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3 Ways to Inspire Motivation in YOU

I decided to take a break yesterday from blogging because that was my way to celebrate my 100th blog post.

I believe when it comes to business you have to find a balance that supports both your personal and business goals.

I enjoyed the day hanging out at Barnes and Noble reading and playing Chess on my computer.

It’s one of my favorite places to go when I just want to get away.

It was quite pleasing being able to plan out the rest of my week and getting things together for this move next week.

Although my life has been a roller coaster ride lately I’m moving into a new place.

It’s a lot more spacious and I think it will allow me the ability to be more creative.

While not my dream location I hope to continue growing my blog and pursuing my online business to take me where I want to go with attaining the things I desire out of life.

I still have debt (Student Loans/Credit Card) and want to have that taken care of in the next few years.

So my goal is to grind it out until then.

While going through all these thoughts yesterday it really made me think of motivation and what motivates the successful to do what they do to achieve their dreams.

My thoughts…

Does Motivation Lead to Success?

While I don’t think being motivated is an indicator of success, I do believe without motivation one can’t be very successful.

We all go through periods where we don’t do the things we know we should be doing to make our lives better.

But that’s what separates those who get stuff done from those who don’t.

There’s some force, power, or thing that gets them going even when they don’t want to.

Motivation plays an important role in the daily living of a person who wants more out of life and more out of themselves.

Many people in this world have successfully achieved their most important goals in life because of the motivation they displayed while going for their wildest dreams and deepest desires.

By applying motivation to tasks in your life you can move mountains and achieve many things you never thought possible.

3 Ways to Inspire Motivation

1. Set Goals For Yourself

Motivation can be inspired by setting a goal or goals for yourself.

I had this blog on my mind for a long time before actually starting it and being serious about it.

I decided to set the goal and give myself three months of constant blogging to see where I could take it.

Never could I have thought I’d actually make it this far, but I wrote it down and did what I had to do each day.

Motivation has a very strong connection to the concentration of an individual who aims for a very special thing.

Such claim is very applicable in the process of attaining a very important goal in life or a very significant opportunity which can lead a person to success.

I concentrated on it and have had some successes I would have never thought possible a few months back when I had very readers.

Through goal setting and consistent effort I get regular visitors and new visitors daily from all across the world.

It all started with one goal.

Not only has my motivation to blog become a habit, it’s become a necessity.

2. Be Excited About What You’re Doing

Being excited about what you’re doing increases motivation by a lot.

How many times how you been exciting about something only to not do it?

Not very often if at all right?

If you do a thing that enjoy you don’t really need to have motivation to do it.

That’s the importance of being passionate about something.

You do it because you love it.

If you can figure out a way to monetize even better for you, but whether you make money doing it or not it’s still a part of who you are.

Be excited about life and put yourself in a position to where the things you are doing don’t feel like a job or tasks, but a natural progression into what you enjoy.

3. Build A Support Circle Around You

Motivation comes a lot easier when you are surrounded by people who support you.

If you currently don’t have a support circle to keep you motivated with your endeavors figure out how to get around one.

You don’t always have to have a support system in place already.

Go out there and get one.

There are many people out in the world that have similar interests to you.

Find where they are and support them.

You must give before you can get.

It’s amazing the response I’ve got from reaching out to other bloggers on the net by supporting them.

The amount of love and support I’ve got is amazing and keeps me going when growing my online business.

Motivation is a state of mind that should become a part of your daily routine.

It can open up your mind to the possibilities life has to offer if you go for your dreams.

There have been many people who’ve successfully achieved their dreams with the help of motivation.

Changing the frame of mind and taking consistent action daily.

Once you learn how to harness this power you can overcome many challenges in life.

Motivation has the ability to boost your confidence and self-esteem in ways you never thought possible.

Begin to make your change today and find something that can motivate you.

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Best Wishes!

Don’t Limit Yourself: Work Your Mind

Often times people get into a rut and begin to put themselves in a box.

Becoming comfortable with the way their life is, but not being happy with their lives in general.

Not knowing how to change their lives, not knowing how to grow, and not knowing how to expand as a human being.

Believing that the world they’ve created around them is the world that they live.

Technically it is, but it doesn’t have to be.

