Motivation

Bad Habits - How to Recognize and Change Them

Most people have at least one bad habit. If you don't, then you can just stop reading now.

If you're still reading this, then you should feel proud because you're admitting to yourself that you have bad habits in your life. Maybe your bad habits didn't appear to be a big deal at first. You probably thought that you could quit them anytime. Sometimes there are smokers who can quit anytime too.

In the beginning, bad habits give you a great feeling inside. You naturally want to keep feeling that great sensation, so you keep on doing it. You figure a little bit more never hurt anybody, right?

When it came to your spouse, it was difficult the first time you had to lie to them. But as the lies kept piling up, it got easier. Things like this typically get easier as you continue to give in to your bad habits. It's like a drug addiction that you can't quit. You'll do whatever it takes to rationalize your reason for taking them.

If you're ready to stop your bad habits and regain control of your life, then you must identify what your bad habits are. Take out a piece of paper and write down all your bad habits onto it. These can be the smallest bad habits too, such as complaining to your spouse or cutting people off in traffic. Maybe you say things to your kids that you regret. Whatever the bad habits are, you need to know what they are first by writing them down.

Be very descriptive when you identify your habit. Write down how many times per day or week that you indulge in it. Indicate how your life has negatively changed because of it. Does it cost a lot of money to indulge your addiction? If so, write down the amount of money that you normally spend per day, week, month, and/or year. The longer an addiction continues to be indulged, the harder it will be to stop it. So, there's no better time to start quitting your addiction than now.

Aside from the financial burden that your addiction causes, the emotional and physical suffering it causes can feel much worse. Maybe you have goals that you want to achieve, but then your addiction is stopping you from achieving them. You'll be wasting so much time, money, and power if you continue giving in to them. The emotional suffering will impact your mind so much that you will try coping with the addiction rather than fighting to get rid of it.

What are the good habits that you'd like to obtain? Write them down next to your list of bad habits. Make each good habit the opposite of the bad habit on your list. For instance, if your bad habit is watching too much television, then you could make your good habit something like going to the gym or spending quality time with your family outside. Create a timeframe for when you want to convert your bad habit into this new good habit.

Your list should be kept somewhere that's clearly visible to you daily. It's easy to form bad habits and difficult to form good habits. But if you can keep reminding yourself of the good habits that you want to achieve, then you'll continue to receive encouraging reinforcement by keeping the list in front of you. It'll be difficult in the beginning, but if you keep replacing those bad habits with good ones in your mind, then it'll be easier to make it a reality.

The next step is to modify your daily routine. Be sure to avoid anyone or anything that'll remind or tempt you to fall back into your bad habit. As your bad habit begins leaving your mind and you feel emptiness there, replace that emptiness with a good habit that feels wonderful. It's okay to get help if you need it because this isn't an easy process to get started with. However, you'll eventually become stronger both physically and emotionally. You just need to keep working on overcoming those bad habits and never give up. In the end, the choice to change is up to you.

For more on the subject, I highly recommend you read "Curing Bad Habits" by Wallace D. Wattles along with the other four articles in his Mind: What Is It? series. Click or tap the links below to get your copy today.

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Tip: Rather than look at habits as good or bad, look at them as constructive or destructive relative to a desired end. It'll save you a lot of time and, trust me on this one, tons of grief and aggravation.

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Obstacles in Your Way? Here's How to Stay Motivated

No matter who you are or what your goals are, you're going to fail at some point. Even the biggest success stories came with plenty of failure along the way.

Okay, so failure is a part of life. But how do you keep it from destroying your motivation? How do you keep going when there are seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your way?

The answer - it depends.

Unfortunately, there's no one-size-fits-all solution to this situation. Everyone is different, we all face different challenges, and we all have different goals.

One thing we have in common? We've all got to overcome our burdens and move forward. And that means summoning up some inner strength and powering through the pain.

If you're trying to make your motivation soar, ask yourself these 7 questions:

1. "What's causing my obstacles?"

Is there something tangible and physical standing in between you and success? Or is the situation emotional? Are you afraid of something legitimate, or are you suffering from some kind of irrational fear?

Once you figure out exactly what the obstacle is, think about the worst-case scenario. What's the worst that can happen if you don't overcome it? When you think about it that way, you'll probably see that it's not worth all of this stress and fear. In the grand scheme of things, your obstacle probably isn't the end of life as you know it.

