There are a lot of people that react to any kind of obstacle, setback, or challenge. Reactions are reflexive, ego-driven, and only consider the short-term outcome. Reactions make you feel better, but donât resolve an issue effectively.
Responding is different. Itâs intelligent, practical, and considers the long-term implications of that course of action.
People that react struggle and are known for making impulsive decisions. Those that respond have fewer struggles in life. As it turns out, the biggest hassles in life are usually of your own making.
Letâs consider an example that highlights the differences between reacting and responding:
Imagine that you have a horrible boss. Today at work, he berates you for something that isnât your fault. He calls you a mean name. He says that youâre a worthless employee. You leave work enraged and convinced that you canât take it anymore.
Reacting to this situation might entail quitting in a blaze of glory. You march in the next day and tell him exactly what you think of him. You might even spit in his eye, stomp on his foot, and shove your resignation letter into his mouth.
However, when you get home, you realize that the job market is tight, you have no savings, and no employment prospects.
Responding to this situation might look something like this:
You determine that you need to find another job. You work on your resume. You put out feelers to everyone you know that have or know of a position thatâs suitable for you. You get in touch with a recruiter and let them know that youâre looking.
You also cut back on your expenses and save some money just in case you lose your job.
One of these options is short-sighted and risky. The other is thoughtful and logical. One is likely to end in misery, while the other is likely to end in success.
How can you strengthen your odds of success when challenges arise?
- Steady yourself. Itâs hard to be intelligent, logical, and practical when your emotions are high. Never make an important decision when youâre not cool, calm and collected. Take the time you need. Mull it over. Consider your options.
- Identify the problem. What is the issue that you need to resolve? Think about what you want to change. Avoid changing a bunch of other things that may have a negative impact on your life. In the example above, youâd get away from your boss, but drastically change your income, too.
- Be clear on the outcome you desire. Itâs just as important to consider the outcome you desire. You might hate your job, but you donât just want to get away from it. Youâll want a good landing place, too.
- Make an intelligent plan. Create a plan that resolves your issue and gives you the outcome you desire. Reacting only removes the initial problem. It doesnât provide a great outcome. A good plan does both.
- Execute that plan. Use your plan. There are a lot of people that are great at making plans, but never execute them. You donât want to be one of those people. Put your plan to the test and see what happens.
If youâre someone that reacts to the challenges in your life, you already know the additional challenges it can bring. Itâs the perfect example of âout of the frying pan and into the fire.â
Avoid making decisions when youâre upset. Calm yourself first. Then make an intelligent decision that will remove that challenge from your life in a way that leaves you better than you started. Life is much easier this way.
You spend every minute with yourself, but you donât know yourself as well as you think. You love to deceive yourself, whether you realize it or not. As they say, âYou canât handle the truth.â
Unfortunately, if you donât know yourself, itâs hard to make progress. Itâs like driving a car that doesnât run well, but you refuse to look under the hood. There are issues under your hood that are in your way!
- Take a personality test. There are plenty of tests available online. Some are better than others, so be sure to do some research. The more sophisticated and useful tests arenât free, but youâre worth it!
- List your values. What matters to you? What do you stand for? Make a list of your values and put them in order of which are most important to you. Do you live your life according to your values?
- Imagine youâre an acquaintance of yours. How would you order your values based on your words and actions?
- Whom do you admire? Who are the people you admire the most? Why do you admire them? What character traits and skills do you admire in others? What you admire in others says a lot about you.
- Whom do you despise and why? Just as informative are the people you strongly dislike. Why do you dislike them? What exactly about them is it that you dislike? Do you see any of those traits in yourself?
- Ask your friends and family for input. Your friends and family know more about you than you think. They definitely know a thing or two about you that you donât know. Ask them for assistance in learning more about yourself. Be prepared to be surprised.
- Imagine watching yourself. Imagine observing yourself for a day. Imagine watching yourself eat. Imagine seeing yourself in your typical clothing. Note how you interact with others.
- You donât appear to others the way you think you do. This is a chance to see what everyone else sees. If possible, consider setting up a video camera.
- If you could be granted one wish, what would it be? Imagine being given a wish. What would you do with it? What can you infer from that?
- Wishing for a billion dollars is different from wishing for world peace. Wishing for a loving spouse is different from wishing for the ability to fly or for a new sports car.
- Your answer will tell you a lot about whatâs most important to you.
- What do you believe is the meaning of life? If you had to sum up the meaning of life in one sentence, what would it be? How did you come to that decision?
