“There Is Plenty Of Time”

There Is Plenty of Time

Whatever our dreams are, we practically hear a clock ticking. Our family, our friends, even the media all make us wonder when we are finally going to be “there” and why we aren’t there yet.

But there are no age restrictions on success. It takes as long as it takes, and when you reach it, you won’t reject success because you’re not the right age for it.

Age is unrelated to people’s commitment to their job and their level of job performance. Tuuli and Karisalmi 1999″

My Take: Never look back and say I wish I had done this if you still can…time is something that only moves forward, so make the changes to get to where you want to be in the future, now 🙂 Or at least start! You can do it, I believe in you.

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Be Honest for Your Future

Be Honest for Your Future

Few things are easier to lie about than the future. And few people are easier to lie to than ourselves.

It is therefore not surprising that people spend lifetimes lying to themselves about where they’re going and why. It’s easier to put off doing something difficult, and it’s comforting to tell ourselves that we’ll get around to it later.

But lying to ourselves about our goals is like paying off a loan by taking out an even bigger loan. It makes today easier, but makes tomorrow more difficult.

“People who consider their careers to have been successful are 81% less likely to have exaggerated their career plans when they were younger.” Ingram 1998″

If You’re Not Changing…You Don’t Want It Enough

Change Is Possible, Not Easy

Commercials on TV tell you all the time that you can change yourself. In thirty seconds, the commercial actors can get smarter, thinner, prettier, richer. But this fantasy world only sets us up for a fall.

We hear about the possibilities for wonderful changes people can make in their lives, and we want to duplicate those results. When we try and are not quickly regarded, we actually wind up feeling worse than we did before we started.

The problem is, of course, that change is possible, but it does not come immediately. Nobody want to sell us a program for change that will take years because of course no one would buy it. But it does take years to accomplish the most important changes.

When you entered the first grade, you didn’t expect to learn a second language, algebra, and the history of the War of 1812 all in the first week. You began an education that took more than a decade and provided you with incredible positive change.

Positive change in your life will not be finished today, but it can start today.

The decision to make a change offers wonderful feelings of control and optimism, but those are short-lived if the change is not accomplished. Repeated efforts at self-change, characterized by an expectation of an unrealistically high payoff in an unrealistically short time, actually reduce satisfaction with our lives by 40%. Polivy and Herman 2000.”

[From 100 Simple Secrets Series]

My Take:

Arright, forreally tho, here’s my take. If you’re not making changes, you don’t want it enough. And that’s what it comes down to. Whether it’s a relationship, and you’re not putting in enough effort and saying “I don’t have time” or “I live to far” or making other excuses, it comes down to, you don’t feel it’s worth it enough (& if this is the case, you need to either rethink it or let it go so you’re not being selfish!) Anyone can say “I don’t have time”. Who has time? No one has time. You have to MAKE time for things you care about. If you want to attend college, what’s holding you back? If you can go out and party until 3 am and drink all night, and go to work the next day, there’s no reason you cannot study at night to work towards your degree. 10 years time passes fast. Everyone does things differently, but from what I’ve gotten from a number of different people, is “Time flies.” You have all these plans to do something, and you don’t realize the time is gone and you find yourself with more serious commitments and “not the time”.

School is just an example. So if you got all these excuses, it’s because you don’t want it enough. I’ve seen people from both sides of the spectrum. Those who worked their booty off to pay for school/avoid loans, finish their degree, and work a little harder and pull through to find a career. Then, they saved up a little money, and pursued their dreams. Others I know who have just a high school education. My good friends, and good people, but I’ve watched and seen the same excuses play over and over…”I’m going back to school…” “Next semester…” “I have to work…it’s work or school…” and then the time passes and they realize “It’s too late” (although it never is…it might just be harder at a later point in life). These are some of the people who have told me get done with all of your schooling young so you can move to bigger and better things in later life 🙂 Great advice!

If you have goals that you want to achieve, whether it be eating healthy, attending school, starting a business, etc., start making changes now. Make the COMMITMENT now and start making changes ASAP! Time management is key…remember, anything is possible…if you want it enough.

Have A Constant Reminder

“Keep Your Goals Where You Can See Them

Your goals should be an ever-present part of your life, offering you direction and encouragement.

Don’t come up with a list of goals, hide them away somewhere, and check back forty years later to see if you reached hem. Create them, use them, follow them, update them, live by them.

Successful people spend at least 15 minutes every day thinking about what they are doing and can do to improve their lives. Sigmund 1999”

My Take:

A few years ago, I got the idea to create a “Vision Board”. I believe this may have been after reading the Secret, not quite sure. Anyhow, I created a vision board by drawing (you can cut out things and words to make it easier) all the things in life I wanted, and basically the life I imagined. I hung this directly in front of my desk, so I was constantly reminded of it every day. It really kept me going and motivated…since I moved from that place and didn’t put it up … I’m starting to think I should create a new one.

Keep in mind, a vision board does not have to be set in stone; it can always be changing. But the general idea should be the same. I did not focus on materialistic things, but more on the things I wanted to do; e.g. travel, have happiness, a comfortable-cozy home, etc. Try it out for long-term goals!

Another great tip I’ve picked up is if you have a short-term goal, e.g. lose weight, become more disciplined, or something along those lines, write your goal down on a sticky note. Put it somewhere you will see and read it every morning when you wake up and every night before you go to bed. Your dresser mirror, car dash, where ever. Doesn’t hurt to try!

Quick Tips to Get & Stay Motivated!

The Truth: Motivation Sometimes Needs to Be Revived! 

Here are some quick & easy tips to stay motivated to reach your goals:

1. Create lists.

This helps some people–if done right. Make sure you prioritize and put the most important tasks first, before enjoying the pleasure of crossing off each task.

2. Write down some motivational quotes, read a new one each morning.

3. Tell people your plans

4. Eat right. When you eat well, you feel good. Stay active, exercise, and take care of your health in general!

Don’t start out the day on the wrong foot by skipping out on breakfast! Also, keep in mind, donuts, bagels/cream cheese, and other such foods provide no nutritional value and simply keep you filled up with the sugar and carbs. Watch what you eat and make changes accordingly. Take a brisk walk around the block on your lunch break. Choose stairs over elevators/escalators.

5. Reward yourself at each milestone when working towards your goals.

For example, if you are trying to lose weight, once you reach 5 lbs, maybe reward yourself with some new clothes or treat yourself to a spa treatment.

6. Write your goal on a piece of paper and place it somewhere you look frequently.

In your car, on your dresser/mirror, or in the bathroom. A friendly reminder!

7. Stay positive! Listen to some motivational music when you feel like you’re in a slump

8. Have a goal in mind…For long-term goals, create a vision board.

A vision board is something you can draw or make by collage. Visualize where you want to be in the future, and put these ideas to paper. Place your poster a place you can see everyday, as much as possible. Perhaps on a wall at your desk, or near your door so you know what you’re working toward each time you leave your bedroom.

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Start NOW. If not now, start THINKING now…why wait until tomorrow or next week? Start ASAP!!

Solution: Stay Positive & Steer Clear from Negative Energy!

Avoid the Negative Nancies the best you can…they will just bring you down. If it’s good advice, take it, if it’s weighing you down or slowing you, ignore it.

Also!! Organize your surroundings (i.e. clean your room/desk/house) to help keep your thoughts uncluttered as well!