2. "Do I truly believe in my goal?"

Running into obstacles can get you so down in the dumps that you forget about the end result. What are you working towards? How will you, your family, or your company benefit when you reach your goal? Most importantly, is your goal worth the struggle?

If you don't absolutely-positively-without-a-doubt believe in your goal, the answer isn't more motivation. Instead, you've got to go back to the starting line. Reassess what you want, and then move forward with it.

3. "What does success look like?"

Visualization is incredibly powerful. Simply closing your eyes and picturing yourself as having overcome your obstacles is one of the most positive things you can do.

Once you've got a clear mental picture, go take action quickly. You may not be able to deal with your obstacle all at once, but don't underestimate the power of small actions. Even a baby step towards your goal is a step in the right direction!

4. "Can I break this down into chunks?"

Speaking of baby steps, a great way to make an obstacle feel less insurmountable is to break your plan of attack into small chunks. That way, there won't be this huge cloud of failure looming over you. Get rid of the big cloud, and you'll be much more capable of handling the challenge.

5. "What can I do to stay positive?"

A cheery optimistic mindset will instantly make your obstacle look smaller. If you refuse to let negative thoughts take over, it'll be much easier to move forward. After all, mind over matter! (Or, in this case, mind over obstacles!)

6. "What inspires me?"

Do you love curling up with a motivational book? Or maybe you could watch some motivational speeches on YouTube. There are even audio courses that can help you feel more motivated.

Just make sure your inner circle inspires you, too. If there are people who drag you down, ask yourself if they're worth keeping in your life. After all, you'll never feel motivated if you're surrounded by negativity!

7. "What choice do I want to make?"

In the end, being happy and motivated is a choice. You can choose to let positivity reign, or you can choose to sink deeper into self-doubt and misery.

When in doubt, remember the wise words of Margaret Thatcher:

"Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it."

My best advice when it comes to motivation?

Simple...

Have a crystal-clear vision that reflects what's truly important to you and what you really want next in your life. When you have that, it'll draw you toward it and it toward you with magnetic power and getting motivated or staying motivated will no longer be an issue for you.

As I've said here before, get your vision right and, in my experience, all the rest will fall into place.

If you need some help in that regard, I highly recommend you read my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide, in that order. Between the two of them, you'll learn just about everything you'll ever need to know about creating next level visions and, more importantly, realizing them. Click or tap the links below to get your copies today.

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Note: If it seems like I come back to this subject of vision a lot here, it's because I do. I don't know that I can possibly overemphasize its importance. The day I created a next level vision that reflected what was truly important to me and what I really wanted next in my life was the day my life began to turn around, and it began to turn around big time!

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Are You Suffering from Procrastination?

Procrastination can be downright debilitating. If you don't tackle it quickly, you can lose countless minutes, hours, and even years! Before you know it, you're wondering where all the time went because you have nothing to show for it.

Unfortunately, procrastination is sneaky. Sometimes, you mean to get a certain task done - really, you do - but when you look back at the end of the day, you realize that you never got around to it. You're not sure why. You know you had a good reason to put it off, but you can't remember what it was!

Sometimes, it's real easy to mistake procrastination for rationalization. In other words, you come up with a rational reason why you can't do something today. Maybe it's because it was too hot outside, or because you had to check your email, or because you had to watch that TV show before you ran into someone who spoiled the cliffhanger ending for you. You use reasons like these to take the blame off yourself. It's not your fault that the task didn't get done. Instead, rational reasons X, Y, and Z are to blame.

However, one of the worst things about procrastination is that it spirals out of control easily. The more you put off today, the easier it is to put off things tomorrow. If you don't break this habit quickly, procrastination will take over your entire life!

So how do you fight procrastination?

The next time you come up with a reason not to do something, ask yourself if it's a legitimate reason or if you're just looking for an excuse not to tackle the task. Ask yourself if the task really needs to be done, and if the answer is "yes", go do it - no matter what reasons you can come up with to skip it.

Or, if you keep putting something off because you don't know what to do next, get organized. A lack of direction can easily turn into procrastination. Instead of letting procrastination take over, make a decision about what needs to be done next and do it. Even if it turns out to be the wrong decision, you at least accomplished something.

