Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Motivation Idea-Kit

Quick and Easy Tips to Help You Change and Achieve 

You can achieve everything you have ever wanted to have,
experience, or become. The power has and always will be
within you, but nothing will happen until you get motivated
to make something happen. The following tips and ideas will
help you to get and stay motivated to change your life and
achieve your desires.

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1. Let Go of the Past
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Before you can create a better future, you must let go of
the pains in your past. Failing once does not mean you will
fail forever. Learn from your history, but don't let it
stand as an obstacle between you and your dreams.

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2. Remember Success
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Just as important as learning from and overcoming past
failure is recalling past success. It doesn't matter who
you are, you have succeeded at something at sometime in
your past. Don't gloss over these moments. Use them to
remind you that you can in fact achieve your goals.

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3. Realize the Possibilities
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It's possible. The dreams you hold in your heart but push
to the back of your mind are within your reach. Accept the
fact that you can create a better life. This will serve as
the springboard of belief you need to succeed.

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4. Dream the Big Dream
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In order for dreams and desires to inspire you to action
and achievement, they need to be big. If you don't get
excited about what you have planned for the future, you
will never find the inspiration you need to change your
life. Powerful dreams can move the soul, and when you dream
the big dream, you will be driven to make the compelling
picture a tangible reality.

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5. Thinking Your Way to Change
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No matter how bad you want it to happen, change will never
result from thinking alone - you must take action. The
world is swimming in dreamers, but only those who act on
their desires achieve truly remarkable results.

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6. A Daily Habit to Begin Today
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Set aside at least 30 minutes each night to review your day
and plan for the next. It's a simple way to add an element
of control to your life. Also, beginning this habit today
will help tremendously when you begin to work toward
your exciting and inspiring goals and dreams.

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7. Mix It Up
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The wrong routine can spell certain doom for your goals and
dreams. To make sure this doesn't happen to you, add at
least one new step to your daily routine to help break up
the pattern. One new activity will set the stage for many
more in the future, making it possible for you to break
free of any negative routines.

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8. A Team Sport
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Don't go at this alone. Achieving a goal or dream requires
a team effort. There will be times when you feel like
giving up, when you feel like it's too much to take. One of
the surest ways to overcome these small setbacks is to have
the support and guidance of your goal partner.

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9. Get excited about what's to come
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You are on your way to getting everything you have ever
wanted! Now is the time to get excited and inspired about
what your future holds. Imagine living your ideal life -
now make it happen!

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10. Raise Your Standards
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It's time to raise your standards. It's time to expect more
out of yourself than anyone else. Accept nothing less than
your absolute best in all that you do and you'll have no
problem creating your ideal life. After all, you'd expect
nothing less than living the life of your dreams.

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11. Take Ownership
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Before positive changes can take place, you must take
responsibility for your position in life. You are in
control of your future and are the only one who can
guarantee a better life. If you play the role of a victim,
giving up control and ownership of your life, you will
never enjoy the amazing opportunities that life offers to
us all.

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12. Write in a Journal
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A million thoughts may rush through your mind each day, but
if you do nothing to capture them, they often disappear as
quickly as they came. Take time to write in a journal each
week. This will not only help you overcome obstacles you are
facing in your life but also help you discover what you
really want.

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13. Who Do You Admire?
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Make a list of at least three people that you admire. With
your list in hand describe what it is that you most respect
about each individual. Often pinpointing what we admire in
others offers insight into what we wish to become
ourselves.

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14. The Moment
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Remember a time when everything seemed to be going just
right? When nothing could get you down? When you thought to
yourself, 'This moment, right now, is what life is all
about.' We all have moments in life when we feel we are at
our best, but most people don't utilize them. Use the
special moments in your life to bring to light goals and
desires that are sure to fulfill your needs. Learning from
and building on these times will help you create magic
moments on a daily basis for the rest of your life.

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15. A Friendly Brainstorming Session
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Gather a group of your closest friends, the ones who know
you better than anyone else, and use their knowledge about
you and your life to help you brainstorm goal and dream
ideas. They will likely offer ideas you never considered
yourself.

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16.What don't you want?
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Sometimes the easiest way to uncover what you want is to
know exactly what you don't want. It all depends on your
particular personality. Some find it very difficult to
create specific goals, but these same people have no
trouble explaining in detail what they hate. Sometimes
working in the opposite direction of what you hate can be
the key to discovering your goals and dreams.

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17. Keep a Notebook in Goal-Creating Areas
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Watching television offers hundreds of ideas that you can
use to help you create your own personal goals. The same is
true of your sleep. Because of this it's vital that you
keep a notebook handy while watching television and on your
nightstand to jot down any goal ideas that come to you.

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18. Impossible to Fail
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People are more than capable of creating compelling dreams,
but the fear of failure often clouds the path. To avoid
this pitfall, imagine that it is impossible to fail. What
dreams and desires would you pursue if you were guaranteed
success?

