The Daily Boost: Best Daily Motivation | Life | Ca

The Daily Boost: Best Daily Motivation | Life | Ca


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Breaking Bad Habits  

What would you say if I handed you the simplest recipe ever to break bad habits and replace them good habits? Would you say, "GIVE IT TO ME?" First, you need to understand that you have etched your bad habits into your brain with years of endless re-enforcement. Your habits are so automatic that stopping is going to be difficult unless you distract yourself. It's simple; decide what your new behavior is going to be and DO IT instead of the old. If you didn't get to the gym this morning, go during lunch? Eating too much bad food? Then fill yourself up on good. Are you watching too much television? Take a walk or read a book. All you need for success is to catch yourself just before executing your old bad habits and do something different. Do it enough times, and the bad habit will be gone forever.

Exploring The Possibilty  

Are you the type of person that can't decide what you would like to do with your life - or are just afraid to pull the trigger and go for it? I get it. It's scary to start something new, especially if you don't know how well you'll like your new lifestyle. That's why I always recommend trying new things on for size before committing. Just explore the possibilities and nothing more. Instead of fully committing and charging forward at warp speed, why not take the fear out of it and see how you like your new experience first. If it's a keeper, just keep moving in that direction. If not, try something new. The fact is, most everything you've ever done in your life happened because you stumbled into it and decided to stay - at least now you'll be doing it fully aware.

Create Better Experiences For Others  

Wouldn't it be nice to improve the lives of every person you connect with this week? When you understand that your "life experience" is made up of a series of "daily experiences" you instantly look differently at your power to impact others. What happens at work, in the classroom, even at home with your family gives you an incredible opportunity to increase the influence you have on others. Try this for the next few days. Every time you find yourself potentially impacting another person, take a moment and think about how you might improve their experience by asking yourself a simple question, "What experience do I want them to have?" Then - create it! Yes, if you think about it, you can determine the outcome in advance - and that's a sure way to improve every relationship you have.

Curator of Your Clutter  

Are you overwhelmed with the clutter in your life?     Hmmm.     I think it's time to take a different approach.   Clearing the clutter from all aspects of your life is the biggest challenge you'll face when trying to change your life.  You simply can't manage everything forever.  Clutter never stops building, there will always be more, and you will always need to control it.   Since that's the case, I have a suggestion; instead of stressing about all the stuff you need to unload from your life, why not "Curate Your Clutter."   Whether it's emotional, physical, relationships, or your job, all this stuff in your life must have some importance to you - maybe.  When you become the "Curator of your life" you begin to prioritize, organize, and maintain your REAL treasures as if they were in a museum that represents what you love most about your life - and you get rid of what remains.   It's your museum, why not make it a perfect representation of YOU?

Say NO To Good Deeds  

There's a law in the Universe known as "The Law of Reciprocity" - and I'd bet it's keeping you from getting what you want.   Reciprocity in action happens when another person chooses to do you a favor.  A gift, service, an introduction, just about anything.  It feels great!  However, when you accept you automatically feel the need to reciprocate and are instantly in debt to the person who did the good deed.  That's the "Law of Reciprocity."   How do you avoid the trap?   The simple trick to not owing everybody who invokes the Law of Reciprocity without your permission is to decline the offer right away. Just say, "No thanks."   The next method is to recognize that just because somebody insists on doing you a favor, you are NOT obligated to reciprocate - although you'll sure feel like you should.  Just say, "No."   Finally, if it's YOU that initiates the favor, remember that the same rules apply when coming from the other side.  

What Happens Next?  

I have a friend who is always asking a simple question, "What happens next?" Most folks pause when they hear his question and almost never arrive at his expected answer, "EVERYTHING!" I'll admit that it's easy to get caught up in your past and everything that is demanding your attention at this moment to take in the very simple nature of his question. No matter where you are in your life today, EVERYTHING will follow. Good, bad, happy, sad, exciting and boring - the entirety of your life sits before you just waiting for you to grab it by the horns and give it more than an eight-second rodeo ride. Today, why not choose what happens next? You might be surprised how fun things get!

