3 Steps for Daily Success
Using motivational quotes to achieve your goals
All of those inspiring sayings and quotes we see on Instagram aren't just pretty and cool, they can actually help to re-wire our brains.
Now, I've never been one for meditating, in the traditional sense, but I do love doing things that put me into a meditative trance, like blogging, walking in nature, yoga—and (no surprise here!) looking at inspiring quotes and imagery on social media, blogs, and my fridge. And, you know, it really helps me to focus and puts me in a good mood.
Want to try it? Here's how it's done.
If we believe something is easy, we find little, if any struggle in accomplishing it. But, if we imagine something to be difficult to accomplish, then our struggle becomes more apparent. We imagine that it is difficult to change a specific behavior, then we will find excuses that will justify that belief.
Take this, for example. We wake up one morning and decide that:
"Today is the day I start losing weight. I will not reach for junk food when the going gets rough - instead, I will focus on something else to keep my mind occupied. It'll be tough at first, but I'm going to try."
If you continue with thought patterns and beliefs like this, don't be surprised to find yourself struggling more often than not. Why?
If you look at this example closely you will find a couple of thought patterns and beliefs already in place.
We have determined to do something good for our health, but we do ourselves a disservice by choosing certain negative thought patterns.
We have said,"When things get difficult...."(This is already assuming that there will be difficult moments! Strike 1!)
"It'll be tough at first..."(This is already assuming it will be difficult at first! Strike 2!)
"...but I'm going to give it a try."(Remember the movie "The Karate Kid"..."There is no "try", there is only "do". Strike 3!) Now there are hundreds of things out there that are supposed to help people lose weight. Some, if not all of them, may work for different people at various stages of their goal. But for many people who have convinced themselves that losing weight is a hard thing to do, some products and services may fall short when our thought patterns are stronger than our desire to change.
Here is something that I did to change a behavior I no longer desired.
First, I realized that I had to change my way of thinking about it. I had to choose a thought pattern and belief that would be easier to think about.
I chose this thought,
"Cutting back on coffee is easy peasy!"
OK, it is not exactly easy, but I had to tell myself that! Perhaps not the most ideal thought for everyone, but it worked for me.
Next, I chose a word I wanted to focus on for that month to help me in accomplishing my goal. The word I chose needed to be in relation to the change I want to make. So I chose the word "ENERGETIC" since I felt that that's what I needed to think about most of time; focusing more on gaining energy than losing it and feeling crappy.
You can choose any word as long as it relates to your situation (action, believe, goals, etc.).
Following that, I hopped on Google for motivational and inspirational quotes and sayings that resonated with the word I chose. Quotes that I could remember, especially ones that really spoke to what I wanted to accomplish. I also hopped on Instagram and found some motivational influencers to follow.
But here's what I think was 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 saw them. Quotes that basically forced me to pause and think for a moment. Quotes that had that extra edginess when my mind said, "Kelly, you need more coffee." These were all signs of a quote that held power for me. I focused in on the following quotes (saved as my desktop background, printed then out, put on my fridge, at work, in my purse, etc.).
"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 them impossible." - Arthur C. Clarke
"It's not what you achieve in the end that matters, it's who you become in the process." - Author Unknown
I actually found dozens of quotes that I resorted to from time to time, but these three I always came back to. They spoke of what I wanted to accomplish and who I wanted to become as I worked towards my goal.
I wrote them down and printed them out. I carried these quotes with me constantly.
I read them and meditated on them whenever I had the opportunity. At work, home or at the gym (yup, I finally got myself to exercise, mainly by focusing on Arthur C. Clarke's quote!), I focused on these three powerful quotes to help me FOCUS on what I wanted, which was being more ENERGETIC!
Because I changed my thought patterns, over time, I can honestly say I am a whole lot happier. I think too much caffeine was zapping me of sound sleep at night and loads of energy. Yes, I'll be the first to admit that accomplishing that "less coffee" goal involved more than just thinking but it all began with my thoughts. The thoughts then permeated into my actions.
Here are the steps I took.
1. Decide to change your way of thinking about a behavior, making it easier for you to think about it. Phrase it in a simple way.
2. Choose a word to focus on to change that behavior for a period of time.
3. 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. Also, surround yourself with positivity! (Like the Instagram influencers I found.)
4. Be patient. Stick with it. Give it some time.
Think about it like this: Why do you think companies offer a 30-day money back guarantee? It's because they know that if you do something for 30 days it becomes a habit and you will not want to return your purchase!
So, if you are working to make a change, give it time - one month minimum.
The first step to what you want to accomplish is changing your mind and the thought patterns and beliefs associated with your behavior - because 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.
It worked for me and I hope this inspires and motivates you to achieve your goal.
Good luck! Think positive.
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