MOTIVATION FROM IMPORTANT SIGNS!

Motivation comes from important signs.

Motivation can come from important signs in our lives. Thus, we should pay attention.

I recently spoke before a great group in Missoula, Montana. I’d been in Montana a number of times and was always amazed by the reality of the slogan “Big Sky”.

This time, however, the sky around Missoula was cloudy from smoke because of a number of wildfires in that part of the state that were being fought by a lot of brave fire fighters.

WE SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO SIGNS

By the side of a street in the area, I saw the sign in the picture above that lets people know the conditions in the area and the level of fire danger that day. The day I was there, the arrow pointed to “EXTREME” and the sign simply reflected what I saw in the sky.

When conditions are dry, as they had been in Montana, and in California where I live, it doesn’t take much for a fire to start. Thus, it’s up to all of us to be more careful.

DANGER IN CERTAIN ACTS!

Just like the warning sign in Missoula, we all come across figurative signs in our lives that warn us about something.

Thus, high blood pressure is a sign of danger and mistreating people is a sign of danger. In addition, not managing money wisely is a sign of danger. The signs are there if we look for them.

Can you identify a sign of danger in your life? If so, why not do something about it TODAY? You could take one positive step in the other direction and see what happens. Let’s not wait until a situation gets to EXTREME!

MOTIVATION DAILY AFFIRMATION

“I watch for DANGER signs in my life and do something about them NOW!”

Related Article: Attitude Lesson from the Wright Brothers

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WORRY IS LIKE A CAROUSEL – GET OFF!

Worry is Like a Carousel - Get Off!

Worry is like a carousel and we need to get off! When we worry about something, thoughts go around in our minds in circles and they can keep us from taking positive actions.

Where I live, in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, I noticed the other day an amazing Victorian carousel in the Westfield Topanga Mall in Canoga Park. That carousel took me back because it was so tall. Look closely at the picture. It’s a 2-story carousel that I had never seen before. Hence, there is actually a stairway that leads to the upper deck.

IT BEGAN WITH JOUSTING GAMES

According to details from the website historyofcarousels, “Carousels that we know today evolved from the jousting games of 12th century Europe and Asia.” Those games involved Knights of that time.

According to the site, “They would ride in a circle and throw glass balls filled with perfumed water between themselves – which required great skill and horsemanship. Those that would drop the ball and break it would smell of perfume and be ashamed of their lesser skills. This game was called “little battle” or “garosello”in Italian and “carosella” in Spanish from where we have today’s word “carousel.”

The game eventually was played by commoners and carousels started showing up at fairgrounds in Europe. Early make believe carousels had wooden horses for the children. By the mid-19th century, the platform carousel was developed. The first steam-powered carousel appeared around 1861.

GET WORRY OUT OF THE MIND!

When we worry about something, as I’ve stated, it’s as if our thoughts are going around in circles in our minds. Like a carousel, they just keep going around with no concrete direction. In the book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” Dale Carnegie said that much of what we worry about never happens. Thus, we’re wasting time and emotional energy!

His solution was to write down, in detail, what we’re worried about. Then write down what you would do if the worst were to happen. Once you have that written down, Carnegie related, much of the worry goes away.

So, my I suggest that the only time our thoughts should go in circles is when we enjoy a carousel ride. And you won’t have to worry about dropping the perfumed water balls! That could give you your power back.

A STOP-WORRYING AFFIRMATION

“Whenever I worry, I write down what I’m worried about, write down a plan to take care of the worst, and that helps me greatly!”

Related Daily Formula: The Tiberias Success Formula

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15 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR ATTITUDE & THE ATTITUDE OF THOSE AROUND YOU

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Changing your personal and professional attitude starts by changing the way you think about the situations, the people and the world around you. The attitude we exhibit can also play a large roll in how others see us. Typically people either see you as having a positive and optimistic tone to life or a negative and pessimistic world perspective. Even more important, this decision can be made within the first 7 seconds of meeting someone. I have been a keynote attitude speaker for nearly a decade and there is nothing more important in the workforce today than a positive can do attitude.

