In Search of Motivational Thoughts

morning-2264051_640What does it take to create a better life for yourself, achieve more, be happier, and realize your potential? Well, these are questions I’ve been asking myself for the past five decades or so, and thankfully, I’ve come up with some answers.

Even though I don’t consider myself to be a religious person, I would list the Bible as one of my many sources of inspiration. Here are a few biblically inspired quotes that are especially meaningful to me. You’ve probably heard them all many times, but may have dismissed them without seeking the element of truth contained within each one.

  • Ask and thou shall receive.
  • Seek and ye shall find.
  • Knock and the door shall be opened.
  • The Kingdom of God is within you.
  • Faith can move mountains (Doubt can create them).

Other than the Bible, there are countless inspirational books, videos, blogs, meditation techniques, and audio recordings which can help build your confidence, boost your motivation, achieve inner peace, reach goals, and strengthen your self belief.

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As I see it, the secret to success can be distilled to one or two sentences. Admittedly, the concept is simple to remember, but difficult to apply:

“Passionately believe in yourself, be obsessed with daily self improvement (not perfectionism, though!), and persist until you succeed!”

As you study and reflect on the topic of personal development and spirituality, you’ll discover that the following concept keeps appearing over and over again:

“Your life ultimately reflects how you feel about yourself and what’s going on inside. The more you love yourself, the more that love will show up in your outer reality.” Furthermore, love for yourself dissolves oppressive, negative states of mind like worthlessness, fear, guilt, pain, control, and shame. It reveals to you more of your wondrous true nature, inherent lovability, and the immeasurable beauty and magnificence of your being! As you love yourself more, you allow yourself to receive a greater measure of the love that’s always been there for you — from any source, including Source itself! Your ‘receiving valve’ swings wide open as you allow in more of the blessings the Universe wishes to bestow on you.

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Although success is something we all strive for, I personally don’t believe that it should be achieved at all costs and at the expense of other people. Business or career victories that have been won through dishonesty, deception, or unethical means, may advance you financially or professionally, but it’s a victory that’s empty, shallow, and unfulfilling.

But I digress …

The big questions to ponder are “What is this thing called ‘success’ and how do you get more of it (or even some of it) ?”

Well, there’s the traditional definition of success, which for many people boils down to being rich, important, and influential. But, does money and power guarantee happiness? The answer is a resounding “no!”

There may be a grain of truth to the old joke that says “Money may not buy happiness, but it sure goes a long way toward the down payment!”

However, if you don’t have good health, love, and a positive outlook on life, then wealth in any amount probably won’t be satisfying. Money, alone, does not buy happiness, because happiness needs to come from inside you.

The other part of the formula is to dedicate yourself to the practice of thinking thoughts that will strengthen you, rather than weaken and undermine you. Powerful, motivating thoughts need to be deliberately planted in your mind so that they will grow, thrive, and propel you in a positive direction.

 

One more cornerstone of a well-lived, fulfilling life is knowing what your personal values are and resolving to live by them on a day-to-day basis.

An eternal truth that is worth repeating to yourself several times a day (perhaps in the form of a mantra) is : “All I need is within me.” If you’d like a subtle, but effective reminder of this powerful spiritual concept, here’s an affirmation bracelet that should help!*

Thanks for checking out my latest blog posts on personal growth and development. I invite you to follow this blog, post a comment, and pass along these ideas to others. Attribution and links to this website are always appreciated!

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–Joel
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Self Improvement Requires Tenacity

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One thing I’ve learned about self improvement is that you can’t change your life by reading a book, joining a gym, or attending a personal growth seminar. The cold, hard truth is that we are creatures of habit, years of conditioning, and our environment, and that our natural tendency is to continue the habits, thoughts, and reactions we’ve become accustomed to — even if they’re self defeating or counterproductive.

Although most people don’t salivate at the sound of a bell, many of us are like Pavlovian dogs, responding automatically to external stimuli and not really taking the time to adjust our conditioned responses and reflect on our behavioral patterns.

There is good news in all this though — at least for people who are willing to make a sustained effort to improve themselves and their lives. It’s not easy, but it IS worth it.

One of my favorite quotes is by the Russ Harris, the author of the book “The Confidence Gap.” I think if you can accept this truth and work with it, then personal growth, empowerment, and greater success is almost inevitable. I wrote this quote on an index card and reflect on it several times a week:

“We can choose the pain of stagnation, or we can choose the pain of growth. There is no such thing as a pain-free life.”

Another powerful saying I wrote down as a reminder has been attributed to Liam Linisong:

“A year from now, what will you wish you had done today?”

Here’s a slightly different twist on the same theme — one that’s worth mentioning:

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for!”

One additional motivational quote I’d like to add is this one, which has been attributed to American pastor Robert Schuller:

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

All these motivational quotes can literally be life changing if you reinforce them on a daily basis and resolve to approach life in a proactive rather than reactive way.

Since the fear of failure is one of the biggest enemies of success, that quote can be a powerful way to circumvent — at least for a moment– the debilitating effects of fear.

The actress Bette Davis once said “Old age ain’t no place for sissies!” While that may be especially true for the challenges of aging physically, I think it also applies to life, in general.

Whether you adopt and internalize the motto “No pain, no gain” or “Only the strong survive,” you can begin to make quantum leaps in life when you accept personal responsibility and create an action plan to rise above whatever plateau you’re stuck on.

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Thanks for tuning in.

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Wishing you all the best!

–Joel

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How to Improve Your Life

Most people have a natural desire to better themselves in one way or another. Some might say that we have been infused with a God-given drive to realize our potential, experience personal growth, and to continually discover more of what life has to offer.

Many of us are also conditioned by our parents, friends, and society to attract a mate, get married, advance in our careers, have kids, enjoy family vacations, send your kids to college, and create financial abundance for yourself so you can retire in comfort.

Although there are exceptions, most of the items on that list happen as the result of setting specific goals, pursuing them on a consistent basis, making plans, refining those plans, believing in yourself, and taking calculated, well-thought-out risks.

Good things do occasionally occur in our lives by happenstance and serendipity, but you can’t depend on that or base your life on the expectation of good luck. Good luck does happen, but it’s often the direct or indirect result of the following things:

  • a positive attitude
  • hard work
  • putting yourself out there
  • networking
  • cultivating relationships with people who have the ability to help you
  • continually looking for ways to be stronger, smarter, and more effective in everything (important) that you do

While it’s true that you can’t always get what you want, persistence, focused thinking, and self believe are guaranteed to help you get more of what you want — and sometimes, exactly what you want.