- What is your biggest regret? What is the one thing you wish you could go back in time and do over? Why do you regret it so much? How would your life be different if you could redo a few decisions?
- What makes you anxious? What causes you stress? What makes you worry? Why do these things upset you? What does your anxiety cost you? How does it limit you? How would your life change if you felt much less anxiety?
Knowing yourself is a great challenge. Youâve probably never seriously considered why you think and behave the way you do. We spend a lot of time contemplating people and situations outside of ourselves, but little time investigating ourselves.
If you knew yourself better, you could make a few adjustments and enjoy an easier and more successful life. Youâd also be in a better position to deal with old emotional wounds.
Be courageous and take a long, hard look at yourself. Getting to know yourself is challenging, but in the long run, youâll find that itâs worth the effort.
We notice how and when we waste time on a large scale. We notice that we spent an hour on social media or that we watched TV for three hours. However, these arenât the only ways we waste time. We waste time in dozens of ways each day.
Many of this time wasters arenât always obvious, but the time can really add up over the course of a day, a week, or a decade.
Donât let your time just be frittered away! Imagine how much you could accomplish in that time! What could you do that really matters to you?
- Have a phone charger with you. How many times in a week do you need a phone charger and have to go into the other room to fetch it? Have multiple chargers and keep them handy in the locations you spend the most time.
- Itâs not just the time it takes to get the charger. Itâs the disruption to your thoughts and workflow. Plus, once you leave the room to locate your charger, who knows what else will grab your attention along the way.
- Internet speed. How much time do you spend waiting for a web page to load? Or a movie to stream? You might not think youâre waiting for very long, but it all adds up. If your internet is noticeably slow, your time is being wasted.
- Checking e-mail. It just takes 10 seconds to check email, right? Hardly. That quick look alters your concentration, and thereâs no telling how far down the rabbit hole youâre going to go.
- You might open three emails, respond to one one them, and then remember that you have another email to answer.
- What if the email is a link to a video of a cat chasing a dog?
- Thereâs no telling when youâll get back on track.
- Beverages. How many times do you get up from your desk to get a drink? However many times it is, itâs too many. Keep a beverage handy when youâre working. Take a sip and get back to work.
- Snacks. Keep something healthy available. If you have to go to the vending machine for a snack, you canât be sure who youâll run into or how long youâll be gone.
- Get gas for your car on the weekend. You donât want to be rushed on Tuesday morning and realize that your car needs gas on the way to work. Plan ahead.
- Meals. We spend a lot of time thinking about meals, planning meals, buying food, cleaning dishes. If you have to stop on the way to work for breakfast, go out for lunch, and then pick up something at the store for dinner, youâre wasting a lot of time.
- Go to the store once a week, at most.
- Have food that can be prepared quickly and easily and doesnât require multiple pots and pans to prepare it.
- Looking for âlostâ things. This could be your keys, purse, wallet, a pen, your shoes, jacket, umbrella, or anything else youâve temporarily misplaced. Keep the essentials in a particular place.
- For example, donât ever put your car keys anywhere but in the decorative bowl by the front door. Your pen should be on your desk. Your shoes should be where your shoes belong if theyâre not on your feet.
After youâve eliminated the big wasters of time in your life, start looking at the tiny wasters of time. Youâll quickly realize that the impact on your life isnât so tiny.
Every disruption has a greater impact than just the amount of time the disruption robs from you. Consider the loss of focus and momentum. It takes time to get back on track mentally after youâve scoured the house or your workplace for a pencil.
Guard your time with your life – the life you really desire!
Social media is great for staying in touch with family and friends and finding deals from your favorite brands. However, there can be a downside.
Internet searches for social media detox rose 314% this past year. Thatâs according to a Pinterest study of trends for the year 2020.
Maybe youâre one of many adults trying to change your relationship with Facebook and other online platforms. Start with these suggestions that will help you to clarify your priorities and reclaim your time.
- Book your time. The hours can fly by when youâre browsing and posting. Keep track of your activities, so youâll see where you need to cut down. Limit yourself to one or two daily time slots for social media.
- Set a curfew. Searching your Facebook feed before bed can disrupt your sleep due to mental stimulation and the light from the screen. Turn off all your devices a couple of hours before retiring.
- Silence your phone. Do you check your phone each time you get a notification? Remove temptation by turning off the sound or letting them go to email.
- Rearrange your screen. Put your social media icons out of sight. Move them to the bottom of your phone, so youâll have to scroll down to see them, or put them in their own folder.