Power of Good Enough  

How much is good enough?   I received an email from a fellow MTMer who made the decision to change careers and become a Surgical Assistant - at about the age most folks start thinking about retirement.   Mike, shared a useful saying he's heard many times in operating rooms -   "The evil of good-enough is better."   In other words, once you've accomplished your goal, stop messing around and move on.  The more you poke around, the more chances you'll have to make a mistake or do more harm than good.   I bet that sounds familiar.  I know it did for me.   Such a simple concept.  I like simple.  Simple works.

3 Characteristics of Success  

It's a new week - and that means another opportunity for you to continue your quest for your best life. But, what exactly will it take for you to design and get what you want? I've had the good fortune to have had many mentors in my life - and all of the made a point of validating that I possessed three characteristics before they agreed to work with me - something I now do, as well. Would you pass the test? Do you have a burning desire to achieve your goal? Are you a coachable person and prepared to accept the wisdom and guidance of others? Do you have the willingness to do undertake whatever effort is required achieve your success? Going it alone and doing things your way may get you started, but you'll only realize upper levels of success with the help of others. Now that you know what they're seeking, isn't it time for you to get out there and find a mentor that will help you accelerate your journey?

Are You A Musterbator?  

I was on a Click Coaching call recently when one of our participants stopped me in my tracks with a simple comment.   We were chatting about creating and designing our life experience when he said, "I used to be a Musterbator.  I must do this, I must do that, someday I MUST get this stuff done.  Then one day, I just did it."   We all laughed - but it made total sense.   Are you punishing yourself with all your MUSTings - instead of enjoying the process of doing what you love?   When you live each day with a constant vision of how you want your experience to be, you'll find yourself happily making core ections, adjustments, and getting things done - just because you want to.

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I have a challenge for you this week. Your lifestyle is a direct reflection of the five people who are closest to you. If they are positive, you are positive. If they are negative, so are you. If they have money, so do you. Broke, you too! Choosing who you pay attention to can is tricky, as well. After spending a few hours cleaning email after a recent trip, I arrived at the conclusion that merely exposing myself uninvited emails of others has the potential to turn their agenda into my To-Do list - taking me completely off track. So, what about that challenge? I want you to avoid getting sucked into the email and social media traps that are being set for you this week. Think for yourself. Remember, if you buy in the opinion of others, you also buy into their lifestyle. Make sure you want it.

What Do You Intend Today  

What do you intend to do with your life today?   When the alarm buzzes in the morning, are you off to the races - giving a scarce thought to how you plan to design in your life that day?    Is that you?   Do you consider how you want to feel?  Where would you like to work?  What would you like to achieve?  Who are the relationships you would like to draw into your life?   Have you done this intentionally?  If not, you are winging it.  Your days will turn into weeks, months, and years.   Your life will fly by with no real direction.   That can change today.   Take a few minutes and do your homework.  Allow yourself the chance to self-direct your life.  Then, set to work creating it in your daily experience.

Happily Un-Happy? Stop it!  

Are you living a life of happy un-happiness?   It's easy these days to get caught up in the craziness of life, living with the hope of a bright future, yet being comfortable enough to stay where you are.   It’s as if you are standing on the edge of your dreams and afraid to leap into the unknown.  You are  comfortably miserable and don’t even know it.   One thing you can count on is when you jump into action to make your dreams a reality; only the first step is scary.   Leap, my friend, leap.

Attaction Based Living  

Would you like to experience your day with everything you need to enjoy life magically appearing? A few years back I made the decision to stop fighting my way to the top and take an easier route with "Attraction Living." Attraction Living is based the premise that the quality of your relationship dictates the quality of your life. It takes just a few simple steps to master. Step 1: Never judge people when you first meet. Understands that they know nothing about you. Step 2: Be interested in them first and offer something of value. Even a compliment has power. Step 3: Repeat the process every time you meet. Never stop. Over time you will build a reservoir of people who know, like and trust you - the same folks who will think of you first for a potential opportunity.

