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6 Secrets to Living a Life In Truth

6 Secrets to Living a Life In Truth

Your truth is your own. It’s personal and does not have to mean grand adventures. It’s exactly what you want it to be and while it may take some self investigating, it’s well worth it. While I have met some people that are perfectly happy living in the same town they grew up in, many of us want more. I do a lot of traveling, it’s something nobody around me was doing at the time but I wasn’t satisfied with what everyone else was doing. I didn’t want to settle down, get married, have kids or find a career path that I would be in for the rest of my life. People are often envious of my life choices and the adventures I’ve gone on and wished that they could have done something similar with their lives. That’s the importance of living in truth, having no regrets. Here are six secrets that can help you to live a life that is true to who you are.

1. Be Willing to Make Sacrifices

Living your life in truth can often mean sacrificing a few other things. Maybe it’s a stable and comfortable life that you miss out on but the benefits are going to outweigh being comfortable. We often seek out comfort to feel secure in life but it leaves us feeling unsatisfied. When you’re doing exactly what you love and want to do, you won’t require your life to be so safe and comfortable.

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2. Quit What Doesn’t Work

How many stories have you heard about someone who got out of a bad relationship or quit a go nowhere job only to find true happiness with a better opportunity. While this is another courageous move, quitting what doesn’t work is going to benefit you in ways you can only imagine. Let go of things or people that are holding you back and get rid of unnecessary baggage. You can then create more space in your life for what you do want.

3. Don’t Listen to the Nay Sayers

If you’re not going with the grain, people may tell you, you’re crazy. Don’t let their perception deter you for we are all on our own path in this life. Go for what you want and eventually you will prove to the nay sayers that they were wrong and you may even end up inspiring them.

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4. Follow your Heart’s Voice

Figure out exactly what it is you’re dreaming of doing, being and having. Sit with this for a while because it takes some time to hear your own voice. Often you’ll hear the voice of others that have given their opinions in the past such as your parents or friends. Get to know who you are and what your desires are for your life. Meditation can be a good way to get in touch with your truths.

5. Be crafty

Often, your true passion is a way less traveled. This means you’re probably not just going to apply for a job, go to an interview and get said job. Figure out what you offer to the world that is unique and sell it. This is not only a great way to live your truth but you are likely to be highly successful. The hardest part is often figuring out what exactly your gift to the world is but once you do, the sky’s the limit.

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6. Be courageous

It’s going to take some courage to do what you really want. Many of us ignore the inner truth inside of us. The fear of shining brightly is often much bigger than the fear of failing. Leave your ego at the doorstep and go for your dreams. Believe in yourself even with no proof that it can be done.

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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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