Posts tagged focus
Inspirational Deficiency

Imagine that you’ve just finished writing the perfect post. It challenges and inspires you. You’re more motivated than ever to be your best. And it’s the best post you’ve written in a long time, if not your best post of all time.

Pictures are just right, and the layout is balanced. Tags and categories are added too. Excited about sharing your message, you hit publish. Then you sit back and wait for the moment of truth.

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Success in the Moment

In the end, success is a mindset. You set the standards for you. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself, and don’t expect to have everything figured out. Do your best today, and success will follow.

One step may seem insignificant today. Many small steps have the power to change tomorrow. Live in the moment, vision in sight. Keep your feet on the ground, yet reach for the sky.

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Perfectly Prepared

Prepare for goals and dreams the same as you would for an interview. Don’t wait to be perfect just to start, but make sure that you’re perfectly prepared. Results may not come as quickly as you like. You’ll make mistakes and face setbacks along the way. But if you focus on preparedness, not perfection, you’ll soon find your way.

Mindset is key. What you think about yourself becomes your reality. Believe that you can and you will. 

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Hit the Target

Imagine that you’re standing in front of a dartboard. Your eyes are covered, and you’re merely throwing darts. While you have an idea as to the board’s location, you don’t have a clear goal.

If you hope to increase your odds, you need to rely on more than just chance. Without a plan, it’s virtually impossible to know if you’re shooting in the right direction. Clarity will allow you to pursue goals with intention.

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Keys to Success

Imagine that you’re walking down a long hallway. You have no idea which key fits into which door or which door to try. The only thing you know is that opportunity could be on the other side, and any key in hand could be the right one.

Although possibilities are endless, real success is hard to come by. How do you figure out which key to use and which door is right?

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Road to Success

Imagine that you’re driving down a long road. This trip is different than many others, as you don’t have a navigation system or a map to follow. While your vision is clear, the destination is uncertain. Yet you know exactly where you want to end up.

There are detours, exits, rest stops and obstacles along the way. Some take you down dark, empty side streets. Others lead to lush scenery and roads paved with success.

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Raise the Bar

Imagine that you’re running through an obstacle course. You have many challenges to overcome along the way. Some prompt you to stoop down, while others demand that you reach high. All require that you calculate risk and make quick decisions with ease.

Midway through the competition, you hit a big hurdle. To make it to the next level, you have to crawl under a barrier and raise the bar. Then, you have to find a way out of a small contained space to make it to the final stretch. You’re taken back by this obstacle, as you didn’t train for it. You’re determined to stand out, so you refocus your mind to push through a mental block.

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Stay in the Game

At times life throws curveballs when we think we’re about to hit a home run. Discouragement quickly sets in. We’re tempted to step off the field, and we lose the will to try again.

Everyone steps up to the plate with the hope of hitting it out of the park. Yet very few hit a home run. Some make it to third base, while even more make it to second and first. None start with a guarantee of success.

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Wrong Turn, Right Way

At the start of the year, you get the opportunity to look at the past through a rearview mirror. Perhaps last year’s progress was based on where you ended up at the end of the year. And your will to succeed was calculated by how quickly you got there. 

It can be discouraging to think about how things might have turned out had you taken another path. But it’s empowering to know that you can shift direction. If things didn’t go as anticipated, this might not be a long stretch.

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Hope for Tomorrow

As the year comes to an end, the tendency is to reflect on where we are compared to where we thought we would be. Perhaps we made a list, and it’s time to assess how well we did. Maybe we've had the same mental list for years, and it never went further than our thoughts. Whatever the case, the start of the new year gives us another chance to try. 

If life throws a curveball, handle it with grace. Adapt and adjust. Always stay in the game. Don't let today's challenge steal tomorrow's vision. Hold on to hope.

Thank you for following Inspireu2Action in 2018. I look forward to blessings to come in 2019!

