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Motivation / Inspiration : Book Summary: "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho

Posted by kevinb on 1/7/19 (398 reads)

When Kathleen O'Grady, Founder and CEO of Raleigh Coaching, suggested that I read this book, I could tell that she was excited for me to do so...and for good reason. Coelho's book was written 25 years ago and is just as relevant today.

The Alchemist is a story about a Spanish boy, Santiago, who loves his life as a shepherd and the time that it gives him to read books and to dream. From a young age, Santiago has wanted to travel, and shepherding takes him across the country and from village to village, selling his wool. However, he yearns for more; wanting to travel farther, to experience new things, and to "know the world."

In his pursuit, Santiago encounters many people who have a profound impact on him. For example, one day, he visits a Gypsy whom he hopes can interpret a reoccurring dream in which a child says to Santiago that he will find a hidden treasure if he travels to the Egyptian pyramids. The Gypsy has difficulty understanding his dream's meaning but says that Santiago must travel to the Egyptian pyramids because there he will "find a treasure that will make (him) a rich man."

Motivation / Inspiration : The Right Attitude

Posted by kevinb on 3/21/17 (6494 reads)

Do You Want To Be More Successful? The Right Attitude is All You Need!


As we all know, one of the most important things that impacts personal and organizational results is the attitude of the people involved.

A famous quote says, "Your attitude today determines your success tomorrow." The most valuable asset you can possess is a positive attitude towards your life. Your attitude determines how much success you can achieve in all aspects of your life. Your attitude is also one of the first things people notice about you and impacts all the business and personal relationships you will have. Positive attitude is not a product of heredity; but with proper training, anyone can acquire this important trait.

If your attitude is not positive, then you can use some tools to do an "attitude tune-up."

1. Understand the power of your attitude. Your attitude is the most powerful tool for positive action that can help you become successful, so you will need to understand this before you can work on the following steps towards adjusting your attitude for the better. Your attitude impacts everything you do, the way you think, and your motivational levels. In order to turn your attitude around and get into action towards your goals, you need to be able to consistently fight any negative or pessimistic thoughts that you may get. You need to surround yourself with positive things and people, and you need to keep on your ultimate goal of achieving the success and wealth you want.

Motivation / Inspiration : A Little Positive Goes a Long Way

Posted by kevinb on 7/28/16 (2733 reads)

The little voice inside your head that speaks to you probably has a negative tone. Just so you know, that's not 100% your fault. The world around us barrages our brains with so much negativity, isn't it time for a change? Let' explore the positive impacts of using affirmations.

Imagine what would happen if you approached someone and insulted them: "You're ugly and you're a really miserable person!" Apart from receiving a slap on the face or punch on the nose, you're also quite likely to hurt their feelings.

What about saying something positive? Perhaps, "You are so thoughtful and kind" or "You are a great person and a wonderful friend."

Wouldn't you agree that these statements should produce a very different result than if insults are hurled? These types of statements will empower the recipient and build their self-esteem and feeling of self-worth.

Words are incredibly powerful! There is no truth at all to the old saying that "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Negative words cut deeply, creating wounds that can last a lifetime. Positive words, on the other hand, have the power to heal wounds and rebuild you, better than ever before.

Motivation / Inspiration : Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

Posted by kevinb on 10/26/15 (1858 reads)

When we decide to make changes in our lives, one of the biggest obstacles we might need to overcome is procrastination. We want to change, yet we keep putting off the very steps that will create the desired results. A couple of years ago, we wrote about the negative effects of procrastination (click here).

Now, here are four strategies that can help overcome it:

1. Use obvious reminders - One of the hardest parts of forming new habits is actually remembering to perform the new habits we are trying to put in place! A habit, by definition, is something we do automatically. When we operate on autopilot, we might actually forget the promises we've made to ourselves.

Motivation / Inspiration : Avoiding Manic Mondays

Posted by kevinb on 8/25/15 (1814 reads)

In the mid-1980's, The Bangles hit the charts with the song "Manic Monday" (co-written by Prince), to which we all could relate. Recently, Peter Gasca, Co-founder of WildCreations.com, wrote an article in that same vein, with the premise that "Monday mornings are often a huge mental hurdle that can throw your whole week off." To help, he shared the following eight easy weekly rituals to "help you ease into your Monday and make your week awesome." After each of his eight rituals, I've added some supporting thoughts and ideas of my own.

1. Plan your week on Sunday.

If you wait until Monday morning to plan and schedule your week, it will not take long before you find yourself engulfed in daily business "fires" and adding tasks and meetings before you even finish your planning. Instead, consider planning your week on Sunday evening, when it is quiet and you have the time and space to concentrate. You will sleep better knowing the task is done and you can devote more time to a morning routine that eases you into the week.

Kevin says: Identify your key goals and to-do's for the upcoming week and determine ahead of time how you're going to stick to them. If they're that important, you won't let other things get in the way.

