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Affirming Your Value and Significance for Daily Inspiration

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Each day, I think we have an opportunity to experience life fully.

It all boils down to having a choice.  Setting and achieving goals gives our lives a purpose- and makes life more enjoyable.

Consider how life would be if there were no goals you had to work on.  Each day would be just like the day before.  Life then becomes a daily grind.

I’ve found it to be extremely beneficial to start developing new goals, and to work on them.

I’ve discovered lately that something is missing.  With my current schedule, there’s been so much to do.  Sometimes I’d begin to wonder if I have the capacity, expertise or attributes to carry out my responsibilities successfully.

So much self-doubt tends to creep in.  Obstacles and challenges seem more overwhelming and a big struggle.  Sometimes, I find it easy to accept uncertainty as a “way of life”, and to keep asking Can I do this?”- when I’m faced with new challenges.

It’s natural to maintain the status quo in life.

You can see how it works out in your thought life.  If you basically “go with the flow”, and accept thoughts of lack and limitation in your own life, you’ll soon be battling with negative emotions such as fear, guilt, and regret.

In the last several months, I had to come up with different plans and actions to overcome my natural “limited” thinking.

Even this morning, as I’ve written this blog post, I’ve had battles thinking “this topic might not be practical, relevant, or meaningful for anyone reading it.”

It’s not always natural to feel encouraged and inspired in life.  There are responsibilities, duties, and obstacles in life that tend to “weigh us down” at times.

As I’ve had battles with self-doubt and uncertainty in my own life, I’ve needed to adopt new ideas and strategies to overcome these feelings.

Here are a few tips that will help us feel more inspired and courageous in your daily life:

Accepting and “Embracing” Your Uniqueness

Consider the fact that there is no one else in this world with your exact qualities and characteristics.

I read a bit of Og Mandino’s book called “The Greatest Miracle in the World”.  If you don’t have a copy, I encourage you to get one.  Mandino’s book dates back to the 1970′s, but is highly relevant to this topic.

He writes about how rare such things as a painting by Rembrandt would be.  His paintings have tremendous value because he was a masterful and outstanding artist, and his works are few in number.

Og Mandino wrote in his book,

Consider a painting by Rembrandt or a bronze by Degas or a violin by Stradivarius or a play by Shakespeare: They have great value for two reasons: their creators were masters and they are few in number.  Yet there are more than one of each of these.

On that reasoning you are the most valuable treasure on the face of the earth, for you know who created you and there is only one of you.

Never, in all the seventy billion humans who have walked this planet since the beginning of time has there been anyone exactly like you.

Never, until the end of time, will there be another such as you.

You have shown no knowledge or appreciation of your uniqueness.

Yet, you are the rarest thing in the world.”

Create a Tangible Reminder of Your Past Accomplishments

I’ve needed to be reminded of my own uniqueness lately.  It’s so easy to get side-tracked into doing…doing.. and doing.  I’d gotten away from developing myself and becoming the person I’m meant to be.

As I’ve encountered and faced my own inner struggles, it’s been valuable for me to reflect upon my own accomplishments in life.

This morning I reminded myself of my past accomplishments.  I located a Word file on my computer called “Top 15 Achievements”.

As I briefly looked over and reviewed this document, I’ve experienced greater encouragement and inspiration to carry on with my goals, and to have success with the things I want to accomplish this morning.

Whenever you’re feeling discouraged or uncertain about your life, it helps to reflect on your past accomplishments.

I’d suggest that you create a document about your accomplishments and achievements in life.  It’s helped me, and it will be a tremendous source of encouragement for you.

There are great things that you have achieved in life, and obstacles you’ve overcome.

As you reflect on your documented achievements, you’ll have something concrete and in writing to remind yourself that: “I overcame this obstacle and challenge in life and had great success.   I can do the same with the struggle I face today.”

Consider the inspiration and encouragement this document will give you- as you review it and take it to heart.

Awareness of Your Purpose- Your Life has Value and Meaning

As I think back in the past to those who influence me, I often think of Mrs. Faber, my grade 12 English teacher.  I struggled with my high school English courses.

Mrs. Faber was a great teacher, who invested time in my success and improvement.

