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3 Ways to Amp Up Your Power to Produce Game-Changing Results

Have you ever wondered how individuals who have had to face daunting circumstances are able to press on to achieve their personal and professional goals while others lose their motivation and quit altogether? Why are some people able to maintain a fiery drive while other people’s inner drive fizzles? So, what’s the secret to maintaining a fierce and determined attitude towards achieving success in the face of difficulty? You’ve got to develop and nurture empowering beliefs and effective personal leadership smarts that empower you to lead from within. According to Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and Great by Choice, “Leading from within requires that you develop the habit of being aware of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, words and “life messages”. Leading from within helps you nurture the mindset and behavior necessary to overcome challenges and optimize opportunities where you are now while preparing for where you want to go next. Develop empowering beliefs and demonstrate personal leadership smarts, and you’ll respond to your challenges with a greater sense of personal power.

The #1 Way to Amp Up Your Results: Be Mindful of the Stories You Tell Yourself
Maintaining the motivation it will take to achieve the level of success you want to experience comes down to the “word in your heart.” The “word in your heart” reflects the story you tell yourself about who you are, who you can become, what you can do and what you are worthy of experiencing in life. Creating and nurturing an empowering story in your heart that reflects positive beliefs about yourself is critical to the measure of fortitude and perseverance you exhibit towards the achievement of your goals.

Remember to remember strong moments in your life, such as when you felt like giving up, but didn’t. When you faced challenges that seemed too much for you handle, yet, you figured out how to overcome them and navigate your way forward. These moments serve as evidence of your smarts and innate strength. Value them; use them to transform self-defeating assumptions you may have about your ability to handle what is, while taking action to create what can be. If you are going to believe anything about yourself, presume you are strong and smart enough to achieve your goals. This belief will create an empowering self-image which will impact the effectiveness of your response to external influences. Improving the effectiveness of your approach to diverse challenges inspire a greater sense of personal power. Whenever you feel you are “making progress” in any area of your life, you will feel capable, happier, and stronger.

 #2: Harness the Power of Intrinsic Motivation
Making progress towards the achievement of your goals strengthens your intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is powerful. It’s comprised of the compelling vision you have of what can be, backed by a burning desire that fuels your passion and perseverance to achieve a particular goal or objective. Intrinsic motivation is not dependent upon external circumstances. Your circumstances do not have to be perfect for you to be committed to taking consistent action towards realizing your dream. Intrinsic motivation fuels beliefs such as, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me,” and “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” It reminds you of the compelling reasons why the extra effort and sacrifices are necessary and how they support your intentions to realize your dreams. It nurtures a “word in your heart” that motivates you to press through and overcome challenges as you navigate your success.
Yes, it’s great to value the lifestyle that comes with professional success, such as having more money which certainly gives you more options to live the quality of life you want. However, when your motivation to achieve a goal is primarily based on external circumstances, if those circumstances do not materialize as you hope, the innate drive and determination you’ve demonstrated towards this achievement often fizzles.

When you possess intrinsic motivation towards your goal and positive beliefs about who you are and what you can accomplish, you are more apt to be proactive versus passive towards your goals, even in the face of daunting challenges. Instead of waiting for people or circumstances to change before you begin to take action towards realizing your dreams, you’ll accept the responsibility that it’s up to you to play the hand you’ve been dealt and move forward with a sense of hope, faith and determination that fuels your motivation to achieve your aspirations. As you rise above your challenges and navigate incremental progress, your sense of personal power expands.

# 3: Own Your Power
Of course, there will be moments when you become discouraged by your ability to manage challenges as you pursue your aspirations. Respect your humanity. You are not a machine. During these instances, it is easy to be distracted from your intended goals by self-defeating assumptions. You are not alone, all of us have been derailed, at one time or another, by self-defeating assumptions and counterproductive behavior. An effective key to creating forward movement in these moments is the practice of using a framework of effective actions to script behavior that’ll help shift your focus and make it easier for you to move beyond this mental and  emotional state.

