How To Stay Motivated To Reach Your Goals?

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A lot of individuals are guilty of attempting to undertake their goals utilizing a series of trial and error approaches.

They arbitrarily throw their energy out there with all their might on the few steps they acknowledge, believing that this will get them to their destination.

They handle their goals in a hit-or-miss approach, and then hope that everything will turn for the better ultimately.

Although it might work in the short-term and on littler goals, it doesn’t work with huge, long-run goals.

For instance, you might get away with dropping off 5 lbs. of weight by simply eating less and working out more, but to drop off additional weight and sustain that weight loss calls for proper strategy.

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The Basics

A lot of individuals have this misconceived notion of goal accomplishment as they only come into contact with the events of others’ goals.

They’re not tangled in all the thought-processes, intricacies and literal planning that went into the accomplishment of those goals.

Have a look at Olympians. They don’t win their medals because they merely blindly train daily. There are a lot of things that happen behind the scenes, like training by the most beneficial coaches, suitable diets, self-help courses to put them in the correct mindset, studying the correct techniques, and so forth.

Microsoft didn’t get to where it is today because of luck. It was by conscious strategizing and preparation that allowed the company to carve its particular niche in the market.

Stay Motivated

Motivation makes you feel as though you’re full of life and ready to accomplish anything you have to in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set for yourself.

Motivation…we’re all giving chase to it, but few of us comprehend it, or why we lose it first of all.

What is implied by motivation?

Motivation is the innate desire to accomplish a goal, blended with the passion and vitality to work towards accomplishing that goal.

People who are motivated have a want to take on fresh ventures and satisfy the requirements essential to finish the undertaking.

Motivation is a characteristic that we all need in order to accomplish anything in our lives.

Without motivation, we’d all merely give up at the slimmest inclination of hardship. Motivation is the initiator that inspires and encourages us to be our finest.

Somebody who’s motivated will do anything it takes to be successful in accomplishing their goals. Motivation may alter your life by inspiring you to get everything you wish out of life, regardless what others try to tell you.

It’s possible for somebody who’s stricken by poverty to become motivated and turn everything around into a life of abundance.

Motivation provides us the passion that we require to start exploring our options in life as well as the bravery to see these aspirations through to reality.

If you’re distressed with your present situation, it’s most likely due to the fact that your present situation doesn’t motivate you.

You have to take it upon yourself to determine what it is that you really want out of life. Consider the type of life-style that you wish to lead and the sort of career you wish.

When you know what makes you happy and alter your life center, you’ll be excited to leap out of bed each morning.

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Why we drop off our motivation:

3 basic factors lead to the loss of our motivation, they are:

1. Deficiency of direction. You won’t be motivated to accomplish your goals if you don’t understand what those goals are.

2. Deficiency of self-confidence. Trusting you’ll fail is the best way to see to it.

3. Deficiency of focus. Not recognizing what it is that you wish will lead to wondering if you even wish anything at all.

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Hints on how to remain motivated:

If you lack motivation, you likewise lack ambition, exuberance and zest. Motivations makes you feel as though you’re full of life and prepared to do anything you have to in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set for yourself.

When you discover your motivation, you’ll be more pleased, you’ll have more vitality and you’ll be able to see the favorable results clearly in your brain.

You have to enhance the motivation inside you and waken your inner power to push yourself in the direction of accomplishing your aspirations, regardless how great or small they might be.

Here are a couple hints to help you discover your motivation and hang on to it:

1. Arrange goals. If you arrange goals for yourself, discovering the motivation to accomplish those goals will come easier.

2. Complete everything you begin. Make a promise to yourself that regardless what occurs, you have to always arrive at the finish line.

3. Unify with like minds. Favorable attitudes appear to be contagious. Encircle yourself with like-minded individuals who have the motivation that you seek.

4. Don’t postpone for tomorrow what you are able to get accomplished today. If you dilly-dally, you’ll get lazy, and lose all motivation to succeed.

5. Never quit. Patience and doggedness to keep going and remain strong regardless what comes along will provide you the motivation you require to succeed.

6. Perpetually remind yourself that you are able to win. Envision your goals and how pleased you’ll be when you’ve everything you wish.

7. Start with visualizing your future success and model the feelings you’ll experience when you achieve it.

8. Mentally walk the path towards this success and base your feelings at different milestones on the way.

9. Assign a high priority to each task that you must achieve which will give each task a priority in your mind.

10. Set a target for the amount of work you will do each day toward your goals.

11. Visualize the desired outcome: Create a picture of what the desired outcome will look like, and have this vision in your mind at all times.

12. Set milestones of the things you like to do and the things that you are good at.

13. Use visual indicators to monitor progress and complete the task.

14. Give yourself affirmations to remind yourself of how capable you are at reaching your goals.

15. Watch movies that motivate you.

16. Listen to music that motivates you.

17. If you work better with competition, make a deal with a friend or family member to compete for the goal for example who gets there first! It can be hypothetical and doesn’t necessarily have to be for real

18. Get help and support from people around you or from a professional in the field for example a personal trainer, finance manager and others.

19. Define your own version of success. Don’t let others define success for you.

20. Ignore any negative influences or responses to your efforts.

21. Make a conscious effort to do better than you have ever done in the past.

22. Focus on the positive achievements and not the negatives.

23. Share your successes with others as this will keep you focused and help you voice your accomplishments which will realize your achievements for you.

24. Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses and work on them both.

25. Train yourself to finish what you start by refusing to quit until you are done.

26. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t punish yourself for making them. Express your goals in a positive way. That is a key component to setting goals that you can attain.

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What Are The Consequences Of Your Reactions?

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Once upon a time, a child complained to a loving father that life was miserable and that the child didn’t know how they were going to pull through.

The child was sick of battling and struggling all the time. It appeared just as one issue was worked out, a different one shortly followed.

The loving father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled up 3 pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

When the 3 pots started to boil, he put potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to the child.

The child groaned and impatiently waited, questioning what he was doing. After several minutes, he switched off the burners.

He took the potatoes out of the pot and put them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and put them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and put it in a cup.

Addressing the child, he asked, “Child, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” the child hastily responded.

“Look closer”, he stated, “and touch the potatoes”. The child did and noticed that they were soft.

He then asked the child to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, the child noticed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked the child to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a grin to the child’s face.

“Father, what does this mean?”

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs, and coffee beans had each confronted the same hardship, the boiling water. However, each one responded differently.

The potato went in strong, hard and unforgiving, but in boiling water it got soft and weak.

The egg was fragile with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior till it was set in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg got hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unparalleled. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they altered the water and produced something new.

“Which are you?” he asked his child. “When hardship knocks on your door, how do you react? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

In life, things occur around us and things happen to us, but the sole thing that truly matters is what occurs inside us.

Indeed, there are things that we might not understand at times but we can relate to them through simple illustrations like this.

There could be events in our life that we are not aware that we are drifting away unknown of the possible dangers that is on the way.

It is like relaxing in a boat on the river not knowing that it will fall down into a very deep waterfall.

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And going back to the consequences of reactions, it doesn’t matter the scourge and trials you are into right now.

Again, how would you react to it?

How will you take it?

How will you create something out of it?

How would you want it to end?

Would you allow it to shape you or reshape you?

Would you let it develop you into a better version of yourself?

Would you let the fire purify or harness you?

What are the things that you can learn from all of these?

What are the other things that you have to learn in the process?

Why am I throwing a lot of questions now?

It is to stimulate you and make you think and ponder deeper.

In order to move you from your current way of thinking into something above it and beyond it.

Also, you cannot resolve the situation with the same way of thinking.

Transform Negative “Reactions” Into Positive “Pro-actions”

 

1. What happens when we let ourselves becomes dominated by negative responses to life, e.g. destructive behavior patterns, negative emotions, apathy, and so on?

We find ourselves getting “worked up,” often to the detriment of our own wellbeing as well as to those around us.

The result? We risk becoming increasingly angry and bitter about aspects of our life that we believe we have little or no control over.

The solution? To explore the reality behind these actions and emotions, and transform them into positive causes.

 

2. Are You?

– Too Easily “Affected” By Your Environment?

– Guilty Of Feeling Anger And/Or Resentment?

– Often Letting Yourself And Others Down As A Result?

Begin making the transformation today!

 

3. What’s In It for You?

– Discover the Reality behind These “Reactions”

– Develop Ways of Recognizing and Countering Them

– Master How to Transform Them into Positive and Proactive Causes

 

By learning to transform your negative “reactions” into positive “pro-actions”, you create a far healthier state of physical and emotional wellbeing for yourself and your environment.

In turn, you become increasingly capable and responsible as individuals, and when faced with greater challenges you automatically find yourself better equipped to deal with them and move on.

How do you achieve this?

Simple – first you have to acknowledge what it is that’s encouraging you to react in this way, and then turn it around so as to create something more positive.

For example, instead of reacting aggressively to a particular comment, you can learn to respond more appropriately by understanding what triggered that reaction coupled with its negative impact on yourself and your environment.

