3 Steps to Daily Success: Using Motivational and Inspirational Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Goals!
Introduction: A positive mindset is EVERYTHING when it comes to reaching your goals. Changing your day-to-day behaviours may be easier than you think! There are lots of pieces to the puzzle when it comes to really shifting your vibrations and reaching your goals and affirmations/using positive quotes is just one piece, but it’s such a simple thing to do! By meditating on and repeating motivational and inspirational quotes, we all have the ability to change our thought patterns, behaviours and in turn, change our lives! Seems easy, right?
Here’s a three-step process to make it easy for you – how to use motivational quotes and affirmations to help you achieve! If we believe something to be easy, we find little, if any struggle in accomplishing it. However, if we imagine something to be difficult to accomplish, then our struggle becomes much more apparent. In fact, it is well known that our brain seeks out experiences and ‘facts’ to back up and/or to justify our beliefs – crazy right?! If we think that it is difficult to change a specific behaviour, then we will always find experiences that will justify that belief. Take this for example. We wake up one morning and decide: “This is the day I start losing weight and getting in shape. When things get hard, I will not reach for the chocolate, but instead I will focus on something else to keep my mind occupied. It might be tough at first, but I’m going to give it a try.” If you continue with this type of thought pattern and belief, don’t be surprised to find yourself struggling more often than not. Why is this?
If we look at this example closely, we can easily find several thought patterns and beliefs already in place. We have determined to do something good for ourselves, but we do ourselves a disservice by choosing certain negative thought patterns, beliefs and words that go along with it. Did you spot them? We said: “When things get hard….” (This is already assuming that there will be difficult moments! Strike one!) “It may be tough at first…” (This is already assuming it will be difficult at first! Strike two!) “…but I’m going to give it a try.” (Remember the movie “The Karate Kid”…” There is no “try”, there is only “do”. Strike three!)
Now, there are hundreds of products out there that will assist people in losing weight. Some, if not all of them, may work for various people at various stages of their goal. But if you’re someone that has convinced themselves that losing weight is difficult before you’ve even started, it’s going to be even more of a challenge to reach your goals because your MINDSET isn’t where it needs to be. I see this so often with my coaching clients (no matter what the subject is – weight, relationships, money, career stuff, blockers… the list goes on!). When your thought patterns are stronger than your desire to change, it’s going to be a struggle, no doubt about it! Here is something that I’ve personally done to change a behaviour I no longer desired.
I’ve recently decided it’s really time I get back into shape! I didn’t like the way I looked, felt or even thought for that matter. I needed to change and take some action towards it. First, I realised that I had to change my way of thinking about losing weight. My old thought patterns were no longer working for me. My thoughts were like little tiny pictures that I projected in my mind of how heavy I was, how unfit I felt, how hard it was going to be to get back in shape etc. I no longer wanted these pictures or thought patterns in my life. I had to choose a thought pattern and belief that would be easier to think about! And this is someone who is trained in how to think etc – so it really does happen to all of us! 😊 Anyway, so I chose this thought (and you have to DECIDE to do something different! Choose what you want to say to yourself): “Releasing weight is so much easier than I thought.”
Perhaps not the most ideal for everyone but it works for me! Also note that I got rid of the word ‘lost’ (when we lose something, we generally want to find it again, right?! I definitely don’t want to find it again, so I deliberately chose a different word!). Secondly, I chose a word I wanted to focus on for that day, week or month to help me in accomplishing my goal (Start with just a day, or just an hour for that matter. Keep it simple.) The word I chose needed to be in relation to the change I want to make. For example, I chose the word “FOCUS”, as I felt that that’s what I needed to think about most of the time; focusing more on releasing weight. Choose any word as long as it relates to your situation. (EG: Attitude, Energy, Action, Belief…).
Following that, I scoured the Internet for motivational and inspirational quotes that resonated within me that related to that specific word I chose. Quotes that I could remember, especially ones that really spoke to what I wanted to accomplish. But here’s the most important part. I needed quotes that were powerful enough to change my thought patterns the moment I read them. Quotes that REALLY spoke to me when I my eyes fell upon them. Quotes that forced me to pause and think for a moment. Quotes that had that extra “edge” where my mind said, “Yes. This is one.” These are all signs of a quote that held power for me. I “focused” in on the following quotes.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” Buddha “The only way to discover the limits of the possible, is to go beyond them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke “Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do” Brian Tracy In fact, I found dozens of quotes that I resorted to from time to time, but these three I always came back to. They spoke of who I was, what I wanted to accomplish and who I wanted to become, as I worked towards my goal. I wrote them down. I carried these quotes with me constantly. I stuck them up round the house where I could see them. I read them and meditated on them whenever I had the opportunity to. At work, home or out, I focused on and kept repeating these powerful quotes to help me FOCUS on what I wanted. Consistency is really the key here and that’s another blog post all in itself! Because I changed my thought patterns, over time, I can honestly say I well on the way to achieving my goals and I’m a whole lot happier, more fired up and more energised! Yep, I’ll be the first to admit that accomplishing the goal involved more than just thinking but it all began with my thoughts. The thoughts then permeated into my actions. So, to recap – here are the three steps again:
- Decide to change your way of thinking about a behaviour, making it easier for you to think about it. Phrase it in a simple way. Deciding to actually do something is MASSIVE!
- Choose a word to focus on to change that behaviour for a period of time.
- Find a minimum of three motivational or inspirational quotes related to that specific word that are powerful enough to change your current thought patterns the moment you read them. Meditate on them and repeat them, silently or out loud, every chance you get, until they feel a part of you!
Be patient. Stick with it. Give it some time. These things are so simple to do….. but they are also so easy not to do (or not to do consistently) which is why so many people fail to reach their goals. Why do you think companies offer a 30-day money-back guarantee? They know that if you do something for 30 days it becomes a habit and you no longer need to return it! (Learned something, huh?) Give it time. The first step to what you want to accomplish is changing your mind and the thought patterns and beliefs associated with your behaviour. Thoughts are the precursor to action, meaning that thoughts occur before any action takes place. That’s what needs to be changed first. Your thoughts. Later on, we’ll look at some of the other pieces of the puzzle which include consistency and taking action but for now, practice these three steps and see how you get on! It worked for me and I hope this inspires and motivates you to achieve your goals too! Think positive!
All the Best,