Thank you so much for your interest in The Insight, by Sheba. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blogs about “Deflecting Discouragement.”
Next week’s topic will be “Building Resilience”
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- Letting the past bring you down can affect your health and mental capacities. It takes time and practice, but you can learn from past mistakes and apply those lessons to the choices you make now to positively influence the present and future. Change your perspective so that you can focus on what will move you forward in life. No one can change the past by ruminating over what has already happened. Get out of your own way by learning to let go, living in the moment, and planning for the future.
- When it comes to changing old habits, it’s less a matter of strength and resistance and more a matter of knowing yourself. Analyze your past surroundings, the people that were in your life, and the influences within your environment. If you find yourself doing the same things in the same environments with the same people, go beyond simply changing your behavior. Change your environment and consider how the people within that environment may have influenced your reactions. Avoid putting yourself in situations that cultivate the habits you’re trying to break. As a result, you might recognize a change in behavior and regain your motivation.
- Motivation starts from within. Believing or seeing yourself in the place you want to be is the first step toward motivating yourself to accomplish your goals. The rest of your energy is then focused on preparing for success, taking action and reevaluating your goals when necessary. If you believe in your personal vision you can make it happen with hard work and tenacity.
- Be honest with yourself and stay committed to the goal you’ve set. Small rewards keep us motivated but the reward should be aimed at accomplishing the goal. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else; hold yourself to your personal standards. Use past progress to determine the likelihood of future progress and stay focused. You certainly deserve a reward for the progress you make, but instead of rewarding yourself with something that takes you a step back, choose to reward yourself with something that will push you forward.
The Insight: Motivation requires great personal investment but promises the return of a great reward. While it’s easy to focus on the investment and the reward, we often forget the need for encouragement and the potential run-in with discouragement along the way. Know yourself, know your strengths and weaknesses, forgive yourself, and be honest with yourself. You might be surprised to find out that from start to finish you absolutely have the motivation and the drive to achieve your goals.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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