Don’t limit yourself.

Earlier today I was having a discussion with a friend and I mentioned to them about a new book I purchased.

Their reply to me was,”You read books?”

Yes I read books!!!

The comment really hit me hard because I got away from reading daily like I used to.

Not to undermined anyone that doesn’t read, but like most things when you make it a habit it’s tough to do without.

Get yourself into the habit or doing things differently if you are dissatisfied with you life.

Your mind is like a garden and what you put into your mind will grow and your thoughts will shape who you are and who you become.

For myself, reading helps me to shape my thoughts in a way that provides new possibilities in my life.

Honestly, it brightens my day.

Reading for 15-30 min a day can make a massive change in your life.

Reading things that motivate, inspire, challenge, and get you moving in a new direction.

Don’t limit yourself on the things that you can learn.

Don’t limit yourself on the people you associate yourself with.

And more importantly don’t limit yourself on the things that you can do.

Become who you want to be by reading books and surrounding yourself around those who can be an asset to your life.

To be in a frame of mind that reading can’t change your life and reshape your thoughts is putting yourself into a box and is an excuse for you to put limits on yourself.

Being today to see life in a bigger picture and imagine more out of life if you are someone that is feeling stuck.

Reading , working your mind, and taking action can be a valuable resource in getting yourself unstuck.

You have the power to regain control, but it’s going to take some work.

It’s about creating new habits and reshaping your mind.

That’s what separates the winners from the losers.

Don’t limit yourself!

Best Wishes!

Believe in the Process

The way you view yourself will play a big role in the success or failure of your life.

Ultimately the success and failures you have in your life will be based off your personal beliefs and how you see things around you.

If you are the type of individual that gets involved in projects just because it’s something to do I can assure you majority of the time you are going to fail.

The reason why is because you’re not going to believe in the process.

I’ve seen many people get involved in online business because of a job loss, their back is against the wall, or it was just something they wanted to try.

This is a real, breathing, living, striving business, and it’s going to take love and care just like any other business venture.

People come in with their mind set on the event or making loads of money online without understanding the process of the work and the things required to be successful.

The only way you will ever be successful in anything or achieve any goals is if you believe in the process.

You have to take things day by day.

One step at a time and believe in the process of the little things adding up to something big.

If your focus is set on the process instead of the event you won’t last.

A plan must be set, followed, and executed to the utmost importance.

It’s difficult to focus and believe in the process if you have no ceiling of what you can do, but it’s needed to get to where you want to be.

Begin basing your goals off time frames and do you best not to focus on the end point.

You will get so much further with your goals if you follow a process and believe that what you are doing is going to lead you to success.

Remain consistent and stay persistent.

Believe in the process.

Best wishes!

Worth

You Are Worth More Than You Think

Today, a friend made me remember something important.

My worth!

I’m far more precious than jewels and my value is far above pearls and any other material possession the world has to offer.

Before taking a stand for anything there’s a route that must be traveled.

Always have an affirmative to whatever causes you support and make sure you have tranquility.

Devise a plan, fathom, comprehend, and execute.

Everyone may not agree with your choices.

That’s life!

People will play in the water with you, but not actually dive to the depths of the sea.

But little do they know at the bottom of the sea is where the true answers will be found.

The message for people to understand is there.

Stones may be thrown along the way, sharks will devour your wisdom and spit it out leaving you tarnished and bruised…fish will swim along your side, but everyone will not capture the treasure of thought to change this world.

It isn’t meant for everyone to understand, every thought we have isn’t meant for everyone’s knowledge.

As long as YOU can change the game of this world with that one thought, you’ve made your contribution to the world.

If people can invent everyday necessities, then you can do it too.

There is greatness within you!

Conquer yourself first, then, conquer each cataclysm this world offers.

Face your fears, face those that don’t believe in you and show them who you really are.

It was once said that the ultimate revenge is mass success.

I have personally burdened myself with the troubles of this world’s society and witnessed others endure the same.

This world can alter a person’s thinking making them believe they lack STRENGTH, VALUE, and LEADERSHIP.

Wrong!

A beautiful mind is the great steed our soul is riding.

REMEMBER, STRUGGLE IS IN THE POWER OF THOUGHT!

