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These Motivational Tips Will Take Your Life To Next Level

These Motivational Tips Will Take Your Life To Next Level

It is human nature to aim higher, to always want to be better, to strive for success and most importantly to own the joy and happiness that comes with accomplishment. You remember the feeling you had when you bought your first rusty car, from the long-term savings from your first job. It was the best feeling, right? What about when you got your promotion at work because of the long hours you spent working overtime. When your start-up business finally picked up after months of strategizing and contracts, deals and partnership proposals began to pour in. When that girl you had pursued forever finally said yes, and you led her to the altar of the church in a colorful wedding.

Even if you cannot remember these instances, maybe because they have not happened yet, you can definitely imagine them. To get to the next level in life, you need to stay motivated, to be fired up for success.

The following motivational tips are guaranteed to take your life to the next level.

1. Be fearless, take risks

Be fearless, take risks

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    We always fear to fail and therefore we choose not to try something new. We’d rather stick to what we know. Take a risk, it creates new possibilities. If you risk nothing, you risk everything. Man was able to set foot for the first time on the moon even with the nagging thought that they might not return. Be fearless in your endeavors, years from now you do to want to regret that you did not act on a great business idea.

    Fortune favors the brave. If you have to quit your job or end your education to chase a great idea and have the absolute conviction, your guts tell you that you can succeed, then, by all means, do it! It is this risk that great companies such as Microsoft and Facebook were built on.

    2. Focus on training your focus

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    Focus on training your focus

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      It is hard to achieve focus without the motivation allure of a reward or someone constantly monitoring your progress. You do not have to depend on an external factor to be motivated. Train keep everything in focus always, you will have to train your focus. You will not get to your next level in life without intense laser focus. The moment you walk out of your front yard, many things line up to steal your attention. You need to think about who you want to be not sometimes, not most of the time, every time.

      The more you think about your next goal, the more ideas and plans you will develop for it. Take one goal at a time and throw the weight of your energy on it. When you achieve it, you will be more motivated to move on to the next challenge. The best way to train your focus is to condition your brain and your body to physical exercise. Do a twenty-minute meditation every evening to put your thoughts in line and take runs in the morning to improve brain power.

      3. Work with the negatives

      Work with the negatives

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        How many mistakes can you make in a day? What about a month? A year perhaps? All these are valuable motivational lessons, do not brush them aside and hide them. Look at the following examples;

        • Some businesses have failed and run bankrupt so many times and still end up in magazines’ success stories.
        • Some people have had terrible marriages that have ended up in a series of divorces, and yet they still get married and live happily until their old age.

        It was never a matter of chance; these people learned what not to do to fail. Face failure and from that you can breed success. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn. Embrace them, work with the negatives. They would take you closer to your next level in life.

        4. Be honest with yourself

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        Be honest with yourself

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          Everybody knows their true potential. When you are in the wrong place, you will know it. There’s always an inner voice that tells you, “I can do better than this,” I deserve better” Listen to that voice, be honest with yourself and pursue that which really matters to you. Most people who are dishonest with themselves get into the situations and fail to get out;

          • They hate their jobs, and they continue to suffer in silence because they have to pay their bills. Your happiness is worth much more.
          • They are in an abusive relationship, and they choose to be more tolerant. You are not helping anyone by growing a thick skin.

          Own your life do not let somebody else own it for you. You know where you will be happy and what would make you happy. Do not be afraid to pursue it. Being honest with yourself will motivate you to do what satisfies you and makes you happy. It would put you on the next level of spiritual fulfillment and emotional wellbeing in your life.

          5. Inspect your plans and strategies

          Inspect your plans and strategies

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            Your goals may be just fine, but there may be a deficiency in the plans and strategies you formulate to get to the next level of success in your life. Constantly redesign your plans by making choices and decisions and then making amendments to your choices and decisions until your plans work. For instance;

            • If you are a manager in a small business, you may need to make the decision of firing staff members that do not contribute to the success of the company and hire an additional
            • If you are the head of a sales team, you may need to change your sales and marketing strategies to get more clients to buy your products and subscribe to your services.
            • You may need to erase your entire network of friends and adopt those that help you achieve your goals. It’s not selfish. Everybody want what’s best for themselves.

            Decisions like these are terrifying to make, but they are a significant motivational step towards success.

            6. Step out of your comfort zone by accepting criticism

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            Step out of your comfort zone by accepting criticism

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              The best way to smoke yourself out of your comfort zone is to welcome critics in your life. It is motivational to surround yourself with people who point out your shortcomings instead of ‘yes men’ and ‘yes women’. The people to approach for constructive criticism are those who are have done what you are doing and have succeeded in the long run. It takes discipline to learn to accept criticism. You will turn out to be a more tenacious when you face obstacles and persistent in your ambitions. You will grow in character as a person, and that would enable you to reach the next level in your life.

