Mastering your Mistakes

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Mastering your Mistakes

Motivation and drive are all great, but it’s important to remember that mistakes will be made on the way. This is something everyone experiences and dreads at the same time. Some learn from their mistakes, never letting them come in the way of their motivation, while other get de-railed.

Everyone fears mistakes and the main reason is judgement. Everyone fears being judged by those superior to them and near them.

The truth is, it’s okay to be judged on the one condition that you believe in yourself. You made a mistake and you can attain for it, accept it and admit to it. Your decisions are yours to make and make you who you are.

  • If you don’t make your own decisions…

If you don’t make your own decisions, you’ll never truly be your own person. Other people can manipulate, encourage and influence you but it’s the decision you take afterwards that makes you an individual.

If this seems too inspiring, think of baby steps. If an infant were never to fall over while trying to walk, it would never develop the fear of falling or the love of standing properly without collapsing.

Collapsing shows them what happens if you walk without balance, and they seek to conquer that in order to walk like everyone else does. No matter what age you are, motivation drives us to grow and mistakes are the stepping stones to success along the road.

Change in Every Step

With every choice you make, there’s going to be change and change can bring along mistakes. Just as well, mistakes can bring along change. To clear it up, a great example would be walking down a new path. Rather than going down the same path every day, you take a new one.

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First comes the power of motivation. After going down the same path every day, it does get a little boring. Now you’ve figured out that a different path leads to your same destination and you have access to it. It may be longer, it may be shorter. It’s up to you to find out.

This act of motivation to discover is going to bring along change. You’ll see new things while you walk, you’ll see the environment, familiarize with it and see new faces along the way. You may even make mistakes while you do.
Any simple innocent mistake like tripping on a crack you didn’t know was there. Locals to the neighbourhood may not make this mistake because they knew, but you didn’t and so came to be your blunder. This is what change can offer.

  • Change brings with it experience…

Change brings with it experience, knowledge, and development if you can surpass all the inevitable mistakes. Mistakes are nothing to be ashamed of, and change should never be feared.

One thing people can’t seem to shake is that change is like a back alley in the dead of night, you don’t know what awaits in the end.

This can definitely make change seem intimidating. There are larger cases than walking down a new road, like walking down a new world in a different country. It’s a completely different group of people around you, with different expectations, different surroundings and different mentalities. You definitely don’t want to trip over any cracks here. But you may, and who said anything about it?

Now you know. You have familiarized yourself with change, a new place and people and they’re not new anymore. You know more and understand more by walking down the back alley and suddenly, it isn’t so dark.

How Mistakes Can Help You

Mistakes can bring along a change in you in a positive manner only if you have an empowering belief around the word ‘mistakes’ or ‘failures’. Mistakes are not here to punish you, but to teach you that there is always a better way. They are a continuous cycle that helps you make progress to improving yourself.

Going back to your walk, when you walked down that new path and stumbled over the crack, you learnt something. Now you know that there is a crack in the sidewalk and the next round, you’ll watch out for it. This mistake taught you something and next time, you won’t make that mistake.

Learning from the mistake so that you won’t do it again brought change. This change is going to help you in not making the same mistake so you can keep going down that road. You may even start paying more attention to the road from this time forward, which is another change brought forth by the mistake you made.

  • Had you not gone that road…

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Had you not gone that road, you would’ve never stumbled and learnt that there are crevices down the sidewalk, meaning you never developed the awareness of it. Tripping over a crack is such an insignificant thing to do, but there’s a lot behind the action that occurs afterwards. That’s why you can never overlook your mistakes. They are lessons in disguise.

But the real question is, what started this adventure down a dented sidewalk? The little rush of motivation you got to walk down the new road is what made this possible. Without motivation to do things, we are nothing. Without the mistakes we make, we will never learn.

An inventor makes a faulty machine that doesn’t work. A businessman makes a sales choice that doesn’t sell. A mother decides to make a new dish that doesn’t turn out to be five stars. All of these actions turned out to be less than perfect.

But that still means the inventor felt motivated to make the machine, the businessman felt motivated to make new sales and the mother wanted to try new recipes. Now they all know better due to their mistakes and make a choice based on it.

Will they accept defeat and never try again, or learn from the mistake and try once more to do something new and creative. Evolution is based off of mistakes, and mistakes should never be what de-motivates you.

No Pain No Gain

Mistakes mean you take the fall. If you do something wrong, accidentally or on purpose for the sake of curiosity, you’ve made a mistake. Now it’s up to you to learn from it or avoid it. A mistake must be admitted before you can ever learn something from it.

It’s not a mistake to do something on purpose with the means of inflicting harm. That’s plainly being rebellious and crude. A mistake means no harm, and is something to learn from.

If an inventor never made a mistake because they feared the idea of it, how would they ever learn to move ahead from the mistake? Fear is a natural reaction to most things that involve new aspects in life. Mistakes open new possibilities, new doors and sharpen who you are, which some people don’t want.

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Taking the initiative to make a change and understand that mistakes will be made along the way is one part of the whole story. The next part is admitting to that mistake. It can be embarrassing, it can be terrifying. These feelings come from your stilted influence from others around you.

  • The only thing you need to know is…

The only thing you need to know is that the only opinion that matters, is yours. This is your mistake and no one can take it back. Hearing words from others can only help you so much. It’s what you do to yourself that matters in the end.

Welling up around the mistake and letting it taunt you isn’t a profitable way to take things. Admitting, accepting and learning from it are the real actions you’ll benefit from. Once you let in the mistake, you can gain from it. What did you learn and how can you overcome making that mistake again? The saying is true, without any pain there will never be anything to gain.