Over thinking worldly issues and having our own personal stresses can be overwhelming and this is why we need to be uplifted and encourage daily.

Read something positive every day, watch motivational videos, think positively, and surround yourself with people that can make you better.

Make a conscious effort to be better than you were yesterday, but not as good as you can be tomorrow.

The pineal gland is the seat of the human soul.

Care for it well.

Purify the body/mind, eat healthy, exercise, and find the inner peace within you.

The solution to life seems difficult at first.

Learn how to provide people with warmth and information.

Be the change this world needs and find it in yourself to accomplish the inevitable.

There is so much turmoil in this world.

We are all downtrodden by the social and economic structure.

It often times seems a threat to be knowledgeable or working towards it.

When you acquire spiritual enlightenment and tranquility, it quiets the mind, body, and soul into a state of relaxation giving you the strength to pursue and conquer all obstacles like you were destined to do.

Wake up, live your life, and pursue your dreams.

Best Wishes!

Mental Conditioning

Mental Conditioning: Program the Mind

Achieving greatness with anything takes hard work and dedication.

You have to have the right mindset.

Conditioning the mind consists of processes to improve self-awareness, as well as techniques that create positive mental skills.

These are effective in changing your thinking in order to optimize maximum performance to achieve your desired goals.

What Is Mental Conditioning?

Mental conditioning is about training the mind to work efficiently.

It involves tuning your entire being to work in unison to do the right things, at the right times, to get the best possible results.

It takes much practice just like anything else to be able to tap into the specialties of the mind and the capabilities it possesses.

Why Is Mental Conditioning Important?

Mental conditioning is important to assist with your focus.

To learn how to channel all of your energy for the desired and specific outcome you want to achieve.

It gives you the power needed for a better chance of success and a clear path to reaching your full potential.

Techniques that can be used to condition the mind consist of, but are not limited to: Relaxation, Imagery, Goal Setting, and Positive Thinking.

Mental Conditioning Techniques

1) Relaxation

Relaxation techniques can assist with relieving tension and stress build up to improve with focus and concentration.

Deep breathing techniques can be performed by taking at least three long slow inhales, followed by three long slow exhales.

This helps with releasing the negative build-up of emotions and assists with your focus by giving you the “tunnel vision” effect.

Light massage across the shoulders and lower neck tend to help do the trick as well.

The bottom line is getting into a state of which you are able to focus and channel your thoughts and energy effectively.

2) Imagery

Imagery is powerful with mental conditioning because it reinforces and builds on your belief.

If you can see it in your mind and make it as real as possible it increases your level of confidence.

See yourself accomplishing the tasks, feeling the positive emotions, and enjoying the end result.

Be in a constant state of accomplishment and let distracting and negative thoughts fade away with relaxation and positive thinking techniques.

Replay in your mind constant success and triumph. See yourself as free flowing and adaptable like water.

3) Goal setting

Goal setting allows the ability to break down large tasks into smaller tasks that become easier to accomplish.

By setting small goals you allow more room for achievement, which in turn keeps motivation and moral high.

Combining short-term and long-term goals you allow yourself realistic and manageable ways to stay focused on creating a positive and successful outcome.

Do not make your goals to simple or too difficult.

Give yourself room to work hard, but not hard enough to discourage you.

Be committed to making progress daily.

4) Think Positive

Thinking positive helps to not get you discouraged or give up if things get difficult.

Always remain positive and know that the end is possible if you keep at it.

If you do something wrong, find another way to do it.

Never look at failures or mishaps as a negative thing.

Learn from your mistakes and adjust.

Keep a smile on your face and a positive mind.

Negativity only breeds emotions that hinder solutions and creativity.

Practice self-talk techniques and surround yourself with positive people that can uplift or guide you in the right direction.

Apply these mental conditioning techniques into your life and you will improve your motivation, as well as your performance.

Learn how to program the mind efficiently by using the relaxation techniques discussed.

Imagery will allow you to see the finish line and accomplish things you previously thought monumental.

Allow goal setting to guide you to the end, breaking down large tasks into smaller ones.

Stay positive and know the end is possible if you continue to endure and strive for success.

Use self-talk as a tool to ride the wave and motivate you to not give up until the task is completed.

