Motivation

The Holiday Season, a Time for Retrospection

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The Holiday Season is upon us again, and so I invite you to reflect upon the concept of Christmas and New Year.

Christmas is not only a place of celebration and joy; it’s a time to consider the less fortunate, a time to think of how others struggle in life, and also to recognize where we have also struggled before, and feel grateful for our current position.

That sense of growth that comes from reviewing our own progress is crucial for developing the kind of habits that will allow us to move forward and strive. 

Take a look at this year coming to an end, and ask yourself the following questions (you can actually use them as guidance in a text file and write actual answers in it, not just think them in your mind):

What goals did you set at the beginning of the year and actually accomplished?

Where did you fall short?

Was it something you gave up right after your first failure?

Was there any other way you could have approached your goal in order to succeed?

Was there anyone who could have helped reach that goal?

Did you take constant action on that goal?

If not, why? 

We all have goals, but most of us chase after them with our big-talk ego, and little or no action and progress.

We like to be recognized for the plan we layout to chase after them, but usually fell short on tangible results because we don’t put actions where our mouths were… or using the words of Top Gun movie Commander: “our ego is writing checks our body can't cash”; we don’t put the work in and stay determined. We tend to stop altogether at the first sign of failure and throw our dream aside because of that obstacle.
We need to remember that those “obstacles” are there to strengthen us, to forge us in the kind of people we need to become in order to achieve that goal.

 

It is essential to frequently assess where we are and take responsibility for the options we have in order to adjust our course and build momentum to get where we want to be.

One of the core values we have as a company is to inspire and empower people in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, if you want to read about our Custom Software Solutions and Consulting Services, please visit www.isucorp.ca

3 Things to Tell Yourself Today

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Progress is only possible through change, and those who can change their minds can change anything.

You are the architect of your own destiny; and as such, you have to make sure you’re using the greatest tool you have at your disposal: your inner voice.

This inner voice can help you quiet down the external negative voices, boost your confidence, and help you navigate and learn from the ever-present obstacles.

If your inner voice is currently echoing the negative external chorus of pessimists, you need to reprogram your thinking process by telling yourself these three things:

 

Let’s do it now.

Procrastination is like quicksand; if left unchecked, it will pull you inside and leave you crippled with indecision. You’ll end up making excuses after excuses that will shut down your dream in the end. If you make it ok to do nothing, that’s exactly what you will end up achieving; nothing.

Allow your inner voice to motivate you all day long, and commit to your dream with a sense of happy urgency.

Remember, the difference between “should have” and “have done” is planning and action; so become your own coach and don’t take a no for an answer, especially from yourself.

 

I deserve this

If you allow your dreams to crash, or let opportunities for personal growth or improvement pass up; if you are settling for anything less than the success you dream about, then you should ask yourself why is it that you think you don’t deserve your absolute best; you must get out of your usual comfort zone.

Whatever your dream might be, begin by reminding yourself that you deserve a bright future, and then invest in yourself by giving your all to you!

Never get cheap when it comes to your happiness.

 

I have this

One of the greatest obstacles to success is the fear of failure, including the fear of not being able to retake your forward momentum after a setback.

We all have fears, but if we get into the habit of making fear-based decisions we will never reach our full potential. If you let fear paralyze our progress, you will create a blueprint for mediocrity, and you’ll miss out on the priceless lessons only trial and error can provide.

 

Make your positive self-talk and your action taking habits stronger than your fears.
Overcoming fear is not an overnight process, and it can be uncomfortable to walk out of your habitual way of thinking and acting; but once you get to the top of your performance, the feeling of freedom is incomparable, and the view, spectacular.

Start listening to your voice today.
What are you saying?
Can you succeed?

I bet you do. Do you?

Stay strong!
Cheers.

One of the core values we have as a company is to inspire and empower people in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, if you want to read about our Custom Software Solutions and Consulting Services, please visit www.isucorp.ca

Manage Your Energy and Remain “Cool”

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People usually burnout and experience exhaustion when they push themselves to the limit with a high level of intensity - in order to accomplish a specific task or goal.

 

The best way to manage your energy is to remain calm and control your emotions in any specific situation - remaining calm will release all strain and stress, ironically, victory comes when you stop struggling.  As the saying says: " remain cool ".

