How to Follow Your Dreams

Do you know what you want to be? To truly live is to follow your heart, to realize that you can achieve your dream and be who you were meant to be. Whether you are just starting this journey of life as a youth fresh out of grade school, or a middle age person, it is time to live your life.

During your life you have made a mistake or two, and you have to live with them. However you can overcome your past and create your dream future. To do that you need to know what your dream is. Did you truly want to grow up to be the night clerk at the motel, or the weekend cashier at the convenience store? If so congratulations, you do not need to read this article. If not, then you need to remember what it was that you wanted to be. Write it down and realize that it is not too late to start.

You have your dream, and you want to live it. Well, to get there you need to take a few steps along the way. Nobody ever (and I do mean nobody) accomplishes their dream life by wishing. You have to work at it a little bit at a time. You have to make progress a step at a time. You simply cannot wish to be able to be the next Mister or Miss Universe and expect them to mail you your prize from the comfort of your couch; you have to get off your gluteus maximus and go work out.

So you know your dream, but how do you get there? First you must resolve a path. Then decide what steps to take to get there. To determine what those steps are you have to set goals. Sometimes you even have to put deadlines on those goals. Goals are simply stepping-stones. You set a goal to achieve something then set tasks to achieve that goal.

Whenever you are setting a goal or two, you sometime find that your path has been blocked. Always research several alternative ways to reach your goal. You should do this just in case the most obvious path comes out short of the end. Let us say that the university you wanted to attend won’t accept you so you are crushed and your dream of becoming a nuclear scientist begins to fade. So who says you had to go there? Maybe you can go to an alternate university, and the end will be the same. When you are a nuclear scientist, do they quote you and say you’re a Harvard nuclear scientist or a University of Florida nuclear scientist? No-they simply say you are a nuclear scientist.

Be prepared to change and adapt. Have a few plans ready to go. Even a loose idea of a plan is better than nothing. If plan “A” does not work have a plan “B” ready to take its place. This avoids that trapped feeling you get when you realize that the goal that you were after has been taken out of your reach. This is similar to the way people plan a road trip. You look at the map and see the different possibilities to get from point A to point B. Say there is a blizzard or construction, or it is simply blocked; you merely back track a bit and resume your journey from another direction. Sometimes plan B is more enjoyable and more appropriate for the journey than your first choice.

Systematically re-check and as needed redefine your goals. It’s not worth the wasted time to struggle to meet a goal that no longer fits with your life. During obvious stopping spots along the way, take a day to sit back check yourself about how you are reacting to reaching this milestone. Are you happy, or relieved? Are you excited, and want more? Conversely are you scared, with slight overtones of dread or entrapment?

As you grow into your new self some nervousness is to be expected. As you reach out in a totally new direction in your life, it is only fair to expect that not all feelings you have will be super positive. There is some mourning to go through for the loss of your old life, and growing pains in your new life. Take time to

just have fun, to balance your priorities. To love, laugh, cry, and otherwise allow yourself to be a normal person. However, take an occasional planned time out to make sure that you aren’t ignoring obvious Warnings.

If your subconscious is screaming, “Run away! Run away!” then pay attention. These warnings usually happen for good reasons. For example, wedding jitters are perfectly normal. While ignoring abusive behavior, which doesn’t seem to be declining (despite promises to the contrary), is not normal. If there are warnings take heed, and go to plan B, or if need be, change your goal. Make sure that the goal is your goal, and not what someone else says is your goal.

As you accomplish a goal and see yourself a little bit closer to your dream, re-asses. Is the next step logical or was it made without enough information. Do you really need to accomplish that next goal or is there a different goal to set and achieve? Change as needed. Do you really need to take underwater basket weaving 101 to become a nuclear scientist? Do you really need to watch TV for four hours every night? Look at yourself and see what you are doing. Can you do better?

