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Finding Your Words of Motivation Every Day

 
 

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Many of us want to achieve great things in life. We often set ourselves goals to achieve, or, at the very least, dreams we want to make come true. Sadly however most of us never reach that great future we want for ourselves.

We try to give ourselves the words of motivation we need to become better people but somehow life gets in the way and we get distracted. Before we know it, the inspiration messages fade from our minds and we find ourselves depressed and feeling something is missing from our lives.

Too many people turn to other destructive activities to forget our failures: drugs, alcohol and tobacco feature too prominently in our lives. And yet, curiously, within these negative activities lie the clues to our frustration.

Habits.

It is great to have dreams of a better life but if we do nothing every day to reach them it is all wasted. So it is what we do on a daily basis that dictates our lives.

Professionals in attempting to reform drug addicts, alcoholics and smokers always try to get them to change their habits. If you are used to having a cigarette when you first wake up, get used to having something else: perhaps a boiled sweet or even go for a run. The key is to learn a new habit.

So it is with becoming a better you. Do something every day that will set on your way. Perhaps get into the habit of meditating at the same time every day or maybe read an uplifting book. If you want to start your own business, set aside the same time every day to do something to achieve the goal.

After all, as Brian Tracy puts it: “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”

Do something for 30 days without a break and you will find it becomes a habit and so easier to do.

Still not convinced? I became persuaded of the power of daily habits when I wanted to have a good nights sleep. Having researched the subject, I began to set myself the same routine before bed every night. I would wind down in the hour before, switching off the television and computer and carrying out small tasks, such as packing a bag for the next day. I would then have a warm bath, reading a good book as I do so, with soft classical music playing in the background. As I finally retired to bed, I would play exactly the same piece of music every night. Before long I no longer heard much of the music before I fell into a deep sleep.

I was shocked by the efficiency of my habit when one day I was washing up. The same piece of music I used to go to bed started to play on the radio and I started to fall asleep across the sink.

Habits can be so powerful. Get used to doing something every day and you will find success will be not long in finding you. Find your inspiration messages in your habits every day and the frustration suffered by others will pass you by.
 

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”

John Dryden
 
 

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Words of Motivation to Help Deal With Failure

 
 

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If life were only about success then it would be very dull. Fortunately we will all face failure in our lives somewhere along the line. One of the key skills in life is learning how to deal with this and to find the words of motivation we need to turn the situation to our advantage.

If you have set goals in your life and have a clear vision of where you want to be, failures should never affect you. But first of all we need to understand what is failure.

If you fail to achieve your goal on the first attempt, that is not failure, it is simply a setback. You only really fail when you give up on your goals.

So you hit a setback. We need the attitude to understand that we simply need to find another way of doing things. It may simply be you have not achieved your goal in the time allotted. This could be you misunderstood how long it would take so you just reset the goal and continue on your journey.

You will always know if you have put the required effort into attaining your goals; if you feel you have done enough but have not reached where you want to be, then just keep going and the chances are you will reach your destination eventually.

If you feel you have not done enough to reach your goal then the answer is clear: immerse yourself in the drive towards your goals, pursue them with all you have and success will eventually be yours.

Some years ago a study was made of primitive tribes who practised rain dances. Scientists wanted to find out if the tradition really worked. They studied a number of tribes to see which were the most successful. One tribe recorded a phenomenal success rate and, when scientists tried to find out the reason for this, they discovered the natives simply kept dancing until it rained. It meant they could dance for months but they kept going until it rained.

If what we want in life is good enough, we will keep dancing until we succeed.

Setbacks offer us essential lessons and we need to learn from these. Understand that we need to adopt the attitude that every failed attempt is getting us closer to success.

Philip Baker puts it well in his book ‘Attitudes of Amazing Achievers’: “Life is not about what happens but what we think about what happened. It is not about how bad things are, it is about how we interpret our circumstances, and whether or not we decide to learn lessons or wallow in self-pity.”

Overcoming obstacles and setbacks and refusing to accept failure makes the final goal all the more sweet when we achieve it. In her book, ‘Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway,’ Susan Jeffers wrote these words of motivation, “As long as you can remember that life is an ongoing process of learning, you won’t have the disgruntling sense that you haven’t made it yet. My experience of the last few years has shown me that so much of the joy in life is the challenge of figuring it all out. Nothing is as satisfying as those moments of breakthrough when you discover something about yourself and the Universe that adds another piece to the jigsaw puzzle. The joy of discovery is delicious. I know of no explorer who once having reached his or her goal has not wanted to go out and explore some more.”

