If you’re ever going to get your dreams from wishes to reality you will find, it’s necessary to concentrate on you’re goals and keep working toward them. You will experience the dark days were you just can’t shake off the feeling of hopelessness. You will lose focus and it becomes challenging to keep pursuing your goals and dreams.
Hi and welcome back to Barr World. Today we are going to focus on the Blues. Unfortunately I’m not talking about Muddy Waters, BB King or Johnny Lee Hooker but that feeling of exhaustion and maybe a bit of depression that comes over for the day. I mean “the Thrill is Gone”, you want to grab a “Southbound Train” and drown you trouble with “One Bourbon, one Scotch and one Beer”. Great songs but not very helpful to get you back focused on your goals
I understand that it is a constant struggle to give 100% in everything you do. So how can you stay motivated and continue to work up to your potential? Well first let’s talk about what not to do.
1. Don’t beat yourself up. It’s hard to stay focused on your goals and sometimes you get a bit overwhelmed.
2. It’s OK. You have just proven a very important thing, your human.
3. Watch how long it lasts. Being off for a day or so is one thing but if you find it starts to last a week or longer you may want to seek some help. It’s not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.
4. Make sure you get enough sleep. Sometimes we get so caught pursuing our goals we push ourselves past what we can handle.
5. Are you eating regularly? Low blood sugar can cause all kinds of issues including feelings of helplessness.
Let’s look at 7 strategies that will help you to move from the dump back to soaring again
1. Make every moment count. Time is going to pass whether you are working on your goals or not. Remember if you’re spending your time doing something, you might as well be learning as much as you can. Looks for what is interesting about this task and keep an open mind. Stay connected to the task at hand. Immerse yourself in each activity to make the most of it.
• Think about something at work that you dislike, such as filing. Think long term because even though filing may be boring and time-consuming, it’s very important to do a good job and put forth maximum effort. This can save you a lot of time in the future when you looking for that contacts that were misfiled. Prove to yourself and others that you can excel at even the most mundane task.
• Direct your energies toward living in the moment. Filling will not last forever and if you concentrate it will be over before you know it.
2. Average versus excellence. The difference between performing a mediocre job and an outstanding job sometimes is not that much. Put in the extra effort. It will build your confident about your performance. Strive for excellence in everything you do will make you feel victorious.
3. Work with the end in mind. Ask yourself, “If I try as hard as I can, what might happen?” Identify the “end” you seek. Think about what the end result will look like before you start. Then, work on designing a specific step-by-step plan of action in order to achieve it.
Start with the end in mind—Steven Covey
4. Get rid of Stinkin Thinkin. Positive thinking will get you much closer to your goals than negative thinking can. So staying positive will help you stay focused and increase your chance of success.
• What choices do you have? Take a minute to consider the alternative: is it possible to work toward your potential if your thoughts are riddled with negativity?
• Choose positive thinking to achieve your highest heights.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. – Zig Ziglar
5. Repetitive task blues. We all have task that have to be done over and over, every month or quarter. They suck the live out of you as you assemble them.
• When you have a pessimistic attitude, the task grows in size and difficulty. This attitude does nothing to make you successful.
• Instead, be optimistic or at least neutral and put forth your best efforts. Then maybe that task won’t be so bad after all.
• Put some realistic time limits on the task, like “I will spend 20 minutes collecting the data for this report.” This will help you to focus your efforts and get the job done.
6. Break the big jobs down. Create smaller steps to avoid getting overwhelmed. For example, if you want to earn a college degree, start by taking one class at a time.
• Think through the process. If you want a college degree, you should start by taking one course, put your very best effort into it. Then work on completing a semester of classes, and then finishing each year of college until you earn your degree.
By the yard its hard but by the inch it’s a cinch –Anonymous
• By setting small, manageable objectives, you’ll be on a positive path toward your goals and you’ll be able to see your forward progress along the way.
7. Celebrate your successes. Small things for small victories and big things for big victories It could be anything from a cup of coffee to a vacation. When you acknowledge your efforts, you’ll be inspired to achieve at high levels. As you accomplish more success you will experience the thrill of victory.
Make the most of your life by working toward your fullest potential. Remember that off days are just parts of living but if you can minimize the affect they have on you the closer and the faster you will see your goals accomplished. Using these strategies, you’ll find yourself on top of the world. You will need to motivate yourself regularly.
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
Chat soon and keep your chin up