Wednesday, March 12, 2014

More Than Inspirational Quotes for Difficult Times

No matter who you are or how successful you are, everyone has periods of "being down" on life or yourself.

These "down" times lead to negative thoughts, which can lead to poor productivity and for some, can lead to different levels of depression. Minimizing and ultimately eliminating these time periods will allow you to make remarkable progress in your life.

Think about it. If you were always "pumped up", full of positive energy and passionate about every day, how incredible would your daily contributions be to your life?

How many "rags to riches" stories have you read or watched, where people overcame insurmountable obstacles in spite of terrible things happening in their lives. They achieved their goals by never quitting and always believing in their dreams/vision.

Energy is the most powerful force in our universe. If you have ever read about or discovered the "law of attraction", you know what I am talking about.

Unfortunately for some, negative energy seems to travel much quicker and is in more abundance than positive energy. Understanding how to overcome negative thoughts and replace them with a high level of positive energy is paramount.

By identifying and utilizing some natural, readily available energy boosting techniques and strategies, you can increase your positive energy levels and sustain them for longer periods of time. Whether you believe in the law of attraction or not, everyone can agree that the better you feel, the more energy you have, the more you can accomplish.

The resources I have outlined below are extremely effective tools for attracting and conveying higher levels of energy. They are simple, but highly effective if you consistently work at it. The trick is finding purpose in everything you do, say and listen to; if you do you will find the energy you need.

Strategy: Commit to identifying negative thoughts and words on a daily basis. Negativity starts with you, you make the choice! Whenever you find yourself using negative words in your daily conversation you are heading in the wrong direction.

Create an arsenal of inspirational messages. The Internet is filled with free motivational and inspirational quotes of the day. Don't just read them and move on when you find ones you like. Write them down! Look at them daily and test each one of them out when you are "going negative". Some will work better than others. Put the best ones in a journal of some kind and title the page; inspirational quotes for difficult times.

Here are a few inspirational messages you can use if you like:

* "There is only one success--to be able to spend your life in your own way"........Christopher Morley
* "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes"....Earl of Beaconsfield
* "A mistake is not necessarily a crime. Wherever you can extend forgiveness, especially to yourself, you free up energy. Your energy is a quantity you can exchange for anything you want in life".......Unknown
* "The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail"........Napolean Hill
* "Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there"..........Josh Billings

There certainly are common themes in these quotes - can you see the important elements of preparation, persistence and mindset? Life is not as hard as most people make it out to be, if you view life in its simplest forms, things will tend to be easier.

Weapon Number Two - Inspirational Messages from books. Not only will you find inspirational quotes, but you can add paragraphs and stories to your positive energy cache. Copy them into your journal, so you can access them much easier than keeping a book with you at all times.

* "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki
* "The Science of Getting Rich" by Wallace D. Wattles
* "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill
* "Why we Want you to be Rich" by Trump and Kiyosaki
* "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" by T. Harv Eker
* "The 4-Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss
* "One Minute Sales Person" by Spencer Johnson
* "Power vs Force" by David Hawkins
* "The Game of Life and How to Play It" Florence Shinn

Weapon Number Three - Inspirational messages from Movies. Movies are a great example of how finding a purpose for your actions can change everything. I come across people all the time that say movies and television are a waste of time. In some cases this is true, but if you are watching a movie with the intended purpose of leisure time mixed with a motivating boost how can this be deemed a waste of time? Here are a few of my favorites:

* The Aviator
* The Pursuit Of Happyness
* Radio
* Braveheart
* Men of Honor
* Rudy
* Life as a House
* Patch Adams

Weapon Number 4 - Inspirational Messages through Music:

I am certainly not going to "touch" this one. Out of the five sources of inspiration and motivation, music is by far the most personal of the "tastes". However, music can be extremely powerful. It can change moods and attitudes within seconds. There is a reason music is played in the locker room of almost every sporting event before the game. It fires the players up! The other powerful thing about a song is that you can bring it into your consciousness at any time without the song actually being played. You can hear the music or lyrics in your head and use it to your advantage.

Weapon Number Five - Inspirational Messages through Events and Situations:

Everyone has a moment of glory or an achievement they can think about at any time - a time when you won a "hard fought" game; you "aced" a test or passed when you did not expect it; you thrived under pressure, made someone laugh or had someone sincerely thank you for a job well done. Write these moments down, think about them regularly and learn to use them when you need it most.

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