Power of state: the role of a positive state of mind
When was the last time you smiled, not because you felt like it, but just for the sake of smiling? You’d probably do it more often if you knew that smiling was making you happier. That’s right! If you made all the facial expressions you make when you’re excited, elated and thrilled, even when you don’t actually feel those emotions, the truth is that you’d see an immediate improvement in your mood. Why does this matter? Because your mood is everything, especially when it comes to accomplishing your goals.
In fact, take a moment to smile right now. Why does something as simple as a grin have so much power to dictate what motivates you? How do you feel, physically and emotionally, when you allow yourself to smile?
Your mind interprets the events we experience within the framework you set for yourself, meaning that whether an experience is positive or negative is largely determined by our mood and state of mind. Think about it: the emotion and meaning our minds attach to events ultimately counts more than the experiences themselves, since they condition our willingness to experience and pursue them.
Examining your mood
A positive state of mind can be what motivates you in life, and a negative state of mind can be what holds you back.
It affects your mood by two different things: your physiology and your energy. What does it mean to say that your physiology can determine your mood? Consider the signs and vibes that a motivated person radiates. They smile, laugh, and they more often than not shine with unbridled optimism. They often have better posture and more approachable body language than someone who’s not as motivated. It’s true that certain goals and experiences cause these reactions, but this is only half the truth. Being happy, open to change and optimistic also work the other way, making you predisposed to positively evaluating the task at hand, your life and what the future brings if you accomplish your objectives. This can help you get motivated and discover what drives you.
Evaluating Your Energy Levels
Energy levels can affect the mood, too. It’s important to eat right, exercise, and take great care of yourself. Think about it: How can we expect our minds and bodies to tackle our responsibilities and ambitions when we starve them of nutrients and TLC? When you make the commitment to maintain your energy levels through natural means, like healthy eating and exercise, you’ll find that your state of mind will improve.
Good energy levels, got it–but how do you maintain them? Treating your body and mind right via exercise and diet plays a big part in finding out how to stay motivated. Another factor is breathing correctly. You’d be surprised how much of your energy comes down to breathing and to giving yourself enough time to reflect through morning meditation. If you really are serious about restoring that passion, that motivation, to succeed — not just professionally, but within all aspects of your life.
The three levels of beliefs
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.” – Tony Robbins
Our beliefs have varying levels of emotional intensity and they possess the power to change our actions. We can pinpoint at least three categories of beliefs based on their ability to influence action in you. Understanding each of the three categories will empower you to create healthy and positive changes in your life by beginning to adjust your beliefs.
1. Opinions are something we feel relatively certain about, but the certainty is only temporary and those can change easily. For example, you might think the head of your company’s accounting department is not qualified for his position, but your opinion may change quickly when you see how effectively he manages his staff.
2. Beliefs are formed when you develop a much larger base of reference, one that’s often associated with strong emotions and based on experience. Beliefs can create such a level of certainty that they close people off to new ideas. For example, some people believe that money equals success. Other people may have a different — yet equally passionate — beliefs abut what success truly means.
3. A conviction, however, eclipses a belief, primarily because of the emotional intensity a person links to the idea. A person holding a conviction feels so certain that he or she will be resistant to new input, often to the point of obsession. One of the best things you can do to create mastery in any area of your life is to raise a belief to the level of conviction. Convictions are at the core of what motivates you in life.
Conviction, because of the passion it inspires in us, has the power to drive you to action and push you through all kinds of obstacles. For example, the conviction to never let yourself become out of shape will compel you to make consistently healthy lifestyle choices, empowering you to get more enjoyment out of your life in the long run. The conviction that you are an intelligent and resourceful person can help steer you through incredibly tough times.
So how can you reinforce a belief and turn it into a conviction that will help you make a positive, lasting change in your life? (Learn how to master these skills at our Leadership Academy.
Identify the basic belief that you want to elevate. Reinforce your belief by adding powerful references. To create a conviction for a healthy lifestyle, you might research the medical consequences of gaining weight. Then talk to people who have lost weight and kept it off. The more references you develop, the stronger your conviction.
Then find a triggering event — or make one of your own. You need to raise the emotional intensity of the belief. If you were trying to give up smoking, you might visit the intensive care wing of a hospital to see the first-hand effects of emphysema.
Finally, take action. Each action you take strengthens your commitment and raises the level of your emotional intensity and conviction. What change will you create today by raising one of your beliefs to a conviction? Pick one and create an action plan, using the four steps above to influence what motivates you. Remember to put dates on your plan to keep yourself moving forward and track your progress.