The STOP, START and CONTINUE practice is one of my go-to frameworks for increasing my personal effectiveness and the effectiveness of others. This three-step practice creates an awareness of what needs to change and inspires one to take action to manifest that change. It’s simplicity of use is one of the reasons it is so effective in producing positive change in diverse situations.

On a blank sheet of paper or (3) index cards, write the words, STOP, START and CONTINUE.

Under the word STOP, answer the following questions:
1.      Which of my present thoughts, beliefs and behaviors undermine my ability to make progress in this situation?
2.      What actions am I taking that are reinforcing self-defeating assumptions and counterproductive behavior in this situation?
3.      What resources do I have available that can help me STOP the influence of thoughts, beliefs and behaviors undermining my progress in this situation?

Developing the habit of identifying thoughts, beliefs and behaviors creating gridlock in a circumstance is just as important as identifying the mindset and behaviors necessary to move forward. This action creates an awareness of what is not working which is essential to creating positive change. When you take responsibility for managing your thoughts, beliefs and behaviors, you are leading from within which is necessary for the development of your emotional intelligence skills. Daniel Goleman emphasizes in his book, Working with Emotional Intelligence, “Emotional intelligence is the largest single predictor of success in the workplace.”

Under the word START, answer the following questions:
1.      What state of mind and set of behaviors is necessary for me to maintain the focus and positive energy necessary to achieve the goals and objectives necessary for my success in this situation?
2.      What resources do I have available that can serve as positive reinforcements for me to maintain this state of mind and set of behaviors?
3.      What actions can I START to implement today that will support my ability to maintain this state of mind and set of behaviors?

Identifying what you can do, right now, to improve a situation is a key personal leadership habit. This habit empowers you to exercise personal control and increases your sense of personal power. You cannot control every circumstance you face in life, however, you are always in control of how you interpret and respond to every circumstance in your life. Dr. Viktor E. Frankl, a renowned psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, wrote in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance, to choose one’s way.”

Under the word CONTINUE, answer the following questions:
1.      Which of my thoughts, beliefs and behaviors are working in my favor towards the achievement of my goals and objectives in this situation?
2.      What evidence do I have that these particular thoughts, beliefs and behaviors are working well in this circumstance?
3.      Which actions should I CONTINUE to take that will enable me to leverage my knowledge, skills, and resources and elevate my effectiveness in creating positive change in this situation?

You can take a small seed of faith and move mountains. Identifying and concentrating on what is working well in a situation helps to cultivate positive thoughts and emotions about yourself and  ability to handle a situation. The positive energy generated from this awareness can serve to guide you forward. Pay attention to the moments when you are effective in producing positive results. Take time to figure out why. These moments provide you with clues to your instinctive patterns for success. Build on them. Conrad Hilton stated, “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Far too many people live below their potential because they lack a sense of personal power. Taking personal responsibility for the success you want to experience ignites the innate strength and wisdom in your spirit. It creates an awareness of the power that exist in your choices. Your choices define the “word in your heart” and what you believe about who you can become, what you can do and what you are worthy of experiencing. Your choices reflect what you believe to possible in your life. Your beliefs are your point of power.

You have the freedom to change how you choose to respond to any circumstance. Just because you have “always” responded to certain situations in a particular way does not mean that you are shackled to this behavior for the rest of your life. You can exercise your freedom to choose differently. At any moment, you can decide that different behavior will produce better results. Practicing the STOP, START and CONTINUE method will prove to you this is indeed possible.

Reposition yourself for greater measures of success by nurturing an empowering story of who you are, who you can become, what you can do and what you're worthy of experiencing. Demonstrate personal leadership smarts by aligning your behavior with the goals you intend to realize in your life. The progress you begin to produce will boost your sense of personal power.

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Own Your Power & Liberate Your AWESOME!
@YourGirlJackie B

My latest book, Get Unstuck Now equips you with life-tested strategies and proven theories which when applied consistently helps you develop an empowering story about who you are, who you can become, what you are smart and strong enough to handle and worthy of experiencing. As a result of the suggested activities and exercises in the book, you will hone your self-leadership skills, accelerate your personal effectiveness and love the life you're living.  You  can read more about Get Unstuck Now by clicking on this link.

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