7 Ways To Enjoy Your Day

7 Ways To Enjoy Your Day

Take control of your life and happiness with these easy tips to making every day better than the last.

By Andrew Grant

Do you feel like happiness is an illusion? Meant for someone else? Well take back your control with these seven ways to ensure that every day is a great one.

Step #1 – Be grateful. Start your day in short silent contemplation of everything that is good in your life. Take the time to be grateful for simply being alive, your health, the love around you and the skills and talents that you have been gifted with.

Step #2 - Do everything the best you possibly can. Whether it is taking out the garbage or doing a complicated job, give yourself the satisfaction of knowing that you could not have done any better and that you gave it your all.

Step #3 - Work your body and your mind with regular exercise. A simple jog around the block to get the blood flowing or a full workout, depending on your fitness levels, is just what your system needs to function at its peak. But don’t get into a rut; try to stretch yourself a little further each day or ring the changes with a different exercise. Similarly, don’t forget to give your brain a workout too, by learning a new skill, reading a challenging article or occasionally doing mental math instead of always using a calculator.

Step #4 - Don’t forget your family time. Amongst all the jobs well done and the exercise routine, it is important to give time to those around you. We all need to give and show love and to smile and laugh at the absurdities of life. Make sure to schedule this into your day.

Step #5 – Cut out the c**p. Look at the bad things in your life and work to eradicate them little by little. Quit smoking, start eating healthily, drink less and cut down on the TV hours. Time and life are too precious to waste on dangerous ingestions and mind-numbing entertainment. And every time you manage to lose a bad habit, reward yourself.

Step #6 – Look back with pride. At the end of each day, spend a little time in review. Be proud of what you achieved today. Understand what went well and what was not so good but don’t be too harsh on yourself for what you didn’t do, you will do better tomorrow.

Step #7 – Finally, plan an even better day tomorrow. Before you go to sleep, map out the next great day. What must you do? What do you want to do? When will you be with the family? What is your new goal?

Now you can rest, confident that you have done your very best and that tomorrow is going to be even better.

Motivation Made Simple

Motivation Made Simple
by: Wally Bock

If you're a manager then you've been told at least once that you have to "motivate your people." But how do you do that? Here's what you can do to get the job done.

Change your mindset. Forget about "motivating" people. You can't see motivation. Motivation is inside another person's head and heart. You can't touch it. You can't measure it. And, therefore you can't manage it.

Think about managing the things you can see and measure. Start concentrating on behavior and performance. The things people say and do are behavior. The results of their efforts are performance.

Use the things you say and do to influence the behavior and performance of the people who work for you. Talk your talk. Walk your walk. Your people will pay attention to what you say and do and try to do what you want them to do.

Set clear targets. If your people don't know what you want them to do, they'll guess. And you may not get the behavior or performance you want. Learn to give good directions. Constantly check for understanding.

Tell people how they're doing. Give frequent and usable feedback. If you're the boss, your job is to help your people succeed and take away any excuses for failing.

Make sure that behavior and performance have consequences. Consequences are the result of behavior and performance. If you touch a hot stove, the pain you feel is a consequence of your behavior. If you make a great sports play or cook a great meal, the joy you feel is a consequence of your performance.

Good things should happen when behavior and performance are good. We call those good things positive consequences.

Positive consequences include praise, a better assignment, time off and cash. Positive consequences are things people want. They get people to continue what they're doing or try something new. Reward good behavior and performance. Catch people doing things right.

Bad things should happen when behavior and performance are bad. We call those bad things negative consequences.

Negative consequences include discipline, more work, embarrassment, and penalties. They get people to stop what they're doing. Make bad behavior and performance something that has a consequence every time. And remember that lots of small corrections are better than fewer, bigger corrections.

Keep doing it. This is work that is never done and it's the core of your work as a boss. Great bosses do the things we're talking about over and over, every day.

This may be simple, but it's not easy.

Extrinsic And Intrinsic Motivations

Extrinsic And Intrinsic Motivations
by: Matthew Hick

Have you ever had a problem getting motivated to complete a task that you absolutely had to do? Did you ever just want to throw in the towel and accept that you failed? If so, understand that there are things you can do to be more motivated and to achieve your goals.

What motivates you?

There are two types of motivation that exist: extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation is motivation that is inspired by outside forces, while intrinsic motivation is motivation that is inspired from within a person. Both types of motivation are essential to success. Below you will find different types of extrinsic and intrinsic motivational factors:

Extrinsic Motivation.
-People around you
-Good grades

Intrinsic Motivation.
-Personal goals, values, and morals
-Willingness and eagerness to learn
-Physiological, social, and self-esteem needs

Both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations push a person to achieve a goal. However, they do so in different ways. Let us take a look at both of these types of motivations.

Extrinsic motivation:

As shown above, extrinsic motivation comes from rewards and incentives that are positive reinforcements. An example of extrinsic motivation is a student studying and getting an A on an exam because the reward of a ski trip motivated him. Completing a project for work ahead of schedule because an employee knows that raises are coming soon is an example of extrinsic motivation. A teenager may come home from a friend’s house right before curfew, just to avoid being grounded. All of these actions are done because the person is trying to avoid some type of punishment or disapproval.

An example of a possible problem with extrinsic motivation is that when the rewards stop, the motivation will come to an end. How do you keep, for example, an employee or child motivated? One solution is spacing out rewards so the person does not receive them all at once. This gives the person something to look forward to. Another thing to do is to make sure the reward cannot cause any negative impact after it. Another thing to do is to try to help the person find a reason to be motivated besides receiving a reward.

Intrinsic Motivation:

Intrinsic motivation comes from within a person. While this motivation is often strong, it is hard to maintain at times – especially when something bad is happening in a person’s life. Everyone wants to be happy, to achieve life goals, have high morals and values, have plenty of friends, and simply be able to survive in the world. Intrinsic motivation makes a person strive for these things in daily life. Intrinsic motivation will make a person take a look in the mirror and say, “I can do it.” This type of motivation will also make someone take a few minutes and reflect on what is important in his or her life. It will make them question why they are seeking out their goals and what they are willing to risk in order to attain them.

Adult ADD: Motivational Focus

Adult ADD: Motivational Focus
-- Keystone In A Happy Life
by: Tellman H. Knudson

We’re in an informational age. Information is more available now than there's ever been in the world. More will be available tomorrow. Unless the entire Internet crashes, I predict that’s going to continue for a long time.