As soon as we’ve got to grips with the cause, you’re able to turn it on its head and understand what it is you need to be or do differently.

Another example: instead of responding with a defeatist, “I can’t do anything about it,” try saying, “I understand it’s been difficult in the past, but this time I’m going to look at alternatives.”

Result – in addition to becoming far happier and resilient in ourselves, you naturally radiate the benefits of such actions to others.

 

INQUIRY: Take a look back at some recent situations when you allowed yourself to react negatively or angrily. What triggered this behavior?

What were your emotions and feelings before, during and after?

Had you responded in a more proactive manner, what would you have done differently and what would have been the outcome?

 

ACTION: For the next thirty days, explore the reality that’s causing you to react negatively to your life and your environment.

Learn from the above and check in with any emotions and feelings. Get to grips with what it is you need to be and do differently and put it into action.

Notice the difference you create within yourself and those around you.

 

“Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will – his personal responsibility.” – Albert Einstein

 

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How To Overcome Adversity?

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Is there any person on this earth who has not faced adversity? Life can be good, but adversities are also part of life.

How does one face them with calmness? It is difficult if the extent of adversity is very high. But one has to live through adversities and come back in life to succeed again.

A sudden accident can make one lose limbs. A man, who makes his living with his hands, will surely feel very bad and devastated if he loses his working hand.

How about the effect of the announcement by the doctor that your child has cancer? Can parents take this news calmly? They will most probably faint when they hear it first.

Some adversities are such that they shatter lives forever. But strong will and faith can help one face and conquer many adversities.

Who has not heard of Helen Keller? Her blindness and deafness could not shatter her invincible spirit. There are many instances of such people.

Look at the life as a moving vehicle. As you move, you pass many scenes. Some good and some dirty. But you sit through the journey peacefully and reach your destination.

You may mostly remain unmoved because – you are not directly pained by the scenes outside and your focus is more on reaching the destination. In any adversity, at least the second part can be applied.

Come what may, your objective should be to create a good life and live as an example for others. That should be your destination and that should be your motivation.

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“We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival.”

~ Winston Churchill

The ways that some folks dealt with adversity did vary. Some had great religious faith, others had an unquenchable zest for life, and others had a great determination that they could and would overcome and difficulty.

If you think about it then this does seem to make sense. After all, the longer you live then the more adversity you must overcome.

Human life is fraught with adversity — both physical and emotional — although each person’s experience varies greatly.

In order to survive adversity, to overcome loss and difficulty, and to succeed in life a person must have inner resources to draw from.

As Oliver Wendell Holmes says, “If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round.  Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.  I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy.  But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.”

Perhaps, you have seen the evidence of this even if you have never formulated a scientific theory about it.

You have seen the cancer patient diagnosed and then does not even live out the time doctors predicted.

You have seen the heart patient diagnosed who far outlives expectations — by months and then years. What makes the difference between these two groups of people?

It has to be a will to live, some inner resource, that one group possesses and the other does not.

Now here’s a story an interesting story about adversity that you might enjoy.

 

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A farmer owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer discovered the mule ‘braying’ — or whatever mules do once they fall into wells.

After cautiously assessing the state of affairs, the farmer felt sorry for the mule but resolved that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving.

Rather, he called his neighbors together and told them what had occurred and asked them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

At the start, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors proceeded shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him.

It all of a sudden dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back: he had better shake it off and step up!

This is what the old mule did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up… shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself.

Regardless how painful the blows, or distressing the state of affairs appeared, the old mule fought “panic” and simply kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!

You guessed it! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well!

What appeared like it would bury him, actually end up blessing him – all because of the manner in which he handled his hardship.

 

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7 Essential Steps to Overcoming Adversity

 

Being Rich

Most people never realize what “rich” truly means. Building wealth isn’t just defined in money. It’s richness in Mind, Body, and Spirit.

You can measure your prosperity in the number of friends, hopes, accomplishments, and feelings of safety you now have.

Decide now to be really rich, never settle, empower yourself and enduring wealth will come to you.

 

You Need Heroes

Only by striving for something better can you hope to be a role model for others. So who is your hero?

Thankfully, humanity has been blessed with others you can all emulate. Oprah Winfrey is certainly someone who has chosen to overcome adversity in her life.

Have you thought about the difference this one woman is making? She continues to inspire me to keep reaching.

 

Read and Learn

Never stop finding new information and new viewpoints. Many books have greatly influenced me in positive ways.

And you needn’t be an author or journalist to appreciate the vast knowledge available in libraries, bookstores, and the news media and online.

 

Giving Is Receiving

You receive back tenfold when you give time and energy to help your communities and your nation.

You, too, can get involved by feeding the hungry, rescuing the needy, reaching abused and neglected kids, volunteering and donating.

 

Consider Your Health

Don’t wait for a health scare to prompt you to begin some reevaluation in your life.

What can YOU do to improve your health so you will be happier, more meaningful, more abundant life will last longer?

 

Overcome Fear

By facing the most fear-generating issues in life, you can move on whether your concern is going to the dentist …being rejected by someone …trying something new or redefining something familiar…asking for help or giving it. Ultimately, any fear can be conquered.

 

Forgiveness

Don’t hurt yourself with energy-zapping grudges and bitterness. Remember to find forgiveness, even if you can’t forget. Let’s all look ahead at the new horizon to the Dawning of whatever tomorrow holds!

Wherever you are faced with adversity, meet it with energy, determination, and confidence. Shake it off until you completely overcome it.

 

 

Are You Inspired Today?

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How to get inspired? Being inspired is about changing awareness of yourself as being limited, having no luck, things never working out, and the likes into realizing that you are unlimited and have the potential to create whatever you truly desire if it is in alignment with the divine within.

Whatever the mind of man can conceive, the mind of man can create.

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“Do you need to be inspired to aspire or do you need an aspiration to get inspired?”

Others may argue that in order to have a strong desire to achieve something, you must be inspired.

On the other hand, some argue that for you to be inspired, you may need to aspire first.

This is very much like the chicken and the egg question, right? There is no definite answer.

Concerning inspiration versus aspiration, the best course of action is to discover how to get people inspired, rather than focus on which is the right answer.

Many sources of inspiration can help you in achieving success in life. Arguing about whichever comes first – whether inspiration or aspiration – is not one of them.

The important thing is to find your true source of inspiration and to remain focused in the achievement of your goals.

For some people, inspiration helps them stay motivated and become an achiever.

Psychologists believe that our capacity as human beings depends on what our minds truly believe to be possible. “It’s all in the mind”, as they say.

In order to show how simple this idea is, a concrete example may serve to illustrate it.

Two students, without their knowledge, were subjected to an experiment. Both were of the same grade level, age, and nationality.

They were instructed to take a long jump activity as part of a physical education class. Girl 2 was shorter than girl 1.

It was expected that the shorter girl would initially feel hopeless because of the obvious size advantage of the other girl.

So, without receiving any motivation inspiring words from her coach, trial 1 was allowed to begin.

As was expected from trail 1, the shorter girl lost by a distance of around 5 inches.

Trial 2 followed immediately after trial 1. With some proper coaching and motivational words, this time, the shorter girl won by 1.5 inches!

How did this happen? It happened because of the power of belief and attitude.

What happened exactly was that an explanation about the height advantage of the girl was re-contextualized for the shorter girl.

She was told that she actually had an even advantage with the taller girl because of her lighter weight.

When she saw the taller girl as being “heavier” than her, it was enough motivation to inspire the shorter girl to focus on her own strengths and to use them to win. It’s all in the way you look at it.

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How to deal with a failure of inspiration?

Most of the time, it is the inspiration that people lack in their lives. Just because you are not quite as successful as you would have hoped for.

It could because you just don’t have any passion or inspiration to press your career forward.

You’ll find that there are a lot of ways to motivate yourself, but you’ll need to put forth some real effort to make this work out for you.

You will find that finding inspiration can be rough, but the key to success is hard work. You may need to generate some inspiration before you begin your journey to success.

When it comes to your job, you’ll find that there are a lot of ways that you can become inspired. Most of the time, it is timing that gives you the feelings of passion and success.

You will want to keep at it and hope that your time comes to shine.

However, you may not want to wait forever. There are a lot of people who have to walk away from their current job opportunities because it is not what they expected.

When your career ends up taking over more than just your work time it can be hard. You need to learn how to balance your work with personal time and play time. You can’t just be a workaholic.

You may also want to think about things like time management skills. The minute that your free time up for yourself, you will begin to feel better about your life in general.

You will be happier at work and also you’ll have the time inspiring you to focus on your personal life.

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When it comes to your personal relationships, you don’t want to pass up too many opportunities to experience life. You may want to continue to separate work time with play time.

However, don’t put so much pressure on yourself to settle down and find “the one”.

As for inspiration for your relationships, that comes naturally. You cannot force yourself to move into a relationship unless there is passion.

If you learn how to control your need for a relationship and learn how to let go and have fun, you’re more likely to find your one and only.

There is so much pressure that society puts on a person to settle down and have babies, but it’s so hard because love has so many obstacles.

