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How To Shift Your Motivational Paradigm

What exactly is a paradigm shift and why is it important? The word paradigm comes from the Greek word “paradeigma” and refers to a set of patterns, methods, or systemic models within a discipline. However, in today’s world, the phrase is used to represent an individual’s learned values, habits, and overall outlook about the world. In a nutshell, a paradigm is basically what makes you unique. A person goes through many fundamental paradigm shifts in their lives that will forever alter their perception about themselves and the world they live in. It is that amazing eureka moment that can change your life for the better, but like with all things that matter to us, it just doesn’t happen overnight.

 

You can think of a paradigm as the architecture that makes up your life and your habits as the building blocks. From the time you wake up in the morning to the last few hours before you sleep, your paradigm has direct influence over the decisions you make. There are times, however, when we feel like we have become unproductive and complacent with ourselves and unsure of the direction we are headed in. It’s under times like these where we tend to make the biggest shifts in our lives and make the necessary shifts to the behaviors that affect our motivation for better or for worse.

 

Change is almost never easy, but almost always worth it in the long run. Learning to cultivate the right tools to succeed in our daily endeavors and learning to stick with those new endeavors will always be challenging but everything that is worth doing will always be difficult at first until you find your own rhythm. Here are a few vital factors to keep in mind while trying to make a major shift in your life that will help lead to a positive outcome.
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The Difference Between Motivation and Discipline

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As individuals, we have to learn to adapt to the changes that take place in our lives. We don’t always feel up to completing our to-do list. Often times we wait until the last minute or when we find the willpower, inner strength, motivation or an energy drink! The problem with this paradigm is that we rely on “feeling” up to things before we get around to doing what we have to do and that is never reliable. Instead, focus on cultivating the muscle of discipline.

Motivation requires a certain mood to get started. When in the real world people have to do things every day that they’re not excited about. Discipline means doing it even if you don’t feel like it and therein lies the difference. You can flex this muscle and create a lasting shift in your paradigm of motivation by thinking about discipline as a series of habits that you cultivate.

 

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Since motivation is an emotion that comes and goes when it wants to, sometimes it’s not a reliable source. However, there is a way to hack your motivational paradigm by setting up a system of routines that trigger you into showing up every day. The reason routines are effective is because it builds off the concept of momentum. Once you get the ball rolling, regardless of what it is, it becomes easier to build off previous success. Committing to an action and completing it also inspires you to get more things done because it builds up your self-esteem.

 

 

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How do you eat an elephant? That’s right, one bite at a time.  Focus on making consistent progress and tackling projects by dealing with them in chunks. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by something when you start thinking about it as a whole.

Shift your energy in the process! Remember your routine! If your goal is to get healthier you can set a goal to drink water every day.

  • Set practical tasks that are simple enough to get done, but are meaningful to your overall objectives.

 

 

Celebrate The Progress You Make

  • The biggest achievements in your life will be the result of the tiny choices that you decide to make on a daily basis towards the right direction.

Most people tend to dismiss these little victories, but a fundamental factor in learning how to shift your motivational paradigm is learning how to celebrate the newly formed habits that you’ve just created. The smallest shifts towards developing positive habits are like ripples in the pond of productivity.

 

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Why You Need Motivation Today

Motivation isn’t just a nice idea; it is a real part of what keeps everyone reaching their goals on a daily basis. However, the level of motivation between people can vary drastically. Everyone knows someone who is highly motivated and seems to constantly be succeeding and growing. Most people also know someone that is just getting by, failing to use their skills and talents despite wanting to succeed deep down.

The difference is not in capability or capacity between the two individuals; it is all in the level of motivation. The good news is that motivation is partially an intrinsic skill that can be taught and mastered. Anyone can learn to tap into their own motivation and sources of inspiration to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.

To take a closer look at why it is important to learn to harness the power of motivation, let’s examine the changes that occur when inspiration is present. This is why you need motivation today.

 

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Truly motivated people don’t dwell on mistakes or spend emotional and mental energy on the endless cycle of “what ifs.” They make a decision based on information, understanding and best judgment and then move forward with their choice. However, they are also able to adjust, redirect and refocus rather than getting bogged down. They choose to learn from their failures and turn their negatives into positives.

 

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Self-Satisfied and Directed

When people are motivated, they aren’t constantly seeking the approval of others. They are able to recognize their own successes by meeting personal goals and objectives. As they are not entrenched in someone else’s version of success, they are independent but also great at working as a team and sharing recognition.

Just as motivation provides self-satisfaction, it also allows an individual to be self-directed. These people don’t wait for a manager or a supervisor to suggest a change; they actively seek assistance, training or the use of new ideas to get the job done.

 

challenge-changeConfident in Accepting Challenges

People that are inspired to achieve specific goals don’t see roadblocks or crisis situations when their pathway may seem to have an obstacle. Instead, they use creativity and problem solving to work around the challenge, using alternative options to achieve the same goal. They are not defeated by a challenge.

 

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Doug Dvorak, a top-rated motivational keynote speaker and is available to speak for groups of all sizes to discuss the importance of personal motivation and motivational leadership. To find out more about why you need motivation today or to book Doug, go to www.DougDvorak.com.

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Motivational Leadership 3.0 – How To Be A Motivational Leader

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There are a lot of expectations placed on business leaders today. It can seem overwhelming to try to keep up with all of the tasks, demands, and routines of a corporate leadership job. With so many tasks and activities on your plate, it can be easy to forget the most important role that any leader has to for an organization, and this is the role of providing inspiration and motivation.

