10 things winners do to stay motivated!

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The biggest way I stay motivated is to run with a group of friends. Sometimes it’s hard to get going by yourself, but if you have a plan and a meeting time, you know this run will happen for sure. It’s a way to have fun – while also getting in a workout. Plus it distracts from pain, helps you fight fatigue, and gives you that extra push. – Allyson Felix

We all need to find a way to stay motivated. The quote above is from Allyson Felix, A 200 meters Olympic Gold medalist who was born in 1985. I have discovered that there are a few things that winners do to stay motivated and if you will try them you may stay motivated as well.

  1. Have a clear vision of where you are going! Feel it, imagine in, experience it, find physical pictures of it or draw them if they don’t exist and look at this picture daily to keep you motivated. I personally enjoy thinking and dreaming about the future whenever I have some time on my hands. I take the time to review my vision when praying daily.
  2. Have a clear set of small goals that lead to your vision. Every time you achieve one of the goals, it can be really motivating to cross out the completed goal.
  3. Talk to people who have achieved similar goals
  4. Find friends or colleagues who are pursuing similar goals
  5. View and think about the loss of not making an attempt at your vision or dream
  6. Find a mentor or a coach who is willing to challenge you
  7. Look for fun and exciting ways to stay focused and motivated
  8. Let each failure motivate you to learn and try again
  9. Determine that you will not give up without giving your very best shot and some more!
  10. If you give up for a while…you can get back and try again.

Read more about Allyson Felix on her official website.

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How to develop your vision – It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision - Helen Keller

Who is Helen Keller?

Born in 1880, she was a deaf-blind american who despite her disabilities went on to become a prominent author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree! You can imagine all the obstacles she overcame to achieve these feats. So when she says that it is a terrible thing to see and have no vision, she knows what she is saying. Read her biography here – The Story of my Life  . You can also watch a YouTube video about her childhood – The Miracle Worker!

What’s your vision?

What do you see in your future? In what direction is your life headed? If you take some specific steps today and consistently in the future, where do you think it would lead?  It is very important to be able to answer these questions at some point in your life. The earlier you do so, the better and you have to work hard to continue to keep your vision alive.

What is vision?

By vision I mean the ability to see where you are heading! It is the ability to see where your present action will lead you. Wise people are people of clear vision. To be wise is to know what results you want in your life and to be willing and aware of some of the actions that you must take to bring you to the envisioned destination. Vision is different from dreams in that you have gone beyond wishing to personalizing and appropriating what you see. Vision is a dream that has become so real to you, that it is influencing all the decisions you make today!

How can you see and have no vision!

It means you can see your present needs, the world around you, the challenges that you face but you are unable to see or envision  how you would want tomorrow to be. The truth is that none of us can predict tomorrow, but I believe that God has made it possible for us to imagine and envision the future so that it can inspire us to action! To wake up everyday at a job you don’t like and have no plans for change is seeing without having a vision. What you want to do is determine to find out what you are uniquely designed to contribute to this world and work hard at it with the help of God until your take your last breath. There is so much joy and peace in doing what comes naturally to you and being paid to do it.

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How to clarify your vision!

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Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision. ~ Aldous Huxley

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. ~ Ayn Rand

I met a young and greatly talented man three days ago. After his excellent performance on the drums I asked him what he does and why he doesn’t drum full time. He told me of the many experiences he has had drumming all around the world and how he always wanted to have something for teenagers! “So what stopped you?” I asked. He said I just did not go through with it.

Does that not sound like many of us? We have these great ideas, and we just drop them because for some reason or the other, we think it may not be possible! Many times we don’t even permit ourselves to flesh out the dream, we are afraid that we would only get our hopes up only to fail.

If you are a dreamer, you are one step ahead in the game. My post today is targeted at people who have stopped dreaming. I want to encourage you to feel the joy of your dreams again. Is it not possible to get the “clarity and ruthlessness of our vision” back? There is a little difference between a dream and a vision. A dream is something you hope or wish will happen, you seem to see it happen to you while you are watching from the outside. On the other hand a vision burns inside you as if its done and it’s waiting for you to claim it. Dreams turn into visions, when we focus on the dream long enough and allow ourselves to believe that what we are dreaming about is what we were born to be.

When your dream becomes your vision, it propels you to action! You begin to see yourself  in the light of your accomplished vision. For example, long before I became a pastor, I saw myself preaching, I actually found it hard to see myself otherwise. Although I studied and got my Masters of Engineering, I knew I would still preach.  That is vision. Since I started this blog, I have been seeing myself as a successful blogger. If I stay long enough on this dream I can easily see myself reaching more people via this blog.

