Archive | June 8, 2013

How To Get Motivated

Tonight I would like to share tips to keep motivated at work. As a Personal Assistant of very perfectionist and busy CEO, every day I always got so many task and the most of it should completed in very tight time. Sometimes it makes me getting a bit stress and uncomfortable. So to keep me motivated  I apply these ways

This is beneficial if you need to accomplish something within the deadline or when you want to finish some task that is not pleasant.

1. Clear up the clutter

Before any task, you should always make sure that your workplace is as de-cluttered as it can be.

By taking time to remove all the unnecessary items from your work environment you will make sure that you will not get distracted by anything during the time you spend on the task.

By leaving only the necessary things for the task you will not get any external energy that takes some of your focus. Every single object in your environment be it papers, books, clothing or anything else, emanates energy and you are the one absorbing it.

Unconsciously you pay attention to all of the objects that are near you, therefore when you remove most of them from your environment you will feel relief, easiness and you will become more positive.

2. Get rid of unnecessary and unrelated thoughts

This step is harder to accomplish, especially if you are not sure how to stop the thoughts from appearing in your mind.

You will notice that after accomplishing the first step some of the thoughts will naturally disappear, because you will not need to think about the things that were removed from your environment.

To eliminate the rest of the thoughts that are unrelated to the task you should write all of them down. This way they will not disturb you because they will be taken off your mind. You will be able to deal with them after the task.

If you still feel that you get some random thoughts in your mind (this happens when you need to accomplish many tasks in a short period of time) you should do some meditation. You can spend as little as 5-10 minutes sitting quietly and focusing on your breath.

Meditation will calm down your mind and even the most active thoughts will stop bothering you.

3. Make sure you are not disturbed

Even for those that claim they can better concentrate with the TV turned on or music playing in the background, it is still better to be in complete quietness whilst doing some important task.

This is because when you are working in a quiet environment your focus is entirely on the task. This gives maximum energy to the task because your energy is not wasted on anything unimportant. The more of your energy you give to the task, the quicker, more accurate and quality the results will be.

4. Align energy

That is the most important and the most overlooked step in getting motivated.

Aligning energy for the task means talking yourself into a complete focus on the task. It also means changing the view of the task into a more positive one. That is the step that is responsible for the biggest part of your motivation to accomplish the task.

You will need to use positive affirmations to align your energy. The words that you are going to use will depend on what kind of task you need to accomplish. I will use an example of affirmations when writing a business plan for a grant/loan.

Your affirmations to get motivated for the business plan should sound like/similar to:

“In 10 minutes I am going to completely focus on the writing of the business plan. This will be the best business plan I have ever written, I will make sure that every single detail of this plan is perfect so that I would be widely acknowledged for it.

I will enjoy the time of me writing this plan because I will invest all my abilities into it. I will enjoy writing this plan because I know that this is going to be a plan that will grant me the money that I am seeking.

I can see the success that this business plan is going to bring me, I see the image in my eyes of me getting the loan that I am seeking and I can see the awe in the eyes of those that are giving me the loan.

I cannot wait to start this plan. I am so excited and motivated because I can already feel the value that this business plan will provide to my business.

You should change the wording of these affirmations to the one that feels most natural and uplifting for you. The purpose of these affirmations is to make you more positive and willing to start the task.

When you say these affirmations try to visualize everything that you are talking about. This will help you get positive feelings out of the affirmations which in turn will give you confidence, motivation and positivity for the task.

The following steps are for keeping the energy high to complete the task. This is important because many people quit halfway through the project.

5. Enjoy the whole process

Your attitude whilst working on the task is what determines the final result of your work. When you are enthusiastic throughout the whole task, you will get impressive results.

When you are positive, you give positive energy to the task and that always gives positive results. The opposite is also true.

Sometimes it is hard to enjoy the process if you do not like the task that you need to accomplish. In such case you should use positive affirmations to get you into the positive state of mind.

When you feel that in the middle of the task you start getting negative, try to find the aspects of the task that you are happy about. Acknowledge the work you have already accomplished and look how great this task is turning out, look at the details of the task that you made perfect. This will lift your mood and you will become motivated to finish it.

6. Always be present

To be present during the task means to pay close attention to what you are doing. People are either present or unconscious of what they are doing. When they are unconscious it means that they are in their minds, they are so involved in the thinking process that they are unaware of what it happening around them.

It is quite dangerous to be in your mind whilst trying to stay motivated, because mostly people’s minds are ruled by the ego. So if this applies to you, it is likely that you will get some discouraging thoughts during the task. That will get you de-motivated to finish the task because you will be put off by the thoughts/silent voice in your mind.

