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Motivate Yourself: Key#3 Check your Fears at the Gate

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fears-701990_1280Even when employing the first two keys for motivating yourself, of detailing your vision and beginning to take action to realize it, you may occasionally feel frightened: especially when reaching your goals requires stretching yourself and encountering new territory. This is when the third key becomes critical. Don’t buy any excuses or limitations you impose on yourself. If you or others are hard on you, objectively think of these criticisms as positive feedback for your sustained growth. Do not internalize them allowing a false barrier to occur that will hold you back. The following habits will allow you to respond to, own, and address your fears.

1) Alternative Perspectives
Oftentimes, overcoming our fears leads to our greatest strengths. So, it is useful to reflect on what the opportunity or inspired action could be in the circumstances that are causing us anxiety. Think about the ways that you are conceptualizing the issue. In each case, examine them for truth and other possible ways of thinking about the experience. Are you anticipating or inflating problems? What would be a more useful, positive, and purposeful way to think about it? How can you make change work for you and direct yourself? Taking a moment to own your anxieties and find the benefit or upside is a great way to keep on track. Identifying the value in what you are doing, even when you don’t want to do it, provides additional reasons to engage. It supports your decision to be great. Developing this type of honest contemplation also brings rewards of self encouragement and self compassion.Read More »Motivate Yourself: Key#3 Check your Fears at the Gate

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Motivate Yourself: Key#2 Get Something Done

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clapper-156500_1280Once you have identified the things that will bring you closer to your dream, be sure to take action on them. To make your vision truly part of your life you have to build it step by step so it doesn’t remain just a magnificent elaborate blueprint.

The first key to motivating yourself is the clarity of purpose and certainty around exactly what you want to get done.

The second key is doing something about it.

1) Timetable it
Reverse engineer from the expansive vision you have generated to identify all the steps needed to manifest it. List each action that you must take along with a matching optimally desired outcome. Give your plan a schedule and follow it. By calendaring each identified action step you have committed time and space to getting something done. Since you are just using your best judgment to estimate the resources that you will need, you will have to adjust your schedule and deadlines to reflect any additional requirements. Embrace these necessary changes as part of the process. By making an appointment with yourself you are holding yourself accountable to work on creating your masterpiece each day.Read More »Motivate Yourself: Key#2 Get Something Done

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Motivate Yourself: Key#1 Know Absolutely What You Want

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spiral-240134_1280 pixabayMany times we can identify rewards that will keep us moving forward. This external outcome provides a useful carrot, but the ultimate reward is completion of your goals. What you really want is internal drive. When you get really clear on what you are going for, you naturally become motivated from within to take the necessary steps as well as less impacted by the ups and downs of the processes required to get there.

One way to connect with this internal motivation is by setting aside time to get really comprehensive and shine the light on any fuzzy or cloudy areas in your aspirations. Some people do this by journaling or creating a vision board or mind map, some by talking it out, and some just spend time reflecting. Choose a method that works for you and bring clarity to your vision. Knowing exactly what you want and, conversely, precisely what you do not want makes the path for achievement much clearer and can make a big difference to your goal accomplishment.

1) Build Your Vision
What is the mental picture you hold for your future? Add as much detail to this visualization of your experiences five or ten years from now as you can. Take your time and create an audio, visual, or written record of all the details you reveal. Keep adding to it until nothing else comes to mind. If you have trouble getting started, use cues from your daily experience such as movies, magazines, or books that demonstrate the quality of life that inspires you. Imagine how it will feel to be there. Fill in what your relationships and community experience will be like. What qualities do they have? Outline your health and physical condition in this image. Include your daily experience – how you spend your time and have fun. What is your financial outlook? Describe your living environment. All these different areas are connected and provide you with a full panoramic view of your future life.Read More »Motivate Yourself: Key#1 Know Absolutely What You Want

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Top Ten Signs That You Need a Life Coach

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yes-238375_1280 pixabayHow do you know if you would benefit from partnering with a life coach? One of the ironies of life is that we don’t know what we don’t know! This means it is hard for us to identify how coaching could make the challenges we are experiencing easier. Life coaching uses questions and mirroring to aid connection with what we already know about our strengths and desires, but have not made fully conscious. Partnering with a life coach brings forth insights that make the possibilities that are the best fit for us easier to identify. This allows for accelerated progress overcoming challenges and increased personal development.
Here are the top ten issues that working with a life coach can relegate to the past. You can benefit by committing to working with a life coach if you are:

1) Unclear about who you want to be or where you are going.
Coaches are trained to assist you in discovering your passion. By focusing on the things you really love to do, when you have felt 100% authentic and fully involved, you will discern patterns and clues as to what about these experiences is inspiring to you. This information will give you insights as to your life purpose and the way forward will, naturally, emerge.Read More »Top Ten Signs That You Need a Life Coach

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Three Practices for switching ‘Doing Your Best’ to ‘Being Your Best’

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“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

south-america-200995_150 flower pixabayThe ‘doing your best’ perspective suggests that we should go all out to squeeze more out of ourselves. Perhaps, this means continually attempting to give 100%, which risks burn out if we do not equally give 100% to recharging our energy!

Is it practical to ‘do our best’ at everything, or even necessary? If we try to ‘do our best’ in every detail of what we do, we fall prey to perfectionism, which makes it really hard to bring something to completion. For example, when chopping vegetables to cook, some unevenness will not affect the flavor. In many cases, more is lost by going for perfection than settling for good enough.

Striving to ‘do your best’ also increases comparison with others and brings judgment of our own presentation. However, if this statement is rephrased to ‘being your best’, our focus shifts from the outcome to the level of engagement and good enough becomes perfect. Check out these three ways to shift from ‘doing your best’ to ‘being your best’.Read More »Three Practices for switching ‘Doing Your Best’ to ‘Being Your Best’

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