I’ve listened and read much over the years about keeping your thoughts and statements positive. Thoughts like, “Why does this always happen to me?”, “What else am I suppose to do?”, and “I only have so many hours in a day “; these can be restraining and inhibit productivity toward your goals. These thoughts are the opposite of what a highly motivated, goal seeking person would think. I believe that if you consistently have negative thoughts, statements and questions, then you’re venturing down the wrong path. Yet, when we talk about goal-setting, we have to remember the “human being factor” – we’re humans with normal emotions and reactions to challenges.

For me, when something like an obstacle or time limitation pushes me to get emotional, I feel provoked and determined. I react to challenges emotionally first. Then, after some time of “getting my head on straight”, I take on a logical approach. It’s then that I can explore answers at a deeper level.

I also use positive affirmations to get through my emotions. I affirm every morning, “Be logical” and “Work smarter not harder”. These statements allow me to take the previous day’s events and see if I can logically come up with a better solution to whatever had triggered me emotionally.

Sometimes, I think you have to let yourself get emotional, so that you can provoke yourself toward change. Remember the old saying “You’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelet”?
I think you’ve got to stir things up inside in order to reach your ultimate goal.

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Well known in the services industry for his high-volume tickets, record-breaking, tenacious, self-disciplined, and self-motivated selling and sales training style, Michael O'Grady is an accomplished Sales Manager, Sales Trainer, Business Owner, aspiring Sales Coach, Independent Consultant and Entrepreneur. During his 20-year sales career, he has set and achieved many industry and personal records as well as his personal and professional goals. He is dedicated to inspiring others to do the same.

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