How to Stay Motivated Through Thin and Thick

startOne of the biggest challenges ever in life is staying motivated and hungry for success at all times. This is because staying motivated is a combination of both external and internal factors that stimulate a desire to be continually interested and committed to attain a certain goal in life.

Those who stay motivated for long are true winners. True winners are individuals who have nurtured motivation into a habit. This habit instructs their common sense to react positively to challenging situations in life. This somehow gives them relentless power to ensure that they don’t miss a day of motivation in their life.

Below are 7 Key steps to staying motivated for long.

  1. Know Your Why

What inspires you to do what you do? What is your purpose? Knowing the reason why God created you is a vital step towards creating an enjoyable life. This can only be accomplished by doing a deep personal examination into your core values, talents, passion and skills. In order to discover your why, ask yourself the following questions.

-What is your passion? Knowing your passion is a huge step towards staying motivated for long. This motivation not only inspires you but also other people’s lives, bringing satisfaction and fulfillment to your life.

-What are your strengths? What is that innate ability that helps you to adapt to any challenging situation without giving up your hope?

-How do you measure your life? How do you bring value to life? Do you use your success for your own selfish desires or do you make use of your resources to reach out and help others? How do you want to be remembered to the future generation?

2. Keep a Positive Attitude

Our beliefs determine our perception of reality, how we think of ourselves and the world around us. To stay motivated through thin and thick, you need to constantly work on developing yourself. Self improvement will help you to attain self confidence in your abilities and help to build on what you did not know.

When something negative happens, the simplest way to acknowledge the situation is by convincing your mind that everything happens for a reason. Believe in your abilities and be brave to see life lessons during adversity. This will give you a third eye to see solutions within problems hence stimulating a positive and motivating effect from within. Motivate yourself with positive statements for instance ,” I can do this today,” “i will reach the destination no matter what,” “I am getting better and better daily.” This will definitely culminate into a habit and keep you motivated always.

3. Vision

A vision enables you to see what does not exist. It gives you the ability to see beyond your present reality. Having a vision will definitely motivate you to get up every day and try just one more time. Your vision will engage your subconscious mind to be prepared to take up available opportunities that will help to propel you towards achieving your goals. This is the secret to success and long lasting motivation.

4. Plan

It is a nude fact that as humans we cannot foresee everything. We cannot plan for every possible turn of events, but we can be well prepared to handle the majority of them. It is therefore vital to remain flexible and work to adapt to unexpected situations. If your plan does not work, do not change the goal but just adjust your plan depending on the lessons gathered from your failure. Break your plan into small attainable chunks to keep you motivated on handling the next chunk on your list.

5. Take Action

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A plan without action is useless. While everybody is wishing, waiting and hoping to be lucky one day, be busy working and fighting for what you really want. Familiarize yourself with your why, come up with a plan, jump into action, remain consistent through thin and thick, celebrate small wins, learn from failure and take life one day at a time. Everything is possible within a vision. The sooner you take action, the quicker you begin living your vision.

6. Check your company

Bad company ruins good morals. Show me five people you spend the most of your time with and I will tell you your future. If you frequently hang out with four misguided friends, you will become the fifth. Right people will give you guidance in achieving your goals. Spend more time with your role models, mentors and like-minded individuals. Spending a lot of time with motivating individuals will keep your motivation engines well fueled for long.

7. Take Responsibility

It is important to understand that no one else can do it but you. Make it your responsibility to live excellence and inspire others by working daily on your goals. You must keep believing that God has a good plan and that something good is gonna happen. Learn from your mistakes daily and make an effort to learn from every encounter in life- whether good or bad. This is the secret to stay motivated for long.

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How to Stop Chasing the Wrong Dreams

FOLLOWTHEMFrom a tender age,other people dream for us. Leading this bandwagon are our well-meaning parents calling out our future potential. Then teachers, pastors, coaches and others in authority. All these people cast their hopes for us. It becomes difficult to clearly tell the difference between others dreams for us and our own dreams. Their dreams become ours.

To see our dreams come true, they must come from within. They must be authentically from you and no one else. If by any chance we are able to achieve others’ dreams, there is still an emptiness within because it is not our true dream but a counterfeit. Others have decided and even predicted a future for us. This is genuinely a waste of years of our life.

When you are chasing somebody else’s dream disguised as your own, you do not have time to do self-searching to discover your own dream. It becomes a detour from the life you truly desire. Often times, we have a small feeling from within that it’s not our true dream but we keep pushing on in the same direction. We have been mislead and don’t fully understand for how long.

If you believe that you may have been chasing the wrong dream, follow the four steps below to discover your true dream.

  1. Be Alone

You must create time to be alone with yourself. Turn all external voices except the one that is internal. In this busy, noisy and counterproductive society, we must be focused and objective to make this happen.Technology is an inevitable and constant destruction. The noise makes it hard for you to clearly visualize your talents, abilities and passion. A lone time will eliminate all destruction and help you to re-evaluate and refocus your mind on your core values.