Anatomy of Actions  

People often ask what steps are needed to increase productivity and get more done.   By the way, my reason for being more productive is NOT  getting more done - it's to allow more time for the things I enjoy.   I begin by understanding that there is a beginning, middle and end in everything we do.  You must start.  You must progress.  You must finish.  Doing anything else is just stumbling along.   I use three steps:   Access Actions are used to determine how I will begin - the steps needed to initial the project.   Advancing Actions are benchmarks to monitor your progress and iterations and adjustments needed.   Achievement Actions are steps that are required to bring the project to completion with no loose ends.   You must start.  You must progress.  You must finish.

What’s Your Label  

Don't label me!     I can't tell you how many times people have said that to me.  There's only one problem; I never put the label on them.    I've always believed that you can change the entire direction of your life by changing the how you present to others.   If you want to get ahead in this world, presenting yourself to others is a skill you must master.  If you don't, you might not be happy with the label they give you.   Call it positioning, posturing, personal branding, it’s human nature to want to categorize everything - even people.  You’ve heard it before; he’s a good guy, she’s friendly, he’s a hard worker, she’s a great Mom.    Do you know who you are?     Do you know how you want others to see you?     Do you know your label?   Something to think about today.

Selfish Pursuit of Happiness  

Happy Independence Day - otherwise known as the 4th of July.   Now that we're half-way through the year, I thought you might like to join me in a personal ritual.  It's time to take a look at my life and make sure I'm living in a way to makes me happy.  You too!   Yes, it's a bit of a "Self-Pursuit of Happiness."  However, when we take care of ourselves, we can take care of others.     Here's how I start.   “We hold to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”    Sure, I ripped off the Bill of Rights on this one.  But, you have to admit, if you follow those words you'll always be on the right path.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Are Not That Smart  

I'm a big fan of setting big-ass goals.  Dreaming BIG and going for it are my natural state - which is why S.M.A.R.T. goals are not all that smart.   S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.     While it may seem like a good plan, I just can't wrap my head around NOT setting goals because they don't seem achievable or realistic.   Excuse me?     Since when were big-ass goals achievable and realistic?  If that were true, you would already be doing them.  Anytime you're moving from dreaming into doing you will be living in the land of crazy and scary.     If you hold yourself to what is achievable and realistic, you might as well keep doing what you're doing.   Dream BIG, my friend.  What is scary today will be comfortable tomorrow - and long as you keep moving.

Make The Best Use of YOUR Time  

Do you believe in time management? Frankly, time management is great, right up until you unquestionably want to get something done. Why? Because it's impossible to manage time. You can only manage yourself. Instead of managing, it's far better to follow a couple of simple rules. 1) Finish one project before you move on to another. Multiple projects only delay the completion of all. 2) Clearly define what must be done to reach your goal - only what is required. Remember, not every action moves you toward your goal - it's only distraction. Be sure you choose your steps carefully. 3) Work to your strength, do what you do best, and make sure you completely want what you're working so hard to achieve. Hmmm... I bet your list just got a lot shorter.

The  Power of Taking a Break  

What Steven Covey called it “Sharpening The Saw," I call my 5 R’s. Slowing down to rest and recharge will always yield far better results that pushing through until you're exhausted. It's simple. Ritual, Rest, Rejuvenate, Reactivate. Repeat Ritualistically get out of bed every day and go for your dreams. Make sure you take breaks along the way to rest. Allow your body and mind a chance to rejuvenate. Then get up, reactivate and start moving toward your goals. Repeat the process until you reach them. The world easiest recipe for success - Stand up! Take a step! Repeat!

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