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How to Stay Motivated, All the Time!

February 26th, 2011 6:47 AM by Lehel S.

How to Stay Motivated, All the Time!

The most common problem people talk about when they request 
coaching is staying motivated. Sometimes they talk about 
losing focus, being discouraged, having too much to do, or 
procrastination, but what it boils down to is that they 
aren't achieving as much as they would like.

We all have things that are important to us. We have goals, a 
dream, or maybe some obligations we are duty-bound to 
complete, but we aren't making the progress we would like. 
Some people work hard for a while, then slack off. Others 
procrastinate and never get to it. Some don't know how to get 
started or are too tired.

The central issue is motivation.

The fact is that we do the things we are motivated to do. Ask 
any teenager how hard they'll work to make the team or get 
their driver's license. Ask yourself how many all-nighters 
you put in to complete an important paper in college. Ask 
yourself about the times you've worked hard to achieve 
something that simply, absolutely had to get done!

There's a wonderful story about a young man who travelled the 
world to meet a wise and famous teacher. When they met, the 
young man pleaded, "Will you teach me how to find wisdom?" 
Without a word, the guru led the young man to a nearby lake 
and suddenly pushed his head under water. At first the young 
man thought it was a joke, but after a few seconds, he began 
thrashing and fighting desperately for a breath of air. 
Finally, the guru let him up and calmly said, "When you 
desire wisdom as badly as you wanted that next breath of air, 
you will find it."

When we are motivated, nothing can stand in our way!

So, how do we stay motivated? Here are a few keys:

1. Be clear! You can hit almost any target if you define it 
precisely enough. It's hard to stay motivated for a vague or 
distant goal. Be specific. Be precise and concrete. You will 
be far more motivated to increase sales by 6% than by "trying 
to sell more."

2. Have an action plan. If you have a map and know the next 
step, you are much more motivated to do it. "Baby-steps" are 
easier and safer than "giant leaps." It's relatively hard to 
stay motivated through the years to put a million dollars in 
the bank, but it's easy to start by saving $300 this month. 
Have a clear, do-able and action-able plan. Then, take steps 
one after another.

3. Surround yourself with positives. Zig Ziglar made a 
wonderful observation that "people complain motivation 
doesn't last. Well, neither does a shower. That's why I 
recommend both every day." Read and listen to audio programs, 
talk with exciting people and surround yourself with things 
that energize you! We live in a bad-news world. It wears 
everyone down! To counter this, surround yourself (every 
day!) with things that energize, challenge and excite you. 
(One more reason I recommend participating in trainings and 
coaching groups!)

4. The "Breakfast of Champions." With apologies to 
WheatiesT, I encourage you to re-read and re-commit to your 
most important priorities, goals and plans every single day. 
Personally, I begin every morning by focusing on my major 
projects and goals for about 20 minutes. If I don't, the day 
gets away from me. In the rush of the day, minor distractions 
will beat strategic action every time. Start every day by 
reviewing and re-affirming your most important objectives.

5. Have plenty of cheerleaders! I think this may be the most 
important, easiest, and most-often over-looked. Recruit 
friends and family to hold you accountable. Teach them how to 
support and encourage you. Pick their brains for good ideas, 
and report back to them regularly. Form and use a MasterMind 
team! With a good team of cheerleaders, you can accomplish 

There really is a science--a proven set of principles and 
reliable steps--to keep yourself motivated and achieve your 
dreams! To achieve your most important goals, hard work and 
even self-discipline are not enough! Master the tools that 
let some people achieve one goal after another for a lifetime 
of success, while others work just as hard but get minimal 
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Posted by Lehel S. on February 26th, 2011 6:47 AM



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