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Misconceptions about Motivation

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Misconceptions about Motivation

Believe it or not, there are wrong ways to approach motivation, but once again you can always learn from the mistakes you make. Since motivation comes from the mind, it is possible to overthink motivation. But motivation isn’t something you have to conquer in order to achieve it.

Motivation comes naturally, similar to adrenaline. It’s not as powerful as adrenaline and doesn’t only leak out when you’re in danger or excited. Instead, it’s always there for you as an encouraging hand to pat your back.

It isn’t mandatory either to feel as though you must always be motivated. You can always take a break from the motivation of doing something extravagant and submit to being tired. Taking a rest or break from pursuing something gives you time to prepare for the next wave of motivation you may have.  But people tend to read motivation wrong. Here are some common misconceptions surrounding motivation.

You Are Alone

It may appear so, but you are never alone. You can always ask someone for help or advice on how to do something. With a world of 7.5 billion people and escalating, it shouldn’t be hard to find one person in which you can confide in. Everyone has their own perspective and sometimes it helps to get a second opinion.

When you need a push, you can always ask someone else for a helping hand. Personal projects may mean that yes, you have to act on your own but you can always ask for advice, tips or favors from other people.

A problem most people have is that they feel there’s no one for them. Family, friends and coworkers are too far away from reach and so they don’t see any shoulder to turn to. The truth is, most people are happy to help. It’s a natural instinct to try and help.

When you see an infant, don’t you want to cradle it and tuck its sheets so that it stays warm? It’s instinct to help out, no matter how reluctant you may make yourself out to be. Providing some kind of support isn’t hard, even if it’s just a consoling word.

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Never feel as though nobody has your back, because people are always going to be there for you, so long as you can do the same for them.

This doesn’t mean every favor you do is an eye for an eye, it simply means that when someone’s in need of help, feel free to lend out a hand out of kindness. They may be more willing to lend a hand to you later when you need it.

Of course, it takes a different motivation on its own to approach people or a person to commune with them, but interaction is natural. Loneliness makes you sad and an introvert. Going out of your way to get to know people and make friends is a good thing, and like all things require a little encouragement.

 

You Need Push To Shove

You don’t quite need someone to push you into doing something. You can do anything when your heart truly desires, you just need to see it. Some people feel that change needs to occur first in order for anything enticing to happen to them. This isn’t entirely true.

It’s true that change does mean something different has to happen. When change occurs, you motivate yourself to keep up with the shifting world around you, because you have to.

Likewise, change doesn’t necessarily have to come first. Motivation can sometimes be the push to encourage change. It’s easy to put the blame on something else rather than admit to your own faults. People often say that nothing ever happens in their boring lives so they have nothing to do.

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Is this really the case? Or do we often ignore our ambitious selves, constantly wiring ourselves to the realistic perspective? Usually this is the case, that we avoid our own thoughts of motive, inspirations and accept that they can’t be achieved.

  • you are on the one-way train to sadness…

Doing this, you are on the one-way train to sadness. Days will slowly become meaningless all because you were waiting for a push to come and shove you to your feet. If you can’t stand on your own two feet, who’s going to do it for you?

Our push that leads us on is already built inside of us, and is called motivation. Motivation is the push we shove ourselves with to get things done.

The only people in charge of our lives are us, not those around pointing fingers and directing orders. Take those orders if you must, but don’t let them stop you from pushing yourselves to your maximum capability.

You Need Motivation for Big Steps

You need motivation for any step! By staying motivated, you take each and every step you need to in order to reach the coffee machine sitting in the kitchen. You drive as far as you need to go to get to your office because you are motivated to get to work.

Nobody can see just how important motivation is because we take advantage of it every day. It’s the voice telling us what time it is, where we need to be because these are the daily motivators that keep us moving. We don’t even realize when they are acting in our mind because they work so silently.

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We only take account of our motivation when we’re trying to push ourselves to do something out of the way. It’s like there’s a running motor in our minds but bricks on the feet. Something out of your daily behavior requires a little more motivation.

  • If you want to do anything, your motivation is already set into action…

If you want to do anything, your motivation is already set into action. Go to the library to get a book, grab a coffee with your friends, shop for a new outfit, they all mean that motivation is driving you forward.

If you’ve ever felt lethargic or seen someone living life like an aimless zombie, then you’ve seen what a life without motivation would look like. You wouldn’t be able to see past the work to the reward afterwards. Getting up would seem like too much work and doing work would seem too much of a bother.

No motivation means there is no ambition, passion, or final result to look forward to. Why would you bother doing anything knowing you aren’t going to get anything from it? That is what life feels like without motivation, and it never feels good.

  • When you recall what motivation does for you each and every day, consider how much you achieve daily.

Imagine an animal out in the wild with no straight idea of what’ll happen in the day and if they will live another one. Humanity has developed to such an extent that we can finally predict the outgoings of our days for months, even years to come.

You’re a part of that system, where you fit in a flow in a vast line of coordinated actions to continue the manmade balance in a cruel world. If that isn’t enough to make you smile, then remember no one can take the place you’ve made for yourself in the world, and no one can live your life better than you can.

Everything needs motivation. A smile means you move your muscles, travelling means you take initiative to work out your plan and involve yourself. Nothing is left unturned when you’re motivated.

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Motivation in your Personal Life

Motivation in your Personal Life

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Motivation in your Personal Life

Everyone has their own life happening amongst others. The easiest thing that you can do is focus on yourself and sometimes, that’s fine. The more you learn about yourself, the easier it’ll become to allow others into your life.

One reason a person may avoid interaction is because they’re unsure and insecure about themselves and therefore afraid of embarrassing themselves when around others. Seeing confident people walk with hauteur, mutual understanding and accomplishments make those who don’t have that feel wary.

