May 2008

The Road to Success Starts with One Word: MOTIVATION!

Author: Theresa Jackson

If you surveyed 50 people, asking each his or her definition of success, chances are you would receive 50 different answers. Even so, there are certain steps everyone must follow in order to be successful. One of the most important is staying motivated.

Do you have a new job? Have you started your own business? Are you in the process of earning a degree? Do you have the desire to lose weight? If one of these scenarios is a recent event in your life, you are probably still excited about the opportunity. That also probably means you are motivated. Excitement and motivation often work hand in hand.

But how do you stay motivated after several weeks or months have gone by? How do you maintain the same level of excitement that you had when you began your new adventure?

There are many things you can do to stay motivated. It is important to set aside a few minutes or more each day in an effort to keep your motivation level at its highest. There will be days that you may feel less motivated than usual. We all have a bad day now and then. By doing all that you can to maintain a positive attitude, your “down days” will probably be few and far between.

One of the best ways to stay motivated is by filling your mind with positive thoughts. You can do that by reading. Hundreds of books have been written on the topic of motivation. Visit your local bookstore or library and browse the shelves. Ask the clerk or librarian for author and title recommendations.

If you have a busy schedule, don’t despair. Set aside 15-20 minutes each day. Even if you only read a few pages during that time, it WILL help to keep you motivated. I do it and can attest to the fact that it really does work! No time to read? Check out audio versions and listen in your car.

If you are in the process of achieving a goal such as weight loss or top salesperson, make a “dream board.” A dream board is a poster, of sorts. If a trimmer figure is your goal, cut out pictures of the new wardrobe you will someday buy. If you dream of out-selling your peers, find pictures of your dream home or vacation destination and of the new car you would love to drive. Make a collage with these pictures and hang it where you will see it each day.

Believe in yourself; stay healthy and maintain a positive attitude. You will be amazed at what you can achieve!

Theresa Jackson is a certified clinical hypnotherapist and nutritional counselor who is also pursuing a doctorate in natural health. She is the founder & president of Wellness Within Centers with programs in weight reduction, smoking cessation, stress relief, healing from chronic illness, business and motivation, and golf performance improvement. You can reach the Wellness Within office at 843-986-9700.

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