Happy New Year to all, if 2011 was bad may 2012 be far better, if it was good may 2012 be better still!

I am extremely surprised at my change in motivation since the end of 2011 and as a result I’m off to a great start. Saying this, I know all to well how easy it is for motivation levels to do a 180 in a very short space of time.

I thought I would share this great article posted on LinkedIn by Geoffrey James entitled “14 Ways to get Insanely Motivated”

  1. Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.
  2. Condition your body. It takes physical energy to take action. Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.
  3. Avoid negative people. They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.
  4. Seek out the similarly motivated. Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.
  5. Have goals–but remain flexible. No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.
  6. Act with a higher purpose. Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort and should be avoided.
  7. Take responsibility for your own results. If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.
  8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis. Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.
  9. Don’t wait for perfection; do it now! Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life. Strive for excellence rather than the unachievable.
  10. Celebrate your failures. Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don’t achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.
  11. Don’t take success too seriously. Success can breed tomorrow’s failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.
  12. Avoid weak goals. Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with “I’ll try”  Always start with “I will” or “I must.”
  13. Treat inaction as the only real failure. If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can’t even learn from the experience.
  14. Think before you speak. Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.

Here’s to a productive and successful year ahead!