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19. Your Ideal Life
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Think ahead. Imagine living your ideal life in five years.
Then ten and twenty years. What would you be doing? With
whom would you be doing it? What would your life look like
on a daily basis? Use the picture of a future life to
create goals and desires in the present.

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20. Get Specific
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In order for you to create lasting change in your life, you
have to be super specific about what you want. Vague ideas
just won't cut it. The more specific you make your desires,
the easier it will be to act on them. Cloudy hopes create
obstacles. You have to know exactly what you want, down to
the smallest detail.

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21. Write it Down
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When you get an idea for a goal you'd like to achieve
write it down immediately. The simple act of writing your
goals down on a sheet of paper will bring them one step
closer to reality. Saying something is one thing, but when
you actually see the words written down it becomes a
living, breathing thing.

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22. Small Steps to Great Success
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While the nature of your dreams needs to inspire, you must
also recognize the fact that it takes only small steps to
create amazing changes. The dream will lead the way, but
it won't come in one giant leap. Small steps, carried out
each day, will bring you to the destinations you seek.

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23. Who Are You Living For?
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Many times people will accept the status quo because they
are afraid of what other people would think of them if
they strived for more. Fitting in becomes more important
than moving ahead. Decide here and now that creating the
life you want to live is far more important than blending
in and living for the approval of others.

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24. Search for Success Stories
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The stories of individuals overcoming all odds and
achieving their dreams surround you. Seek out and make
these stories a part of your life. You are not alone in
your search for happiness. Knowing that others have
succeeded in the past can be enough to motivate you to
succeed in the future.

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25. The Overnight Success Myth
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Success takes time. People who believe in the overnight
success expect amazing results the minute they start
working toward their goal. It's not going to happen. Don't
let this get you down - it's a positive. When you know the
truth about success you won't become upset when immediate
results can't be seen.

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26. Measure Your Progress
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As you begin putting the pieces of your desire in place, be
sure to measure your progress along the way. Doing so will
help to keep you motivated to achieve the goal as you see
real improvement taking place. You will also be able to
recognize troubling areas that need more attention or
successful methods that could be spread to others aspects
of the goal.

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27. Educate Yourself
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The more you know, the more you'll grow. Information is the
greatest resource you have as you work toward creating a
better life. Facts help to increase your confidence, break
down fear, and inspire you to action. Learn all there is to
know about what you want and you will never be without the
drive and energy you need to make it happen.

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28. Make Autobiographies Part of Your Library
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Learning about the lives of the people who achieved the
goals you want to achieve is one of the most inspiring
techniques available. Find out who had the same aspirations
and learn all you can about their inspiring story.

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29. Essentials of Change
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It doesn't matter what you want, someone at sometime
throughout history has desired and achieved the same thing.
Not only does this prove that your dreams are possible but
also that you have what it takes to make them happen.
People have done so much with so little, proving that the
essential requirements of creating change are within you.

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30. Become Aware of Your Thoughts
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The wrong thoughts played enough times in your mind can sap
the strength of anyone's confidence. Become aware of the
things you say to yourself. Every time you come to a
negative phrase stop yourself, refute the belief with
logic, and replace it with a strong and empowering thought.

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31. Say and See
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For those with phobias simply mentioning their particular
fear puts them in a frightened state of mind. They may
even exhibit physical signs of fear. The same is true of
goals and dreams. Many times the second you say your goal
images of failure and fear pop into your head. To fix the
problem, consciously say your goal and imagine success
again and again until it becomes ingrained in your mind.

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32. What's In It for Me?
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As you begin taking steps toward the things you desire, you
will meet with many obstacles along the way that have the
potential to knock you off course forever. To ensure this
doesn't happen to you, answer the question: What's in it
for me? Knowing exactly why you are reaching for more will
serve as a constant source of energy and excitement to keep
you going strong in the face of short-term setbacks.

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33. Ask Yourself a Question
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What's the worst thing that will happen if you give up on
your goal? This and other thoughts like them are useful
tools. Fear of what could happen if you don't succeed
shouldn't be the main reason you work toward your goal, but
it is an excellent tool to help you get started.

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34. What's Holding You Back?
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Take time to really think about what's holding you back
from working toward and achieving your goal. Too often
people get a 'feeling' and quit on their dreams. You can't
fight or solve a vague feeling, but you can solve a
specific problem. That's why it's critical for you to
zero in on exactly what's holding you back from success.

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35. Share the Excitement
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Don't keep your plans for a better future to yourself -
share the excitement with those who will not see it as
bragging or your ego taking over. This will make the dream
more tangible, and include others in the picture who will
ask about your progress and keep you heading in the right
direction.

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36. If Not Now, When?
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This is a simple method to adding a powerful boost to your
goal-achieving project. People are gifted at the art of
rationalization and procrastination. To put a stop to them
ask yourself, 'If not now, when?' If you're honest, and I
know you will be, you'll realize that now is as good a time
as any to begin moving toward a better life.