You have family members, friends, and mentors in your own life, who have encouraged you, and helped you with courage, strength, and wisdom through their own experiences.  

Consider the investment others have made for your success.  They have thought a great deal of the value and meaning you’ve brought to their lives.

Others around you notice your value and the good things you bring to their lives.  They have thought highly of you.  They’ve seen your intrinsic value.

In the same way, it’s time for us to have a plan in place for battling thoughts of discouragement (the “I can’t do this because” type of thinking), by affirming and believing in our own unique value and significance in life.

If we approach our goals with disdain for our own value, we’ll consider ourselves as unworthy of making much of our lives.

In the same way, if we refuse to acknowledge our purpose, we end up “going through the motions” on a daily basis.  I have had this experience personally- I have lived this way in the past.

I would also diminish the significance of my life’s purpose- and I felt discouraged and depressed.  My life lacked enthusiasm.

I’ve found it inspiring to take a few moments to reflect upon my own value and significance.

I hope that you’ll make it a daily habit to affirm your own value and significance in life.  You’ll experience greater enthusiasm, and you’ll have the courage and strength to take action on your goals.

For a concrete and practical action step, I encourage you to make it a daily habit to:

  • accept and embrace your uniqueness
  • create an Accomplishments List- a tangible reminder of your past achievements
  • become aware of your purpose – and review it daily for inspiration and encouragement
  • affirm that your life and goals have value and meaning

I’ve underlined some of the most important words- as they’re worth re-emphasizing.  I know that I’ve needed a reminder of this post to build the above good habits in my own life.

Doing so creates a solid foundation for a more productive and effective life.

In my next post, I’d like to outline a few benefits of using stories of success to inspire you in your own life.

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Gain Inspiration by Recognizing your Daily Opportunities

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It’s been a struggle for me to take action.

As I’m sure you can relate, it’s so easy to sit back and analyze before taking action on a new goal.

It’s what’s been called “the paralysis of analysis”- a condition where we wait until things are “just right” before we take action on our goals and dreams in life.

I like how Les Brown speaks about it in his book called “It’s Not Over Until You Win!”.

If you and I wait for the “one day I’m gonna day” to work on our goals and dreams in life, we’ll end up waiting a long time.

If I had one piece of advice to those starting out on a business, or on a new career, or in a new program at college or university, it would be this:

“Don’t hold back on life.  Take a bit of time each day to recognize the great value of the opportunities before you.  You have a lot going for you.  Keep going, keep striving and don’t give up.  There will be challenges but your goals and dreams in life are worth it.  You have value and worth, and no one can take away the good things that you build into your life, unless you give them the power to do so.”

I hope the above piece of advice inspires you, and gives you something good to reflect on.

I’ve lacked inspiration, and I’ve learned things the hard way.  It’s a good thing, though, that there’s no need to go out and re-invent the wheel.  There are tools and resources that will ultimately build up your strength, and will to go on and accomplish what you’re dreaming of achieving in life.  I hope this blog and my writing provides you with the impetus to get going and keep going.

Here are a few opportunities you and I have in our lives.  As you reflect upon these daily opportunities in life, express gratitude for them, and recognize them as great benefits, you’ll feel more inspired, encouraged and grateful for them.

I am experiencing gratitude as I review my editorial calendar, and the four main daily opportunities I have listed below.  It’s been a really good reminder for me, as I’m sure it will be for you as well.

It’s important that my writing provides you with a solid foundation for greater strength and courage in life.  As you reflect on my main categories of opportunities, I suggest that you reflect upon them each day as you start working on your goals.

Time

Lately, I’ve found it valuable to read and review a great quote from Peter F. Drucker:

“One cannot buy, rent or hire more time. The supply of time is totally inelastic. No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up. There is no price for it. Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday’s time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. All work takes place in, and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable and necessary resource.”

I have been guilty of taking advantage of thinking time is endless.  It almost seems to be that way when we’re kids.  But as time moves on through adulthood, we begin to realize how fast it goes.

One of the greatest opportunities we have in life- is to invest our time wisely.  We can do so whether we’re learning new things, studying, working, or spending time with friends or those closest to us.

