Success Is Courage

Success Is Courage

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill

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10 Keys To Self Improvement

Those who seek challenges are more likely to live up to 10 years longer than those who spend their lives on the couch. A survey (by the University of Chicago) suggested.

Procrastination is your mind protecting you from your fears.  Fear of Failure. If
you never make the attempt you never have to face rejection or failure. But what kind of life is it to never stretch just a little each day to become a better person.  When you get that feeling of nervousness and the little voice starts telling you to “go home” you know you are on the right track.

The following offers 10 Keys to Self Improvement

1. Establish Values.

Do you want more time, more money, better health, greater self esteem and confidence, more fulfilling relationships, a different career, set up a business? Take the time to find out what you really want in life, what your personal values are. When we procrastinate it’s often because what we are planning to do is not really aligned with what we truly want. We may be scared of our skills (or perceived lack of) or fear ridicule from others.

2. Prioritize your Health and Energy Levels.

Without good health we are less likely to have the energy and dynamism needed to make positive changes in our lives and it’s easier (and necessary if you’re very ill) to procrastinate. So ensure that you have a nourishing diet, sleep well, exercise and meditate.

3. Visualize accomplishing your Daily Goals.

See and feel the benefits in your life if you didn’t procrastinate. What could you do and achieve? Begin to act as if you’re not a procrastinator. Write down, draw, imagine your life as a film. Use affirmations to help you.

4. Tell your Inner Voice to Shut up!

That little voice which runs on auto in your head – that dismisses any idea that you might have. It says things like “I’m not in the mood” “I don’t have time” “I can’t do this”. Stop running on auto, replace the “should’s” “oughts” “have tos” with “want to” “desire”.  Instead of a “to do list” have a “get to do list”.  You have a choice. Acknowledge your choices and tell that inner voice to shut up!  Use affirmations to help you replace the the “bad” voice with the “good” voice.

5. Focus on Only the “Important” Projects.

Saying “yes” to everything – often leaves you feeling tired and without the energy to focus on what is most important to you. This leads to procrastination as projects and tasks are dropped. Identify what is most important to you and only focus on those areas which will make the biggest difference to your life. It will enhance your focus and motivation.

6. Set SMART Goals in ALL Areas of your Life.

It’s hard to motivate yourself when you don’t have a good idea of what you want to accomplish. So when setting goals think about what you want to achieve in the short term and long term. Techniques for doing so include the SMART strategy. S = specific M = measurable A= Action R = Realistic T = Time based. Use goal setting software to help you in goal planning and setting.

7. Prioritize Your Goals.

Develop a plan or schedule to help you reach your goals. In doing so you will begin to identify whether some elements need to be included or enhanced or dropped completely. Also remember to be flexible, revisit your goals regularly and modify or drop if appropriate. Just because a goal is written down doesn’t mean that it is set in stone!

8. Chunk.

Once you’ve prioritized your goals, divide them into smaller chunks. Sometimes we procrastinate because a project seems really large that the scale of it overwhelms us and puts us into a temporary form of paralysis – you don’t know where to start, so you don’t start at all! Approach each project – especially large ones – on a step by step basis.

9. Give yourself a Trophy.

Once you start to complete tasks, reward yourself by giving yourself something that you want. So instead of seeing a film before you complete a task, see it afterwards and make it a reward for you.  Give yourself a trophy for every positive in your life. I ate a healthy meal-trophy, I completed my run to day-trophy and I made a new friend-trophy.

10. As Nike Says “Just Do It”.

No excuses. Don’t wait until you’re “in the mood”. The mood never comes! It is a clever camouflage and a delaying tactic. What you resist persists! Start with what is easiest, so that you experience immediate success, which will give you the fuel and motivation to upgrade and take on larger projects. Analysis paralysis, getting ready to get ready and the need to know everything before starting is just an excuse NOT to get started.

Do any of the above and you’ll be well on your way to Kicking the Procrastination Habit. And if you’re procrastinating over doing any of the above :.), then remember that life is the biggest deadline of all!



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