Best Wishes!

Successful

Successful Living With Good Habits

I think it’s safe to say that most people in life want to be successful.

Success is the driving force in most people’s life that motivates them to want to finish school, start a business, or achieve any goal.

We want to be successful to impress our family, friends, and ourselves.

Success is what you want it to be and what you make it.

It does not only belong to others, but can belong to you if you are determined to go after it.

Often times we want to be successful in something, but don’t know how to get there.

It’s not free and it requires persistence, work, and dedication.

You have to change on the inside and learn what it takes to be successful.

What is success?

Earl Nightingale, in The Strangest Secret audio, explains success as “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

To me this means that those who set goals for themselves or have a chief definite aim of where they are going and do the things they have to do to get there ultimately become a success.

What separates the successful from the unsuccessful?

Often times people think there is some magic secret to success.

News Flash!!!

There is…and it is doing the things that unsuccessful people don’t do, which means doing the things successful people do.

People that are successful have a well-defined purpose and goal.

They know what they want and they don’t let others influence their thinking.

Their ambition, determination, will power, and drive give them reasons to press forward until the desired outcome is achieved.

There is no worry about what people might think or no worry about failure.

It’s a commitment to doing whatever it takes.

Your success is all based upon you and what you are willing to put in to get there.

Surround yourself with people that can motivate you and push you to do successful things daily.

Best Wishes!

Online Business: Managing Distractions

It can be difficult to focus on work when you’re on the phone, checking emails every second, thinking about personal problems, and getting lost surfing the web.

It’s so easy to get off track with things when you don’t have a plan and a burning desire to manifest that plan.

It’s all about figuring out the things that distract you most and decide how to manage them properly.

Distractions will always be a part of many things in life, but when it comes to your online business it prevents you from achieving your goals on time.

How do you handle distractions?

There are several things I want to discuss that has helped me improve with my online business and productivity.

3 Ways to Deal With Distractions

1) Create a schedule

If you have no schedule you are going to drift and not be focused properly.

No part of your business will ever be a priority because you never schedule an allotted time for yourself to actually sit down and work.

When I began dedicating at least two hours a day to my business it grew rapidly.

I started getting more things done over time and building it up gradually.

You know from 8am-10am that you need to get as much work done as possible and after that you do nothing extra.

Having a set schedule will increase productivity and grow your business like you never thought.

2) Disable electronics

We all know when you are working if something interesting comes on the television we stop to watch it for a few or sometimes even stop to finish the program.

How often does your phone ring or a message come through and you feel compelled to check it?

I know for myself I would spend lots of time checking every notification that comes through on my phone.

Once I began to leave the television off and putting my cell phone away I began to stay on task much more often and after a while is became easier.

Sometimes you just build up a habit of checking these things and it prevents you from valuable time that should be spent on your business like researching, blogging, and learning, and doing videos.

3) Work in 50 min intervals/ 10 min break

It two hours straight is too long for your or however long you decide to spend on your business work in 50 min intervals and take to 10 min break to check your emails or your phone.

It’s all about taking that time and utilizing it to the best you can.

When I began working for 50 min and taking a 10 min break before getting back to work it was much easier for me to stay on task.

Much time isn’t need to get a reasonable about of work done, but focus during the time you do use is important.

Don’t burn yourself out.

Keep your mind sharp by taking a 10 min break and getting back to work diligently when your time is up.

You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish spending two hours a day on your online business.

Distractions can suck the life out of your business.

Following these three steps got my business on track and has helped me improve it by leaps.

Treat you online business seriously and never stop trying to make it better.

Make a list of distractions you are having in your business, address them, and come up with solutions.

In the end you will see how much further you can take your business once you get rid of the distractions.

Best Wishes!

Success

Success Begins With a State of Mind

When it comes to wanting to be more, do more, and achieve more sometimes life gets in the way.

Without a direction of where you are going it’s difficult to get to where you want to go.

Many people in life hope for success, but have no real reason why they want to be successful and even more how to be successful.

In my opinion success begins in the mind.

If you want to be successful you first have to create a successful mindset.

You have to already be successful there for it to even manifest into the real world.

Today I wanted to discuss some things that I feel successful people do.