One way to truly understand who you are is by recollecting every emotion you feel, and what it sparks in your actions. What is your motive every day?

Everyday tasks

We’re motivated everyday by something. In the morning you get up, shower, eat, change and go for work. You may say it’s routine but the question is, what’s compelling you to do all of this? The answer is simple and clear. Motivation.

You’re motivated to smell nice and keep clean before being around others otherwise people will be able to smell your last meal on your breath.

You eat because you know you have to survive. It’s a must and so you motivate yourself to eat at least before going to work to get it out of the way.

You’re motivated to change because you don’t want to feel undermined wearing the same smelly clothes you sleep in at night around your peers.

Every day, all day we make subconscious choices because they have become habits. If someone were to ask you why you brush your teeth, what would you say? Because I have to, would be the first answer to pop up into your mind.

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But ask yourself the same question again. Why do you brush your teeth every day? Is it because you know that teeth can be damaged, do you want to have a perfect smile or are you scared of having teeth that others don’t like? What motivates you personally to keep your teeth clean and for how many times a day?

Personal Development

When you motivate yourself, you move forward. There’s no going back once you’ve made a choice and motivation tries to make sure the step you took was the largest step you could take.

With your own individual personalities, you want to move to a final destination and then possibly further. As you make steps, you as a person develops further into a persona.

Someone may feel something you’ve never felt, do something you would never do and not understanding why is the most frustrating thing in the world. That’s why you want to become more, see, know and understand more. There’s no top to reach, but there’s always the next level.

  • What everyone wants is to see how high they go

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What everyone wants is to see how high they go, and where they find a place they can proudly fit into. This is personal development. We want to change, we want to survive and we want to please. We’ll please those we know, those we don’t and most importantly, ourselves.

To become a better person, we have to understand what it means to be a person and that only happens when we stick out our necks. Venturing into the real system man has created shows you what the world has to offer. This is what makes us whole and full.

Why You Strive For More

There’s no exact reason for why one person wants to endure the hardships of moving forward. Everyone will work differently from another person, tactics to the top won’t be the same for others. Trickery and lies can get one person to achieving where they want to be. Being the kind, helping hand and supportive friend will earn another person a gravitated name.

  • Most people want recognition…

Most people want recognition. Realizing what you live for is a hard question to answer, and the truth is there is no affirmed answer that can be handed to you. The answer for this question lies in each individual’s own character. Whomever it comes from, so long as it comes to us we feel that there is something worth doing.

One person enjoys helping others over themselves, another wants to make a statement all will listen to. What you do to help others and what your statement is depends on you. The fact is you eventually want the result, the final reaction.
No one stops until they get what satisfies them. Satisfaction is the key to knowing your motivation paid off to make you who you are. As long as someone can still stand with us or ahead of us, we will keep moving forward.

Similar to a rolling stone, there is no other way to go besides forward.

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What is De-Motivation?

What is De-Motivation?

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What is De-Motivation?

De-motivation is the key to being lethargic and unenthusiastic. If you’re acquainted with these words, you know they don’t describe anything near nice. Motivation acts like a pick-me-up for most people. De-motivation is the counter effect to this.

De-motivation keeps you from achieving. This may be because of self-doubt or vulnerability. Being vulnerable makes you an easier target to discouraging words some people may have to say. The impact of others’ achievements may make yours seem minuscule, which isn’t true. It doesn’t stop it from being an achievement, it is just your mind toying with you.

Downfalls of Remaining De-Motivated

De-motivation prevents you from trying out new things. When you’re de-motivated, everything seems bigger than you, making you feel small and insignificant. It’s surely not a good feeling and the longer it sticks around, the more embedded it becomes.

It’s natural to allow something to de-motivate you for a while. Some people think that their physical appearances and qualities are stopping them from achieving anything great. Others believe they can’t operate on a level compatible with the competition and therefore don’t even try. Most people just feel that they’re too weak to compete with themselves and the change that’ll follow may be too much to handle.

If motivation helps you progress, learn, and develop into a better person, then it’s not hard to figure out what de-motivation will do for you. De-motivation works to counter all that motivation accomplishes for you. That’s why you should never let it fill your system.

 

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  • Never accept de-motivating thoughts and feelings about yourself…

Never accept de-motivating thoughts and feelings about yourself. De-motivation is like a parasite, or a virus. The longer you let it stay, the stronger it becomes. If you leave it alone for too long, it becomes an irreplaceable part of you.

Job opportunities suddenly seem out of your league. Stopping yourself from doing something, per say smoking looks impossible. You accept what you are, and not in a positive way.

De-motivation makes you accept that unworthy persona you perceive. Motivation can help you accept the greater you and your possibilities and aspirations. De-motivation diminishes the light in your character and personality, creating a darker and endless cycle of a self-indulgent boring life.

With a de-motivated mind concept, you’ll never achieve the hidden full potential you have to earn. The potential that motivation could’ve helped you strive for becomes a fading shimmer in the back of your mind, too far from your reach and never attainable.

That’s why motivation is so important in your life. Getting over de-motivation, writers or artist block; brain farts; mind stump; whatever you want to call it is hard, but not impossible.

How to conquer De-Motivation

Realizing what’s de-motivating you is the first step. It may be complicated at first, deciphering your own actions to realize what’s causing them.

You can take steps like meditation for a quiet moment to recollect. Talking to a therapist is also a great way to help yourself understand more about your personality.

De-motivation can come from someone else’s words or something you may have seen in past experiences. You may simply lack the required enthusiasm to commit to anything.

