Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman, best known for inventing the light bulb, phonograph and motion picture camera which has greatly influenced the whole world.
He is also credited to creating the first industrial research laboratory.
Check out some great quotes by Thomas Edison below:
35 Motivational & Inspirational Thomas Edison Quotes:
1. “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison
2. “His genius he was quite content in one brief sentence to define; Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine.” – Thomas Edison
3. “Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison
4. “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.” – Thomas Edison
5. “Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.” – Thomas Edison
6. “When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.” – Thomas Edison
7. “The value of an idea lies in the using of it.” – Thomas Edison
8. “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” – Thomas Edison
9. “To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” – Thomas Edison
10. “I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists – proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision.” – Thomas Edison
11. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
12. “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas Edison
13. “The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.” – Thomas Edison
14. “Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” – Thomas Edison
15. “I start where the last man left off.” – Thomas Edison
16. “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
17. “The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” – Thomas Edison
18. “There is far more opportunity than there is ability.” – Thomas Edison
19. “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” – Thomas Edison
20. “One might think that the money value of an invention constitutes its reward to the man who loves his work. But… I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.” – Thomas Edison
21. “Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!” – Thomas Edison
22. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison
23. “Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.” – Thomas Edison
24. “Waste is worse than loss. The time is coming when every person who lays claim to ability will keep the question of waste before him constantly. The scope of thrift is limitless.” – Thomas Edison
25. “The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison
26. “It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.” – Thomas Edison
27. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
28. “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.” – Thomas Edison
29. “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.” – Thomas Edison
30. “To my mind the old masters are not art; their value is in their scarcity.” – Thomas Edison
31. “There’s a way to do it better – find it.” – Thomas Edison
32. “There is no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas Edison
33. “I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” – Thomas Edison
34. “I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” – Thomas Edison
35. “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” – Thomas Edison
What’s your favorite Thomas Edison Quote? Share your favorite quote in the comment section below.
British actor Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69 from cancer, his family confirmed on Thursday.
The stage and film legend was beloved for his roles in Die Hard, Pride & Prejudice, Robin Hood and Galaxy Quest, but is most famous for his portrayal of potions teacher Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.
Snape is perhaps the most misunderstood of all JK Rowling’s characters.
His complex relationship with Harry Potter is central to the series and is not fully revealed in its final moments.
Fans of the books and films had the potions professor’s backstory teasingly revealed in flashbacks, but enterprising YouTube user kcawesome13 rearranged them in chronological order to create a fascinating insight into the character that fans will enjoy today more than ever.
Be warned the below clip, which helps to explain why Harry described Snape as “probably the bravest man I ever knew”, contains a lot of feels.
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We’ve seen lots of different advice on meditation and instructions on techniques, and it’s true that a practice is intensely personal, and that everyone has their own methods.
However, we’ve never seen anything like this. Oregon artist and energy worker Sara Mapelli meditates while wearing a ‘blouse’ of bees covering her bare torso. Her intention? To commune with nature and assist others in overcoming their fears. In an interview withNational Geographic, she said:
I’ve danced for people who were really afraid of bees…Many people come to me for deep intense personal issues. When I approached one of my clients with the bees [during the dance] he leaned back so astonished, but then came a huge smile as he realized he was safe. It was like watching someone transform. He was so heartfelt and emotional afterwards.
The dance with honey bees covering much of her body is just one aspect of her alternative medicine practice. She says that it helps people who feel detached from or have a fear of nature.
Mapelli said that her fascination with bees stems from childhood, where a sense of community was instilled in her at an early age.
As I got to know bees, I realized their world is all about community. Each bee has a job, and they take turns doing different things to help the whole. That interconnectedness, the idea that if you take a piece out the group is incomplete and doesn’t function as well—that’s part of the message I want to share.
The idea for the ‘bee blouse’ came to Mapelli in a vision while driving once through the beautiful Columbia Gorge. “I could visualize this bee blouse, but it took me a long time to find people to help me make it happen,” she said. “I finally found an entomologist to work with me, and I’m also connected with beekeepers all over the country. I plan to do a bee-dance tour in Europe next.”