What if you're having trouble with a huge project, like building a house or writing a book? You may not have a lack of direction, but it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you have so many things to do. In the end, you're just as lost as someone who literally doesn't know what to do next!

To prevent procrastination from settling in, break your huge project into smaller, more manageable chunks. Then, tell yourself that you're not allowed to do anything else until you've accomplished at least one thing on your list. By doing a few tiny tasks each day, it won't take long to make giant strides!

Sometimes, procrastination is covering up a fear of failure. You're so scared to screw up that you prevent yourself from ever getting started. Fortunately, difficult tasks rarely turn out to be as bad as they seem at the beginning. It's almost always worse in your imagination than it is in real life, so ignore your fears and move forward!

No matter what's been holding you back, once you've completed the task, reward yourself. You deserve it! After all, not only have you accomplished something important, you beat out procrastination to do it!

Just remember - it's easy to fall victim to procrastination, so don't feel bad if you have to fight it on a regular basis. But with the right action plan and the right mindset, you can stop it in its tracks!

Here's something I learned:

When you get real clear about what's truly important to you and what you really want next in your life, your tendency to procrastinate quickly becomes a thing of the past, regardless of how big a procrastinator you might be right now... Really!

Need help determining what's truly important to you and what you really want next in your life? My Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide, in that order, will take you by the hand and guide you through the process. Click or tap the links below to get your copies today.

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You Don't Need Motivation to Be Happy!

Think about some of the things you do on a daily basis. If you're like most folks, a lot of those activities require some extra effort to get you up and moving - like running errands, going to work, or cleaning the house. After all, there are just some things you'd rather not do. That's why you need a kick in the pants to go out and do them!

And that's why you need plenty of motivation stored up, right?

Not necessarily!

Sure, the self-help industry wants you to believe you need to be chock full of motivation. There's a near endless array of speakers and authors who promise you can do anything you set your mind to as long as you know how to motivate yourself. Most people believe these teachings too. That's how motivation turned into a multimillion dollar business!

Take a closer look at these teachings and you'll see they equate motivation with desire. Specifically, if there's a big shiny prize waiting for you at the end - something you really, really desire - you'll be motivated to do whatever it takes to get to it, no matter how much boredom or mental hardship you have to go through in the meantime.

But desire is a tricky thing because most people don't actually know what they want. It may sound crazy, but it's true! So many of the desires people have are tied to other people. They're trying to keep up with the Joneses, make Mom and Dad happy, or impress the people at work. They're working towards what they think they're "supposed" to be working towards - instead of taking action that'll make them truly happy inside.

And that's where the motivation myth comes in.

You don't need motivation to be happy. You can make virtually any activity easy and effortless if you keep one thing in mind - you! Simply think about what'll make you happy in your own life. Forget about your parents, your coworkers, and the neighbors. If you truly want to improve your life, you don't have to impress a bunch of people. You simply need to do things that'll make you happier.

Ready to get started?

Grab some paper and a pen and start listing things that'd make your life better. Don't take time to analyze anything. Instead, simply write down every idea that pops into your head - no matter how selfish, silly, or unrealistic it may seem.

Having some trouble? That's okay! It can take a while for you to truly let go of the grip all those other people have on you. Sadly, it can be hard to forget about what you should want and focus on what you do want. But if you want to be happy, you have to push through those thoughts. With a little determination, you can dig ideas out of a deeper, more authentic place.

Amazingly, most people only need a couple of things to be truly happy. Once you've discovered the two or three things you truly want from your life, you'll probably be astounded by all the other things you've been doing - you know, the things you thought you "should" work towards.

You have to stop spending your time trying to impress other people. Instead, spend more time being who you really are. When you live your life that way, you'll learn you don't really need any motivation to get up and go do it!

The bottom line?

When you have a clear and definite vision in place that reflects what you truly want, "motivation" becomes a nonissue. Don't have one or one that works for you? My Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide can help. Click or tap the link below to get your copy today.

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03/03/2016 Update: If you've completed my Wallace D. Wattles Quick Start Guide and want to take what you learned from it to the next level, I highly recommend my Wallace D. Wattles Advanced Vision Guide. Click or tap the link below to get your copy today.

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