You may want to consider keeping what you want in heart and not what others expect of you.

You’ll want to go easier on yourself in general too. Don’t just ease up on your pressure to find love or make a good career, but put less pressure on yourself.

There is a good aspect to setting goals, but these goals have to be reachable. You don’t want to set goals that are unrealistic because you’ll never add up to be enough.

This is one of the most important things that you can consider.

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If you feel that your life lacks passion and inspiration, then it might be time to take a step back and reevaluate yourself.

You’ll need to take the time to make your goals happen and find out what is special to you.

The hardest part of life is sometimes you feel so strong about what you want and then it all crumbles. You still hold on to your past goals, because if you don’t then you feel like a failure.

However, if this is something that you really don’t want then what is the point. You need to take the time to reevaluate the situation and figure some things out.

Once you take the step back, you’ll find inspiration for something.

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Inspirational Words

Inspirational words can totally change the direction of your lives. Maybe, you often see life as a scary place with dangers around every corner.

You may not even recognize the fact that many of your fears are hidden inside you and controlling you at every turn.

Others, on the other hand, may see life as a series of opportunities to challenge themselves because they have overcome these hidden fears.

They have opened themselves up to a world of extra energy that was also hidden inside them but covered and stifled by the fears that surrounded it.

It doesn’t take a major change in many cases to alter the direction of your ship.

One small turn on the wheel can eventually result in a completely different section of the globe that you will sail to!

As soon as you change one of your coordinates, the direction of your entire life will also change.

You will begin to see everything around you as a reflection of this new change and it will provide you with even more inspiration to try even greater things.

Inspirational words can really be found everywhere. It’s just a matter of being able to see them. From our homes, our schools to our workplace, there are opportunities to find inspirational words.

From the movies you watch, the books you read, the music you listen to and the people you talk to every single day of our lives, you can be inspired to do great things.

These are words, which may just be simple words, can hit the deepest part of our souls and awaken us to be reminded of the true essence of who we are.

From there we will find ourselves capable of living our lives more peacefully and more harmoniously with others.

Next time you think about where you want to find some inspirational words, just look inside yourself.

And ask yourself what’s stopping you from picking up one of the thousands of books out there that teach the most simple truths of all.

What’s holding you back from making a commitment to read just five or ten pages a day to improve your life?

The inspiration is deep inside yourself and the words that you are looking for outside are only a means to help you find that place inside that you already had, to begin with.

The greatest inspirational words there are those that will come right out of your own heart and mind. They will be the ones that bring you to make a change and to reach for the stars.

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So, how do people get inspired?

The feeling of frustration forces some to seek inspiration. Some need to experience unpleasant circumstances to trigger an inspiration.

This path may not be at all pleasant. But who says that the road to greater achievement is always smooth sailing?

Take for instance the case of an average earner. He just earns enough to make a family survive.

On his way to work, he could see other people barely having three square meals a day, hardly having anything to keep them warm on a cold night.

They are practically living in a roofless shanty with paper boards as walls.

He wanted to help but can’t.

He feels helpless for he can’t do anything to alleviate their condition. This feeling of helplessness urged him to promise himself that his family will never experience extreme poverty.

This feeling of frustration inspired him to aspire for a better life for himself and for his family.

His fear that his family might end up like one of the economically challenged people makes him determined to do something about improving his financial stability.

Someone who is successful can be an effective source of inspiration. People tend to look up to somebody who has reached the top.

They wonder how it is to be like their idol, so they set themselves on a course headed in their idol’s direction. They study their idol’s past and how he was able to overcome all adversities.

People who wish to be inspired associate themselves with successful people. Successful people have big ambitions. Being ambitious and dreaming big dreams can keep the inspiration alive.

Being ambitious is actually good as long as you do not step on other people’s toes and provides inspiration to fellow men.

A strong desire can trigger people to get inspired and aspire to it. Again, stay within the confines of good fellowship, not hurting anybody along the way.

Some people desire popularity. They aspire to be well known in society. They set their sights higher and aim to be recognized and respected.

Love is a strong motivator. There was once a man who pursued his love interest. He was able to get married to the girl of his dreams.

His love for his wife motivated him to do his best in his job to provide for his growing family.

Love provided the spark and nurtured his dreams to aspire for the best that life has to offer for him and his family.

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Feeding the Mind with Inspiration

Growth and motivation will take place when you habitually feed your mind with inspiration will propel you to greater heights of success.

Becoming a better and wiser person will shoot you past your competition. A person that is motivated all the time will be an achiever and stand among the few.
Whether you are searching for self-motivation for the purpose of losing weight, exercising more, starting a new career, or putting an end to bad habits, there are many self-help audio courses or online programs out there that can help a person with these issues.

Now, begin surrounding yourself with others who are also on the path to self-improvement and motivation.

The next step in obtaining motivation is to reward yourself when you reach a goal.

Start a goal program with built in rewards and makes sure that you give yourself that reward when you do achieve your goal.

This will set up your subconscious mind and strengthen your ability to forge ahead to bigger and better accomplishment and increase your motivation quotient.

The first step in achieving motivation is to decide what goals you want from yourself.

Commitment is the last and final stage to achieving motivation. Make a commitment to keep focused on the goals.

For many, what drives the quality of the energy is the purpose. Again, for many, the quality of the energy of the motivation and, even more, what’s “underneath” the quality of that energy.

Once you have worked out why you want to achieve a certain goal, the outcome that you want to achieve gives you the motivation to pursue them.

Develop your Mission – Your mindset knows exactly what it is that you want to achieve. Walk the talk as they say.

And you will have the motivation to stay with the program. One way to improve your motivation – try doing everything you do today 1% better.

The Law of Momentum – Motivation and momentum follow the actions. Never lose the momentum, keep going once you’ve got that motivation that you need.

The Law of Inspiration – A more empowering source of motivation is inspiration. Listen to some great inspiring stories of triumph over adversity.

Get yourself time listening to some inspiring biographies when you have some spare time while sitting in traffic. Why not do something constructive and get a good audio biography.

Saturate your mind with inspiring tales of success and visualize to yourself the end result that you’re determined to make a reality.

Indeed, it is best to feed your mind with inspiration than worries. It is better to cover your spirit with inspiration than to fill it with negativeness.

 

Living a Life of Inspiration

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“To live is the rarest thing on earth. Most people exist and that’s it”. – Oscar Wilde

Inspirational ideas are meant to get people inspired. In this post, we look at what it means to be inspired and also empowered.

Who are inspired people?

What are the empowered?

Inspiration can change people’s lives. It can help a person to start living and realize their full potential in life.

There are so many people who live their whole lives without ever realizing their full potentials. All that these people needed was simply some inspiration to empower them.

What Does It Mean To Be Inspired?

There a number of definitions for the word “inspiration”, some of these include:

  • “A divine influence directly exerted on the mind or soul” – Excerpt from www.definitions.net
  • “To get excited about life and to learn how to live.” -Anonymous
  • “To get passionate about something.” -Anonymous
  • “To be inspired by something or someone is to take in a new idea and literally let it change your life.” – Anonymous

Inspiration is also best defined as arousing the mind to unusual creativity and awakening the soul of a person to enable them to pursue this creativity.

Inspiration is very important. It can help a person learn how to live more positively. It impacts on the brain of an individual and has the capability of changing their whole mindset.

For example, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt.

This is a very simple yet very powerful inspirational quote. It can inspire someone who had given up on their dreams to start believing again.

This can get them to start pursuing the dream again. It also inspires people who may be pursuing their dreams but feel like they are far from achieving it. This encourages them to keep dreaming and believing.

The power of inspiration can never be underestimated. It can practically save a person’s life. Someone who may have given up on life and even contemplating suicide may suddenly turn around and start living their lives to the fullest.

The right kind of inspiration can enable you to do anything you want. You can write, be an artist, be a poet, a successful businessman, design and so much more. Being inspired will enable you to live a happy and more fulfilling life.

Inspirational Ideas

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow”. Helen Keller.

Inspirational ideas normally contain an inspiration message meant to empower individuals. There are so many types of such ideas. There are some that touch different professionals while others are meant for everyone.

An inspirational idea may just be what a person needs to get started on their careers. For instance, people who rely on creativity tend to get moments when they feel like they have run out ideas.

The right of inspiration can get such a person back on track. It can also enable them to go beyond their expectations.

Inspirational ideas may also empower people to try out new opportunities and fully utilize their potentials.

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Living in Inspiration

Many of us are living a mundane life that has no meaning or purpose attached to it. While we aspire to live an inspired life where we are living each day with a purpose and the zeal to get up and live for the day, it is not usually so.

So, how does one get to live an inspired life and by doing so be a direct or indirect inspiration to others?

Realize Your Purpose in Life

One thing that we fail to do is to understand the purpose of our life and existence. Everyone has a purpose in their lives.

It is only those who have the heart to listen and the mind to apply realize this purpose and put it to existence. So, understand the purpose of your life and plan on putting it to action.

