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Last Updated on April 19, 2021

How Highly Successful People Find Motivation In Challenging Environments

How Highly Successful People Find Motivation In Challenging Environments

Do you think that successful people are just lucky? Or that they have a special elixir they drink that propels them to the finish line they set for themselves? People who are highly successful face so many of the challenges you face, yet they somehow find motivation.

Here are some of the thoughts and actions that the highly successful think and do to motivate themselves, even when their environment is challenging, so that they can achieve their goals.

1. They remind themselves that they’ve had successful days.

They know they’ve had accomplishments before, so they can get through a challenge again.

2. They are not waiting for some flash-of-lightning moment.

They are not waiting for big leaps of effort either. It’s the daily plodding ahead with determination and grit that makes the difference.

3. They actually come to love practicing

They keep on keeping on, over and over.

4. They know that the pain of discipline is greater than the pain of failure.

And they keep this in the forefront of their mind when the going gets tough.

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5. They are not afraid to ask for help.

They have a mentor or coach to motivate them when challenged and keep them accountable, reminding them why they’re doing it.

6. They reward themselves.

And they celebrate their successes, both large and small.

7. They are not afraid to change course.

If the challenge they are facing feels like the wrong path for them at the time, they redirect.

8. They move.

If they feel stuck and challenged, they don’t freeze up. They do SOMETHING, anything.

9. They make it fun.

They enjoy what they do, so when the going gets rough, they take a break and do something fun. This reconnects them to their power and they can then refocus and get through whatever they are facing.

10. They connect.

When things get tough, they may crawl into a hole, but they don’t stay there. They have a list of people they can connect to and run things by for some new perspective and just to stay connected to others.

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11. They have an identity tied to their goal.

When it comes to their goal setting, they see themselves as, “I am an entrepreneur” or “I am a person who goes to the gym 5 days a week”.

12. They are consistent.

When faced with a problem, they know it’s just another day at work, another day to work towards their goal. They suit up and show up no matter what.

13. They are not surprised by challenging environments.

They know it’s not the destination they are only after; it’s the process too, and challenges are part of the journey.

14. They do whatever it takes, period.

There is absolutely nothing they won’t do to succeed and get through the periodic quicksand.

15. They re-dream the dream.

Before they quit, they remember why they started.

16. They make choices that best suit their goals.

If sleep is what they need so they can focus the next day, they sleep. If they need to push through and pull an all-nighter, they make that choice if it’s for the benefit of their success. It’s the ability to practice night after night while all others are out, to get help from those they would rather not call, to train in the worst weather.

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17. They remain well-rounded.

When they have a business or goal setback, they can reach for something else in their lives. Family, relationships, spirituality, exercise, friends, contribution.

18. They remind themselves that there are others struggling.

Others are coping with the same thing, so they know they are not alone. This gives them some encouragement to get through the challenge.

19. They never stop learning.

Getting inspired and taught by other successful people gives them the drive to get back in the game when the going gets tough.
And as Julia Cameron says,

“Sometimes we need prayers to just finish the blasted project”.

So go ahead and see which one of these would work for you, maybe something that feels uncomfortable yet you know it would move you out of a challenge you may be currently facing in your quest for success.

As Albert Einstein said,

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“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”.

 

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    Published on May 4, 2021

    50 Words of Encouragement for Moving Forward

    50 Words of Encouragement for Moving Forward

    Do you know how there are saying or words of encouragement that you remember and use all the time? Some came from a loved one, some bring you comfort, and others stick with you from your past and possibly hold you stuck.

    These are the words of encouragement that come to mind when you need them most to remind you that:

    • You’ve got this.
    • You can overcome any obstacle.
    • Nothing will stop you.
    • No matter what you need, you will find the solutions.
    • What you really want in life, you can have it. Honestly, you can have it.

    Look for the quotes that resonate with you, and write them somewhere prominent in your life. Look for simple solutions and strategies because they are the ones that have the biggest impact. There is a reason why some of the great ideas from the ancients are still the most used and adaptable to 21st-century living—because they work.

    Quotes that inspire need to be easy to remember, connect with you on a personal level, and fire up your passion, enthusiasm, and goals in life.