Quick tips to get motivated now
Sometimes you’re working toward a long-term goal, but need a burst of motivation at that moment. As you consider what motivates you right now, get and stay empowered for success with these quick motivation tips:
Turn shoulds into musts. If you won’t make your goal a priority, it won’t get done. Set specific goals. If you want to write a book, set a concrete outcome, such as, “I want to sell 5 policies this week”. Don’t lose steam tracking undefined goals. By setting metrics, you can better gauge your progress and get the positive feedback you need to feel motivated to continue. When you reach your goals, celebrate!
Happiness and optimism breed productivity, so the more you achieve, the better you feel, and the more you can do moving forward. Chunk your tasks into manageable, actionable goals. This way, you resist feeling overwhelmed but attach emotional significance to your goals. Make a commitment. When you achieve a goal that is part of your action plan, reward yourself with something meaningful — and don’t skip it. Still not feeling motivated?
Get inspired as you consider what motivates you in life. Every day, ordinary people do extraordinary things. Read success stories, books, blogs and inspirational quotes to keep your motivational fire burning bright. Tell yourself that if people you admire can accomplish their goals, so can you.
Get a Coach. Sometimes it’s tough to get a neutral perspective on your goals, your progress, and your strengths and weaknesses. A Life Coach can give you the sound feedback and motivation you may need now and can also serve as an objective sounding board.
The reason so many people struggle with reaching their goals is the same reason they struggle with unhappiness and feeling unfulfilled. Make the link between your emotions and your physiology and achieve a moment of authentic decision and clarity that can help you stay happier and healthier for life.
Inspired By Tony Robbins www.tonyrobbins.com
A 3-STEP PROCESS TO ACHIEVE TANGIBLE RESULTS
Do you know the results you want to achieve in your business? Many business owners and managers understand where they want to go, but they don’t have the roadmap to get there. Knowing where you want to end up and having a concrete path are very different things. Business action plans are effective tools to take you from point A, where you are now, to point B, your version of success – Instead of taking action, you need to take massive action. See how your business is doing with our Business Assessment.
THE POWER OF A MASSIVE ACTION PLAN
Once you have absolute clarity about the exact result you want and why you must achieve it, the next step is to create the MAP (Massive Action Plan) to get yourself there. Remember, the why is just as important as the clarity of your result. Using a MAP goes beyond goal setting; it changes the emotional meaning behind all of your activities and forms a stronger link back to the outcome, making it more likely you’ll achieve it. One of the core qualities of a great leader is the ability to influence others. But you can’t influence others to take action if you don’t know what that action looks like.
Recognizing you need a MAP and knowing how to make an action plan are two different things. Fortunately, there are some simple questions you can ask yourself to develop a plan that works for you. While not all maps will be the same because of your unique goals, your working style and the structure of your company, they do all have some similarities.
CREATING YOUR MASSIVE ACTION PLAN
When you’re creating your MAP, ask yourself, “How much?”, “By when?” and “For what purpose?” Then write it down. Make it a permanent, tangible expression of your mental target and then get ready to take massive action. The “For what purpose?” question is the key to make it all work because, as any good life coach will tell you, it connects your values and emotions to your goals. If you are not able to visualize, verbalize and write down why you are pursuing a goal, it’s likely you have not formed the connection needed to make it a reality.
When you’re ready to put your business action plan into place, it’s time to take the next step. This exercise will help you solidify your purpose and mentally prepare for action.
Exercise: Are you committed to taking massive action?
Complete your own Massive Action Plan in the graphic below to help you stay on track.
1. Write the results you want to achieve.
2. Write down your purpose (compelling reasons you want to accomplish your goals).
3. Develop a sequence of priority actions.
MAPS FOR GROWTH
Business action plans can generate growth for your company as long as that growth is in sync with your value system and you understand why you’re doing it. When developing a Massive Action Plan for growth, be as specific as possible when writing the results you want to achieve. “Doubling sales” will not cut it for a MAP. Use concrete numbers or percentages so you can determine how effective your plan is and where you see opportunities for growth.
Look at your entire organization and how each department will affected if your goals are achieved. For example, an exact figure of how much you want to increase your sales in the next year, anyone you will need to hire onto the team to reach these goals, that a person who is an ideal fit for your company and what other costs will be necessary for new equipment, buildings or technology. These should all be included when you’re writing your massive action plan.
MAPS FOR CHANGE
How will your business handle change? Change is inevitable between competition and technology. You must always be prepared to take action and adapt in the areas that need adapting. Continuous innovation is one way to always stay ahead and become the trend not join it, but any plan has to be flexible when the time calls for it. Having a road-map will not only help you, but your team members when change occurs. They will know the exact steps to take to continue business as usual.
MAPS FOR CRISIS
We can also use a MAP to guide your company through a crisis. This business action plan will need to address any issues being a resource for your employees. Having compassion and developing a process that can be replicated should another crisis occur. The effectiveness of this game plan will work on and off the field.
Inspired By Tony Robbins- www.tonyrobbins.com