Having the freedom to pursue your goals in life is a wonderful and magnificent advantage or blessing.  As you recognize the opportunities this freedom gives you, great personal characteristics can be built into your life: such as enthusiasm, effective time management, and a sense of joy as you make outstanding progress.

The Present Moment

This category is, of course, part of the concept of “time”.  But it breaks down the word “time” down even further.

Consider that each moment you have today isn’t guaranteed.   As each moment or minute passes by, you can’t take it back and recover it.

I’ve heard of a term called a “do-over”.  A speaker I heard talked about the concept.  If I recall correctly, the speaker talked about how people could use it in golf, whenever they end up taking a bad shot- or whenever their golf shot would end up in the tall grass.

Unfortunately, we don’t really have “do-overs” with the previous minute or hour that’s just passed by.

That’s why it’s important for to do the best we can with each moment, and to fully live in each present moment.  It’s the collection of such moments that creates the lives we desire to live- and to accomplish the goals we long to achieve in life.

At the end of the day, I hope that I can say that I’ve lived each present moment the best that I can.  At that point, in my journal, I’ll feel inspired, grateful, and encouraged to keep making progress.

Couldn’t we all use more inspiration, gratitude and encouragement in life?

Appreciation for our daily opportunities is important.

Health

My health is one blessing I’ve taken for granted.

It’s an advantage, blessing or benefit in life that I didn’t tend to think about- until I would start feeling ill for a period of time.

Health is also an opportunity.  When we’re feeling well, we can:

  • set and achieve short-term and long-term goals.
  • spend time relaxing and socializing with friends and those closest to us.
  • rejuvenate ourselves with our favorite hobby or pass time.
  • learn, study or develop our favorite skills
  • experience life with a sense of well-being

I like how Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines the word “appreciate”

As a verb, they define the word “appreciate” as:

“to grasp the nature, worth, quality or significance of”

Reflect for a moment on the nature of good health, and the worth, quality or significance of having it.

It’s worth considering our investment in our own good health.  Maintaining my physical fitness level, eating properly, and taking vitamins has helped me in so many ways.  I have areas for improvement, like anyone else, but taking action on developing good health habits has been valuable for me.  I’ve been able to make greater progress in my life.

Take a moment to consider the value of having good health in your own life.  When you’re feeling well, you’ll accomplish far more.  When you’re grateful each day for the opportunities your own health provides you, the inspiration to do your best will be the result.

Personal or Spiritual Growth and Development

Have you ever considered the topic of growth and development to be an opportunity?

Each day, we have an opportunity to learn, and to experience new growth and development in our lives.

It’s a fantastic opportunity when you think about it.

As I’ve considered the types of rewards I’ll experience for pursuing my goals, I feel inspired to take action.

You and I don’t need to be the same as we were yesterday, or be the same as we were one year ago.  This is the tremendous advantage we have through learning and growth.

I’d encourage you to invest each day to learn, grow, and develop personally, spiritually (whatever your spiritual perspective may be), and in your studies or profession.  It’s something that you’ll never regret, and ends up building a foundation for success in your life.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the importance of acknowledging your value and significance, and why doing so will inspire you to reach your goals.

Until then, have a great day.

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Developing Faith and Belief in the Value of Your Goals

I’ve found that it’s easy to get enthused about my goals and dreams in life.

Initial enthusiasm for a new project or idea is high at the beginning.  Sometimes I’ve found it to be a temporary type of feeling.

Many times, it’s worthwhile to really monitor the negative thoughts that arise as we try out new things.  It really is an ongoing battle- between doubt and belief.

I’ve heard it said that belief is like a thermostat- as it regulates our lives, our habits, and our ultimate accomplishments.

There are many times as I write these blog posts, where I’m thinking “I’m not sure I can come up with good content.  I don’t know if what I’m writing is making sense, if it can make a difference in my own life and in the lives of others.  This may not be what I’m meant to do.”

Personally, I don’t mind posting about my doubts and uncertainties in life.  I think it will help you, and I know that as I journal about it, I gain clarity and greater hope- that I’ll be able to work through my own limiting beliefs in life.  If you’re also encouraged and inspired to pursue your goals and dreams, that’s what ultimately matters the most.