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A positive attitude is a mindset that can be learned and mastered over time. Once learned you can use these tips on a daily basis to bring a positive outlook to your life. This, in turn, creates a ripple effect, with your positive attitude impacting those around you to create ever widening circles of positivity rather than negativity.

Learning how to tap into the positive side of your emotions and outlook on life starts with developing some simple habits. The more of these you incorporate into your own life on a daily basis, the more positive your attitude will be. You will also improve the attitude of those you encounter and spend time with throughout the day. Below are 15 ways to improve your attitude, choose what works best for you and start to improve your attitude and the attitude of those around you today!

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1. Use Positive Inspiration

You don’t just have to look internally to find the motivation to be positive. The internet makes it easy to find inspirational quotes, articles, websites and even short YouTube videos to get yourself into a positive state of mind. Try starting your day by listening to a motivational video to help set the tone for the day.

It is also a good idea to look towards motivational speakers, authors, poets and business leaders or other individuals that focus on providing positive messages and inspirational quotes. Connect on social media or through daily emails and read the messages, incorporating them into your day.

2. Front and Center

It can be easy to be thrown off your positive game by a negative interaction. To avoid this pitfall, link an image in your mind as well as a physical image in your space with your positive thoughts.

For instance, if you find yourself feeling positive and inspired when you are around your children, when you look at beautiful art or when you listen to specific music, use that as a self-prompt if you find your attitude turning to negative and pessimistic. Visualize the beauty of the art, your child’s smiling face or play your favorite song in your head to prompt a positive perspective.

3. Make Mini Goals a Part of Your Life

what-are-your-goals?There is an old saying about the fact that you don’t really know if you have arrived if you don’t know where you are going. People that have a positive attitude know where they are going in their personal and professional life and they set small, manageable mini-goals to help them to stay on track.

While large goals are necessary as well, set mini goals to accomplish over a day, week or month. Write them down and check them off as they are completed to see your personal and professional progress and growth. When you feel you are growing and improving consistently your attitude improves. You start to see yourself as better than you were before, which boosts your confidence and attitude.

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4. Become the Solution Guru

solution-focusedOne way to start thinking about positive outcomes and options is to avoid focusing on the problem and start looking at the possibility of a solution. By choosing the solution focus, the brain’s creative energy is utilized, and possibilities will emerge. If you only focus on the problem, it is more likely that the obstacles and challenges seem to get bigger, creating a negative cycle.

This is effective in both your personal life and your professional life. People like to be around problem-solvers, not around those that make problems larger than life. When you solve problems for yourself and others you will gain more respect which in turn will boost your attitude.

5. Know You Are In Control

One critical factor for a positive attitude is to understand that your attitude, or how you perceive things around you, is all up to you. How you choose to think about something is entirely your choice.

By listening to the internal dialogue that goes on in your head at all times, it is easy to spot when the negative “that won’t happen, that is impossible, that’s too hard” type of statements start creeping in. Once you recognize a negative thought, replace it with as positive thought such as “I can creatively solve that, I can take on a challenge or what do I need to make this a reasonable task to complete” to change your attitude.

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6. Don’t Let Negatives Drag You Down

Having a positive attitude doesn’t mean that you ignore real world challenges or negative events in your life. Rather, it means you don’t let them overtake your life and drain your emotional energy. Life is too short to let negative events control your attitude.

Having the ability to recognize a negative event, debrief it mentally and then see the next event in the day as something completely new and different from the negative issues is key. An example of this might be having a small disagreement with your spouse in the morning. This could ruin your entire day if you let it! So it is key to mentally debrief and move on so that your attitude/mood improves and allows you to have a great day.
As an attitude speaker, I believe this is essential to those people who have high-stress jobs and should be implemented right away.

7. Develop a Positive Sense of Self

positive-thinking-quoteIt can be easy to be discouraged if you hit a string of challenging events, people or things in life. To avoid becoming negative, develop a set of positive messages about your abilities. This can be a private journal or even a list, but keep adding to the things that you feel good about yourself and review it often.