Think Positive

A positive mind is of utmost importance for an inspired life and to be an inspiration to others. If you think positive, your actions that follow your thinking are bound to be positive.

This is the basis of a universal law called the “Law of Attraction” and can be applied to your day to day activities.

By living a life filled with positive thinking, you can be an inspiration to yourself and to others around you.

Motivation from Mentors

Everyone in life has a mentor that they can look up to for inspiration and influence.

While it is not essential to living your life based on their whims and wants, your life can take new shape if you are taking inspiration from their lives and putting it to use in carrying on with your life.

Read Motivational Material

You have a lot of hidden talent in you. It is only that your mind and body should be trained to realize this talent that is hidden within you.

Only when you realize to tap this potential, you can comprehend what it is that you can achieve in life.

In order to reach this state of mind, you need to receive adequate inspiration. One method to do this is to read or listen to motivational material that can guide you to the path that you have been seeking.

Action Plan

No thought process can be a success unless you follow it up with an action plan and the necessary action. Unless your thoughts are put in motion, there is no value to it.

So, in order to live an inspired life and be an inspiration to others around you, you need to not only think about how you are going to live but also follow it up with the appropriate action.

Your life has a purpose. Understand this purpose in life and move towards this purpose living and enjoying each day as you realize this goal.

By doing so, you are living your life to the full potential and living an inspired life being an inspiration to yourself as well as to those around you.

 

4 Incredible Inspiring Music Of Our Time

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It does not matter what sort of music inspires you, it’s what it does to you that counts.

Music may open your eyes, cause you to think, make you think more profoundly. Music may energize you, fill otherwise void moments, and keep you company.

Perhaps your life has you tied up in tangles. Music may help you come through your day, loosen up, solve your troubles, and just take that load off your brain. It may inspire you to face yet some other day.

Here are 4 music that you can find inspiration in them.

Heal The World – Michael Jackson

“Heal the World” is a song from Michael Jackson’s hit album, Dangerous, released in ‘91.

The music video features children living in countries suffering from unrest, especially Burundi. It is also one of only a handful of Michael Jackson’s videos not to show Jackson himself.

In a 2001 Internet chat with admirers, Jackson said: “Heal the World” is the song he is most proud to have created. He also created the Heal the World Foundation, a charitable organization which was designed to improve the lives of children. The organization was also meant to teach children how to help others.

The song is inspirational as it speaks to keeping a place in your heart for love for other people and helping to heal other people as well.

The song was brought to fruition through Heal the World Foundation.

It was a charitable organization established by entertainer Michael Jackson in 1992. The foundation’s origination was prompted by the song of the same name.

The aim of the charity was to supply medication to youngsters and battle world starvation, people being homeless, child victimization and abuse. Jackson said that he wished “to improve the conditions for children throughout the world”.

The foundation, in addition to all the things, above brought underprivileged youngsters to Jackson’s Neverland Ranch,  which was located outside Santa Ynez, CA, to take a turn on theme park rides that the entertainer had constructed on the property after he bought it in 1988.

With this foundation, Michael Jackson airlifted forty-six tons of provisions to Sarajevo, established drug and alcohol abuse training and donated 1,000,000s of dollars to deprived youngsters, including the entire payment of a Hungarian youngster’s liver transplant.

As the adage goes, “charity begins at home.” Make certain that your immediate loved ones have the first claim on your time and resources. After that, assist any acquaintances in need and you’ll help the world close by.

A lot of youngsters both at home and abroad are in need of more beneficial care, including medical and dental care, apparel, training, and better nutrition.

If assisting youngsters is a priority for you there are a lot of opportunities to get involved by donating time or revenue. If you assist youngsters, you assist the world and its future.

A lot of individuals are poor through no blame of their own and require help. Whether they’re individuals in your own community or in a growing country, the chance to assist the world by giving to the poor forever seems to be available. Natural disasters and states of war alone deprive many thousands of families yearly.

Whether they’re your own relatives or acquaintances, or are those who are alone in the cosmos, the sick need consoling, and encouragement. A beneficial way to assist the world is to commit some of your time to visiting the ill.

Few matters are more deplorable than abused youngsters. Mistreated women are a close second in their need for understanding and assistance. If you’re in a position to assist abused youngsters or women then you’ll help the world by correcting abominable wrongs.

One may hardly savor life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when illiterate. You are able to assist those who can’t read or write but would like to learn, either by donating time or by supporting worthwhile plans in your community. This is a capital way to assist the world.

Many of us have discovered over the years the worldwide need to engage in behaviors that assist our common surroundings. Fresh air, clean water, and decreases in waste benefit everybody. You are able to help by going green both at home and work. You’ll be likely to save income, also.

The video that will completely touch your heart and fill your soul can be found here:

Can’t Take That Away – Mariah Carey

“Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme)” is a song authored by American singer Mariah Carey and Diane Warren.

The song is inspirational as it speaks to the battles of dealing with individuals who put you down, and how to defeat these battles through faith, courage, and the power of God.

Carey explains in the song’s lyrics how while individuals can attempt to make her feel down and blue, regardless what happens, she can not let them win: “There’s a light in me that shines brightly. They can try but they can’t take that away from me.”

Two music videos were made for “Can’t Take That Away,” both orchestrated by Sanaa Hamri. The production of the video called for some of Carey’s fans to take part.

She called for them to participate via her site and asked them to send in video clips of themselves, stating the adversities in their lives and how “Can’t Take That Away” had urged them on and inspired.

A competition was held, and video clips from 5 fans were selected for inclusion in the video recording. The clips were featured in the video’s intro, where Carey responds to her fan’s struggles which included personal insecurities, the troubles of being part of a racial or social minority, and being goldbricked by verbal harassment.

Have faith in yourself to succeed. Take a chance and know that you have your smarts, instinct and natural endowment on your side. Plus, your acquaintances and loved ones are there for you. Use your courage. It may be compared to a muscle. The more we utilize it, the stronger bravery gets.

Accept accountability for failure. This takes bravery and shows that you’re a real leader. Understand that quitting isn’t an option. It takes bravery to endure. It’s much easier to quit.

Being relentless despite disheartenment takes great courage. The battle to overcome your fear. Brave individuals might still be afraid, but the difference is that they subdue their fear. They do not let it hold them back. Rather, they use it as a reminder of what they may lose if they don’t endure.

Follow up on your ideas. It takes bravery to put your trust in yourself. The worst conclusion you can make is to do nothing.  Take chances and know that you are able to succeed.

Get courage by studying inspiring stories of brave individuals.

You can hear the inspirational message of this song here:

Imagine – John Lennon

“Imagine” is a song authored and performed by English rock and roll musician John Lennon.

The song’s chorus might have been partly prompted by Yoko Ono’s poetry in reaction to her childhood in Japan during the Second World War and is inspirational because it speaks of a world of peace.

Lennon said in an interview: It’s not a fresh message: “Give Peace a Chance” — we’re not acting absurd. Just stating “give it a chance.” With “Imagine” we’re inquiring, “can you imagine the world without countries or religions?”

It is the same message again and again. And it is positive Ono suggested that the lyrical material of “Imagine” was “just what John trusted — that we’re all one country, one creation, and one people. He wishes to get that idea out.”

In addition, the material of “Imagine” was the brainchild for the concept of Nutopia: The (fictional) Country of Peace, produced in 1973.

We are all discussing it, but who’s doing it? Begin now – world peace is conceivable, but it can’t occur if any of us remain in opposition. Let go of little arguments, live your life, discover happiness. It’s out there – trust me.

Smile at everybody. All of the time. You don’t understand who they’ve lost, what they’re enduring or how much their heart is breaking. Smile even if they are raging, sad or apathetic.

Ask little, forgive a great deal. Be generous with your affection; forgive individuals for being people, or for not being the individuals you wish them to be. Forgive them for the ways they’re unlike you: dissimilar beliefs, dissimilar cultures, dissimilar loves, and another color.

Relinquish stuff  because you can’t take any of it with you anyhow.  Live right now and forget about amassing wealth, possessions or anything else. You never know when your time is up anyhow. So, savor your life with more heart and less stuff.

Treat every living thing with honor. Every creature just would like to be happy the same way you wish to be happy. Respect that.

If you wouldn’t wish it done to you, don’t do it to anybody else. Discover love in every way you are able to and embrace it. More pleasure comes out of love than anything else. Stick up for those who can’t stick up for themselves.

The less attackable and more advantaged should protect the less forceful, not rule them. It’s a weak ego that requires power over other people.

Do not defend violence, for any reason. There’s nothing that warrants harming another individual. Particularly not money.

Yesterday is departed; tomorrow is an aspiration, live right now and pass the word. We can make a difference.

You can listen to this inspirational song here:

Leave A Legacy – Aaron and Jeoffrey

Father Jeoffrey Benward was already working in the Christian music scene since 1970. In the early nineties, after asking his then-adolescent son Aaron what he would like to do for a living, was amazed to determine that he wished to follow the same path in music.

They made a decision to start recording together, and although a lot of labels had troubles with the bizarre pairing, Starsong picked them up.

