"The purpose of our lives is to be happy." ~Dalai Lama
What would you do today if you could start all over? If you could start a new life today...what would you do differently than before now?
We've all heard that story about the person who had a near death experience and they got a second chance in life and then...EVERYTHING changed! They got to start all over, and now they're living life with purpose. They're on TV talk shows, radio shows, telling their story to the world and everyone's so inspired by their story....right?
How would you like to live your life with that kind of excitement!?!...with the feeling that you have a purpose...you have a story to tell and you want everyone to know about it. What's your purpose? What's your story?...Well, guess what?
You don't have to go through a traumatic event or near death experience in order to live life with purpose. Your PURPOSE is just that...LIFE...for starters. You're here, aren't you? Put your hand on your heart. Feel that? That's called purpose.
Do you have a family? Wife, husband, kids, mom, dad, niece, nephew, grandma, grandpa...whoever you have in life that depends on you, that looks forward to seeing you, looks forward to hearing from you...dog...cat...pet snake...whoever!...I'm sure you have someone who depends on you...someone you inspire...someone you've encouraged at one point or another. Well, there goes another purpose. To help other people who depend on you. Who else can you help?
Have you ever defined your life's purpose? When you define your life's purpose, you now have a mission statement. You now have something to work towards each day and can actually begin to fulfill your purpose.
I could give you a list of steps to define your life's purpose, but honestly, I've never seen anyone put this process any simpler than Adam Leipzig in his TEDx talk in Malibu.
DEFINING YOUR PURPOSE:
Adam says, answer these 5 questions to know what your life's purpose is:
There are a few things I would tweak about these questions, although they do make it easy for you to write a mission statement. However, some people are not happy with what they currently do for a living. Some people are not living their life's purpose, but are instead, living someone ELSE's purpose.
For these reasons, I'd change the 2nd question to "What do I love to do?". Whether or not you're doing it, write it in your mission statement as if you already are [doing it]. Even if you're sitting at a desk at a job you can't stand to be at, if you passionately believe in your mission statement and that it can happen for you, this process will bring you closer to living it out.
One of John F. Kennedy's mission statements was to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, which he achieved.
So, my name is Danise Jarrett. I'm a Business Growth Coach who helps small business owners and entrepreneurs increase profits and achieve their lifestyle goals so they can live the life they deserve, with purpose, and on purpose!
Ok, now it's your turn...what's your life's purpose?
Watch the video [start it around 3:10 mins] and then post your mission statement below. Post it somewhere so you can see it every day (desk, refrigerator, mirror) and begin to live up to it!
(Please note, there are a number of ways to define your life's purpose or write a mission statement. For the purpose of this article, I chose a quick and simple example. You can always feel free to write more than one mission statement. In fact, I highly suggest it.)
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." ~Zig Ziglar
Here's 7 Ways to Boost Daily Momentum
1. Gratitude - As soon as you rise out of bed in the morning, be grateful for waking up and all of your blessings. Be even more grateful for the things to come.
2. Affirmations - Stating positive phrases or affirmations is a great way to start your day. This could be even more effective if you say them while looking in the mirror and using "You" instead of "I". You know how motivated and confident you feel when someone gives you compliments? Well, you can stand in the mirror and give yourself all the compliments you want. This is a powerful exercise.
3. Monitor your "self talk" - If you have a habit of thinking negative thoughts and talking negatively to yourself, it's time to get it under control. We all have negative thoughts and internal dialogue. It's something that may never go away; but you can control and reduce it. First, you have to be consciously aware of it. Monitor it, and when you find yourself having these types of thoughts, banish them immediately. One of the things I like to do when I find myself having negative thoughts or internal dialogue is, I will start naming things that I love. You don't have to do this aloud, you can just think of all the things you are grateful for and all of the things you love. Example, you can turn a thought like "I'm having such a bad day" into "I am so grateful to be alive on this beautiful day, I love my life!".
4. Keep looking ahead - Remember that whatever happened in the past is in the past. All we can do is learn from our past. If there's anything you've been dwelling on or if there are any grudges you've been holding, let them go now. You have my permission and support. It serves you no justice to hold grudges. They just drain your energy. Ask yourself what you have learned from past experiences and take only the learnings with you and leave the feelings and grudges behind. You have a whole new, bright future ahead of you and each day is the start of a new future.