              7. Be unsatisfied with your current level accomplishments

              Be unsatisfied with your current level accomplishments

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                In 2005, the co-founder of Apple- Steve Jobs, gave a commencement speech at Stanford University advising the students to stay hungry for success. The unsatisfactory nature of human beings is what has led to groundbreaking innovations; the advent of the steam engine that drove industrialization and the invention of the computer that has made life easier today. You should apply the same model to motivate you to achieve more. Challenge yourself, aspire to do greater things. The sky is not the limit; there are no limits. Stay hungry for success, and you will always move a level higher in the ladder of achievement.

                8. Set high standards for yourself

                Set high standards for yourself

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                  If you set common goals, you will land at mediocre achievements. Most people don’t make a breakthrough in life because they failed to dream big. To a look at the following possibilities;

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                  • Your single fast food joint could become a global franchise like MacDonald’s.
                  • Your medical research could become the next cure or vaccine for a terrible illness.

                  Think positively about your ambitions. Don’t give others people the power to control your thoughts and emotions. Anything can be achieved if you set your mind to it. When you set high standards for yourself you set high standards for your school, your workplace your society and humanity as a whole. Even if you do not reach them, you always fall somewhere better in between which will motivate you to try even harder. That is the real meaning of aiming for the stars to get to the moon. To set high standards also means thinking in the long term, setting long term goals and allowing for time to approve or disapprove them.

                  9. Take Continuous Action On Your Dreams

                  Take Continuous Action On Your Dreams

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                    Once you have your plans set just right, it’s time to take action. Your plan should be to stick to the plan. This is the only secret that will get you to the next level in life, not words or thoughts but actions. This would require you to

                    • Organize your daily routines in the direction of your goals.
                    • Wake up with a schedule and mark the actions that you have already achieved as you go to sleep.

                    If your dream is to get published and become a renowned author, then you have to set up a time to read and write. Be consistent in your pursuit, do something daily and you will get to the next level in life.

                    10. Forget the Past, welcome the Future

                    Forget the Past

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                      Extra baggage from the past weighs you down emotionally. If you failed and you failed others too in the past, you need to forgive yourself so that you can see the possibilities of success ahead of you. Everybody makes bad choices and holding onto regret only draws you back. Get rid of anything from the past that isn’t useful to your life so that you can move on to your next level of accomplishment.

                      How would it feel like to get where you want to be? To get to the next level of accomplishment in your career, social life or personal growth, you should always chase that feeling. It is your sole responsibility to improve yourself. Get motivated today and take your life to the next level with these motivational tips. There is always a better you inside waiting to be awoken.

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                      Last Updated on October 22, 2020

                      2 Transformational Ways to Spark Your Creative Energy

                      2 Transformational Ways to Spark Your Creative Energy

                      Good things come in twos: Peanut butter and jelly, Day and night, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The same is true for what sparks our creative energy: our thoughts and actions.

                      Creativity is an inside job as much as it is about a conducive schedule, physical environment, and supportive behaviors. By establishing the right internal and external landscape, creativity can blossom from the abstract to the concrete and we can have fun along the way.

                      Sparking creativity is all about setting up the right conditions so a spark is ignited and sustained. The sparks don’t fizzle out. They are allowed to grow and ripen.

                      Think of a garden. Intention alone will not produce the delicious red tomato nor will the readiest seed. That seed needs attention at its nascent stage and as it grows a stalk and produces fruit. If we want to enjoy more than one fruit, we keep at it, cultivating the plant and reaping multiple harvests.

                      Creativity lives in each of us like seeds in the earth or encapsulated in a nut. Seeds of ideas, concepts, designs, stories, images, and even ways of communicating that surprise and delight await activation.

                      By sparking our creative energy, we activate these unique seeds. Like snowflakes, they are of a moment and always without a match. The smallest sparks encourage even the smallest, most dormant seeds to sprout.

                      The good news is that our creative energy wishes to be sparked—to be invited to play. It wants to be our regular playmate.

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                      1. Be Childlike in Your Thoughts, Attitudes, and Approach

                      Being childlike in our thoughts, attitudes, and approach is an easy way to internally have our thoughts be gracious prolific gardeners to our creative energy. If we want it to come out and play and hang around as our regular companion, then let’s return to our 5-year-old selves.

                      Our childhood selves are naturally curious. We still have that curiosity! All we have to do is remind ourselves to get curious. We can do that by simply observing and being with what is in front of us instead of making up a story about what won’t work or why something can’t be done. So, it’s about cultivating curiosity instead of jumping into judgment.

                      Move Your Inner Judge to the Sidelines

                      When we get curious, creativity percolates and, ultimately, takes its place in the world. To give a hand in choosing curiosity over judgment, we can move the judge that also lives inside us to the sidelines. The judge squashes our creative urges, even when they are as small as sharing a point of view. It’s that pesky voice that causes us to doubt ourselves or worry about what others will think.

                      The judge is also risk-averse. The judge likes things to stay the same. Change makes the judge nervous.

                      Creativity is all about risk and changing things up. It needs risk, even failure, to be its naturally innovative, dynamic, impactful self. The judge likes to convince us failure is something to be avoided at all costs.