They moved into the studio and began working on their eponymous launching album which was brought out in 1995. The album had guest vocals by dc Talk.

The pair followed with After the Rain in ’96 and with Climb in ’97. Not long after, both father and son chose to travel along their individual careers.

During their music calling, Aaron and Jeoffrey had fourteen Top Five radio singles, nine of which arrived at #1. Their record albums have sold more than a hundred thousand units. They were twice nominated for a Dove Award in the “Song of the Year” class for their classic “He Is.”

The song speaks to the power behind leaving a legacy.

This song is inspiring as it causes you to think about the legacy you will be leaving behind in this world.

What do you want the people around you to learn from you?

Do you want to teach people to be responsible and diligent workers at whatever they do?

Do you want to teach individuals to know that love and laughter are truly important?

Do you want to teach people to understand that relationships matter most?

Do you want to teach people that grace and love are 2 components to mix into the lives of other people and in their own lives?

Aaron says that one goal that is important is to show a positive parent/youngster relationship. And hopefully, be a role model for fathers and their sons or parents and their youngsters.

The pair has taken to heart the final prophetic word of the Old Testament where it states in Malachi 4:6 that ‘The fathers’ hearts would be turned to their children and the children’s hearts to their fathers, lest I smite them with a curse.’

Every social issue that we face nowadays may be traced back to a dysfunctional family life. We need to address these problems.

This inspirational song does just that and can be heard here:

 

 

 

Motivation: Winning The Battle In Your Head

How do you keep the good vibes, positivity, and motivation in your head? Motivation is a funny, complex thing.

The thing that motivates one person is always different from that of another even though they are working for the same thing.

 

And while people can motivate other people, they can only do so to a certain degree. At the end of the day, you still have to work out a way to get yourself moving.

 

But when everything looks bleak and all you want to do is to surrender, from where do you muster the will to go on?

 

Begin with winning the battle in your head.

 

The battle always starts in the head. One part of your brain tells you to move, work and strive for what you are working for. The other part tells you that it is foolish. It is always easier to listen to the latter because it is more convenient, less taxing, and easier to do.

 

The former forces you to act and work. All things equal, people always choose the less inconvenient, easy way out. But this isn’t always the better choice. In fact, it is never a good choice.

 

What separates very effective people from those who are not is their ability to always make the right choices most of the time, even if these choices are the hardest to make.

 

They know how the game works and they try to beat it every single time. Exhausting, yes, but it is also gratifying. There is always a sense of satisfaction in defeating your worst enemy – yourself.

 

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But how do you win the battle that goes on inside your head?

 

Understand your thoughts and how they affect your emotions and your will power.

 

Negative thoughts can easily kill your sense of purpose. It comes in many forms – lack of self-confidence, general negativity, lack of belief in others, procrastination and the list goes on.

 

Each of these has the power to convince you to throw in the towel and accept that you can’t carry on.

 

Identifying each of your negative thoughts is the first step to winning yourself back from a defeatist attitude.

 

It is not a simple feat, though. It takes time before one can shut out the voice in the head that says ‘give up, give in’. And sometimes, even when you have already succeeded in neutralizing your negative thoughts, it is still easy to give up at the first sign of a speed bump.

 

After all, it gives you time to rest from the unending struggle to achieve whatever it is you are pursuing, even for just a moment. But don’t buy that.

 

That short period of rest can turn to days, weeks, months, years, ultimately paralyzing you from taking action and living a full life.

 

That’s the characteristic of discouragement. It offers you immediate gratification without securing anything in return.

 

Try to gain positive momentum every time, instead of succumbing back into a demoralized attitude. Every time, even if that means you have to start the battle in your head all over again.

 

Positive thoughts have a filling effect. They are admittedly invigorating. Plus, the people around the person carrying positive thoughts are usually energized by this type of attitude.

 

Negative thoughts, on the other hand, have a sapping effect on other people. Aside from making you look gloomy and sad, negative thoughts can turn a festive gathering into a funeral wake.

 

Thus, there might be activities or other external influencers out there to keep you going or keep you motivated, but unless, you decided it first yourself, the others would not matter.

Master your own self to keep you going wherever you want it to be. Control your well-being and not rely on others to pave a way for you.

Be committed to yourself to find ways out of the dark pathways. Have a conviction to compete with yourself and win over it.

 

 

 

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Succeed with your Intellect

Here’s another inspirational thoughts for you to ponder. Have you ever felt that you had nothing to offer…no gifts to share whatsoever?

During spells of frustration or despair, it’s common to feel worthless. It can seem that everyone else is far more brilliant, beautiful & worthy of consideration.

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In times like these, take solace in the one thing that you can offer that no-one else can: your unique perspective.

You see, nobody looks at the world the way that you do, nor thinks in exactly the same way. Once you start to engage your innate intelligence, be it simple and from the heart or complex and of the mind, your unique creativity begins to shine, and you become a beacon of brilliance.

You may be sitting on the one solution that no-one else can imagine, or you may hold just the right words to bring comfort and understanding to a tense situation.

You never know until you start to apply your mind, your perspective & your creativity to something outside of yourself.

And sometimes, you don’t even need to EXPRESS your intelligence.

Consider the CEO who sits with her team-leaders, intently listening to their ideas until brilliance is born. By simply sitting in active contemplation, you “magically” amplify the collective intelligence.

You have more power and intellect more than you’ll ever know.

Trust in yourself. Trust in your ability. Trust in your intellect.

You have it in you. Close your eyes and feel it from the depths of your being.

How will YOU influence the world TODAY?

 

Breaking the Bad Habit of Not Having Enough Motivation

Not all days are sunny. There are days when you were down and does not want to continue. But, what will you do during these times?

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with motivation. We need to get motivated all the time but we always find it hard to get out of our comfort zones and get ourselves working.

We like to feel motivated but we hate the process of prodding ourselves into doing what we are supposed to be doing or finishing what we have already started.

Motivation is hard to pin down thing. What few people realize though is that while it may be hard to pin down at times, there are plenty of things one can do to muster enough motivation to get yourself going.

Finding the thing that motivates you is one thing, it is quite another to stick with it.

And even while you have already succeeded in identifying what motivates you, the temptation to give in for more convenient, easier things like procrastination are much more powerful than getting yourself up and going.

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Identify that lacking motivation or deliberately making yourself feel demotivated is a bad habit.

Something isn’t quite right when you refuse to wake up on time to get to your office. Or, when you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the power of procrastination when you have deadlines to beat.

You know that something is going wrong inside you when the task you have to finish several days ago sits idly on your desk, untouched.

And something is not right when you can’t even force yourself to confront a problem that has been gnawing your will to live fully.

You lack even the motivation to accept that you are not motivated. So how do you build your motivation from the ground up? Start with…

Identifying the things that sap out your motivation.

It always starts with very simple things in a very natural manner. Then it starts to affect the other aspects of your life, which are not entirely connected with the thing that triggered your lack of motivation.

Maybe you just didn’t feel like getting up after your alarm rung off one morning. The next day, you did the same thing and on and on until you developed the bad habit of not feeling motivated to do anything.

The first effective step to gaining back your sense of motivation is to figure out the thing or things that sap the energy out of you. It could be a small thing like not waking up in time or a really serious thing like hating everything about your job.

No matter what the form, you can identify the things that sap out your energy by their power to make you feel discouraged.

Start with the sample exercise of listing down the areas in your life where you find no motivation to pursue at all and the particular things which you think makes you feel disheartened.

This will help you gain some perspective on the entire issue. You can even derive solutions in simply knowing the cause. This will shed clarity on your issues with motivation.

Then you can move on to evaluating the risks and benefits of not feeling motivated. There are benefits to having no motivation – immediate self-gratification in the form of rest for one.

And there are risks, for sure. Plenty of them. And the risks oftentimes outweigh the benefits. Discovering the risks and benefits of not feeling motivated could be very enlightening.

In general, you would realize that it is never worth it to procrastinate, to give in to the temptation of hating to move a finger to finish your tasks, or to deliberately believe that it is much more gratifying to lie around and do nothing.

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Quit the debate -The battle always starts in the head.

It begins ten to five minutes before you start doing the thing you have to do – whether it’s a task, a business plan, a goal.

In the normal course of hesitating to do your task, one part of your head tries to talk you into doing it. It is immediately followed by a voice that talks you out of it.

This process goes on until you decide to follow either of the two voices – abandon the task and live with the uneasy, guilty feeling or finish it and feel satisfied.

The right choice is obvious, but the immediate convenience of the ‘easy way out’ presents make it very enticing.

Try not to prolong the debate. The longer it goes on, the more difficult it will be for you to begin and finish your task, the less motivated you will feel. This mental chatter is an absolute motivation killer.

Find your inspiration – Inspiration almost always comes out of nowhere.

It is funny how one can feel inspired by simply listening to the rhythm of the falling rain or by simply watching little children play. It is amazing how a witty line from a poem can enlighten your mind and your mood.

It is never fully clear why these things happen, but it is evident that they happen all the time.