- Curate your groups. Shorten your feed by dropping out of groups you no longer need. If the list has stretched out over the years, you can trim it a little at a time.
- Shrink your circle. Unfriending someone sounds harsh, but it may be the kind thing to do for both of you. If you have any reservations, you could mute or hide their posts instead.
- Use technology. Some apps are like vaccines defending you from other apps you have trouble blocking on your own. If you feel like you’re still wasting too much time, try installing a program like Offtime, Flipd, or FocusMe.
- Communicate offline. Use the time youâve freed up to interact with your family and friends face-to-face or one-on-one. Plan a party or a coffee date. Send a letter or a greeting card. Share personal news with a phone call instead of a post.
- Create a more active lifestyle. Engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Train for strength, flexibility, and balance too.
- Get a hobby. Do something challenging and enriching. Play a musical instrument or grow your own vegetables. Join a sports league or a Meetup Group for comic book fans.
- Volunteer your services. Give back to your community. Contact a local charity to help organize a fundraiser or shovel snow for elderly neighbors. Work on a political campaign or clean up a nearby park.
- Plan a trip. Make your next vacation extra special. Research possible destinations and plan your itinerary. Borrow guidebooks from your library and talk with others who have visited there before. Be sure to leave room in your schedule for relaxation and spontaneous fun too.
- Take a class. Sign up for courses online or at a community college. Earn certifications that will help you advance your career or study ancient architecture.
- Read books. Rediscover the pleasure of reading books. Enjoy a lighthearted romance or a serious novel. Browse the nonfiction section for works on environmental issues or spirituality.
Becoming more mindful about your social media activities could mean a full detox or adjusting a few daily habits. Either way, achieving greater balance will increase your happiness and productivity.
Focus is the new superpower. Think about it. How many times has someone asked you a question, but didnât hear your response because they were distracted by their smartphone? They couldnât focus on your response for five seconds, and they actually wanted to know the answer!
If you want to have a huge advantage over all the competition in your life, learn how to avoid being distracted. Youâll find there isnât really as much competition as you originally thought. Youâll be able to get far more done in far less time. Thatâs a real advantage.
- Work at the optimal time. We all have a time of day that weâre best at focusing. For most people, itâs either early in the day or later at night that our ability to focus is at its highest. Whenever possible, schedule those activities that require great focus during those times. Save easier tasks for other times of the day.
- Remove distractions. One way to be less distracted is to have fewer distractions. Consider what youâre commonly distracted by and do what you can to eliminate those distractions from your environment.
- For example, you canât be distracted by your phone if itâs turned off and in the other room.
- The TV isnât a distraction if there isnât one in the room.
- If youâre distracted by a noisy environment, use noise-cancelling headphones while you work.
- Set your intention. Decide what youâre going to accomplish before you begin a task. How long are you going to work on it? What is the endpoint? Is it completion or a specific amount of time? Decide that youâre going to focus on this task until that endpoint is reached.
- Use a timer. A timer is an easy way to magnify your focus and avoid being distracted. Set the timer for the appropriate amount of time and see how much you can get done in that time. Commit to working non-stop until your time elapses.
- Practice focusing in your daily life. The way to avoid being distracted is to be good at focusing. Youâre either doing one or the other every moment of the day. Whether youâre eating a meal, driving, taking a shower, watching TV, or having a conversation, try to focus completely on what youâre doing.
- Focus is a skill that grows with practice.
- Take breaks. No one can focus intently for hours and hours without a break. Experiment and see how often you need to take a break and how long your breaks need to be in order to feel recharged.
- Keep in mind that itâs better to take a break before you actually feel the need for one.
- Studies have shown that most people do best with a five-minute break every 30 minutes. A longer break is needed every couple of hours. Use this information as a starting point and experiment.
- Get sufficient sleep. You canât focus well if youâre not getting enough sleep. Your brain just doesnât work very well without the rest it requires.
- How much sleep do you need? As much as it takes, but itâs likely to be more than you first guess.
It would be awesome to be able to fly or to walk through walls, but thatâs not going to happen. The ability to focus, however, is incredibly powerful and a skill you can actually develop.
When you can do more, at a higher level, in less time, the competition in your life evaporates. You can outwork everyone without feeling like youâre working that hard. Avoid distraction and be a superhero!
A few people are lucky to have a lot of talent for a specific skill and seem to progress very quickly without a lot of effort. For the rest of us, itâs best to make an intelligent effort to progress quickly.