She gets the bees to cover her body using a pheromone derived from the queen bee, after which a beekeeper lifts as frame full of bees from the hive and brings it near. Soon, she is covered in a ‘tornado,’ which soon covers the top part of her body with an 8-inch thick layer of nearly 15,000 bees.
“There is magic and fantasy in what I do, that’s part of my job. Not just to heal and educate, but to inspire magic. The bees help me do that,” she concludes in the interview (read the full transcript here). Check out this fascinating video below of her meditative honeybee dance!
This article was originally posted on Spirit Science.
David Bowie has died aged 69 following a “courageous” battle with cancer, surrounded by his family.
Through the singer’s official Facebook page, a statement said: “January 10 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
While he will be remembered for his influence through the music and entertainment industry, his way with words should also be celebrated.
Here’s a run-down of the legendary performer’s most memorable quotes:
“I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” Madison Square Gardens on his 50th birthday.
“I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, “F**k that. I want to be a superhuman.”
“Fame itself… doesn’t really afford you anything more than a good seat in a restaurant.” Q Magazine, 1990.
“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture I was living in.” GQ, 2002
“I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.” 60 Minutes, 2002.
“You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.”
“You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer for Christ’s sake.”GQ, 2002
“I don’t know how many times someone has come up to me and said, ‘Hey, Lets dance!’. I hate dancing. God, it’s stupid.”
“I was virtually trying anything… And I think I have done just about everything that it’s possible to do – except really dangerous things, like being an explorer. But anything that Western culture has to offer – I’ve put myself through it.” Telegraph, 1996
“All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.” The Word, 2003
“Make the best of every moment. We’re not evolving. We’re not going anywhere.” Esquire, 2004.
– Source: Independent
“If you educate a girl, you educate a nation.” said Dr. Helene Gayle. Japan perhaps realizes this better than any other nation. There is a defunct railway station (Kami-Shirataki) in Japan where a train stops just for one passenger. The passenger is a little girl who goes to her school by that train. Such is the commitment, such is the extra mile Japan is willing to take to ensure a girl gets her education.
Image Courtesy: CCTVNews
Japan Railways—the group that operates the country’s railway network—was made more than three years ago. Passenger traffic at Kami-Shirataki station had dramatically fallen because of its remote location, and freight service had also ended there as well. Japan Railways was getting ready to shut down the station—until they noticed that it was still being used every day by the high-schooler. So they decided to keep the station open for her until she graduates.
Image Courtesy: citylab
The railways released a specific schedule to cater to the single passenger girl. The train will cease to stop at the station after the girl completes her education. One comment on CCTVs facebook page read “Why should I not want to die for a country like this when the government is ready to go an extra mile just for me,”. Gestures with governance which reaches the last citizen is what makes Japan great despite how history has been cruel to them.
We applauds the Japanese Government for this inspiring model of governance. A governance model which has given high priority to a girls educations. Many other countries including India could take a leaf out of this wonderful gesture from Japan and speed up the educational and social reform measures and ensure no girl is left behind.
The Article was originally posted on Citylab.
Source: The Logical Indian
All of us dream of having a life that is impactful and forms a story that may one day be turned into a book or movie. The story of your life is made up of many elements that are also the fundamentals of success.
Unless your life is impactful, no one is ever going to care greatly about your story. Your story is owned by you, and only you can create and determine how much impact it will have. Ask yourself the question right now, does your life have a significant impact? If it doesn’t, then it’s time to change it.
It’s time for you to create something that everyone will remember you for. It’s time to turn that dream that you have always had into a reality. This all starts with a decision and often you need some major, painful event to trigger this desire.
Think about the emotions you would feel if the majority of people respected you and were inspired by you. You would be on top of the world, and your life would have meant something. Your name will forever live on, and generations of people will live their lives in dedication to what you stood for.
