Posts tagged motivation
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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From Setback to Success

The next time you face a setback, keep this vision in mind. Slow down if you must. Keep going, and maintain a steady pace. If you’re tempted to step off the track, pull yourself together. And above all else, do whatever it takes to stay in the race.

What you leave behind to keep moving is just as important as what you do to move forward. Today’s setback isn’t the end. Success is right around the corner. Tomorrow is your chance to start again.

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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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Chance to Fly

Pursuing dreams is like a plane trip. To start, you have to go to the airport. Your destination is clear, and you have a flight to catch.

Hesitation sets in as you drive into the terminal parking lot. You’ve already canceled this flight several times before. The thought of being out of control in the air makes you feel uneasy. This time you make it to the airport, but temptation to turn back hits you just before you board.

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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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Stretch for Success

What if a rubber band refused to stretch? It might not expand to reach its potential. It may lose elasticity and fail to get back in shape. It might not be willing to hold things in place.

A rubber band’s ability to stretch gives it value. Flexibility enables it to expand, and this leads to growth. While adaptability is essential, resilience allows it to bounce back to realize its full potential.

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Step Outside the Box

True change is on the inside. Outside influences lose power to control you. But the impact of that change is only felt when you allow yourself to be stretched. While you may seek comfort, growth is limited by the familiar. If you hope to examine life beyond the four walls of your box, you must first be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

If a desire to change is stronger than fear of change, you’ll find the courage to take a step. Step into what you’re meant to do, and you’ll become all that you’re called to be.

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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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Turn Over Your New Leaf

What if the leaves were to say I refuse to change? They might not transition from shades of green to red, orange and yellow. Maybe they would fail to fall from the trees. They may not be willing to share branches with neighboring flowers and leaves.

While there’s beauty in transformation, there’s also resistance. Every stage of life involves uncertainty and risk. Even the calmest of periods is made up of rainy and sunny days. If we hope to grow, we have to be willing to embrace change.

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Move Your Mountain

If you pick up one rock a day, it may feel like the mountain will never move. But if you’re careful and consistent, you’ll leave time and space for the dust to settle. Other rocks will be affected by the change. Thoughtful movement will allow everything to fall into place. This will give you the balance to pick up rocks day after day.

Consistency is key. Pick up one rock a day. One day you’ll look back and realize you moved a mountain.

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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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The Who Beyond the Do

This year, resolve to be the best version of you. While you may want to add some goals, it may not be necessary to change what you do. You may just need to change your perspective. If you’ve committed to starting the new year with a new you, just start by being true to yourself.

Confidence is key. What you think about yourself becomes your reality. Believe that you can and you will. Expect great things to happen. Walk in that belief. What once felt impossible will feel within reach.

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Run Your Race

Have you ever felt like you were running on a treadmill with no destination in sight? You couldn’t even remember what you had done that day, let alone the day or week prior. One thing was for sure, you felt exhausted and drained. 

Life will always be like running on a treadmill without a clear destination. It’s only by pursuing your purpose that you’ll ever feel the satisfaction that a marathon runner feels after completing a race. 

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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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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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Stand Tall

What do you do when circumstances are against you? Do you fold under pressure or get back up and stand tall. Life throws curveballs. Learn to handle them with grace. If able to adapt and adjust, you’ll always stay in the game.

It can be a challenge to go against the grain. But when life pushes you down, take a stand. Never lower your standards to fit in. Always raise the bar, and you’ll stand out.

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Cheer Yourself On

Everything starts with a decision. Moving forward is a conscious choice. Choose to take action, no matter how big or small. Create a plan and stick to it, despite how you feel. Simply put, be consistent.

Strength needs to come from within. Don’t depend on motivation from others. You are your own best advocate. Do whatever it takes. Cheer yourself on. Inspire Yourself to Action.

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Do Whatever It Takes

Determination and a strong will are vital to your success. But how do you keep going when the going get's tough? At times you'll be sidetracked. Even so, you can still stay on track. Figure out how to keep yourself motivated and do it. Inspire Yourself to Action.

You may have to go down a rough road. But a change in plans doesn't constitute a full shift in direction. You can still work towards your goals. You just might need to change the timing. An ability to adjust and adapt to circumstances keeps you moving forward.

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