Do you have an ultimate goal you are working towards?
Are you waking up each day and investing in future rewards?
What are the outcomes you are looking to achieve?
Why are you doing what you're doing each and every day?
These are just a few questions I challenge you with in my latest episode on YouTube.
Today's episode of DISTINCTIONS is on the difference between partying and celebrating. My intention for distinguishing between these two terms is so that you can apply them and transform the way you reward yourself and increase your effectiveness.
When you intentionally celebrate you can reinforce your accomplishments by rewarding yourself with a party.
Doing this will create associations between hard work and celebrations, and over time that gives your brain an incentive to more.
The real key here is to ultimately be able to first transform regular parties into celebrations with an intention, and then structure and schedule those celebrations to serve as a reward AFTER you get your work done. That part is key. It’s called the Premack principle, which I discuss in detail.
The biggest difference between a dream and a vision has to do with your ability to be involved and actively control or participate and dictate one as opposed to the other. Dreams are unconscious, they're effortless. Visions are conscious, intentionally created, and purposefully constructed through the use of imagination and visualization. Dreams happen on their own, visions are crafted.
Understand the difference between something you consciously create, and something that happens unconsciously by default. Your success at anything is going to depend upon your ability to create a specific vision, and with that specific vision, you can begin to set goals that you can work towards each day.
"New years" is a convenient excuse to set a goal on some designated arbitrary day, with the idea that there is a built-in timeline of a year to achieve it. The problem is that most people either set an unrealistic goal, or they don’t keep track of and measure their progress, or both. You have to be consistent and you have to monitor your progress, but you also have to put yourself in a position to succeed by having an achievable goal in the first place.
Stress. Universally something that just about everyone dislikes, and wants less of...just saying the word can evoke feelings of tension, discomfort, even anxiety. However, most people have the amount of stress in their life that they do, simply because of how they view stress in the first place. I have found that one of the fundamental errors in dealing with stress in life is that most people attempt to find ways in which to address it after the fact. In other words, we go through life addressing stress with band aids, relief mechanisms, or coping strategies to try and lighten the load or alleviate it all together...