Do we ever regret the things for which we worked, the things we have done, or do we regret the things we gave up on? I know I can look back on several projects I wished I had pursued and regret not doing so. Don’t put yourself in that position – don’t accept failure.

Virtually every person we can think of that has achieved major success has had to overcome setbacks and potential failure. Find the words of motivation you need and keep on driving towards your goals.
 

“We can turn setbacks into victories. Find the lesson, apply it; then look back on defeat and smile.”

David J. Schwartz
 
 

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Inspiration Message: Reward Your Goals

 
 

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We all need the inspiration messages that goals can give us but having goals alone is not going to get us where we want to be.

It is always worth tracking the progress of your goals. You should already have a list of your aims in life with a date for their achievement. Why not also make a note of when you achieve your goals? This will allow you to look back and realise just how many things you have achieved on your journey.

There are few better ways of finding inspiration messages for the future.

While we are on the subject, don’t beat yourself up if you miss your goal on the date you have set for its completion. It is okay to complete the project a day or two or three late: what is important is that your complete it at all. The timetable set is a guide.

Actually, what is really important is what you become as you strive for that better lifestyle, but we will explore that later.

Reaching an aim your set yourself should be a big event. Why not make even achieving a small goal significant? Celebrate in some way or perhaps give yourself a reward. You deserve it. Marking the achievement of a new stage in your life will increase the inspiration messages you will get from it.

Giving yourself a reward will increase the positive feeling you will get from reaching your goal. As you write down the goals you want to achieve, also record what reward you will have when you get there.

Appropriate rewards for each stage of achievement will be entirely up to you. They must be significant enough and enjoyable enough to feel like real celebrations when you arrive. Perhaps you might have a trip to the cinema, buy the DVD or download of a movie you have wanted to see, a meal in a restaurant or even just a relaxing evening at home. Whatever you choose, your rewards should tell you that you have achieved something and you deserve a treat.

Because you do.

A word of warning however: make the reward appropriate to the goal. Never celebrate with something that is way beyond what you can afford or the glow of success will be tainted by the guilt of spending too much money. But, whatever rewards you do give yourself, make sure they add to the enjoyment of the goal-achieving process: have fun.

Delayed gratification is an important concept here. If you have set a reward for achieving a goal, do not give yourself that reward until you have reached that goal. Doing anything else will devalue the achievement and reduce the inspiration messages you receive. If you want to buy yourself a new cooker when you get a promotion, for example, don’t do it until you receive your first increased pay cheque.

Giving yourself fun rewards will make the whole process of achieving goals that much more enjoyable. Even if the goal is not that exciting (such as doing the filing), having an enjoyable reward will make reaching it that much more sweet.

As Jim Rohn put it in his book, ‘Seven Strategies for Wealth and Happiness,’ “Part of the fun of having a list (of goals) is the ability to check things off. And when you check something off as completed, take time to celebrate your achievement.”

Most companies, schools, colleges and other public bodies recognise the worth of rewarding success, whether by awards, promotion or other means, so it makes sense for us to adopt the same approach to our own achievements. Apart from that, if your rewards or celebrations involve other people, they will take more of an interest in what you are doing and may well become your cheerleaders.

Setting and achieving goals is mean to be a positive and enjoyable process, full of inspiration messages to help you keep up the momentum: giving yourself rewards at each stage will ensure this.
 

‘Do take time to enjoy your victories. It will only inspire you to do more.”

Jim Rohn
 
 

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Inspiration Messages Come from Giving Goals a Timetable

 
 

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“Dreams are wonderful, but they are not enough. It’s not sufficient to have a brilliant painting of the desired result. To erect a magnificent structure one must also have a step-by-step blueprint of how to lay the foundation, support the structure, and so on. And for that we need goals.”

 

Jim Rohn
 

In our irregular series on setting goals, we have been outlining the characteristics of successful goals. We have been using the mnemonic SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timetable.

Today we examine the last of these: giving your goals a timetable.

The difference between a dream and a goal is a timetable for their achievement. A dream says ‘I would like this sometime’ while a goal defines what it is you want and sets a date for its achievement.

If you do not set a date for a goal’s achievement, you will be able to put it off and the urgency and purposefulness is lost. We need to define when we want to reach our destination.