    50 Quotes and Words of Encouragement for Moving Forward

    Here are 50 quotes and words of encouragement to keep you inspired and motivated.

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      2.“For what reasons can it not be you?”

      3. Ditch the guilt. Guilt is one emotion that never leads to good things. Remove the guilt and you can move on.

      4. At this moment in time, you are everything you need to be everything you want to be.

      5. The day you realize how amazing you are is the day the world had better stand back.

      6. You need to know on a good day how to look after yourself and your success on a bad day. How will you ensure you take action on this advice?

      7. Your mind can be a power for your success or power for your failure. Choose wisely the quality of your thoughts. How will you monitor the quality of your thoughts and ensure they work for you?

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      8. Even the long-distance swimmer does not achieve success on their own—who is in your team toward success?

      9. How do you keep going? Look how far you have come. What helped you get this far? Who helped you get this far? How will they feature in the future to ensure you succeed and overcome?

      10. Life is easier with love—swap the word “life” for success, happiness, achieving your goals. Now ask yourself—where do you get your love from? The first place should be you.

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        12. Learn the science of who you are. This is powerful knowledge that will empower you to move forward no matter what you face or want to achieve.

        13. Trying to copy the route to success that someone else took doesn’t guarantee you success. You have to honor your values, beliefs, and experiences.

        14. What you think is possible is absolutely correct. Challenge what you think.

        15. For one month, ask this question every day and score yourself out of 10 (10 being exceptional, 1 being lousy). Write the answer in your phone’s calendar: How successful do I feel? You can swap successful for happy, rich, loved, etc. Notice what affects your score.

        16. Remember that everything changes. The hibernating tree looks dead but will return in the spring rejuvenated. This is essential knowledge for good times and bad. In bad times, it reminds you to keep going, and in good times, it reminds you to be grateful and keep looking to learn and grow. (Just like that tree!)

        17. What’s stopping you? Is it a perception or a fact? Either way, you can do something about it, even if it is just to change the thoughts attached to the thing that is stopping you. Nothing can have power over you unless you let it.

        18. Steer clear of negative people, news, and views. It’s all too easy to get dragged into other people’s negativity. Understand how negative news, views, and people impact you. If you can’t find ways to keep that negativity away, then step away metaphorically and physically. Your success will appreciate it.

        19. The quality of your thoughts and feelings impacts your actions and results. Everything you can see started as a thought. So, when you need encouragement, ask yourself, “are my thoughts enabling me or disabling me?” Are my thoughts “moving me forward or holding me back?”

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          21. Sad isn’t bad. We get all the emotions, not just the good ones. So, when you feel sad, guilty, lonely, upset, frustrated, angry, mad, don’t push those emotions away. Take yourself through this process:

          1. For what reason am I feeling this?
          2. What does it tell me about my life right now?
          3. What does it tell me about my actions and results right now?
          4. What would I like to feel instead?
          5. What would this do for me?
          6. How will I get myself there?

          Take yourself through the process and own all emotions.

          23. The one thing you can control is what you think.

          24. On this planet, your job is not to fit in. Your job is to shine. Stand out. Speak up, and be the unique individual you are meant to be. It’s the quickest way to lasting success.

          25. Words can only have power if you let them. Good words, bad words. Happy words. Successful words. Which words are you giving the most power to?

          26. If you want to achieve more, you’ve got to assume you are worth it. Are you worth it? (The answer is “Yes, with bells on are you worth it!”) And if you don’t believe this, then what will you do to rocket your confidence?

          27. While many fear failure, it is a gift in disguise. It tells you what not to repeat, it tells you what didn’t work, and it moves you forward to what you want to achieve. Don’t berate and hate your failures. They are driving you forward to your success.

          28. It’s hard to achieve great things if you don’t have a plan. It’s like wanting to go on holiday and just rocking up at the airport on the off chance you can get on a plane going to your dream destination. Plan what you want and create a plan of action to help get you there. It’s easier and faster.

          29. Everyone needs someone in their corner—someone to cheerlead, support, nurture, and wipe your grazed knees and remind you that you can. Who is in your corner? You can add me to that list.

