Written by Craig Lock


* Focus on one day at a time. * Liverepparttar moment. * Forget yesterday and look forward to tomorrow. If you are guilty about what happened yesterday, or are anxious about what might happen tomorrow, your energy will be dissipated. * Plan your work, then work your plan. * What good and bad habits have you developed? Reinforcerepparttar 124110 good daily patterns and breakrepparttar 124111 bad. * Be an "early bird."

Habits start as consciously made decisions, eg.. what time to get up. Once established, good habits become second nature. Success isrepparttar 124112 result of habit. It depends not so much on doingrepparttar 124113 unusual, but on doingrepparttar 124114 commonplace unusually well.

DON'T PROCRASTINATE. DO IT NOW. Don't confuse being busy with working efficiently. Activities can be tension-relieving, not goal achieving. By concentrating on fewer, priorities regularly on a fixed schedule, you can achieve a lot more in less time.

IS TIME THE PROBLEM OR ARE YOU? Draw up a daily "to do" list. Rank priority tasks (the important few), as well asrepparttar 124115 trivial many. This allows you to focus on fewer things and achieve more. Sort into A, B & C's

A's are important and urgent. Must do today. B's are important and not urgent. Want to do today. C's are not important. Today, if possible or delegate.

Use this system to cover work, personal and family items. This allows you to strike a balance in your daily living. In addition, you can schedulerepparttar 124116 daily activities required to achieve your objectives. By giving high visibility to your major goal, you can keep your mental energies concentrated. Rememberrepparttar 124117 20/80 principle: 20% of your key activities will give you 80% of your results or payoff and 80% of your work (or clients) will produce 20% of your profits.


Written by Craig Lock

What motivates us to dorepparttar things that we do? Why do we think and behave as we do? What influences people to do what they do? The word "motivation" means different things to different people. One thing for sure is that you can't buy a jar of it: it has to come from within yourself. A person's brain needs constant motivational input just as muscles need exercise, engines need petrol and plants need water.

I used to think that motivation was a slick American fad and that it wasn't for me. After all, I was very motivated already!

People arerepparttar 124109 product of their thoughts andrepparttar 124110 aim of motivational material is to improverepparttar 124111 quality of your thoughts. Motivation is nothing more than encouragement and we all perform better for it. Friends of mine say that I am a good motivator, because I simply encourage others.

"We become what we think about all day long." - Emerson

"Most people think only what everybody else is doing." - Earl Nightingale

The road to achievement starts with a goal. Implant that goal in your mind and think about it all day long. I am doing that with this manuscript and my goal is to have it published and be an author. I think I have takenrepparttar 124112 right action steps so far, so that I eventually reach my target. Payrepparttar 124113 price by making sacrifices. Take small steps towards your goal every day, instead of occasional bursts of activity.

The principal difference betweenrepparttar 124114 average person andrepparttar 124115 one who is highly successful seems to be inrepparttar 124116 degree of his or her personal motivation. Motivation isrepparttar 124117 hidden power inrepparttar 124118 successful person's arsenal and isrepparttar 124119 key ingredient for success. Most people, I believe are motivated or haverepparttar 124120 potential if they are aroused and interested inrepparttar 124121 activity.

However, one thing is for sure: It is not something someone else can give you. It must be self-generated from within; it is not external "RA RA" hype. In other words, motivation is an inner energy, rather than a fire lit by others.

Strong motivation also stems from a deep rooted belief in what you are trying to do; it is strongest when it comes from your inner values. This creates a feeling of ENTHUSIASM which is essential in order to remain motivated. Look atrepparttar 124122 zeal of a missionary or a Jehovah's Witness. The best salesmen are those who get very excited about and have total faith in their products. They sell with a firm conviction that their product isrepparttar 124123 best available.


What influences people to do as they do? There are many diverse influences. It is difficult to pin-point which one is most important, but some factors are as follows: different cultures, social environment and biological influences (e.g..hunger, thirst) in work and in play. Other influences are our thoughts, our perceptions. Everyone is different and unique, so there are great individual differences in our drives.

There are two main sources of motivation: What will happen if you do? What will happen if you don't? For example, your doctor advises you to give up smoking. If you do, you will feel better and live longer; if you don't your health is going to deteriorate. Both sources (and implications) are equally powerful.

There is a strong correlation between motivation and achievement. Highly motivated people are nearly always achievers. Thrillseekers like sky-divers and stuntmen often need to do life threatening activities to keep them motivated. Danger gives them pleasure and keeps them motivated.

Why do we work? Is it just for money or is money merely a short-term issue? I am personally not motivated by money. I prefer interesting and exciting work that offers a challenge andrepparttar 124124 opportunity for personal growth. Others may feelrepparttar 124125 need for affiliation or to contribute to society. Inrepparttar 124126 following chapter there is an exercise on this.

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