Setting a timeframe once again requires you to be honest with yourself. You will know when you can realistically reach where you want to be. Give yourself a quiet time to think alone and you will understand when your goals can be reached.

You may well have goals in various areas of your life (family, career, sport and so on) upon which you will want to work one at a time. This means you need to have an overall holistic view of your goals in order to set a timetable that allows for the achievement of them all.

Long and Short Term Goals

It is no good having just big goals you want to achieve in, say, ten years’ time. The key is to set these long-term goals but also to have short-term goals that will build up to the bigger achievements.

The reason for having these ‘baby step’ goals is to keep your motivation going. When the going gets tough (as it should, or your goals are not stretching you enough) big goals can seem very far away and it is easy to lose your words of motivation to get you there. If you have smaller, more achievable goals your gradual success will keep your momentum going.

In his book, ‘See You at The Top,’ Zig Ziglar put it this way: “The only way to reach your long-term goals is through achieving short-term objectives. Keep your eye on your major objective, but remember as you reach your daily objectives you are getting closer and closer to those long-range goals.”

He also wrote, “It is so important as you set and seek any goal, to arrange it so you can enjoy some success of some kind virtually every day,”

Jim Rohn suggests setting goals for 1 year, 3 years, 5 years and 10 years to ensure you have a good spread between the goals. As he said, “The key here is to develop a balance between shorter-term and longer-term goals.”

If you have too many short-term goals than maybe you are not dreaming big enough. If you have too many long-term goals you should look for some smaller goals to give you the words of motivation you need or perhaps break down some baby step goals that will drive you towards your ultimate aim.

You may have a goal to become an internationally renowned concert pianist but can barely play ‘Chopsticks’ now (like me!). It is clear that your main goal is not going to be achieved overnight but it could be possible in five or ten years’ time. To help you move in the right direction (and stay motivated) you might set shorter-term goals such as ‘find a top piano teacher,’ ‘get my piano exams,’ ‘play to my family,’ ‘play in the local community centre’ and so forth.

Having a list of short-term goals leading to the larger goals will build the excitement, make you feel you are on you way to where you want to be and will give you the words of motivation you need to keep the momentum, going. One day you will suddenly realise your life has improved in line with your wildest dreams.
 

“In the game of life you will discover, as you set your goals and unlock your own mind, that the world will unlock its treasures and rewards to you.”
 

Zig Ziglar
 
 

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Words For Motivation To Make Goals Relevant

 
 

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Over the last few weeks we have been finding words for motivation to set and achieve goals to direct us towards the lives we want. As part of this, we have been applying the mnemonic SMART to identify the features of those goals.

This means the goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and have a Timetable applied.

Today we need to find the words of motivation to ensure we make these aspirations Relevant.

To make them work, any goals you set must be relevant to you and nobody else. Never allow anyone to dictate what you want out of life. It may be alien to your way of thinking but you need to be selfish for the time being.

You may want to help other people as part of your ambitions but you cannot help others if you do not have your own life in order. The first step therefore is to ensure you are heading in the right direction – in other ways, to get the goals in place that will improve your own life.

You may be tempted to set goals to please someone close to you but, if your relationship with that person deteriorates, the words of motivation you need to pursue your goals will evaporate. This will then mean your personal development will grind to a halt.

If you set goals according to your own timetable and needs then fewer distractions will derail your journey. In any case, if you link your motivation to someone else and the going gets tough, your relationship with that person will be under strain. You may even blame that other person for your problems. I know, I have been there myself.

Worried that other people will not understand if you insist on following your own path? It is certainly possible that will happen but, believe me, in the long term everyone of any value will respect you for your strength.

Those that do not understand probably do not love you for yourself and can be discounted.

The goals we set should certainly also be relevant to what we consider important in life. Our ambitions should not clash with our values or else the words of motivation they produce will be meaningless. For example, if you value your family and fidelity to your partner, then a goal to spend years traveling around the world on your own will not match with that belief.

For goals to work, they must encounter as few contradictions as possible.

This also means all your ambitions should agree with each other. If one goal clashes with another, then you are less likely to achieve what you want. Should you want to leave work and work for yourself then it is unlikely a goal to get promotion over the same timescale will have any relevance to you.

Believe me, there will be plenty of challenges to be faced without creating your own confusion.
 

“The more intensely we feel about an idea or a goal, the more assuredly the idea, buried deep in our subconscious, will direct us along the path to its fulfilment.”

