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Is Your Motivational Glass Half Empty or Half Full? How Your Mindset Affects Your Reality

Adopting a Positive Mindset

You’ve probably heard of this common expression before. While the half-empty, half-full comparison is usually focused on your mindset, the way your mind thinks about it can be highly motivational, as well. A big part of what we get done in our lives has a lot to do with how we frame our attitudes.

For example, if you tend to be a pessimist, you probably think of all the negative things that can happen instead of what could go right. You may procrastinate on your tasks because you think it won’t amount to much. This kind of thinking is detrimental to productivity because it can prevent you from starting new projects before they even get off the ground.

On the flip side, if you always think of the glass as being half-full, you’re an optimist. Optimists start off on the right foot because the simple act of believing in yourself to make positive changes is a great positive mindset to adopt, even if you aren’t quite sure where to start. Changing your mindset can have a profound impact on whether your motivational glass is half empty or half full. Keep the following 4 concepts in mind when thinking about your mindset and how it can affect your reality:


Power and Confidence


Most people lack the confidence to try new things, and all the motivation in the world (such as from peers or family members) may not be enough to initially to take that jump. Whether you’re focused on a new career, starting a family, or being the top salesperson, you have to be confident in your own abilities to succeed. Believing in yourself goes a long way in all aspects of life. Building a sense of confidence in your capabilities, trying new things, and accomplishing tasks will help you feel powerful.


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Don’t Sell Yourself Short

Believe that what you say has merit, what you think is right,fine-piece-of-china and what you want is possible. Of course, you’re not always going to be right and should also show humility when necessary, but don’t let self-doubt stop and the fear of failure stop you from standing up for what you believe is right.

Motivation as a Success Factor

self-esteem-thomas-carlyle-quoteHowever, once you do build up your sense of self-confidence and believe that you can achieve your goals, motivation is an essential success factor. It takes time to create a plan that will work for you. Having a clear plan will not only motivate you to get things done, but it can also help you to get the ball rolling smoothly on your goals.

Fake it Until You Make It


While you shouldn’t take on responsibilities or roles you’re not qualified to do, but the right mindset can help you to take care of challenging tasks. Pushing through discomfort or as the old saying goes, “faking it, until you make it,” can help you get through the discord until you notice minute changes that will, over time, build into accomplishments.




Motivational Keynote Speaker Doug Dvorak has spoken to thousands of companies around the world. He has been fortunate to speak to a variety of industries during his 15-year speaking career. Click here to know more.


My Favorite Free Motivational Tools and Resources

If I were to offer advice on the best free motivational tools and resources I would actually tell people that they all come from within. It sounds a little guruish to say such a thing, but these are the best free motivational tools around.

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  • Influence: A person in a position of leadership should learn how to use their own authority to influence their team to remain motivated. The best way to influence your team is to remain the leader at all times. Be justified in your actions, lead by example and always be ready to help people improve themselves. Communicate effectively so people always know what is expected of them and reward people by acknowledging a job well done. Knowing your team, remaining in charge and communicating effectively will all influence and motivate people so they know where to go and what they need to do to succeed.


  • Manage Bad Seeds: Nothing gets people off the motivation train more quickly than watching a bad seed get away with abusing the system. Being aware of what each of your team members is up to will allow you to nip bad behaviour in the bud. Each person has to feel they are carrying their own weight and that what they do matters. However, they also have to see that their co-workers are also pulling their own weight. When someone is allowed to slack off it will bring the entire team down. When everyone works hard and you notice, people will remain motivated without complaining.


  • Fair Play: When you weed out the bad seeds you can be better focused on fair play. Having a team you respect will make finding reasons to reward them for their hard work easier. Keep an eye on who does what and make sure those who are deserving of recognition receive it. Avoid favouritism and find strengths in each individual so everyone feels important and valued. This is the perpetual pat on the back people crave to stay engaged and motivated.


  • Invest in Talent: Your best free motivational resource is your talent. Have an open door policy that encourages people to use their knowledge of the business to make improvements. When people feel their ideas matter and see their ideas put to good use they will feel valued. Harvest ideas from your own team as the best possible resource to motivate and inspire greatness.

As you can see free motivational tools and resources lie within your organization, in your own management skills and within your team.

Doug Dvorak is available to speak at conferences, seminars and event. He uses humorous insight and advice to keep people motivated and inspired. Visit www.dougdvorak.com for more information.