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Greener Pastures

While you may need to stick it out and go through dry seasons in life, don't be afraid to step into something new. While change is inevitable, it isn’t always easy. There’s a chance you'll step into what you thought were greener pastures only to encounter dry patches along the way. Whatever the case, you have to be willing to step out to find out.

Change is a part of life, and it’s the only way to grow. Growth will stretch you. Don’t let it break you. Learn as you grow. Grow into your potential. And with the right attitude, your grass can be greener on either side.

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Keep Your Eyes on the Road Ahead

Imagine you’re running late for work. You get to the office in a rush. You’re close to the elevator when you drop a piece of paper. Others behind you are running late as well. Looking back, you catch a glimpse of the crowd.

What happens if you stop abruptly to pick up the piece of paper you dropped? If others are rushing behind you, it’s likely you’ll bump into someone. If there’s a wall, you might just hit the wall.

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Don't Quit

Following dreams is like walking a tightrope. The first step is the hardest. You can’t turn back. Hope keeps you going. Faith takes you to the other side.

Expect great things to happen. Walk in that belief. What once felt impossible will feel within reach. What you achieve will only go as high as what you believe. Reach for your potential.

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Make a Way

Lay the groundwork for a vision that goes beyond yourself. You'll have the determination to press forward when things don't quite go as planned. Unexpected challenges may tempt you to give up, but don't give in. You have what it takes.

If life takes you down a rough road, hold on tight. You'll get through the ride stronger than before. Make a way where there seems to be no way. Don't go down a beaten path. Pursue purpose. Pave your own path.

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude is everything. I bet you hear this frequently. You may even grasp the concept. It's natural to be thankful when all is going well. But how do you maintain a grateful heart, even in the midst of trying times?

Many circumstances in life are beyond your control. But you have control over how you respond to them. Walk through life with an attitude of gratitude. And turn what seems impossible into a possibility.

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Thankfulness Formula

What if every day was Thanksgiving? It just might change how we look at life. Perhaps we would realize how many reasons we have to be grateful.

The season is a reminder to stop and count our blessings. Everyday life aside, we pause to give thanks. Sitting around the table with loved ones, we think about how special they are in our lives. But the season passes quickly, and we return to the daily grind.

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Turn Vision Into Action

Dreams and goals are more tangible when written down. When thoughts are put on paper, you're more likely to believe them and stay strong. When you read what you’ve written, you speak it into reality.

Still, nothing happens without action. Resolve to do something. Have a big vision, but don’t just dream. Focus on what you can do today. In conclusion, write the vision down. Keep it in sight. Speak it into reality. Turn words into action.

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Balance Your Goals

If you have a vision, you're accustomed to thinking about goals. The challenge is to determine the best course of action. Responsibilities and priorities compete for your time. Finding a healthy balance is essential. Once found, do whatever it takes to Inspire Yourself to Action.

In conclusion, discover what works for you and stick to it. Maintain a healthy balance. Challenge yourself, but create a plan that leads to a sense of accomplishment. Even the smallest step deserves recognition. You'll enjoy the journey as you celebrate small successes along the way.

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Inspire Yourself to Action

A right mindset and determination are vital to your success. If there's something you genuinely want to do, do it. Resolve to take action daily. Every step, big or small has value. Little by little, you'll move closer to your goal.

Resolve to make forward progress, regardless of how you feel. If you wait to feel motivated or inspired, you'll give up before you even start. Decide what you're going to do ahead of time, and stick to it.

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Power in Small Successes

If you're going from success to success without even pausing to reflect, today is a new day. This is your opportunity to turn things around for the positive. Don’t dwell on how far you have to go. Reflect on how far you’ve already come. When you do, you’ll find that you’ve done far more than you give yourself credit for.

There really is power in small successes. Even the smallest victory has value and should be celebrated. A shift in mindset will improve your energy level. You’ll accomplish more with ease. And you’ll enjoy the journey as head to your destination.

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