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GTGMT 21 – 10 Powerful Words To Keep You Motivated

January 27, 2014 Leave a comment

No matter where you are on your life journey, setbacks can cause disappointment and a loss of momentum.

Whether it’s a new career you’re working towards or an overall appreciation of life, every step towards fulfillment can seem financially, emotionally, or psychologically draining from time to time.

To boost your confidence, here’s a list of the top 10 power words and tips to keep you motivated and passionate, no matter what life throws your way:

  1. Purpose. Whenever you’re feeling discouraged or disappointed, always remember your original purpose. Reminding yourself of the original reason for venturing down your path in the first place will help refresh your mind when things go awry.
  2. Planning. Though you may think that you’ve done enough planning towards the fulfillment of your goal, thinking it through again will help eliminate aspects of your plan of action that may be causing you setbacks. Put all your thoughts down on paper, from the smallest details to the larger movements.
  • Being able to see the timeline of your mission will help you focus on taking one step at a time to reach your goals.
  • Acceptance of what hasn’t worked in the past helps you gain a better knowledge of what will work in the future.
  1. Acceptance. Accepting that you’re a human being who’s bound to have ups and downs is absolutely crucial to your success. Without this self-acceptance, you’ll be subject to a foggy mind that’s unable to think positively, clearly, and innovatively.
  1. Reward. When your motivation  starts to wean, it’s crucial to give yourself rewards along the way. This is one of the best ways to stay motivated on your path to success.
  • By giving yourself a taste of what you’re working for – whether it’s financial freedom, career responsibility, or your dream lifestyle – you won’t feel like you’re working so hard for nothing. This refreshes your mind and helps you work more productively.
  1. Health. You know what this entails: moderate exercise, a healthy diet, and 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Feeling worn-down will make it almost impossible to pursue your  goals and vision with the same clarity and vigor you had when you first set out.
  • Take care of your basic needs first, and you’ll be strong enough to pursue your dreams.
  • Find a source or two that touches you in some way and keep them close for those moments when you feel discouraged. After all, we all get discouraged at one time or another.
  • Organizing yourself gives you a fresh start and a feeling of clarity. In doing so, you’ll be able to attack your short and long-term goals more vigorously and effectively.
  • Having someone to voice your struggles, questions, and experience to will invigorate you to keep moving forward.
     

     6.   Motivation. Research motivational and Christian books, CDs, and seminars. Sometimes hearing motivational tips from a different perspective can greatly motivate  you to act and succeed.

Find a source or two that touches you in some way and keep them close for those moments when you feel discouraged. After all, we all get discouraged at one time or another.

  1. Organization. Ever feel down and worn out, and then you clean your surroundings and instantly feel more focused and motivated? The same applies to your goal. Organize and clean house when it comes to the operation of your goal.
  1. Refresh. Refresh your plan with something new. It could be a different tactic, setting, or career. Whatever it is, break out of the pattern you’re in and try something new. Even if      this new tactic doesn’t yield positive results immediately, at the very least it will make you aware of the availability of your options.
  2. Networking. Reach out to people in your industry or those who share your life goal. You can do this a number of ways: check out local clubs, find a plethora people online, or talk to existing contacts that may have already succeeded in your goal.
  1. Action. Taking action, despite doubts and setbacks, will further your progress. By moving on, despite any pessimistic thoughts, you will motivate yourself by the sheer momentum of doing something proactive to change your circumstances.

Whenever you feel like your progress has stalled, or you simply want some quick inspiration, look to these 10 powerful words and strategies to spur you on. You’re  sure to find something to get you back on track toward success!

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GTGMT 20 – Minimizing Time Wasters

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Time Wasting Trash Can

As you make the effort to use positive time management during your workday, be sure that you reclaim time that is currently slipping out of your control. Regardless how productive you try to be, there are time wasters that need to be identified and managed to really get the most from every work hour.