8 Keys to success:

1) Have a Dream

There must be something deep down inside of you that will push you to work towards being successful and you must have a dream.

Do you dream of having the money, the fame, being a star athlete, the best person you can be, etc.

What is it that will drive you to give it your all every single day?

Put that image in your mind…see it, feel it, touch it, taste it, imagine every single detail as if you were living it.

Paint a vivid picture in your mind.

2) Set Goals

Goal setting is very important and is probably the most important task when it comes to success.

Without goals you will be lost…

Goal setting gives you direction.

Physically you must write down your goals to make them real.

Take those thoughts inside of your head and put them on paper.

Once those goals are written down read them every single day 2-3 times.

Morning, noon, and night.

Your mind will begin to construct ways to accomplish those goals.

Each goal should be a progression to the outcome you are seeking.

3) Be Committed

There will be many obstacles and many pitfalls that will deter you from your goal.

Make sure you are committed!

Program yourself to be strong and confident in yourself to know that there is nothing that can stop you from finishing.

This is what separates the winners from the losers.

Many times people quit too early, unknowingly eliminating themselves from the finish line that is just up ahead.

Focus on the finish and be committed!

4) Keep Good Company

Who you surround yourself with will determine if you make it or not.

You environment is a big key to success.

If you hang around people that aren’t going to motivate and uplift you it will be hard to remain positive, focused, and motivated.

Get around people that are going to encourage you, push you, and provide you with a helping hand.

This might mean having to distance yourself from friends or family for a bit, but it is worth it in the long run.

5) Be Accountable

Success doesn’t come by yourself and you will need the help of others to be successful and remain successful.

Therefore, you must be accountable.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Learn how to work well with others, develop effective communication skills, and be reliable.

6) Never Stop Learning

I have often heard people say they were finished learning after they were done with school.

One should never stop learning or seeking knowledge.

It doesn’t have to be in the form a school, but never limit one’s self.

Continue to read books and invest in your personal growth.

Successful people spend their time always stretching and developing themselves into something better.

7) Don’t Stop at No

The word “NO” can be very powerful in crushing a person’s confidence.

Don’t let other people’s non-belief in you stop you from moving forward.

People are going to tell you no.

If you cannot get them to say yes find another way to change their mind or move on to the next.

8) Time Management

Time is precious!

We cannot get back time so utilizing your time wisely is important.

Successful people value time and understand it’s importance.

Learn how to get things done in a timely manner and get as much as you can get done during the day.

Constantly strive for success.

Set goals for yourself and find ways to attain those goals.

Never stop learning and growing.

Success is about constantly striving for better.

When you become complacent you begin to lose yourself.

Always work towards being more that you can be and you will live a successful life.

The keys listed above are a good start.

If you follow those strategies I’m sure you will be successful.

To your success.

Best Wishes!

Habits

Not All Habits Are Bad: Make It a Habit

Making good behaviors a habit in your life can be an enormous benefit in changing how you feel about yourself and over time how you view yourself.

When making a conscious effort to change and incorporate positive habits in your life, biologically you give yourself the ability to maintain a healthier and less stressful lifestyle.

Habits become automatic once etched into the subconscious and after you have done the habit for a certain period of time you become unaware that you are even doing it.

Most times we often focus on the negative habits we create, but let’s take a look outside of the box and focus on the positive ones and how we can create more positive habits in our daily functioning.

What Are Some Positive Habits?

This list consists of 5 positive habits I have been working on for a while now.

When I first started they seemed like a difficult task, but as time went on it become a part of my daily regimen whether I feel like doing it or not.

1) Creating a Schedule

Before I made a deliberate effort to create a schedule in my life I was lost.

I didn’t really have much direction or a keen sense of where I was going.

Since I have set down and made a schedule for myself my life seems to have more of a direction and a purpose now.

Structure and routine gives me the ability to be able to accomplish lots of tasks in a fairly decent time frame.

It has helped me tremendously with my work habits and finishing things I set out to complete

2) Eating Healthy and Exercise

I have grouped eating healthy and exercise together because they tend to go hand-in-hand.

At least this applies to me.

I have realized since I have started back lifting and running I make better decisions when it comes to eating healthy.

I have reduced my intake of carbonated beverages, as well as lowered my intake of junk foods.

