Motivational Rules

Many people see motivation as something you have or you don’t have, often depending on the specific situation. In fact, motivation is a choice that everyone makes. You can find ways to be positive and to strive to improve a situation or you can choose to complain and stay stuck where you are.

This is not always easy to see, so using specific motivational rules can help to create a positive mental space and framework in any situation. To help you to get started, here are some basic motivational rules that can be easily implemented in any situation and for any individual.

Motivation Rules To Help You Stay Motivated


  • Find Your Passion – what do you really love to do? What really matters in the world around you? What do you see as your purpose or your cause? This is an important part of motivation and having a reason to do what you are doing. Find your passion and then choose activities that help you to achieve that passion or interest.


  • Get Rid of Negativity – negative thoughts and negative people are like kryptonite to motivation. It is important to get rid of them in your life or at least limit the time they occupy. When you find yourself thinking you can’t accomplish something, look for ways to break it down and then accomplish those smaller components, soon you will find the obstacle is no longer there. For negative people, limit contact or try to avoid topics that escalate their negativity.



  • Be Self-Competitive – set goals for yourself that are daily, weekly, monthly and longer term. Write them down and use them to chart your accomplishments. By competing with yourself to achieve your goals, you will gain self-confidence and trust in your abilities.




Finally, don’t stick with just small goals and daily challenges. Set long term goals and dream big as well. Having long term goals and dream to work towards can be some of the most motivational aspects of life for personal or professional growth and change.


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Techniques To Help You With Positive Thinking So You Can STD (Seize The Day)


It is crucial for any professional to learn how to Seize The Day. Each and every day you must suit up and show up ready to put in your best effort. Using positive thinking techniques can help you truly Seize The Day.

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The Goal

Your objective is to learn how to seize that particular moment and go above and beyond, whether you’re dealing with a customer and their expectations of you, figuring out how to be more profitable, or trying to determine what can be done to build momentum for a new product. By using positive thoughts you will develop a more willing and positive attitude.


How To Do It

The first thing to do is have a plan to help you think positively. You need to be mentally prepared before you can physically tackle the task. Many people have a particular way of doing things because it makes them feel better and ultimately helps them to be more positive at all times. If you enjoy taking a particular route to work, then do it every day. If you like to get to work early so you have plenty of time to get your coffee and talk to coworkers, make sure to leave enough time to do so. These small things will help to ensure that you are on the road to positive thinking before you even truly start the work day. Starting your day by recognizing the things in your life you are grateful for is another great way to start the day on a positive note.


You may be wondering how the cable television news network pertains to positive thinking. While CNN as the television channel doesn’t, the acronym, Constantly Negative News, does. The goal of almost every news station is to find the most gruesome and horrific stories and report about them. Why? Because they sell. People tune into the channel to hear what horrors others have done and will pick up newspapers for the same reason.


Research has proven that the average person has 60,000 thoughts go through their head each day. Of those 60,000, about 45,000 are negative. That means that on any given day, your traditional thought processes leave you feeling negative, which also leads to CNN (constantly negative news).

Some Positive Thinking Tips

  • Whenever you think of something negative, counteract it with something positive.
  • If possible, create a “thankful for” list and refer to it each time you think something negative.
  • Start your morning with a list of 3 things you are grateful for. By starting your day with a grateful attitude you will find it much easier to stay positive throughout the day.
  • Only use positive words when you are talking.
  • Believe that you will succeed and you will do a good job. Believing in yourself is a great way to direct positive energy towards your work.




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Challenge Yourself To Change Yourself

Challenging Yourself To Change Yourself Brings Growth and Prosperity.



Innovation doesn’t come without a little change. Whether you’re hoping to revamp your company or want to focus more on the positive in your life rather than the negative, you must be willing and able to challenge yourself. The easiest example is weight loss related. If you want to lose weight, you’ve got to have the willpower to eat less, learn how to exercise, and do it regularly. It takes time, effort, and willpower, which are all challenges for most people. However, it is an excellent change that will bring forth the benefits of wearing smaller clothes, being healthier, and having more energy. If you would rather focus on the glass as being half-full, you’re already a relatively positive thinker. However, those days when you think the glass is half-empty means that you’re not seizing the opportunities and moment for excellence.

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Scared For A Weekface-fears

It is never easy to get over your fears, but when they stop you from doing your job effectively, it’s time to take action. For example, many people are scared of talking on the phone. They’re worried that they won’t relate to their clients or think they’ll fail or embarrass themselves. If you’re like that and you’re in sales, or rely heavily on phone communication, it’s best to focus on that, acknowledge it and do it every day (all day if possible) for one week. After that week, you’ll have learned more about your company, products, and customers, meaning you’ve challenged yourself to change yourself.