Sometimes I stumble and make mistakes with new things I try out, and that’s okay.  It’s interesting that as I’ve stepped out and tried again, I’ve gained strength, courage and a great sense of progress in my own life.  It’s a satisfying and fulfilling experience for me.  You’ll also be inspired and encouraged as you see how much progress you can make day by day- as you keep trying and persisting in life.

Recognizing that Belief lays the Foundation for Success

If you look back over the most remarkable success stories in sports, business, or at the outstanding contributions people have made in the past, you’ll recognize one common element.

They started with a belief that they could and would be successful.

Think back to your most outstanding teachers and mentors in life.  If they didn’t have the belief that they could have helped you, they wouldn’t have invested the time and efforts to try to make a difference.

If your favorite teacher or mentor in life invested that much value in you and your success, shouldn’t you also invest the time, energy and efforts into your own growth, development and progress in life?

I’ve needed to remind myself again that my life will be built upon belief- in my own progress, worth, value, and goals and dreams.

Developing a Habit of Belief while overcoming reliance on feelings

If you are in the habit of journaling, I’d like to suggest a valuable exercise.

Think of times in the past, where you relied too much on feelings.

You may have questioned the motives of someone else.  You felt betrayed, discouraged because you were forgotten, or sad because you may have been misunderstood.  When you found out what was really going on, you realized the other person was busy, had a lot going on, or had an issue to deal with.

In this case, your feelings had nothing to do with truth or reality.

In the same way, your feelings or initial impressions about your new goal, and your dreams in life has nothing to do with reality.  How many times in the past have you told yourself you couldn’t do something, and then when you tried, you found out you could!

It’s a dangerous thing in life to rely too much on feelings when it comes to our potential in life.  In this particular case, we need to build belief by…

Affirming our Significance, along with the value of our Dreams and Goals

I’ve had to refocus again each day on building new beliefs about myself and my capabilities.

For example, I’ve had a battle with the respect I have for my abilities and in my focus and time management.

As I’ve reflected upon a couple of my five favorite affirmations, it’s helped me develop more confidence.  I’ve also been able to manage my time better.  Here are the two affirmations:

  • “I respect my abilities and always work to my full potential.”
  • “I have tremendous energy and focus for achieving all of my goals.”

As we reflect upon statements that affirm our value and capability, and build our beliefs on these new affirmations or statements, it has a natural effect.  It creates a great foundation for success in life.  We’re building on statements that combat the negative thoughts that “it can’t be done”.

I can tell you that as I’ve affirmed the above statements – I have experienced more respect for my own capabilities.  I have also gained a greater sense of focus and time management in my daily life.

I really like a quote I read this morning from Brian Tracy, who wrote:

Make strong, affirmative statements to reinforce new, positive habit patterns of thought and behavior.”

Moment by moment, I have the choice to affirm, build upon and reinforce thoughts that give me courage and new strength.  It makes wise use of my power of choice.  My hope is that you’ll be encouraged to make a daily habit- to reinforce your own strength, capability and significance.

Translating Belief into Action as we pursue our goals and dreams

As I started writing this blog post, I struggled to get going this morning.  I write in the early part of the morning, as it works with my work schedule.  I wasn’t happy with the ideas I came up with on my editorial calendar.  I’m not sure why, but the ideas have come back to me.  Maybe it is meant to be that I write these words to encourage you.

I began believing that I would come up with valuable and encouraging ideas for you, as one of my valued readers.  It’s seemed to have worked.  I’ve been able to come up with new ideas, and the process kind of “flowed” today.

It’s true that belief can and does translate into action.  To me, belief is like a muscle.  If faith and belief are exercised on a daily basis, these valuable life attributes become stronger- and more evident in our lives.  If they’re not exercised, our enthusiasm for life becomes weaker.

I’ve looked back over the inspirational words of encouragement- which are part of the images I’ve posted to this site.  They’ve been really helpful to me, as I’ve gained a fresh perspective, along with a new enthusiasm for getting things started and going again.  My dreams and goals have a sense of “nobility” to them- and I’ve been inspired to keep trying and making progress.

It really inspired me as I read the quote from the image in my last post.  Recall that it said:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.

As we build upon positive beliefs about ourselves, our capabilities and the future before us, it will translate into action.  We’ll move forward and take action on the goals and dreams we cherish most in life.

