Thank you so much for joining me for another episode of Endless Possibilities. Today marks my 11th episode and I’m really excited to speak to you about how to find your life purpose, become motivated and how to build mental toughness.
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How to find your life purpose:
Jim Collins’ book “Good to Great”
- Hedgehog concept “where the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.”
- What can you be the best in the world at?
- What are you deeply passionate about?
- What drives you on a day-to-day basis? These can be your underlying principles.
Make a list of things you do naturally without thinking about them.
- I believe you have a genius inside you and I’m not saying that because it sounds good. It’s actually true.
- This genius inside of you is something we’re born with – a natural talent.
- In Episode #9 Robert Greene talked about going back to when we were children and finding out what we naturally enjoyed the best
- Often, genius comes naturally, oftentimes not needing a lot of effort.
- Some people are geniuses at math or music; but there are lots of other types of genius as well. There are genius mothers, genius teachers, genius listeners, and genius independent thinkers. We are meant to use our genius in service of our Life Purpose.
- These are your genius!
Briggs Myers Personality Test – Carl Jung personality test (16 personality types)
- Introvert and extravert
- My personality type is the ENTJ – Field Marshall (extraversion, intuition, thinking, judgment)
- Corporate Executive Officer; Organization Builder
- Computer Consultant
- Business Administrators and Managers
- University Professors and Administrators
- Disclaimer: This is just a guide – I am not psychologist – just suggesting what helped me find my calling in life – maybe this will help you as well.
- I am not suggesting that if the occupation you’re after is not on your list, then to cross it off forever.
- http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp (free personality test)
How do you stay motivated throughout the week and how do you apply your principles and beliefs on a consistent day-to-day basis, even when you’re feeling lazy?
Great question Perry, thank you so much! I have struggled with this in my own life and till this day, it’s an ongoing battle but there are a few things you can do to move past this. Being a solopreneur working from home – there are thousands of distractions and sometimes, this can lead us in many directions, which ends up wasting precious time, but luckily I have some great tips for you.
Part 1: Why you’re not motivated:
- You don’t have a strong enough reason:
- Keep reminding yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. Urgency has helped me accomplish a lot of difficult, time-consuming tasks I would have never to get done if I didn’t remind myself what was the reason for doing it in the first place.
- Develop a reason for doing what you’re doing – Clarify the consequences of inaction:
- Are you getting older?
- Do you have children or have one on the way?
- Or are you planning on having kids in the future?
- Do you believe you will lose your job soon?
- Now – do you have a road map such as goals? If not, goals will help you take massive action because it’s a roadmap with a set of deadlines.
You’re too comfortable:
- Do you have family supporting you?
- Do you still live at home?
- Do you have urgency in your life?
Part 2: How to become motivated:
- Acknowledge Your Accomplishments
- Give yourself a quick reward when you complete an assignment or task. Take a walk, send an email, and get a snack — whatever works for you. Then move on to the next project.
- Commitment – commit to your goals and dreams
- Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it – start now!
- “Bodies at rest, tend to stay at rest – sir Isaac newton” (the power of momentum)
- It’s a scientific fact – something in motion tends to stay in motion because momentum builds quickly and this can lead to great results.
Setting time for work:
- Set time blocks for your projects. For example, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday you will work on writing your book and Thursday and Friday will be dedicated to marketing the book.
- Get a timer (my timer story)
- Wake up early: Many people just can’t seem to get underway, so therefore, they never take action
- Remove distractions.
- Self control app (mac)
- Self Restraint app (windows)
- Buy a Self-timer
- You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
- The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
- Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn
- I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
- “One of the most important keys to Success is having the discipline to do what you know you should do, even when you don’t feel like doing it.” – Unknown
- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
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