                      To move the judge to the sidelines and let curiosity reign, we can pay attention to who we are in conversation with and who is calling the shots.

                      Is it the voice of fear, doubt, or anxiety (the inner-critic—the judge’s boss)? Or is it the voice of wisdom, courage, strength, and non-attachment, and of course curiosity (the inner-leader)?

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                      We can easily tell the difference by how each makes us feel. The inner-critic depletes and slows us down, putting roadblocks in the way. The inner-leader energizes and a natural rhythm develops.

                      It’s all about who we spend time with. If we wish to exercise, we will seek out our friends who go to the gym or hike. If we want to lose some weight, we will opt to eat dinner with someone who prefers a healthy spot over fast food.

                      After getting curious, we can honor what our curiosity prompts us to do. The spark can do its job and a fire starts to glow when commitment enters. Our childhood selves were fully committed to being creative. That level of commitment is still something we are very capable of exercising!!

                      Again, we need to let go of the judge. We can ask ourselves, what do we want to commit to—negativity that depletes our creative energy, depth, and output, or the understanding that our thoughts and attitudes matter and that right thoughts and attitudes are the sparks that really let our creativity come alive?

                      Learn to Recall Your Childhood Self

                      To get in touch with that unabashedly committed childhood self, recall your childhood self. If you have a picture, pull one out. Keep it around so you can remember to activate that innate creative nature that was prominent then and wants to be prominent now and always.

                      Soak in the essence of that being. Commit to their commitment to brave and dogged trial and error because it is yours as well. You are that person.

                      Remember how tenacious you were when you wanted to build that sandcastle. You kept at it as the waves came in. You built with fury or reconfigured the walls. Also, remember that there was a willingness to fail since you were as invested in the process as well as the outcome—but less with the outcome. You were willing to experiment and start again. There was vitality—the main lifeline of your creative energy—instead of a rigid attachment.

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                      When you notice you are in conversation with your inner-critic or being held back by it, simply acknowledge, name it, and then switch to your inner-leader by taking a few good deep belly breaths, rubbing two fingertips together, or listening to ambient sounds in the background.

                      Physical movements shift our negative thoughts over to the positive domain of the inner-leader. As our judge continues to sit on the sidelines, our ability to quiet the inner-critic becomes stronger. We taste freedom. A simple taste emboldens us to say no again to the judge and yes to what makes our hearts and spirits sing—our creativity.

                      We begin to spark creativity to the point it no longer needs to be invited to play. It becomes our regular playmate—the younger sibling or the kid next door ready to have some fun, maybe even make some mischief by shaking things up.

                      When we align with our inner-leader and think and act from its promptings, creativity flows up and out with ease, as it needs to!

                      Letting those initial sparks generate a creativity fire that keeps burning is something we can all do! That’s the inside job.

                      2. Listen to Your Inner Leaders of Creative Energy

                      If we listen, our inner-leaders will let us know just what we need to set-up and do in our physical world to maximize that gorgeous, hungry creativity we now have flowing freely in us.

                      The seed has been unlocked! So, now what?

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                      To enable our creative energy to take its form and place outside of us, there needs to be spaciousness! Spaciousness in our physical worlds impacts our internal one. It lets the voice of the inner-leader be heard. It lets creativity have room to be sparked and acted upon.

                      With a little discipline, we can easily create spaciousness in our daily lives—spaciousness that will spark our creativity and let it take shape.

                      So, no matter who you are and what conditions help your creativity thrive, check-out these easy-to-implement basic suggestions:

                      • Reduce or eliminate multi-tasking.
                      • Say yes to what matters and what aligns with your big values and goals.
                      • Say no to all else.
                      • Say no again.
                      • Schedule time in your calendar as you do with other things in your life to just be, to ponder, to let ideas percolate, and to create.
                      • Spend time doing the things that bring out your creative energy. It could be walking, singing, or simply looking out the window.
                      • Meditate.
                      • Breathe—long breaths in and long breaths out through the nose.
                      • Invite your body and heart into your experiences so your mind is a part of you and not all of you.
                      • Try a new thing to spark your creativity. If you spend time running, try a different route. If running feels stale, cruise around a museum, or go for a bike ride.
                      • Play a game. Indoors out or outside. Think of what makes you happy that you haven’t done in a while. Is it a physical game like badminton or cards? Maybe it’s storytelling? Play is creative, and it sparks the creative energy, too.
                      • Spend time in the places that bring out your creativity. What spot in your home could be your spot for entering into that mode? Do you need to get out? Maybe a park bench is the right spot, with a book of poetry, or even nothing at all.
                      • Spend time in nature. Nature brings us to a place of calm and awe and through that our creativity is easily sparked.

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are all habits—habits of mind and habits of doing. Experiment with what works for you. Have fun. If you give even 50% to altering your thoughts and actions, then you will begin to spark your creativity. It takes a lot of curiosity and commitment, but it can definitely be done.

                      Our innate creative energy is a deep source of all that we seek—joy, connection, renewal. It deserves and looks forward to the changes you will make that will let sparks fly and ignite!

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