 

There is more to being a motivational leader is more than just checking off a list of boxes on the “good boss” checklist. It is a way of thinking and of approaching the people that are the face and the voice of the company and the brand. Being a great motivational leader means you instill in others a sense of pride and accomplishment rather than just tell them to do this or that. This type of leader builds a team that is trusting and positions them for success. Motivational leaders inspire employees to strive for the best rather than help employees just barely get by.

 

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Create a Vision

As a leader, create a vision of what a motivated and inspired workplace would look like. Would it be people working in collaborative teams with each person contributing based on their personal strengths and talents? Or maybe your team of people should make suggestions and perform problem-solving tasks to do things better, more effectively and more efficiently?

 

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Once you create a vision, you can strategize and re-engineer the steps to get there. Do employees need training, motivational speakers, a voice at the table or do they need to be recognized for their skills and talents?

 

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Not Money

A very important factor in motivational leadership is to understand the limited power of money to motivate people. This is why rewards and incentives purely in monetary form are typically earned by the same small number of people over and over. These are the people that are motivated by a bonus or an additional check, they are eternally motivated.

 

Other people may be motivated by recognition, by promotions, by opportunities or by flexibility in their job. Learning what motivates each employee and structuring programs that capture this personal motivation is always the most effective option.

 

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To be a great motivated leader you have to be passionate and inspired by what you do. Motivated leaders continue to learn, grow and to develop the skills that continue to inspire those they surround themselves with.

 

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Becoming a motivational leader starts with learning how to tap into your personal motivation and the motivation of others. To learn more about how to be a motivational leader visit www.DougDvorak.com.

 

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Be Ambitious With Goals, Not Deadlines

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As you embark on any new journey, you will inevitably have an idea in your mind of how long it should take you to accomplish your ultimate goal. For example, some new bloggers start out with great passion and write, write, write, day and night. They expect that within six months they will have a six-figure income coming in from their blog and then they are sorely disappointed when it doesn’t happen the way they imagined in the beginning.  They end up feeling burned out before they ever touched any success and they give up before their efforts have time to materialize into the greatness they first imagined. Their mistake was in focusing on deadlines rather than goals.

 

Focus on Finishing the Task

Instead of putting all your mental energy into finishing a task within a certain time frame, focus on finishing the task period. If you really want to do this, you will stick with it no matter how long it takes. If you are a Type A personality who really wants to know how long you will need to work to achieve your goals, try talking to an expert who has already completed the journey. For instance, if you are starting a new blog and you want to know how long it will take to yield financial dividends, talk to an experienced blogger and ask them how long it took to start earning some income from it. This will allow you to have realistic expectation so you don’t get early burn out and give up.

 

Stay Motivated Towards Your Goals 

Instead of setting your sites on personal deadlines, keep yourself motivated by setting smaller goals to serve as landmarks on the journey. If you are starting a new website, don’t focus on becoming independently wealthy as a blogger. Instead, make your first goal to earn $50. After you make that first $50, set another goal to make $100. Keep building up as you learn what it takes to monetize your online business and soon you will be independently wealthy. It just takes a lot of time and patience, but setting small goals along the way will keep you focused so you don’t get ahead of yourself and end up frustrated.

 

Learn to Enjoy the Journey

If you know upfront that the journey is going to take longer than expected, you can enjoy the time it takes to get there. With your eyes trained on the road ahead instead of on the end point on your map, you will have time to enjoy the scenery and really acknowledge where you are at any given moment. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey you are on. Keep a journal of your successes and failures and just keep moving forward, one small step at a time.

 

 

Kill the Routine and Increase Your Motivation and Energy Level

Many of us rely on a structured routine to give us stability in life. We know what to expect when we wake up in the morning and we enjoy watching life play out in an orderly way, just like we always expected.  From the time we are small children, we learn to rely on routine. New mothers teach their babies routine by feeding them every three hours and allowing them to have scheduled naptimes every afternoon.

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School aged children rely on routine to be at school during the same hours every single day. They come home and have a snack, do homework, enjoy playtime, then have dinner, a bath, and go to bed. As adults, we also tend to be creatures of habit. We create predictable routines for our lives and we follow them without ever really thinking about it. Then one day, we suddenly have no energy and our motivation has tanked. Why is this happening? If you have hit a rough patch, your routine could be to blame.

 

Too Much of A Good Thing

While some routine in life is good, if you have too much of it, you will suffer. Routine often kills creativity and prevents you from any form of personal growth. Routine becomes an easy comfort zone of knowing what to expect and it allows us to avoid any form of change. While having a routine is not bad in and of itself, it can become bad if it holds you back in life.

 

Avoid Life on Auto Pilot

Have you ever been driving home from work and entered into a weird auto pilot mode without meaning to? Maybe you pulled into your driveway and suddenly realized you had no recollection of how you got home! Sometimes our routines are so engrained in us that our brains just take over and we go through the motions without ever experiencing the moments. This must be avoided if you want to find some fresh motivation and renew your energy level!

 

Shake Things Up!

If you are a major creature of habit and your routine is the same day in and day out, it might be time to try something new. Step out and shake things up a little and just see how it impacts your motivation and energy level. Try flipping your work hours around and see if you get more accomplished. For those that work at home, it can sometimes make creativity flourish by working late at night instead of early in the morning. Don’t let old habits dictate new days!

 

Killing your routine might seem counterproductive, but for some of us, it is the only way to shake away a funk and find a fresh dose of motivation to push us to the next level of success.