So, the question isn’t, “How many opportunities are there?” or “What is the best opportunity?” because there’s no such thing. There’ll be a better opportunity tomorrow than the one you’re working on today.

When you have ADD, it’s a blessing and a curse. When technology evolves at the speed of light and things are evolving full-tilt, we’re moving at rocket speeds, too. You need to ask yourself not what’s the best opportunity for someone with ADD. You need to ask yourself what do you want to be known for?

When your life is over, when everything is done, do you just want to have made some money, or do you want to have made something happen? Do you just want to be some schmuck who made some cash, or do you want to have done something of significance in the world?

I’ll tell you, if you’re paying attention, I certainly hope you want to do something of substance, because if you don’t, if you’re just chasing the buck, I can't help you. You can chase the buck all you want, and you’ll still be miserable tomorrow and the day after. Even if you get rich, you’ll still be miserable.

But if you want do something that’s absolutely, undeniably, super-sonic important to you...

Maybe it’s just having a really wonderful relationship with your family. Maybe it’s making a fortune so you can donate it to support local artists. Maybe it’s finding a cure for cancer. Maybe it’s teaching everybody in the world how to use ADD as a strength. I don’t know what it is for you, but I guarantee that you do, and if you’re saying that you don’t, you’re probably just afraid to go after it.

Yet, even it you’re going full tilt on something right now, that doesn’t mean you have to do that for the rest of your life. It does mean that if you’re going to spend your time doing something, it might as well be something you’re incredibly passionate about. Just figure out a way to integrate that exuberance into being successful. I'm speaking to you from experience here, meaning I have ADD and I’ve been in the exact same situation you may be in right now.

Focus on a goal, and really hone in. Once I figured out this course of action, I started accomplishing something in my life. I said, “Okay, I have 10 great ideas a day (just like most of us with ADD). How do I actually use my ADD to implement one of them and get something done?” I don’t want to just stop having great ideas. I love thinking about new ideas. It’s one of the things I’m best at doing. I realized that when I had a great idea, I needed to figure out how I could take the really great aspect of it and apply it to my current project.

Even with ADD, you can train yourself to do this, but even in conversations when you’re brainstorming with friends or business partners and random ideas come up, say, “Hey, that’s a really good idea. How do we apply that to what we’re working on?"

So, what does that have to do with ADD? It leads me to ask this question: “What does everyone with ADD need?” If I can come up with that, then I'll be great. Maybe there’s some sort of food or recipes that people with ADD would like that they don’t currently have access to, that they just wish they did. Now we’re talking about ADD again. High speed, super nutrition... and you bill it, "ADD Café" or whatever it is.

The point is, you figure out how you can flip things and switch them around. Use ADD to be focused on your bigger goal, that thing that is really important to you in your life. That way your ADD can be the catalyst, rather than the impediment in your success.

The Importance Of Self Motivation

The Importance Of Self Motivation
by: Sylvia Jameson

Reaching a goal is easier said than done. There are times when it gets hard to be motivated especially when you don’t feel like trying. These are the times that show if you are self confident enough to stay the course. You can’t pretend to be successful, you have to be motivated. So what can you do?

If you lack confidence in yourself you should figure out what your issues are and make a plan to change. You will have to be honest as you can and write down a list of things that bother you and what you can improve on. Make a plan for your spiritual side as well. This is important because it will help you withstand the troubles life brings. It takes time to change so be patient. If you start right now you will eventually change your future. The following are five tips to help you stay motivated.

To stay motivated you will need a plan. Read through books and articles if you need sources, books by people like Tony Robbins can be useful. Write down ideas that you think will help you get motivated. You may start to find more as you begin to write them down.

Break your long term goals into short term goals and each day and night write a goal for the next day. If you focus on small steps you will eventually accomplish your goal.

Use bright post-it notes to write down all the positive things that will happen if you accomplish your goals. Stick them all over your home to remind you not to give up.

Eat well, exercise regularly and get a good night’s sleep. These three will keep your body at optimum shape so you can focus on the day’s goals.

For each milestone make sure you have a reward. Take some time for your self. You can soak in the tub or take a nap or buy a new outfit, anything that will make you feel good about your accomplishments.

When bad days come along remember that there is always tomorrow. If your mood stays the same it might be a sign of depression. Issues such as depression can hamper your goals so make sure you check it out. When you reach your goals you will know yourself in a way you would never believed possible. Never quit no matter what because if you follow these tips and are successful you can do it all over again.

Motivational Posters In The Office

Motivational Posters In The Office
by: Ashvin Ramasawmy

In today’s business environment, motivational art has quickly become the darling of entrepreneurs. Why? Simply because it works! In short, motivational art posters/prints are photographs or drawings that carry an inspirational message that corroborates the picture. Therefore, they make the perfect office wall décor. Not only do they add some esthetics to the room but surrounding yourself with motivational art will help inspire you and boost productivity.

Here are 5 power tips when buying inspirational posters online:

(1) It does not matter having more than 1 inspirational print in your room. You can have as many as you want, as long as you don’t end up cluttering your wall.

(2) Every motivational artwork will deeply influence your mood. Therefore, try to find a print that not only serves as a good office décor, but also as a therapy during hard times. For example, if you procrastinate a lot, find an artwork with a compelling statement about procrastination. This will motivate you to stop procrastinating and finally get the job done.

(3) Never ever try to decorate your wall with bare posters. They look cheap and sweetly degrade your whole office décor. Remember that motivational art is nothing short of art! Always either laminate your artwork or frame it for a better coup-d’oeil. It is also good to mention that you should only buy from companies that have an in-house framing and laminating service.

(4) Place your artwork in a strategic position where you will often come to have eye contact with it. Do not place it in your back unless you have a good reason for doing it, as in if you receive people in your office and want them to peep at it while talking to you. (…) This helps create a friendly atmosphere and puts people at ease. You might also want to place a few in your waiting room if you have one.

(5) As far as possible, purchase “art prints” instead of “posters”. Motivational art prints are printed on a higher paper grade and does not degrade easily in time. Posters are, well, just the contrary.

As simple as it might seem, the right inspiring words can make a real difference to the right person. Whatever is your objective in business or real-life, motivation is a key factor to success and having a motivational print on your wall is the first step to success.

How to motivate your self towards online business success

How to motivate your self towards online business success

In this article you're going to learn how to become a successful online entrepreneur using the same secret I used to build my successful online business.
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Building an online business demands a high level of self discipline and persistence. Most of the new online entrepreneurs (like me) are working daily jobs thinking about financial freedom and ways in which to create it.