It’s normal and possible to conquer. Talking is the best way to realize that there’s a block in your mind preventing you from taking bigger stronger steps.

  • Once you’ve figured out what’s keeping you down…

Once you’ve figured out what’s keeping you down, you can take steps to riding it out of your life. One great step to do is get out of your comfort zone.

Go see new things and talk to people about secrets you’ve never shared. Entrust someone with your struggles, someone you know would never leave you.

A helping hand is always better when you’re trying to climb a mountain on your own. Though they don’t have the same mind as yours, they can help strengthen yours with advice and support. If even one person can help, it’s enough.

After finding help, you can create a list of all the things you do want to do, even if some of those ideas seem crazy. They’re your ambitions and they’re nothing to be ashamed of.

Hang your list somewhere you can see it every day. On the bathroom mirror, in the kitchen, or even on your bedroom door. Somewhere you know it’s going to always be in your face, reminding you that it’s there.

A reminder of the things you want to do can help trigger motivation in your heart. Ask your trustworthy friend to push you around, take you to new places and even try going to new areas on your own.

Small steps like taking a walk every morning or having a new drink everyday can encourage the motivational flame in your heart until you have a fire.

Why you let Yourself Remain De-Motivated

The biggest reason is simply because it’s the easier way out. Even though you know that staying de-motivated is never going to get things done, some people actually want this to be the case. There are multiple reasons behind why some people feel being de-motivated is okay.

Remaining de-motivated to pick up your pieces and make a change means that no change will ever come. Later on we discuss why change is a big step that’s needed, but the fact is that some people are afraid of change. No one can be entirely sure what’s going to happen when change comes around the corner.

If you decide not to do anything about the way your life’s going, then who is? Some people enjoy the idea of not having to move on and stay right where they are. What you may not realize is while you’re relaxing in your own bubble, those around you are stuck alongside you. They may have to stay put since you refuse to move.

  • Some people just don’t have the motivation in them…

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Another reason is a little more serious than staying in your safety bubble. Some people just don’t have the motivation in them. De-motivated and motivated emotions are constantly combating against one another. If you don’t have any motivation, then what’s going to tamper down all of your de-motivated emotions?

De-motivation is easy. Some people can even be considered champions at abusing the lethargic advantages of doing nothing all the time. They will put the blame on everything and everyone else for why they don’t do things. They will suffice on what they have and never move.

They will also never achieve anything in life. It may sound fun not having to do anything that goes out of the way for you, but there’s also the frustration of never accomplishing, never truly understanding what you’re worth. People who follow passions and ambitions with a full heart and high hopes realize they are worth their value.

Never leaving the box means that your only value will remain in that box. Nothing, no one out of your secluded area will ever realize or discover the potential you wield, and that’s just not something worth risking.

Whether it’s fear or carelessness that keeps a person down in the dust, motivated hearts will always be stronger than de-motivated ones.

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The Mind Game of Motivation

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The Mind Game of Motivation

The concept of motivation isn’t a physical one. You can’t touch motivation as if it were an object to attain. Motivation resembles an emotion, or a collection of them that stimulate you to perform an action.

It’s an aspect of your personality that only you can control. And that’s why each person can have different motivators and perspectives on what encourages them to do something.

Since emotions are the stimulators of your motivation, dealing with your motivators can be sensitive. When motivation comes because of an immediate, sudden change or reaction in life, your emotional response could be blurred to a wrong perspective.

If your motivator took time to develop due to reasoning and thoughtful inquisition, you may have a stronger grip and understanding of your motivator. As a result, this can yield a stronger and more sensible approach to your newly elated emotions.

Where Does Motivation Come From

As mentioned above, motivation isn’t a physical thing. It’s easiest to compare to your emotions since they are the main benefactors of your motivation. Depending on how you feel about a certain situation makes the motivation vary from occasion and person.

In other words, motivation comes from the mind. This is one of the main reasons you can either find it really easy or really hard to motivate yourself. But for most, motivation doesn’t come easy, it’s like a habit and habits are hard to shake off.

When changing anything about yourself, you’ll find that your mentality is the blocking factor to turning into a newer person. If you believe that you deserve the best of the best, then it’ll be harder to convince or motivate you to do something lower than expectations below yours.

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If you’re more adaptable, then finding motivators may be slightly easier as an open mind finds opportunity more often. Habits like procrastination, keeping everything neat, or self-consciousness are natural habits people may have with or without realizing. It’s things like these that can affect what motivates you.

If you procrastinate, then deadlines are probably the only things standing in your way to get something done, and only at the last second. Being neat and orderly could mean that your motivation remains avoiding disaster. Self-consciousness may motivate you to try and look your best on a daily basis, work out, and appear prestigious to everyone.

  • nobody is born a motivated person…

But nobody is born a motivated person. As you develop and become your individual persona, you also develop your perseverance, initiative and sense of responsibility. Since all of these qualities combine to make your motivation, you also have your own motivator chanting in the back of your mind.

It may be a strong, supportive voice booming in your thoughts all the time that helps you aim for the highest goals you wish to achieve. It could also be a quiet whistle that likes to ask you feebly ‘what if’ or ‘why not?’ once in a while. It may always be there or come along once in a while. It all depends.

Essentially, motivation is a mind game, and the only way to control your motivation is to understand your personality. What makes you, you? And answer a question like what’s your view on your own life?

Respective View on Life

Motivation depends on you, an idea now well established. So what is it about yourself that motivates you? You may not know it, but your whole life up to this moment is built on your motivation.

Are you someone who does something because you find it personally rewarding? Or is it because you wish to earn the praise of others?

If you’re the first type, then you’re driven by intrinsic motivation. When something from the inside drives you, you end up doing things that you enjoy. That also means that you’re less likely to be distracted, you’ll feel greater satisfaction in your achievements and be driven by a greater sense of purpose.

