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Motivation

Arnold Bennet

posted Dec 26, 2012, 6:19 PM by David Mickley   [ updated Dec 26, 2012, 6:20 PM ]

"The supply of time is a daily miracle. You wake up each morning and lo! Your purse is magnificently filled with 24 hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of life. It is yours! The most precious of your possessions."
-Arnold Bennet

Albert Einstein

posted Nov 5, 2012, 6:45 AM by David Mickley

 "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

Motivation is an Inside Job!

posted Sep 2, 2012, 12:21 PM by David Mickley

"Man is still responsible... His success lies not with the stars, but with himself. He must carry on the fight of self-correction and discipline." - Frank Curtis Williams

So much has been written on motivation, goals, purpose, passion... it all seems to get lost in abstract ideas with very few practical steps. I am going to try and 'put some meat on the bones' of motivation and maybe, together, we can discover some internal sources of motivation for you.

Where is the Control?
As we discuss motivation we must face a little simple math: where you are is not where you want to be. Said another way, there are things you have and things you need. How clearly can you identify the things you need? How clearly can you identify what you want at this stage of your life? Clarity of Purpose is an amazing source of motivation!

Experts say we go through 5 steps of true motivation based upon Purpose:

1.     Pre-Contemplation - where we know something is wrong or something could be better.

2.     Contemplation - where we identify the pros and cons of our situation.

3.     Preparation - where we decide just how to implement change.

4.     Action - where we take necessary steps to change.

5.     Maintenance - where we adopt behaviors that keep us on track and prevent self-sabotage.

In building positive beliefs that help us resist self-sabotage there are no better tools than the 10 Essentials. For instance, Essential #6 teaches us that we need to Give and Receive Love for excellent health. Whereas pain, fear and anger may be good motivators for the short term, only Love has the staying power required for long term commitment. Love is one of the best sources of motivation.

We need to learn to Give and Receive Love as the foundation for success. Love is an important motivation to help us reshape our thinking. Love is the antidote to self-sabotage.

And that is only 1 of the 10 Essentials. Imagine all of the power bottled up in all 10 of the Essentials! They’re just waiting to be discovered and used by you - they can help you accomplish your goals and live a life of Purpose. Learning and living the 10 Essentials provides the powerful motivation to reshape your attitudes into the very ones that can help you to reach your goals. Ponder each of these life-changing rules for healthy living. You will soon see that each of these gems reflect the light you need to see beliefs that no longer serve your best interests. They can motivate you to confront and slay your self-sabotage dragons that keep you from your calling.

Many articles and seminars of motivation discuss the ‘how,’ ‘when’ and ‘what’ of inspiration. Many of these things ‘succeed’ in helping people reach their goals. But they also tend to ‘fail’ because the changes are usually only temporary, instead of permanent.

There is a simple, fundamental reason for this failure: the ‘why’ for the life-change wasn’t examined.

Why do you want to change? How will your life be different if you reach your goal? What are your strengths? Who are you at your best? What are your challenges? Who are your allies in this journey? These important questions must be examined and addressed before any program will succeed. And, once your Purpose has been clarified, almost any motivation program will succeed!

Conclusion
I once heard a quote that went something like, ‘Never confuse planning with performing.’ Decide what you want and why you want it. That exercise is a necessary part of the process. Chart what you know you should do to reach your goal; then, decide what is realistic, what you will do and when you will do it. Then Act! Take that first step. Action is fueled by desire. Desire relates to an anticipated outcome; outcome relates to a sense of Purpose. Purpose is our biggest motivator, helping us reach the goals we desire, including those for greater health, wealth and fulfillment.

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