It does not matter what field or what area of your life you are dreaming about, just stay with the dream and try to see how it can be accomplished. Accept it, let joy rise up in your heart and begin to think about the difficulties that you may face. Play around with the idea, see how it can be done. As you engage the dream it will own you and move you to action.

There are too many people moving around with undeveloped dreams, working at jobs that they really do not enjoy, living lives that is far from what they could be living, struggling in relationships that is far from what they should be having. I have good news for you! You can dream again! You can clarify that vision. This is a major step is moving from just living to having a fabulous life. It is really possible to have a very successful life if you are willing to do the work. Take note that the work involved is little compared to the sorrows of living below your potentials.

Here are 4 questions you can use to clarify your vision.

  1. What will you do if success was guaranteed?
  2. If you had all the money you need, what will you do everyday?
  3. If you could be paid for your contribution, how would you like to contribute to the well being of this universe and the people around you?
  4. If you are sure of success, what kind of relationships would you like to build?

Questions

  1. How do I know that my dreams are not simply wishful thinking?
  2. What if you like too many things and you cannot focus on one dream?
  3. I have had too many shattered dreams – Does dreaming or having a vision work?
  4. Will having a vision not hinder me from enjoying the present?
  5. I can see tomorrow clearly but I can’t see 3 years down the line, how come you want me to see even further?
  6. Can I not have a happy life, by just living one day at a time?
  7. My dream will require quitting my current job, is that really a vision or stupidity?
  8. If we are all doing what we enjoy doing? Who will do the less enjoyable things in life?

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Do you have a written set of life goals? Do you have a clear vision of “what you want to be when you grow up”? Have you tried something that is new and different? How did you keep yourself motivated? Share your answers to any of these questions in the comments. We all would love to read from you!

All successful people are big dreamers – Brian Tracy

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If you can dream, you can be successful. Every child I know can dream! We were all designed by God to shine, to display our gifting and to compliment one other. I have been reading about successful bloggers and I have visited many blogs lately. One thing that stands out to me is that the successful and popular blogs have a very clear message! You know exactly what they are about and they work consistently on it.

What is your blog about? What are you working consistently on? It made me ask myself what my dream or vision for this blog is. Really what is the problem that this blog is solving? Or better still, what do I want it to solve?

This is what I want this blog to do

To help a person who is just going through the motions of everyday life, to change into a person who is living a very fruitful, joyful and prosperous life (a maximized life). My tool for this is wisdom, which is applied knowledge. One of the methods is Webinars. Signup for the next one. Another method is to drop short words of wisdom regularly to inspire and encourage!

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10 Wisdom Principles that will guarantee Success

There are certain principles that if followed will guarantee success! By Success I mean a balanced joyful life. A person is successful when they are living the life they were designed to live. When you have more than enough resources for yourself and your family, when you are full of joy and are taking good care of your health, when the people around you love you and are inspired by you, when you have hope that your future is secured, then you are successful.

Lots of people have spoken and written books on the principles of success. I am only listing some of those that I have applied and continue to apply in my life! I summarize them all as seeking wisdom!

1- Have a clear vision of where your life is headed! - See it like a movie. I use an exercise called interviewing the older you to capture this clear vision. You should speak to yourself as if you are already this person. Write the vision and write your ideas!

2 – Be Consistent -  A clear vision helps you to be focused and as such you will be able to apply yourself to the same tasks or goals over a longer period of time and develop expertise! Consistently follow the plan you develop to realize your vision.

3 – Follow your inner directions – Learn to trust that God can lead you! Sometimes you just have to operate by that “intuition”. You know that “something” that told you to stop for gas? Yes, that “something” should be listened to if you have learned to distinguish between the wise and the foolish “something”.

books4 – Always Improve -Let the you of today be better than the you of yesterday! Read, listen to podcasts, read this blog (~smile~), practice and more. Just get better and never stop trying to get better!

5- Have a coach or Mentor -Find someone who is already doing what you want to do! Follow them.

6 – Find people who are like minded, people with similar visions! Work with them.

7 – Be Generous/ Serve- Give all the time. Always look for opportunity to give time, money, help to people around you. Let your work and life be more about giving than receiving. You’ll get much more that way than you need anyway! Be ready to serve people, inspire them. Let your life be an example.

8 – Love People – Yes learn to want the best for everyone around you! Forgive those that have hurt you! Choose never to keep any negative feeling over night. Let it always end before you sleep!

9 – Learn to speak your vision – Think and read and develop your vision until all you can say is your vision. Live in your vision and act always in the direction of that vision. Say it to yourself always! I am ……. (Whatever your vision is) Not what you see now.

