Maintaining your motivation

Motivation, motivation, something so powerful yet so hard to come by in people who have failed and not managed to pick themselves back up.

I find that many times when you are explaining to someone what your future goals are in life, they stare at you with a estranged look in their eye and say ” you must be young to be so motivated, give it a couple years. Lesson one, always analyze the person who is giving you advice and guidance in life. If you believe and trust in yourself, you can do what ever you want no matter what age!.. after all age is just a number.

The key is not to listen to other people and never give the word ” impossible ” a second thought. If everything was easy and explainable then everyone would be doing it. What differentiates you from the rest of the population is your work ethic and motivation. When other people say ” give it time”, they are reacting based on a personal experience they once had. But remember, you aren’t them and if you have a vision don’t let it fade and don’t loose your motivation.

No one can motivate anyone to do anything. All a person can do for another is provide them with incentives to motivate themselves. Here are some strategies to help you get up and get moving toward actualizing your enormous, untapped potential.

* Be willing to leave your comfort zone. The greatest barrier to achieving your potential is your comfort zone. Great things happen when you make friends with your discomfort zone. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, if you want to move in a different direction you may have to step outside of the people you know, the restaurants, bars and events you go to and redesign your life to going other places and connecting with other types of people.

* Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Wisdom helps us avoid making mistakes and comes from making a million of them. When I make a mistake I weigh it out on the big scheme of things, and simply remind myself I am human, not perfect in any way, and I can only become wiser from my experience.

* Don’t indulge in self-limiting thinking. Think empowering, expansive thoughts. You are your own person with your own thoughts and goals, think outside of the box.

*Choose to be happy. Happy people are easily motivated. Happiness is your birthright so don’t settle for anything else.

* Spend at least one hour a day in self-development. Read good books or listen to inspiring tapes. Driving to and from work provides an excellent opportunity to listen to self-improvement tapes. Tony Robbins is one of my favorites, and you can download his motivational tapes on Itunes or Youtube ->

*Limit procrastination! Train yourself to finish what you start. So many of us become scattered as we try to accomplish a task. Finish one task before you begin another. As an artist my mind is always running a million miles an hour thinking of so many ideas, its like a computer with 50 open tabs! Making lists and and prioritizing what is most important definitely helps.

* Live fully in the present moment. When you live in the past or the future you
aren’t able to make things happen in the present. You have today, you have right now!

* Wake up every day with the intentions to being more productive and working smarter, then the previous day.

There you have it! I hope you continue your day a little more motivated. – KG

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