At the beginning I was extremely motivated to create a successful online business. Thinking about all of those gurus that make a lot of money online. I found my self going back after a long day at work heading straight to my computer. It wasn't easy and gradually my motivation started to fade away. Eventually it became very difficult to stay concentrated and focused until I have realized that something is holding me back!

I decided to take a break from the computer realizing I have to understand and reveal the source of the problem. I started observing my inner world looking for the reason that created this setback. Looking at a success I had, losing 40 pounds a few years ago made me realize that the main reason for my success was keeping my focus on why I wanted to lose the weight instead of how.

I was thinking all the time about the great feeling I will have when I will lose the extra pounds-and that kept me going giving me the power to deal with all the setbacks, doubts, and fears that were coming all the time. So when I found the reasons for building an online business my motivation started to rise again and was getting stronger by the minute.

My message to you is:

--Find the reasons for building an online business, write it down and be as specific as you can.

--Keep focusing on the reasons why you want to have an online business constantly and this will give you the power to deal with all the setbacks, doubts or fears that may arise, and then you made an important step towards creating a successful online business.

Author: Itsik tzur
Create a successful online business by building multiple streams of income:

By Itsik Tzur
Published: 7/10/2005

Learn how to motivate yourself

Learn how to motivate yourself

One of the most difficult aspects of achieving success is staying motivated over the long haul. Motivation is not an accident or something that someone else can give you -- you are the only one with the power to motivate you.
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"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
~ Norman Augustine

I truly believe Augustine's words are true and if you look at history you know it is true. There are many people in the world with amazing talents who realize only a small percentage of their potential. We all know people who live this truth.

We also know those epic stories, those modern-day legends surrounding the early failures of such supremely successful folks as Michael Jordan and Bill Gates. We can look a bit further back in time to Albert Einstein or even further back to Abraham Lincoln. What made each of these people so successful? Motivation.

We know this in our gut, but what can we do about it? How can we motivate ourselves? One of the most difficult aspects of achieving success is staying motivated over the long haul.

Motivation is not an accident or something that someone else can give you -- you are the only one with the power to motivate you. Motivation cannot be an external force, it must come from within as the natural product of your desire to achieve something and your belief that you are capable to succeed at your goal.

Positive pleasure-oriented goals are much more powerful motivators than negative fear-based ones. Although each is successful separately, the right combination of both is the most powerful motivational force known to humankind.

Here are some tips and methods for motivating yourself:

~ Use a past defeat as a motivator. Remind yourself you have nowhere to go except up as you have already been at the bottom.

~ Give yourself the power of responsibility. Remind yourself the only thing stopping you is yourself.

~ Make a list of your achievements toward your long-term goal and remind yourself that intentions don't count, only action's.

~ Do it today. Remind yourself of someone you know who died suddenly and the fact that there is no guarantee that tomorrow will come.

~ Let success motivate you. Find a picture of what epitomizes success to you and then pull it out when you are in need of motivation.

Reflect and experiment until you find the right combination of motivators for your personality and your personal goals. I'll leave you with this final motivating quote:

"What drives me? The thing that drives me most is the desire to find my limits--and extend them." ~ Richard Marcinko

Now go push your own limits and succeed!

Deanna Mascle is an inspirational freelance writer. You can find more inspiration at Inspiration by Dawggone and her inspirational ezines Words of Inspiration Online and Daily Quote Online.

By Deanna Mascle
Published: 10/28/2005

The Key To Your Motivation and Success

The Key To Your Motivation and Success

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What sets successful people apart from the pack? Is it luck, money, good lucks, and/or talent?

No, it is one small simple fact -- motivation.

People who are successful all share one trait -- they are motivated.

Of course, motivation really isn't simple at all. That is why there is multi-billion industry focused on self-help books, tapes, seminars, camps, and coaches.

There is just one problem with using these methods. When it comes to motivation one size does not fit all. One of the elements that makes human beings so endlessly fascinating is that we are all individuals. It is the primary reason our species has been so successful. It also means we each have different interests, goals, and motivation.

So before you can begin following any one of the thousands of motivational programs available you must first determine which motivational group you fall into.

After some thought, study, and research, I have come up with four basic motivational categories:

~ The Pessimist
~ The Competitor
~ The Minimalist
~ The Exhibitionist

The Pessimist

The Pessimist is personified by my husband. Whenever he gets the smallest bit of bad news he immediately leaps into the deep end of doom and gloom. It doesn't matter if the problem is small or large, he often reacts as if it is the end of the world. If the satellite dish has a momentary hiccup in service then he immediately assumes the bill didn't get paid and our account terminated and our credit score is now on the decline.

It took me a long time to learn how to deal with this. At first I thought it was real panic and I would try to shield him from the smaller hiccups, and even some big ones, of life. But now I know this is actually how he motivated himself.

When we face challenges, big or small, he works himself through a familiar cycle. First he outlines the worst-case scenario, then he outlines his options for action, and then he takes action. And when he takes action just get out of the way as he moves very quickly -- and successfully. Challenge faced, problem solved. It makes me crazy but it works for him!

The Competitor

My brother thrives on competition. Whether he is playing sports or working in sales, he is always more successful if he has competition. If his motivation flags he can easily juice himself up with a quick comparison of his progress toward a particular goal in comparison to others. He likes to keep score and that keeps him motivated. He wants to win whatever competition is at hand

Don't knock this method. By almost any measure my brother is a huge success and has worked his way from a contract employee barely able to afford his two-bedroom apartment to a high-level sales executive with a six-figure salary plus bonuses to further incentivize him.

The Minimalist

Perhaps this person might best be described as having a short-attention span. They need short-term goals that are immediately visible and can be achieved within a short time span. They can go the distance as long as it is broken up into smaller projects. Each small victory will spur them on to the final goal but they need those little successes to keep them motivated. In many ways this label applies to me but I think down deep that I am really in the final category.

The Exhibitionist

I know I fall into this category because I have a very difficult time with goals that I cannot see. It is one of the reasons I hate cleaning -- sure you can see the results but with a busy family you know how long those results stay visible!

Like the minimalist I enjoy breaking large projects up into small, bite-sized chunks so they are not so overwhelming. When I grade papers for my teaching gig I always divide the pile into several smaller piles so I can feel I am making progress. I do the same with cleaning -- first straighten the room, then dust, then vacuum.

