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The Power of the People Around You

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The Power of the People Around You
Self-improvement has a lot to do with whom you surround yourself. An enormous part of self-improvement is with whom you surround yourself. I've recently had the opportunity to spend time at world-class athletic programs - places that produce numerous Olympic medals, which is really hard to do.

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“Remember that if you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.”

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Your Community Is Your Motivation

Working to build a better self almost always means working to build a better community or tribe with which you surround it.

The people with whom you surround yourself have a tremendous impact on your life. In several ways, they shape your thinking and become the reason for your motivation.

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Herd Mentality of Positive Motivation

Positivity rubs itself in the same ways in a group, where individual thinking starts getting aligned with the kind of group it is in.

Example: An inactive or lethargic person will start to get more active if he is joining an active group for the morning jog, as the motivation and the energy will rub off on him.

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However, older people seem to be better at emotional regulation.

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Voice as an important tool

Your voice influences the impact of your speech and can make or break its success. 
With some guidance, you can learn to use your voice to increase your power and persuasiveness in a...

Improve Your Public Speaking Voice

  • Slow Down when you speak. Your listeners have an opportunity to absorb and reflect on what you’re saying.
  • Use Voice Exercises to strengthen your voice.
  • Record And Listen To Your Voice. Look for ways to improve your pronunciation, your delivery, and your pacing.
  • Record Phone Conversations. Replay to hear different ways that you could improve your delivery and articulation next time.
  • Focus On Pauses. The drama and power of a speech are contained in the silences that you create as you move from point to point.
  • Eat And Drink Well. Energy is essential for good speaking and voice projection. Cold water can chill your vocal chords and decrease the amount of warmth in your voice.

Force yourself to do things

Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline. 

Forcing yourself to do things...

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily."

Focus on the emotional reward

Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.

  • The adrenaline rush.
  • The feeling of being fit and healthy.
  • The relief you feel after having finished a big project.
  • The pride you gain from an accomplishment.
  • The confidence you feel after having faced your fear.