Self Motivation & Positive Attitude
Enhance Your Performance
Successful And Struggling Persons
- Discover their dreams, passionate purpose and consistent motivation
- Commit to their dreams, visualizing the successful creation of ideal future
- Design a compelling life plan, complete with long & short-term goals
- Have little sense of purpose, passion, or drive in their lives.
- Wander aimlessly from one activity to another
- Tend to invent their lives as they live them
Practice, Practice, Practice
Hard work pays, not big talk. Positive thinkers are just like athletes who, through practice, build an inner reservoir of stamina that they draw on during competition. If they don’t practice, they have nothing to draw on. They are winners who recognize their limitations, but they focus on their strengths. Losers, on the other hand, recognize their strengths but focus on their weaknesses all the time.
Practice is hard work. Most people shun hard work without realizing that hard work has happiness in it: The harder a person works the better he feels; and the better he feels the harder he works.
Persistence is a decision. It is not dependent on mood or inspiration. You do it anyway. Athletes train 15 years for 15 seconds of performance. Ask an athlete how he feels after a good workout and he will tell you that he feels spent. If he doesn’t feel that way, it means he hasn’t worked out to his maximum ability. His threshold for tolerating pain becomes higher because in the end he is not training so much for the game, but for his character. There is a deep pleasure in endurance–in seeing how far you can stretch yourself. It is a commitment to finish what you start. When we are exhausted, quitting looks good. But winners endure till the end. Failures tend to begin well but don’t conclude anything.
Forget Failure, Welcome Obstacles
Under adverse circumstances, some people break down. And others break records. If you want to succeed, emphasise preparation but don’t worry too much about winning or losing.
If you do make a mistake, the best way to handle it is to:
- admit it quickly
- not dwell on it
- learn from it
- not repeat it
- not assign blame or make excuses
Don’t let setbacks upset you. Learn to let small failures roll off your back. If you look back in history, you’ll find that most success stories have a string of failures and adversities hidden in them. Walt Disney was declared bankrupt seven times. Beethoven was deaf, John Milton was blind.
In fact, change the way you think about failure. It’s not failure. It’s a situation. You can handle it. Research indicates that those children who had to overcome obstacles when they were young, grow up to be far more resourceful than those who never faced them.
Forget Failure, Welcome Obstacles:
Learn to move ahead in spite of problems, not in absence of them. George Bernard Shaw once wrote that the people who get on in this world, are people who go out looking for the circumstances they want and if they can’t find them, they make them.
This is also why it’s important to have a higher purpose in your life. When you have a vision of your bigger picture, it helps you face setbacks in the short run.
Persistence and Resistance
- Why do most people fail?
- Why do Indians do well Overseas?
Why do most people fail?
Most people fail not because they lack knowledge or talent but because they quit. They gave up. The total secret of success lies in two words, persistence and resistance. Persist in what must be done and resist what ought not be done.
Why do Indians do well Overseas?
Time and again we’ve seen that even mediocre performers in India become top performers overseas. This is because India is a tough country, we’ve learnt to manage with limited resources—poor infrastructure, poor facilities, power cuts, rationed supplies. Because we’ve learnt to succeed in spite of problems, we shoot off when we find ourselves abroad. At home, we did it with so few resources. Abroad, with so many resources available, there’s no stopping us.
Take Pride in your Performance
Half-hearted efforts produce no results.
Excellence is when the performer does his best. Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it, regardless of the type of the job he does.
Do it right the first time, every time.
Most people forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well it was done. The feeling of a job well done is a reward in itself. When you’ve done your best, when you’re tired after the race, it’s a good feeling. You feel a sense of accomplishment.
Pride in performance is a tremendous motivator.
Success leaves clues
If we identify and adopt the qualities of a successful person then even we shall be successful. Success is not a mystery, it is just the result of constantly using few basic values. The reverse is just as true: Failure is simply a result of making a few mistakes repeatedly.