When lacking the inspiration to get off your butt and do your work, try to look at the most unassuming places and see if something inside you will react.

Don’t push it, though. Inspiration is a sudden occurrence, it can never be manufactured. It comes when the time is ripe.

Take a break – Exhaustion can kill your mood, not to mention lower your motivation level.

There is enough time in the world to do and finish everything you have to do so don’t race against time.

Always take the time to reward yourself with some sunshine and a warm bath. Or with some relaxing minutes under the trees or in your bed.

However, you do it, just try to have the faith that once you get back to the drawing board, your mind is already geared to be productive. Don’t be afraid to take some time off and reward yourself with rest.

Always enjoy the process – What are life and work if they are not enjoyed?

Try to always find the purpose and happiness in everything you do, no matter how uninterested you are.

Finally, commit yourself to change. This is not easy, it never was. But try to set the date for mustering your sense of motivation.

 

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Achieve Your Goals With These Five Doable Steps

How do you achieve your goals? What are some doable steps you are doing right now to reach them? There is a lot more to achieving any goal than just having the goal. But it is this first step.

You may wonder how some people seem so great at achieving their goals while other people aren’t so good at it.

Part of the reason why some people fail is that they do not have a specific goal, one that is clear and focused. In addition, they do not have a schedule of action to actually work toward achieving the goal.

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In order to meet any goal, start doing these five things today.

1. Craft Clear, Specific and Doable Goals

For any goal to be achievable it must first be clear and very specific. But, it also must be possible. You do want to challenge yourself a bit, and set the goal high, but you want to ensure that any goal you set is possible.

Therefore, you will need to do a little research in order to set a goal. For instance, let’s say your ultimate goal is to lose 50 pounds.

Obviously, anyone who needs to lose 50 pounds and sets their mind to it can do so, but they can’t and shouldn’t do it in one month. So an unreasonable goal is “I want to lose 50 pounds in a month.”

Instead, a more reasonable and doable goal is to state “I want to lose 50 pounds in 30 weeks.” This is in line with health recommendations not to lose more than 2 pounds per week and gives you a little cushion for plateaus and other issues.

 

2. Each Goal Needs Set Actionable Tasks

Additionally, any goal that you really want to meet needs to have the “why” and the “how” included with the “what” of the goal. In the example above you want to lose 50 pounds in 30 weeks, which will be a little less than 2 pounds per week.

You’ll need to look at your diet, compute the number of calories you should consume and the amount of exercise you need to see those results.

Thankfully, today there are online calculators to help you determine this easily, but let’s say that you determine that if you consumed 1800 calories a day, and walked for 20 minutes each day, you would achieve your goal that you set within the time limit.

So, now you need to include planning your meals and fitting in the exercise necessary to reach your goal. But because of the research you did, you know exactly what is needed to be successful with the goal you set.

You can see a clear path to success just by going further and adding these actionable tasks:

– Eat 1800 calories a day

– Walk fast for 20 Minutes per day

Seeing that in black and white you can see that it’s very doable and achievable. But, there are a few more steps necessary to achieve your goals.

 

3. Schedule Everything

Do not leave anything to chance. Instead, schedule in the work necessary to reach your goals into a real calendar.

Writing a list isn’t good enough – you need to schedule in everything so that you don’t miss a single day due to losing track of your schedule.

You’ll need time to eat healthier, which requires more chopping and cooking, and you’ll need time to fit in the exercise, which is going to really take more than 20 minutes due to prep time and recovery time.

Be realistic about how long each thing will take and schedule them into your day properly.

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4. Take Action

No goal will ever be achieved if regular action isn’t taken each day. Each morning, look at your calendar and follow through on the plans that you’ve made and the criteria you’ve set for yourself to get things done.

All you have to do is the minimum necessary each day to reach your goal. When you get through each day having done the minimum, you’re a success – each and every single day.

There is nothing else that can be the result of daily action other than success when you think of it this way.

 

5. Repeat

Finally, you’ll need to repeat these steps every single day. When you make very specific and clear goals with very specific steps to achieving the goal, based on reality, you will soon discover the secret to success that seems to escape so many people.

The real secret is in the doing. It’s like going on a long hike – if you take one step at a time, moving in the direction of the map that you’ve planned out for yourself, you will get to the end and you will be a success.

Reaching your goals is just a matter of setting reasonable and realistic goals, and then setting up a schedule of actionable tasks and steps that bring about the end result you want.

You can start today to achieve your goals.

 

 

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To be Successful, Be Certain On Where You’re Going

 

Here’s another motivational message to inspire and motivate you to ponder:

Get Clear On Where You’re Going

Have you ever felt that there’s just not enough time in the day? Most often, when we run out of time for projects or pursuits, the reason is that we’ve spent a lot of time lost in ambiguity.

When you’re supremely clear about where you’re going and what you want to do, there’s no time lost. Your actions are clear & precise, and you can make an AMAZING amount of progress in just a short period of time.

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Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to eliminate the time-management nightmare.

Here are some suggestions to motivate you:

1. Plan your work.

Take a few moments to determine where you’re going and how you plan to get there. You don’t have to know all the steps or details; just write down the basic outline as you can see it.

 

2. Gather your resources.

Get your tools in order. Make sure you have food & water and anything else you need to get started. What do you need to do this job right? Get it.

 

3. Work your plan.

Give yourself a deadline, then follow your outline step-by-step. If you get lost or distracted, come back to your outline and see what’s next.

Before long you will have a finished product or project, and plenty of time to relax or do something else…like stare out the window for 20 minutes.

What are YOU going to do TODAY?

 

Change One Thing For Your Success

If you can change a thing for you to be successful, what would it be? Here’s another inspirational thought and a motivational message for you to ponder.

One simple change, one simple step. It all begin with one. That one can reach to a hundred, a thousand, a million and so on.

Sometimes it seems like nothing works the way it should. If you’re a human, you have probably hit that point where work is no fun, relationship is a struggle and you don’t even feel comfortable in your body.

At times like these, changing your life can seem overwhelming. There’s so much to do…where do you even start?

It’s quite simple, really…just change ONE thing.

Read a magazine article you would never typically even consider. Try a new type of restaurant. Take a different route to work. Any simple change of scenery can shift your perspective, and has the potential to drastically transform your life.

It’s like a ship at sea…if it changes course even one degree, 100 miles later it’s in completely new waters.

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Of course, the most profound shifts are the ones you make on the inside.

Annoyance can easily be turned into fascination. Frustration can be flipped to become gratitude. Even anger can be transformed if you simply turn it into a song.

You don’t have to tackle the whole enchilada, just make one simple shift.

And the best part is…it’s all experimentation.

If you don’t like your new perspective, you can always go back to your old one.

What “one-degree” shift can YOU make TODAY?

 

24 Empowering Beliefs and Powerful Motivational Takeaways

How can your experiences be shaped by your thinking? How can obstacles have unseen values?

Is it possible to develop a conviction that will help you to feel happier and achieve more, regardless of the situation?

Consider these empowering beliefs and powerful rules of motivation that you can start using today to transform your life through the power of positive thinking.

 

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8 Empowering Beliefs to Make You Smile

1. I understand my potential

You can achieve amazing results when you put your mind to it. Feel excited about reaching your true potential.

Make an inventory of your strengths and successes in the past. Besides, you can also aim to improve them or target your desired potential.

 

2. I count my blessings

List each thing that you have to that you are grateful for. Remember to include the smaller items, like warm socks or tart cranberries

Expressing your appreciation reminds you of how prosperous you are.

Make this your daily habit until it becomes part of your character. Until in no time, you can have that attitude of gratitude.

 

3. I learn from mistakes

You can make setbacks work for you by focusing on the lessons that they contain.

Find ways how to improve yourself and how to make it better next time.

Search for ways that work for you. Maybe it works for others but there could be a suitable answer that fits your personality or your situation.

Take some detour and still, arrive at your destination.

 

4. I find meaning in adversity

Tough times can be the most rewarding phase of your life. Know that you can emerge from any challenge with greater wisdom and courage.

You can get more patience, more virtues, and stronger character.

Look back at the obstacles you’ve already overcome, and reassure yourself that you can handle what’s ahead.

 

 5. I embrace change

Accept that life is a series of changes. Focus on the present moment, and prepare yourself to adapt to whatever circumstances come your way.

Change is good instead of being stuck in one thing. It is part of progress and it is the nature of every living being.

Thus, it also shows that you are moving or growing up.

 

6. I dream big

Big dreams inspire. It makes people work harder, with even more passion. What would happen to people if they have nothing to shoot for? Nothing.

If there are no Olympic medals and several hundred Olympians to compete against, the champions will never exist.

If Mount Everest is not the highest mountain, there will be no mountaineers and hikers who struggle daily to reach the peak.

If you don’t dream big, you would stay forever in that nook of the world where everything is mediocre, where the sense of achievement is an abstract concept, and where success is all but inexistent.

Expand your wish list. Setting demanding but attainable goals give you adventures to look forward each day.

Remove your fear and stretch yourself to what you can do. Even you yourself will be amazed by the power inside you.

