Think about a goal you’ve set for yourself in the past. It can be anything like losing weight, saving money, buying a new car or house. Now remember how you felt in the very beginning? Do you remember the excitement you felt? Do you remember imagining what it would be like when you accomplished the goal? Did you achieve the goal? If not, you’re certainly not alone. Undeniably, one of the biggest reasons why most of us fail to achieve our goals is because we lose the motivation we had in the beginning. But that’s all about to change. There are 6 easy ways to maintain your motivation and finally achieve your goals, and here they are:
1. Get Motivated Every Day. Zig Ziglar was once confronted about being a “motivational speaker.” The guy said to him, “You guys come and get people hyped up and then you leave and the motivation goes away. It doesn’t last, and then you have to get motivated again.” Zig reminded the gentleman that baths are the same way, but we think it is a good idea to take a bath every day!
It is true that motivation doesn’t last. We have to renew it each and every day. That’s okay. It doesn’t make motivation a bad thing. We simply have to realize that if we want to stay motivated over the long term, it is something we will have to apply ourselves to each and every day.
2. Have a Vision for Your Life. The root word of motivation is “motive.” The definition of motive is, “A reason to act.” This is the cognitive or rational side of motivation. It is your vision. You have to have a vision that is big enough to motivate you. If you are making $50,000 a year, it isn’t going to motivate you to set your goal at $52,000 a year. You just won’t get motivated for that because the reward isn’t enough. Maybe $70,000 a year would work for you. Set out a vision and a strategy for getting there. Have a plan and work the plan.
3. Fuel Your Passion. Much of motivation is emotional. I don’t know quite how it works but I do know that it works. Emotion is a powerful force in getting us going. Passion is an emotion, so fuel your passion. “Well, I like to work on logic,” you may say. Great, now work on your passion. Set yourself on a course to have a consuming desire for your goal, whatever it is. Do whatever you can to feel the emotion and use it to your advantage!
4. Work Hard Enough to Get Good Results. You can build on your motivation by getting results. The harder you work, the more results you will get and the more results you get, the more you will be motivated to get more. These things all build on one another. If you want to lose weight, then lose the first few pounds. When the belt moves to the next notch you will get fired up to get it to the notch beyond that!
5. Put Good Materials Into Your Mind. We call this BYOB- Bombard Your Own Brain. I can’t say this enough – listen to tapes. I still listen to and buy tapes regularly from other speakers so that I continue to learn and grow. Their successes motivate me to attain my own successes! Read good books. Read books that teach you new ideas and skills. Read books that tell the stories of successful people. Buy them, read them and get motivated! Buy great music and listen to it. When participating in an exercise class a good song will actually motivate you to move faster! Music gets you going and motivates you!
6. Ride the Momentum When It Comes. Sometimes you will just be clicking and sometimes you won’t. That is okay. It is the cycle of life. When you aren’t clicking, plug away. When you are clicking, pour it on because momentum will help you get larger gains in a shorter period of time with less energy. That is the Momentum Equation! When you are feeling good about how your work is going, ride the momentum and get as much out of it as you can!
These are simple principles, that when you put them to work regularly, will change your life by keeping you motivated all the time! Get going!
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At one time or another, all of us have let our emotions get the best of us. After all, we’re human. And for many of us, those emotions can frequently affect our eating habits, from what we eat to how much we eat, even how often we eat. And if you’re struggling to lose weight, emotional eating can “tip the scales” in the opposite direction we want.
So what is emotional eating? And how do you recognize emotional eating? Most importantly, what can be done to stop it, once and for all?
Emotional Eating means You’re Feeding Your Feelings
When you are happy, your food of choice could be steak or pizza, when you are sad it could be ice cream or cookies, and when you are bored it could be potato chips. Food does more than fill our stomachs – it also satisfies feelings, and when you quench those feelings with comfort food and your stomach isn’t growling, that’s emotional eating.
How often during a normal day do you feed a feeling rather than feed your hunger?
Emotional eating is eating for reasons other than hunger. Instead of the physical symptom of hunger initiating the eating, an emotion triggers the eating.
What are the telltale signs of emotional eating, what foods are the most likely culprits when it comes to emotional eating, and how it can be overcome?
There are several differences between emotional hunger and physical hunger:
- Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually.
- When you are eating to fill a void that isn’t related to an empty stomach, you crave a specific food, such as pizza or ice cream, and only that food will meet your need. When you eat because you are actually hungry, you are open to options.
- Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait.
- Even when you are full, if you are eating to satisfy an emotional need, you are more likely to keep eating. When you are eating because you are hungry, you are more likely to stop when you are full.
- Emotional eating can leave behind feelings of guilt; eating when you are physically hungry does not.