That sounds like a real vision, and that sounds like a common goal that we should all strive for.
Below are the six ways to make the story of your life impactful.
1. Do something outstanding
Life stories that have a major impact all involve someone doing something outstanding; something that no one thought was possible or that would ever be done. Have you done something outstanding already?
If you haven’t, that’s okay, but start thinking about what major task you could achieve that would be outstanding. Start thinking about what you’re great at or what you could be great at.
This first step is the most crucial and you need to decide on it before you proceed.
There are so many people that never realise that they need to do something outstanding, so just this realisation alone can be empowering in itself. Given the size of this task, it’s not going to happen overnight.
When you come to terms with what you are going to do, it will begin to manifest itself in your life. Doing something outstanding ties together passion, giving back, purpose, fulfillment, and many more success attributes that we have all heard before.
The fact that doing something outstanding covers so many of these attributes is the reason why you should dedicate your life to this one task. Once you achieve it, then you have the very rare task of doing it all over again with a new task.
2. Teach Others
Any great story involves some form of learning. Before you can teach other people something, though, you need to teach yourself first. I like to begin with lots of reading across a broad range of topics. This will give you the foundations of what you can teach others.
For me, what I want to teach other people is all about self-development, entrepreneurship and how to reach success. This is no easy task for me but I have devoted a large amount of time to it, and I can see progress every week now.
In the beginning, I didn’t see any progress but my mentors told me that eventually I would, and they were right. At the start, I was the student, but now I am becoming the teacher. Each day I get to teach people ideas I have learned myself and translate it into my own language.
Google has meant that education and information is easy to find, but the real task now is for someone to curate and translate the information.
It’s this translation of the learning I have done that allows me to create value. The language I speak in is unique, and the ideas are curated by my own mind. When you can begin to do the same thing, then you two can teach others (if you’re not already).
I recently got the opportunity to work with a graduate. Initially, I wasn’t that excited about the task, but as things progressed, I realised that I had the chance to completely shape his career, which in turn, would shape his life. Anyone can do this and even if it starts with just one graduate, you have the chance to begin to make an impact.
3. Share your story
Once you establish your story and start to create an impact, it’s time to share it with others. This doesn’t just mean that you share the good moments with some happy Instagram photos – there is much more to it.
The key to sharing your story is that it’s about being vulnerable, and sharing the negative moments and failures, and then balancing these out with the positive successes. As you share your story in this way, you will begin to compound the impact your story has on the world.
There are many ways to share your story and I have found the easiest way is online first. As you become more comfortable in sharing your story, you can then start sharing it through video, and then later in person.
With my own story, I am about to start sharing it on video, and then the next step will be through public speaking. I am happy to tell you though that I am not great at public speaking so expect to see me at a local Toastmasters shortly. If you are an expert in public speaking and can help, then feel free to reach out to me.
4. Live your dream at all costs
The only way your story will have any impact is if it is directly hardwired to your dream. You will need to move every obstacle out of the pathway of your life and agree to live this dream no matter what.
Even when all your close friends are out having dinner, there will be times when you will be required to not take the easy route, and not attend so that you can work on your dream. The temptation in these situations will be great which is why your own individual dream needs to be something you have thought about and truly care about.
Your dream is linked to your passion, and when you are in a state of mind where you are doing something you love, you experience high levels of happiness. Happiness then becomes a fuel for your mind, and you subconsciously start to create your story and make an impact without even thinking about it.
5. Show some emotion
To make the story of your life impactful, it needs to contain some emotion. Emotion is what draws people in, and it’s what makes it your story. When it comes to the story of your life, the word impact really just means emotion.
You can’t fake emotion in your own story. The more real and the rawer the emotion is, the more people will be drawn to it. If your story is full of made up elements, then people can spot the fakeness a mile away.
As I have said before, your pain becomes your success, and your success is often determined by the impact you are having. There is nothing like seeing someone give it all they have got and sharing every amount of emotion they have with you.
