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Thursday, May 04, 2006

4 Ways to Motivate Yourself
By Momodou Sabally

Motivation (let’s call it the motive to act) could be internal
or external. For our purpose, let’s focus on internal or self
motivation. This is essential for success. Now let’s discuss
quick tips on how to rev yourself up to your cherished
destination: Success Now!

Yes, rev yourself, like an automobile to move faster in your
positive directions. You need motivation for success, and the
question you may be asking now is “how do I get it?” my answer
will be simple and practical. Here are 4 practical ways to
motivate yourself:

1. State Your Goals

First you need clearly stated goals with deadlines; write them
on paper then
develop a strong desire to achieve those goals. W. Clement Stone
and Napoleon Hill in their PMA Science of Success state that if
you know what you want and want it strongly enough, then you
will surely get it.

2. Create a Definite Plan

You need a concise plan for the achievement of your goals; and
it is important to
work your plan. An action plan in itself is a good source of
motivation and it will save you time in moving towards your
destination. Motivational speaker and author Steve Chandler says
“successfully planned work will motivate you to do more and more
until you become unstoppable.”

3. Welcome your problems

See the good in obstacles; as you work your plan, you are
likely to face problems but that should not make you to give up.
Countless philosophers have said that every failure (or problem)
has the seed of an equivalent good in it. Learn to see the good
in problems and if you are a religious person pray for the
ability to see the good in every problem when it arises. This
attitude will help you to make your problems work for you, and
against you.

4. Have Fun

Finally, learn to make your work fun. The key here is to do the
job that makes you happy. If your current job is not fun for
you, do not be discouraged. Your key for now will be to try to
see the fun in it. Pro football Hall of Famer Frank Tarkenton
was quoted as saying that you should look at any job you do as
fun. “If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right”.

You now have 4 easy steps to quickly motivate yourself into
ACTION. The key word here is ACTION. All the motivation in this
world will not do anything for you unless you ACT NOW. Trust
these steps as workable and effective guidelines and implement
them. The results will amaze you.

Momodou Sabally has developed a series of articles for instant
self motivation available at WWW.MLSABALLY.COM. His articles
will help you generate motivation and enthusiasm without
effort.Visit his site NOW and sign up for your FREE Inspirational Success Now (ISN) Newsletter.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Make Procrastination Work for You
By Rachelle Disbennett-Lee

Everyone, to some degree, procrastinates. We all put off things that we don't want to do. That doesn't mean we do nothing. Au contraire! Most procrastinators get plenty done; it just isn't what is most important or urgent. Procrastination is the art of doing something else when there are more important things to do. There is a way to make procrastination work for you. Since all of us have this skill to varying degrees of proficiency we might as well put it to use.

The act of delaying is the true gift of procrastination. Until now you might not have thought of it as a gift, but it is. Many people get overbooked and overload their schedules with activities and commitments they don't want to do because they said yes before they really thought about it. Delaying is a great way to prevent over- scheduling and saying yes to things you should decline. When someone asks you to do something, respond that you need to check your schedule. Ask for a day or two to think about it and tell them you will get back with your answer. Use procrastination as a tool to prevent yourself from getting overbooked.

Procrastination will also assist with getting a lot done. I know it sounds strange, but it works exceptionally well. The trick is to have a major project that needs completion, but that you don't want to do it. My house was never cleaner than when I was working on my dissertation. My husband actually caught me outside cleaning the kitchen garbage can with a toothbrush. When he asked what I was doing I replied, "Avoiding working on my dissertation." I knew exactly what I was doing and it worked. I got a lot accomplished including my dissertation. The key is to leverage the advantage of procrastination. Let it move you to complete all the jobs you want to get done. You will still have time to complete the big job you have been avoiding.

Procrastination has a bad reputation, but the truth is that it can help you accomplish a great deal. Use procrastination to your advantage. Use it to delay saying yes to everything. This way you will give yourself time to think, and you won't get overbooked. It will also help you get things done because, when you are procrastinating, you aren't just sitting around. You are doing any task to avoid doing what you need to be doing. That is fine, and actually you will get twice as much done. So stop beating yourself up and enjoy perfecting the art of procrastination.

Coach Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD, is a Certified Master Coach specializing in working with business owners and professionals in being more profitable and productive while staying sane and balanced. Coach Lee is the publisher of the award winning e-zine, 365 Days of Coaching. Her first book, 365 Days of Coaching – Because Life Happens Every Day (Universal Publisher, 2004) was named a finalist for Best Book 2004 by and has a five star rating on

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