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How to Create Goals that Keep You Inspired

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As you start your New Year do you ever have trouble gaining the momentum you need to conquer goals or your “resolutions”?  It probably doesn’t help when those around you (especially those closest to you) “don’t believe in” resolutions or lack the clarity, commitment or consistency to “win” themselves.

If you’re reading this than I’m sure you’re someone looking to make a change, small or big, for the better.  You don’t teeter-totter much and you definitely have an idea about where you want to go.  That being said, you still find it tough to overcome procrastination when you need to take action, have problems gaining momentum and consistently fail at staying consistent.

Don’t worry! It was true for me too.  For years I’ve done some type of introspection the last week of the year, created goals and was confident my new year would turnout different.  Wrong!  I failed over & over.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that I really learned what it took to make a goal, vision, and dream STICK.

Many experts will tell you to simply write down your goals and your life will change.  I do believe in written goals, but it’s deeper than that.  Think about it…how many times have you written down goals and still didn’t experience change, improvement or results?  If you’re anything like me, I wrote down my goals for years with minimal success.  That’s until I learned this one, more powerful step to high performance achievement.

This one thing made it easier to start, gain momentum and sustain success.  I found it easier to de-clutter my life and create more structure, there was much less friction in finding day-to-day consistency and staying focused.  And my life went from chaos to clarity with just a little extra effort.

FEEL the difference.
Your greatest tool to jumpstart success comes from feelings.  We call them your innate ambitions.  Innate ambitions are the feelings you experience when engaged in meaningful activities and in achieving fulfilling goals.  These ambitions are the core reason why people strive for change, growth and success.

The MAGIC happens when you take your outside goals and connect them emotionally to something powerfully inspiring inside your heart, mind and spirit.  Striving to achieve monumental goals often takes a lot of inspiration, confidence & energy. Innate ambitions are the emotional spark you need to stay motivated.

Think of the resolution of burning fat.  We all want to look and feel better, however doing the work is not emotionally energizing.  But, if you connect the goal to some emotion like how proud, accomplished and confident you’ll feel when it’s achieved it’s a totally different experience.  Imagine you walk into work on the first warm spring day in your newly tailored business suit looking like daaaang!  Now that’s inspiring during the times when exercise seems tough.

Without defining your innate ambitions it’s difficult to distinguish the clutter from the purposeful.  When these are unclear you’ll often find yourself “juggling” several different options, but never fully committing to one.  Juggling means you rarely accomplish anything because you have no compass for prioritizing decisions, toss around a variety of options and eventually miss the opportunity or make a choice that doesn’t end with the result you desire.

For example, on a dating site (yes, I tried it) you have plenty of options, choices or dates to choose from.  Maybe you’ve even narrowed it down to a select few.  If you’re lucky you end up choosing “the one” based on an overwhelming abundance of powerful feelings.  However, the usual path goes something like this…you want to find “the one”, but the few you choose are all intelligent, all successful, all kind, all attractive, etc. etc. etc.  So how do you choose if you haven’t defined your innate ambitions?  You don’t…you juggle, dating (sampling) around either to end up with the wrong one or miss the one who you later realized made you feel special.

More precision, more power.
Now that you recognize the importance of innate ambitions it’s important to get started.  But, where do you start?  This is not just something you sit down and do in a few minutes.  Doing this takes time (not too much), energy and consistent practice.  The more you practice the easier it is and the more amplified your ambitions become.  The more precise you are about your innate ambitions the more powerfully inspired you will be.

Although it takes awhile to gain clarity there are a few things you can start on right now.  One key is to increase your conscious awareness.  You can improve your awareness through reflection and gratitude exercises.  I’ve included brief descriptions below that should help you to gain some clarity.

  • Reflection– Grab a pen and paper.  Write down the people, places and activities that have positively impacted your life over the past 5-10 years.  Do the same for last year, 2013.  Now do the opposite, write down the people places and activities that had a negative impact on you during those years.  Once completed, begin to look a little deeper and define what important lessons you’ve learned from each. Reflecting on these events should help you to become more aware of what you enjoy, what energizes you and what your strengths might be.  Also, you’ll learn that which you despise, what drains you and any weaknesses you may have.  A conscious awareness of this and other info is vitally important to defining clear innate ambitions.
  • Gratitude– Similar to the reflection exercise, write down what you’re grateful for…the people, things, activities, skills, knowledge and whatever else you appreciate.  A better understanding of your appreciation can help bring to light things like your inspiring values and guiding principles.  Once you become consciously aware of what you’re grateful for, surround yourself with more of these things on a regular basis.
  • Bonus:  You know I like to add extras for our supporters.  Here are a few questions you can ask yourself that may help you in better defining your innate ambitions.
  1. What is it that I truly desire that is not distorted by some outside influence? 
  2. What activities truly ignite a child like enthusiasm inside me when I’m engaged in them?
  3. What are the characteristics or personalities of people that spark & challenge me to give more of myself?

So if you continually find yourself failing to accomplish important goals then you’re probably missing that deep emotional connection that supercharges your mind, body and spirit.  By doing the aforementioned exercises you will decrease stress, improve confidence, increase productivity and jumpstart your way to a happier, healthier and more successful year.

If you haven’t prioritized this yet, take a moment to schedule time in your calendar strictly for these exercises.  Whether it’s a small change or a complete transformation the sooner you connect your deep, powerful emotions to your written goals the faster you will be on your way to the change and success you deserve.