Being positive and having a “bounce back” attitude means being in touch with the abilities, skills, and talents you bring to every interaction with other people in your life. When you are more in tune with your skills or any part of your mental or physical body/mind you have more control over your thoughts. This gives you the ability to improve your attitude more easily when it is most needed.

Related Article: Learning How To Stay Happy with a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)

8. Look for the Silver Lining

The 8th of 15 ways to improve your attitude is to look for the good in the bad. There are two different ways to look at all events that happen in your life. One way is to see everything as a problem just waiting to happen, and the other is to see things as an opportunity that is yet to be realized.

The secret is to turn from the negative everything is a problem mode into the positive, start to look for the silver lining in things that happen. What did you learn, what made you stronger, what did you learn about your resilience or abilities you didn’t know before? By looking at things as potential positives rather than possible or even probable negatives you will feel your attitude shift.

9. Choose Your Friends and Colleagues Wisely

It is hard to stay positive and have a solution focused attitude if everyone around you is negative. While you may not be able to control who you have to work with, you can control who you choose to engage with socially. Move negative, “can’t do” people out of your life or at least minimize your interactions. Look for people who are encouraging, positive and upbeat in your professional and social relationships.

10. Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk

How you talk and behave can trigger both positive and negative attitudes. If you get up in the morning and are feeling negative, staying in that negative mode by thinking about all the things that will go wrong that day is going to prescribe just how bad your day will become. Additionally, holding onto the negative thoughts of yesterday can cause your attitude to continue to suffer.

On the other hand, if you wake up in a bad mood, you can also choose to do something you enjoy, make your favorite breakfast, read a positive or uplifting article or maybe call a friend or loved one who always makes you feel great about yourself.

Look for ways to express positivity to set yourself up for a great day. Smile at the people you meet, hold a door for someone or do a random act of kindness to get into a positive mode. You can’t always control how you feel in the morning, but 90% of the time you actually can. If your employees could benefit from an improved attitude, consider working with a keynote attitude speaker to show them how to talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to attitude alignment and positive thinking.

11. Don’t Personalize “No”

In personal and professional conversations, the word “no” is frequently used. People that have a positive attitude see “no” as an answer to a specific question, not as a personal rejection. Rather than allowing this to create negative feelings or self-doubt, think of ways to creatively approach the issue or to learn from the experience for the future.

12. Count Your Blessings

count-your-blessingsIt can be very easy to get into the habit of comparing what you have or what you have achieved in life with other people. This is never helpful as everyone has different starting points, circumstances and opportunities in life.

To stay positive, focus on what you have achieved, what brings you pleasure and the blessings you have in your world right now. Being content and satisfied in life leads to a positive attitude while constantly envying others only brings about negativity.

13. Have a Positive Path in Life

One critical factor to having a positive attitude in life is having a purpose you believe in. Make the daily choice to be positive and to take one step forward to reaching your short and long-term goals. While having goals is important, so is having a way to get from where you are to where you want to be. So create a strategy to make those goals become a reality.
This is also a personal path. It is not the path of your friends or your coworkers, but it’s a path that makes you personally happy, satisfied and content with the choices you have and will make in life.

14. Be Happy for Others

One way to obtain a positive attitude is not just to feel great about yourself but to celebrate the achievements, accomplishments, and milestones of the people around you.

When you can feel happy for other people, it can be just a positive of a feeling of being happy for yourself. This feeling intensifies if you have played a part in helping that person achieve their goals. It is also something that is genuine and that can be felt by those around you.

15. Celebrate Achievements

celebrate-success-imageCelebrating your personal achievements is also a positive way to boost how you feel about yourself. By celebrating your personal and professional achievements you are taking the necessary time to actually feel good about what you are doing and accomplishing. If you fail to celebrate your achievements and completing your goals you will burn out.

Just make sure that you are celebrating responsibly. Being able to celebrate responsibly means that you don’t put others down due to your achievements. It also means that you don’t get completely wasted on the following Friday and ruin your opportunity to develop personally because you are too hungover or sick.