But it isn't enough for me to accomplish the task -- I need to have a to do list that I can check off as I go and then crumple up and throwing the trash at the end of the day. I need to be able to point to some visible success for the day whether it is a shining kitchen, a stack of graded papers, or a pile of completed manuscript pages.

Which category do you fall into? Once you know that much about yourself you will be better able to find the motivation technique that works best for you. Stop by the Words of Inspiration web site and vote in our motivation poll and then go get motivated!

Deanna Mascle is an inspirational freelance writer. You can find more inspiration at Inspiration by Dawggone and her inspirational ezines Words of Inspiration Online and Daily Quote Online.

By Deanna Mascle
Published: 10/25/2005

Motivate Yourself

Motivate Yourself

Ready to motivate yourself? Try some of these simple methods, and use them daily.
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Why do you want to motivate yourself? Actually, just answering that question fully can be one of the better ways to get your daily motivation. Below are seven more ways that have been provem to work for others. Chances are, some of them will work for you too.

Seven Ways To Motivate Yourself

1. Explain your plans. Usually, by the time I tell my wife about the newsletter I'm going to write, I'm out of my slump and back at the keyboard. Find someone that listens well, and tell them what you want to do. If it is something that you really want, this will almost always get you motivated.

2. Stimulate desire. Imagine the rewards of your effort clearly. Imagination motivates many to sign up for get-rich-quick plans. Good salesmen can have you living in your imagined dream home in minutes, and you'll feel motivated to do anything to make it real. Just learn to be your own salesman.

3. Use pain. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) teaches you to link pain with not acting. If you imagine a scene of your kids sitting in jail for drug use - that might motivate you to have that talk you've been avoiding. Linking pleasure and rewards to acting is only half of the formula. Remember to link pain to not acting.

4. Develop a true interest. If you have no interest at all, it might mean you need to do something else, but if it's just a task you dislike, relate it clearly in your mind to the greater goal. I don't like to drive, but when I remember those mountains I'm going to, I get motivated to drive.

5. Create energy. Coffee can help for a while, but one way or another, you need to have some energy to have motivate yourself. Exercise, sleep well, and watch out for sugary foods - the "sugar blues" will kill your motivation.

6. Have the proper mental state. It's rare to be depressed and motivated. Resolve some of your negative feelings, and you'll have more motivation. Another way is to do your important work when you are in a better mood.

7. Make any small step. Commit to raking up one bag of leaves, and soon you'll want to finish the yard. Any small step towards your goals creates momentum.

You have seven ways now, but you have to actually use them, so how do you get motivated to do that? You have to figure that one out yourself. Humor, by the way, can be a good motivator. Laughing often breaks up the feeling of being overwhelmed. There's your eighth way to motivate yourself.

Steve Gillman writes on many topics including brainpower, weight loss, meditation, habits of mind, creative problem solving, generating luck and anything related to self improvement. Learn more and get FREE e-courses at http://www.SelfImprovementNow.com

By Steven Gillman
Published: 12/19/2005

How To Stay Motivated After Achieving Your Goals

How To Stay Motivated After Achieving Your Goals

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How many of you fall back into old bad habits after reaching a certain goal you’ve accomplished? I can admit that I am guilty of becoming lazy after I’ve achieved something great and just end up back to where i started. So how do you keep focus after achieving a certain goal? How can you achieve more than what you are of naturally capable of? If any of these questions apply, then this article is for you.

In professional sports, you see it all the time. A certain team or individual wins a world championship one year and ends up not making the playoffs the next. Sure there are some exceptions to why this has happened but the main reason is because the team is already satisfied and feel they don’t have to work as hard anymore. This is a mistake that many teams make. They could have been one of the great dynasties you read about in books but they end up in a rebuilding mode instead. It is the same way in bodybuilding, you cannot just become satisfied with your current physique or you are destined for failure.

Look at the reigning Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman. Have you ever wondered why he can win so many Mr. O’s in a row? It’s because he sets higher standards for himself every year and will never become satisfied with himself. Any person or team can win a first place trophy but the true winners are the ones who can do it over and over on a continuing basis.

Have you ever felt that you’ve reached a plateau in your fitness goals and start to believe that it doesn’t matter how much you try or how long you keep at your plan that you can’t get better? This is another one of those little tricks your mind will play on you but the truth is that you are actually improving but you just don’t realize it. You must have the discipline to keep setting higher standards after you’ve accomplished a certain feat. You see it all the time, a person sets a goal to lose twenty pounds, loses it, starts eating bad foods again, and gains it all back. What this person should’ve done was write down a higher more achievable goal such as gain two pounds of muscle with as little fat gain as possible. The person would then believe this goal is obtainable because they just lost twenty pounds.

Most of us have had times where we start getting bored with our routine day after day, eating the same tasteless meals every three hours. Bodybuilding is a sport that can put a drain on a person mentally but you have to keep on trying to find ways to overcome the boredom. Train at a new gym, try a different recipe, or even try a new supplement. Keep the fundamentals the same but alter it a bit and find a way that suits you. See you next time!

By zach bashore
Published: 11/3/2005

Self Motivation Secrets

Self Motivation Secrets

Ever have self motivation problems? Here are six simple techniques you can use right now to motivate yourself.
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We all have a lack of self motivation at times. We can learn a hundred ways to improve our lives, but then hesitate to act. Something less important catches our attention, or we just don't feel like doing what we need to do. Even a person who is normally highly motivated can sometimes have a hard time getting started on an important task.

Is there a solution? There are probably dozens of them. Below are six of the best self motivation techniques that consistently work when used. Try them all, but if you find even one or two here that work for you, you'll be on your way.

Self Motivation Techniques That Work

1. Talk to get motivated. One of my favorite ways to create energy and motivation is to talk. Once I tell my wife about the article I'm going to write, I'm out of my slump and back at the keyboard. For less inspiring tasks, talk about the larger goals it will help you achieve.

2. Stimulate your desire. Seeing their potential future motivates many to sign up for get-rich-quick plans. The really good salesmen can put you in your imagined dream home in minutes, and make you feel motivated to do anything to make it real. Learn to be your own salesman.

3. Stimulate your pain. One Neuro-Linguistic Programming technique is to mentally link pain with not acting. It is like when finally stop hitting that snooze button on the alarm, and get up because you think you might lose your job. Just imagine any bad consequences that may occur if you don't do what you need to do.

4. Find a true interest. If you have no interest in what you are doing, it might mean you need to do something else. If it's just a task you dislike, but it needs to be done, relate it clearly in your mind to the greater goal. I don't like to drive, but I don't have a motivation problem when I'm driving to the mountains for a vacation.

