How do you stay motivated when you are on the grind? It’s usually easy to get started with a new wave of motivation but what happens months down the road when you have years left to achieve your goal? I use meditation to keep my mind calm and reduce mental burnout.
Take a second to look ahead. You do the work day after day, month after month, and year after year just to achieve your goal and realize you have given up your health and you can’t enjoy it. Meditation can bridge that gap. Trust me, whatever amount of time you sit to meditate is not time lost it is a massive gain for you and your goals.
When I started actively pursuing my goals I had trouble sleeping. Most of those sleepless nights were a result of my thoughts never stopping long enough for me to fall asleep. A loop of endless task lists and false fears about what might go wrong. I found a way to help, 10 minutes of meditation before I went to bed made a huge difference. Meditation helped ease that restless mind and led to more consistent sleep. This helped my motivation to get out of bed the next day and move out with the work that needed to be done to reach my goals. I was more focused and clear in my decisions.
Once you get started you have a great cycle going. Meditation clears your mind and helps you focus. That increased focus helps you keep up your motivation. Your increased motivation helps you meditate. Boom, the only thing you need is you!
This is just the tip of the iceberg for what meditation can do for you and your quest. If you need a place to start I have some beginner resources on this site so make sure you check them out.
So what are you waiting for, there is a beast inside you waiting to push you over the limit!
What has to happen for you to achieve your dreams? CHANGE, yes I am screaming. Do me a favor, find a time today to sit down and picture yourself as the person you want to be. Picture yourself as if you have achieved your dream in as much detail as you can. Now, write down the things that are different between you now and the achieved dream you. All the things you just wrote down have to change in the physical world! That means you have to change them, you have to change.
This is where meditation can help. I am not just saying that, there are volumes of scientific research to back up that claim.
For now lets talk about how meditation can help you bring on the change you need. Change is stressful for anybody. Meditation, practiced for as little as ten minuets a day, can make long term changes in your brain that will help you deal with stress. I need to say that again, meditation can bring on long term changes in your brain that help you deal with stress! Don’t believe me? Here is an interview with Sara Lazar a Neuroscientist at the Harvard Medical School, the article has links to her research if you want to take a deeper look.
That’s it for now. Of course meditation has many more benefits but stress management is enough to invest ten minuets a day.
Again, it goes like this. If you want to achieve something you have not yet achieved you will have to change. Change is stressful, even if it is fun it is still stressful. Mediation will help you manage that stress.
If you are new to meditation and looking for a place to start here is a beginners guide.
Whatever you are dreaming of is possible. The trouble is people never considered setting goals to help them reach their big dreams. Why? I think there are a few reasons for this. Many people feel they are stuck with what they have and never consider improving themselves or their position. Others consider it but fill their mind with excuses that derail them along the way. Either scenario ends in a victim mentality. The real trouble is, a victim mentality is addicting. Many people need complaints, it has become who they are, and they have nothing else to talk about.
When these people begin to realize that they can achieve their dreams, that their dreams are possible if they are willing to work for it, they get scared. Why? Because they would have to change who they are. If they get everything they want they are not victims anymore and if they don’t get what they want they are to blame, not someone else. Most people want to pass the blame.
What about you? Are you afraid? If so, why? Dig deep and answer yourself truthfully because YOU are the only thing in your way! Go after your dreams… free the beast!
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This is a powerful quote. At first you think, “what else is there to say? Let’s get to work.” As long as you included, “let’s get to work,” in your thoughts, you are right. Just in case you didn’t include “let’s get to work.” I have a little more to say.
Impossible, that’s what experts said about the sub 4 minute mile. But Roger Bannister did it. He didn’t believe the hype, he tried harder and worked harder then he did it. The more fascinating thing is the number of people who followed soon after. What happened? Belief, belief happened. The naysayers couldn’t keep up the lie that it was impossible. The cry babies and “It’s to hard” crowd couldn’t stand behind the it’s impossible excuse anymore.There was a break in human belief and for those willing to work hard enough, it became possible.
So, if your wandering if pushing hard on your subject, on your dream, is worth it. If your wondering if taking it past the level of what is currently possible for you is worth it. It is! Not just for you, for human belief. Not just for you, for mankind! Do you want to change the world? Change human belief! Now get to work!
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If you think your dreams won’t require hard work then you won’t make it. It’s that simple. Here’s the trick, hard work when you are pursuing your dream is incredibly satisfying.
Make sure you are pursuing your dream… not someone else’s. Think hard, is it your dream or your fathers dream? Is it your dream or your friends dream? Find your dream and go after it like your life depends on it.
Benjamin Disraeli said it better than I ever could, “Nothing will withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake it’s very existence to the extent of it’s purpose.”
Did you here that? NOTHING can stop you. Not because it’s easy, because you won’t stop! Find your dream, your purpose and get started. Then don’t stop!
No idea what you purpose is? I used a love affirmation to help me sort it out. If you don’t know what to do, pursue this affirmation as if your life depends on it and keep looking for YOUR dream.
There’s a beast inside you! Massive potential waiting to get out, waiting to get realized, waiting for you to get started.
The trouble is, most people are afraid of their potential, this beast. They put the beast aside, tell themselves it’s evil, and coast though life. The beast doesn’t go away and it’s not always patient.
I hear you, your saying, “not me, I just a……” Not true, the beast is in you too.
Think about a time when you were alone, perhaps driving your car. You felt something stirring inside, you felt something bigger than you trying to get out. What happened? You squelched it, you turned up the radio and told yourself it’s nothing. Or you pulled over, found a bar and got a drink. YOU buried your potential! YOU buried it, no one else!
Next time you feel something stirring inside you, don’t squelch it, let it take over. You’ll feel the possibilities, you may even feel like you can fly, like your car can’t hold you. Then take action on something you have been putting off, something you have always wanted to do. BOOM, free the beast, take action and watch life turn in your favor. It’s time.
This is a wonderful truth, as some of you know and others don’t, you are the toughest opponent you will ever face. When you know yourself you can push past the belief that your dreams are not possible.
You may think it’s something out there or someone else that is keeping you down, someone else who says you cant do it. But the truth is that you believe that person, without your belief that outside experience has no power over you. Know yourself, change your belief and take charge of your dreams… take charge of your life.