Earl Nightingale
 
 

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Words For Motivation: Chasing Goals Is Easier With Others

 
 

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Sadly too many of us try to achieve what we want in life while spending time around those who cannot give us any inspiration messages.

There are too many people who don’t want to see you do well as your success would then show how they little they had managed (or so they think). You then do not find the words of motivation you need to pursue your goals.

Your power to drive ahead in your life is expanded if you can find people to be around who think the same as you and motivate you to do better. The right people will have high expectations of you and will encourage you to succeed through words of motivation.

You may be lucky to already have such people in your life, in your family or close friends, for these individuals truly feel love for you. However this may not necessarily be the case.

So how do you find people who will support you?

It is possible to sit your family and friends down and honestly explain just why you want what you want – and how it could benefit them. If they love you, they may well then understand you need support and do all they can to see you receive it.

If you have children, they can become your best cheerleaders. I have known families where the children will tell their parents off if they weaken and do not do what is needed to achieve their goals!

Otherwise, and if you have the time, you might be able to pull together a group of like-minded people. You could even organize regular get-togethers to discuss individual goals and sources of inspiration: perhaps a monthly social event might do the trick. Such meetings would give you a group to whom you would be accountable. It is a lot harder to put off what you need to do if you know you will have to tell others why.

Where would you find such people? That is more difficult but talking to others when you are out and about – at social events or at work – might identify people who think like you.

Such a group might even help you overcome obstacles in the way of your goals. Napoleon Hill describes the ‘Master Mind Principle,’ where a group of individuals can give power to the individual, in his book ‘Think And Grow Rich.’

“When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain in that group.”

But supposing you still cannot find anyone to support you?

Whatever happens you could get into the habit of listening to and reading about people who have inspiration messages to get you thinking the right way. There are plenty of books, CDs, DVDs and downloads that can help you tap into the minds of great teachers. Often such people hold seminars and give talks: get to those for a motivation boost.

The Internet can certainly help to find individuals to support you. There are plenty of online forums and groups where you can find words of motivation to help you. Equally, finding the right people on social media and you can pick their brains for inspiration.

The online revolution of recent years means no-one need to be alone in working towards their goals. Of course there will always be those who will try to derail you attempts to do better but ignore them. Keep your mind open and look for those who want to help and you will find the inspiration messages and support you need.
 
 

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Words Of Motivation To Keep Your Goals On Track

 
 

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You may have already set yourself some meaningful goals but somehow you get distracted. You can see yourself achieving a better life – the life you want – but somehow these ambitions and goals do not provide the inspiration messages you need.

What can be wrong?

Keep It Simple

I can tell you that for years I have read many words of motivation that encourage me to work for the future I want, but I get distracted by the obstacles and events that life throws in my path.

One of the problems encountered in the journey on the way to becoming the person you want to be is having too many goals.

To get to where you want to be however you need to keep it all simple. Focus on just one goal at a time. This way you can keep your focus and achieve so much more: anything else means you run the risk of being overwhelmed and losing confidence.

Each day you should have one defined goal you are aiming towards. As we have said before, the words for motivation as to how to achieve that goal will make themselves known once you have a clear objective.

Make Discipline Easy

Now you know what you are aiming for every day, it becomes much easier to work towards it. We will discuss the importance of discipline at a later stage but making your vision of the future clearer and simpler will remove many of the excuses you may have to put off doing what is needed.

As entertainer and author Wes Beavis says in his book ‘Become The Person You Dream Of Becoming’: “There is nothing like the satisfaction of work, when you can feel it transporting you towards your goal. What brings the drudgery into activity is the lack of felt purpose for the activity.”

Have one clear goal to aim towards every day and you will find the words for motivation you need to work for it.
 
 

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Motivational Phrases: Making Goals Achievable.

 
 

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“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Albert Einstein

There have been many words of motivation spoken and written about how to set goals that work. In previous articles, I have tried to provide inspiration messages that explore the characteristics of successful goal setting using the mnemonic SMART.

The third element (‘A’) represents Achievable: to give yourself a better chance of reaching your goals, they need to be achievable.

To me, this is probably the most difficult part to understand – and therefore the most significant. What dictates when a goal is achievable? There are lots of words of motivation that tell us to aim high but when are we aiming too high to make achievement impossible?

What is realistic?

As I understand it, we need to find goals that have a reasonable chance of being accomplished. The more difficult goals need a bit more time and effort but, in theory, almost anything is possible if we strive hard enough and are single-minded enough.