Every time you set a goal write it down. Keep it in a journal, or a notebook. Review your writing daily to keep your mind fresh. In addition, it is very effective to write a start date when you set a goal, and a completion date when you accomplish the goal. It is a very satisfying feeling to look through your notebook and see that you are indeed completing goals, and moving towards your dream. So let us quickly move through the process so you can see how the process works. Let us say your dream is to be the president’s limousine driver. You must now work from there backwards to where you are now.

To drive the president you must be trained to drive the executive limousine, an excellent driver, and a member of the secret service. To be in the secret service requires an impeccable reputation and a willingness to serve. There are three major goals in the dream. The first is to be an excellent driver. The second is to be a member of the secret service, and the third is to be trained to drive the executive limousine. (You know that tank that looks like a car)

So let us start with the first major goal. Become an excellent driver. We will have to break it down into a couple of regular goals. To be an excellent driver you must first be a licensed driver. To become a licensed driver now becomes a regular goal. The steps from there to here are: to become a licensed driver you must pass a drivers test. To be able to take the drivers test you must pass a written test; to pass the written test you must study; to study you must first have a book; to get the book you must know where to get it.

The next step is we now write down the tasks to accomplish the goal. Write them down in the reverse order you thought of them, and add a start date.

· June 1st

· Find out where the drivers books are

· Get a copy of the book

· Study the book

· Go to Department of Motor Vehicles and take written test

· Pass written test

· Take practical driving test

· Pass test, get drivers license

Each task is a miniature goal in itself. Once you have completed a task move on to the next. If you find out there is another step, you must take add it in to the list. For example, we found out after taking the written test that you have to have a bit of experience to pass the practical test, so you add the task “Practice driving.”

As each step is taken you write down the completion date. As you review your journal you see that you are making progress towards your first goal. When you have accomplished your first goal (to become a licensed driver), you re-asses and make sure you are on the right path. Then, set your next goal, keeping it in line with your dream.

There you go, you now have an idea of what to do. I cannot make you do it; you have to do it yourself. Do you want a good life where people will respect you, or is the couch just too comfortable? It’s your life-go and live it.

Be Blessed.

How to Follow Your Dreams was originally published at Ezine Articles by Ralston Heath

Motivational Stories: The Story of B.R. Ambedkar

If there is any man who has successfully fought adversary all through his life, not only from fate but also from his own countrymen, it has to be Dr. B.R. Ambedkar – the main creator of the Constitution of the largest democracy in the world – India. What makes his life so inspiring for people who find themselves in impossible situations is the fact that Dr. Ambedkar was born in a family that was one of the millions of families in India (and still is) that was treated apathetically, and sometimes even inhumanly, by the so-called higher castes. The way he managed to get himself educated and the manner in which he fought against all the obstacles while rising to the most prestigious position in the country is remarkable.

Dr. Ambedkar, or Bhim as he was called by his mother, first suffered due to the prejudice of casteism in India when he first went to school. In India, Hindus have built a ridiculous caste system where the lowermost classes are called ‘untouchables’ and they are treated just as the name suggests. The ‘untouchables’ were, and in fact still are, not allowed to stay in the village but on the outskirts. They are not allowed to drink water from the same well and they were not even allowed to worship in the same temple. Bhim was born in such a caste.

As he grew up, Bhim started observing how he and his family were treated by the other members of the society. There was this incident in his school which is said to have really motivated him. On one of his initial days in school, he was ordered to stand in a far off corner of the room, away from the upper caste students. This is how he spent his days in school and he still managed to be the most brilliant student in his class. However, being from the lower caste, he wasn’t appreciated at all by his teachers. This didn’t stop him from keeping on shining in his studies.

Bhim had to face many more obstacles as a student in his teenage years as well. When he wanted to learn Sanskrit, the language of the ancient Indian holy scriptures, he was denied the permission to do so for he was from the lower castes. However, he still managed to learn Sanskrit on his own later in life. He had to face countless insults from his fellow students and his teachers. Inspite of all the adversaries, he passed the matriculation examination and was the first from his community to do so. Further, he wanted to go abroad for higher studies but didn’t have enough money to do so. The Maharaja of Baroda came to the rescue with a scholarship for exceptional students and Bhim qualified for that very strongly.