2. Create a morning routine.
There is plenty of evidence that shows that getting out of bed a few minutes early, rather than snoozing your way through your morning, has tremendous benefits to your mental and physical wellness. If you have a tough time in the mornings, try getting up and taking a quick and brisk walk around your block, which will get your blood flowing and tell your body and mind that it is time to wake.

Kevin says: Get your mind and body in sync, such that your attitude and approach on Monday morning is one of "Oh, yeah!" versus "Oh, crap!"

Motivation / Inspiration : This Could be the Key to Your Success

Posted by kevinb on 7/13/15 (1557 reads)

"Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success." - Dr. Joyce Brothers

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to attract success like a magnet? While others can't catch a break no matter how hard they seem to try?

Few places is this more prevalent than in the online business world. With more than 97% of all business owners never making a dime from their ventures, it seems that lady luck is calling the shots. But maybe there is more to it than random chance.

After all, success rarely happens by accident. It's actually our own failure that many of us plan.

Motivation / Inspiration : Is it Mindset or Mind Set?

Posted by kevinb on 5/9/15 (16297 reads)

If you go to the dictionary, you will find a long list of definitions for mindset, mind, and set. Interestingly they all come before success!

Mind-set (noun) beliefs that affect somebody's attitude - a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determine somebody's behavior and outlook.

Mind (noun) seat of thought and memory - the center of consciousness that generates thoughts, feelings, ideas, and perceptions and stores knowledge and memories.

Set (verb) focus on something - transitive verb to focus on a goal or task - had set his mind on it.

This is not a grammar lesson, and maybe it doesn't matter how you spell mindset. What does matter is you need to better understand what it is if you wish to be successful. There I spelled it with one word. I'll continue to spell it with one word; you can use two if you wish.

The spelling is less important than the understanding of just how critical your mindset is to you, especially if you are in a highly competitive environment like sales, sports, or business.

Motivation / Inspiration : Missing the Point on Motivation

Posted by kevinb on 3/9/15 (1738 reads)

Drea Zigarmi is a founding associate and Senior Consulting Partner for the Ken Blanchard Companies; a trainer, management consultant, speaker, and author, including coauthor of Leadership and the One Minute Manager, with Ken Blanchard. Some of Drea's recent work includes research on employee engagement and motivation, stating that "Motivation is a skill that can be learned – once you know how."

Susan Fowler, a colleague of Drea's at Blanchard, has written a book entitled Why Motivating People Doesn't Work...and What Does. When it comes to improving employee engagement, Fowler believes that leaders are spending too much time trying to fix disengagement after it occurs instead of questioning approaches to motivation that may have led to it in the first place.

In working with leaders, Fowler stresses not to wait until people have become disengaged before taking action. Instead, begin at the source of people's engagement journey: their personal appraisal of their work environment. Recognize that on a daily basis, people are appraising their workplace and coming to conclusions on whether they feel safe, positive, and optimistic about the environment, or threatened, unsure, or fearful. These appraisals lead to conclusions about well-being, intentions, and subsequent behavior.

 

Motivation / Inspiration : The Right Attitude is Key

Posted by kevinb on 2/23/15 (2253 reads)

A famous quote says, "Your attitude today determines your success tomorrow." The most valuable asset you can possess is a positive attitude towards your life. Your attitude determines how much success you can achieve in all aspects of your life. Your attitude is also one of the first things people notice about you and impacts all the business and personal relationships you will have. Positive attitude is not a product of heredity; but with proper training, anyone can acquire this important trait.

If your attitude is not positive, then you can use some tools to do an "attitude tune-up."

 

1. Understand the power of your attitude.

Your attitude is the most powerful tool for positive action that can help you become successful, so you will need to understand this before you can work on the following steps towards adjusting your attitude for the better. Your attitude impacts everything you do, the way you think, and your motivational levels. In order to turn your attitude around and get into action towards your goals, you need to be able to consistently fight any negative or pessimistic thoughts that you may get. You need to surround yourself with positive things and people, and you need to keep on your ultimate goal of achieving the success and wealth you want.

Motivation / Inspiration : Can versus Can't versus Don't

Posted by kevinb on 8/13/13 (3189 reads)

2 Reasons Why "Can't" Just Doesn't Cut It

In my opinion there are two words that are the driving force behind you achieving your ultimate outcome and your WHY in life. These two words are the most powerful words that you will ever speak to yourself about any situation: "can" and "can't." "Can" is a word of power; whereas "can't" is a word of retreat.

You have the power to decide if you wish to achieve or retreat; because when you speak victory words such as "I can" you will attain whatever you set out to do regardless of what others say to you. There are many famous entrepreneurs such as Ray Kroc, Fred Astaire, Walt Disney, and Dick Clark who would attest that years ago in the beginning of their journey the majority of people told them "You can't do that!" Fortunately, they disregarded these statements and listened to their inner voice which said "Oh yes, I can!"

The key in life is to realize that the most important person who speaks to you every day is you. Other people are very important - but you are the only one who lives with you every day of your life. You need to review your WHY in life and see if you are on track toward achieving it, or if are detoured because someone told you (or is telling you) "You can't do that!"

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