You get tingles down your spine; you feel unstoppable, and you want to spend more time with them. These are all things that our brains think about subconsciously all the time. If a thought pops into your head about something you are going to do, and you start thinking about what people will think of that action, just do it and don’t think twice.
The chances are that if that action is something that you are worried what others will say about it, it’s probably because it has some form of emotion attached to it that requires you to be vulnerable. It’s these actions that you should commit to doing if you want to have an impact.
6. Learn to control your mind
The one element you have 100% control over when it comes to the impact of your life story is your mind (assuming you learn to control it). This is no easy task and so many people never master this art. It requires you to study some basic elements of psychology and really understand yourself.
You need to work out what you love, what you hate, what motivates you and what stops you. If you practice this art form every single day, your brain becomes like a muscle and starts to grow. Your ability to make tough decisions becomes easier, and you’re drawn closer to your purpose.
“Once the human mind is understood and put to proper use, your impact can become more widespread. You can begin to move closer to the things that you care about most and stay clear of the things you have no interest in” – Tim Denning
The people who have controlled their mind the best usually go on to become leaders in their field. From Warren Buffett, to Tony Robbins to the Dalai Lama; all of them live their life at the highest level.
People from the outside will observe the way you control your mind and begin to be drawn to you because it’s such a rarity to have your mind under control and working for you, instead of against you.
Everything I have just mentioned starts with a decision: a decision to be great, a decision to be the example for others rather than let your life waste away to something that no one will remember.
Will you be the person who has the funeral that the whole world stops for, or the person whose funeral has less than twenty close family members there to see you off?
How are you going to make the story of your life impactful? Let me know in the comments section below.
Author: Tim Denning
Source: Addicted to Success
Carl Jung or C.G .Jung was a psychiatrist and psychotherapist from Switzerland who was the founder of analytical psychology. Carl Jung was an early supporter of Freud because of their shared interest in the unconscious. He was an active member of the the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society.
Other major influences of Carl Jung consists of anthropology, religious studies, archaeology, philosophy, and literature.
Here are some of Carl Jung’s inspiring quotes!
1. “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” – Carl Jung
2. “We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.” – Carl Jung
3. “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.” – Carl Jung
4. “The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.” – Carl Jung
5. “Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.” – Carl Jung
6. “Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” – Carl Jung
7. “It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.” – Carl Jung
8. “Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.” – Carl Jung
9. “A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.” – Carl Jung
10. “An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.” – Carl Jung
11. “Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.” – Carl Jung
12. “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” – Carl Jung
13. “Shame is a soul eating emotion.” – Carl Jung
14. “The rational attitude which permits us to declare objective values as valid at all is not the work of the individual subject, but the product of human history.” – Carl Jung
15. “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.” – Carl Jung
16. “The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.” – Carl Jung
17. “To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem.” – Carl Jung
18. “I have always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way.” – Carl Jung
19. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
20. “Creative powers can just as easily turn out to be destructive. It rests solely with the moral personality.” – Carl Jung
21. “whether they apply themselves to good things or to bad. And if this is lacking, no teacher can supply it or take its place.” – Carl Jung
22. “That which compels us to create a substitute for ourselves is not the external lack of objects, but our incapacity to lovingly include a thing outside of ourselves.” – Carl Jung
23. “A dream that is not understood remains a mere occurrence; understood it becomes a living experience.” – Carl Jung
24. “A special ability means a heavy expenditure of energy in a particular direction, with a consequent drain from some other side of life.” – Carl Jung
25. “We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.” – Carl Jung
26. “If a man knows more than others, he becomes lonely.” – Carl Jung
27. “I regret many follies which sprang from my obstinacy; but without that trait I would not have reached my goal.” – Carl Jung
What’s your favorite Carl Jung Quote?
Please share his quotes in the comment section below.
Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) is considered one of the 20th century’s major poets. Also a playwright, essayist and literary critic, the Missouri-born poet became famous by works, such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Ash Wednesday and Murder in the Cathedral. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, as well as an Order of Merit.