Thereâs so much information available today that the only real limiting factors are time and motivation. Still, there is a smart way to do anything. With the proper approach, you can develop mastery at the highest possible rate!
- Educate yourself. Whether you want to master fundraising for a charity, the piano, cooking, gardening, or learning a language, there are hundreds of books on the topic. There are also podcasts, videos, and courses on your area of interest.
- Read three books on the topic. Avoid just reading the book. Take notes, too. Find three popular books on your topic and educate yourself.
- Watch two videos. There are plenty of videos online to choose from. Find an expert and see what they have to say.
- Listen to one podcast. Podcasts have never been more popular. Find an expert in your field of interest and listen.
- Look for the recurring themes in all the educational sources you use. These are the foundational items that are the most important to master.
- Learning and getting better at anything are active processes. Look for these recurring themes rather than digesting the information passively.
- Find a mentor. Mentors make everything happen faster. They know what matters and what doesnât. They know all the obstacles youâre likely to face. They can provide focus, encouragement, and most importantly, feedback.
- A mentor can take the form of a coach, teacher, guru, expert, or whatever term resonates with you.
- Practice. Itâs challenging to improve at anything without practice. The more you practice the better youâll become. The more you practice, the faster youâll improve.
- Practice with intention. Know what youâre trying to accomplish before you begin practicing. You might be working on learning all the Russian words associated with ordering in a restaurant. Or maybe your intention is to learn the A sharp minor scale on the guitar.
- Practice with an effective frequency. Practicing the piano multiple times each day is better than practicing just once a day. While it would be nice to work on your public speaking skills multiple times each day, that might not be practical or even possible.
- Practice with focus. Your practice time is much less effective if youâre not paying 100% attention to what youâre doing.
- Evaluate. Did you slice your drive out of bounds? Why did it happen? How consistent are your quarter notes? How accurate is your French accent? How is your public speaking coming along?
- Some things you can test yourself, like your Spanish vocabulary. Other things will require the evaluation of someone with more expertise than you have. This is why itâs so great to have a mentor, teacher, or coach.
- Practice more. Take what youâve learned and practice some more. Frequent practice is the key to progress.
If you learn, practice, evaluate, and continue to repeat the process, youâll improve as fast as humanly possible. The only limits are your time, focus, the quality of your mentor, and ultimately, your talent.
Donât make the mistake of underestimating the value of how much you practice and how much focus you bring to the task. These are under your control and are the practical limiting factors the vast majority of the time.
With time, effort, and an intelligent approach, you can progress at anything at the highest possible rate.
Do you spend all of your free time reading and gathering information? Are you a self-help junkie that never seems to make any meaningful progress in your life? Are you trying to take your life to the next level by using the power of your mind alone?
How is that working for you?
Nothing changes until your behavior changes. Sure, you might feel better about your life after all of your mental gymnastics, but is anything actually happening in your life from all of these intellectual efforts?
Take action and watch your life change before your eyes!
- You have to do something for something to happen. Nothing happens until you act. You canât wish or visualize your way to a plate of food, a fancy car, the partner or your dreams, or a successful business. Those things might make it easier for you to act, but you must still take action of some kind.
- Unless youâre telekinetic, you canât even make a paperclip move across your desk without taking action.
- The more you want to accomplish, the bigger the action youâll need to take.
- Itâs not what you can do that matters. Itâs what you actually do that counts. The amount of capability you possess only increases the number of options you have available.
- Having options isnât the same as choosing one and taking action.
- Your beliefs, values, and thoughts influence your behavior. For example, if you believe that youâre smart, capable, and good looking, your behavior will be different than if you believe that youâre simple minded, incapable, and homely in appearance. Here are some more examples:
- Do you believe that failure is fine or to be avoided at all costs?
- Do you believe that most people are inherently good or inherently bad?
- Do you value safety or adventure?
- Do you have positive thoughts about your goals or negative?
- None of these things has any actual power in the world, other than that they can alter the choices you make and the actions you take.
- The law of averages is ultimately on your side. If your dream is to play the piano, you can certainly do it. You simply have to keep trying. A pro pianist might play a certain piece better than you do, but youâll most likely be successful eventually.
- When you take action, you get a result. Youâre bound to get the result you want eventually if you take action long enough. Eventually, the law of averages will pay off.
- When you do nothing, you always fail.
