Determining What Motivates You

Being able to figure out what motivates you will be a real benefit throughout your life. Once you know what brings you inspiration, you can draw from this list to keep you going whenever you need a boost.

Explore this process to discover your own motivations:

1. Think about the most difficult situation you’ve ever experienced. Then record the answers to these questions:

  • What did you think about the event?
  • How did you feel about it?
  • How did you arrive at how you were going to handle and resolve the situation?
  • What was important to you at the time – was it how you felt, what you thought your parents would think, what you believed was “the right thing to do” or something else?
  • Ultimately, what did you do to resolve the event?

 

2. Next, reflect on 2 or 3 of your biggest achievements. Maybe for you, graduating from college or moving out on your own was a big achievement. Continue writing down your answers to these additional questions. This process will help you to identify your own motivations.

  • What did you do to achieve your success?
  • How did you meet your goals?
  • What did you think about during the process?
  • What motivated you – looking out for your future, wanting to make more money, hoping to make your parents proud, or something else?
  • Did you visualize what your life would be like once you had achieved your goal?
  • How much did you really want to achieve it?

 

3. Analyze your answers. After reflecting on the above questions, your mind will be more open to identifying what’s important to you. So far, what have you discovered that motivates you? Are you surprised at what you’ve found?

4. How do you feel about these concepts? What motivates one person might not motivate another. Still, it’s likely that you’ll feel inspired by the same one or two issues consistently throughout your life. Ideas from this list may ring true to your feelings:

  • You strive to feel like you’re doing “the right thing.”
  • You want to increase your ability to earn more money.
  • Pursuing your passion propels you forward to accomplish more.
  • You hope to see the pride in your parents’ eyes.
  • Maybe you seek recognition from other people – you hope to be noticed and admired.
  • You want to make your or your children’s futures better.
  • You feel the need to prove to yourself that you can achieve something.
  • You like the idea of stepping up to a challenge in your life.
  • Seeking variety in life motivates you to try new things.
  • You strive to overcome a difficult childhood and emerge triumphant.
  • Discovering and validating who you really are as an individual is important to you.
  • You plan to dispute negative messages someone from your past instilled in you.
  • You want to do something in life that “really matters.”
  • Perhaps you enjoy the sheer entertainment value of doing something.
  • Writing down your goals and making an action plan spurs you on to accomplishment.
  • You like to see your list of achievements grow.

 

Whether you want to improve your life, make more money, or follow your passion, discover what motivates you. Then, apply your motivators to situations that really matter. Now, you’re ready to achieve whatever you seek in life.

Inspiring Workplace Ideas

Do you wake up each day feeling great, but soon after you enter the office you feel your inspiration and motivation fleeing?  If so, there are some inspiring workplace ideas that you can put to work for you so you feel more inspired when you work.  After all, it doesn’t matter how good you are at your job if you don’t feel passionate about what you do

Simple Ideas to Infuse Your Workplace with Inspiration

One of the best ways to infuse your workplace with inspiration is to make sure it is comfortable. You need to make sure your chair supports your back correctly, your desk is at the right height, and you have an ergonomically correct keyboard and mouse. Repetitive strain injuries are on the rise, so speak up and you just might find your employer willing to cooperate. Worst case: bring in your own office supplies or equipment. There’s no reason that your body has to suffer if your boss is stingy!

 

De-Clutter Your Workspace

 You will often find inspiration by getting rid of the clutter on your desk or on your computer. A cluttered workspace can zap you of your creativity because you spend more time trying to find things than getting things done.

 Look at your workspace objectively and ask yourself: “What absolutely needs to be on my desk?” Remove the things that make you feel claustrophobic and toss the things you never use. Everything else must be filed away in an organizational system that works for you.

 The bottom line: only keep the things that you need in the space. Keeping anything else adds nothing more than clutter and distraction. Clutter zaps your motivation, so avoid it! Once you do, you’ll think clearer and feel far more relaxed.

 

Creating an Inspirational Computing Experience

 The other place you likely spend the most time is on your computer. Making sure you have a clutter-free desktop will really help to clear your mind from unnecessary frustrations and distractions. Once you do this, a great ways to bring inspiration into your workspace is through inspirational wallpapers.  Inspirational wallpapers are typically free downloads that inspire you during those long 8-hour workdays. After all, it can be hard to stay focused staring at your screen all day!

 When you are having a hard time getting started, getting motivated, or just finding the inspiration to push forward, you can look at your desktop and you’ll find all the inspirational energy you need.  Inspirational wallpapers typically contain beautiful landscapes with inspirational quotes or sayings. Sometimes all you need to get going is a gentle push in the right direction, and inspirational wallpapers just might be what you need. It’s really that simple!

 The great thing about these wallpapers is that they don’t take up any physical space, so there’s no need to worry about clutter. You also can use some of the images and quotes on the wallpaper to create screensavers for your computer. Your computer has the potential to inspire you in so many ways!

 

Inspiration can often seem impossible to find at work, but you may need to think outside of the box and find ways to get inspired. 

Keep things simple and don’t let clutter get you down.

