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3 Valuable Musings to Actually Help Your Motivation

If you are already very successful; well on your way to success; or struggling to succeed, why would you want to read this article?

Answer:  None of the above three conditions are permanent!

Life is not a static event.  What feels like absolute success today could feel like failure tomorrow.  You could hit a major roadblock to your current progress toward success and become totally derailed.  Finally, failure today remains failure tomorrow only if you keep making the same mistakes you have in the past.

The following three musings are shared to help you regardless of where you are along the path of feeling successful in your life.

Is “Perfect” Success?

Way back when—I wrote in an earlier article that I subscribed to the definition of success espoused by the great, former college basketball coach, John Wooden. He believed:

“Success is peace of mind achieved as a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

Nowhere in that definition is there a direct or indirect reference to perfection being necessary to achieve success.

The focus is on becoming all you can be. That doesn’t necessarily require perfection.

Perfection is not a destination. It can be part of a journey over a lifetime the destination of which is not perfection but capable completion.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t try to achieve perfection in every task you set out to do. However, you have to recognize were you to actually achieve perfection you have only set a new standard.

This is true because you can always get better…become a higher level of perfect, if you will.

So, is perfect success? I think not.

Yes, if you have done something perfectly you can say you have succeeded to a point. Because—then comes the question, What’s the next level?

Overcoming an Attitude of Fear

Okay, so how many times in your life have you been fearful of something and was frozen in that fear?

Most of us have had that experience in our lives. It is a debilitating and derailing way to live.

It sucks the joys of life right out of you, if you let it.

I like the way the great motivational speaker and teacher, Zig Ziglar put it. His idea gets you thinking about the attitude of fear stopping you from becoming all you can be.

He does it using the acronym FEAR. Here’s how he described the acronym.

  • The F stands for False.
  • The E is for Evidence.
  • The A is Appearing.
  • The R stands for Real.

Bottom-line?   Most of your fears are false evidence appearing real.

Putting it another way, Ziglar’s saying that whatever fears you have about something, they are usually figments of your imagination and when you confront the challenge head-on things were nothing like they seemed.

So, if your fears are mostly based on false assumptions about the reality, what can you do to overcome them?

There is only one answer to that question…Knowledge.

When you know that you know, and…you know that you know…then, you know you have nothing to fear.

Building on that thought, you overcome your fear by taking the time to objectively determine the facts not emotionally being limited by assumptions.

Overcoming an attitude of fear leads to a life of achievement and fulfillment rather than one of shrinking in a corner disappointment!

Stupid’s Not Permanent

Let’s be perfectly blunt here! We all do stupid things…even you.

What was your latest stupid thing to do?

  • Run a red light.
  • Lock yourself out of your house.
  • Say something to somebody in a moment of frustration that you really shouldn’t have said.
  • Got out of the stock market just before an upturn.
  • Overloaded on credit card debt.
  • Bought something on impulse that you really didn’t need.
  • Thought you could beat the gambling odds in Vegas.

All those things could be perceived as stupid and there is a myriad of other things that could be included in the realm of stupid.

Okay…so you did something stupid. How did it make you feel?

Embarrassed…Sad…Angry…Overwhelmed with guilt…Repentant…Convinced you will never do that again.

Here’s the point about the reality of doing stupid things. It’s not the stupid things you do that should be your focus.

First, It’s what you learn from doing those things.

Secondly, it’s what you do differently going forward that really counts.

But, most importantly, you should realize living a life without doing at least one stupid thing would be boring in the very least.  :<)

Life is not a permanent condition and so, neither is stupid. Live your life and just get over the stupid things you do along the way.

Three valuable musings to actually help your motivation.

Always make your best effort not strive for perfection

Face your fears and act to overcome them

Learn from your mistakes and move on

How have these musings helped you increase your motivation to achieve all you can be, do or have?

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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