Surround yourself with catalysts
Just like there are some tasks that drain you and other tasks that excite you, there are people who drain you and people who catalyze you.
But first and foremost though, make sure that you are your own catalyst. Be a coach, not a critic. When you fail, don’t beat yourself up.
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This habit is like two-for-the-price-of-one. Not only does it help you find your motivation, but it also helps you live a good life.
First, find your values. With your values in hand, you can connect them to your daily work.
Highly motivated people ask themselves: WHY do I do what I do?
If you know WHY you do what you do, and it matters deeply to you, then you will find your strength in any situation.
Many people don’t really lack motivation, they lack models of what’s possible - they have limiting beliefs of what’s achievable.
That’s why inspirational stories and role models can be so powerful: they open our eyes to a whole new realm of possibilities.
Imagine the goals that really inspire you. Word your goals in such a way that they automatically “pull” you toward them. If it feels like you are trying to “push” yourself, then there is something getting in the way.
Also, frame the goal in such a way that you are drawn to both the outcome and the journey.
Limiting beliefs show up in our minds in insidious ways.
For example, we might tell ourselves: "That’s not me; I can’t do that; or, I’m not good enough."
The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.
Once you’ve done that, you have 2 options: reframe ( look for an opportunity instead of ruminating on the loss ) or divert (shift your focus to something else).
In less than one-tenth of a second of seeing someone for the first time, our brain processes information about the person’s face—which leads to quick conclusions about a new acquaintance’s qualities, including trustworthiness, competency, friendliness, honesty and morality.
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