Alternately, if you’re pushed by the urge to succeed to gain a specific award or steer clear of a punishment, then your motivation is coming from an external source. This is called extrinsic motivation and can be a highly effective motivator on its own.

  • What do you desire in life?

What do you desire in life? Is it self-recognition or a grand income? This will determine whether you’re the kind of person who’d be motivated by passion and self-discovery or business dealings aimed on profiting.

For instance, a pet shop owner could be someone passionate about animals, or has experience with them and helps them find families.

A manager, on the other hand, is someone who finds authority a motivator to keep them in charge and in order. They like the higher position in an organization and are capable of taking the heat of sitting on the hot seat.

Others may scare from handling animals or buckle under the pressure of authority, afraid they won’t be able to handle it. So while one person lives to be a leader, someone else might enjoy sitting at a safer distance from the chaos.

Where you see yourself is also vital to your motivational strength. Do you feel confident in your own skills or you think they aren’t up to par with others? Do the opinions of others really matter or are you fine turning some heads? Are you fine with what the world has to offer or are you ready to hunt down what you feel you deserve? All these factor into what truly motivates you.

Your Greatest Enemy

If you answer these questions, you’ll come to realize the only thing standing in your way, is yourself. Nobody can stop you entirely from being where you need to be or even want to be. The only person you have to conquer is yourself.

It’s hard to change yourself from your material habits to your personality. While others may say you can do something and invoke you to try new things, perhaps it’s your own thoughts holding you back.

Feeling insecure about yourself is the main reason why most people don’t listen to motivation when doing something new. Self-doubt keeps you from committing yourself to brighter and unfamiliar endeavors. If you don’t feel good about yourself, how are you going to feel good about anything else?

Another issue that can often quarrel with motivating yourself to do new things would be ignorance and pride. Some people refuse to mentally open up to new experiences or ideas, which means that motivation doesn’t encourage them to discover new opportunities but rather stick to their own game.

  • Once again, motivation is something each individual has…

Once again, motivation is something each individual has, and the idea is that motivation differs from each person based on personal wants and needs.

So while a person believes that going to the beach is a fun idea and would try to go to the beach in their free time, another might see it as a nuisance to go out and rather motivate themselves to stay at home and enjoy a quiet day indoors.

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What can make you change yourself is entirely up to you.

Whenever you feel as though you can’t pull yourself to do something, no one else is stopping you, only yourself. Trying new ideas and experiencing unusual things is all progress in self-development and can only reap fruitful benefits. That’s why, when considering something new, it’s always good to look at the positive side with an open mind.

If you can conquer your own emotions, then there’s nothing standing in your way.

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What is Motivation?

What is Motivation?

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What is Motivation?

Going by the dictionary definition, Motivation is defined as so; ‘a reason or set of reasons to accomplish something or behave in a particular manner’. It’s a form of driving force we all have, which pushes its own pedal when it sees opportunity.

For instance, when you see an ad for a new job opening and you happen to be looking for something new or different, doesn’t the voice in the back of your mind say, ‘why not?’ And even if you’re not looking for something new or different, motivation may just prompt you to ask that very same question in any case.

To state it simply, motivation becomes the thriving ambition to have something accomplished in life. This motivation can help you figure out problems when you’re stuck, get over overwhelming emotions, and help you aim for new heights.

Motivation and De-Motivation

We all have ambitions, dreams, and aspirations and the more you allow your motivation to inspire you, the more you can get done.

It can help you overcome habits as well. Things like drinking and smoking can stop when you’re motivated to see the end of it. Otherwise, it’s hard to dedicate to something if you do it reluctantly.

However, with motivation, you are driven by a feeling of willingness and inspiration that makes you a lot more ready to take action for or against yourself.

Why you need it

There’s little to debate that motivationis the key to progress. Everyone must develop their own passions in order to evolve in life. When you want to grow or improve yourself, you have to try new things. Without doing so, you won’t achieve things such as self-recognition and respect, which are vital aspects of a healthy life.

You may not realize it, but you motivate yourself every day in many small ways. For instance, right now, you’ve just motivated yourself to read through this book. Chances are you’re here because you’d like to better some aspects of your life.

Or, on a more generic level, you go to work because there is the motivation of a paycheck at the end of the month. You work hard so that you can earn appreciation and acknowledgment among peers, or perhaps the ability to do something that you love motivates you to get up every morning and go to work.

If you have a great boss at work, someone who takes time out to know their employees or appreciates a job well done, maybe that’s what motivates you to go to work and give it your best.

Workplace issues aside, you also motivate yourself in many everyday situations. If you’re a giver or someone wishes to help others, you may be motivated to donate your time or money to a cause. If you’re driven by a desire for achievement, you may spend hours studying just to get into a prestigious university.

Likewise, if self-expression drives you, you may be motivated to become a writer or if you’re an athlete then perhaps you’re driven by the thrill of a sport, the challenge of winning the game, or you are simply driven by playing at your personal best.

At its simplest, this is what motivation is. It can come from yourself, or someone else may push you to do something. Wherever the source, motivation is the initiative to succeed and surpass limits you or anyone else draws for you.

There are many situations in which motivation can affect your decisions, but they don’t all come from the same motivator. Some things require a big step to take action, while others like the above-mentioned just need a little shove to get you going. That is the magic of motivation.

Types of motivation in your life

There are different motivators that occur in your life to help you get going. Some motivators are big, like quitting a job or moving from one city to another. These motivators get you on your feet for change almost immediately. You’re going to need a job, so you have to work for one as soon as possible.