Eliot almost had a way of seeing through things and delivering it in its wholeness to his audience. There are times when his poems are just the best friend you need.
51 years after he left us, we still can’t have enough of his beautiful writings. Here are some of his unforgettable words:
1.”I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
2.”The Church must be forever building, for it is forever decaying within and attacked from without.”
3.”Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”
4.”Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
5.”In my beginning is my end.”
6.”Human kind cannot bear very much reality.”
7.”In life there is not time to grieve long.”
8.”All our knowledge brings us nearer o our ignorance.”
9.”I grow old … I grow old …I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.”
10.”No verse is free for the man who wants to do a good job.”
11.”Men have left GOD not for other gods, they say, but for no God; and this has never happened before.”
12.”The lot of man is ceaseless labor, Or ceaseless idleness, which is still harder.”
13.”War is not a life: it is a situation,One which may neither be ignored nor accepted.”
14.”We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
15.”The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do more, and you are not yet decrepit enough to turn them down.”
16.”Only by acceptance of the past will you alter its meaning.”
17.”This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper.”
18.”It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous. Resign yourself to be the fool you are.”
19.”The circle of our understanding is a very restricted area.”
20.”Every moment is a fresh beginning.”
21.”Only the fool, fixed in his folly, may think he can turn the wheel on which he turns.”
22.”In a play, from the beginning, you have to realize that you’re preparing something which is going into the hands of other people, unknown at the time you’re writing it.”
23.”Two people who know they do not understand each other, breeding children whom they do not understand and who will never understand them.”
Loved around the world – American television host, producer and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has most certainly left her mark on the face of history. Once the world’s only black billionaire, arguably the single greatest black philanthropist in American history and often considered to be the most influential woman in the world – there is so much that Oprah’s life can teach us all.
Having overcome unspeakable hardships during her early life, Oprah went on to become the inspirational person that she is today, reaching out to millions from around the world with the generosity and transparency that she is famous for. Not surprisingly, many people look to Oprah for inspiration and guidance on how they too can become their very best and turn their lives around for the better.
Here, then, are some lessons from the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, as expressed by Oprah herself, in the hope that they may find you when you need them most and that you may share them with those who might need them as well.
1. We are each other’s best teachers.
“Something in me connected with each of you in a way that allowed me to see myself in you and you in me. I became your surrogate — to ask the questions, deliver the answers, learn, grow, expand my thinking, challenge my beliefs and the way I looked at the world. I listened and grew, and I know you grew along with me.”
2. Each of us has to find our own calling.
“Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing.”
3. Your calling will let you “live from the heart of yourself.”
“It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. And that is what I want for all of you and hope that you will take from this show. To live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living; I understand that. But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”
4. You are responsible for your life.
“Nobody but you is responsible for your life. It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. You are responsible for your life. … You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.”
5. You alone are enough.
“… we often block our own blessings because we don’t feel inherently good enough or smart enough or pretty enough or worthy enough. … The show has taught me you’re worthy because you are born and because you are here. Your being here, your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.”
6. Everyone needs validation.
“I’ve talked to nearly 30,000 people on this show and all 30,000 had one thing in common: They all wanted validation. … They want to know: ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?’ ”
“Try it with your children, your husband, your wife, your boss, your friends. Validate them. ‘I see you. I hear you. And what you say matters to me.’ ”
7. Practice Gratitude.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
Our reality is what we make it; Oprah knows this and it is with this knowledge that she has been able to take the negatives from her earlier life and transform them into such dazzling positives.
Oprah knows that what we give most of our attention and thoughts to, is what we attract the most of in our life. So, use gratitude to focus your thoughts on the positives that are already in your life. Do this and they should continue to multiply and multiply, until there is no longer room in your life for the negatives.
8. “We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”
Have you ever considered the saying – ‘You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs’? Well, the same can be said of life and happiness. Without change you can never grow any greater than what you are now, so what small changes can you begin to make to become the person that you want to be?