What’s the most frustrating time waster?  Drop-in visitors and unscheduled phone calls. This isn’t usually the clients or your scheduled appointment meeting – seeing them is good for business or ministry. The big time waster is drop-in visits from other people in your office.

Make an informal log of the interruptions in your day. Be honest, how many of them are necessary and how many could wait until lunch break or after work?  There’s a fine line between friendly and sabotage.

Yes, drop-in visitors with trivial chatter are sabotaging your workday. Maybe they have less work than you do or they are simply looking for a way to avoid working. Either way, when you let them interrupt your workflow, you lose. You have to screen your drop-in visitors as carefully as you screen phone calls if you want to reclaim the time they steal from your day.

If you have a door, engage closed-door hours at least one hour in the morning and in the afternoon. To give this a positive spin, post a sign: This is my Power Hour: See you later and thanks for supporting my time management goals. You can leave this same message on your answering machine or voice mail.

What if you don’t have a door to close at work? You can create the same sign and tape it to the entry. If that still doesn’t work, leave the note on the entry and find a quiet place to manage your Power Hour uninterrupted.

Another way to limit time wasted with drop-in visitors and unscheduled phone calls is to make it clear immediately that you don’t have time to chat. As soon as the visitors show up or you answer a call, say emphatically, “Hello, Jane, I only have 5 minutes to spare so can you tell me what you came to say in less than 5 minutes.”

If she says no, then you say, “Ok, then we will have to set a time to talk. If she still insists on invading your time with “this won’t take long” (and you know it will), then be firm; “If I can’t get your agreement to limit our conversation to 5 minutes, then I don’t have time to even begin to talk now.”  Don’t worry about appearing rude. She’s rude for not respecting your time management plan.

Assignment:

Make a list of the Time Wasters you are willing to put a pause button on so that you can focus on the success of your business or ministry. What extra-curricular activities or business activities/functions can wait until you have learned to manage your time for success?

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GTGMT 19 – Qualities of Inspired Living

January 20, 2014 2 comments

 

Inspired Life

Many qualities are spoken of by the few people who live a truly inspired life. Take a quick look at 5 prized qualities that are the hallmarks of inspired living and how they can be expressed in your daily life:

Honesty and Conviction  – Be yourself and believe in yourself. Ask for what you want and express yourself clearly. See everything clearly for what it is. Seek and follow only the truth.

Love and Compassion – Care for the less fortunate and love your fellow human beings as much as you love yourself. Love your work passionately too or find your true vocation where love of work comes naturally.

Courage  – Follow your deepest and highest dreams. Dare to jump out of the box of conventional thought. Clobber your bad habits. Defeat your deepest fears. Never say never to even the most impossible ideal. Persevere even in your darkest hours.

Efficiency – Optimize your work, but remember to also smell the flowers. Stop complaining and start working. Utilize every hour of the day.  As the Romans say, “Carpe Diem!” – Seize the Day! Get rid of the weeds in your mind. Dream of the future, but live in the present

Inspiration and reflection– Mentor someone.  Speak an uplifting quote and smile throughout the day.  Appreciate the good around you. Meditate and explore the farthest corners of your heart and mind.

The opposites of these qualities are always lurking around to overpower the weak-willed mind. But stick to it and make these sterling qualities your own. And you will have surely started laying the foundations under those dream castles that you have built.

GTGMT #10 – Getting Started With Your Personal Mission Statement Pt2

January 11, 2014 2 comments

 

mission-statement-vs-vision-statement

Your personal development and motivation is the key to a successful and happy life. If you want to feel fulfilled from day-to-day then you need to know what makes you tick and how to get it. You need to be able to meet your goals and even exceed them and with a personal mission statement you will be that much closer to being in the position to do so.

Even businesses are getting in on these mission statements. They are a great way to make it known to yourself and others just where you want to be and what your goals really are. When you know your goal you can be constantly working towards them. If you simply blunder through life you will not stay on course with the same amount of steady ease. Everyone can benefit from a mission statement and if you want to get where you are going you will start writing your own today.