A smaller motivator could be getting a limited-time, two-for-one deal at the mall. You may not realize it, but at that very moment you’ve been motivated to take that deal and buy the product. It may be the typical market scam but it’s the ideal example of motivation for it gets you to act quickly by setting a time limit on the deal.

Other than big and small motivators there are positive and negative motivators.

Positive motivators are those that inspire you to do something because you know the end result is good. An example could be putting together a baby crib.

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It might be a lot of work, especially if this is your first attempt. But you’re still ready to do so because you know you’re going to need a bed to place your child in. That proves motivating enough for parents and they willingly assemble the crib for their child.

Being your own boss may mean working 80 hours a week but spares you the hassle of working 40 hours a week for someone else. In other words, it gives you the freedom to make your own decisions and work with a feeling of self-worth. These are what positive motivators are.

Negative motivators are those things in life that encourage you to do something, because you know if you don’t do them, you’ll end up with a bad aftertaste. This doesn’t make negative motivators the alternative of a positive motivator though.

With a positive motivator, you act upon it out of free will. However, negative motivators are very much needed, but you don’t do it entirely out of free will.

Deadlines are the best examples for this case. When you’re given a deadline, it means you have to hand in work, or face consequences you don’t want to.

So, the motivator that makes you finish your work on time is to avoid the possible adverse result, making it a negative motivator. They can be pesky, but sometimes the only way to get things done.

While all of these things motivate, there can also be situations in which they de-motivate you. Like the third law of Newton, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Motivation and De-Motivation

Motivation helps you turn an idea into an action and is typically a positive feeling; the feeling of accomplishment and commitment. De-motivation is the opposite of this.

It’s the perception that you can’t accomplish anything, are unable or unfit to, and is a gloomy feeling to carry around. Like a brick pulling down your stomach, it makes you feel bad and in common cases, lethargic.

De-motivation isn’t always in your control. A bad day or experience can keep you from doing something about it, making you feel bad about yourself. You may have had a horrible experience with driving on your first try, and no matter how many times you try to tell yourself it’ll be different the next time, you succumb to the failure of the previous time.

While one person may feel motivated about a promotion, another may be de-motivated by it. The first person here sees it as an ideal opportunity to achieve a higher position in work among colleagues. The second person may feel de-motivated because they know their chances at getting the promotion are less than the first person.

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This is an example of positive motivation, but at the same time, it is an unintentional method of de-motivating someone else.

So while you may feel motivated to bring a crusty apple pie to your picnic, someone may feel de-motivated by your excellent desert and not bring their own pie. Sometimes, it’s out of your control if you de-motivate others, but sometimes it is and just takes a little consideration to see.

Simply enough, there are times you will be de-motivated, and it never feels good. But de-motivated emotions should never keep you down and instead remind you that there’s something to get done, and if you don’t do it, who else will do it for you?

So the basic idea here is that de-motivation is the countering effect of motivation. It’s a block that prevents you from becoming motivated and its cure is, if anything, motivation.

This post was reprinted with permission from Motivation Mojo

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The Inimitable Mark Twain…

The Inimitable Mark Twain…

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The Inimitable Mark Twain…

I’ve long had a special place in my heart for the author, lecturer, and humorist Mark Twain. Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910). He was born just after Haley’s Comet passed the earth in 1835. He often commented that he would also “go out with it” as well. And, he did, back in 1910. He’s been quoted as saying: “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year(1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together”.

He has a point…

As excellent a writer as he was, I actually am a fanboy of his powerful and poignant quotes. That’s why you’ll find many of his quotes turned into printable poster designs here at Print-A-Poster.com. His command of the English language and ability to convey complex concepts in easy to understand quotes helps him earn a permanent place in our collection. His sense of humor is charming in a down-home country boy style. But, his talent at making statements that apply to the masses in a way that can be easily understood is what sets him apart.

A successful writing career…

“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” was his first noted success. He gained national attention when it was published by The Saturday Press in New York back in 1865 when he was only 30. Mark Twain moved to Quarry Farm in Hartford, CT (1874–1891), and wrote many of his best loved novels: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876); The Prince and the Pauper (1881); Life on the Mississippi (1883); Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885); and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889). A complete accounting of all of his written works is difficult to put together. Many of his speeches and lectures that he gave were not recorded and have been lost. Researchers are still discovering materials that he wrote more than 100 years ago.

Why he changed his name…

According to Wikipedia:

He maintained that his primary pen name came from his years working on Mississippi riverboats, where two fathoms, a depth indicating water safe for the passage of boat, was a measure on the sounding line. Twain is an archaic term for “two”, as in “The veil of the temple was rent in twain.”[132] The riverboatman’s cry was “mark twain” or, more fully, “by the mark twain”, meaning “according to the mark [on the line], [the depth is] two [fathoms]”, that is, “The water is 12 feet (3.7 m) deep and it is safe to pass.” He also wrote many articles in several different pen names (W. Epaminondas Adrastus Perkins, Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, Quintius Curtius Snodgrass, Josh, and others).

If we were supposed to talk more than we listen…

One of my favorite Mark Twain quotes is “If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one ear.” It’s so easy to understand, and so true. We took a goofy looking photo of a young girl holding her ears and sticking out her tongue to represent this clever quote. I’ve always felt this photo did justice to Mark Twain’s humorous quote. If, you’d like to have a larger view of this design simply click on the image below. You will be taken to the design page. There you can click the magenta circle with the magnifying glass in it to see a larger image. Or, better yet, click on the yellow “Free Printable Mini-Poster” tab to view (and print) our 5″x7″ mini-poster.