5. Have a conversation with someone motivating - You know that one person who always seems to motivate and inspire you whenever you talk to them? The optimistic person who's glass is always half full? Call them up! A talk with someone like this may be just what you need to get you through your day.
6. Read motivational quotes, stories or books - Find something inspiring to read. Keep motivational quotes posted at your desk. Read motivational articles, stories or books during breaks throughout the day. If you're following me on social media, you will be inspired and motivated by my posts (my page links are at the top of this website).
7. Look at motivational pictures - Maybe pictures of your children, spouse or pets. Have an inspiring or motivational screensaver on your phone. Flip your wallet open and stare at these pictures for a minute. Looking at pictures of your family can sometimes give you that extra push you need to get through the day, as for many of us, they're one of the reasons you work so hard at what you do. You can also look at pictures of other things that motivate you - travel destinations, flowers and nature, items you'd like to buy, etc. One more tip, when looking at pictures of things you want, imagine that you already have them and hold onto that feeling of having them.
Bonus Tip: Smile every day, no matter what!
When the going gets tough....the tough gets going, right? Well what about those days where you just don't feel "tough"? You feel overwhelmed, overworked, and you just don't seem to know what to do in order to make your day productive. Here's 10 things you can do to boost your productivity and regain control.
1. Get adequate sleep - An adequate amount of sleep is essential in order for you to be most productive. Now, what's "adequate" will be different for each individual. Sometimes, too much sleep can make you feel groggy and that's a feeling that may last all day no matter how much coffee or energy drinks you consume. Not enough sleep can definitely make you cranky and cause personality shifts. Listen to your body and get the amount of sleep that's best for you.
2. Exercise in the morning - Exercising in the morning can definitely give you an energy boost that can last all day long. Take a quick 10 minute jog, a quick run on the treadmill, do some jumping jacks or run up and down some stairs a few times. The more energy you have, the more productive you are. Just this one little shift can make a huge impact on making you feel rejuvenated throughout the day.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast - Start your day off right with a healthy breakfast, one that's filling. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keep your body well fed and very well hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day (or 4 bottled waters).
4. Plan your day - Take time in the morning (or better yet, the night before) to plan your day. If you know what's ahead of you and have your tasks written out and prioritized, there's less room for non-productivity. It's best to get the most difficult or time consuming tasks out of the way early, as momentum will sometimes diminish as your day goes along.
5. Do something you've been putting off - Do at least one thing that you know needs to get done before it turns into a problem or disaster. What have you been putting off for a long time? Getting it done will give you a huge feeling of relief and you'll feel a great sense of accomplishment. Subconsciously, you'll want to recreate this feeling of accomplishment, and you'll start completing more and more things you've been putting off. Now you're building momentum!
6. Get ahead - Now that you've cleared some tasks off of your list, why not get ahead on some tasks! What's coming up that has a deadline? Even if it's not until next month. Get it out of the way early. You will have extra time on your hands. You'll also want to reward yourself for getting it done so far in advance.
7. Take breaks as needed - Don't wear yourself out. If you start to feel overwhelmed or tired, get up and take a break. Take a short walk around the building or down the hall to get your body moving and blood flowing. When you get back and ready to finish the task at hand, sit down and take about 10 long, deep breaths. Now you're rejuvenated!
8. Stay focused - Don't let distractions throw you off track. Sometimes you can get distracted and never come back to the task you were working on. If you start something and don't complete it, that's just valuable time that went down the drain. Shut off your email and other alerts until you're done. Take control and don't let anyone or anything throw you off track. If something comes up that's important, ask yourself "Can this spare to wait until I'm finished the task I'm working on?" (Now, if you're in a customer service (or similar) position where you must take calls or emails as they come in, this doesn't apply to you. If you have a boss breathing down your neck to get their task done, this doesn't apply to you either. )
9. Delegate whenever possible - If there's anything on your list that you can assign to someone else, do so. Don't get too hung up on being a perfectionist and the need to always having things done your way. If you delegate a task to someone, explain yourself clearly and give precise instructions. You'll be surprised at what someone else can do for you; the same as, or better than you would have done yourself.