Your personal mission statement is not only about getting what you want out of work or the people around you, it is also about giving back to the world and your loved ones. This mission statement will help you to find out just where you stand in the world and help you to find out just what you should be doing for those around you. Take your time with this mission statement and see how you can change the world for the better. If you know that there is more that you could be doing for the entire world then this will help you to realize those dreams as well.

Your personal mission statement will help you to evolve into the person that you have always dreamed of becoming.  If you are sick and tired of being the kind of person who simply lets things happen to them then a mission statement is for you. You will become a person to reckon with, a powerhouse of determination and skill. This statement is going to change your entire life for the better and it will begin to do so immediately. As soon as you take the step to start writing it you are going to begin to grow and evolve in ways that you ever thought that you could.

How To Get Started With Your Personal Mission Statement

Start with just a simple pen and paper. Sit down and write about the person that you are today.

Do you like yourself?

Do you think that there are areas in your person that you could improve?

Write about it and how you are going to change for the better and how you are going to do it. Focus also on your strengths and your abilities. Write how you want to change and in what areas of your life as well as about the goals that you want to see yourself meet over time. Which goals are short-term ones and which are long terms goals. Write down all of the personal things that you want to see happen and change in your life and you will change from that day forward.

Got To Get Myself Together #7 – I Am A Go Getter Affirmation

January 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Go Getter

I make things happen in my life. I take the initiative to get what I want and deserve and I am thankful for all the positive things in my life. My job success, my friends, and my passions have all flourished because of my take-action attitude!

I don’t sit by and wait for things to come my way. I overcome my fears and I proactively work for positive change in my life. I overcome my frustration and I persevere over adversity to achieve great things each and every day. I am strong and persistent and I am a go-getter.

I am so thankful for all the joys in my life.

I enjoy my home and the peace and serenity I have furnished it with. I can retreat to my home and feel safe and relaxed. I have this because I took the initiative to get it, and I am so thankful.

I enjoy the success I have in my work. My work provides me with satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. I have this because I took the initiative to get it, and I am so thankful.

I enjoy my friends and the time I spend with them. I took the initiative to better myself and meet like-minded friends, and I am so thankful.

When I look at what I may want in my life, I organize my thoughts and skills with fine precision to achieve and accomplish my deepest desires. Today, and everyday, I am a go-getter.

Self-Reflection Questions:

1. What do I want to accomplish?
2. What skills do I have at my disposal?
3. What is my first step in making it happen?

The Order of Things!

October 11, 2013 Leave a comment

As we approach the end of this year and prepare to embrace the coming new year “order” will be essential in determining how we close out this year and enter into the new year. One spiritual definition of order is “a standard of living which places your life on a definable track and makes life less complicated by eliminating confusion (Bishop I. V. Hilliard).”

A principle step in effectiveness and productivity is organization. God is a God of order, therefore we should have order. To establish order, you must begin first in the unsupervised areas of your life. These are the areas that have been left unattended and without structure. These are the areas weeds may be growing around because they were not properly cared for.

In order to properly care for these areas you will need a well organized plan.

Four Critical Things Needed to Assemble and Organize Your Life:

1. Confidence in the manufacturer’s instructions. You must trust in the Word of God for your life.
2. You need a visualization point. A picture of what it should look like.
3. The appropriate tools required for the task. Get your supplies ready!
4. Follow the steps in the instructed sequential order, as ordered by the Lord.

Order in your life will help you to complete only God-given and God-approved assignments.

Remember: God will not sustained what He has not birthed.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Walk in the steps God has ordered for your life.

Get Your Life In Order! In other words, Get Yourself Together!

Your Assignment: Answer the following questions.:

What area or areas of your life do you need to bring order to?

How do you plan to organize these areas?

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