"If we were supposed to talk more than we listen..." - Mark Twain

A jack-of-many-trades…

In his early days he was a licensed river-boat pilot. Mark Twain was a good friend to Nikola Tesla, the brilliant inventor. Mark spent many days at Tesla’s laboratory discussing science and scientific principles. He even secured three patents for inventions he came up with. Twain was also a very popular speaker on the lecture circuit – here and abroad. Twain would “perform” humorous talks that in today’s society could be thought of as stand-up comedy. He travelled extensively and was well received wherever he went. He was a publisher – the very successful Ulysses S. Grant’s Memoirs was published with his publishing house. And, he was even a businessman – invested heavily in the Paige typesetting machine, which later became obsolete.

His quotes are famous even in Spanish…

Mark Twain is known for his wit and literary substance worldwide. That’s one reason we like to have his famous quotes translated into Spanish and available for free as printable mini-posters here at Print-A-Poster.com. Another reason is simply because his quotes are so universal. I’ve included below a very mood inspiring design showing two friends by the river bank. When I found this image I could see the characters from Twain’s stories discussing life’s lessons along the great Mississippi river. The image exuded a time gone by when life was a little slower. Here is the quote:

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really Great make you feel that you, too, can become Great.”

And, the Spanish translation is as follows:

“Mantente lejos de la gente que intenta menospreciar tus ambiciones. La gente insignificante hace siempre eso, pero los Ilustres en realidad te hacen sentir que puedes llegar a ser grande tú también.”

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really Great make you feel that you, too, can become Great." - Mark Twain "Mantente lejos de la gente que intenta menospreciar tus ambiciones. La gente insignificante hace siempre eso, pero los Ilustres en realidad te hacen sentir que puedes llegar a ser grande tú también." - Mark Twain

You can click on either of these images to open a .pdf file that features this design in English and Spanish. Print it or save it. Share it with friends.

One more for fun…

Here’s one more design that I really like. The image of the baseball reminded me that sometimes the game is played for fun, but also as a career. It seemed fitting for this well thought out quote.

“Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.”

"Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions."

Enjoy Mark Twain’s many quotes…

You can enjoy many other great Mark Twain quotes by typing his name in the search bar of this website, or by clicking this link: Mark Twain Mini-Poster Quotes

Print-A-Poster.com sincerely hopes you enjoy the complete collection of free printable poster designs. Print them, download them, share them with your friends. Or, if you want some of the designs in larger sizes they can be purchased from the P-R Posters Poster Shop.  You can view the designs at the P-R Posters Poster Shop: https://www.cafepress.com/prposterscollection/

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Spanish Posters – why we offer so many to print for free…

Spanish Posters – why we offer so many to print for free…

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Spanish Posters – why we offer so many to print for free…

Spanish Posters –  Since 2004 Print-A-Poster has been offering our free printable poster designs professionally translated into Spanish. More than 80% of our motivational, educational, inspirational, workplace and fun posters have been translated. Early in our business we realized that there was a huge desire – and need – for our special mini-motivators to be available to Spanish speaking communities.

We hired professional educators who taught Spanish/English…

We knew we wanted to hire professional educators who taught Spanish/English classes to translate our collection of poster designs. This would be the best real-world solution to providing easy to understand, less formal or archaic interpretations of the quotes that were part of our English designs. We set out looking for skilled educators to complete our project.

Months of looking… more months of translating… and even more months of creating our Spanish designs.

We spent months looking for just the right people to actually translate our collection. That was back in the day before Elance, Odesk, and Fiverr. Skilled people had not yet flocked to the Internet to offer their skills on a freelance basis. We contacted schools, educators and Hispanic community organizations and websites. Finally, we hired two educators to complete our work. Once we decided on who to give this challenge to, it took two months to actually complete the translations. I believe our first batch of translations was around 130. And, then our 6 months of work began to fit the translations into our English designs.

Most people don’t realize all that is involved…

Most people don’t realize all that is involved in creating new poster designs and getting them ready to be online. There is way more to it than just choosing an appropriate background photo and slapping some text over it. There’s font choice, font style, font weight and color – and deciding where the quote should be placed. Sounds simple, but to have a poster easy to read and be aesthetically pleasing takes a creative sense and technical skill. We did all of our graphics work in-house, which took more time than having professionals do the job.

It was a little different for the Spanish Posters…

For the Spanish posters in some ways it was a little bit easier, but in many other ways, it was a real challenge. We knew what the background photos would be – after all we were recreating our English designs. We also knew which font, color and styling we would use – again trying to recreate our original English version. But trying to get the Spanish translations to fit in the same area as the English quotes was often times a design headache.

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And then, there was the grind of getting each Spanish design into our catalog/shopping cart system. Again, understand, this was back in the day before there was a hoard of online web developers who would do the work for a low fee. Web designers charged big bucks… and shopping cart specialists were hard to find and even more costly. So, we took responsibility and developed our Spanish poster integration into Print-A-Poster.

More popular than we had anticipated…

So, back in 2004, we started offering our Spanish poster designs available as an option to our English versions. We watched as they became very popular as a printable mini-poster. It was a great feeling to see that the months of work and the costly investment were being so well received. Our Spanish posters were more popular than we had anticipated. One thing we found out almost right away was that teachers and educators were printing out both the English and Spanish versions of our free mini-posters as a teaching tool in their classes. We had never guessed that this might become a useful learning tool. We just realized the large Spanish speaking community was not having access to all that we could offer.

