The Secret to Instant and Lasting Motivation

You need a 7 Day BrainwashDo you have a list of goals and desires that have yet to be fulfilled? Do you find yourself generating exciting new ideas only to find that you lose the motivation to complete them shortly after you get started? Perhaps you talk yourself out of that great new idea even before you even begin to pursue it.

The good news is that there is a very simple yet powerful technique that you can adopt immediately to help you commit to completion. The technique is called decision.

Proper decision making ability is a vital life skill that many people fail to develop at all. At first glance, this idea may seem trivial and possibly not useful but consider the context of this discussion.

When I talk about decision, I refer to someone’s personal commitment to the completion of a set objective. For some people, the simple act of making a binding agreement with themselves is enough to get the job done. For the majority of people, however, a more bold approach to decision making can be applied for maximum effectiveness.

Consider the following personal example:

Before I started my personal development company, Ignite Your Essence, I had been interested in becoming a speaker and I was always studying and testing various ideas and techniques that I was learning about the personal development industry. I knew that I had an inner calling to follow this passion and teach people what I knew about these ideas and philosophies.

I attended an inspirational seminar where the speakers were talking about this very topic. The main message I received that day was that we are all 100% responsible for our results and we are capable of setting any goal we want for our life.

I really took this to heart and started to contemplate the idea of becoming a platform speaker – teaching, inspiring and motivating audiences much like the people who I was watching that day. Because I was in a state of mind that allowed me to get emotionally involved with the idea, it grew beyond a daydream and I started thinking about how I could make this happen.

I started studying personal development principles for many hours a day and taking note of which techniques I was already using in my current career while learning and applying new ideas in various areas of my life (family, fitness, financial as well as career).

Eventually, the idea of starting a business as a speaker grew so heated that I knew I had to do something. For about a week, I played a mental chess match with myself thinking about all the reasons why I should pursue this dream while simultaneously thinking about all of the reasons why I couldn’t do it. As soon as I learned this lesson about decision, everything changed and my life has never been the same.

I woke up one morning and made a committed decision to book my first public workshop. I picked a date about one month out, found a hall to host it and booked the hall with a down payment. I was locked in and committed to doing this! It was both a mental and physical move that made a world of difference.

The ambivalence instantly disappeared and my mind moved into a much more creative mode. Instead of worrying about whether or not I could even accomplish this goal, I started asking myself a new set of questions. What topic do I run the workshop on? How do I advertise? Who do I market to? Needless to say I completed that workshop a month later and so began the inception of my own personal development education company, which I now run as a full time business (my dream realized).

The key point to be emphasized is that I made a committed decision and backed that decision with a tangible forcing function. Like the stories of the Renaissance explorers, I had arrived at a destination, “burned my ships”, and had no choice but to move forward and deliver the goods.

Can you think about a committed decision you could make today, RIGHT NOW, that could ultimately alter the entire direction of your life?

Perhaps there is a trip you have been meaning to take that could open a new window of opportunity – call the travel agent now! If you have been struggling with your health and fitness, maybe you can find a competition to enter and pay the entry fee? Whatever it is, make the decision and lock yourself into the decision to ensure you have a solid forcing function.

For me, if I did not put a down payment on the hall rental for my first workshop, I may very well have let the doubt and fear push me to cancel the entire event and ultimately abandoned my dream. If the idea moves you in the direction of your dream or purpose, make the committed decision today!

Get rid of negative beliefs

You need a 7 Day BrainwashOur beliefs form from a very early age, and can affect how we see ourselves and our place in society; you will have beliefs around how much money you will earn, beliefs about how you are as a parent, child, sibling or partner, beliefs about where you live and so on. Many of these beliefs will be subconscious- you won’t even know that they are there. If your intention contradicts this subconscious belief, then your subconscious mind will be sending out vibrations which will push it away and you will never attract it.

No matter what our beliefs are, we will always find evidence to support them- because we will attract it! If you believe that you are meant to be big, for example, you will remain overweight despite all attempts to diet, which reinforces this belief. If you believe that you are not smart enough to run your own business, all your attempts to start a business will fail, until eventually you say See? I told you I am not smart enough to run a business’.

Many people buy self help book after self help book, convinced that the next one will be the one which changes their life. However, whilst they are carrying limiting beliefs, nothing will change. They may get all fired up and make a good start, even seeing some improvement, but within a few weeks they will fall back into their old habits. In order to make the law of attraction work for you, it will be necessary to identify any negative beliefs and eradicate them.