Know Your Comfort Foods
When emotional hunger rumbles, one of its distinguishing characteristics is that you are focused on a particular food, which is likely a comfort food.
Comfort foods are foods a person eats to obtain or maintain a feeling. Comfort foods are often wrongly associated with negative moods, and indeed, people often consume them when they are down or depressed, but interestingly enough, comfort foods are also consumed to maintain good moods.
Ice Cream is first on the comfort food list. After ice cream, comfort foods break down by sex: For women it’s chocolate and cookies; for men it’s pizza, steak, and casserole.
What you reach for when eating to satisfy an emotion depends on the emotion. The types of comfort foods a person is drawn toward varies depending on their mood. People in happy moods tended to prefer foods such as pizza or steak 32% of the time. Sad people reached for ice cream and cookies 39% of the time, and 36% of bored people opened up a bag of potato chips.
We Can Overfeed Emotions
When eating becomes the only or main strategy a person uses to manage emotions then problems arise – especially if the foods a person is choosing to eat to satisfy emotions are not exactly healthy.
If you eat when you are not hungry, chances are your body does not need the calories. If this happens too often, the extra calories get stored as fat, and too much fat storage can cause one to be overweight, which will present health risks.
75% of overeating is caused by emotions, so dealing with emotions appropriately is important.
Recognizing Emotional Eating
The first thing one needs to do to overcome emotional eating is to recognize it. Keeping a food diary and documenting everything that you eat and giving it a score from 1 – 4. One means not hungry at all, 2 is somewhat hungry, 3 is hungry and 4 is extremely hungry. This will give you an awareness of each time you put something in your mouth for reasons other than hunger.
Next, you need to learn techniques that help manage emotions besides eating. We believe this is the absolute key to beating emotional eating and is one of our main motivators for creating the Life Success program. If you’d like help with eating due to an emotional reaction, we’re hear to help.
Managing Emotional Eating
Here are a few tips to help you deal with emotional eating:
Recognize emotional eating and learn what triggers this behavior in you.
Make a list of things to do when you get the urge to eat and you are not hungry, and carry it with you. When you feel overwhelmed, you can put off that desire by doing another enjoyable activity.
When you get the urge to eat when you are not hungry, find a comfort food that’s healthy instead of junk food. Comfort foods do not need to be unhealthy.
For some, leaving comfort foods behind when they are dieting can be emotionally difficult. The key is moderation, not elimination. Divide comfort foods into small portions so that the temptation to eat more than one serving can be avoided.
When it comes to comfort foods that are not always healthy, remember that your memory of a food peaks after about 3 bites, so if you only have those 3 bites, you will recall it as a good experience than if you polished off the whole thing. So have a few bites, then call it quits, and you’ll get equal pleasure.
Lastly, remember that emotional eating is something that most people do when they are bored, happy, or sad. It might be a bag of chips or a steak, but whatever the food choice, learning how to control it and using moderation are key.
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A major part of achieving success and living the kind of life that you dream of is giving. This is especially true in friendships and relationships of all sorts. Many people think that to get what you want, you have to take it. There is a universal truth though that the true path to get what you want is to give. When you give, you get. What you sow, you shall reap. If this is true, then what is it we must give to develop great and lasting friendships? I’ll show you the way…
We’ve talked in the past about your circle of influence. Friends are a major part of that. Therefore, we are going to begin a series about friendships and how they relate to your success.
Give Your Friends Your Honesty.
The world we live in has a simple rule that most follow: Lie when you have to. Unfortunately, this may make some people wealthy but it makes us poor as humans. To achieve success is to become wealthy not only in money, but also in character. To be successful, truly successful, is to be able to attain your goals and keep your character at the same time! If we want to develop great friendships we will have to become people of complete and total honesty.
“Honesty is the single most important factor having a direct bearing on the final success of an individual, corporation, or product.” Ed McMahon
Mr. McMahon is right, though others will tell you otherwise. Some people will say, “You have to bend the truth to get ahead.” Not true. Some of the most successful people who have ever lived were honest people.
How about you? Are you honest in all things with your friends? The problem with little lies is they become big ones. Lies spin out of control. You get caught in one lie and then you lie to get out of it, etc.
In all things and at all times, give your friends your honesty.
One of the big challenges in getting results from your marketing is making your message memorable in the crowded marketplace. And, I’m always on the look out for new and effective ways to market, especially for no to low cost methods. One such method was revealed to me recently at an event I spoke at. What I’m about to share is a terrific and fun way to make sure your marketing message stays on the mind of your market, and makes you and your business more memorable.