5. Boost your energy. You need energy for self motivation. Coffee may help for a while, if caffeine doesn't create other problems for you. Exercising and sleeping well help too. Yo should also watch out for sugary foods. The "sugar blues" kill motivation. Once you find energy boosters that work for you, make a list and keep it handy for future use.

6. Take any small step. I've found if I commit to raking up one bag of leaves, I soon want to finish all the yard work. Taking any small step towards your goals is a great self motivation technique. To make this even easier, break larger goals down into small steps.

Motivation techniques really do work, but don't ask me how to get motivated to use them. In any case, you were motivated enough to read this far, so you'll be fine. Oh, and humor is number seven. A good laugh can overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed that sucks away self motivation.

Steve Gillman has been studying brainpower and related topics for years. For more on How To Increase Brain Power, and to get the Brain Power Newsletter and other free gifts, visit: http://www.IncreaseBrainPower.com

By Steven Gillman
Published: 4/30/2006

Motivating Others

Motivating Others
What’s The Real Answer?
Whether you are an employer, manager, teacher or parent, we are all at some stage keen to get answers to the age old question of "How to motivate others?" Bob Selden of the National Learning Institute™ suggests some novel responses.
Motivating Others – What’s The Real Answer?
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So, economics and statistics are the flavor of the month, or more specifically "Freakonomics" (Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, Penquin Books 2006). In a quote from Levitt’s website, "Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives - how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing." And Levitt & Dubner do have many interesting, amusing and sometimes disturbing (at least to me) stories to tell.

For example, take the case of the child care centre that was having difficulty with a few parents picking up their children late. It was decided to institute a late pick up fee of $3. As you might have guessed, this did not stop the late parents and in fact their numbers increased from about 8 to 20! By introducing the fee, late pick ups had just been legitimized and ameliorated the parents feeling of guilt.

Levitt and Dubner suggest that incentives, to be effective, need to have three components – economic, social and moral. In the child care case, would increasing the late fee to $100, posting the names of the late parents on a public list and running discussion groups on the implications of late pick ups for children and parents, have changed the parent’s behavior? The answer is unequivocally, "Yes".

Another example given is cigarettes. Levitt and Dubner suggest that in the US, the tax of around $3 or so on cigarettes (economic), no smoking laws in restaurants (social) and publicizing the profits being made by terrorist groups through black market cigarette sales (moral) have successfully combined all three incentive ingredients to stop people smoking. And they are right.

But (and in this case it’s a big "but") do incentives work? Do they motivate people? On the cover of their book they suggest "Assume nothing – question everything", and I’m taking them up on this challenge. I agree that incentives work – they can change people’s behavior. However, what do you get when you introduce incentives (even those that include the three components)? Incentives produce compliance, they do not produce commitment. The second thing that happens once incentives are introduced, is that they need to be repeated! And repeated, and repeated! Once started they cannot be stopped – a right given is a right expected.

As an employer, manager, parent or teacher (or child care centre manager), do you want compliant people or committed people? Wouldn’t it be so much easier to be an employer, manager, teacher or parent if incentives really worked in the way that they are intended? Unfortunately, because the incentive has only changed behavior and not motivation, when we take away the incentive, it is most likely that people will revert to their old behavior. Whereas with committed people, even when conditions change, they are far more likely to remain motivated. (Mind you assume nothing – question everything, always be wary of equating correlation with causation. They are often not the same thing.)

In regards to managers and compliance, a colleague of mine Peter Nicholls wrote recently, "Managing people was so much easier when you could just concern yourself with who they were from the time they walked into the workplace until the decreed knock-off time. Staff had each taken a vow to daily serve the organization fully and faithfully until home-time us do part". However, today’s manager needs people who are committed and therefore perform at their best. Compliance most often only brings mediocre performance.

If you as an employer, manager, parent or teacher, want committed rather than compliant people, how do you get them?

There are three things that you need to do:

1. Select the best people and then train, coach, develop and manage them well (parents and teachers may have some challenges with "selection", but they can certainly train, coach, develop and manage appropriately).

2. Make sure that there is a "values match" between what they believe in and what the organization believes in.

3. Provide them with sufficient recognition (not rewards, nor incentives) that will encourage them to maintain their motivation.

The first item, "people selection and training" is the topic of a future article. In previous articles ("Are Your Employees Motivated?" and "Have You Been Appreciated Lately?" - http://www.nationallearninginstitute.com/) I have clearly laid out the case for item three, "recognition". In the remainder of this article, I’d like to focus on the "values match".

Why "values match" as one component of gaining commitment? Our research with employees (in focus groups and interviews) across many organizations and industries over the last 20 years, suggests that:

• People join an organization because of the role (and sometimes the reputation of the organization)

• People leave organizations because of poor management and leadership (not as you might expect for a better job or more money – these things generally come after they have decided to leave)

• People stay in the organization (assuming management and leadership are o.k.) because they share the same values as those they work with and of the organization.

How do you get (and maintain) a "values match"? You can do it either informally or formally.

In discussions with a teacher recently, she mentioned that her principal was always focusing on problem students. For example, during break periods in the staff room, the principal would continually ask teachers about the problems they were having with students. This encouraged a values match within the teachers that suggested the best way to get noticed by the principal was to bring up "problem" students in discussions with him. The values match informally being reinforced by the principal here was a negative one of "problems". This contrasts quite dramatically with the experience of my own children who each had the fortune to have as a principal someone who encouraged a positive values match. He would regularly be seen in the grounds talking with students during breaks about what they were interested in. When he visited a classroom or made formal presentations to students, he continually focused on positive things that particular students had done (these were not the standard awards, but rather behavior, special interests, sport, academic and so on). He knew the interests (and values) of the students from his informal discussions with them and made a point of asking each teacher what were the positive things that their students were doing.

In a formal way, you can uncover the "values match" by running some team discussions with your people around the "Ideal World" concept – i.e. "If you had the chance to work / live / participate / attend in an ideal organization / school / family, what would it look like? What would people in this ideal situation do?" The results of the ensuing discussion will then give you a very good lead to the values that your people have in relation to the workplace, organization, school or family.

