SEVEN DAILY MOTIVATORS
Each day we make a choice to move closer or further away from our goals. Make the smart choice by focusing on the results you want each day to bring. We are powerless to change the past and the future is a distant promise. It is only in the present moment that we can have the most powerful effect.
How can you maximize the power of the present moment? At the beginning of each day, take five minutes to affirm the following to yourself:
Today I will keep it simple.
I achieve what I set out to do.
I have a positive attitude.
I am patient with myself and I never give up.
I take time every day to relax and renew.
I find something every day to laugh about.
I am worth it.
TODAY I WILL KEEP IT SIMPLE
Set daily goals. If you are using a time management system (and I sincerely hope you are), identify what is most important to accomplish today. Focusing on one thing at a time guarantees success if that one thing is what matters most to you.
Be specific as you set your daily goal. Quantify it. "I will write at least 500 words today," or "I will drink eight glasses of water today." Accomplishing even small goals creates momentum and spurs you on to do more. Focus on your goals every day and review and reassess them weekly. Stay on track.
I ACHIEVE WHAT I SET OUT TO DO
Believing you can achieve your goal is the number one prerequisite for success. The amount of confidence you have in your ability to lose weight, find a better job, pursue your writing dreams, or attract a suitable partner determines whether you achieve your goal. How does this work? Your reality conforms to your beliefs. If you constantly tell yourself you will never lose those last 15 pounds, is it any wonder you find yourself digging into another bag of potato chips? Make sure you don't stand in your own way. Never doubt your ability to achieve your goals.
I HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Be on the lookout for your inner critic. Watch what you tell yourself about your appearance, performance, and chances for success. Counter negative self-talk immediately with positive words of self-praise. For example, change "I'm not smart enough to do this" to "I am learning as I go. I will learn all that I need to know to be successful at this." Also, watch what you say about other people. Gossip, judgments, and nasty comments about others poison your well-being and shift your focus onto the negative. For this reason, it is also wise to avoid negative people. If you can't, counteract their effect by surrounding yourself with positive people, words, and images.
I WILL BE PATIENT WITH MYSELF AND NEVER GIVE UP
Mistakes are necessary lessons for success because they help us grow. As you work toward your goal, expect to make mistakes or slip up. Instead of focusing on your perceived lack of willpower, tell yourself that you are developing your skillpower. Don't beat yourself up over mistakes and don't get discouraged by setbacks. Instead, take each lesson to heart and re-commit yourself to your goals.
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