“We all have choices, we can make a living or we can design a life.”-Jim Rohn

2. Write Down

Putting down your dreams on paper is a necessity. A written dream constantly reminds of what is non-negotiable. Writing helps us to differentiate between the things we can adjust or change and those that we cannot change no matter what. Writing also serves as a hub for hope during times of discouragement. We will definitely get discouraged along the journey of life. To keep us going, we need to refill our hope by constantly reminding ourselves why we started the journey. We are only reminded by looking back to our written dreams. Writing is a compass to bring us back to where we ran out of motivation.

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3. Plan and Act

After writing down your dreams, plan how to carry out your mission. Writing your dreams without putting down a plan is useless. Keep your plan simple and effortlessly executable. Break your dream into manageable chunks and be consistent to accomplish each day’s target.

4. Get Feedback

Feedback is a vital step to any progress in life. However,be careful to get feedback from a trusted source. Furthermore, avoid looking out for feedback early in the process of chasing your dreams. Often times,we are over-excited about our dreams and openly share them with any random Tom, Dick and Harry. The result is being discouraged before we strongly anchor the roots of our dreams. Get feedback from people who have been where you want to go. Find out what it took them to accomplish their dreams. This will adequately prepare your for the inevitable challenges along the journey.

“This one step-choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything.”-Scott Reed

Final Verdict

As you plan, realign and re-calibrate your future, you will find a new passion. The road is long with many bends but this fight is worth every penny. Stay true to your inner cry. Remember, you lie loudest when you lie to yourself. Skill can be learned, but the inner passion is what you want to ignite. Have a blessed journey.

5 Business Lessons From Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign

downloadThe leading man in popularity on the internet in 2015 is undoubtedly the United States presidential hopeful- Donald Trump. This is in no way a promotion of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign but a mere fact. Sincerely speaking, I do not know how much about his manifesto. All I understand is that he has somehow managed to grasp the attention of many-mine included.

We cannot ignore him whether we like or dislike him. The man is all over. We can’t browse our TV channels without catching him on air or open a newspaper without reading something about him. From outlandish comments and remarks to his sole promise of making America great once again, Trump is definitely here to stay.

Even though he can be a loose cannon when it comes to unleashing his thoughts through words, I greatly admire and cherish his outstanding quality of being different. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind and isn’t afraid to give his genuine opinions. He isn’t in to maintain the status quo or keeping politics as usual. This is why he has boldly won the hearts and minds of both his supporters and opposers.

“Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.”- Donald Trump

Although Donald Trump is not 100% perfect as its is a norm with all humankind-me and you included, he also posses very admirable qualities we can all emulate to achieve outstanding success in the world of entrepreneurship.

Here are 5 admirable qualities I have learnt from Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns.

  1. Independent Thinking

Donald Trump isn’t a brown-noser or a follower. He isn’t afraid of going against the wind even if it means ruffling a few feathers or losing a portion of his popularity. He isn’t afraid to voice his opinions and he doesn’t allow the status quo influence his his decisions, thoughts and actions.

The reason why many people resonate at the same frequency with his thoughts is that they admire his boldness and the fact that he courageously says what they wish they had the confidence to say themselves.

It is always amazing to encounter people who embrace their individuality, dance to the tune of their own guitar and do not silence their voices even where most people do not agree to what they say.

2. Courage

Most of his non-supporters would argue that Donald is arrogant, cocky and probably proud. Nevertheless, if there is one thing we can all agree on though is that Trump is is extremely courageous and confident of his personality. This confidence gives him the faith to believe that he has what it takes to make America great again. Furthermore, his self-confidence has been instrumental in helping him to succeed in business, turn his undertakings into profit, take risks as well as take a leap of faith to bid for presidency. He isn’t afraid to get out of his comfort zone in order to get what he wants.

3.Dare Dream

“If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.”-Donald Trump

Most people might think that it is a pity for Donald to to seek presidency again. After all he is a business mogul and has nothing to do with politics and foreign affairs. Well, let me shed some light to you- he is probably running for presidency because he believes in the possibility of his dream coming true. He knows that everything is possible for those who dare to dream. Greatness isn’t out of anyone’s reach. It only takes passion, talent, diligence and perseverance. Donald has witnessed ordinary people like him soar up the leadership ladder. Because of this belief, he sees great possibility in his dreams coming true as well.

4. Hard work Pays

Donald is all over buzzing with energy. Meet him on twitter after every five minutes. See him on TV. Listen to him live on Radio. Plainly speaking, success doesn’t come on a silver platter. Trump understands this principle and as a result he is all out-working for his success.

5. Perseverance

No matter how much he is criticized, Trump manages to get back on his feet and keep moving. This man somehow has the tenacity of a ball and he has proved this over and over again. He doesn’t buck down whether pinned on the wall by an opponent. He will not allow other people’s opinions to dictate his actions and isn’t scared to dare his opponents no matter how many thy might be.

Final Purport

Definitely, the polls will determine whether victory or defeat shall be his portion. What I know is that for now, Donald’s gospel of making America great again has converted many naysayers into his believers. His admirable qualities can be beneficial to your entrepreneurial mission as well.

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