Your job position may offer a lot of excitement and challenges, but you shouldn’t think that you’ve got nowhere to go. Attending just one career-related seminar each month can give you a boost and reenergize your passion for your work. If this is a fear for you, refer to the pointer above to give yourself a motivational boost. Read a book about your career path. For example, if you are managing a team you may want to look into HBRs Top Ten Articles on Managing Yourself. Reading a new book will provide a fresh perspective on your career and may open your mind to new ways of doing things that will improve your life and/or your career.



Working all the time may seem beneficial, but it can lead you to burn out. It is important that you know when to stop working at certain points during the day/evening. Most people turn off their work-related things (computers, tablets, phones, etc.) and focus on family time or hobbies at night. If you don’t have any hobbies currently, consider learning a new skill or language. If you feel you have the most energy during a certain point at night you may want to focus on work during that time and downtime during a time when you have less energy. You will still be challenged and could change your personal life as well as your work life. Exercise can also be an excellent way to reenergize yourself during your “downtime”.

What It’s All About

Challenging yourself to change yourself is not all about work, but it does take consistent action and commitment. Whatever changes you are planning to make, keeping a journal and writing down the expected outcome derived from making the change can be a helpful practice. If you keep this type of journal you will quickly learn where you have succeeded and where you are simply failing. You can also look back at your journal and determine if your desired outcome was achieved or if a different outcome came about.

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Execute Against Your Strategy Without Killing It




Strategies are an important aspect of business. They are, in effect, a plan designed to give you attainable steps and goals throughout a lengthy process that would otherwise be chaos. In most cases, you use a strategy for everything you do, even if you don’t realize it. Whether you’re hoping to launch a new product or service, or something else, your strategy must be executed efficiently. Every department must come together and be one to deliver on their promises. This can lead to bonuses and higher stock prices. However, without proper execution, even the best-laid plans will fail. Learning to execute against your strategy is key to creating positive change in your personal and professional life.




Almost 66 percent of strategies designed for companies are never executed at all, and some of them are tried but fail miserably. The reason for such a high number of unexecuted strategies is that doing something new is tough. Whether in personal or business life, doing something new requires that you recondition yourself, forget about bad habits, and retrain yourself to do something different, none of which is easy.


Build Your Strategy To Be Executed


In most cases, execution problems start in the early stages, usually during formulation of the plan. It is paramount that you define and design your strategy with a definite plan and hope in mind. Likewise, you may also need to create a way for it to be followed and done correctly.




The company owner and their right-hand men and women shouldn’t be the only ones generating new ideas. Bring everyone into the game and listen to what they say (or read what they write). Remember Oliver Wendell Holmes’ quote (paraphrased): once your mind is expanded by a new idea, it can’t go back to its original dimension. This just means that once a new idea comes into your brain, you can’t un-think it and you can’t forget it.

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Likewise, you won’t be able to execute your strategy if you don’t hold everyone accountable for it. While you’re focused on the big picture, the little goals are also important. For one, you’ll be able to measure success, and other will feel good about themselves for completing the goal, no matter how small it is.


Plus, you will be able to show accountability better. If one department is responsible for one small piece of the whole project, they will complete it faster and more proficiently. Then, the next group can work on their piece of the puzzle, ensuring that everything previously done was correct.


Keep Your Motivational Juices Flowing


“Dream On” – The Power Of Positive Visualization to Enlightenment

It may seem strange to some that dreaming can lead to enlightenment and improved motivation. While it may not be dreaming in the traditional sense (as you sleep), you can still use positive imagery (daydreams, if you will) to motivate yourself and achieve enlightenment in your life. Whether or not you realize it, you likely have room to mature in both your professional and personal life. You must always be learning and trying to achieve your goals, and positive visualization can help.

One Of Many Motivational Techniques


While most companies focus on communication, training, team-building, and incentives, they often neglect positive imagery as a way of motivational enlightenment. Other companies may do this without realizing it. For example, any message, theme, picture, quote, or slogan that is designed to motivate others can empower your team positively. The first few times they read it, they’ll think on it, ponder it, and come to terms with it. Afterward, they’ll remember those feelings and thoughts each time they see the poster.


Showcase Others

The whole point is for your employees to visualize their success and that of your company. To do this, they can view others who are successful or hear/read their words. Have you ever noticed that when you quote someone famous or someone who did something marvelous that others seem to have renewed passion and drive for what they do? It’s because they now understand that they could do the same things in their live and help others similarly.

Practice Visualization


Companies everywhere can help their employees do better by helping them practice their visualization techniques. While you probably won’t allow them to take a nap while they’re supposed to be working, you can still help them dream on by taking a few moments to help them visualize being successful with their next project. The power of positive visualization is very real and yields real results.