Be Inspired If You Want To Change

How Do You Change?

One of the easiest ways is to become inspired. When you are inspired, you change. You grow. You become more than who or what you previously were. Inspiration is the spark that often sets off positive change in your life. As Bo Bennett said, “Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-activation.” The best way to do this is to become inspired by those people and things you see around you.

Why do we need inspiration so much? Because change is hard. It is so hard, in fact, that most of us will fight it when it appears in our lives. Have you ever resisted change? If you have, you are not alone. Most people would rather maintain the known and comfortable status quo than embrace change. This is not surprising, because in most cases change is hard work! However, nothing ever grows or becomes better without change. Therefore, we know we need to change, but we may not feel that the effort is worth the reward. Inspiration changes that.

When we are inspired, we see that others do things better, faster or more effectively than we do. We watch someone do something that we know is not easy, even if it appears that way. As we watch, we say to ourselves, “I want that for myself. I want to be able to do that.” This is the beginning of true change.

Ask anyone who has ever accomplished a big goal how she did it and you will most likely find the answer lies in some type of inspiration. You will probably hear a story of some type that focuses on a moment when that person saw something that made her decide she wanted to do that for herself. When she did, inspiration motivated her to make the changes she wanted and she found the strength to continue the hard work necessary to do so.

Remember, you can never rely solely on the things you know and do well. Be inspired by the people around you and you will find that you are ready to take on any challenge!

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Don’t Let Setbacks Set You Back

I Know How Easy It Is To Let Setbacks Take Control And Discourage You As You Move Forward In Life.

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After all, there is a reason they are called “setbacks”! However, dealing with disappointment is one of the hallmarks of being an adult and being mentally healthy. In fact, the way we deal with disappointment says a lot about our level of maturity and our overall success.

“Discipline my disappointments” is my mantra. The word “discipline” means to teach. In other words, I must make every disappointment a learning experience. If I can do that, I am on my way to success. Richard Branson said, “A setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life’s lesson.” If you can harness the power of that kind of teaching, you cannot help but grow as a person, as a woman, as a business woman and as an adult.

That is not to stay that this type of learning is easy! Growth is always hard. If you have ever watched a tiny plant struggle from seedling to glorious bloom, you realize that there is a tremendous amount of energy that is expended in that growth. The same holds true with us as humans; times of growth require tremendous energy and work.

Growth may also involve pain. I never learned anything at all from the things I did right the first time; instead, my mistakes and setbacks are when I learned the most about my own level of strength and my own ability to overcome. During the times I was afraid, confused or angry, the most powerful lessons of all were right before me. Had I turned away, I would never have benefitted from that growth opportunity. Instead, I have made it a habit when setbacks occur to examine them closely and ask myself, “What am I supposed to learn here? What lesson is this setback teaching me?” Sometimes the answer is not pleasant, but it is always informative!

Be sure to learn from setbacks and disappointment, and then move on. Do not stay mired in a setback, even if it is educational. Instead, learn what there is to be learned, then keep moving forward with your goals. You will be amazed how much growth you can achieve!

Ambition Overcomes Adversity

Ambition Is Not Just About Being Successful
And Getting Things Done.

 

ambition-1Ambition is about being determined enough to overcome adversity. Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 things that did not work.” Truer words were never spoken, particularly when you think of all that Edison did manage to accomplish! However, he noted that for every success he had hundreds of failures. The lesson here is that we must keep trying with determination in order overcome adversity, and that starts with attitude. If you do not think attitude is important, remember what Edison said. He could have listed 10,000 failures but instead he chose to look at them as trials leading up to the eventual breakthrough that brought us the light bulb, the phonograph and hundreds of other successful inventions.

