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3 Keys to a Winning Motivational Attitude

A Winning Motivational Attitude Leads to Success

Before you can begin contemplating your goals, you need to have a winning motivational attitude that will help you make plans and set a path for success. Of course, circumstances are always subject to change throughout the journey, and you may decide that some parts of it aren’t going to work or that you don’t want them anymore. However, maintain a winning motivational attitude is the reason why people accomplish their goals. Whether you want to be a better salesperson, or you want to make a significant life change, you need to be motivated first.

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The opposite also applies; when you lack motivation, you can’t start new projects or may hop from project to project because you’re not set on one in particular. A lack of a winning motivational attitude usually results in poor performance. A winning motivational attitude is all about perspective. Keep these 3 keys to a winning motivational attitude in mind when you find yourself in a slump:

 

 

Related: The Devolution of Motivation and How To Counteract Self-Sabotage


The Need to Achieve

Once you’re motivated to try something new, make a change, or take on a new project, you require a need to achieve something. This need should be focused primarily on goals and improving your performance. You may also draw up the tasks you should be completing and have a way to measure your results.

 

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For this to work, you need self-discipline and a sense of responsibility. You may also need to keep schedules and stick to them. In most cases, you work as a group (such as a sales team), and everyone has to be on the same page. Check up on your goals from time-to-time and make sure they are updated with any new developments. A winning motivational attitude starts with creating momentum and the mindset to get things done.

 

Related: 5 Steps for Setting SMART Goals

 

 

The Need to Affiliate

The worst thing that someone can do is not tell anyone about their plans. Whether you want to lose weight, find a new career, or be the top seller at your firm, you need to tell someone else. Confide in a close friend, mentor, or colleague and tell them about your goals and objectives. Creating a mindset of affiliation with people you trust will help you to build a support system that will keep you motivated and inspired to accomplish your goals. The need to affiliate with a support system and a strong network of people will also allow you to gain perspective on the overall reasons for completing your tasks. Understanding the reasons for doing what you are doing is an essential aspect of developing a winning motivational attitude.

 

The Need for Power

While it may not seem like a good idea, the need for power can be a significant motivator. As long as you realize that you’re not the only one who is working on the same goal and don’t go overboard being a power-seeker, you can use your power and that of others to motivate yourself to new heights.

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As the old adage goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Make sure you make great use of your newly acquired responsibilities to inspire those around you. Individuals with power are usually in highly demanding leadership roles which can have a profound effect on others. Ensure that your desire for power also benefits those around you. Not only will you gain their respect and admiration, but you will also have a supportive team that will have your back.

 

 

 

 

Allow Doug the opportunity to give your group or team a motivational and inspirational boost. Doug Dvorak is one of the world’s most sought-after keynote motivational speakers who has trained and impacted over one million people in each of the fifty states and in over 107 countries. Visit Doug’s website for more information.

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The Devolution of Motivation and How to Counteract Self-Sabotage

Understanding Self-Sabotage

While devolution means different things depending on where you are, for those who are salespeople or anyone who must motivate themselves, it means that you motivate yourself well, but when it comes time to reap the benefits, you likely sabotage your efforts. Many successful people used to do that, which is why they had to learn how to counteract their incessant need to sabotage themselves.

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Most people, regardless of what they’re motivating themselves to do, push back their plans because they believe the future will take care of itself. While the future can be a hopeful place to dream, nothing can change or happen if you don’t take steps to do it now. Some people call it devolution and others call it procrastination. Either way, it is the perfect way to sabotage all of your hopes and dreams and leave you wondering where you went wrong. There are ways to prevent yourself from procrastinating and sabotaging yourself when you do get a win.

 

Related Reading: 4 Motivational Habits for Success and Significance

 

Create Lists to Stay on Track and Focused

 

Most people get so set in their ways that they can’t even imagine doing something different. While this can be a comfortable place for you, it won’t help you get out of your rut, learn a new skill, or start your weight-loss journey. Getting out of your comfort zone and taking on new tasks can be extremely challenging if you don’t have a plan for yourself.how-to-stay-motivation

Therefore, it can help to create a list to stay on track of your goals and objectives. Set deadlines for yourself and try to break down your goals into realistic portions so they are easy to complete.  Of course, you also have to determine which small steps you can take so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Creating lists can help you to achieve your goals because setting a path of motion and momentum is the first step to counteracting self-sabotage.

 

Reward Yourself

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When you do something that moves you closer to your overall goal, rewarding yourself is essential. However, make sure the reward doesn’t derail your plans, such as eating an entire pan of brownies after a hard workout. Not all rewards are equal. Choosing the wrong rewards can eliminate all the hard yards you’ve worked for. Some rewards just make you feel great, but rewarding yourself correctly can go a long way in keeping you on track.

 

 

Avoid Negative Thinking

It’s inevitable that you’ll have negative thoughts from time to time. An important lesson to keep in mind is how you react to those negative thoughts and what to do when you start to engage in this kind of behavior. Learn to monitor your negative thinking by writing them down. This will help you to gain a better understanding of yourself and the reasons behind why you do the things you do.

