Raise Your Mood By Overcoming Obstacles

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WE HAVE GOALS — things we want to accomplish. And we really do want to accomplish them; we’re not trying to fool anyone or pump things up. But sometimes we give up on our goals. Why?

All goals have obstacles to their achievement, things in the way. These are problems or difficulties we meet on the way to the goal that we must handle in order to achieve the goal.

What makes us give up is when it looks like we won’t be able to overcome the obstacles. They seem too big or too numerous. When we feel sure we can’t do it, we tend to give up.

What are the alternatives to giving up? Below are three. They are stated simply. Please do not discount them because of their brevity or simplicity. The fact that they are stated simply and briefly merely makes them easier to use and therefore more powerful, not less.

Get help. There are people who want to help you. Enlist their aid. The more help you get, the sooner you’ll succeed.

Tackle the obstacles one at a time. When you try to tackle all the obstacles, or just look at all the obstacles at the same time, it can overwhelm you. The feeling of being completely outgunned can take the wind out of your sails before you even get started. Pick one obstacle — an easy one — and tackle that first. Don’t even think about the rest of them. It’s likely that after you’ve tackled one obstacle, you’ll be in a better, stronger position to handle the next one, and so on.

Get some training or knowledge that will make you more able to deal with the obstacles. Read, study, practice. As you gain in ability, the obstacles shrink in comparison.

NEXT TIME you are overwhelmed by obstacles, try one, two, or all three of these alternatives to giving up. You’ll find they work. Using them, you’ll discover new strength and zeal to keep your dream alive and accomplish your goal.

The article above is a chapter from Principles for Personal Growth.

When you have five minutes to watch a video, check out a good example of someone overcoming the obstacles to losing 120 pounds, and raising his mood in the process: Prepare to Be Inspired.

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Screen-Free Week

SCREEN-FREE WEEK is here (April 18-24, 2011)! It's an annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. If you haven't done it yet, try going one day without any viewing any screens.

The motivation behind this annual event begins with this simple fact: Excessive screen time is harmful for children. Time with screens is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. And it is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing. Regardless of whether they are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, it’s clear that screen media dominates the lives of far too many children, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood.

Screen-Free Week is a fun and innovative opportunity to improve children’s well-being by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices. It’s a chance for children — and their parents — to examine their relationship with entertainment media and rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen. That’s why more than 60 prominent organizations have endorsed Screen-Free Week.

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Get Out of a Funk

When you first come up with a goal you're excited about, everything is great. But then somewhere along the way, if the project is a long one, you may experience what I like to call a "doubt funk." You start to think this was a bad idea and you consider giving up.

Should you give up? What should you do about it? Find out here: Refresh Your Goals.

Another important factor affecting your feelings of doubt is your "explanatory style," that is, the habitual way you explain setbacks to yourself. Some ways of explaining setbacks leave your determination intact or even strengthen it. Other ways demoralize you and can lead to doubt funks. Learn more about solving that problem here.

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Curing Your Sense of Futility

Do you ever feel that you've worked all day and gotten nothing done? It is not only unpleasant to feel, it saps your motivation the next day.

Why do you suppose it happens? Do you think someone building a log cabin ever has that feeling? Or a potter making clay vases?

The problem you have is the nature of your work or the nature of human memory. There is a solution that will help you feel appropriate satisfaction at your day's work. It's called a "done list." Read more about it here: Motivation Principle Number Four.

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