Vision boards

You need a 7 Day BrainwashWhat is a vision board? It is a collection of pictures, words or photographs of all the things you want to attract into your life, usually fixed to a large sheet of card or pinned to a large cork board.

A vision board can be a very powerful tool to use to manifest your desires. It is best placed somewhere you are going to see it often, such as next to your computer monitor, in your bedroom or your kitchen. Some people choose to have more than one vision board, in different locations at home or work.

You should also spend some time looking at the images on your vision board- look at the images at least once a day and visualize having them in your life. Allow yourself to feel good and try to get into the feeling place of having them in your life right now.

What Images should be on Your Vision Board?

Think about what you want to manifest in every area of your life and find an image which you associate with actually having it. For example, if your goal is to own a certain make and model of car, find pictures of the exact car you want on the internet or in magazines. Put the picture on your vision board.

Want to travel? Look through brochures and on the internet and find pictures of the places you want to visit. Want to lose weight? Find photos of yourself at your ideal weight or else find images of people with the figure you want or pictures of clothes you will wear at your ideal weight. If you come across any quotes or poems you find particularly inspirational, or which make you feel good, put them on your board. If you can’t find an image you want, draw it- don’t be put off by thinking you can’t draw!

The images on your board should mean something to you, and should make you feel excited and positive about your intentions. A vision board is an evolving process; you may achieve one intention and need to update it, or you may realize that you no longer want a particular intention. Of course, you may find more intentions to add!

If you want to see examples of vision boards people have created, search Google images for vision boards’. Hopefully you will feel inspired to create your own!

Are you getting enough sleep?

You need a 7 Day BrainwashWhen living a stressful lifestyle or experiencing an unwelcome amount of stress, getting the full quota of sleep is important. If short-term sleep is deprived or if generally suffering from insomnia, it can make life a whole lot more difficult as irritability, a lack of tolerance and even depression can weigh heavily making even the easiest of tasks appear difficult.

Setting up a sleep schedule will help to make falling asleep a little easier. This means going to bed about the same time every night where possible as this builds up a positive sleep pattern and subconsciously aids deep sleep. Setting up a regular routine immediately allows the individual to become use to this pattern of behaviour, so there are less concerns about how to get off to sleep.

It’s easy to over-think about work, life, and any particular problem or even fret about the next day’s events and these thoughts can be reason enough why sleep is evasive. Mix this with raised levels of cortisol which is linked to chronic stress and the reason for a lack of sleep becomes obvious.

If a difficulty in falling asleep is experienced initially, ensure that no stimulants such as coffee or alcohol have been consumed. There is nothing wrong with having a drink but they have been proven to interrupt a sleep pattern. To start off with, the individual should avoid any stimulations and ensure that the bedroom is warm and inviting, with low lights, no drafts to disturb and no external noises.

A few drops of pure essential Lavender Oil can be added to the pillows or to the quilt as this is conducive to relaxation.

When the mind and body feel too tense for sleep to come, try a progressive relaxation as this can help ease out the tension that may be unknowingly held within the muscles and once this is released, sleep should come naturally.

Lying flat, with eyes closed, take the attention to the feet and ankles and deliberately tense them, holding the tension for a few seconds. Release the tension suddenly and the difference will be noticeable. Then systematically work through the whole body, tensing the calf muscles and the knees, then releasing. Next, focus on tensing the thigh muscles and buttocks, and then release. Working up the body, abdomen, chest, the arms, neck and shoulders (where many people hold tension) even the face and scalp should be tensed and then relaxed. Ensure that the whole body is subjected to this progressive relaxation technique and afterwards, much of the muscle tension will have been dissipated.

This can be done every night or at any time to suit.

Determine a Definite Major Purpose (DMP) for your life

You need a 7 Day Brainwash“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” Napoleon Hill

In my opinion, the most important step anyone can take in the development of themselves and in the development of their potential is to determine a Definite Major Purpose (DMP) for their life!

If you really think about it, the most successful people in the world do this instinctively. Some of them may be well aware of the importance of having a major purpose in life while others just happen to stumble upon their purpose and never give it a second thought before diving in.

What are some of the characteristics of a DMP?

-It is work you would do whether or not you were paid

-It is something you have passion for

-It is something that YOU believe to be very important

-When you hold the vision of yourself engaged in your DMP, you feel excitement and joy

-It is work that you would like to be remembered for…Your LEGACY!