- Action creates potential. When you take action, you can learn from your results. When you take action, things change. New opportunities become available. You might meet a new person that can help you get what you want. When you take the first step, the next step appears.
- Things start happening when you start moving. Nothing happens while youâre learning, scheming, and planning.
Things begin to change when your behavior changes. Youâve proven this to yourself thousands of times throughout your life. Your life changed when you started school, changed schools, and made new friends. Your life was different after you made permanent changes to your diet or started a new diet.
You canât just accumulate knowledge, daydream, or make grand plans. You have to DO new things.
When your behavior changes, your life changes. How do you want your life to change? What can you DO to make it happen? When will you get started?
It depends on whose numbers you want to believe, but roughly 95% of our behavior is beyond our conscious awareness. Your subconscious files away your memories, experiences, perceptions, and insights and maintains them far beyond the recollection of your conscious mind.
These past experiences and revelations have a tremendous impact on your beliefs, habits, and general behavior.
Programming the subconscious mind is a powerful tool for altering behavior!
- Affirmations. Everyone is familiar with affirmations. These are positive statements that you repeat to yourself each day. Affirmations can be powerful, but they must be used correctly:
- Avoid affirmations that are clearly untrue. Your subconscious is flexible, but itâs not willing to seriously consider the ridiculous. Repeating, âI am a billionaire,â is too factually untrue to be accepted by your subconscious. âMy financial situation is improving rapidlyâ is easier to swallow.
- Use imagery and emotions to really sell it. See yourself as thin, financially successful, or selling your first novel. Generate the same emotion you would have in that situation.
- Repeat your affirmations 3 sessions per day for 5-10 minutes each. Right before falling asleep, right after awakening, and any opportune time during the day are ideal times. For example, if you want to strengthen your confidence, repeat the affirmations when youâre feeling self-doubt.
- Subliminal technology. There is software available that flashes subliminal messages on your computer screen. These programs can run all day long without your awareness. You can use the affirmations included with the software or write your own.
- There are also audio programs with positive messages embedded in the music beyond your ability to consciously recognize.
- Thereâs a lot of controversy surrounding the usefulness of these programs. Since so many are available for free, thereâs no harm in giving them a try for a month. See what happens.
- Hypnosis. Youâve been hypnotized many times. You probably just didnât view it as hypnosis. When youâre totally engrossed in a book or movie, youâre hypnotized.
- Hypnosis is just a state of intense concentration with a reduced awareness of what is happening in your immediate environment. In this state, youâre more suggestible. In other words, itâs easier to influence you or to change your mind.
- There are many books, audio programs, and videos that utilize hypnotic techniques. Many people find these highly effective, while others seem less impressed. Again, give it a try and determine if itâs worth your time.
- Meditation. Meditation is a great way of concentrating your focus. Meditation creates a mental state that opens the mind to new ideas. Meditation can be learned quite effectively from books and videos. It does require practice to become skilled, so this isnât a quick fix.
- Visualization. If youâre good at visualizing, you can convince your subconscious of nearly anything. A convincing visualization is viewed by your subconscious as an actual experience. For example, if you visualize yourself giving successful speeches, your subconscious will become convinced this is a skill you possess.
- Again, the best time to use this process is right before falling asleep and upon awakening in the morning. Visualizing is easier and more effective at those times.
We are only aware of a tiny portion of what our brain is doing at any moment.
Our brains are dealing with far too much information for our conscious mind to process. The brain is controlling body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, digestion, concentrations of various salts, neurotransmitters, hormones, and far more sensory data than weâre aware of.
The same is true for our behavior. In theory, the subconscious mind controls 95% of our behavior. It only makes sense to address this 95%. There are several ways to program the subconscious. Pick one and see what you can accomplish!
Do you know the difference between training and exercise? Here it is, in its simplest terms:
Athletes train. The average person (this is most of us) exercises.
Training is the conscious act of working through a pre-developed workout program with an end goal of achieving something. For example, an athlete could be training for a marathon, a new weightlifting meet, or even a CrossFit competition.
Exercising, on the other hand, is the basic act of getting active. In most cases, the goal here is to lose weight or build minimal muscles. However, the key downside – and the difference from an athleteâs workout – is that there is no concrete plan put in place.
This leads us to the most important aspect of what motivates an athlete – the process.
We get so caught up in the idea that motivation should be based on always striving for the end goal. To a certain extent, having this idea in mind will help you to better see the outcome as a euphoric experience, but athletes have a different psychology.
