts influence you actions. Your actions influence your thoughts. This means that big thoughts have an incredible amount of power to influence your actions. If you’re a small thinker, this means no more contradictory behavior. You can start aligning your actions with your thoughts and your thoughts with your actions and start seeing some solid positive gains in your life.

 

 

 

Shift From Point A to Point B Year End Challenge Day 4 – Setting Goals (pt 2)

November 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Day 4 Six Reason for Setting Goals 2

 6 key reasons why setting goals is so important (part 2)

When you set a goal for yourself, you determine whether or not you reach it. You tell yourself you’re going to do it, so you answer to yourself if you don’t. It’s up to you to make the action happen.

Here are the last three (3) key reasons why setting goals is so important:

Makes you accountable to yourself. When you set a goal for yourself, you determine whether or not you reach it.

Help you reach your potential. How will you ever know what you can do in life if you don’t try. Not having goals will keep you from growing.

Live life to the fullest. Having goals and reaching them helps you live a much happier life. Instead of dreaming, you can actually be doing it.

Assignment for Days 3 & 4:

  1. Where would you like to be one year from now?  
  2. What motivates you in life?  
  3. What things do you focus the most on in your life? Is it family, finances, or simply getting through the day?

Shift From Point A to Point B Year End Challenge Day 3 – Setting Goals

November 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Day 3 Six Reasons For Goals

6 key reasons why setting goals is so important (part 1)

 Goals are important in life for many reasons. Here are the first three (3):

Helps you envision your future. It gives you an opportunity to start working toward something that is going to make YOU happy.

Gives you motivation. Whenever there’s a need in your life, there will be motivation to fill that need. Setting a  goal        toward something will help you see what  life would be like if you got that goal.

Keeps your focus on what’s important. Wherever your focus is will be where you exert your time and energy.

Assignment for Day 3:

Where would you like to be one year from now?

What motivates you in life?

What things do you focus the most on in your life? Is it family, finances, or simply getting through the day?

SHIFT – From Point A to Point B Year End Challange Day 1

November 8, 2015 Leave a comment

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Good Evening Everyone!

I pray that you had a great weekend and a spirit-filled Sunday. It’s time to get started with the “SHIFT” – From Point A to Point B 15 Days Challenge.

If you are like me, you want to finish this year and move into the new year on point. I want to be positioned to prosper in so many ways. I know you want the same thing.

Positioning yourself to prosper means taking the necessary steps to get into the right position. It starts with knowing what you want and setting goals to get it.

Have you set important goals for yourself only to let them slowly slip away?

How many New Year’s resolutions did you make earlier this year? How many have you actually kept?

If you’re like most people, when you think about it, you won’t like the answers to these questions.

A Life Without Goals – No way! You can’t prosper without goal.

Life without goals is kind of like a ball on a Pin Ball machine. You give it a push and it bounces all over the place.

It has highs and lows and big scores and low ones.
It doesn’t do what it wants.
It just bounces back from hitting other things.
The other things seem to be in more control than the ball.
When the ball does finally go through the bottom it doesn’t return.

You don’t want to finish this year or go into the new year this way.

You don’t want to just wander around letting other things push you around and into the wrong direction.

You need to take command of your life and make a decision to SHIFT into the right position.

HERE IS YOUR GETTING READY ASSIGNMENT:

1. Make a list (or go back over) of your goals for this year.

2. Use a colored highlighter to identify the ones you completely ignored or didn’t get a chance to do.

3. Using a separate sheet of paper write down the ones you can take some action steps to begin before this year is out. Give yourself the dates to complete each step.

Covering All Bases Winning Ways for Finishing As a Strong Champion Challenge

November 25, 2014 Leave a comment

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Do you like sports? Do you like the sport of baseball? I’m not the world’s biggest sports fan, but there are some sports I find quite intriguing and interesting. Baseball is one of them.

I find it interesting that the game is played on a field shaped like a diamond, bases strategically placed on the field with a home plate where the run starts and ends,  with two teams, both having key positions and players (that’s you and your support network),  a coach standing on the side lines during the game telling the team players what to do next (that’s me), and an umpire calling the game plays.

My year-end challenge is called “Covering All Bases” 27 Days Challenge. This challenge will produce fast results in a fun way. During this challenge I will use some baseball strategies, positions, and jargon metaphorically as success strategies to implement winning ways purposefully to end the year as a Champion!

The Challenge will start November 24 and end December 20, 2014.

The Challenge is divided into two sections:

Section One – “Covering All Bases” Training Camp – 6 Days of pre-challenge training to get you ready for the main challenge. The training camp is designed to help you to develop strengths and to refresh your vision so you can recognize and use the abilities, gifts and talents that have been entrusted to you Right Now!

Section Two – “Covering All Bases” Challenge – 21 Days of personal and professional transformation designed to help you maximize winnings strategies to finish as a Champion!

Challenge Bonus – 3 Group Coaching Calls to give you motivation. During each call we will go deeper into the challenge content and I will share with you valuable resources and winning tools to help you to position yourself to complete the

challenge successfully and in a fulfilling way. Also, there will be a limited number of “Batter Up” (Hot Seats) opportunities where I will coach someone (maybe you) for 10-15 minutes

Here’s What To Do Now:

Click on the button below to register for this FREE CHALLENGE. You will receive emails from me with instant access to:

  • The challenge website page
  • The pre-challenge “free gift” digital audio – “The Maximized Life”
  • Instructions on gaining access to the Got To Get Myself Together Challenge Facebook Group.
  • Information on logging in for our 3 Bonus Group Coaching Live Sessions

Register Now! Use this link  http://eepurl.com/9bkRv.

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