 

Choosing Your New Year’s Resolutions

At this time of year, you may be considering whether you’re going to make a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’ve made them in the past and lost interest over time. Or perhaps you buckled down and followed through. Either way, you’re now facing the beginning of another new year.

Even if you’re less-than-thrilled with your follow-through in prior years, the new year brings amazing opportunities to challenge yourself in all kinds of ways.

Try these ideas to help you set up your resolutions so you’ll be successful during the coming year:

  1. Select an area of your life that’s important to you. One of the keys to choosing your New Year’s resolutions is selecting a goal that truly matters. Ideally, you can find something you want more than anything. This will help keep you dedicated.
  2. Be specific. The whole idea of making a New Year’s resolution can seem over-simplified. You’ll hear people say, “My New Year’s resolution is to get in to shape” or “I want to work less.”

What do statements like, “I want to spend more time with my family this coming year” really mean?

Here’s how to be more specific:

o   For the resolution to get into shape, why not state it in more detail? Consider committing to specifics, such as, “I want to lose 2 inches from my waist and 3 inches from my hips.”
o   Another example of being more exacting might be “I want to increase visual muscle definition in my abdominals and my upper arms.”

 

  1. Make your resolution measurable. How will you measure your results?
  • For example, spending more time with your family may manifest as, “I plan to work 4 hours less per week in the coming year,” or “I won’t work on Saturdays, starting January 1st.”

 

  1. Structure your resolution using mini-goals. Consider cutting your overall goal into smaller, separate goals. Select the first mini-goal to accomplish in the process and designate it as your New Year’s resolution for the first 3 months.
  • Consider this example: You want to lose 30 pounds. You’ve struggled to drop the weight in the past. But you want to get serious now.
  • Here’s one way to cut this into mini-goals: Lose 10 pounds in the first 3 months of the year, lose another 10 pounds in the second quarter of the year and drop the final 10 pounds the third quarter of the year. The fourth quarter of the year, plan to focus on maintaining your weight loss.

 

  1. Be realistic. It might not be possible for you to accomplish everything you want in just one year. But you probably can be well on your way to your goal by the end of the year if your New Year’s resolution is within reasonable standards.

 

When selecting your New Year’s resolutions, focus on what matters to you. Be specific and make your resolutions measurable. Use mini-goals and be realistic in establishing whatever resolutions you select.

By addressing your resolution as a process rather than just a goal, you’re much more likely to succeed. And when you achieve one goal, you’re more apt to set resolutions and accomplish them in the years that follow. Start this year to make each year your best one ever!

Five Ways to Increase Your Motivation

Motivation and drive propel us forward toward the realization of our goals, but some of us seem to have more of this driving force than others.

If you feel like you have less of these traits than you’d like, the good news is there are ways to increase your motivation and happily start trekking down the path of achievement.

These suggestions may not be for the faint of heart, but if you really want results, try some of these ideas:

  1. Burn your other options. If you want to find another job or start your own business in a hurry, write a letter of resignation, postdate it a month, address it and give it to a friend. Tell him to mail it in 30 days.
  • If there’s an easy way out, most people will take it. Don’t give yourself the luxury of being able to fail without a lot of pain.
  • Even so, it’s wise to create a Plan B. Just make one that moves you forward instead of backward.

 

  1. Focus on the positive people in your life. If you don’t feel like you have enough, find some new ones. Only share your goals with those that are most supportive of you.
  • For example, if you want to lose weight, join a gym and hang out with the healthy people. They’re positive and supportive. Likely, there’s someone at the gym who has lost 100 lbs. That’s the person you want to associate with!
  • This idea also means getting negativity out of your life. If your friends don’t support you, why are they there? Take an inventory of the people in your life. Add some who have what you want, and move on from the ones who aren’t supportive.

 

  1. Feed your brain with positive information daily. Inspirational books and audio seem silly to many, but the results can be profound. The key is to use them on a daily basis. They’re like exercise for your motivation and drive. You can’t just work out just one time and expect to see significant results.
  • Set a schedule and stick to it. Even if you just do 15 minutes a day, the payoff will be huge.

 

  1. Act immediately. Once you’ve set a new goal, do something! Your first task can be as simple as making a phone call or laying out a plan. If you don’t take immediate action, you risk falling permanently into analysis mode where there’s a lot of thinking going on, but nothing is actually happening.
  • Frequently, motivation will come after action. Making a little bit of progress can be the inspiration behind additional progress. So do something as soon as you’ve decided what you want to accomplish.

 

  1. Look the part. Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Do you look like the kind of person that would accomplish your goal on a regular basis?
  • If your goal is to make $200,000 a year as a real estate investor, you shouldn’t be wearing an Aerosmith t-shirt and ripped jean shorts. Your identity should fit your goal. This may seem like a trivial matter, but it can make a difference.

 

Once you truly commit to your goal, your drive and motivation will see you to success. Take some action daily and remove your conscious safety nets that allow you to fail too easily; you’ll be amazed at the results.

15 Questions to Ask Yourself to Discover Your True Passions

15 Questions to Ask Yourself to Discover Your True Passions

If you’re lucky, you’ve already discovered many of your passions and get to spend much of your time enjoying things that bring you excitement and joy. However, maybe you’ve not yet connected with activities, skills, and interests that ignite your passion.