10 – Connect with God – Remember that you where designed for a purpose! Believe that God who made you is ready to support you and all you need is available. Let this truth give you great confidence in your ability by God’s help to accomplish whatever God put in your heart to do.

Wow, there are more that can come out of these! Here is what Brian Tracy has to say: Be the Best You: 7 Keys to a Positive Personality!

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Turn your Dreams to Reality

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Henry David Thoreau

The words of wisdom here is that dreams should not be discarded! They should be acted upon. It’s true that many of us have had great ideas pass through our minds and we have discarded them. Sometimes we see other people act on our ideas and make something out of what we ignored. I believe that everyone is equipped with the ability to imagine because it is a necessary tool for growth and success in life. I enjoy watching my boys play around the home. Those boys have an amazing amount of imagination. You can easily hear the older one say, you can’t come in here if you don’t give me $10. The little one will immediately put out an imaginary $10 dollars and the response will be “no, that’s just one dollar, you need to give me 9 more!” to which the younger would respond as he wishes.

Dare to dream!

I know that as we grow older, our experiences, the people around us and the mistakes that we have made, tend to stifle our willingness to dream! I would like to use this medium today to encourage you to revisit some of your buried dreams! See the one you can refresh or rework! These are the things that make life full of joy! Don’t trash your dreams! Put the foundations under them!

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Reprove a wise person

Reprove a wise person and he will love you.

Do not reprove a mocker or he will hate you;
reprove a wise person and he will love you. – Prov 9:8 (NET)

I’m amazed at how little tolerance many people have for being corrected today! Not that I go around reproving or correcting people, but I get so many complaints about how unhappy people are for being corrected by parents, managers, supervisors, friends and family! I see people who want to dance only to their own music, people who do not present a teachable spirit! Once in a while I meet others who are so happy to get inputs from others, they are not trying to teach you all the time and they seem to have so much more going for them!

A wise person appreciates being reproved because it make you wiser! You learn what you are doing wrong, you also learn how other people perceive what you are doing! You learn how proud you are if you are offended by a simple reprove or correction. In all you are the better of for a honest reprove!

What about Negative Criticisms?

Although negative criticisms hurt and they are usually aimed at tearing you down, it can help you if you are wise! What people do to us is not what causes the problem, it is how we respond to what they say or do that causes the problem. I have had a few negative criticisms in my life and have some really critical people around me. I have found however that some of these extremely critical people have made me to bring my game to a higher quality! Now you don’t want ultra-critical people around you all the time, but I must say they are a blessing from time to time!

Do you realize that no matter how much you know, there are still so many people who know more than you? There are things you cannot see because they are not within your horizon! The more wisdom you have, the more you realize how little you know. If you are aware of this truth, you desire to learn from every situation. Regardless of how the message is packaged, it is always to your advantage to take the message and discard the packaging!

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Check how willing you are to get corrected! Do you have people around you who can reprove you? If you don’t, begin to look for some and give them the permission to reprove you! Make sure though that these are people who love you and have your best interest at heart. People whom you respect and look up to. For example there are many people who have been blogging for so many more year than I have been. I will be happy to have them correct me on some of the things they may see on my site!

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Everybody is a Genius

Everybody is a genius – How do you discover your Genius?

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

ballonsI am [how-old-am-i] days old today! When I mentioned it to my son this morning (Sept 27, 2013 at 14,000 days) his response was “I’m fainting… help me daddy”  while pretending to faint! Yes indeed you feel very old when you count your age in days. Imagine I have gone around on the earth [how-old-am-i] times!  How old are you in days? Find out at the end of this post!

Are you a Genius? 

This is a really bold statement credited to Albert Einstein even though there is no clear evidence that he said it. I agree with the statement though, that there is something that you and I are designed to do that puts us head and shoulders above our peers. The problem usually is that what we are great at may not be valuable in the culture we are in or the season we are in. Wisdom therefore is being able to discern our inner genius and explore ways of using it so that we make our contribution to the universe! If you can find your “genius”, then it can always make a way for you to be rich! By rich i mean loved, respected, having more than enough resources and feeling a joyful! Here are 3 principles that can help you on your journey to discovering your “genius”.

1) Know the direction of your life

It is very important to have a clear vision of your destination in life! Believe that you are rich and choose to be happy and determine that as long as you have life given to you daily, you will be happy and rich! Choose to appreciate where you are now and believe that if you keep doing what you were designed to do, you will only have more resources to do more and you will continue to be happy! It is not always easy to choose joy over sadness and complaint, but if you start to practice gratitude you will start to find that it’s a much easier and fruitful habit. Check out the Gratitude blog for inspiration

If you do not believe that you have something to give to the universe, you are not convinced that you are a genius or that you have stuff in you that you probably do better than the majority of people around you in, it will be difficult to discover this. Many times its not a skill, it’s more often a desire, something you enjoy doing more than others. Something you can do over and over again until you become really good at. What makes you stand out is that you have an inner drive that is higher than most of the people around you to keep you going until you are really good!