At a recent event where I was speaking, I discovered a COOL idea for making yourself more memorable. At the event, I had the opportunity take a photo with Barbara Corcoran (from TV’s Shark Tank on Friday nights). She took many photos with many people, and here’s the brilliance behind what she did:
For each photo, she posed in some very fun and funny way. She rubbed one guys belly, patted another guys head, kissed another one on the cheek. She hugged some gals and made a silly face with those who would do it with her. Sometimes she turned her backside to the camera (fully clothed of course)
Why is that a brilliant example of marketing? Because undoubtedly, those pictures will get shared repeatedly by not only the folks in the pictures, but by the people they know and associate with, especially on popular Social Media sites. Additionally, due to the uniqueness of the photos themselves and the experience each person encountered, no one is likely to forget her!
So, the lesson to be learned here is: Get creative! Have some fun! Learn to be memorable!
The title of this article is a quote from the late Zig Ziglar, one of my dearest friends and a personal mentor. Over his lifetime, he generously shared a vast amount of wisdom with others in his own profund, unique and inspiring way. This article is one of my favorite stories about Zig, which includes an valueable message about our focus in business, and our perspective on money.
In an account told to me of a young man who was a huge fan of the legendary Zig Ziglar, it was said the man was Zig’s ride home from the airport. The young fellow was so excited and said something to the tune of, “Mr Ziglar, it is such an honor to ride with you! I am so excited to be with you! I am so honored to know someone who doesn’t worry about profit. I think it’s so great that you don’t think about profit, that all you think about it making a difference. More people need to realize that profit doesn’t matter, but that all we need to do is make a difference! I’m so glad that all you care about is making a difference!”
At that point, Zig cleared up the young man’s confusion as only Zig could do. “Wa-wa-well son,” he told him with gentle correction and a Texas-sized smile in his voice, “I’m afraid you have it all wroooong.” (in that long, melodious Zig drawl), “In business, you can’t make a difference if you don’t make a profit.” Zig was the perfect example of the wisdom spoken of in Proverbs.
When we manage a team, we’re also required to manage ourselves and our contributions to the team and organization. Therefore, it’s important to keep the proper perspective to stay focused, motivated, and be able to pass on those characteristics to the rest of our team. Here are a handful of quotes that I believe EVERY manager should not only read and know, but apply in their business. Enjoy!
“To manage something you have to be able to control it; To control something, you have to be able to measure it.”
“Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he’ll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he’ll have to touch it to be sure.”
“What you discover about life’s shell game is that it’s hardest to follow the pea when you’re the pea.”
“Great leaders delegate results, not tasks”. Have you learned how to do this?
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
“Knowledge is power, but the application of knowledge is wisdom. Now that’s REAL power!”
When we’re young, we all have ideas about what we want to be when we grow up. What was yours? How far from your dream for the future did you end up? All too often, the challenges and realities of life get in the way of our dreams and passions, and we settle for doing what we “have” to do, instead of what we “want” to do. Well my friend, I’m here to tell you that you can do what you love, and make an incredible living from it. And that’s what I’d like to share with you now.
We respectfully read the inscriptions in the granite surrounding the WWII Memorial. We were both moved by the words about our flag forever standing for freedom and fortitude. We headed toward the Korean War Memorial and were silent as we studied the faces of the statues representing men who fought for us there. We imagined and discussed the families those men and women had left at home. As we read the words of the Gettysburg address in the Lincoln Memorial, my husband commented on how such an enormous temple was erected to a man who failed at almost everything he ever attempted, except one thing. I was excited and inspired and said, “He found what he was born to do. He found what he loved and he thrived at it.”
This moved me because this is what I believe about all of us. We are created to do something special, something we have a gift for before we’re ever born. Abraham Lincoln found his something special and changed the world forever with it. I don’t think you and I are any different, I just think most of us stop short of doing what we love and settle for doing what we’re ok with.
My excitement turned to tears as I watched the man I adore move his quivering finger slowly across the name of his dear, light-hearted friend who, at 20 years of age, gave his life for his country in Vietnam. Looking at Terry’s name engraved in that wall made his death very, very real for John all over again, and my heart ached for my husband. I found myself thinking about that boy’s mother and the agony she must have suffered when she learned of her baby’s death. I thought of the wife he would never know, the children he would never have, the life he would never live.
My hope is two-fold for sharing this story with you today. First, we need to wrap our minds around the fact that LIFE IS SHORT! Whether your years here number 15 or 115, the time is short, in the grand scheme of things. Second, we need to be doing what we love so we’re happy and making the best difference we can possibly make while we’re here. Doing what we love not only increases the happiness and satisfaction factors in our lives, it also increases the likelihood of our success in virtually all areas of our lives, our weight and fitness, our business success, our relationships, you name it…
While in Washington DC with my husband, I also spent some time each evening with folks I admire. One was in business, the other in ministry. We walked and walked and walked (if you’ve ever traveled with me, you know this is my favorite way to explore!). Sometime Saturday night, it occurred to me how those few days were truly a culmination of who I am… all in one weekend!!
