I often look for different ways to keep motivated, whether its work, maintaining a weekly gym schedule, improving my skills and continuously learning in different ways. After all, I want to get the best out of life.  Often though, like many others, there’s an inner voice telling me to hold off – “Go to the gym tomorrow”, “I’ll get around to it next week.”  There are many reasons why we great humans procrastinate, (mostly out of fear) so I try to find ways to kill this habit.

For a while now, I have developed the habit of watching motivational videos in the morning to get me all fired up for the day, to help keep a positive mind-set and to avoid procrastinating.  Because let’s face it, life is really tough having to fight our own daily struggles, whether it’s at home or in work – and it can often be hard to keep that positive mind-set going day in, day out.

As I picked up the habit of watching these videos, I started to notice some positive changes in week one. Not only did these videos give me more energy and drive each day, it changed my entire focus on life too after a while.   I learned not to take life for granted. I started to focus on thriving, not surviving, being happy in the now because we are not guaranteed to have tomorrow. Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.  I decided not to fear the future anymore and do what I love most. I work and continue to travel the world simultaneously as my desire is to get the very best out of life.

Somewhere in the third or fourth week, I sat down and had a closer look at my life dreams and ambitions. I always wanted to setup a business but never knew what kind until I started delving into what I was really good at. What was I passionate about?  I stopped looking at ways to make money and focused on where I could actually make a difference to other people’s lives.   And as I kept watching these videos, kept reading and learning, it finally hit me in the shower one morning, to build a business for those that really needed it. I then made the decision to take the plunge and make it a reality. Today, TIQ Group has become that reality.

Another great learn from listening to these great videos was asking for help from others. Before I figured I could do this myself. How wrong was I?  Building on your dream requires a team and as Steve Jobs said in one of his greatest speeches. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”  I looked back on all those I connected with over the years and knew they connected with me for a reason. I therefore reached out and got so much help and advice from friends, family and colleagues.

I also learned not to give a toss about failure but rather embrace it as a stepping stone to success. Learning from JK Rowling and her powerful story on failure made me even more determined to achieve those goals.  “You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

I learned from someone whom no-one heard of until a few years ago, who taught me to improvise adapt and overcome.  Conor McGregor was living on social welfare for years before he became a success story.  The road to success is a steep and tiring one. McGregor never gave up and always believed in his vision, even throughout the bad times.  “There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equal as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that is that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.”

And my final lesson I learned was that in order to achieve any goal it takes time and that dream will never be achieved overnight. It takes years, hard work, dedication, persistence and determination and if you have got all these traits then you can achieve anything you wish for.

On a closing note there are many motivational YouTube channels to subscribe to such as MulliganBrother, Mateusz M, Be Inspiring, Motivation Grid, and many more. However in saying that, I did notice one major pattern here on all these motivational sites – over 80% of the videos that were created were just based on men entirely with the odd woman slotted into the video. It seems that the top channels for motivation are offered by men. Where are the inspirational women?  We simply need more of them. So we created our own in the Grow Learn Lead and Succeed Program. Check out the video below.

Enjoy and best of luck in developing this new habit. It actually works so give it a couple of weeks to see changes taking place.

What are your dreams and ambitions in life? Have you ever sat down over a weekend and given it real thought? What are you afraid of that prevents you from getting started today?