Cultivating calmness keeps you happy and helps you consistently achieve your goals without exhaustion.

 

Managing your energy means taking control of your impulses, performance, emotional behavior and thoughts in a way that it is done with calm and positive thoughts, the strategy is to " keep calm and carry on ".  Calmness helps you conserve your mental energy and allows you to exercise self-control without effort, stress and negative thoughts. 

In our western culture, it's a common belief, that happiness equates to high-intensity emotions such as being a perfectionist, elated, eager for more & high-intensity activities such as being on top of things, multi-tasking, available 24/7. In reality, happiness comes from low-intensity emotions and activities like focusing, being calm, serene, content and in peace. 

When at work, replenishing your energy might mean, going for a walk, taking a break, meditating for a few minutes - all low impact activities. When you are not at work, detach yourself from work, don't take work home, turn off all those technology devices.

 

In summary, cultivating calm provides you with more focus, more energy and as a result less stress, a clearer mind and a sharper focus to get your work done while at the same time you remain balanced and enjoy the process.

As a result, you are happier and more successful.

 

 

One of the core values we have as a company is to inspire and empower people in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, if you want to read about our Custom Software Solutions and Consulting Services, please visit www.isucorp.ca

Tap into Your Resilience and Thrive

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Resilience comes from knowing that you are the only one that has the power and responsibility to pick yourself up

Strategy 2 is related to your ability to tap into your resilience

We all want to live at our full potential in order to accomplish our goals, dreams, and aspirations. One of the things we have learned in life is that we need to have the drive - drive, ambition, motivation - to reach those goals and dreams.

We are constantly trying to do more and better in our profession, our finances, family life, personal life.

 

Having drive is a positive thing. The problem is that in today's world many are living in over-drive - studies have shown that 2 out of 3 people live their lives with high levels of stress. Stress can be positive only if it's short-term stress, high-stress levels are completely negative. 

Over-drive ironically backfires and prevents us from achieving the goals we aim for.

There is a better way: fostering resilience.

 

Instead of living in overdrive, train your nervous system to bounce back from setbacks. Resilience will allow you to control the moment, bounce back from stress -  empowering you to face difficulties and challenges with ease.

How quickly do you bounce back from frustrations, stress, disagreements? - five minutes, an hour, a day, a week?

 

Train yourself (your brain / your mind and your body) to bounce back by avoiding over-drive and taking the appropriate moments to relax and enjoy the moment.

 

 

 

One of the core values we have as a company is to inspire and empower people in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, if you want to read about our Custom Software Solutions and Consulting Services, please visit www.isucorp.ca

Live in the Moment

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The art of life is to live in the present moment

Emmet Fox

 

As we mentioned, strategy No. 1 for attaining happiness and fulfillment is to live in the moment.

We all know that we live in a world with a fast-paced environment where everything has to be done at once and right away, multi-tasking is the norm of the day.   People believe that in order to be successful and happy they have to chase the future on a constant basis, your mind has to be always on the next task, the next goal by constantly playing catch-up ... ahhh the rat-race!

 

This tendency to focus on getting things done is of course not categorically negative - accomplishments are good things! Yet constantly focusing on the next thing ironically ends up keeping you from the very success you are chasing.

The problem is, we keep delaying our happiness in favor of getting more things done so that we can be even happier later, or so we think. The delaying process usually goes on forever, damaging the very success and happiness we are seeking. 

 

Instead, live and enjoy the moment, the present. Focus on what's happening in front of you right now - focus on one thing at a time, be present instead of having your mind on the next thing.

 

These are some exercises that may help you live the present:

  • Practice consciously being present:  focus exclusively n the task at hand 

  • Meditate:  it cultivates a state of calm and quiet in your mind

  • Breathe focus: when you find your mind wandering in the past or future focus your attention on your breathing, it brings you back to the present.

  • Truly experience pleasure:  whether emotional (such as love) or sensual (taste, touch or sound) - savor the experience completely

  • Technology fasting:  understand the importance of unplugging, after business hours and weekends, let your mind rest from all the various technology gadgets (yes-including your cell phone) - let your mind rest and relax.

 

 

 

One of the core values we have as a company is to inspire and empower people in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, if you want to read about our Custom Software Solutions and Consulting Services, please visit www.isucorp.ca