You can avoid this by being present in every activity that you do. You should pay close attention to the task and this way you will not let any thoughts come in and distract you. By being present you will also give the full energy to the task, and that will result in the task being completed in the best possible way.

7. Take your time

You should take your time for every single detail of the project. Taking time equals getting quality results.

Rush creates chaos and negativity, it also makes you lose focus and start thinking from the lack mindset (when you think that there is not enough of something, in this case – time). This causes you to lower your vibration and that creates poor results.

8. Go that extra mile

When you accomplish the task in a way that surpasses your own expectations, it will give you extra satisfaction and happiness. By excelling in the task you will infuse much more positivity into your work and that will give you extra confidence and the ability to get motivated much faster in the future.

The better the results of the task are, the more likely you are to accomplish another task in the same way. You should not overestimate the benefits that this step brings.

These last steps will help you become motivated for future tasks. They will also build up your ability to get motivated in increasingly shorter time periods.

9. Rest if you are tired

Just a little note about what to do if you get tired throughout the task. If that happens (and it will if the task takes time) you should take a break until you feel that you have enough energy to finish it. When you want to start the task again, you should go through the same steps as for preparing to start the task and never forget to align the energy as this is the most important step.

If you do not rest although you are tired, your results will be of worse quality and you may even get discouraged to finish the task. Suddenly the task may seem overwhelming to you and you may get demotivated to complete it. This step will encourage you to be more eager towards future tasks because you will notice that if you get proper rest you can accomplish any task.

10. Notice the feeling you get after you accomplish the task

When you stop for a little while and acknowledge the feeling of satisfaction you get after completing the task, next time it will be much easier to get motivated. This is because it will be easier to recall the feeling of happiness and relief you get after the task is completed.

This is a simple yet widely overlooked step. In general, when you feel good you should try to really pay attention to how it feels and acknowledge this great feeling. The more you focus on great feelings, the more of them you will experience.

Conclusion

If followed properly, these steps will definitely increase your ability to get motivated no matter what you need the motivation for.

the best way to get motivated is out of natural inspiration but sometimes the circumstances and time constrains do not allow this. In such case these steps will really speed up your motivation.

 Cited from 10 Step To Get Motivated, By Simona Rich

www.personal-development-coach.net

Spread Your Wings and Arise

 

spread your wingThere are times in our lives
We feel much like
A flower struggling to bloom;
We go through those times
Of change and growth
Like a caterpillar in a cocoon

Nobody can see
The Lord’s hidden work
Until the day we break through
Then we can begin
To spread out our wings
And arise as butterflies do

God has a much higher
Calling for us
And wants us to rise up in Him;
We can make such a difference
If we’d only realize
The potential we have within

So allow the Lord
To work in your life,
To make you all you can be
So you will one day
Be able to soar
And know what it means to be ‘FREE’.

 

Written by M.S Lowndes

Photo credit : http://www.sparkpeople.com

God Led me to you

The man slowly looked up. This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like that she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.

“Leave me alone,” he growled.

To his amazement, the woman continued standing.

She was smiling – her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.

“Are you hungry?” she asked.

“No,” he answered sarcastically. “I’ve just come from dining with the president. Now go away.” The woman’s smile became even broader.

Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. “What are you doing, lady?” The man asked angrily. “I said to leave me alone.”

Just then a policeman came up. “Is there any problem, ma’am?” he asked.

“No problem here, officer,” the woman answered. “I’m just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?”

The officer scratched his head. “That’s old Jack. He’s been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?”

“See that cafeteria over there?” she asked. “I’m going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile.”

“Are you crazy, lady?” the homeless man resisted. “I don’t want to go in there!”

Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.

“Let me go, officer. I didn’t do anything.”

“This is a good deal for you, Jack,” the officer answered. “Don’t blow it.”

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived. The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by the table.

“What’s going on here, officer?” he asked. “What is all this. Is this man in trouble?”

“This lady brought this man in here to be fed,” the policeman answered.

“Not in here!” the manager replied angrily. “Having a person like that here is bad for business.”

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. “See, lady. I told you so. Now if you’ll let me go. I didn’t want to come here in the first place.”

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. “Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?”

“Of course I am,” the manager answered impatiently. “They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms.”

“And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?”

“What business is that of yours?”

“I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company.”

“Oh.”

The woman smiled again. “I thought that might make a difference.”

She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a giggle. “Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?”

“No thanks, ma’am,” the officer replied. “I’m on duty.”

“Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?”

“Yes, ma’am. That would be very nice.”

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel. “I’ll get your coffee for you right away, officer.”

