Words Of Wisdom Motivation
The trip to our designated target is seldom a straight road without any difficulties. There will come a time when we are faced with the daunting trip that we feel is taking its toll on us, whether emotionally or physically. There are times when we feel the whole world is against us. When we feel demotivated, we are at a loss for inspiration and want to just give up and let the current take us. At times like these, motivation and things that inspire us are key to getting us back on track again. In fact, it is how we RESPOND POSITIVELY to situations, instead of reacting negatively, that determines whether we will achieve our desired outcome.
This is why effective motivation techniques are so essential because they enable you to use what is fresh on your mind, and use what you have been taught through your various life experiences. Do you know that when inspirational information is absorbed into the brain in an enthusiastic way, it causes the brain to release neurotransmitters that enhance the way you think, rejuvenate your body, energize your being and increase your creativity?
If you have been to a motivational talk, did you notice that each time after the seminar or the presentation, your brain sets off in motion a number of creative ideas, thoughts and preferences? This is because your brain responds positively to the message delivered in the seminar and you feel inspired by the message and motivated to get things going again. Each time I get an opportunity to attend a presentation, a seminar or a talk, I get my scrap book ready because I know I will get fresh new ideas, new goals to set and achieve. Even though I have attended these seminars before, I know that they are worth my time if I can get one new idea from them each time.
In 2006, one of my closest friends was appointed Operational Divisional Manager of his company. It was quite a feat as he was only 27-years-old at the time. Most people in that position in his company were above 35 years old. There were 13 supervisors under his wing and each one was responsible to do direct selling, make business presentations, make cold calls and do a lot of other client-related work. They dealt directly with the clients and set their expectations.
Needless to say, he was on top of the world, being given such a huge responsibility at a young age. Of course, he had the know-how and the expertise that came with the job. Soon after, his fairy tale world began to collapse and problem after problem began to surface. Three of his supervisors were under official investigations for embezzlement of company funds, and one of his longest serving supervisors was involved in a nasty highway accident, and had to be hospitalized for two months. In a little more than a month, sales plummeted, employee attrition was at an all time high and there were rumors that he was too young to be promoted, and that the management had made the wrong decision.
You can imagine the amount of stress and pressure he was under. He took a five day break to go back to his hometown to prepare for his headquarters meeting cum presentation to present his case and justify the sales numbers. He went to the bus station and got a book written by Anthony Robbins, Awaken The Giant Within for the journey back.
After three days, he called me up and told me, "This book has just saved my career! I felt as though this book was specifically written for me". He explained further, "I am not responsible for the decisions of the three men who embezzled funds, nor am I responsible for the accident that had happened to my supervisor. However, I am responsible for how I can handle the situation, how I can pull the company out of this mini crisis, and how I can justify the plummeting sales volume with a thorough, step-by-step action plan on what needs to be done". The remaining two days were spent crafting out a specific seven-way plan to turn the business around. He spelled out what needed to be done, what were the specific goals of his covering officers and set the expectations with the remaining staff.
Take note that nothing changed out there, the three men were still under investigation (they were eventually dismissed), and his supervisor was still out with a broken leg and two broken ribs. But his way of thinking changed. His attitude changed. He turned on his creative juices, became motivated, and renewed his commitment towards the company despite the fact there were rumors that they may demote him in the upcoming meeting. He set extremely specific objectives, underlined his desire with clear and specific goals and went off to work with a renewed passion.
The rest is history! He turned the division around, increased sales by almost two fold within nine months and was voted Manager of the Year two years later. As you can see, more often than not, it is not what happens to you but how you define and handle what happens that makes the difference. It is less important where you start, but more important where you want to go, and how you make your journey there that counts most.
Sometimes when you set too big a goal, things can work against you. When the going gets tough, it is easy to just throw in the towel. If these goals are broken down into specific smaller goals or milestones, and you start achieving each milestone, celebrate it! Reward yourself with small gestures and tokens of appreciation so that you are able to motivate yourself toward achieving ultimate objective. To find out more, you can check out Words Of Wisdom Motivation.
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