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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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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.
Related Article: Challenge Yourself To Change Yourself

 

 

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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.

 

Related Articles: Goodbye Excuses: How To Stop Being Lazy And Get Motivated

 

 

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Routines As Remindershabit-loop-graphic

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.The familiarity that comes with a routine keeps your energy levels on a constant basis to help you accomplish your daily tasks.

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.

 

Related Article: Challenge Yourself To Change Yourself

 

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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.

 

Related Article: Challenge Yourself to Change Yourself

 

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?

 

Related Article: How To Brainstorm With A Group

 

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?

 

Related Article: How To Execute Against Your Strategy Without Killing It

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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.

 

Related Article: How Motivated People Grow

 

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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