The officer watched him walk away. “You certainly put him in his place,” he said.

“That was not my intent. Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this.”

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently. “Jack, do you remember me?”

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes “I think so – I mean you do look familiar.”

“I’m a little older perhaps,” she said. “Maybe I’ve even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry.”

“Ma’am?” the officer said questioningly. He couldn’t believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

“I was just out of college,” the woman began. “I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn’t find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat.”

Jack lit up with a smile. “Now I remember,” he said. “I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy.”

“I know,” the woman continued. “Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over, I saw you put the price of my food in the cash register. I knew then that everything would be alright.”

“So you started your own business?” Old Jack said.

“I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business, that, with the help of God, prospered.” She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. “When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He’s the personnel director of my company. I’ll go talk to him now and I’m certain he’ll find something for you to do around the office.” She smiled. “I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always opened to you.”

There were tears in the old man’s eyes. “How can I ever thank you?” he said.

“Don’t thank me,” the woman answered. “To God goes the glory. Thank Jesus. He led me to you.”

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways. “Thank you for all your help, officer,” she said.

“On the contrary, Ms. Eddy,” he answered. “Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And … And thank you for the coffee.”

If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing. If you have missed some of my emails, you have missed a laugh. But, if you have missed knowing my LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, you have missed everything in the world …

 

Keep your Fork

keep your forkThere was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live.

Therefore, as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.

“There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly.

“What’s that?” the Pastor’s reply.

“This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the young woman asked.

“Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.

In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’

It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!

So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, what’s with the fork?’

Then I want you to tell them: ‘Keep your fork, the best is yet to come.’

The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death.

But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge.

She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket, they saw the cloak she was wearing, and the fork placed in her right hand.

Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?” And over and over, he smiled.

During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her.

He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.

He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Photo credit : http://www.debibaker.org

 

Good Time Management

time-managementI just finished reading a book about time management which is views from Christianity viewpoint. We all certainly know time is very important thing in our lives. Managing our time is managing our lives as well. Often we say “I have no time “or “My time is so tight and limited” actually we are not going to say that words if we really know how we manage our time. God gave us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 12 months a year, and we all do believe  everything that God gives to us is the best and perfect.  The problem is how to manage our time.

Below is a summary of a book that I read and I would like to share to all friends. Hopefully this article can be useful. Particularly for those people who have a problem with time management. Here’s the summary…

Key #1: Assume Responsibility. The first key is assuming responsibility for your use of time. The Bible challenges us to redeem the time, which means to make the most of the time God has given us. (See Ephesians 5:16) Choose to take charge of your time to the best of your ability. If you don’t manage your time, somebody else will.

Key #2: Seek God’s Guidance. Recognize that God has ordained for you a series of good works to accomplish. We read in Ephesians 2:10, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”.

Ask the Lord each morning to help you identify the good works that He has planned for you on that particular day. Ask the Lord to show you how and when and to whom you might minister by using the good gifts and talents that He has given you.

Don’t limit your petition for God’s guidance to the time you spend at work or in ministry. Ask the Lord to help you manage your recreational time, your friendships with others, renew your creative energy, and give opportunities for Christian witness.

Seek the Lord’s guidance, too, for the time you spend with your spouse and family. Ask Him to help you manage your family time so that relationships are made strong and joyful.

Key #3: Plan Your Schedule. Months can go by without your making any progress toward the fulfillment of your God-given goals if you don’t plan your schedule and set your goals and dreams into the context of deadlines.

Organize your time for maximum productivity and efficiency. If mornings are your most productive hours, set aside those times for work directly related to your goals. Put your greatest concentration and effort into those hours.

Most people I know find it easiest and most productive to spend time with the Lord first thing in the morning. Others find their best prayer and Bible-reading time is after all other family members have gone to bed. There is no set rule. Do what works for you!

Ask the Lord to show you how to set your schedule in any given day, week, and year to allow for a good balance of work and rest, alone time and family time, input and output.

Key #4: Stay Organized. Continually searching for missing documents or items is a waste of time. Stay organized as you work. Throughout the Bible, we find numerous references about doing things and maintaining things in an orderly fashion. (See Exodus 40:1-16 as an example.) Recognize that your definition of being organized may be different from that of others.

Ask the Lord to help you remove the clutter from your life – the things that detract and pull you away from your God-given purpose and goals. Clutter includes time clutter – the things that clutter your schedule with unimportant activities and obligations.

Key #5: Rely on God’s Wisdom. If you question the timing of anything in your life – when something should be done, how much time should be allotted to something, how often something should be done, the sequencing of a project – ask the Lord for His wisdom on the matter. As you plan projects or break down large goals into specific tasks, ask the Lord, “Am I sequencing activities, events, or tasks in the right order? Am I allotting the appropriate amount of time for each facet of this project or task or event? Have I set the right deadlines?”