An athlete understands that every workout that leads up to their event – whatever it may be – is crucially important. By that measure, an athlete is motivated by their own actions each and every day.
Yes, many athletes will tell you that they strive to accomplish a particular task, that they have role models and people they look up to, but when it comes to motivation – athletes are very different than most of us.
The most important part that separates an athleteâs motivation from most of us is that they have a deep ability to exercise through the grind.
The grind is a term used to describe the daily workings of an athleteâs training program, especially as it leads up to a competition.
Athletes have the most unique ability to almost love the grind. They thrive in settings where they are put to the test, where the pain is the only option, and where recovery is essential.
Athletes have a unique psychology about the grind.
Most people will believe that they can look to the end goal as a source of motivation. Some people might even start using another person as an external motivation.
It really does not matter which you want to choose – none of them will be more effective than altering your psychology to match that of an elite athlete and their love for the grind.
Loving the grind and being motivated by your daily work takes time and requires conscious effort.
As an individual, you can start by developing a clear plan for your goals and how you can achieve them. Once you have successfully constructed a plan, you can begin the real training and develop your own love of the grind.
Join the ranks of athletes in their love for the grind. Make the most of every struggle and learn to thrive in situations where you are pushed past your comfort zone.
- Make it a habit to step outside your comfort zone each day:
- Meet one new person.
- Ask that cute neighbor out on a date.
- Make one more sales call.
- Take a different route to work.
- Try a new sport.
- Take dance lessons.
- And many more!
- Each day take one step towards achieving your goals. Overcome obstacles as they rise up to greet you. Practice creating solutions that work. These are all part of your daily grind.
Like an athlete, you can learn to enjoy the grind. Let your daily actions be your motivation to keep going, day in and day out.
When you can do this, you too will enjoy success!
Many of us wish that we could be a little more ambitious. Weâre ambitious enough to create a comfortable life, but we lack the ambition to create an amazing life. We gravitate toward comfort rather than embrace the change that building an amazing life requires. We are capable of much, much more.
Ambition might seem like an innate trait that canât be developed, but thatâs false. Ambition is created by following a few simple rules and ideas.
- Set rewarding goals. One of the signs that you have set great goals is the amount of motivation you feel when you imagine yourself achieving them. So, setting bigger and more exciting goals will increase your motivation and ambition.
- Also, keep in mind that we rarely succeed at a level beyond our goals. If anything, we tend to fall a little short of our goals. Setting bigger goals is one way to have more ambition.
- Get a coach or mentor. The right coach will help you to be more successful and help you to get there much faster. The world knows that youâre serious when you hire an expert to help you. Youâll also feel more motivated to do your best!
- Use your talents and skills. Leveraging your talents and skills makes life easier. Itâs hard to feel ambitious when you have to navigate through your weaknesses. Focus on utilizing your talents. Youâll feel more motivated to be highly successful.
- Make a list of your great greatest talents and skills. How can you use them to your advantage? Avoid your weaknesses and utilize your strengths.
- Stick to your interests. Do what you like. Think about it. If your goals revolve around something that interests you, itâs not really work. The greatest guitarists in the world love to play the guitar. Those that excel at mergers and acquisitions love to make deals.
- Itâs nearly impossible to be great at something you donât like to do.
- Remember your successes. Success breeds success. Remember all the times youâve been successful. The emotions that arise from this simple exercise can inspire you to be successful again in the future.
- Most people gloss over their wins and focus on their failures. This is certainly an unproductive habit if you want to feel ambitious.
- Make a quick list of your 10 greatest successes and fully experience them again in your mind. Notice how you feel afterwards.
- Enjoy making progress. Success takes time, but progress can happen quickly and regularly. If you can learn to enjoy making a little progress each week, your ambition will explode. Anything is easy if you can enjoy the journey.
- For example, itâs easy to lose 30 pounds if you feel excited when you lose two pounds.
- Manage negative thoughts. Negative thoughts are ambition killers. They suck all the motivation right out of you and bring negative expectations. Youâre paralyzed if you donât believe you can succeed.
- Spend time with ambitious people. Itâs challenging to rise above the level of the people around you. Youâll become more ambitious when you spend time with ambitious people.
- Take a long and hard look at your social circle. What impact do you believe these people have on you and your future?
What could you accomplish if you were more ambitious? What would you attempt? Take the first step today by setting a couple of big and exciting goals. Consider your talents, skills, and interests while setting those goals.
These simple steps will get your motivation and ambition flowing. You can become the most ambitious person you know if you choose to.