Click Here for a sample of our English/Spanish printable mini-poster Click Here for a sample of our English/Spanish printable mini-poster

Three more rounds of Spanish translations…

Over the years we have added new designs to our collection of free printable mini-posters. And, with the success of our Spanish poster translations, we were committed to translating our new designs into Spanish as well. So, as we grew, so did our collection of Spanish posters. So, now we offer over 400 of our free printable poster designs available as Spanish posters as well. And, we now offer our designs that feature Spanish translations on the same printable page as the English version. When you view a design on our website and click the yellow tab that says “Free Printable Mini-Poster” a .pdf file will come up. It is a standard letter size (8 1/2″x11″) so it’s easy to print on your home printer. Each design page will include both the English and Spanish version of our design.

So, why do we offer so many Spanish Posters?

It really is kind of a selfish thing. Simply put, we do it because it makes us feel good. We really love sharing our mini-motivators with people all around the world. So, we love it, even more, to be able to offer our mini-motivators translated into Spanish. Now we can share with even more people. And, we feel sincere joy and satisfaction knowing that our designs are being used to help teach English/Spanish. After all, what a great way to learn by reading powerful quotes designed to uplift and motivate.

Print-A-Poster.com sincerely hopes you enjoy the complete collection of free printable poster designs. Print them, download them, share them with your friends. Or, if you want some of the designs in larger sizes they can be purchased from the P-R Posters Poster Shop.  You can view the designs at the P-R Posters Poster Shop: https://www.cafepress.com/prposterscollection/

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Pioneers of the “Free Printable Poster”

Pioneers of the “Free Printable Poster”

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word Pioneer (pi·o·neer) as:
“A person or group that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity”

Barron Holtons’ Pioneers Of Flight defines it as:
“… Someone who sees potential, an innovator who is willing to try new things.”

Print-A-Poster.com is a Pioneer of Free Printable Posters.

Way back in the 1990’s they began offering their printable posters for free – to print or download. Anybody could have them. As many as they like.

Many years ago, when the Internet was still in its infancy, a new concept was born. Printable posters available from the World Wide Web. That was way back in the day before most people had computers, tablets, or smartphones. Can you imagine? And, even fewer people had a personal printer.

Websites like Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler, and Pinterest were nowhere to be found. Those were the days before the commercialization of the Internet. Back then it was all about the sharing of information and resources. The “good guys” were those individuals who had a mission to share whatever they could with as many people as possible. It was a long time ago.

… more than 20 years ago

But, Print-A-Poster (a P-R Posters™ company) has been around for more than 20 years – from way back in the early years of the World Wide Web. In that time they created over 600 unique poster designs. Some are motivational to encourage success. Other educational designs help spark the creative learning process. And, their workplace designs focused on building teamwork. There are even some just for fun designs that really tickle the funny bone and bring a smile. Print-A-Poster has always provided their complete collection as free printable posters.

Officially, it was in November 1999 that a small homeschool family business started P-R Posters. Committed to sharing motivational poster designs with anyone who had access to the web. This family was truly a

Pioneer of Free Printable Posters.

Their practice of sharing homemade motivational designs actually started for the Peltier-Robson family in 1994. Back then it was only a few dozen basic designs.

The very first design was made as an answer to the question – “Dad, what is the Most Important Thing?” Here is an image of that first design: Click Here to View our first Free Printable Poster - The 10 Most Important Things

The website started out to be a homeschool lesson in creating a website online, and providing something of value to share. The Peltier-Robson family chose to create unique motivational designs as their “product”. To accomplish that lesson they also needed to learn about customer service, marketing, and all the other aspects of creating the website. They also needed to learn how to create and “package” their artwork as well.

Those were the days when website owners needed to learn to do it all. Website design, link building, copywriting, submitting the website to search engines, email, and shopping carts. It was nonstop fun… and a constant learning curve. But, those good old days really were the good old days for them. Their business was built on a dream… grown on action… and enjoyed by thousands of people all around the world.

Previously, most people considered a poster to be something large that was hung on the wall. A statement, or belief. A beautiful photo or a compelling question. Typically it would be the standard “Attitude” type design with the black background, the large title, the compelling quote, and the beautiful photograph. Those were well known and loved by the masses.

Print-A-Poster struck out on their own creative path.

Print-A-Poster struck out on their own creative path. Their designs were different and refreshing. Because they were different, their designs also became popular. Back then they referred to their printable posters as “mini-posters”. A term they coined after a great deal of thought and discussion. But, printable posters were limited to standard letter size printouts from early inkjet printers – mostly found in schools and businesses. A novel new way to share these mini motivators. An innovation of distribution.

Now, of course, there are hundreds of websites offering their brand of Free Printable Posters. That’s wonderful, and an inevitable result of the success of Print-A-Poster. The world is full of creative people, and it’s nice to see the spirit of sharing is still deeply rooted in so many people providing freebies online. Today there are literally more free designs available than any one person could put on all of their walls. But, that’s a win/win for us all. Variety is ever so yummy!

Print-A-Poster is proud to be a

Pioneer of Free Printable Posters

The journey has been an exciting adventure for the Peltier-Robson family. It has taken them in directions they had never imagined. Because so few people had access to personal printers, Print-A-Poster began offering printed versions of their designs. In the beginning, they offered 4 size posters that they printed on their color inkjet printer and laminated for protection. They even offered a small business card size they called pocket posters.

Since 2005 they offered larger wall sizes of their designs, all the way up to two foot by three foot. So, like the rest of the Internet, they became more commercial and their poster store became a go-to choice for motivational designs. But they never gave up providing all of their poster designs as free printable posters.

Print-A-Poster.com sincerely hopes you enjoy the complete collection of free printable poster designs. Print them, download them, share them with your friends. Or, if you want some of the designs in larger sizes they can be purchased from the P-R Posters Poster Shop.  You can view the designs at the P-R Posters Poster Shop: https://www.cafepress.com/prposterscollection/

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