Motivation Series, Part 2. You can read part 1 here.
It’s simple, really. What you think affects how you act. Everything you do consciously begins, first, with the thought of doing it. Certain thoughts of a specific quality, when habitually repeated, result in certain habits of behavior. Where you are today in life is a result of your habitual thoughts followed by habitual actions. You cannot consistently feed your mind negative thoughts and expect positive results.
Whatever your goal, if you cannot first establish the belief, with conviction, that you can accomplish it, it’s unlikely that you will ever experience it in your life. Daydreaming is when you think about a goal but put no action behind it. Are you a daydreamer or a doer? Daydreamers complain about their lives then do nothing to change it. They say to themselves, “I’ve got to make a change…I want more out of life than this.” Then they let another day….another week….another month go by without taking action. A year later, they’re still frustrated, still complaining about the condition of their lives and still dreaming about some future that will never arrive. Continue reading
How many times have you been inspired to change the world? How many times have you decided you were finally going to lose weight, change jobs or even start a new business? And after a great start (maybe a week or two), you lose steam and suddenly you’re facing the same life you were trying to leave behind. This has happened to me, countless times. And after years of false starts, I’ve learned a few things about motivation that I’m going to share with you. In this series, I’ll explore each of the following points:
- Change occurs from the inside out
- If you do things the same way, you’ll get the same results
- Enthusiasm lasts about a week (maybe two)
- People overlook small details that impact motivation and success
- Conviction – digging deep to tap hidden reservoirs of power
- Accountability – the secret key to goal achievement
As I share my understanding with you, I hope you learn something valuable from each post, something that will make a difference in your life. If you are thinking about ditching your day job to start a business or just trying to survive another day, I hope that you will follow this series and that you are strengthened and encouraged by a new or clearer understanding of motivation. In life, we’re going to always have challenges to face—some, we create, others unfold around us. But how we face them—with strength and confidence, or weak and unsure—makes all the difference in the world. Learn to think and act in a new way and everything around you will change. The survivors are the ones who never give up.
Also read part 2, & part 3.
As we’ve said before, one of our goals here at the Quitters blog is to build a community of like-minded people so that we can all offer advice, ask for help, and share resources in the quest to achieve our goals. This morning I found a gem that I think you’ll find very thought-provoking and inspirational so I wanted to pass it along. Besides, my own creative juices don’t start flowing until I’ve got at least 3 cups of caffeine in my blood and it’s just too damn early for me to write my own stuff. Did I mention I’m NOT a morning person? Ok, that’s another post. Anyway, check out this free report from Chris Guillebeau called “A Brief Guide to World Domination,” available from his blog, The Art of Nonconformity. It’s probably the only PDF I’ve ever read from start to finish. If you’re even more morning-challenged than I am, save it and come back to it when you have at least 10 functioning brain cells. Really. Good stuff. Here’s a peek:
11 Ways to be Unremarkably Average
- Accept what people tell you at face value
- Don’t question authority
- Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something
- Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England
- Don’t try to learn another language; every-one else will eventually learn English
- Think about starting your own business, but never do it
- Think about writing a book, but never do it
- Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it
- Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work
- Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself
- Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.
Here’s the full report: A Brief Guide to World Domination
Here’s the source. Make sure you check out Chris’ site
Have a productive and inspired weekend!