Please feel free to share your results with us in the comments below or on one of our social media sites.  And if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  Until next time…Live Inspired, Lead Bold.

With inspiration,

Brandon Sobotka

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5 Powerful Tips for Living an Inspired Life

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We make it our goal to create content, materials and services which make people feel inspired. Why?  We believe in living an inspired life.  What I mean by inspired is a hunger for work, for play, and for life as a whole; a sense of freedom that grows from having insatiable creativity, a bold confidence and the unstoppable courage to pursue your passion.

An inspired life is personally exciting and professionally energizing. It resonates with your natural talents and is connected to your inner sense of purpose. An inspired life naturally brings increased fulfillment and a feeling of significance. You feel as though you are part of something bigger and more meaningful. You feel as though you are giving something back to the world.

An inspired life is not something you simply experience, it is something you create. You design it, you build it and you live it. Below are a few tips that I’ve found to be very powerful in helping others create their very own inspired life.

1. WRITE THE SCRIPT

This is often difficult exercise, especially to start, but we all have a vision of how we want to be remembered or the story we want people to share about us when we’ve passed.   It’s the scripted movie in our minds of what a happy, healthy and successful life looks like for us.

Take a moment to visualize your movie.  As you continue to paint a more vivid picture of each scene begin “writing the script”.  Napoleon Hill once said, “Reduce your plan to writing…. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.”

That being said, I recommend taking a ”finish line view” and begin at the end. Not to sound morbid here, but think of your life on its last day or picture your funeral and work back from there. Stephen Covey once called it “begin with the end in mind”.

Pro tip: Review this step after each of the following tips could be helpful. The end product should inspire you.

2. BE SUPERHUMAN (this tip was the hardest for me to do)

Your talents, strengths and desires all provide you with a unique and sometimes an almost superhuman source of energy. Your unique talents and strengths are so natural to you you often don’t recognize how different, influential and inspiring they are to others.

Other times you might be aware of your strengths, but take them for granted because they come so easy to you. Under-utilizing your strengths leads to weak and inconsistent performance. Understanding your talents and utilizing your strengths will unlock even better opportunities, paving a path to greater success.

Your passion also generates strong energy. Oprah Winfrey has expressed, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Pursuing your passion ignites creativity, courage and inspiration. Ignoring this energy and not doing what you truly desire can create the unsatisfying feelings of fear, fatigue and insignificance.

There are a number of different reasons why you become complacent, don’t pursue your passion and lose touch with your natural energy. When you do, where do you find yourself?  Instead of pulling toward the activities that excite and energize you you find yourself stuck doing things that exhaust you and zap you of your energy. You begin to avoid new and challenging adventures, miss out on fun and lose a sense of what ignites the fire inside.

Don’t ignore your superhuman powers; utilize the energy for your success.

3. FIND THE ONE.

Decide in one word or with a short personal motto the main reason why you live how you live. One word provides a focused, clear and concise description of your why. Describe the “why” behind your movie script and why you do what you do.

Choosing a why gives your dream a significant purpose and makes your vision compelling. In his book Start With Why, Simon Sinek states, “Great leaders lead with WHY. They embody a sense of purpose that inspires those around them.” Define your why and it will be the reason people initially connect with you, continue to follow you and remain loyal for years to come.

One word examples: Inspire (I can’t help it, I love this word.) Lead, Explore, Love, Innovate, Create, Success, etc.

Short theme examples: To ignite inspiration, To cultivate growth, To feel connected, To live abundantly, To enable greatness

4. BEGIN CONSTRUCTION

To transform your vision into action and begin building your dreams ask yourself:

  • HOW am I going to achieve my WHY? (These are typically the goals, objectives or milestones you set)
  • WHAT behaviors, systems, strategies, and solutions do I need to get the HOW done in the most effective and efficient way?
  • Do I have the knowledge and skills to achieve the WHAT?
  • (if no to #3) WHO must I become or what must I learn/change to achieve the WHAT or WHO in my network can assist me in this growth process?
  • What level of commitment am I?

5. REMEMBER THE NUTS & BOLTS

The integrity of an airplane is a must to ensure the safety of everyone on board during takeoff, flight and landing. All parts must be maintained, repaired or replaced and every nut and bolt must be in place so the parts fit together seamlessly for optimal performance.

We, as individuals, teams or businesses, are no different. We must be whole and complete to achieve our peak levels of success. Seamless integration is important if you want to perform at heightened levels of excellence.

Here is a little sample of how to streamline success:

The true driver behind all you do is feeling. Feelings are the nuts and bolts that hold everything together. We rarely seek the material, tangible, outside things; it’s the emotional, intangible, inside things we truly want to experience.

Yes, you have milestones you want to hit, goals you want to achieve and destinations to reach, but it’s not simply the house, money, job or lover that you want…is it? (If so, you’ll most likely never experience the inspired life).   What we live for are the feelings associated with attaining them.

Our journey is about fulfilling what I call your “innate ambitions” or your inner most desires that make these goals meaningful.  It’s these feelings that create memorable moments.

So when you set your goals throughout the year, don’t just write down a S.M.A.R.T. goal, go deeper and add a written description of your ambition or the underlying motivating feeling you’ll receive when accomplishing your aspirations.

These tips are simply the powerful ones I’ve used both on myself and with clients.  I hope they help you along your journey, but instead of discussing my small, inconsequential tips in the comments, let me ask you:

What does an inspired life look like to you and what advice would you give about what it takes to live an exhilarating, purposeful, compelling life?

 

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