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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Living Insanely

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Living Insanely

My daughter is obsessed with chocolate surprise eggs. I think they’re disgusting and a waste of MY money and yet I keep buying and she keeps eating them.

If you’re not familiar with chocolate surprise eggs they are exactly what you would think, plastic eggs wrapped in a chocolate outer layer. In order to get the surprise you must eat the outside of the egg first or depending on your mood you could rip the chocolate off. By any means necessary the goal is to get the surprise egg. When my daughter first started eating them I must admit I was intrigued to know what the surprise was but after 5 consecutive eggs my daughter and I realized the surprise was always the same, bummer.

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While there was actually no longer anything “surprising” about the surprise egg, my daughter is still just as eager to open the egg each time to make sure the surprise hasn’t changed (it’s always a lion by the way). As I continue to watch her open the eggs over and over again I instantly began to think of insanity. Doing the same thing but expecting different results.

Many of us don’t want to admit it but we all deal with insanity at some point in our lives. We keep getting to work late then complain about working later; we job hunt from left to right and keep landing the same miserable job and we even complain about how unhappy we are every day as if happiness will come the more we complain; insanity.

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So if you’re one of millions of people who continues to do the same thing and keeps expecting the same results here are 5 reasons why you should stop.

You’re Wasting Time

Do you complain every day? Eat junk food for breakfast? Spend hours scrolling through social media when you could be building your business? Congrats you are wasting time that you could be using to improve the life you’re unhappy about.

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You’re Disappointing Yourself

Overtime you continue to do something and you know the results will never change, you’re only disappointing yourself.  While I hate wasting money on surprise eggs my daughter’s disappointment doesn’t impact me. Why disappoint yourself when the world around you does it almost daily.

You’re Not Advancing

I’m a firm believer that if whatever you are doing isn’t advancing you, it’s demoting you. I am often reminded of a the story of an old man who spent every single day in his rocking chair. He was convinced that just by sitting in the rocking chair he was making movement. Sadly, just because you’re moving doesn’t mean you’re going anywhere. The same holds true to repeatedly doing the same thing over and over again. Just because you’re doing something doesn’t mean it’s purposeful.

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Nobody Wants To Be The Insane Friend

You know the friend that everyone has, the one who often complains about everything that’s going wrong in their life yet they’re never willing to do anything to change it. If you don’t know who the insane friend in your life is, it might be you and nobody wants to be the insane friend.

You’ll Be Doing Yourself A Favor

We live in a world where we are often more concerned about what impacts others versus what impacts us. Living a life of doing the same thing but expecting different results is not only frustrating to those around you but if you give it enough time it’s guaranteed to drive you insane too. Do yourself a favor and stop making the same mistakes, the moment you do you are guaranteed to watch the quality of your life improve.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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