About the author:
Bob Selden is a manager, trainer and parent. As Managing Director of the National Learning Institute™ he often helps managers and particularly new managers, with the perennial question "How do I motivate my people?". If you’d like to discuss your answers to this question, or pose it again in your own circumstances, or find out more about the "Ideal World" exercise, please contact Bob via http://www.nationallearninginstitute.com

Copyright © 2006 The National Learning Institute
By Bob Selden
Published: 4/26/2006

Setting Goals and Motivation

Setting Goals and Motivation

Setting goals are linked to motivation. You need one to succeed at the other
Setting Goals and Motivation
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Each one of us has what it takes to live our life to its full potential. Today is your starting point. You choose the direction you want to go. Once you have determined the direction you want to take then set some goals to get you there.

Is it really that simple? Actually, it is.

Once you set your goals, the next step is to follow thru on those goals.
Goals are nice but they mean nothing if you don't follow thru.

Setting Goals is an important component to motivation and success.

While it is possible to be successful when someone else is providing the motivation for you, frankly motivation is best when it comes from within.

So be honest with yourself. Are you genuinely interested in being successful in your business? If so, set realistic goals for yourself. And remember, setting the goals is only the beginning. You must take steps to reach those goals.

Try it this week. Set a couple small goals that you would like to achieve this week. Take the necessary steps to achieve those goals. You may be surprised at the results.

Then you will see what goals can do for you. Before you know it, setting goals will be a regularly part of your weekly routine.
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Setting goals

By Donna Rivera-Loudon
Published: 9/16/2006



Simple Tips to Motivate Yourself To Achieve Anything!
Motivation can help you achieve anything you desire but how do you motivate yourself to achieve your goals?
Motivation can help you achieve anything you desire but how do you motivate yourself to achieve your goals?

It’s not simply a question of saying I am motivated, if this was the case everyone would achieve there goals and fact is most do not.

To achieve positive motivation and more importantly keep motivated you need to channel two character traits.


The first road to achieving goals is to have the desire to achieve them. Many people however are frightened of desire. Why?

Quite simply they feel that they may not achieve and will end up disappointed. In this case desire can be termed dreaming.

To have desire you need to not only want something but feel you are able to achieve it.

You need desire then burns within you and you can then channel it into action.

Realism = Belief

To have desire and then motivate yourself to a goal requires realistic aims to give you the believe that you will achieve and belief is a massive motivational tool.

Many people simply set un-realistic goals that are impossible to achieve and get de motivated quickly as they don’t really deep down believe they can achieve it.

The goal is simply to daunting and they cannot maintain motivation to reach it and quickly give up.

The key here is to make goals realistic and set several smaller goals that lead to your ultimate goal.

Break your ultimate goal into sub goals

For example, you want to run a marathon but you have never run one before so you cant achieve it straightway so you set small sub goals of varying distances in time frames.

When you reach a sub goal tick it off, reward yourself and move onto the next goal.

This will keep you motivated, you will see know you will be working toward your ultimate goal in steps and keep in mind the longest journey always starts with "one step"

You cant achieve everything you want

No one can. You need to be realistic about what you can achieve and make sure that it is something you know you can achieve.

If you make your goals realistic and achievable, you can achieve a better life for you and your loved ones.

Staying motivated

When you have set your goals, Write them down and focus on how your life will improve and make sure that you visualise the end result, before you work toward your goal so that you can see and the benefits that will be a consequence of your action.

Keep in mind

Motivation can sometimes be hard to achieve but if a goal is realistic you can do it.

Also keep in mind that if you fail to set realistic targets and goals you will never be able to channel your desire into action.

In fact, your desire will really just remain wishful thinking and dreaming.

There is nothing to stop anyone motivating themselves to achieve goals that will make their lives better and you can do it to if you adopt the right mindset.

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By sacha tarkovsky
Published: 12/30/2006

Motivate Yourself To Move

Motivate Yourself To Move
No Matter What

"Be miserable.
Or motivate yourself.
Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice."

-Wayne Dyer

I'm absolutely miserable our first morning back in town after a marvelous month spent in sunny, but quite cool, Florida. I find myself faced with the prospect of pushing myself out into Chicago's sub-zero cold for my daily five mile walk.

"Ain't happenin'," I think. "Now what?"

The bare minimum I will walk on a day like today is one hour. So, my only other option is to bundle up, race down the street to East Bank Club, chain myself to one of their high-tech treadmills, tough it out for that hour and get the whole thing over with.

As treadmills go, I especially favor the ones that look like "Star Wars" Strato Scooters, so I pick my favorite on the end, punch the "quick start" workout button and away I go.

However: by 13:09 into my workout, I'm already bored silly without my I-pod. I can't believe I forgot it. That thing's like an appendage to me, but today it's in a different spot than usual because of last night's travel and I just plain forgot it. My dang knees are crying, too.

How many of you would quit right here and now at the first sign of a little discomfort?

If you want to lose weight and get healthier, you have to work past the pain and walk every day. (Consult with your doctor first, but do get your butt moving ASAP.)

You know what your personal pain tolerance is and what everyday aches you have that you always use as an excuse to not move as much as you should. Stop letting those things hold you back. Stop holding yourself back.

Get on the scale. Look at yourself in the mirror. Feel how tight your waistband is. Look at yourself from behind. Notice how snug your shirts, sweaters and blouses fit.

It's time for you to get moving. Or are you waiting for some catastrophic health event to strike where, if you're lucky enough to survive, THEN maybe you'll start to do what you need to do for a healthier, more fit life?

Why wait?

Back to the music matter: it works wonders as a distraction from pain. It's one of the things that keeps me walking day after day after day. Studies prove that people who walk and listen to their favorite music are more likely to develop walking into a daily habit. (And for safety, listen only in one ear while you're walking outside.)

15:51 minutes: I'm restless and looking for an escape. I spy some of Nautilus's new, split treadmill machines called treadclimbers. Hmmmm.

17:09: My curiosity gets the better of me. I feel the need to switch over to one of the treadclimbers and keep my warm up going while I get oriented on this new cardio contraption.

"No need to run. 2 X's the workout!" blare the red-dotted words on the screen. We'll see.

I last five whole minutes - that's the amount of time allotted to figure out how to work the thing - before I call it quits. I can't move my legs another revolution.

"Continue workout?" red-dot flashes next. Not!

"Treadclimber, indeed," I wonder. What genius thought this one up? But in my heart I'm envious of those who zoom along, cardio-cranking, proficiently smooth and sweating like hell. That's the real name of the fitness game if you can handle it. Lucky dogs. Otherwise, take it slow, do what you can, but you do have to push yourself and practice every single day to get results.

And if your heart, knees, hips and back can take it, the treadclimber will seriously boil off your excess pounds in no time flat and then keep them off for as long as you continue to use it daily. That's the key to one of dieting's biggest "secrets," consistency - doing it daily. Forever.

