It would be a fairly safe bet that if you are reading this article then you are on the lookout for something more in your life than what you already have.
Whether you are searching for a new business, a new opportunity, a part-time income or even a lotto system it all stems from one source - dissatisfaction of present circumstances.
Now you might already be quite successful at what you do, so you might be coming from a position of boredom. Nevertheless, what you are seeking is change. Let me tell you a little secret...
There will be NO change in your life until there is a change in YOU.
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher said, as far back as the sixth Century BC, "It is in changing that things find purpose."
Do you want to change or do you want to keep driving a Volkswagen and pretending it is a Porsche? You are the only person who can make it happen.
Basically, if you want more out of life you have to put more into life. A fundamental way to do this is to start educating yourself.
How can you expect more in the ensuing years when the operating system in your brain is the same one that you left school with?
Everything changes all the time.
Maybe you need to change also. Re-invent yourself. Start a new exciting phase in your life. Time waits for nobody.
There are many people who I speak with who have never read a single book or attended any sort of learning experience since they left school. I actually think that's rather sad but some of them are even proud of it. Yet when the conversation continues out pours all their problems, all their hard luck and "woe-is-me" stories.
If you're still with me I want to ask you three questions but I would like you to think a little bit before you answer. It will probably take you a short while to answer the first question with a degree of accuracy.
So here it is, the first question: "How much time did you spend last week feeding your stomach?" Your answer doesn't have to be exact but you should be able to work out some sort of reasonably accurate figure. Jot the answer down somewhere.
Second question: "How much time did you spend feeding your brain?" Most people will not need anywhere near as long to answer this question. Unfortunately, for many, the answer to question two will be ZERO.
So here is my third question and it's a pretty simple one. "Why? Why do you spend so much time feeding your stomach and so little time feeding your brain?"
These questions are not meant to belittle anybody. Rather, I just want you to think about the issue.
Thinking intensely about things will often lead to action and when action is taken your world can change. That is what you want, isn’t it?
Non-achievers are the excusers of society. By default they become EXCUSIOLOGIST. They spend a lot of time and effort making excuses for poor performance. The crazy thing is that all that time and effort which was wasted on achieving nothing could easily have been used doing something positive.
You can easily recognise an "excusiologist" by their language.
"I'm not smart enough!" Rubbish. You don't have to be a genius to achieve. You just have to be willing to learn. Are you willing to learn?
"Nobody in my family has ever been successful." Great. Here's a chance to show them something new. Break the family trend.
"I've never had any luck." Really? Maybe God thinks you don't need it. The harder you work the luckier you will get.
Be careful about what comes out of your mouth. What do most people say when you ask them how they are?
Question - "How are you?" Answer - "Not bad." When you think about it, isn't such a reply rather negative and silly? Not bad compared to what? It's trash. Get rid of it. Try something innovative. Try this: "Outrageously well. Thanks so much for asking!" That will surely raise a few eyebrows.
So, getting back to what this article is all about. How much longer are you going to waste the most precious commodity you have? - TIME.
Stop making excuses and start taking action. Do something. Do it now. You could easily start educating yourself.
Good knowledge will give you potential power. Acting on good knowledge gives you power.
Try reading some good books. They can really make a change. Not sure where to start? Easy. Try your local bookstore. Look in the "motivation - self-help - personal development - success" area. There you will find dozens of books literally packed with good earthy, positive information. Most of them will contain references for even more information on these subjects. You could even enrol in a course.
After undertaking these measures there will be no excuse for being an "excusiologist". I have just offered you some suggestions which will allow you to change.
Of course, you can always stay as you are. That's your choice. But if there is dissatisfaction in your life and you want to make improvements, for heaven's sake, do something about it!
You only get one chance at the life you are living. Make it grand. You don't have to accept what has gone before as the template for what is to come.
Change your operating system. Gather knowledge. Expose yourself to new ideas and ways of thinking and doing things.
You have probably heard this before but it is so pertinent I will put it before you again...
There are basically three types of people in this wonderful world of ours.
1 - There are people who make things happen.
2 - There are people who watch things happen.
3 - There are people who say "what happened?"
If you have traditionally placed yourself in groups 2 or 3 by not being willing to learn new techniques and obtain the knowledge that successful people seek, then there is a very simple remedy. But you have to be prepared to do three things:
1 - invest in yourself
2 - learn some new knowledge
3 - apply that knowledge
You can make a decision today to better yourself or you can ignore my advice. It's your choice.
Remember, there is nothing so important in your life than investing in yourself. Even if a book or seminar can teach you only one thing out of the hundreds of ideas and special pieces of information they present, it will be worth it for you. Don't you think so? That one thing might be just the piece of knowledge that can make such a huge difference to your future.
Are you worth investing in?
If, in the past, you have been prone to making excuses you have the opportunity right now to do something about it.
If you read the newspapers, watch the TV and listen to the radio you will see how much negative permeates our senses. We are flooded by it every minute of every day. Studying success principles has the power to block all that negative out of your life. It can teach you how to concentrate only on what you want.
When you learn how to shield yourself from negative you will then be free to concentrate on all the good that can come into your life.
