“You cant use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
I think when someone says they want to do something but then follows up with, “…but I don’t have any ideas,” what they actually mean is that they don’t think they have any great ideas.
If you could look inside their head, you’d probably see hundreds or even thousands of ideas waiting for a chance to come alive.
If you don’t think you have any ideas, I’d challenge you to look again. I’d bet you have quite a few of them. What’s usually missing is a system to decide which ones are any good. [Read more…] about 5 Ways to Turn Terrible Ideas Into Great Ideas
It’s that time of year again. Income Taxes. Which also means that one third of the year has passed us by, and the second half is of 2015 is just around the corner. Many of you will be using this in-between period to reflect on the first part of the year, and set goals for the next couple of months.
Some will be looking to lose weight by exercising regularly and eating healthily. Others want to be more organised, spend less money, or quit smoking. They’re all great ideas, and everyone has big plans to transform their lives, but the harsh reality is that most people will be unsuccessful.
According to some statistics, 92% of people who set goals and resolutions in 2014 failed to achieve them.
Ninety two percent! That’s a pretty big portion of people…
But why? Why do so many of us set out with good intentions, but come up short? Why are we unable to make the changes we want to make, and create the life we want to live?
I don’t usually read forwarded email, but I received one today that caught my attention. It was written by someone who works at Volvo in Sweden, and he mentions how any project in the company “takes 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It’s a rule.”
Apparently the fast-paced global corporate world, focused on immediate results, “contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results.”
He relates the following story: [Read more…] about Slow Down to Enjoy Life
When one door of opportunity closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ∼ HELEN KELLER
In Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill talks of the crafty nature of opportunity, saying that it often appears in a different form and from a different direction than expected. He warns that this ‘is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door.’
Take Al Gore for example. When he ran for President in 2000, his advisors counselled him out of discussing his number one passion – climate change. Unlike today, back then it was considered a fringe issue. But for Gore, who had been a committed champion of the environment since his college days, his defeat in the race, allowed him an opportunity to dedicate himself post-politics to making the environment a mainstream issue. [Read more…] about Opportunities Can Sneak in By The Back Door
This article is a list of tips and tricks that, if used in combination, are a nearly sure way to achieve your goals.
Achieving goals is not a matter of having “discipline”. It’s a matter of motivating yourself, and keeping your focus on your goal. Follow these tips, or any combination of them that works for you, and you should have the motivation and focus you need.
Here are my Top 20 Motivation Tips :
Chart Your Progress. Recently I started using a chart to track my progress with each of my goals. This chart is not just for information purposes, for me to look back and see how I’m doing. It’s to motivate me to keep up with my goals. If I’m diligent about checking my chart every day, and marking dots or “x”s, then I will want to make sure I fill it with dots. I will think to myself, “I better do this today if I want to mark a dot.” Well, that’s a small motivation, but it helps, trust me. Some people prefer to use gold stars. Others have a training log, which works just as well. Or try Joe’s Goals. However you do it, track your progress, and allow yourself a bit of pride each time you give yourself a good mark.
Now, you will have some bad marks on your chart. That’s OK. Don’t let a few bad marks stop you from continuing. Strive instead to get the good marks next time. [Read more…] about Top 20 Motivation Tips