Feeling Good: The Fuel that Drives Motivation

Feeling Good: The Fuel that Drives Motivation

I’m about to give you a golden nugget of information that can change your life forever. Are you ready? Here it is. The key to staying motivated throughout the day is to make sure that you are feeling good during the process of whatever you are trying to achieve. That’s it!  That’s all you need to know.  You can now stop reading and go about your business, for you are now enlightened. 

I’m joking, of course. 

But as simple as this may seem, it truly is the key to staying motivated and achieving the quality of success that you desire. Why?  Because feeling good is the fuel that drives motivation. Write that down and slap in on your refrigerator. Here it is again. Say it out loud. Feeling good is the fuel that drives motivation. That’s your choice and your responsibility. 

Nothing, absolutely nothing, keeps people from staying motivated and achieving their goals more than harboring negative emotions or having a bad attitude during the process.  The number one reason why people in business fail or have difficulty achieving their goals is because the positive momentum ceases. And the reason why positive momentum ceases is because the individual is focusing all of their energy on what isn’t working and all of the things that need to be done in order to make it work.

This type of chaotic thinking leaves the individual with no room at all in that brain of theirs for positive thoughts to seep through so they can come up with healthier alternatives or to deal with the next challenge that will inevitably follow moments later. In other words, your life or your business will not work if you keep thinking about what’s wrong, or what isn’t working.

When you are setting out to achieve any goal you have to be vigilant about what you’re thinking about and what you’re focusing on.  Nothing brings out the worst in any negative situation faster than you focusing on it.  On the other hand, nothing brings out the best in any positive situation faster than you focusing upon it.  The point is that you have to be aware of what you’re thinking about and focusing on if you want to stay motivated and succeed. Observing the problem only perpetuates it.  Trying to figure out how it got started doesn’t help.  Taking action while feeling negative emotions only compounds the problem.  Remember, it isn’t necessarily the details of a particular challenge that weigh us down, but our own self-induced negative energy that keeps us from thinking positive and moving forward with hope and optimism that does. 

It’s important to understand that the way that you feel at any given moment is dependent upon and evoked by what you are thinking or saying out loud at any given moment. In other words, your thoughts create the way you feel. That’s right.  Don’t give me that look. Do you want proof?  Keep reading.

Right now I want you to try feeling angry, but do it without thinking about anything that makes you angry.  It doesn’t work, right? How can you feel angry without thinking about something that elicits that emotion from you? You can’t.  It’s impossible. 

Now try feeling guilty without thinking about something specific that you feel guilty about. Once again, you can’t. The thought has to come first. Your emotional state is the direct result of your thoughts. And the tone of your thoughts becomes your life experience. 

So, the first step to turning this train wreck in your mind around is by being alert and becoming aware of how you are feeling at any given moment.  In other words, when you’re feeling uptight, stressed-out or any negative emotion at all, I want you to stop and acknowledge that something is not right in your world. I want you to think of what you are doing to yourself. And I want you to understand what the repercussions will be if you continue this negative rampage that you’ve created. Why is Awareness so important?  Because, as soon as you become aware of how you are feeling, the negative sensations will temporarily cease. 

In that moment of awareness, you enter into a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities, where you can choose healthier alternatives on how to respond.  In this world of possibilities and opportunities, you are now free to gradually Shift your focus and way of thinking to things and thoughts that will gradually lift you up and make you feel better and better. And that’s what you want, isn’t it?


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Power SHIFT Your Focus: The Mark of a True Leader

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Steve Rizzo

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The most important lesson that I’ve learned from living on this planet is what any truly happy, successful and optimistic person knows about life: They will experience good times and bad times. They will have sad days and ecstatic moments. That nothing in life is permanent and our success and happiness depend on our ability to ride these waves of change with equanimity. 

 

Happy, successful, optimistic people are not exempt from the trials and tribulations of life. Some of the happiest, most successful and optimistic people I know have had to overcome unbelievably difficult circumstances to get to where they are today. But what they all have in common is their uncanny ability to shift their focus to a higher part of themselves. 

 

They allow themselves to temporarily step away from those moments that are bringing them down or are causing them pain and immediately focus on aspects of their lives that bring them joy and lift their spirits.  They feel blessed for the things that life has given them rather than cursing what life has denied them or the unwanted things life is throwing at them. 

 

I admire the way they find laughter during tough times and sometimes even during the worst of times. It is not a question of putting blinders on and ignoring that they are going through a difficult time, but rather they instinctively know when to shift their mindsets to something that will put them on a more productive path.  In reality, we all have the power to do this.  It’s what I call a Power Shift in Focus. 

 

Being able to create a Power Shift in Focus is one habit that can have a tremendous impact on your life.  Why?  Because it's a direct answer to the question life is always asking of you:  "Who do you think you are?"  When you temporarily step away from challenging situations and steer your attention to something that makes you feel good, you are thereby replenishing your spirit and nourishing your soul, the very essence of who you are.  You are recharging your inner battery with the emotional fortitude needed to forge ahead.  When you do go back to face the situation that is causing unease in your life, which inevitably you must do, you will feel less overwhelmed and the answers will come to you more readily. This is because you’ve calmed your nervous system down to the point where you can embrace the situation, rather than have the situation control you.  

 

You can’t stop life from throwing stuff at you. You can’t stop the unexpected from interfering with your goals and dreams.  But you can choose how to respond.  You can always choose to shift to a healthier state of mind when unwanted things happen.  People who are happy, successful and optimistic know that, no matter what happens, life still goes on and they can choose to focus on things that empower them.  They refuse to give up their right to enjoy life.  And guess what?  So can you.

 

A Power Shift in Focus, even if only for a very few moments, can have a profound effect on how you cope with any challenge and help you understand the great duality of life.  In other words, you can’t know true peace until you’ve experienced chaos.  You can’t know joy unless you’ve felt pain.  Conversely, no matter how many tears may fall, there is still room for a smile and even laughter.  You must experience one end of the emotional spectrum to fully appreciate the other.  A Power Shift in Focus is a skill that nourishes your soul and significantly changes how you view life.  It can be improved with practice and is key to creating a happy and successful life for yourself. 

 

Attitude Adjustment Strategy: Practice a Power Shift in Focus. 

Temporarily step away from those moments that are bringing you down and focus on aspects of yourself that lift you up.  Bless the things that life has given you, rather than cursing what you are lacking.  And always find the laughter during tough times.  This is what happy, successful and optimistic people know.


If you would like to book Steve for your next event, visit his profile at https://premierespeakers.com/steve_rizzo.

Steve's latest book is Get Your Shift Together. To order his book in bulk for your next event, please visit Bulkbooks.com!

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