Key #6: Eliminate the Unimportant. Charles Schwab, the president of Bethlehem Steel, hired a consultant and said to him. “If you’ll show me how I and other top managers in our company can use our time better, I will pay you a fee of whatever you ask within reason.”

The man said, “All right.” He then gave Schwab a blank sheet of paper and said, “I want you to write on this sheet of paper all the important things you need to do tomorrow and list them in order of their priority. As number one, put the most important thing you should do tomorrow. As number two, put the second most important thing you should do, and so forth. Then when you go into work tomorrow morning, start with the first thing on your list and stick with it until you finish it. Then move on to number two, and so forth. You more than likely will not be able to accomplish all the things on your list in a given day, but you will have accomplished the most important thing on your list or at least made a major effort regarding it. Then tomorrow night, make a new list for the upcoming day. Do this for several weeks and let me know what happens.”

I am happy to pass along the idea to you. I have put this principle to work in my life, and I heartily recommend it. Every night, after looking at my schedule for the coming day, I write down on a three-by-five card the four most important things I hope to do the next day. I put the list in priority order, and one of the first things I do the next morning is look at that card. I carry the list with me to my work desk and keep it where I can see it readily. I have discovered that if I don’t stay focused on what I truly want to get accomplished, phone calls and various interruptions can send me running in forty directions.

In the overall pattern of your life, doing a good job at the tasks put before you is part of God’s plan for your life. Interruptions may be lessons that God has for you to learn, including the lesson of flexibility. All of us, however, know that many interruptions are simply time wasters, and they are the ones that nearly always can be avoided or cut short.

Key #7: Review Your Day. At the close of a day, review the way in which you have spent your time. Evaluate your schedule. Compare what you did with what you intended to do. Ask yourself: Did I make good use of my time? Did I procrastinate? Was I able to maintain my concentration? Did I engage in activities that truly were priorities? Did I make progress (even a little) toward the accomplishment of my God-given goals?

As you see yourself doing things you desire to do in order to be successful in God’s eyes, give thanks and praise to God for His guidance, help, and encouragement.

If you recognize that you have made mistakes or have fallen short of the ideal schedule you set for yourself, ask the Lord’s forgiveness for any sins you have committed in wasting time, and then ask for His help to do better the next day.

Don’t give up on the pursuit of your goals! Make adjustments, learn from your mistakes, and begin the next day with fresh enthusiasm and courage.

Summarized by Karina Susanto  from the book  Success Gods Way by Charles Stanley,New life Ministries.

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Alexander The Great’s Last 3 Wishes

alexander-the-great-arturas-slapsysAlexander, after conquering many kingdoms, was returning home. On the way, he fell ill and it took him to his death bed. With death staring him in his face, Alexander realized how his conquests, his great army, his sharp sword and all his wealth were of no use.

He now longed to reach home to see his mother’s face and bid her adieu. But, he had to accept the fact that his sinking health would not permit him to reach his distant homeland. So, the mighty conqueror lay prostrate and pale, helplessly waiting to breathe his last. He called his generals and said, “I will depart from this world soon, I have three wishes, please carry them out without fail.” With tears flowing down their cheeks, the generals agreed to abide by their king’s last wishes.

“My first desire is that”, said Alexander, “My physicians alone must carry my coffin.” After a pause, he continued, “Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones which I have collected in my treasury”. The king felt exhausted after saying this. He took a minute’s rest and continued. My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin”.

The people who had gathered there wondered at the king’s strange wishes. But no one dared bring the question to their lips. Alexander’s favorite general kissed his hand and pressed them to his heart. “O king, we assure you that all your wishes will be fulfilled. But tell us why do you make such strange wishes?” At this Alexander took a deep breath and said: “I would like the world to know of the three lessons I have just learnt.

I want my physicians to carry my coffin because people should realize that No doctor on this earth can really cure anybody. They are powerless and cannot save a person from the clutches of death. So let not people take life for granted.

The second wish of strewing gold, silver and other riches on the path to the graveyard is to tell people that Not even a fraction of gold will come with me. I spent all my life with the greed for power, earning riches but cannot take anything with me. Let people realize that it is a sheer waste of time to chase wealth.

And about my third wish of having my hands dangling out of the coffin, I wish my people to know that I came empty handed into this world and empty handed I go out of this world”. With these words, the king closed his eyes. Soon he let death conquer him and breathed his last.

Alexander The Great painting by  Arturas Slapsys