10. Keep a positive attitude - If you keep a positive attitude no matter what challenges you're facing, you remain in control. You can overcome difficulties much faster and easier. Keep in mind the results you will get out of completing the task and working through all of the challenges and obstacles that may get in your way. Know that you are bigger than the obstacle(s) and your results are worth you pushing through the challenges.
These are just some of the things that can boost your productivity and keep you motivated on any given day. Feel free to comment below if you found this article helpful.
So, you have some things you've been asking for. More money, more clothes, bigger house, new car, your dream partner....whatever you've been asking for....but ask yourself this question. "Am I ready to receive?"
Think about it....if you want more money, how do you handle your money now. Are you grateful for every dime you receive? Every check? Every penny you find on the ground? Are you thankful? Do you manage your finances tactfully? If you answered "No" to any of these questions, the truth is...you may not be ready to receive more...so now the question for you to ask yourself is, "What can I be doing differently (or better) that will make me ready to receive?"
The same thing goes for more clothes...does your closet have space for new clothes? Bigger house...do you appreciate and take care of the house you're in now? New car...dream partner...are you ready?
If you say you want to have a magical relationship, how do you treat your partner now? Do you appreciate him/her? As they are now? Or are you always looking for flaws, always looking for what they could be doing better......Look within....look inside of yourself....ask yourself, "What can I be doing better? Am I the perfect spouse? Am I the person whom I would want to be with?"
Also, when you GIVE...do you give wholeheartedly? Or are you giving with intention and expectation for something in return?
These are things you should be thinking about before you ask for anything more....these are things I always ask myself...if I ever wonder why I have yet to receive that of which I've been asking for....I first ask myself..."Am I ready to receive?"
Sometimes, the answer is, "No." And that's when I go within, and make adjustments, make some changes to my thoughts...my perception...my attitude.
This week's message is short and sweet....simple question...."Am I ready to receive?" Be ready, because once you are, abundance will flood into your life like never before!!!
One of the main things clients ask me to help them with is how to deal with negativity from others. We spend so much time and effort on maintaining a positive attitude and atmosphere; even going as far as limiting our conversations and visits with close relatives and friends who we may view as having mainly negative attitudes. However, what about when we simply must deal with negative people? How do we hold a conversation with these types of people without being rude?
I know sometimes you may simply want to walk away or just cut these people out of your life. Sometimes you may even feel the need to "shake" some sense into them. You may even wish you could snap your fingers and "poof" you've teleported to another location, leaving them scratching their heads, like "Where'd s/he go?" But the reality is, sometimes you're simply left with no choice but to be in their presence and simply listen.
If this sounds like a situation you've been in before, and you're mainly a happy, positive, blissful person, don't worry! You can still keep your positive attitude. Other people's thoughts and negativity don't have to affect your own vibes.
Here's a simple technique that can keep the negative energy and drama right with the source it is coming from. It takes a bit of imagination and visualization, but trust me, if you become good at this you'll no longer be ready to "shake" sense into people. So, the technique is this...just imagine there's a "Do Not Enter" sign on your forehead or right above your head and every time they say something you don't agree with (or is against your beliefs and/or values), their words are bouncing off of the "Do Not Enter" sign and right back onto them. Right now, you're just their sounding board. You can listen, even nod your head (they will think it's in agreement but in your mind your nod could be the motion that makes the words bounce off even harder).
Now if they ask for advice or words of encouragement, give it! But if they just want to vent and you don't want this to affect your vibes, do this technique and only allow words and views that are in agreement with your own vibrations to enter your atmosphere.
I've shared this technique with many clients and they've found it very helpful. They've even shared with me the variations they've come up with. One client said he likes to imagine a fence with barbed wire; another imagines tennis rackets are smacking the negative words away. Whatever works for you! And here's the thing, no one knows what you're imagining. That's the cool part!
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Danise Jarrett is a Master Certified Life and Success Coach, experienced in the Law of Attraction and success principles. When reading her posts, you'll be motivated towards creating and living the life you truly deserve!