          30. Social media is supposed to be good for you. It’s supposed to connect you to like-minded people, inspire you, motivate you, and make you laugh, feel connected, and loved like you are part of something truly special. If it doesn’t, start snoozing the haters, step away from the negative groups, and look for the things that inspire you—yes you can include cute funny cat videos!

          31. Action! The key to success is knowing when to take action and when to stop.

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          32. When someone tells you that one book changed their life, that doesn’t mean it will work for you. If it doesn’t work for you, you did not fail, the book failed. The book was the wrong book for you. Don’t stop reading. Just look for the right fit for you.

          33. Just as all people are different with different beliefs and aspirations, so is the journey to success and progress different for all. Expecting to move forward and get what you want by copying others is not the same as looking up to the right role models.

          34. Your success, happiness, and progress in life are not dependent on luck. It is dependent on self-belief. Check your levels.

          35. It is not beneficial to apologize for what you need in life. It takes away its value to you. If you need it, own it!

          35. It’s a good idea to know the difference between enjoying the breeze and being pushed around by life.

          36. Motivation. If you are needing some, don’t look for it on a bad day. Look for it on a good day. Music, aromas, people, environments, photos, even fairy lights, and dancing can be the key to kick you back into action and results.

          37. Black and white. Nothing in life is black and white and yet people want things to be like this—to be “yes” or “no.” Final. Getting what you want in life rarely is so finite. You need to be able to accept a bit of grey area in life to get more of what you want. Being someone reliant on absolutes makes it so much harder.

          38. The racing driver does not concentrate on the brick wall at the side of the road as they race at 100+ miles per hour. They concentrate on the bend, the next bend, the finish line, and success. If you don’t want to hit the wall, concentrate on the track.

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            40. Choosing to stop thinking about something because it upsets you, infuriates you, or angers you doesn’t mean your brain is not trying to process how you feel. You need to make space to process those negatives so that you are back in the flow and doing what you excel at.

            41. Being reactive instead of proactive stops you from moving forward. What needs to change?

            42. Is your fundamental desire for what you want rooted in love? If it is not, question how powerful your motivation is.

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            43. When you really need motivation and encouragement and want to reach out to others, did you know that helping others also helps you? Altruism is a fast way to feeling good and doing good and it, in turn, helps you to feel motivated, too.

            44. Think back to a time that you overcome adversity, achieved something big, or kept going when you really didn’t want to. What skills do you notice? What were you telling yourself? What did you learn about who you are? How will you use that knowledge moving forward?

            45. “Don’t,” “Won’t,” and “Can’t” all have power. One holds power over you, one is neutral, and one takes ownership. Which one are you using? Can you tell the difference?

            46. Whoever said words had no power had never met a powerful coach! Words can be the building blocks to overcoming anything and getting what you want in life. So, what words are you allowing in your head? How do you word your goals and ambitions?

            47. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Is that a good idea with a starving tiger in the same room? Will you stick around and have a chat about how you wish to overcome the fear of the tiger or will you take action? Move so far away from your fear that it doesn’t exist? And get an expert to help you deal with the tiger? Analogies like this help you see how fear is allowed to stick around and how to get rid of it permanently.

            48. Believing that “it is what it is” is a great way to stay stuck. If you choose to believe there is a better way, you will find it.

            49. Being honest about what you face is not moaning, it’s reaching out. If people see this as moaning, they are the wrong people to be turning to. Maybe it’s time to upgrade your network of friends, colleagues, and people you can trust.

            50. Look in the mirror, who do you see? Someone you love or someone you loathe? Both will impact your success.

            So, What Now?

            Now that you’ve read 50 quotes and words of encouragement, which ones got you thinking and which ones can’t you remember reading? Some will really resonate with you and make you question how you think and how you act. Take just three minutes to decide which words of encouragement are going to be your mantra for the coming week.

            Take the time at the end of the week to review and reflect. Did you see any improvement? Did you really remember to hold on to this quote with the power to encourage you forward to great things?

            If not, stop in your tracks and consider how much you believe in yourself. The most powerful words in the world can’t work on the person who already believes that they are good enough, capable, or have failed.

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