He went to California University where he studied Economics and Sociology. The freedom and equality that he experienced in America had a profound impact on him. He had never experienced so much freedom and so much respite from the caste prejudices of his own country. After a lot of ups and downs he finally completed his education, but his educational qualifications didn’t mean anything to his own countrymen who still saw his caste first and not the man.

He lead many protests, mainly peaceful, and through great perseverance made his way up to being the father of the Indian Constitution. He had to face much pain, suffering and insult on the way but his sheer mental strength and his resolve to fight injustice provided him with all the power in the world to keep on fighting till the end. He died being an inseparable part of the great personalities who have shaped modern India.

Motivational Stories: The Story of B.R. Ambedkar was originally published at Ezine Articles by Jeremiah Say

How to Describe Your Speaking Expertise Without Using the Word "Motivational"

Are you having a hard time figuring out how to describe your expertise without using saying you’re a “motivational speaker?”

Did you know you cannot motivate any one else? You can inspire others to motivate themselves, but you cannot motivate them. The National Speakers Association online directory lists 634 motivational speakers out of the 3,600 current members. If you’d like to think of a way to define your expertise, describe your uniqueness and differentiate yourself without using the word “motivation”, here are some related words and phrases for motivation and/or the effect of being motivated, that you can use today to describe what you can do for any organization – whether the audience is comprised of employees, commissioned salespeople or entrepreneurs:

access wisdom, imagination, ingenuity, acuity, acumen, brilliance, artistry; arouse; compel;

create breakthrough thinking; elicit; embolden; encourage originality; energize; engage intellect; engage imagination; expand awareness; expand possibilities in life; galvanize; impel; induce; influence; innervate; innovate; invigorate; persuade; prompt; propel; provoke; stimulate divergent thinking; stimulate inventiveness; stimulate; urge; utilize ingenuity.

Read below to see if any of these statements are what you do when you speak to audiences.

Here are some complete sentences you can use today!

– You galvanize individuals to tap into their natural ingenuity.

– You stimulate innovative ideas that expand the mind and the organization by sharing brilliant marketing ideas that ensure continued growth, individually and collectively.

– You prompt new ways of thinking that build spirit, cooperation and productivity.

– You demonstrate through story form that the power of one idea, getting organized around it and using all resources to leverage that idea, can dramatically improve your income.

– You urge the organization to brainstorm in ways that are fun and productive – generating increased sales and decreasing turn-over. When the workplace is innovative and inviting of imagination, it’s a place people love to be.

– You incite a spontaneous combustion of creative thinking, dreaming and realization.

And remember…when you’re talking with a prospective buyer about hiring you, And the educational sessions are going to focus on industry updates and current technical practices, stress the importance having of a keynote that leaves attendees inspired.

The best way to ensure that the updates and practices covered at the conference will be absorbed and integrated is to bring in a successful individual that will inspire the audience individually, engage the intellect and reinforce that the contributions of attendees will be valued. That sets the tone for post-conference behavior.

How to Describe Your Speaking Expertise Without Using the Word "Motivational" was originally published at Ezine Articles by Mary McKay

Define Motivation

Motivation can be defined in a number of ways. Generally, it is defined as a driving force that initiates and directs behavior. In other words, motivation is a kind of internal energy which drives a person to do something in order to achieve something. It is a temporal or dynamic state within a person which is not concerned with his/her personality. There are different types of motivation such as achievement motivation, affiliation motivation, competence motivation, power motivation, and attitude motivation.

Motivation is based on three specific aspects such as the arousal of behavior, the direction of behavior, and persistence of behavior. Arousal of behavior involves what activates human behavior and direction of behavior is concerned with what directs behavior towards a specific goal. Persistence of behavior is concerned with how the behavior is sustained.