It takes time, soul-searching, and some life experience to identify your true passions. These prompts are written to tap into your wants, needs, desires, and fantasies. Have fun with them and discover what you can add to your life that will fill it with delight

  1. What’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to do? Consider what would need to happen in order for you to carry through with this long-sought wish. Make a plan and get started.
  2. If I could spend today doing whatever I desire, what would it be? Let your mind go. It could be something related to your work, your home, or simply a lark.
  3. Where do I really want to live? What city and what type of residence? Perhaps you’re already fulfilling this passion and you do live in your true first choice. If not, ponder the possibilities of moving to a place you’ll love.
  4. Where would I like to visit? Perhaps you’re harboring a secret yearning to visit Washington, D. C. or Westminster Abbey in London. The streets of Hong Kong may be calling your name or even the Grand Canyon. Can you make it happen?
  5. What do I talk about doing but never do it? In a conversation, you might state something like, “For the last 10 years, I’ve really wanted to take a cruise to the Caribbean.”
  6. What are the reasons I don’t go after my dreams? Explore within yourself why you haven’t pursued the life you want. Can you do something differently to help bring your dreams to life?
  7. How will I finish the sentence, “More than anything, before I die, I want to ___________?” Say it out loud and fill in the blank. Then, figure out a way to accomplish your wish.
  8. What are the things in my life that I would like to get rid of? If you’re discovering you don’t love everything about your life, maybe it’s time to do some “housecleaning.” Make a list of the ways you’d like your life to change.
  9. Which people in my life inspire me and why? It’s important to know who inspires you so you can spend more time with them. What is it about them that lights you up so much? Decide to take every step to be inspired more often.
  10. If I were to make just one radical change in my life right now to make life better, what would it be? Your answer to this question will really open up your possibilities. Moving to a bigger city might really spice up your life. Getting more education might be a goal—plus you’ll likely make more money. You’ll be happier if you chase your dreams. Make 1 change.
  11. How do I feel when I put all my effort into accomplishing one of my goals? Notice these feelings. You’ll no doubt want to experience them more often.
  12. How do I feel whenever I achieve a life goal? Awesome, probably.
  13. What’s missing from my life? Answering this question requires considerable soul-searching.
  14. Who are my biggest supporters? It’s wise to know the people that will stand behind you and help you pursue your passions, no matter what.
  15. Who gets in the way of me achieving my goals? In order to find your true passions, you might be required to disengage from those who wish to counteract your efforts.

If you take the time to thoroughly ponder each of these questions, you’ll be pleased with what you discover. Your true passions are inside you, just waiting to be let loose to bring you excitement, joy, and fulfillment.

9 Tips to Achieve Anything You Desire

Success might seem like a combination of good fortune and genetics, but it’s not true. You can be just as successful as anyone else.

A few tips might be all that’s required to make the leap from mediocrity to superstar status. The differences between great success and average results are real, but smaller than you might think.

Here are 9 ways to achieve anything you want in life…

Have a crystal-clear goal.
Having a goal requires making a decision and a commitment. A clear goal increases your odds of success dramatically.

Get the help you require.
You don’t have to do it alone. It’s your responsibility, but that doesn’t mean you must take on the world alone. Get the help you need. You might need a mentor or a helping hand from time-to-time.

Eliminate limiting beliefs.
Your goals and excitement propel you forward. Your limiting beliefs are like the wind in your face. They’ll stop you dead in your tracks if you allow them to.
Avoid underestimating the power of negative beliefs to hold you back.

Visualize your success.
It’s common to focus on the drudgery that lies ahead. That makes it hard to keep your enthusiasm high. Visualize your success each day. You’ll maintain your enthusiasm and increase the odds of success.

Eliminate distractions.
Distractions can take many forms. It might be a noisy neighbor, a messy house, the television, or the internet. Find a place as free of distractions as possible.

Push through failure.
Achieving anything significant will involve at least a couple of setbacks. Your first plan might be misguided. Your second attempt might involve a little bad luck. Expect that you’ll face a struggle or two. You’ll enjoy your eventual success that much more.

Be consistent.
Spend time each day on your objective. Consistency is the key to progress.
Avoid putting forth too much effort for a short period and then taking too much time off. You don’t have to work extremely hard if you’re consistent.

Enjoy the process.
Big goals can take a lot of time and effort to achieve. If you’re not enjoying the process, you’re not making the most of your life. If you can’t enjoy the process of achieving your goal, perhaps you have the wrong goal.

Pay attention to the quality of your processes.
Imagine your goal is to lose 25 lbs. It’s easy to become too obsessed with the number on the scale. Instead, focus on following your diet and exercise plan.
Assuming your plan is a good one, your compliance is all that matters. Your compliance drives your results.

You can be as successful as you want to be. Anything you desire is at your fingertips, but you must be willing to change your approach. You don’t need to rely on luck or an idyllic past for success. You already have everything you need. Enhance your approach to achievement, and the rewards are sure to follow.