America’s Leadership Expert : Focusing on Purpose
Clay Staires: This is America’s Leadership Expert Clay Staires with Tulsa Business Leadership and Podcast number 53, Aligning Your Mindset: How to stay motivated and energized on a consistent daily basis. Have you ever experienced that? Have you ever experienced where some days are up, some days are down? My energy level throughout the day can tend to go up and down. I become very productive and then I’m not productive and if I’m not careful, all of a sudden my day is controlled by emotions.
At Clay Staires Tulsa Business Leadership this is one of the key things that we help business owners navigate through is the emotions of the day. How do I stay motivated? How do I stay focused? How do I stay energized? Again I’ve heard as the leader of America’s Leadership Expert Clay Staires Tulsa Business Leadership I’ve heard a number of different podcasts and books and you know, how to jump start your day and things you can do early in the morning and the exercise. And again, I think all those are great. I think all those are wonderful activities that you can do to get your physical body up and going.
However, what I have found as Clay Staires Tulsa Business Leadership is before my body, before the practical pieces begin to fall into order, if I can get my mindset in the right place it can become so much easier and simpler to get my body in alignment. If I can get my mind there, then my mind tends to follow, but if I continue to have my mind stuck in a box and I am forcing my body to do things, then it can always be an uphill battle.
I’m always working at it. I’m always having to overcome. At America’s Leadership Expert Clay Staires Tulsa Business Leadership this is one of the things that we do in our coaching program, helping entrepreneurs and business leaders grab hold and maintain the proper mindset as they work throughout the day.
Let’s just take for instance, when I wake up in the morning I’m tired. I’m like everybody else, I’m tired. The alarm goes off usually around five in the morning and I’m tired. I would love to stay in bed. I’m not the guy and you may know some other people that the alarm goes off and they wake up and they’re just ready to go, but I’m not that way. I’m tired, I would love to stay in bed and keep sleeping longer, however, I know that there is a person that I have been created to be.
I know that there is a destiny for me. I know that there are activities that I need to accomplish during my days, during my time here on earth. And so when my alarm goes off and I am tired, my mindset is focused on that guy. My mindset is focused on who I have been designed to be, the vision in my life, the purpose in my life. I am focusing on purpose rather than just on how I feel. Cause again it can be easy enough for me to lay in bed and hit that snooze button. This is me choosing to be tired guy, sleepy guy, but in my head I know oh I got to get up. I got to do all these things, people are counting on me. I’ve got to plan, I’ve got to do X,Y and Z, oh my gosh.
If I continue to maintain the mindset of sleepy guy, then I’m going to begin to resent the activity that needs to be done. I’m going to resent the energy that is going to take to get those activities done. I’m going to begin to resent the people that I feel are making me get up out of bed. Again, as Clay Staires Tulsa Business Leadership, this is something that I’m not only personally have to do everyday but it’s something that I coach each of the leaders and entrepreneurs and business owners that I work with on.
Who are you choosing to be? What person, what woman, what man are you choosing to be on a hour by hour, even minute by minute basis? Are you tired guy? Are you I can’t wait until the day gets over guy? Are you the I can’t wait until the weekend gal? Is that you? Are you like, oh my gosh I can’t wait until this meeting’s over person? Or are you the one that is embracing your purpose and saying, this is my purpose. This is what I’m here to do. I’m going to embrace this, step into this and dominate this.
As America’s Leadership Expert Clay Staires Tulsa Business Leadership, I get to do a lot of travel across the country, work with hundreds of different business leaders and managers and one word that consistently comes up over and over and over when people are describing me is energetic, energized. And people say, “Clay I’m just not like you. I’m just not, I just don’t have the energy that you have.” I let them know immediately, this is a choice. The energy that I have on a daily basis is a choice, I don’t just wake up this way. Don’t fool yourself thinking that I am a person that just, “Oh I’m just wired for energy.” I’m not, I have to choose energy.
So many times when I’m working with people that are trying to overcome this lack of energy, they are waiting for the energy so they can make the choice to have energy and it doesn’t work that way. At America’s Leadership Expert Clay Staires Tulsa Business Leadership I’ve come to discover that you have to choose it. You have to choose energy, you have to choose purpose. You have to choose focus. You have to choose vision. You have to choose destiny rather than allowing your body and allowing your mind to choose for you. Because your body will always choose tired guy, hungry guy, need more sleep guy, sore guy, lazy guy. It’ll always choose that, I just need time gal you know.
Your mind will always choose, I just need a break. Can’t wait for the weekend, I just need time. I just need some down time. Your mind will always go there. If you are not intentionally deliberately making the choices, then emotionally then what will happen is decisions will be made for you through the lens of emotion.
How to stay motivated and energized? You choose it. You capture your vision. Capture your purpose. It can’t be somebody else’s purpose. Watching the videos, reading the books, putting the pictures on the wall, all of those are wonderful things but if they don’t connect you to your purpose personally, then they are only temporary. And they won’t do what you need them to do. You have to get your brain in the right position to produce. If you were thinking, oh I just need to relax and chill, then you will not be able to overcome the emotions needed to get the job done.
If you are managing, if you’re wearing several different hats, if you’re in the place of uh, I wish I didn’t have to wear all these hats, oh this is hard. Oh my gosh, if you are looking at the negative and choosing to allow the negative to dictate your day, then I promise you, you will never be able to get out of that rut. You have to choose, yes I’m wearing a lot of hats. Yes I don’t want to be wearing these hats for much longer so I’m going to have to put systems together. I’m going to have to hire, I’m going to have to delegate. I’m going to have to get better at communication.
You have to choose your purpose. You have to choose your destiny. Your energy is in your destiny. This is America’s Leadership Expert Clay Staires with Podcast number 53. This is Clay Staires with Tulsa Business Leadership, Podcast number 53, Aligning Your Mindset: How to stay motivated and energized.