You cannot expect to change your life by continuing on the same path that you are on now; your life can only change to the extent of the changes that you make in yourself.
9. We can all be someone’s safe place to fall.
“And what I hope is that you all will be that safe harbor for somebody else — their safe place to fall. Do for them what you all are telling me the show has done for you. Connect. Embrace. Liberate. Love somebody. Just one person. And then spread that to two. And as many as you can. You’ll see the difference it makes.”
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There is excitement as we make a decision to do something big – help the homeless, start a business, run a marathon. But all too often these big dreams fall to the wayside. How do we keep the motivation to see a big goal through to the end?
Some people have called me “goal driven” because I persevere on projects that may take months or even years to accomplish. So I got thinking, what is it that helps me to keep going day after day while the end goal is still out of sight? Perhaps my experience can help other people to persist on their goals.
Here are the seven steps to help you stay motivated and stick to a big project:
1. Make sure you have control over your goal
When you formulate your goal make sure that it is something under your power to achieve. For example, say “Apply to three graduate schools”, as opposed to saying “Get accepted to graduate school”. When your goal is stated as something that is under your control you are more likely to think of ways to make it happen.
“Everybody has goals, aspirations or whatever, and everybody has been at a point in their life where nobody believed in them.” – Eminem
2. Find subgoals that can be accomplished in 4 hours or less
It can be daunting to look at the big goal. You don’t know where to start. So first make a list of the steps that are required to accomplish a big goal. For example, the goal of writing an app can be broken down into large steps of design, coding, testing, submission, and marketing.
Each day I look at the step that I am working on and choose a small goal that should take four hours or less to achieve. By concentrating on the small goal I can stay focused and not worry about everything else that needs to be done. And, each time I accomplish the small goal I feel good about myself.
I chose four hours as the magic number because frequently tasks have a habit of expanding. Often a four hour goal turns into a three day goal, but that is still a short enough time horizon that I can keep the end in sight.
3. Each morning write down the single most important thing to do that day
It really helps me to have the goal for that day in writing. Then, if I wander off topic, as I sometimes do, I can look at it and pull myself back on course. I know that if I do enough of the mini 4-hour goals that eventually I will accomplish something significant toward my big goal, so I don’t need to think about the big goal that day.
4. Live the dream
I can’t postpone good feelings until I have achieved the final result. What I am actually doing each day has to be the life that I want. If it isn’t, I have picked the wrong goal. For example, you will never achieve a goal of running a marathon if you detest having to run three or four times a week.
Having mini goals helps me to live the dream. Every day or two I am celebrating some small milestone that I have reached. When I reach a major milestone I generally take a day off and go do something fun to celebrate.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
5. Take breaks for planning
Since I work towards a series of mini goals I need to have confidence that they are adding up to the intended target. Every now and then, perhaps every couple of months, I take time off from achieving a mini goal that day, and instead spend the day on planning. I consider whether there is a major step that I may have missed, and if so, add that to my list. I think about the major step that I am working on, and whether the activities I have been doing are actually bringing me closer to that goal.
If it feels helpful, I make a list of sub-tasks for the major steps. I like to get these things down on paper so that when I am working on a mini goal I am not constantly sidetracked by trying to think about other steps. Doing this planning step allows me to get it all out of my mind so that I can focus.
6. Decide where and when you are going to do your work
Studies have shown that if you decide on where and when you will do something that you are more likely to do it. I sit down each morning after breakfast at my computer and write down my goal for that day. That helps me to get started, and once I am started I generally find it easy to continue.
7. Don’t give up
Everybody has bad days, and some things take time to become fun. For example, the first time a person runs can hardly be called fun. It is difficult and tiring and sweaty. But after a couple of weeks, as your body toughens up, it can actually be exhilarating.
So hang in there when things are tough. Face the fact that it is no fun, but do it anyway. You should be back on track in a few days.
What can you do today to take a small step toward your big goal? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!