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Tips To Become Self-Motivated in 2017

Tips To Become Self-Motivated in 2017

Although people will search for external stimulation, true and sustainable motivation must come from within. Learning to motivate yourself is the most important way to ensure success. Self-motivation is something many claim to have, however few can perform to the highest of standards without incentives from others. You have direct control of your engagement as your “will” is the the starting point for all of your success. Here are some questions and answers from an established sales professional that will help you self-motivate yourself in 2017 and beyond.

What are the most valuable tips and tricks that most influenced you, your friends and family recently?

Set realistic goals for yourself both personally and professionally. With that said, put together a list of your main priorities each day and goals for each week and each month. The simple fact that knowing what you are trying to achieve makes getting there more attainable and realistic. Make sure your goals are manageable and within reach, or you may risk setting yourself up for disappointment or burning yourself out.

How would you illustrate your life hacks so that people will buy into them and apply them in their daily lives?

Each goal should have a beginning, middle, and end. The end being was the goal achieved, yes or no. The beginning should be the set-up while the middle is the action to achieve the desired result. Again they should be realistic and attainable so you’re not set up for failure. Life hacks only work if they assist you in reaching your goal in less than the normal time it takes. Since time is the most valuable commodity, by saving time, your given a gift to spend doing other things that will assist you in reaching other goals or frankly spending that as you see fit. The gift of time is precious and should not be squandered as we’re all given the same 24 hours in a day. What you do with the time is what makes the difference.

How are they different from tips and tricks suggested by other articles online? If they aren’t different, how would you present them to make them unique?

They are different since they are very straight-forward. Most people offer advice and make it complicated so it sounds fancy. This is binary, you either achieve your goal or not. Success is not a halfway endeavor, you need to be “all in,” otherwise you will not get what you truly desire. The motivation industry is a multi-billion dollar-a-year machine as they make money hand over fist charging thousands of dollars for seminars. Yes some may provide value, however, it all begins and ends with you. Save your money and go for the realistic goal, achieve that said goal, and enjoy the win. Then from there go after a larger goal with an acceptable time frame. Success does not have a watershed moment like you would think. It’s a daily grind that pieces together many small wins to influence a larger result.

Summary

Follow the habits of other successful people. For instance, Dr. Monica Tadros, is a Park Ave Facial Plastic Surgeon. She evaluates exactly how much time she needs to spend with each patient in order to achieve the best clinical outcome, while making sure she make time for all of her patients. A strict businessperson’s mentality is not far off from a surgeon’s as it requires diligent focus to get the job done. Dr. Tadros’s values her time as well the time of her patients which is the right formula for success for her practice and business. Becoming self-motivated takes discipline and these steps will help get you to success. Remember, self-motivated people are valued, so learning to push yourself will supply you with a great asset. After you have achieved your goals, you can begin to inspire others to do the same.

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How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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