 

Related Reading: 8 Powerful Habits to Help You Develop a Positive Mental Attitude

 

Build Self-Confidence

There is no quick fix to building self-esteem and confidence. No one is born with an infinite supply of confidence. It is a cup that needs refilling at all times. Learning how to believe in yourself means taking charge of your feelings. Practice visualizing the best version of yourself and what you have to do to achieve this ideal future self. You can try creating a list of accomplishments and reviewing them. This will allow you to have some perspective on all your hard work and goes a long way when you’re trying to counteract self-sabotage.

 

Counteracting self-sabotage is an important aspect of goal setting and self-improvement. Engaging in behavior that is self-defeating distracts from your long-term goals and your ideal future. Self-sabotaging behavior will zap your vitality. Self-sabotaging behavior leaves you exhausted, unmotivated, and unable to utilize the energy required to live your best life.

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4 Ways to Cultivate Mindfulness and Improve Focus

 

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In today’s fast-paced environment, we are constantly bombarded with distractions. These distractions often hinder your ability to complete tasks and daily objectives. Cultivating a sense of mindfulness is crucial to your ability to perform well without being distracted.

Here are 4 ways you can cultivate mindfulness for improved focus and motivational levels today.

 

Take a Breather

Learn to take deep inhalations and exhalations when you start to feel stressed and anxious. Conscious breathing will take you away from your wandering mind and allow you to gain much-needed clarity regarding the important tasks you are doing.

Go for A Quick Walk

If you find yourself overwhelmed with the day, get up, go outside, and take a brief stroll. You don’t need to have a clear destination in mind. The point of the walk is to recalibrate your awareness of the present moment. Be mindful of each step and your surroundings.

Focus on One Task at a Time

One of the easiest ways to cultivate mindfulness is to avoid multi-tasking. Practice working on one task or project at a time and focus your mental awareness on getting that one thing done before moving on.” Overloading yourself with too many tasks at once will take a toll on your overall focus and performance.

Get Ideas from Other Resources

If you find yourself distracted, develop the habit of getting distracted by something that is related to your task. Asking someone for their advice can help you develop new ideas while giving yourself time to decompress.

Stepping away from your task allows you to open up new channels of inspiration that could improve your ability to perform and maintain focus. If there is nobody available to speak with, consider watching a video or read a blog article that is related to your task. These outside resources provide a gateway to decompress and develop new ideas all while remaining focused.”

 

Related Reading: INFOGRAPHIC – 9 Areas of Focus To Improve Motivation

 

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Strategies to Recharge Your Motivational Batteries

Most of us are aware that; for us to achieve anything in our private or business lives, we need to want change in order to move forward and improve our situation. Fighting change is like fighting time, it is an endless battle that can’t be won. In order to take the action needed to create real change, we need to have the motivation to succeed. Wishful thinking is nothing more than concentrating on what might be rather than what is.

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Don’t Take Shortcuts Once You Start Seeing Results

Positive thinking and the desire to live to our true full potential should be an ongoing, continuous state of mind. In achieving this, it is important that we keep our motivational batteries fully charged and operational. It is all too easy to sit back and think that you are already at the destination so you can now relax. If your number one, you have to act like your still number two trying to get there. There is always someone ready to take your place. After you achieve your desired results, the best way to make yourself stand out is to strive for more and constantly reach for excellence without stopping.

To paraphrase Abe Lincoln: – when you think that you are at the end of your rope; do you tie a knot and hang on? Or, do you believe that the best way to predict your future is for you to create it?

 

Develop Strategies to Help You Create a Brighter Future

You need strategies to recharge your motivational batteries from time to time. This can be done through adopting life strategies like:

  1. Believe that change is easier when you embrace it. Adopt a mindset that is geared towards improvement through change. Related article: http://blog.dougdvorak.com/change-is-simple-when-you-change-your-mindset/
  2. Avoid negative thoughts and focus on the solutions rather than the problems.
  3. Think big. If you do not believe something is possible, you will attempt to accomplish it.
  4. Have a plan – possibly covering the next 10 years of your life and keep asking yourself – where will you be along life’s road at this time next year? Related article: http://blog.dougdvorak.com/what-will-your-life-be-like-in-1-year-personal-goal-setting/
  5. Be aware and learn to focus. Do not let random, irrelevant thoughts interfere with your progress.
  6. Live your life to the fullest by understanding your full potential and overcoming fear. It also helps to find your passion. When you are passionate about something you live that dream to the fullest naturally. Try not to force yourself to like something you don’t – you will burn out eventually.
  7. Learn to embrace failure. Every time you fail, you should learn something from it. If you experience extreme setbacks every time you fail, you really need to consider learning how to embrace failure so that you can become motivated quickly after you fail.
  8. Read motivational books. Knowledge of staying motivated and succeeding is critical to your success.

