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Motivational Help - Step 1 : Setting Goals 

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” - Walt Disney

We all struggle with the motivation to push through a new week at work. New struggles, responsibilities, and roadblocks pop up. So how can we push through the mundane and feel success?

Successful people aren’t born, they are crafted. Honed. And if you are worried that your age will drag you down, don’t be. Samuel L. Jackson didn’t get the spotlight until 1991, with the movie Jungle Fever. Samuel was already 43, well past the age most actors get their big break. Walmart owner Sam Walton didn’t open up his first Wal-Mart until the age of 44. And while success does not have to equate money, it sure helps. Money without personal satisfaction can leave you lacking, as they do not always equal each other. So together, as the weeks go on, let’s strive for both money and satisfaction. So instead of one motivational post, there will be follow-ups. I’ll learn alongside you, searching for inspiring quotes, stories, and insight. You cannot become something until you understand it.

Step 1: Set Goals, Reward Discipline

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” - C.S. Lewis.

Let’s go back and re-read the above C.S. Lewis quote, perhaps a few times. You truly are never too old to set up a new goal. This week is a new chance at life.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” - anonymous, Old Chinese Proverb

We as humans are goal oriented. So set clear goals for each day/week/month/year. I’m not suggesting you automatically start a crazy goal unless you wish to. Start small. Build up. Each step forward, towards a dream, is a better realization of yourself. Regret resides in missed opportunities and goals. Put that regret aside, because the second best time to follow your dream is today.

This week, if you lack motivation, plan a small goal: If you make it through this week of work (which you will, I have faith in you), treat yourself. Perhaps a nice dinner at one of your favorite restaurants. Maybe rent a movie and treat yourself to some ice cream. No matter your budget, there is always a way to reward yourself within financial means. Invite friends over to go bowling or play cards.

Once you have gotten through the week and rewarded yourself, get ready for the next goal. Something more personal. Maybe email that company you have always wanted to work for. Be more outspoken. Read the book you know would benefit you. Visit that doctor. Socialize more and open up to others. If the goal seems tough, never forget to lightly reward yourself afterward. Discipline is not natural, it is trained! There is nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back after each goal is achieved. 

As each goal is achieved, step up your vision. What is your dream job? What is your dream life? No one achieves it without effort, positive attitude, determination, and discipline. 

Each motivational post from now on will be focused on building you up, breaking any roadblocks, advancing your careers, and becoming the you that you always wanted to be.

Until next time,

Cliff Lewis Experience