The action we take on our goals reflects the belief that we have in our goals.

I hope this blog post has inspired you to develop your beliefs and a more positive mindset, and to take action in life.

In my next post, I will share with you the benefits of recognizing daily miracles in our lives- things that we often take for granted.  This post will also renew your inspiration for your life- as it has for my own life.  Until then, have a great day and take action on your goals…

Here is a valuable video on self-confidence and beliefs:

Creating a Meaningful Purpose for Daily Inspiration

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In life, we’re able to experience fantastic benefits through our successes and defeats.

Going through challenges and obstacles, at the time it didn’t seem like it could be a valuable learning experience.

Learning all I can about personal and professional development has been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I’ve noticed two great contrasts in my own life.

I had gotten complacent after achieving a major goal in my life.  Upon graduation with my business degree, I had achieved high grades that I would never have imagined.  My goal was to be successful with my studies.  I learned a great deal about time management, working with other people in a team, and how enjoyment for what I was doing could become a highly rewarding experience.

Upon graduation, the enthusiasm, persistence, and drive that I had was gone.  I didn’t set a new, concrete goal.  I had a vague goal of finding work- and I wasn’t sure which field of work I wanted to work in.  I didn’t have a definite purpose or mission statement for my work and for my life.  Then I started to feel like I was drifting through life, simply making a paycheck.  I didn’t have the satisfaction and enjoyment I once had as a student.

As I developed goals and a purpose statement, I found greater motivation, meaning and purpose.  As a result, I’ve become more enthusiastic about my life and my goals.

Here’s a good question you could reflect upon, if your experiencing life as more of a “sense of duty” rather than from your meaningful purpose or mission.

How will your own life benefit as you develop and follow your own purpose or mission statement?

My hope is that the above question will help you think about a purpose statement that you already have, or to create one that lines up or sums up your major goals.  As a result, you’ll experience greater joy and inspiration in your daily life.

I think it’s best expressed in the following quote I read from W. Clement Stone:

When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand.  It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.

Ideas for a Purpose Statement

Coming up with a purpose or mission statement that incorporates your major goals can be challenging.  I’d encourage you to do so, as it’s a valuable and worthwhile exercise.  It will help inspire you on a daily basis.

Of course, its main benefit is to really define your overall goals, and remind you of the “big picture“.  The purpose statement reveals your deepest inner motivation for your daily activities, goals, dreams and vision for the future.

That’s what my purpose statement has done for me, and it helps me move forward and make greater progress in my own life.  As I review it, I give myself a new opportunity each time to feel inspired, and encouraged.   Reviewing it also “re-charges” my energy, which is very beneficial.  We can all use new energy and vitality each day.

If you’re in a career path at the moment, it’s a good idea to have a purpose statement.  Companies and major corporations have purpose statements, and it helps them set new standards for things like excellence, customer service, productivity, and also for contributions to the world and community in which they operate.

If you’re in a career you find enjoyable, you’ve chosen to pursue it for reasons that would be most meaningful to you.  If you’re a student, you’re studying particular topic area because you have your own underlying motivation.  Your motive would likely be to work in a career that you’ve always dreamed of having.  If you’re between jobs or exploring careers, you have skills, abilities and talents you’ve enjoyed using, and dreams, goals, visions and plans for your life that have an underlying purpose.

Here are a few ideas for purposes behind different types of work.  I hope these examples will help you form your own purpose or mission statement.

A consultant helps other people in a variety of fields.  A fitness consultant may help other people establish a new habit of working out and managing their weight- experiencing exceptional health benefits, better self-esteem and more energy.  A marketing consultant may help a struggling business, which is about to fail and close its doors, experience new success, helping its own clients with valuable services.

A valuable purpose is to help other people succeed, or move from failure and lost goals to progress and ultimate success.  Consider the efforts and investments others have made into your life.  It may have been a family member, teacher, coach, or mentor.  For example, people in the medical field promote health, well-being, wellness, healing or preventive medicine.  It’s a noble field of work- when it’s approached with a noble mission and with care, compassion and understanding.

