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Surround yourself with positive energy

The Motivational Monday post drew a lot of attention.  It seems this is a hot topic with many of us as we take on the new year.

Today I had coffee with a friend that I met while attending the Flagler County Citizens Academy this  past fall.  I knew her name and she knew mine, but we never had any reason to connect or meet face-to-face.  Since that time we’ve kept in touch through social networking, but decided to have coffee when our schedules permit.  Well, today was that day and just spending an hour or so with this person makes me realize that another tool for motivation is to surround yourself with positive energy.  There is an energy exchange that takes place between people when they have similar goals, personalities and views of the world.

D is just such a person. Within the last decade, she has battled a life-threatening disease while raising a family and on a professional level has seen her position “cut” from the last two organizations that employed her.   Yet she is fully of bubbly enthusiasm for the next adventure that life will bring her.  She is positive and glows both inside and out.  In her words “whatever happens happens.”   You can’t help but be excited for her and with her about her extremely positive attitude.  Smiles and laughing are definitely contagious.

So what’s the point here?

The point is that another tool to stay  motivated is to surround yourself with people like D.  If people find fault with everything in the world or put your ideas down or make you feel that what you’re doing is not valuable, that negative energy will eventually transfer to you, making it ever harder to stay on task with your goals –  whether those goals are professional or personal.

Maybe today is the day to look back and see how people and situations around you may have influenced your level of enthusiasm for staying motivated.  Make sure you’re keeping the positive connections in your realm within reach to help motivate you.

Any experiences to share about this subject?  Let me hear from you!

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Motivation and strategies…

It’s Motivational Monday!

Are you motivated today? What in the world is “Motivational Monday” you ask? It’s my unofficial designation for taking all the inspiration I’ve encountered in recent weeks and putting it into action.

Last week I spent some time with a fellow blogger/writer friend to brainstorm on ideas for our writing projects and goals for the year.  One of the ideas we came up with was to form a partnership strategy to motivate each other to keep going.  We agreed to communicate by email at the beginning and end of each week to push each along and report our progress to each other.  I wrote about this briefly in my last blog post; if  you have to answer to someone other than yourself, you may be more successful at staying on target.

Another strategy I’ve decided to employ is to use my Outlook calendar to its fullest potential.  Although I always use it for meetings and appointments as well as for reminders to myself to help  me to get things done, I’ve taken it a step further.  Sunday evening I decided what I’d like to accomplish in terms of professional and personal projects.  I calendared these items and then printed out my calendar for the week and posted it on my white board so I have a visual to glance at as I go through my week.  I am also a “lister” so this calendar also became my list for this week so I can check things off.  As a dedicated lister, this helps me stay in touch with my progress.  I know others are successful with mental lists, but for me I find that seeing it in black and white gives me the ambition to keep plugging away. My mental list gets so large that it is overwhelming for me. It’s my ADHD or OCD – call it what you will!

These are the first two strategies I am using for 2012.  What about you?  Do you have a story, strategy or comment?  Share with me!

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