But no matter how strong the words of motivation you receive, setting an outcome that just seems impossible will be demotivating. Many difficult goals can be achieved but somehow we need to be able to believe in our abilities to get there when times get tough – and they will get hard or the goal is not stretching you enough.

I find the analogy of the horizon useful. Stand in any landscape and you can see a horizon. Aim for the furthest point you can see and walk towards it. As you progress, you will start to see a further horizon, and another, and another, and another. In time you can cover a great distance simply by walking towards the horizon.

Perhaps an inspiration message could come from the world of hiking and exploring and using a compass. Sometimes you might be following a course through wild country and the fog, mist, rain or even snow might come down and obscure the route forward.

In such cases you could stop and wait for the weather to clear but you might also decide to whip out your trusty compass and use that instead. The best way to navigate your route where you can only see a short distance ahead is to use a map to work out the magnetic bearing to your ultimate destination, and set it on your compass. You then aim your compass in the direction you want to go, look for the feature that is at the furthest point you can see on that bearing and walk towards that. Once you get to that point, find the next furthest point in the right direction and continue.

In this way you will reach your destination a stage at a time and so it is with goal setting. You simply need to set a smaller goal that you can see yourself achieving but that will move you closer to your ultimate goal in baby steps. This will give you the inspiration messages you need to get there.
 

Young Woman Aiming A Compass At A Mountain Ridge

 
I might want to build a new conservatory on my house, for example. A contractor has given me an estimate of £16 000 to do the work. There is no way I could afford that now. What I might do however is to set monthly goals: perhaps I could save £1000 the first month, £2000 the next month and so on. In a few months I will have the money I need.

Concentrate on achieving the smaller goals and you will have the inspiration messages you need to easily reach the main target.

Working to achieve the life you want includes several ironies and one is that you may often need to sacrifice the very thing you want to achieve in order to get to where you want to be.

If you want to spend more time with your family, for example, you may have to dedicate less time with them to start with in order to work for your goal. If you want to earn more money, you may need to invest money to get there. It is possible however to be smart in doing this: in the example of spending time with your family, you might include them in your work and make them your biggest providers of inspiration messages.

Working towards a goal is always easier if you are realistic and identify exactly what it is you need to sacrifice in order to seize the final prize.

You need to understand what the price of your goal will be. It may be in the form of money that needs to be spent, a change in habits, less time at home, additional education, or extra effort or time beyond that which you already expend.

Once you have understood the task you face then the task will be less daunting and the words of motivation easier to find. Knowing what you face reduces the mystery of the whole project.

So there you have it: set goals you feel you can achieve, but there are always words of motivation and ways to help make many of the highest goals achievable.
 

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”

Dag Hammarskjold

 
 

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Words Of Motivation: Money And Quality Of Life

 
 

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One of the most modern challenges in finding the purpose of your life is to find what really drives you. I think many of us would put earning a large amount of money top of our list of goals and, as I wrote recently, money is a great way to measure success.

Indeed, in another article, I promoted the idea that money can help provide inspiration messages to help us find the life we want. But recent events have shown that we need to strike a balance.

Money is a great way to measure success, let’s get that straight. If you want to move on and want to find the words of motivation to do so, then money is a great gauge. However, money in itself is not to final answer. It is what money gets you that is important.

Particularly in the western world, we need money to survive. Sadly, if you want time with your family, you need to find a way of earning money that will release the time for you to do so. Modern life means we need to pay the bills and few things come really free – but those that are free will be the things that make us happy. We just need to sort out the finances to allow us to enjoy them.

Money is only a means to an end and is only a way to help us get what is important in life.

The problem we now face, particularly in the United Kingdom, is that we are forgetting what really makes us happy and are making a god of money. This is particularly true in the way our government and institutions are run. Once again, even at this level, money should only be a measure of progress and not the final goal.

In 2011 there were 835 million smartphone users in the world and statistics for last year show 36 million smartphones in the UK alone. Figures from Portio Research expect the figure for the UK will increase to 63 million users by 2016. According to the mental health charity, MIND, around 25% of the UK population suffer mental health issues and depression is suffered by one in ten.

What does that mean? To me it means that, although we can buy the latest technology, it does not make us happy.