Consider the mission or purpose of a speaker at a seminar.  Her overall goal would be to inform, as well as to capture and keep the attention of the people attending.  Their overall purpose may be to help those attending take away something meaningful and life-changing.   The speaker has the ultimate best interest of the audience in mind, and may incorporate into her purpose statement.  This statement provides new energy and a mission for the work she does.

Inspiration Develops as You see how your Goals Contribute to Your Purpose

An extremely valuable book on this topic is “The Success Principles” from Jack Canfield.  I highly recommend it.  In his second chapter, Canfield helps readers develop a purpose statement.

With the help of this chapter, I was able to come up with my own purpose or mission statement.

I plan on using my mission or purpose statement soon on this website.  Here it is as an example:

My purpose is to use my creativity and love of learning in business and personal development to encourage and inspire others to reach their potential in living a life of purpose, joy and freedom.

As an example, I have a few goal areas to work on with this blog and home-office based business.

With my blog posts, my goal is to provide enriching and valuable content, which will hopefully re-energize, motivate and inspire you to take action.

With any marketing that I do, I don’t want to approach it as an endless number of promotions.  I’ve learned that marketing is a method to helping the lives of my blog readers, clients and future subscribers.  I may do so in different formats, but an important motivation is how I serve those I come into contact with.

I’m in the process of finalizing my ebook, and in learning more about a few products I’d like to promote.  Again, my vision is to recommend things that I’ve been able to personally benefit from, and products that can help people achieve breakthroughs and success in their own lives.

I personally like products that help me discover meaning, purpose, knowledge, and greater confidence and gratitude in my own life.

Keep Your Purpose Statement Visible

I’ve found that my purpose statement is very much about who I am.  It’s the underlying reason or motivation for what I do, or try to accomplish each day.

Keeping your purpose statements helps in times when you face obstacles or when you encounter critics.  We all encounter these experiences and the types of people who say “It can’t be done”.  Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of those types of people, and I consider it part of my mission to not “buy in” to their beliefs.  An opinion is merely that… someone else’s opinion.  Life doesn’t give us smooth and straight roads towards success.

Having a purpose statement, reviewing it, and reinforcing its value and significance to you will give you the ultimate inspiration that you’re looking for.

I’d like to re-emphasize to you to today: your life, your value, and your goals are worthwhile.  Develop and review your purpose statement- and hold onto the belief that you’ll achieve the things you desire to accomplish in life.

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Acknowledge and Follow Your Interests for an Inspired Life

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If you’re like me, you have experienced times of joy, meaning and purpose during various moments (or time periods) of your life.

In the past few years, as I’ve gained greater awareness of the things I’m most interested and passionate about, I’ve been more inspired in my own life.

As we learn more about ourselves- and the things that really motivate and give us greater purpose, we’ll live with more passion and enthusiasm.

With today’s post, I hope you’ll gain some new ideas… ones that will help you discover and follow your interests and passions in life.

I’ve experienced a lack of inspiration when I’ve lacked clarity about my interests.

If you and I operate or “do life” from a sense of duty, our work, our relationships, and our leisure activities suffer.  They become more of a “to do list” than a source of purpose and satisfaction.

While I was studying for my Business degree, I experienced motivation, inspiration, purpose and enthusiasm that I never knew I had.

I achieved my goal – as I graduated with high marks with my Business degree.

After it was done, I didn’t know what type of work I wanted to do.  I had a few ideas, but I wasn’t fully aware of my options.  I lacked clarity and hadn’t set any goals.

Then I became bored, unfocused, and lacked the purpose and excitement I had when I was in school.

Over the next few years, I ended up in jobs that were quite unfulfilling.  Unfortunately, times were also tough with the economy, and I lost a couple of those jobs.

Four years after I’d graduated, I recall the feelings I had in my work.

I remember thinking “if only I had taken a bit of time to discover who I really am- what my interests, skills and passions are for the type of work I’d like to do.  Maybe I wouldn’t feel like I’m going nowhere with my job.  I wouldn’t feel so bored and disinterested.”

And then I would think “If only I was able to work on my own- to discover work I’d love to do- learning more about technology, helping people with their lives in finding greater purpose, hope and meaning.  I’d enjoy doing something like that, but I don’t know how.  I’d have more motivation and enthusiasm each day that I get up in the morning.”