Just look around you - this world is in desperate need of more achievers. Heaven knows we have enough negative thinkers and "excusiologists". They are everywhere. My advice to you is "don't add to their growing number."
Join the achievers who have success thinking as their power base.
Excusiology is a chapter you will find in a subject called Failure 101. Make the decision today to become an achiever.
Whatever you decide I wish you all the best for your future.
Life has a way of interfering with us while we are going after our dreams. It distracts us from pursuing things that really matter and even convinces us that nothing really matters. It can attract us to adopt a defeatist attitude lacking enthusiasm and interest – ultimately sapping out our sense of purpose.
But there are ways to stay motivated, no matter how you feel about everything around you. These are not easy, far from that, but are nevertheless very helpful in keeping yourself fired with motivation.
Develop an attitude of interest
Find the thing you are most passionate about. The happiest people, they say, are those people who do the things they love the most. It is not coincidental that they are the most motivated people as well. After all, passion and motivation go hand in hand. They are closely intertwined to create a person who is full of zest for everything.
Nearly every successful people are very passionate about what they do. Why do you think Lance Armstrong, despite having been diagnosed with terminal cancer, went on to win 7 consecutive Tour de France trophies? It is not only because he refused to give in to life's cruel joke, but because he is also very passionate about cycling. We are not saying that it has to take some forceful circumstances in our lives before we find the thing we are most passionate about. In most cases, this very thing is right at the tip of your nose. You just don’t want to see it, to accept it.
Find the thing that can spark and sustain your enthusiasm. Then channel all your energies towards that thing. This sparks motivation, productivity, and satisfaction.
But what do you do when you are stuck with things that you are not truly passionate about? In times like this, when passion is lacking and your zeal is at its all-time low, interest will suffice. Be interested in everything you do, no matter how boring, tedious, or nonsensical it may seem. Find meaning in everything. Take the time to be engrossed, to be interested. Otherwise, your life will seem and feel like a living hell.
Having said that, always find reasons to be happy about the things you do, the goals you are pursuing, the dreams you are trying to realize, and the life you are trying to live. Never lose sight of happiness and never let it slip away.
Maintain an elevated level of energy
The mere act of smiling at yourself can recharge your energy. Having no energy almost always ensures that you won't feel as motivated as you need. Always take the time to recharge yourself – sleep, eat, breathe, relax, and rest. Do whatever it takes to always keep your energy high, if not sustained.
Act like it. Translate positive emotions into actions. If you are not feeling positive about anything, try to act like it. Sometimes, despite lacking motivation, you can still feel motivated when you deliberately act with enthusiasm.
It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, the drive, energy, enthusiasm, interest, and passion just drain out. The problem is, most of the time we are not calling the shots. We have to move with the rhythm of our environment which always asks us to stay ready and up and moving. So what do you do in times when you just don’t feel like doing anything? Or when too much needs to be done and all you ever want is to quit? Try the following.
Imagine the consequences.
Worst comes to worst, you will lose the opportunities you are trying to pursue or lose your sense of enjoyment in life. When lacking in motivation, think of the worst-case scenario that may happen because of it. Then, maybe, just maybe, you'll be in the mood to get off your butt.
Quit the mental chatter. Quit the debate in your head. Quit the whiff-whaff of dialogues that push and pull you from doing whatever it is that you need to do. Realize that hesitation doesn’t do you any good, it wastes your time at best. So why do it?
Stick with the plan.
Given that you have already started going for your goal, the next problem you'll be encountering is sticking with it. It is never easy to stick with the plan because the temptation to give up or give in to the lures of rest, relaxation, or slacking is too strong. No matter what happens though, just stick with it. Never, for one second, turn your back on your goals. Keep your eyes on them
Crave for it.
Be passionate about what you are doing, even if it's the most boring, tedious job in the world.
Do it for compelling reasons.
This is actually pretty much like the tip above, but it's worth repeating. Do it for a compelling cause. Do it because you are burning with passion for it. Do it because it really excites you. If it doesn’t, then make it interesting. Motivation jumps out the nearest window if you don’t have an iota of interest in what you are doing.
Be careful when listening to that tiny voice.
The worst battles often happen inside the head, not during the act. What limits us in most cases is the self-talk that convinces us of the negative sides of the goal, of our self, or of our dreams. Shut this voice out and you will find it is easier to be motivated.
Skip the five-minute habit.
The five minutes leading to doing the task is said to be the least comfortable of all. This is when hesitation kicks in. If you really want to be motivated, forget about this part and get on with doing the job.
Don’t get overly excited.
This is an absolute motivation killer. Many people commit the mistake of jumping right into the task. This is good save for the fact that excitement drains away with motivation. Manage your motivational level by trying to build up anticipation. Set a date, moderate your expectations, construct realizable goals, and sustain your energy. It is easier to get and stay motivated this way.
We all have habits, some good and some not so good. These are behaviors that we've learned and that occur almost automatically. And most of us have a habit we'd like to break, or one we'd like to develop.
For most people, it takes about four weeks for a new behavior to become routine, or habit. The following steps can make it easier to establish a new behavior pattern.
Following these steps is no guarantee of success of course. Depending on the habit it may take several tries to finally make the change. But if you stick with it, you can do it. Good Luck.