Why is it, then, that so few people ever find a DMP for their life? Why do we see so many people who don’t enjoy their days and spend all of their time wishing for something more?

From my experiences with coaching clients and with my seminar audiences, one of the most obvious pain points I notice is the fact that many people have not decided what they WANT out of life.

This is not surprising. For the majority of us, from a very young age we were conditioned to follow instructions, do what others told us to do and listen to outside opinions. So we did. We did what we thought we were supposed to do. Our own wants and desires in life took a back seat to what were “supposed” to be doing to establish a safe and secure future.

For many folks, a critical assumption had been made in their life and it translated to a mindset of lack and personal limitation. The assumption is that I cannot make a living doing what I love to do.’

By assuming this statement as an absolute truth, we see millions of people in our society accepting the fact’ that their dreams in life are unrealistic. Many people file these dreams in a

memory bank for safe keeping with the hope that one day, in the distant future, they will be in a position to be, do or have their heart’s desire.

If you happen to fall into the above category, or even if you don’t, I would like you to consider the following question:

“If you had all of the resources, money, self esteem, confidence and personal power to accomplish anything, what would you do?”

This is a powerful question to ask yourself because you are really talking about a higher purpose. You are searching for the answer to the following question, “What was I put on this earth to do?”

The exciting and empowering realization is that we all decide what our purpose is. It is literally up to us to decide what we want to do, what we want to dedicate our life to, find our own reasons for doing so and then pursue it.

OK, so figuring out your DMP in life isn’t exactly a trivial task. In fact, it took me 7 months of reading, studying, meditation, having discussions with people close to me and lots of introspection to finally decide I wanted to be a personal development speaker and success coach. Now, during this time period I certainly had an idea about what I wanted and the path I was on but I did not make a firm decision and set a clear goal (HINT for Lesson 2) until my 7th month of searching.

The point is, do not be alarmed, frustrated, overwhelmed or anxious if you don’t know what your DMP is. In fact, GET EXCITED by the fact that you are, starting TODAY, on a personal MISSION to figure out what it is you WANT out of life!

The Odds May Not Be In Your Favor

You need a 7 Day BrainwashStaying positive and goal-oriented is very easy to do when the going is good. The true winners in life are the people who can persist when times are tough and it seems the whole world seems to be totally against them. The real question is, how do you keep moving forward when the odds seem to be stacked up against you?

The first thing to realize when you are in this kind of situation is that EVERY person who has ever accomplished something of significance, was faced with a similar situation. This is a guarantee. The wealthy business person was broke and inexperienced at some point. The olympic gold medal winner was slow and clumsy in the beginning. The stage performer was in a low budget show forgetting her lines.

Some people must face greater hardships than others but no one is immune to it. And this is really the key to this lesson.

If you are in a situation right now where it seems like quitting or defeat are your only options, here are some ideas you can use to drive yourself forward and keep going.

Go to school on your leaders. No matter what you are trying to achieve, there is someone in the world who has very likely done it before. Success leaves clues so your job is to become the investigator. Find out what made these other people successful. More importantly, learn about their hardships and how they triumphed when the odds were stacked against them. Then…realize that you have the exact same abilities as that other person providing you are willing to do the things that person did.

Put it in perspective. A great example is someone starting out in business for themselves. Most businesses experience a pretty rocky road in their first few years. This also happens to be the period of time when many business owners give up. But when you put it in perspective, the hardships you are facing at the start of your venture likely pail in comparison to people with real challenges. There are people struggling with addiction, physical handicap, family breakup and so on. There are people in these situations who maintain a positive outlook and still make the best of their life. If they can do it with severe problems, you can do it with relatively minor problems.

Ask ask ask. There is the old saying “ask and it shall be given”. The saying contains a powerful truth. People who have become good at asking for what they want and need in life, tend to get more help from others. When the odds are stacked against you, regardless of what you are trying to accomplish, there are people out there who will be willing to help if you ask them. If you are in need of help with money, resources, support, exposure or anything else, ASK. Ask a lot of people. Ask with conviction. Ask with passion. If you ask enough people…you WILL find the support.

The key thing to remember in this whole discussion is that you are an achiever. If at any point in your life, the odds are stacked against you and success seems like a distant dream, you are doing something RIGHT. This is a sign of your courage, determination and persistence. And in that sense, you are already successful.