I can't beat a path back to my old treadmill fast enough. The grass was not greener, and clearly I need music to get me through the rest of this workout.

Another turning point: how many of you would quit now? How many of you would figure, "What the heck," and just stop right here?

I have to press on. No excuses.

Doing some quick math, I figure seventeen minutes on the first treadmill, plus the five minutes I spent on the tread climber, equal twenty-two minutes. That leaves me with a minimum of thirty-eight minutes to go - back on my original "Strato Scooter."

A few minutes into it, I wish my knees would stop screaming while I wait for the Excedrin I popped a bit ago to kick in. I'm just thankful to be back on level "ground," if you know what I mean.

My one eye slits open: only 30 more minutes to go. This is pure, unadulterated penance for my 30-days of wayward vacation behavior. Miraculously, however, I didn't gain any weight even though we wined and dined with tastes of dessert almost nightly. (OK, so some nights there was more than just a "taste.")

And don't think I was a total slug while we were away. It was 30 straight days of walking a minimum of five miles a day on the beach and swimming an hour in a perfectly heated pool every afternoon that helped me keep my weight in check. Plus - two more dieting biggies: weighing myself every morning and being very stingy with every single white starchy, sugary carb I put in my mouth at breakfast or lunch that helped, too. (I never eat both on the same day anymore.)

Vigilance is vital. There is no other option.

I quickly count my blessings. In the old days I would have figured, "Heck with it, we're on vacation," and toss all caution and training to the wind. And by the time I'd get back home - I could easily be up ten, fifteen or twenty. Not any more.

But, at 11:23, (of the 38 minutes I have left this go-round) I discover I have to pee.

"No way," I think. If I stop again I will never be able to get back on this thing. I know it. This is way too hard for me today - especially without my usual musical diversion.

15:52: For distraction, I sneak my Bluetooth outta my purse and clip it on my ear, placing a verboten call (club etiquette rules) to my business partner, whispering to her that I'll be in within the hour.

I then slam my eyes shut, grab hold of the handlebar and by 20:44 I gleefully realize I'm over halfway there.

Failing to keep my mind occupied, I compulsively open my eyes again and again only to find the first thing I stare at is that dang elapsed time.

25:52: How will I keep on walking for the duration? Then I think about the consequences if I don't - that does it for me every time. After struggling for a lifetime of being mostly overweight, I know full well what will happen if I ever succumb to such lazy thinking again.

An almost anorexic gal climbs onto one of the treadclimbers just a bit in front of me. Her legs and feet are a dizzying blur as she gears up to speed instantly without so much as a how-da-ya-do warm up. She's tall and weighs maybe ninety pounds dripping wet - half of what I weigh, so what do I expect. The lighter the load, the faster you move.

"Only ten minutes to go, no one would know if you stopped now," I hear. I know it's not me but that dang Demon voice in my head trying to sabotage me yet again. I refuse to listen. "I would know, you ass, and that would never do." Why risk entertaining such a bad habit now, after all I've done, after how far I've come? Quitting early just isn't my style. I know how much better I look and feel without that extra 130 pounds. Even with my chronic pains, the effort's well worth it. The pains are far less and I'm much healthier now.


33:17: My Demon is hard at work begging me, demanding, stomping his foot to get me to stop now "before it's too late." "Too late for what," I snarl? Demon doesn't come up with a good enough answer, so I press on, eyes clamped tight to shut out the elapsed time's red-dot display.

36:28: Just a few more minutes. "You can do it," I encourage myself.

"Don't be a fool. No you can't," hisses Demon.

37:01: Only 59 more seconds of this misery. Rest assured, I will never forget that dang I-pod again.

I see myself punch the cool down button. Am I crazy or what? Adding five more minutes onto this treadmill torture for good measure is insane, but I do it anyway - just because I can, thinking, "Take THAT, Demon."

I always make sure to get my daily walking workout in no matter how hard it is, no matter what.

How about you? You know there is no REAL excuse.

Do whatever has to be done. It's always your choice.

Laura Dion-Jones Casey
P.O. Box 10876
Chicago, IL 60610

By Laura Dion-Jones Casey
Published: 3/1/2007

The Secret To Motivating Yourself To Success

The Secret To Motivating Yourself To Success

If you need to motivate yourself to get your goals accomplished, there's a free and truly inspiring report that will help you do just that.
Sometimes you just need a kick in the butt.

You've set all your goals - you have a plan. You are determined. You are motivated.

But then the phone rings, the kids interrupt you, something comes up and life gets in the way.

You didn't mean to let it happen that way. How can you get back on track to accomplishing your goals?

Sometimes there truly is one important piece of the puzzle you may be missing. It may be the secret that is holding you back or is keeping you from achieving those goals.

There's a great new free ebook that gives you that secret. I call it the motivational kickstart.

I originally found out about this book from an internet marketer. And it was designed with the Internet Marketer in mind, however, this book will apply to ANYONE.

Okay, maybe not EVERYONE. Only those truly interested in making a change in their lives. If you're tired of trying to "get ahead" or you are wondering why others seem to be doing well and you're not, then this book can help you realize WHY. If you are looking to be successful, this book tells you the first most important step you need to take.

The really great thing about it is it's free! There's also some inspiring motivational quotes.

Written almost like a coach who's going to make you win no matter what, I find that every once in a while I really benefit from a "You Can Do It" pep talk.

If you're not hyping yourself up every morning with affirmations, goal setting reviews and other positive reinforcements - you should be! This book does a great job of showing you why the Law of Attraction works so well. What is the Law of Attraction? In simple terms, you attract what you think about. More information is covered in the book.

When you go to the website, there will be an upsell "one time only" offer page. They mean that --after reading the free book, I wish I had bought the upsell. But feel free to pass on that - you can get it later if you want. If you're just looking for free information, the book is great all by itself.

You can also listen to a MP3 or a streaming audio of the book. I like doing this to reinforce the principles while I'm working.

Another little plus - if you'd like to pass this free book to your friends and family, you can make 50 cents for each person that downloads this great free resource!

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By GiGi Konwin
Published: 2/22/2007

Greatest Gold-Mine Of Easy

Greatest Gold-Mine Of Easy

Motivational experts get paid big bucks to tell professionals, striving for success, that they must constantly examine these factors. How do you do that? Follow the 5 tips that follow, and watch the changes.