 

The key to changing your attitude is to focus on how you see your professional and personal life and the world around you. Changing your thoughts about these issues from dwelling on negatives to setting goals to make positive progress will have a definite and measurable change in your attitude and the attitude of those around you

There are many other ways to create and maintain a positive attitude that will benefit yourself and those around you. Choose the actionable items that work best for you and use them as often as possible. Make sure that you don’t only use the methods of improving your attitude that are easiest to use, but also the ones that are most effective.

It takes time to learn how to change your thoughts and your attitude so don’t expect this to be an overnight transformation. It takes practice, continuous effort, discipline and the ability to fail and continue to try. By having a plan and an arsenal of actionable items you can put in place to create a positive attitude for yourself you are setting yourself up for success. Learning to use different tactics at different moments and in different settings will improve your ability to control your attitude. The above 15 ways to improve your attitude are only a few options, you can always find more ways to improve your attitude if you just look for them.

As a keynote attitude speaker, I preach and teach my audiences the importance of a positive attitude. Check out one of my latest attitude speaker videos on The Balance of Your Power where I discuss the importance of balancing your positive and negative thoughts.


Cheers to your future success!

Boaz Rauchwerger
Keynote Attitude Speaker

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SETTING GOALS CLEARLY THROUGH 6 PICTURES!

Setting goals clearly through 6 pictures.

Setting goals, and achieving them, can be accomplished much more successfully when pictures are involved. During a recent stay at the DoubleTree Hotel by the Orlando Airport, I saw the big screen television sets above in the newly remodeled lobby.

At the time I was there, all of the TV sets were tuned to sports programming. Thus, I would imagine that this will be a popular spot during the NFL football season. People get a clear picture of what’s happening at 6 different stadiums around the country.

Broadcasting has certainly come a long way since I was a little boy. Then, there were only 3 channels, the pictures were black and white, there were no remote controls, and all broadcasting stopped at 12 midnight.

WHAT IF WE PICTURED OUR FUTURES CLEARLY?

Those 6 television sets at the Orlando DoubleTree gave me an idea about our futures. What if we wrote down the 6 most important goals in our lives, both personally and professionally, and then got pictures of each of those goals as if they were already accomplished?

Then, what if we posted those 6 pictures on a wall, in a similar configuration as the TV sets in Orlando? And then, what if we looked at those pictures every day?

THE MIND RESPONDS TO PICTURES!

The mind does respond to pictures. And, what we focus on expands. Those two thoughts give us a clue to our future success. What we see on a regular basis becomes ingrained in our brains. And, as Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Let’s screen your future and watch what happens!

A SETTING GOALS AFFIRMATION

“I’m getting pictures of my most important goals, posting them, and looking at them every day.”

Related Goal Setting Formula: The Tiberias Success Formula

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ATTITUDE LESSON FROM THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

Attitude lessons from the wright brothers.

Attitude is something we all work with every day. Thus, taking your attitude to the next level of achievement can be a challenge. When I was in Ohio recently, in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas for speaking engagements, I learned something valuable from the Wright Brothers. While there, I visited where their home used to stand in Dayton and saw where their bicycle shop used to be.

I drove about 10 miles north of Dayton to the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. This is where the Wright Brothers tested their next flying machine after their initial success at Kitty Hawk.

A GREAT ATTITUDE IS LIKE LAUNCHING A PLANE

At Huffman Field, I took the picture above of the plaque showing the catapult the brothers used to launch their plane into the air. Apparently the winds at that field were not strong enough to get the plane off the ground by engine power along. Thus, they built a track of wooden rails. In addition, they built a wooden derrick. Two horses lifted a 1,600-pound counterweight. Then, when the weight was released, the plane was launched.

CAN WE LAUNCH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE EVERY DAY?

The same way that the Wright Brothers launched their plane in Dayton, we can figuratively launch a positive attitude every day. That is, an attitude that can help get us to the next level of achievement. Therefore, a great attitude is a matter of directing our thoughts.

We’re all declaring affirmations every day. Unfortunately, many of them are negative and destructive. What if you purposefully declared affirmations, daily, affirming what we want rather than what we don’t want? I suggest affirmations such as: “Everything I touch prospers and succeeds; I am in great health; create great relationships; I am a Champion.”