Your attitude determines everything that happens within your world, from your greatest triumphs to your darkest defeats. How we meet with adversity and the attitude we bring to the table will determine the final outcome, regardless of outside circumstances. There are people with cancer who simply refuse to give up and fight with every breath to stay alive. There are also people who succeed in difficult careers, even when they encounter resistance and prejudice, just because they refuse to stop. However, for every winner there are dozens of quitters. When things get hard, it is easy to give up! Fortunately, Ambitious Women know that if you simply keep moving forward, something good is bound to happen!

Keeping on in spite of adversity is tough. Sometimes you do not know where the strength is coming from to carry forward. This is when you rely on your friends and loved ones who care about you and that network you have built of like-minded people who will support you even when you are facing adversity. Never underestimate the power of a good friend’s encouragement when you are facing a tough road ahead!

When you just keep trying and refuse to stop, your ambition and determination can literally overcome adversity and change the outcome of your career, your relationships and your life!

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Look Toward the Goal

A Goal Is Concrete And Has An End Result.

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It is tangible; a representation of who we are and where we are headed. O.G. Mandino says, “The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them.” Without goals to help us stay motivated, we cannot achieve the results we want.

 
It is hard for me to overemphasize the importance of goal-setting. In fact, as an Ambitious Woman, I would venture to say that without goals, you simply cannot succeed. After all, if success is defined by achieving what we set out to do, how do you know if you have even achieved your goals unless you have them?

 
A bad habit that many men and women get into is setting very vague goals. For example, I have heard many people say, “I want to lose some weight.” Might I remind you that losing five pounds and losing 100 pounds can both be described as “losing weight” even though they are very different things? I am always amazed by how few people are really specific about their goals. It is one thing if the person is simply keeping that information private, but I have a suspicion that the reason that many people use such vague language is because they are very vague about their end goals.

 
Contrast this with a person who says, “I want to lose 25 pounds, and I am going to do that by losing five pounds per month for the next five months. I can cut out 500 calories per day and increase my exercise by 30 minutes per day to achieve this goal.” Who do you think is more likely to lose weight—this person or the one who wants to “lose some weight?”

 
The point of this is that setting goals to achieve the things you want is not just “good practice”—it is absolutely essential for you to stay motivated and reach your final goal. Whatever your goal is, write it down, tack it up where you are sure to see it, and remind yourself of it daily. You will be surprised what you can achieve when you make your goals realistic, tangible and specific!

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Time Is Money

One Of The Most Important Components Of Self-Worth And Self-Confidence Is Knowing That Your Time Is Valuable.

166508773I honestly believe that many women do not realize the value of their time, possibly because they have never been taught that it is perfectly okay to refuse to do something because someone is wasting it or to speak up when they feel taken advantage of. Remember to value your time! Each minute counts when you are trying to accomplish a goal!
One of the keys to success is time management, as anyone in business will tell you. There are only so many hours in a day, and you cannot work all 24 of them, so you have to make some decisions about how your time will be managed. In order to do that, you must learn to say no to the things that waste your time or are not productive.
Charles Darwin said, “A man who dares waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” I would add to that statement by saying that those who waste your time have not realized the value of it! It is up to you to stand up for yourself in this regard, because there are many people who will use your time with impunity if you allow them to do so.

Here are a few tips for managing your time and ultimately being more successful as an Ambitious Woman:

Set limits. You may not be able to avoid all the time-wasters out there, but setting a limit is a good way to lessen their impact on your day. Give callers exactly one minute before you tell them that you will have to delay the conversation till another time, and make an appointment with them to continue. The rule of thumb is this: if they cannot say it in a minute, they cannot say it in 10, or 15, or . . . fill in your own amount of wasted time here. Do not allow people to encroach on your scheduled plans.
Stand up to others. It may be hard to say no, but it gets easier with practice! An Ambitious Woman is not rude, but neither does she simply accept blindly the statements of others. Stand up for yourself and you will gain respect.
Save time for you. Some of your time must be saved for yourself or you will never accomplish anything worthwhile. You must literally block time off on your calendar just for you!
Remember to value yourself enough to value your time. Your sense of self-worth and confidence are directly tied to how much value you place on your own time!

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