 

7. I practice forgiveness

Lighten your load by clearing away any resentment you’re holding from the past.

Set reasonable boundaries while you respond with compassion when others disappoint you. And pardon yourself too.

It is important to forgive yourself. It is part of loving you. Do this instead of feeling guilty and carrying a heavy load. Let them go. They are unnecessary baggage.

 

8. I give generously

Sharing your blessings makes you more powerful and joyful. Volunteer in your community and speak kindly to each person you meet today. Buy coffee for your co-workers or give your receptionist a flower.

Thus, you can give your time, service or talent. And do it for the joy of giving. It means, without expecting anything. As they say, if you want to be happy, then, make someone happy.

 

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8 Empowering Beliefs to Make You Strive

1. I take responsibility

You are in charge of your life. Hold yourself accountable for the outcomes you create. Do this instead of blaming others, your past or your current situation.

 

Celebrate the fact that you have the power to determine your own future. And now, you can stir your future to what you dream and what you like and not by the dictates of others or the limitations around your situation.

 

2. I apply effort

Figure out your definition of success so you know what is worth working for.

Taking mere actions and taking massive actions set the difference between mediocrity and success.

Give yourself credit when you’re making progress rather than comparing yourself to others.

 

3. I leverage my strengths

You have your own individual strengths that you can draw on. You have your own talents and skills either natural or acquired.

In one way or another, there is always something that you are great at or something that you vehemently love doing.

Figure out what you’re good at and what you want to do. Let that knowledge guide your choices.

 

4. I listen to feedback

Ask for feedback so you can enhance your performance and show others that you respect their point of view.

You grow faster when you gather solid input that you can translate into action.

 

5. I ask for help

Expand your capabilities by building a sturdy support network. Ask successful people how they got there.

For example, ask some successful businessmen in your area. You can also ask some experts in your field or profession through sending them an email or making some phone calls.

Carpool with other parents or other people in your neighborhood. Divide up household chores with your spouse and children to make the load lighter and get them done faster.

 

6. I connect with others

Moral support counts too. Surround yourself with loving and encouraging family and friends.

Participate actively in your faith community. Join a club with members who share your interest in solar power or badminton.

You can also join a mastermind group. It’s very helpful and encouraging to be with like-minded people.

 

7. I recognize opportunities

Stay alert for promising openings. You may meet a new friend while you’re standing in line to buy your morning coffee.

Attend in some events or training in your community or in your field. Be intuitive of what could be the next big thing.

 

8. I try new things

Be open to experimentation. Go kayaking one weekend instead of playing tennis.

Bake your own bread or knit a scarf. You may discover hidden talents. Learn new skills or anything that interests you.

You can drag yourself up the same way you can drag yourself down. It is a choice you have to make every, single day.

Whenever you are faced with this conflict of choices, bring with you these tiny nuggets of wisdom on motivation.

 

Powerful Motivation

 

8 Powerful Motivational Takeaways

 

Some people say that motivation is why some individuals do one thing and others do something altogether different.

 

Motivation is often discussed in terms of setting and achieving goals and also what designates the behavior of a human being.

 

Motivation is sometimes defined in terms of feelings that push a person to achieve a given objective.

 

Often motivation is believed to be the reason that a person chooses to do anything in particular, whether it be applying for a specific job or taking a chance by asking someone out on a date.

 

In the realm of psychology, motivation is closely connected to behavior in terms of the initiation as well as direction, intensity, and persistence of it.

 

Motivation has to do with having the interest in doing something and then having the willingness and ability to see it through until its completion.

 

Motivation is instead a dynamic and temporal state of mind.

 

A person who is motivated can be motivated to accomplish a long-term goal or a short-term goal and both have value.

 

Sometimes a motivated individual will break a long-term goal down into a series of smaller short-term goals in order to make the end result easier to conquer and attain.

 

The motivation to work towards any given goal can change and oftentimes. circumstances make it necessary for a person to modify their level of motivation.

 

And here are additional motivational tips for you to take.

 

1. Never mind that you’re not this or that

It all begins with little excuses like ‘I don’t feel good’, ‘I am not that smart’, ‘I don’t have enough faith in myself’.

Then you start believing in these things like they are written in stone, then these negative beliefs become a part of your system, a part of who you are.

Thus, never let this happen to you. Do not compare yourself to others. Enjoy your present blessings and keep on working on your goals.

 

2. Don’t give a second’s worth of recognition on these negative self-talks

Whenever you hear that part of your brain telling you things that can pull you down, shut it out and listen to that less powerful, but oftentimes ignored the voice that says ‘you can!‘.

Cancel those damaging thoughts through replacing with the positive ones. Substitute them with self-love and self-appreciation.

 

3. Have faith – in yourself, in what you can do, and the things you believe in

It doesn’t matter if you fail. Everyone goes through that hurtful process. What matters is that every time you do, you bounce back, rebuild yourself, and give the world a better you.

Replenish that confidence in yourself and build your self-esteem. Revisit again your past victories and your arsenal of strengths and talents. Look forward on the great things yourself can deliver.

 

4. Be very careful when choosing your side

You can either talk yourself into doing the task or not, which means you can either be a part of the success, that one part of your head says you can be or take part in the downfall, the other side of your head tries to go to.

Always take that side of your brain that believes in you, that cares about your well-being, and pushes you to be the person you are trying to be.

Try to win the debate with yourself every time. Remember that sometimes, the act of doing something is not really difficult. It’s the few minutes of mental chatter leading up to doing the act.

Talk to your child ego. Give it enough attention so that it will not tantrum and sabotage your other efforts.

 

5. Try to win the debate with yourself every time

Remember that sometimes, the act of doing something is not really difficult. It’s the few minutes of mental chatter leading up to doing the act.

Be in control and be in charge. Find ways what work and what won’t in your mental reasoning.

Visualize the image of triumph or challenge yourself instead of achieving your goal.

 

6.  Hold on to that something that matters to you

There is nothing more meaningful in life than that something that we dearly hold on to. Some people call it their passion, others call it their cause. What do you call yours?

The reason, passion, or whatever it is that propels your inner drive to accomplish something is a very powerful source of motivation. It never runs dry. It flows so long as you hold on to that thing you care about.

Sometimes, it is what makes people do the impossible in the face of difficulties. And it is that thing that gives them the courage to face and get through the biggest difficulties life throws at them.

 

7. Picture the completion of the task

Think like you have already finished your task. Few people appreciate the benefits of creating mental images of finished tasks. The reality, though, this can help a great deal in motivating you to get on with it.

 

Think of the bliss of not having anything to make you feel guilty or the sense of pride in being able to accomplish something. The more you think of the benefits of finishing your tasks, the more convinced you will become to get ahead with it.

 

8. Compete with yourself

Competing with others is good, but oftentimes it is a sure-fire way to demotivate yourself because you will start to compare yourself with others each and every time.

Run your own, personal race. How many times have you heard the saying, ‘you are your worst enemy’?

An upbeat attitude increases your happiness and productivity. Question your old assumptions so you can replace them with a new sense of certainty about yourself and your future.

Adopt empowering beliefs that build up your confidence and prepare you for greater success. Start today. You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

Let Go of Perfectionism, Love your Imperfections

Do you really need to be perfect in who you are and in everything you do? What will you do amidst imperfections? Is it okay for you to accept those imperfections?

You might be familiar with the “Accept me as I am” battle cry.

It doesn’t mean that you won’t change harmful habits because you are embracing who you are. It also doesn’t mean that you are endorsing laziness or lack of ambition.

It basically means, you have taken a look inside of yourself and seen who the person inside truly is. There are things that you like about yourself and also things that you don’t, but it all works together to become the person that you are today.

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True change in your life is an act of love. You can lose weight when you love who you are right now at your current weight. Your life, self-esteem, and happiness are not tied to a number.

Anything done out of self-hate doesn’t usually last because you are always criticizing your efforts. Nothing is ever good enough because you start off not liking anything about yourself from the beginning. You’d leave your own body if you could.

There is nothing healthy about that. Imperfection says that the only way through is with love on board. Accepting and embracing you by celebrating why you are unique. It is getting reacquainted with yourself through a few steps that show the value that was there all along.

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What is Perfection?

Perfection could possibly be described as the attainment of a state where you are lacking nothing. It sounds quite ethereal and spiritual. In that sense, it would be something that you would continue to strive for but never attain fully.

With spiritual goals, the journey is what brings satisfaction. With perfection, the journey is just another frustration that means “you aren’t worthy yet.”

Who wants to live like that? Several people do, whether they know it or not. For many reasons, they are not happy or satisfied with their lives. The focus is on everything outside finances, career, relationships, children, fame and the like.

It can lead to the pursuit of more goals but without an increase in satisfaction. Why? These people focus on outside stuff to validate their existence – who they are. As long as outside things can be changed, shift, or in the case of people, offer an opinion, you are standing on sinking sand in regards to perfection.

With that, learn more how to let go of perfectionism and simply love your imperfections.