The results I am seeing from the lifting and running encourages me to eat healthy to continue seeing positive results with the development of my body.

3) Developing Good Reading/Study Habits

I have made it a habit to read daily for at least 30min, as well as watch something positive.

This has reduced my television consumption greatly.

I probably watched up to 20 hours of television per week not too long ago. I am now down to 5 hours or less.

Television doesn’t interest me as much anymore because of the non-value it offers.

Since making an effort to read, watch, and surround myself with positive things my mind always yearns for that feeling/knowledge and it has become easier for me to pick up a book to read.

4) Think Positive

With the reading/study habits becoming a part of my daily routine it has encouraged me to think positively.

Some habits create other good habits without you even knowing.

Not much really gets me down or discouraged anymore.

And when it does…a good read gets me back on track.

I see myself in a much more positive light and no matter what people think or feel about me I understand that it is not my issue, but theirs.

5) Never Give Up

This habit was created because of my ability to always think positive.

When you have a predetermined goal in mind and you know that there is no way you can fail, giving up is not an option.

Just imagine if someone told you that no matter what you did in life you would not fail.

What kinds of things would you set out to accomplish?

What kind of goals would you set for yourself?

I have a never give up attitude since the incorporation of some of my positive habits and I know that everything I go through is just a set up for the come up.

Not all habits are created equal, but I feel that these habits I have discussed can be an asset to your life.

I feel these are good habits to have to become the person you want to be.

The faster you decide to make the effort to change, the faster you create a whole new world and vision for who you can be.

Focus on the positive habits more so than the negative ones and see how rapidly your life begins to change.

Best Wishes!

Lead

Lead and You Shall Succeed

How often have you had someone talk you into an opportunity and you found that there was no one there to give you guidance?

Who’s in charge here?

Where are the leaders to help you understand what works and what doesn’t work?

If there are leaders, why are they having me do all their testing?

Leadership is a key element to success in any venture, organization, or team.

The challenge is finding a good leader.

However, while good leadership can get you started, you really want leadership who will show you what it takes to become a leader yourself to create other leaders down the road.

What Makes a Leader?

While in college as a track and field sprinter I had the opportunity to lead my teammates every day in practice and competition to push them to be the best athlete they could be.

As a leader I motivated and pushed them through the moments of wanting to give up pushing them to get to where they wanted to be.

We achieved success through goal setting, team work, and maintaining positive attitudes.

During my time as a leader on the field I created All-Americans in my teammates, as well as myself.

This was a very fulfilling experience and will always be dear to my heart.

But on a much deeper level it got me thinking…

What was it that motivated them the way I did?

What makes a good leader?

Now there are many definitions of leadership.

My definition of leadership is the ability to lead a person or group of people to the act of achieving a desired goal.

Much like I did with my teammates years back.

Now I believe it’s not the results a leader can get that makes them good, but the lessons they can teach to those that can eventually put them in the role of a great leader.

Not all people are leaders, but all people can be leaders.

It is all how you perceive yourself and the effort you are willing to put in to change.

Below are some characteristics I feel make a good leader.

Characteristics of a Good Leader

Self-Motivated

A good leader is self-motivated because they take the time to know their inner self and what gets them going.

You know your strengths and weaknesses knowing what you are capable of doing and thinking outside of the box to achieve your goals.

Always pushing yourself to the limit making a conscious effort to be better than you were yesterday.

Vision

A good leader always has a plan and a vision.

Always working towards a goal.

Whether it is something small or something big goal setting is a huge part of their drive to success.

A leader does not only think “I”, but the well-being and success of others.

Ability to Motivate

A good leader knows how to communicate with a number of different people and personalities to motivate them to get the job done.

They do not lead by being bossy but lead by example, encouragement, and excitement.

This person is compassionate and understands the dynamics of getting people to act.

These are a few qualities I feel like a good leader must have to be effective in their field of work.

While my list is what I believe makes a good leader it is not limited to more qualities you may think makes a good leader.

In the overall scope of things without a real leader guiding you along the correct path it is easy to go astray and never achieve the things you want in life because you do not know how or just don’t have the motivation.

To be a good leader one must know how to follow.

Best Wishes!