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Re-Calibrate Daily: Managing My Mind 

Self direction, discipline and ongoing achievement motivation...How do you get it? And, how do you stay consistent and keep it?

Wake Up Eager Wednesday Tips for 2019 focused on sharing the things I'm thinking about, doing and feeling - that contribute to my Wake Up Eager Life and Work, and we've compiled them into a simple eBook for you: 123 Mind, Body and Spirit Tips, Here.

Managing your mind is a strong sense of self direction and achievement motivation and it isimportant to your Wake Up Eager Life because it helps you:

  • Build an internal drive to excel.
  • Focus.
  • Create a clearer view of your future, building energy and motivation to work towards it.
  • Feel a sense of hope and excitement about what's ahead.
  • Grow your desire to be "better" than you currently are, no matter how good you've already become.
  • Wake up feeling excited because you know where you're going and what you're going to do

"Faraway there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them,
but I can look and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow them." Louisa May Alcott

Four High Self Direction & Achievement Motivation Statements:

If someone has strong self direction and achievement motivation they confidently agree with the four statements below. (These are the four Managing My Mind Items on the free Re-Calibrate Daily Quiz.)   If you're not able to strongly agree with any one of the statements, just click on the link and you go right to a Resource Article about that Item.

  1. "I live on my own terms, not by the rules or preferences of others."
  2. "I have written goals and plans I will accomplish this year."
  3. "I take responsibility for my achievements AND my errors."
  4. "I have a clear sense of purpose for my life."

Get More Detailed Strategies and Daily Action for Developing This Area.
120 Stress Management Strategies and Daily Tips for Professionals

Success - It's Not As Easy or 'Natural' As It Looks...

In this clip, Michael Jordan reminds us that success is not as easy as it looks. That the results we've seen on The Court were ALL a result of the millions of times he practiced at the free-throw line and his willingness to 'stick-to-it' and work hard at it every day. He made it look easy. But it wasn't. He had natural talent, and he worked on it, daily. Creating this kind of strong and focused self-discipline, self-direction and achievement motivation starts with Managing Your Mind, by recalibrating and improving your focus, every day!

"I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come."
Michael Jordan

Achievement Motivation & Self Direction: 'Off and On' for Most of Us...

Most of us experience 'on days' and 'off days' around our levels of energy, hope and focus, based upon whatever challenges the day brings us and whatever we've been focusing upon. We all want to have all the drive and focus that we need, but we don't always have it! I've seen many bright, talented, capable people struggle at times with self-discipline and motivation. 

I believe that it's powerful to know: that you can build more achievement motivation, self-direction and drive, and that 'it' comes and goes, for almost everyone. If you pay attention when your drive has dropped, you can take MENTAL and THOUGHT actions to improve it. (You're never forever-stuck with your drive in the "off" position).

If you rated yourself low (your 'switch is off' right now) on the Four Statements for the Managing My Mind Area you may be noticing that you have: 

  • Temporary feelings of low energy, lack of persistence, determination and ambition.
  • A hard time envisioning a brighter future right now, it's not clear to you what's next.
  • Vague or conflicting goals.
  • Are caught up in negative thinking and self talk that's leaving you more frustrated, confused, hesitant or doubtful than usual.
  • Are more impressionable or more easily influenced by others right now.

"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." Michael Jordan

And, you know you've strengthened your levels of self-direction and achievement motivation (your 'switch is back in the on position' ) when:

  • Your vision of where and who you want to be in the future is clearer to you. You're not 'there' yet, but you can see it more clearly now.
  • You begin to feel excited and hopeful about what's head for you. You like talking and thinking about your future.
  • Your confidence and interest in life and yourself gets stronger.
  • You start Waking Up Eager to start your day...eager to practice, focus and achieve!

Awareness of where you are today, and understanding that this area can be strengthened, are important to build more motivation and focus.

"I'm not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out 
what it feels like to sweat."
 Michael Jordan

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