I truly enjoy reading about the lives and accomplishments of women who see a cause or a need and do something to change a situation for the better. These are the wise women who have come before us and made a difference – some have acted alone and some created a worldwide movement.

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

Can one woman make a difference – a woman just like you or me? Yes! I’ve found that one woman can make a difference when she believes the cause is great enough or the need big enough. Take for example the story of Nobel Prize winners Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire. Two women who did not know each and through a tragic circumstance became united by a common cause and eventually worked together to change a country.

It all began in August of 1976 in when Betty Williams witnessed three children killed by an IRA fugitive fleeing from police. Betty Williams was terrified by what she saw and decided to take action to end the violence in Northern Ireland and to help make the streets safer for the children. Within two days of the incident, Ms. Williams had 6,000 signatures from Irish citizens protesting the violence and asking for peace.

The campaign for peace carried across the entire country. Under her leadership, Betty Williams organized a march to the graves of the slain children. Protestant and Catholic mothers marched together to protest the violence in their country and the killing of innocent children. On the first day, the march was broken up by the IRA and the participants scattered in fear. Ms. Williams would not be stopped. She organized another march and 35,000 Irish mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters turned out to march for peace in Northern Ireland.

Betty Williams began working with Mairead Maguire, the aunt of the slain children, and formed an organization called the Community of the Peace People. For their efforts, Ms. Williams and Ms. Maguire were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for their peace efforts in Ireland.

I’ll ask again, can one woman make a difference? We don’t have to win a Nobel Peace Prize to make a difference – we just have to find a cause or need that is close to our hearts. What can you do to support your community and change lives for the better?

• Help young and teenage children in need.
• Help out a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
• Help clean up a city park or street to build a safe playground.
• Help out at a local animal shelter or start your own shelter for abused animals.
• Help the elderly and infirmed with meals or make the time to care enough to sit and listen to their stories.

Yes, one woman can make a difference – and it begins with you!
 
 
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Let me ask you this, during an average day are you consistently self-motivated and self-directed? Do you feel you are living your life’s mission? Are you happy with your current role in life? If you answered “no,” to any of these questions, you may want to read on.

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Self-motivation is vital to personal and professional success.
 

When you’re success-oriented, happy with your role in life and living your life’s purpose – you’re self-motivated. You’re self-motivated when you do not need anyone else to influence your desire to take action.

Self-motivation comes from knowing how to keep yourself going positively forward, even when the going gets tough.

To be self-motivated is to be excited about life and the contribution you are making to the world. If you’re not excited, it’s time to ask yourself why and then make quality time to discover how to reclaim those powerful inner motivators.

How do you learn to find and tap into your inner-motivators? By developing a clear understanding of what truly motivates you to succeed. Self-motivation comes from finding the reason that gives you the unstoppable desire to go forward even during those times when you’d like to give up and quit. Self-motivation keeps you strong and steady.

Could it be
• Having financial freedom
• Receiving emotional comfort
• Helping others
• Receiving praise from others
• Achieving goals
• A sense of accomplishment
• Winning
• Making a difference in the world?

Make some time to figure out what truly motivates you to keep going forward. What gives you joy, inner peace and self-satisfaction? What is your BIGGEST motivating “why” in life?

You can tap into your inner motivators by regularly keeping your BIGGEST why in your mind’s eye. That’s where Vision Boards come in handy.

There are many underlying unconscious and conscious reasons that keep you either motivated or unmotivated. Through the years you’ve developed habits that tend to encourage or discourage long-term happiness and success.

Were you allowed to try new things without disapproval? Were your opinions valued? Were you praised for a job well done? Were you given responsibilities that involved problem solving? Were you supposed to do things perfectly?

These self-motivating habits began somewhere in childhood. Believe it or not, many of your successes today as an adult stem from how you were allowed to succeed as a child. Your internal barometer for self-approval and self-motivation was formed throughout childhood.

It’s important too to realize that whatever you’re focusing your attention on, whether it is negative or positive, becomes your reality. Your focus is like a flashlight beam that illuminates the area around you. If you focus on happiness, you’ll see happiness. If you focus on motivating yourself toward personal and professional success, you’ll find the ways to motivate yourself to succeed.

Self-motivation is also rooted in the belief you have about yourself – - the belief that you deserve to live happy, healthy and successful. Belief leads to discovering your powerful and unstoppable inner-motivators. Norman Vincent Peale said, “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”

When you’re success-oriented, happy with your role in life and living your life’s mission – you’re self-motivated.
 
 
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Come listen as Sharon Michaels goes through seven entrepreneurial qualities to consider if you’re thinking about being your own boss and starting your own business. Be sure to turn up your speakers.


 
 
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In this Quick Video Success Tip, I share three suggestions to focus on your personal and professional definitions of success and happiness. It’s all about enjoying successes we achieve.

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