You will discover below the following:

  • Problem with Perfectionism
  • Accept Your Imperfections
  • Get Comfortable with Imperfection
  • Unleash the Critic Inside You

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Problem with Perfectionism

At the end of the work day, most people are exhausted and want to rest. Rest is good and recuperative. When you are on a quest for perfection, there is no such thing as rest. One is constantly in pursuit of an ideal, a quality, a body image that satisfies them via the satisfaction of others. It’s like being on a hamster wheel. This is the downside of perfection.

 

5 Reasons why Perfection is not a Worthy Goal

Isn’t it time you let yourself off the hook? Realistically, you can be the best you can be but perfect is subjective as well and often unattainable in most situations. Even if it is attainable in some areas of life, it is not “maintainable”.

 

1. Perfection drove by fear

It could be fear of being unloved or fear of rejection if you don’t maintain a certain look or attitude. At some point ask yourself, is it worth it? Does this drive for perfection elevate or diminish you as a person?

 

2. Perfection is frustrating

Pressure piles up like heat in a pressure cooker. You are going to blow if you don’t get some relief. Always pursuing but never achieving or maintaining can lead to strife, depression, and a wasted life.

 

3. Unresolved issues can fuel your drive

Instead of dealing with the fact that your parents divorced and you feel it was your fault, you strive to be perfect so that doesn’t happen to you. One doesn’t absolve the other.

 

4. Perfection is conditional

Love should not be. For those who feel perfection is important, you are only of use to them when you can exemplify that ideal. Otherwise, they don’t want you.

 

5. Love doesn’t factor into it

If you love yourself is not relevant. But, it is love that leads to acceptance and real change if you want it. Otherwise, you are running from the true issue.

 

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Accept Your Imperfections

What’s wrong with being yourself? Nothing is wrong with it as long as you conform to what everyone else wants from you. This is not being you but a hollow version of someone else’s vision of you. Break free and learn to accept yourself as you are.

 

Acceptance is not Surrender

Have you read “Moby Dick”? Captain Ahab was so unhappy with himself that he pursued the white whale to kill it in hopes of killing everything that he hated about himself. That might be too deep of an interpretation but it leads to a valid point. When we accept who we are, it is believed that we are settling for less than we should. We have given up. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

When you stop running and pursuing unattainable goals, you are forced to look at yourself. As long as you are in motion you can pretend that you are someone you are not. All of your energy is spent making people in your life believe a lie. It is thoroughly exhausting and leads to more dissatisfaction with you because you feel like a failure.

A new life begins when you stop pursuing and begin looking within for what you seek. Discover why you have been created. What does it mean to be “you”? Only time spent in reflection can answer that question.

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4 Tips to Self-Acceptance

You can’t become someone else. They are already living that life. Choose the road that leads to who you were meant to be.

 

1. Being human is not easy

We are creatures who have made mistakes in the past on the way to discovery and will continue to do so. Mistakes keep us honest in our opinion of ourselves. No one can do it all or is expected to. When you go easy on yourself you can also have compassion for others.

 

2. Turn weakness into strength

What others may view as flaws can actually be what makes you so unique. Instead of trying to pretend you are put together when you are anything but, embrace your spontaneity and creative side. Any weakness can be turned into strength when you accept it as a part of you through love.

 

3. Choose a course

You may need to make a detour at some point or another but it takes courage to even take the first step of a life journey. You won’t go anywhere if you continue to hide who you are because others may not accept your flaws. The truth is that your celebration of your flaws makes them feel insecure.

 

4. Laugh at yourself

The quickest way to diffuse embarrassment is to laugh at your mistake. It takes too much energy to be mad or ashamed. You are not the first to make that faux pas and you won’t be the last. Accept it.

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Get Comfortable with Imperfection

Imperfection is not the opposite of perfection as if it is a state not to be desired. Instead, imperfection is the state of acceptance of self through love. Without seeing who you truly are, you won’t know what to change and what to keep. Perfectionism just throws everything out the window.

 

4 Ways to Accommodate Imperfections

Here are four ways to truly be free by letting yourself live as you are.

 

1. Take some serious time for self-examination

Don’t be afraid to look at yourself honestly. Write down what is positive and what is negative in your eyes. Find ways to change the wording of those negatives so they are now positives that you can embrace. If you think that your ankles are big, find shoes to wear that minimize their appearance as such.

 

2. Discover what you like to do and don’t like to do

Don’t be afraid to say “no” to events or activities that don’t foster your interests just because it’s a “cool” or “acceptable” thing to do.

 

3. Try something new

Try bold colors for clothing or change your hairstyle. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with new looks to accentuate your positives and give yourself a confidence boost.

 

4. Explore your creative side

Are you a “right-brained” person? Find out if you have any creative tendencies. Stimulate that side of your brain to bring out attributes you didn’t know you had.

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Unleash the Critic Inside You

Have you heard the saying, “Everyone is a critic?” It’s true. And, the biggest critic of all is staring right back at you through the mirror. No one has to come down hard on you because you are already putting yourself in a vicious headlock as it is.

They say that you can talk to yourself as long as you don’t answer back. If you don’t answer back, however, the potentially negative thoughts will continue unchallenged. This is more detrimental than being thought of as crazy.

We often follow the patterns created in our minds by our thoughts. Allowing negative self-talk to dominate your mind can lead to low self-esteem, bad habits, depression and other unhealthy results.

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6 Ways to Getting Over on Yourself

Don’t let the pressure get to you. Be proactive. Attack those thoughts as soon as they start to speak. Get creative.

 

1. Box up your negativity

This can be literal or figurative. In the grand scheme of our life, each problem holds a small place overall. Seeing it as small minimizes its power over you. Try this. Create a small box or purchase one.

Whenever you are plagued by a negative thought about yourself for the way you handled a problem or because you made a mistake, write it down on a piece of paper. Put it away in that small box. See your issue diminishing in size. Those thoughts do not define who you are.

 

2. Replace negativity with positive self-talk

When a negative thought is removed something needs to fill its place in your mind. Exchange a negative (“I am worthless because I am not married.”) for a positive thought (“I am a unique and worthwhile person that any man would be lucky to have for a wife.”). If the negative thoughts can keep you down, then surely the positive ones can lift you up.

 

3. Talk to a trusted friend

Explain the situation that made you feel so bad. Allow your friend to console you, counsel you and challenge that negative thought pattern that is condemning you.

 

4. Get realistic

Was the situation as bad as you imagined it was? Maybe you are embellishing the story because of the negatives swirling in your mind? Take a realistic look at you and put things into perspective.

 

5. Accept your imperfections

Don’t “agree to disagree” with certain attributes but embrace them as old friends. They are a part of you – the good, the bad, the ugly and the peculiar. Love who you are and then move on to making changes in your life.

 

6. Count your positives

It’s similar to counting your blessings. What is good about you? What have you done that is positive? Before you know it, you don’t feel bad anymore.

Don’t let that voice in your head overshadow your actual voice. Speak the truth and change your circumstances.

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The pursuit of perfectionism brings pain, dissatisfaction and self-loathing. Get rid of it today.

Imperfections make you human and happy. Accept yours and then shine.

Allow yourself to be human, flawed and free by embracing your imperfect life.

 

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Health and Wellness Affirmations

Affirmations for your Health and Wellness

Be inspired to live a healthy and vibrant life. Here are a health and wellness affirmation video to help you achieve optimal health.

 

And here’s the list of those affirmations:

I have the power to control my health.

I’m in control of my health and wellness.

I have abundant energy, vitality and well-being.

I’m healthy in all aspects of my being.

I don’t fear to be unhealthy as I know that I control my own body.

I’m always able to maintain my ideal weight.

I’m filled with energy to do all the daily actions in my life.

My mind is at peace.

I love and care for my body and it cares for me.

I’m healthy, happy, and transformed!

I give myself permission to heal.

My natural state is health. I’m cloaked in energy.

My energy field shines with clear brightness.

I’m well in my thoughts and at ease in my body.

I have the stamina and energy to do all the things I love!

I’m now perfectly healthy in body, mind and spirit.

I feed my body with self-nurturing and fit nutrition.

I’m enjoying optimal health.

I’m rediscovering the art of allowing my natural wellbeing.

My health is excellent and I’m perfectly fit.

I have abundant energy, vitality and well-being.

I’ve all levels of energy – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

I have a fit spirit, mind, and body.

I take 4 deep, relaxing breaths at least once each 90 minutes.

I drink a glass of fresh, good water each ninety minutes.

I do sit-ups or push-ups, and yoga upon arising every morning.

I do a half-hour of vigorous walking or aerobic exercise daily.

I do strength training (including push-ups and lunges) at least 3 times a week, alternating between the muscles.

I take suitable nutrition for my body and mind.

I’m healthy, happy and radiant.

I am healthy and full of vitality and energy.

I accept health as my normal state.

Daily in every way, I am feeling energetic and enthusiastic.

 

Here’s the audio version of this health and wellness affirmations if you prefer to listen. Click here to listen.

Download your free PDF copy of health and wellness affirmations.

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