“What does that have to do with me, Donna?” you may be asking.
My answer is simple. I can show you how to tap into the indescribably wonderful world of doing what you love to do and making a fantastic living doing it. If you’re not exactly sure what that is, I can even help with that.
I have been quite blessed in my life. My husband and I have overcome four cancers; two with zero percent cure rates. I’ve known million-dollar success in business. I’ve mastered the art of connecting with very well-known people and more importantly, I’ve learned how to teach others to do the same. I’ve taught small business leaders how to increase their business without investing any money, and I know how to recreate businesses so they can be new again. I’ve been told I have the body of a 19-year-old (my kids are older than 19) and I’ve kept weight off for years. I know the peace and joy that can be found in life to replace anxiety, depression and lack of confidence. I’ve become quite proficient at helping people overcome the obstacles that hold them back, and even more so at helping them see how truly easy it is to move toward what they want.
On that trip, I got to see all the things and people I love put into one weekend, and I was again reminded that what I love to do is teach you how to accomplish your dreams by doing what you want to do.
Friday, John and I spent exploring the Capitol. I remembered why I love this man so much as we discussed and practiced throughout the weekend what we teach about keeping marriages healthy and alive.
I had the experience of travel! I love to travel!!! It can be to a place like DC that I’ve been to time and time again and I still love it! And I love to share with people how to make the most of their experiences. Regardless of your income level, I can teach you how to travel in style!
We visited with a well-known internet marketing expert Friday night, a 33-year-old multi-millionaire who’s figured out how to make TONS of money in his sleep. He’s driven to succeed and LOVES to talk marketing and spend adventurous times with friends. He drives an Aston Martin and has a new 8,000 square-foot home. He’s also crazy about his wife and their kids. He and I have a cool relationship. He asked me why I’m not sharing more of what I’ve done to become so successful so I’ll be sure to tell him I’m sharing this with you!
Also present that night was one the highest-paid sales management trainers in the world. His license plates read GRATEFUL because he recovered from a life-threatening illness. Another friend was there and spent the evening making dinner, playing with the kids, and serving others in many ways. His priorities are right!
Saturday we toured several museums and relived lots of history. My patriotism was stirred to the point of passion. Should you and I get to spend time together in person one day, I look forward to showing you how easy it is to stir up the passion in your life.
Saturday evening we went to Ebenezer’s Coffee House and listened to Mark Batterson speak. Mark is the author of In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, a book that is causing a breakthrough in my life. I’m excited to share its message with the world. I got to interview Mark after he spoke. He’s an amazing guy.
He’s amazing for several reasons, one of which being that he’s a pastor. His church is as 21st century as they come. It is a multi-church, meaning it has multiple venues, many services, some of which are done via video and none of which has a steeple. His congregation is 78% single 20-somethings and his passion is clear. He believes God wants us to live on the offense, not the defense. Rather than running away from what we don’t want to have happen, Mark is convinced God wants us to fervently run toward all the blessings He has in store for us.
So there’s another thing I love – studying for myself and then telling other people just how crazy God is about each and every one of us!!! We can’t even imagine the enormity of the blessings He has for us if we’ll only accept them.
Sat. night I spent a romantic dinner with my love. We talked and talked and talked. Sunday we shopped. OK, I love to do that too. But more so, I love the fact that I can do it. Remember, I was once uncertain as to how I would feed my child. Being able to shop just because I want to is still something I am so grateful for.
I spent the weekend doing what I love, and I try to keep those things in mind with all that I do everyday. Now I am sharing the story with you so you can begin doing what you love, no matter what that might be. I am confident I can help you do that. I can help you make your life easier, your business brilliant and your body fantastic.
Until we get to talk face to face, remember this: WHEN YOU SPEND YOUR LIFE DOING WHAT YOU LOVE TO DO, YOU’LL NEVER FEEL YOU’VE WORKED A DAY IN YOUR LIFE!!!
Until next time, keep thin-king positively and powerfully!!!!!!!!!!!!
As you know, time is a something we can never make more of. So, I’d like to give you a tool that my team and I use, which dramatically improved our own time management skills, and made the time we spend more productive and more meaningful as well. It’s a system I call “Time Chunking”.
If you want more out of the limited time you have, this will make a huge difference for you. It will reveal to you how to not only spend your time more wisely, and get more out of the time you have, but it will show you how to make time for they stuff you want to do, while still getting what you have to do completed.
I’ve recorded the whole system and process in a special audio MP3 that I’d like to share with you now. Click the “Download” button below to download and listen to the Time Chunking audio now, with my compliments.