By Chris Sullivan

Copyright (c) 2007 Chris Sullivan

The most important brainstorm you will ever experience about motivation is to realize that you can’t do it for people. As an Owner, manager or coworker, no matter how hard you try, people choose whether to experience motivation at work. You can’t motivate others. You can only choose motivation for yourself. I recommend it. Days speed quickly by and you are engrossed in activities you enjoy. Challenges multiply because you are excited. You set and achieve challenging goals. You feel good about yourself and your self-esteem swells, on and off the job.

Motivational experts get paid big bucks to tell professionals, striving for success, that they must constantly examine these factors. How do you do that? Follow the 5 tips that follow, and watch the changes.

1. Maintain a Positive Attitude – Let’s realize that life is only 10% of what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. You are responsible for our own actions and attitudes, and altering them when needed. When you’re around people/things that are uplifting and positive, you feel that way. You have more confidence in yourself, and know you can change whatever needs changing. If you can make your workplace such a place you’ll find happier workers and higher production. You might even find your employees look forward to coming to work!

2. Everyone has problems, but they don’t belong at work, so leave your personal troubles home. Focus your attention and energy completely on your daily tasks. This will actually be good for you because you’ll get a mental break from your troubles.

3. Create Positive Affirmations - The reason for writing goals for your business is the same as creating positive affirmations on paper. What your eyes see and ears hear, your mind will believe. Try it! After you’ve written them down, read them aloud to yourself – and do it every morning when you get into work. You’ll be blown away at what happens. Come up with a set of new ones every month. Statements such as, “I’m an important and valuable person,” or “I know I’ll make good use of my time today.” Repeating them out loud everyday at a set time will help reinforce positive actions.

4. Make Sure Break Times Are Really Break Times - This is an area where most bosses/entrepreneurs fall down. You become so intense about the project or situation you’re working on that you don’t ease up. Thinking that it’ll be solved in the next few seconds, and then you’ll get a cup of coffee can lead you right up to quitting time. Regularly adhering to a specified break schedule, even if you’re the boss, releases the tension. If you work on a computer this is even a greater problem because before you realize it – you’ve been working in that same position for hours. The best answer to this is to set yourself a reminder on your appointment calendar for every 2 hours, and let the computer reminder chime send you the alert to move around.

5. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise - I know that lately it seems that “exercise” is the cure-all to every physical ailment or your love life, but despite that there is some truth to that ugly word. By “exercise” I don’t mean that you should go out and join a gym and spend your lunch-time, 3-days-a-week there working out. What is really beneficial and workable is that at those chiming alerts from your computer, get up and walk around your desk or room. Maybe go outside and get the mail and enjoy the sunlight (if you’re an entrepreneur that has a home office), or just get up and do a few stretches. Concentrated, tense thinking – typing - plotting plans - or whatever your work, makes all those muscles tighten up and knot up. Then when we move we “ooh” and “ouch” because we’ve knotted up into a ball of tension. Periodic stretching, even at our desk, or just getting up and walking over to the window and getting a different view can help. One of the greatest disservice modern business décor has done to us, is making our offices pristine, sleek, unencumbered spaces. There is nothing more relaxing than getting up from your desk and walking over to a peaceful, serene, seascape or pastoral painting and just drinking it in visually. Momentarily transporting your mind out of work and into that place does wonders. A few good paintings and less shiny chrome in offices would benefit us all.

It only takes a little concentrated effort on our part to keep motivated and productive, which leads to success. I know you’re going to hate hearing this, but it’s true anyway – and that is, “WHEN LIFE GIVES YOUR LEMONS – MAKE LEMONADE!”

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Are You Having Trouble Getting Out Of Bed?

Are You Having Trouble Getting Out Of Bed?

Is it a problem for you to get out of bed first thing in the morning? Are you slow at getting your day started?

By Hani Al-Qasem

Is it a problem for you to get out of bed first thing in the morning? Are you slow at getting your day started?

If you find it difficult to jump out of bed, have you ever asked yourself the question why? Why does it take snooze button after snooze button for you to eventually crawl out of bed? Do you think it’s because you are not getting enough sleep? Are you having heavy late night meals just before bedtime? Are you not exercising enough?

These reasons may contribute to your lack of enthusiasm to hopping out of bed. On the other hand it could be something completely different. As in you don’t find your life is exciting enough to have you leap out of bed. Think about it for a moment. Do you lead a boring, non-eventual life?

If your life is not thrilling you, take action now to change that. You only live once so make full use of it. Find the things that you enjoy doing, or at least think you enjoy doing and start doing them.

If laziness is stopping you from taking action, and you lack motivation here are a few steps that will help you to get on the track of achievement:

1. Realise that you are missing out on a lot of pleasures in life. Why would you allow the awesome things in life pass you by? Think about this, Life is too short to pass it away in bed. You should get up and have fun. Find something that you get pleasure from and do it. Life is to be enjoyed.

2. Now that you are aware of the great things you can do with yourself, make it a point to immediately get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. Doing so programmes your mind that you are always ready for action; ready to start the day in a fantastic way to do the things that you love doing. When the alarm goes off switch it off and get the day rolling with a statement such as, “Today is a great day and I intend to make full use of it,” then throw your feet out of bed, stretch and head straight for the shower.

3. Plan your day as you are showering and singing aloud (if you haven’t done so already). What is it that you wish to accomplish today? What is important that you should do right now, and what can be done a little later during the day? My hint: begin with something you really enjoy and have fun doing, then progress to the other items on your list.

4. As the day goes by be responsible to take action to accomplish all that you planned for that day. It can be two or three items. It doesn’t matter. The point here is to get you used to getting things done; to taking consistent action on a daily basis. In due course, you will attain the habit of taking action no matter what. In time, the snooze button will not even exist.

As your excitement to getting things done grows, you will get energized that you are actually achieving things that you haven’t in the past. I won’t be surprised if you set the alarm a few minutes earlier, and the weekend lie-ins might come to an end. You will get up at the same time every day to get things done.

As revealed, the first step to taking action towards a more fulfilling life is to get up as soon as the alarm goes off. This way you will build a sense of responsibility for your life. Or would you rather stay in bed and watch life pass you by; only to regret all the things you wished you did?

Become more responsible and have a great life. Imagine if you spend only 20 minutes a day taking action to improve on your life, just think what you could accomplish after six months or within a year.

Take action now for a better life.

Discover how you can beat procrastination to take action now to achieve your goals. Visit: http://www.insight4you.com Hani Al-Qasem is the co-author of "Self-Confidence Building In 7 Steps".

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