So if you choose today a direction that you want you life to go based on your inner desires and inclinations, if you begin to dream big and bold, if you start to see yourself 20, 30 years down the line and it gives you inner joy and peace, then take hold of this dream. Write it down, develop it and you are on your way!

2) Take Steps towards making your dream or vision a reality

This will include learning – becoming wiser, finding wise people to mentor you, keeping your ears open for words that increase wisdom, trying to improve any skill you have discovered you have, being attentive to the way you like things to be done and how you learn.

Yes you need to keep trying! Sometimes it’s the place you least expect that your breakthrough would come from. In my post Action is the foundation key to all success, I mentioned my website that earns over $500 monthly. What I did not tell you was that when I made that website, it was just one page on the website that was responsible for 99% of the income that came from site. I then registered a new domain for the keywords for that site and the income grew to over $500.  Read more about  it here – Exploring Online Income (not updated in a while).  If you don’t keep working, you loose out on opportunities and you may never discover your inner “genius”.

3) Don’t let anyone judge you because you suck at climbing trees!

Another way to say this is that we all have something we are really bad at! Don’t try to prove that you are as good as anyone at everything. A wise person knows that there are a million things that they are not good at and it’s ok. What matters is finding what you are great at or better still what you enjoy learning to be great at and continue to learn and act until you discover it or something else you never even knew was there!

Wisdom Action

Try something new today – Check your traffic statistics like Ryan did and discovered that he has over 8,000 daily page views on his blog! Try writing a novel! Whatever is buzzing inside you that can help the people around you or build you up. Give it a try!

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How old are you in days?

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Action is the foundational key to all success

It doesn’t matter how big your dream is if you don’t take action on it! Nobody is inspired by great oratory if the speech is never presented. No sale is ever made for a product that is never designed or produced! No athlete has ever won a medal for not participating in the event! As obvious as these statements sound, there are thousands of people today with brilliant ideas who are just sitting on the ideas! There are great blogs waiting to be launched, great books waiting to be written, powerful songs waiting to be sung! If you don’t take action on your dreams they will remain dreams. When dreams are constantly being ignored, you gradually kill your ability to dream! Wisdom is what helps us know when the time to convert our dreams to goals has come!

Action is the foundational key to all success. ~ Pablo Picasso

Don’t cheat yourself

I remember having an idea a few years back to launch a website to help students who wanted to immigrate to Canada. It took me a few months to decide to do it but I eventually did it. I was initially worried that I was not qualified, but I chose to simply write what I learned as I did mine. Fast forward many years after, that website now earns over $5000 for me every year! That’s extra money that I would not have if I never took action!

Don’t be Afraid to Fail

Today I encourage you to do something that you have been planning to do for a while but have not been able to do because of fear! Get online and start that blog! Open your word processor and start writing that novel or ebook! Announce a date for that Seminar and start preparing! Find a place to sing your song. Take Action! I am taking action and presenting my first webinar on this website on October 2nd – I will be presenting some time tested secrets on “How to turn your dreams into reality” – Reserve your seat NOW!

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One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes

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When you think about success in business, sports, music, ministry and many aspects of life, one cannot help but notice that it’s not necessarily the most talented that make the most money or that have the most impact. It is those who have both talent and opportunity! I have heard some great singers who are yet to have a “break” into the “big leagues” in music. If you visit the developing countries you will meet some amazing people with amazing talent who have not yet  gotten the type of exposure that those in USA or Canada have.

Nevertheless, I have also noticed that regardless of the level of exposure, what really makes the difference is being ready at the time of opportunity! It takes a level of consistency to be ready for your opportunity! If you are not doing what it takes to become a success, you will miss your opportunity! When that person who will connect you to the bigger stuff comes around will you be ready? Would you have learned all that you need to learn? Would you have the strength or skill to handle something much bigger? It’s important, to keep increasing in wisdom, keep learning, keep writing those quality articles, keep showing up in the marketplace every week and be ready when your opportunity comes! It’s coming! Enjoy the process of growth and take every opportunity for growth!

 Take Action

If there is any goals that you have abandoned, if there are good habits that you have left untouched for a season, if you were getting discouraged about any of your projects, why don’t you get back into it today! Remember you need to be ready for your opportunity!

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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How do you prepared for your opportunity? Have you recently enjoyed a boost because of an opportunity that showed up and you were ready? Share with the wisdom clan by leaving a comment below! Thanks!