Unfortunately, very few have the mental ability to continuously follow such a regime. Most people end up digging themselves a deep hole that is nearly impossible to get out of. By starting today, you are making progress and progress is the cornerstone of sustained motivation and success.

For this reason, it pays to continue to read motivational books, attend seminars or adopt role models to emulate when recharging your motivational batteries. By sharing their experiences; motivational leadership speakers like Doug Dvorak can help us shape our lives for the better. Click here to know more about motivational speaking.

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The 7 Characteristics of Principle-Centered Motivation & Leadership

Are you a leader that practices principle-centered leadership? Principle-centered leadership leads to long-lasting partnerships rooted in integrity between you and your staff. Through a principle-centered framework of leadership, employees will be self-motivated, teachable, and creative. Principled-centered leaders improve morale and the productivity of their staff. What makes a leader worth following? More importantly, what is Principle-Centered leadership?

 

True motives, effective communication, and relationships often fail when a leader lacks a deep sense of integrity and strength of personality. There are sometimes leaders who have the ability to manipulate their workers through a false sense of charisma. This method of leadership is coercive because it makes someone do what we want and utilizes power through absolute control. It breeds a working climate that could result in high employee turnover, low morale, and an environment of fear.

 

Principle-centered leadership motivates others by focusing on developing integrity through sound character. It is practiced by an individual’s ability to uphold their values honorably and being committed to the growth of your team. You are only as strong as your weakest link. A principle-centered leader will motivate others around him by working to transform his or her behavior first. If you want to be a principle-centered leader and motivate others around you effectively and honorably, then here are 7 characteristics of principle-centered leadership to keep in mind:

 

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The place to begin is by strengthening your own sense of character. Greatness starts with yourself and spreads out to those you lead. Knowledge comes from understanding that you don’t know everything and that there will always be room for improvement.Constantly enhancing your knowledge with new information will set you apart from others as a leader. Continue to sharpen your tools by working to educate yourself and expanding your realm of experience. Read, seek training, take sales coaching classes, and listen to others with the intent of learning with both your ears and your eyes.

 

2. Seek to Improve the Lives of Others

Operating under the principle-centered leadership mentality means that you must be intentional and clear with your workers that you sincerely care about their professional growth and well-being. As a leader, you must learn to take responsibility for your team and build strong lines of communication crucial to sound leadership.

You can accomplish this by developing a rapport of trust and empathy through bonding. Ask how they are doing, make efforts to understand their passions and goals in life by being observant and asking meaningful questions. Praise them for the things they do well and communicate the value of their strengths.

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3. Radiate a Positive Mental Attitude

quote-on-attitudePositivity begins from within and radiates outwards. Your team will appreciate your cheerfulness and pleasant attitude when you are approachable and happy. A positive mental attitude can help ground you during stressful moments. Think of your optimism and positivity as a shining beacon of light under trying times for your team when they need guidance. People gravitate towards positivity. Strive to be a peacemaker and diffuser of negative energy.  A positive mental attitude is crucial to being a principle-centered leader and an effective management tool.

 

Related Reading: 8 Powerful Habits To Help You Develop A Positive Mental Attitude.

 

 

4. Believe in Others

quote-on-believingPrinciple-centered leadership means having the ability to recognize the strengths of others and learning how to operate from these strengths. Principle-centered leaders are keen at recognizing the strengths of others and rather than keeping individuals from exercising the strengths within areas of weaknesses, principle-centered leaders will focus on celebrating those strengths and seek out changes to assist them in improving. Believing in the unseen potential of others creates a climate of growth and opportunity. This fosters cooperation and consistency.

 

stones-balancing5. Lead a Life of Balance

A principle-centered leader will understand the value of letting the pendulum swing both ways. They practice self-control and are masters of their emotions by learning to take praise without ego-tripping and accepting blame without losing one’s sense of proportion. They have a mastery of their own reactions. Principle-centered leaders understand that true failure is not learning from experiences. A true leader leads a life of balance so that he can lead effectively in any situation.

 

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6. Believe In Synergysynergy

Principle-centered leadership is grounded in strengthening the development of all members of the team. When the whole is greater than the sum of its parts you are operating synergistically. Teams will operate cohesively and more effectively when they understand why they are doing what they are doing. A principle-centered leader motivates by capitalizing on team endeavors. They are much more adept at delegating when they believe in the strengths and abilities of others.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Live A Life of Self Renewal

Goodness flows from the spirit we cultivate within ourselves. Principle-centered leaders understand the importance of rejuvenating and sharpening their physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being because they understand how crucial it is to the success of their personal and professional life. Stay healthy through some sort of cardiovascular activity. Exercise your mind through reading and writing. Strengthen your emotional capacity by being patient and listening to others with genuine empathy. Cultivate spirituality by focusing on meditation, prayer, and study. A principle-centered leader understands how to keep the mind and body sharp because it is crucial to operate and fire on all cylinders.

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