State what you want, morning and evening, and watch what happens in the next 90 days. As a result, this process could catapult you to a whole new level of achievement. When it came to achievement, the Wright Brothers believed that the sky’s the limit!

A DAILY POSITIVE AFFIRMATION

I declare positive affirmations each day, stating what I want out of life!

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HOW TO BALANCE OUR LIVES?

How to Balance Our Lives is displayed in the Nevada desert.

To balance our lives, these days, seems to be an endless exercise in futility. There are so many distractions that we can miss important things.

Recently, while in Las Vegas for speaking engagements, I drove just south of town to see something I had missed the last time I drove to Vegas. There, just to the east of Interstate 15, was the site in the picture above.

WHAT IS THIS?

There, in plain site, was Seven Magic Mountains. If you look closely, you may see some people at the bottom of the pillars. This is one of the largest land-based installations of art in the United States.

The information sign states that “this is a large-scale, site-specific, public artwork by artist Ugo Rondinone. It consists of locally-sourced limestone boulders stacked vertically in groups ranging between three and six.

Each stone boasts a different fluorescent color; each individual totem stands between thirty and thirty-five feet high. The stacks evoke the art of meditative rock balancing. As a result, the works appear poised between monumentality and collapse – seeming to defy gravity in their teetering formations, but equally to depend on it.”

MAGIC WE LEARN FROM SEVEN MOUNTAINS?

The heavy boulders at this site are obviously balanced on each other very carefully. We, in our busy lives, have to carefully balance all of our responsibilities. Otherwise, our lives may topple.

Thus, when we feel overwhelmed, we might ask ourselves the following question: What is the most valuable thing I should be doing right now? We usually know. However, we often gravitate to that which is “tension-relieving” rather than “goal achieving”.

Having a few minutes of quiet time, with no distractions, may be the most valuable at that moment. Spending time with our loved ones may be the most valuable. Hence, we usually know. The key is to ask the question, when we feel out of balance, and the most valuable thing will become clear. Then, immediately, start to do that most valuable thing.

Before you know it, this process will become automatic and you’ll find it much easier to balance your life.

A DAILY BALANCE AFFIRMATION

I always do the most valuable thing first and quickly!

Related Article: Habits Need Changing to Get Us There

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FINDING TRUSTED MOTIVATIONAL MENTORS!

Find Trusted Motivational Mentors here at the glide port.

Trusted motivational mentors are hard to find, but they are a key to your future success! They are people who have done what we want to do and can be a great source of direction for our greater future. Last week, when I was in San Diego, I stayed in the scenic Torrey Pines area, which is not far from the world-famous Torrey Pines Glideport. This is a historic flight port which has been in use since 1938, and that’s where I learned about trusted motivational mentors.

HERE YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT MOTIVATIONAL MENTORS!

The picture above is one of the many dramatic photos on the walls of the Glideport office.

This place, on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is renowned for paragliding, hang gliding, and sail planing. And, there is also room for radio controlled flying. I loved being there.

On the evening when I visited the Glideport last week, they were already closed for the day. Otherwise, I would have inquired about tandem flights. That’s where you go flying with a certified instructor in a paraglider or hand glider for up to 30 minutes. The beauty is that all ages and physical abilities are welcome. In fact, some years ago I saw a disabled young lady go on a tandem flight here. Her commend afterwards: “When flying, I didn’t feel disabled. It was magic!”

IF YOU WANT TO FLY, YOU MUST TRUST!

In order to go tandem flying at Torrey Pines, you have to trust your instructor. That they know what they’re doing. That the two of you will actually take off when the two of you step off the cliff. That you will return safely.

In order to achieve greatness in life, I believe that all of us have to show trust.

Trust can be in the form of finding someone who has done what we want to do, asking them for advice, and then following that advice. If there’s something special you’ve wanted to accomplish, why not identify that person now and trust their guidance to help your future take off. To be a great leader, we must first be a good follower. That will help us stay positive!

TRUSTED MOTIVATIONAL MENTORS DAILY AFFIRMATION

I identify the people I need to follow and trust their guidance!

Related Article: Habits Need Changing to Get Us There

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