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37. Your Excuses Have No Uses
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Excuses are scapegoats. They cover up the truth so we don't
have to face it. You and I both know this isn't the way to
a happy and successful life. You have to put a stop to
excuses once and for all. Every time you catch yourself
using an excuse to cover up the truth about why you aren't
working toward your goal (e.g. I don't have the time),
write it down along with at least three solid reasons why
your excuse is completely wrong. And never use it again.

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38. Fear is Part of the Puzzle
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If you're waiting for a guaranteed success, you'll be
waiting for the rest of your life. Fear is part of the
process of success - there's no way around it. You might
think that the people you look up to are free of fear as
they work toward their dreams you are mistaken. Everyone
feels fear when they take a step outside of their comfort
zone, the question is whether or not you keep going.

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39. Place Reminders in the Home and Office
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Place powerful reminders around your home or office about
the goals and desires you are working to achieve. With the
hectic pace of life in today's society it's easy to forget
about the truly important things. Placing pictures in your
home of the ideal body you are dreaming about or the home
you wish to build are effective tools to keep you going
strong.

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40. The First Step
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A single step in the right direction is all it takes to put
in motion great things. Every written masterpiece begins
with a single word on a page. Every long journey begins
with a single step. The things you desire most will be no
different. Write down on a clean sheet of paper the
absolute first step your goal requires - then do it.

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41. A Part of Your Identity
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When success becomes a part of your identity, a part of who
you are, you'll find getting motivated to do more with your
life is an easy task. People stick to what they believe
they are. In other words, a quitter will quit before he
succeeds; a winner will get exactly what he wants in the
end. Don't just think like a winner - become one inside and
out until the thought of quitting conflicts so strongly
with who you are that you are driven to succeed.

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42. What Company do You Keep?
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Most often people mirror their environments. The friends
and family members you associate with play a major role in
your life - both positive and negative. Ask yourself if
the people in your life are helping you become the person
you want to be or are standing in the way of progress. If
changes need to be made, follow through.

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43. The Truth about Change
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You will fail. Not once, not twice, but many, many times.
This is how the game works. Believing that you will be able
to achieve a lofty goal or dream without a hitch is like
believe you can play perfect golf without a single step on
a course. It's not negative, it's reality. And a true
success uses this as an advantage. When something doesn't
go according to plan an adjustment is made and the process
resumes. A short-term setback will never bring an end to
their ambition.

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44. Know When to Keep Quiet
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Just as important as sharing your goal with those who will
offer guidance and support is not sharing your goal with
those who will resent your improvement and take a jab at
you with every chance they get. Naysayers are killers of
the spirit. When it comes to these individuals, keep your
goal to yourself.

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45. If It Works Once, Use It Again!
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Have you ever watched a movie that really moved you? Read
a book that inspired a change in your life? Listened to an
audio tape that motivated you to take action? If you're
like most people, I'm sure you've experienced one or more
of these. But do you revisit them on a regular basis?
People will find a tool that inspires them only to leave it
behind. If something motivates you, use it again and again.

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46. Organize Your Space
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A cluttered space leads to a cluttered mind. Taking a few
hours to clean up your common work areas will go a long way
in helping you maintain clarity and focus while working
toward your goals.

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47. Everyone Needs a Day Off
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Sometimes the best way to stay motivated to achieve your
goal is to give it a rest. When things don't seem to be
going your way or you simply feel exhausted, put your goal
out of mind until the next day. Take a walk, a ride, or
just sit and relax. This short break will allow you to
return to the project with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

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48. Choose to Think About What You Want
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With everything you have to think about each day, the
things you desire won't always get the time they deserve.
You have to choose to think about what you want to change
in your life, or your dreams will very likely be left
behind.

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49. Subscribe to Magazines, Newspapers, and Newsletters
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Information is a major part of success. To stay motivated
to change your life you need a constant flow of new and
exciting information flowing into your mind. If possible,
subscribe to at least one magazine, newspaper, or
newsletter that focuses on the subject of your goal.

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50. Use the Library!
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As simple as it sounds, get and use your library card!
Books are among the cheapest (if you use your card, that
is) and most effective success tools around. You can
learn most anything from a well-written book. Accept this
fact right here and now: if you don't like to read, you'll
never reach your true potential.

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51. Create a Specific Strategy
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When you know exactly what you want, you have to know
exactly how you are going to get it. Just as a vague idea
of what you want will never lead to success, a hazy notion
of how you will achieve your dreams will bring about the
same fate. Super specific strategies will result in
success. Anything less will make improvement difficult, if
not impossible, to enjoy.

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52. Use a Timeline
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Your dreams need a timeline. This includes not only a
deadline but also a time to begin. Without a definite
timeline, potentially rewarding and fulfilling goals may
silently slip away until they become only distant memories.
When will you begin working toward your dreams? When will


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