Various studies have been conducted to understand the different motives that drive a person to success. Motives are categorized into three: homeostatic motives, nonhomeostatic motives, and learned or social motives. Almost all the motives belong to one or more of these three groups.

Motives such as thirst, hunger, respiration, and excretion are included in homeostatic motives. Nonhomeostatic motives include required activities such as seeking shelter and curiosity about the environment. Curiosity, a desire for novelty, power, achievement, social affiliation, and approval are considered as learned motives or social motives.

Motivation is essential to be successful in any endeavor you undertake. It can be positive or negative, subtle or obvious, tangible or intangible. It is very important in workplaces as it plays a key role in the effective performance of employees. In industry, managers play a significant role in employee motivation. They use different motivation techniques to improve productivity, thereby promoting cooperation between employees and employers.

Learning is somewhat interrelated to motivation. In education, instructors also use motivation techniques in order to motivate the students to learn. It is essential to increase student motivation as it can make a student more competent. Also, motivation encourages self confidence and problem-solving skills.

Define Motivation was originally published at Ezine Articles by Richard Romando

Top 35 Idea Quotations

What is an idea? Use these quotes from famous people to think about what ideas are and how to get them.

1. “An idea is nothing more or less than a new combination of old elements.” – Jack Foster

2. “Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” – Napoleon Hill

3. “The ability to make big leaps of thought is a common denominator among the originators of breakthrough ideas.” – Nicholas Negroponte

4. “Ideas are the mightiest influence on earth. One great thought breathed into a man may regenerate him.” – Channing

5. “The men who build the future are those who know that greater things are yet to come, and that they themselves will help bring them about. Their minds are illumined by the blazing sun of hope. They never stop to doubt. They haven’t time.” – Melvin J. Evans

6. “The inlet of a man’s mind is what he learns; the outlet is what he accomplishes. If his mind is not fed by a continued supply of new ideas which he puts to work with purpose, and if there is no outlet in action, his mind becomes stagnant. Such a mind is a danger to the individual who owns it and is useless to the community.” – Jeremiah W. Jenks

7. “All advancement and progress come through ideas, not through physical force or mechanical force.” – Emerson

8. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha

9. “A single idea / the sudden flash of a thought / may be worth a million dollars.” – Robert Collier

10. “The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” – Marva Collins

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

12. “All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” – Napoleon Hill

13. “Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” – Jim Rohn

14. “Money never starts an idea. It is always the idea that starts the money.” – Owen Laughlin

15. “Ask for prosperous ideas.” – Catherine Ponder

16. “Everything begins with an idea.” – Earl Nightingale

17. “An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

18. “When you are finished creating ideas, you are finished!” – Vernon Myers

19. “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.” – Mark Twain

20. “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death.” – John F. Kennedy

21. “Get your ideas on paper and study them. Do not let them go to waste!” – Les Brown

22. “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. “- Howard Aiken

23. “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” – John Steinbeck

24. “Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.” – Walt Disney

25. “It just takes one idea to live like a king for the rest of your life.” – Ross Perot

26. “Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless” – Mary Kay Ash

27. “The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.” – Mark Twain

28. “Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.” – Ken Hakuta

29. “Ideas will be the major source of new wealth.” – Brian Tracy

30. “…new ideas and opportunities come to those who decide what they want and have the courage to pursue it.” – Michael Leboeuf

31. “One idea can make you rich. A dozen ideas will make you richer…quicker.” – M.R. Kopmeyer

32. “The one thing no one has figured out how to do is to outsource the creation of ideas.” – Keith Ferrazi

33. “The solution to any problem is just an idea.” – Marsh Fisher

34. “Once the subconscious mind accepts an idea, it begins to execute it.” – Joseph Murphy

35. “When your mind is functioning correctly, there is an out streaming of light from within in the form of inspiration, hunches, leadings, and intuitive flashes – trust this process of inspiration. “In the twinkling of an eye” ideas and plans may flow into your mind.” – Eric Butterworth

Top 35 Idea Quotations was originally published at Ezine Articles by Vernon Myers

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