One of the treatments for depression is to get out among and help other people. Sadly modern life virtually discourages this. Few know their neighbours and spend much of their time working to earn the money to support their lifestyle, which often includes buying items, such as smart phones, in response to the material values projected by the media and government.

Are our goals really our own and do they really aim for our happiness? Do our words of motivation really get us the lifestyle we want?

In December last year, UK Prime Minister David Cameron defended his country’s membership of the European Union by stating that if Britain left the EU it would risk being like Norway. Norway is only a member of the European Economic Area and is considered unable to influence European financial policy. However, in an ironic twist, in 2011, it was Norway that was voted the happiest country in the world in the United Nations Human Development Index. Perhaps we do want to be like Norway.

In a 2008 poll, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation discovered that Britain has lost its moral compass with selfishness and greed leading to “social evils” such as family breakdown. “People are concerned about the way our society has become more individualistic, greedy and selfish, seemingly at a cost to our community,” the report states.

One participant quoted said, “Everything seems to be based around money and owning things. The more you have, the more successful you are. There’s nothing wrong with having enough, but there’s pressure on people to go for more and more.”
 

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One of the most important rules of setting goals is to never get what you want until you achieve your monetary goal. A key inspiration message from setting goals is the idea of delayed gratification. You learn discipline from setting a goal in terms of money and then working towards it (morally and ethically, of course), only buying items with the money when you have it.

One of the biggest problems in society is the pressure to have what you want now – using credit to get it if necessary. Statistics show that (in 2012) personal debit totaled an amazing £1,456 trillion: £55,988 per household. The average amount earned by a household in a year stands at £29,634. This means we pay a total of £63.2 billion of interest a year – £2,432 per household.

Many households need words of motivation as often one adult earns money purely to pay the mortgage and the other earns to pay the other bills and pay for essentials such as food and clothing.

This all comes about as we want to live beyond our means as a result of being bombarded by advertisements and media campaigns created by companies which are simply after our money. And we pay with money supplied by other people.

For me, this attitude of worshipping money was summed up in the recent National Health Service report that revealed that patients in a few hospitals were being treated appallingly and that there were around 3000 deaths related to poor care. The reason? The managers of the affected hospitals were more interested in achieving budgets than providing patient care. A report into 1200 deaths at the Mid Staffordshire hospital concluded that managers “put corporate self-interest and cost control ahead of patients and their safety.”

Success is as much about quality of life and, as much as money can help get you the things you want, we need to understand that money is only a tool to achieve goals that will create a lifestyle of which you can be proud. In the same way that doing the right thing by other people can help depression, success is only real if we feel we have helped others.

Money is important but it won’t get us to where we really want to be. Like everything else, money is our servant, not our master.

Words of motivation indeed.
 

“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.”
Margaret Thatcher
 
 

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Inspiration Message: Goals Need To Be Measurable

 
 

Silver TVR Tuscan In Showroom

 
You may be like so many people and finding the purpose of your life but you may also be looking for the words for motivation to help you find your direction. I believe it is pretty well accepted that in finding the purpose of your life you need to set yourself some goals.

In the last article here on InspirationMessages.com we examined the idea that for goals to be effective they need to be specific. This was the first letter of the mnemonic SMART, which lists the characteristics needed for successful goals.

The second letter, ‘M’, indicates that goals need to be Measurable.

For a goal to be life changing we need to know when we are close to it and, of course, when we have achieved it. One of my goals is to own a nice TVR Tuscan S sports car. Of course I could buy one now if I wanted to do so and I was prepared to take out a loan.

But getting into debt does not agree with my own standards and values. In any case, the experience of owning such a car would be devalued if I was worrying about paying for it. The only option is to buy the car for cash.

But how much money would I need? Using money as a measure of your goals is a great way of finding the purpose of your life. I have researched such cars and have discovered a good example would cost around £25 000.

I now know how much money I need to achieve my goal. The goal is now measurable.

Many goals can be defined in terms of money. Indeed, a certain amount of money can be a goal in itself. A vague ‘I want to be rich’ is unlikely to inspire you but knowing exactly how much money and what it would bring you will be much more likely to drive you forward.

Carefully defining your goals has other benefits too. Charles J. Givens wrote: “The more specific and measurable your goal, the more quickly you will be able to identify, locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary resources for its achievement.”

Being able to measure your goals is essential if you are finding the purpose of your life. Ensuring you can quantify your goals enables you to track how close you are getting to them and this gives you all the motivation you need.
 

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
Brian Tracy

 
 

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