I’m happy to say that I live my life closer to the last paragraph I wrote.  I’m learning as much as I can with my time available- and hopefully my writing is providing (and will provide) greater motivation and inspiration to everyone who reads this blog.

I’d like to give you a few ideas on discovering your interests- and the benefits of doing so.

At this moment, your career and work may be highly rewarding.  If that’s the case, that’s great.  Enjoy your work and keep learning and discovering new things.  If your work isn’t rewarding, I hope these ideas will encourage you to invest some time to discover the things you’re more interested in and passionate about.  It will be time well invested.

Your Interests form a Foundation or “Basis” for your Goals

One of the things that’s has been most meaningful to me is my goals list- a document where I’ve listed 1 year, 3 year, and 5 year goals.

I created this document with the help of a personal and business coach.  As I typed out this document in Microsoft Word, I really became aware of my interests and passions in life.

Investing the time to develop goals for yourself will do this for you.  It will force you to discover and “bring to life” what you really want in life.

Your goals in life are based on your interests.  I’d encourage you to discover your interests by writing out the following types of goals for your life:

  • Financial Goals
  • Career & Professional Goals
  • Physical/Sports Goals
  • Family/Relationship Goals
  • Travel Goals
  • Material/Tangible Possessions
  • Community/Service Goals
  • Spiritual/Inner Personal Development

I had listed these types of goals in my previous blog post.  They’re worth mentioning again, though, as it’s best to balance our lives out by working on various types of goals.  For example, I think it’s a good idea so that we won’t neglect relationships at the expense of developing our careers.

Determining Your Interests helps you become more Creative in Life

In Brian Tracy’s book called “Great Little Book on Personal Achievement”, he has a great quote about our thoughts, as he says:

Thought is creative.  You create your entire life with your thoughts, hour by hour, and minute by minute.

I think our lives are also created with the goals and interests we pursue.

If we don’t discover our interests, it’s hard to develop goals for the vital goal areas I’ve listed a few paragraphs ago.

In the same way, your work naturally fits you better when you’ve already determined your interests beforehand.

I’d always encourage you to pursue your interests or “passion” in a career field that’s most meaningful for you.  That way you’ll be more inspired and motivated in your work or studies, and you’ll experience greater enthusiasm.

For example, when you’re starting out a new program to study, I suggest that you determine your interests before you begin.  You’ll be in a better position to decide upon a career that’s right for you.  Knowing what skills you’d like to develop and what interests you’d like to pursue, you’ll be enthused to get started, keep going, and achieve the success you desire.

Actively Pursuing Your Interests and Goals Leads to Greater Success

I’ve found that success with my goals requires a lot more than thinking and planning.

There needs to be action behind all the thinking and planning.  I lacked focus upon the “doing” aspect of things.  As I quoted Benjamin Franklin in a previous post.. “Well done is better than well said.”

It’s worth mentioning, as I would get so stuck in planning and preparation, that my goals ended up being further away.

Here are a few questions I reflected upon.  They can be highly motivating if you take the time to answer them, and when you review your answers when your motivation gets low:

  • What idea, topic or subject are you most passionate about?
  • What is it about this subject that’s most interesting to you?
  • Why are you so passionate about it?

As time passes each day, I’d encourage you to really reflect upon the above questions.  If your reasons for success are strong enough, your motivation to succeed will be exceptionally high.

Prioritizing Your Interest and Goals helps you manage Time effectively

I think that most people want to manage their time more effectively.  It might be a type of “universal” or common want or need.  I know that I’d like to.

There are periods of time where you might want to make time for:

  • learning
  • personal or spiritual growth and development
  • taking action on your goals
  • creating a savings or financial plan
  • building rewarding relationships

There might be a time period where one goal may be a priority for you.

When you determine what your interests are, I suggest you prioritize them.  That way, you’ll be sure to work on the goals that are most meaningful to you, and on the areas of life in which you desire greater success.

In my next post, I’ll discuss a few ideas on finding your purpose.  I’ll give you a few examples that I hope will be of great help to you.  Until then, determine and pursue your goals each day.

iq2 Acknowledge and Follow Your Interests for an Inspired Life