5 Ways to Get and Keep Motivated

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I’ve posted about motivation many times, but I recently ran across this short and sweet recipe from Omar Periu, one of the world’s top motivational speakers.  The toplines are adapted from my conversation with Omar, but the commentary is my own:

1. Always act with a purpose.

If you don’t know why you’re doing something, you’re making that part of your life utterly meaningless. String together enough meaningless acts in your life and your entire life will be literally pointless–without a point.

Starting every action with a review of your purpose, however, puts everything you do into context. Having a purpose for every act keeps you aimed at your life goals rather than cooling your heels.

2. Take responsibility for your own results.

Most people misinterpret this concept.  They think it means taking the credit when things go well and taking the blame when things go wrong. But taking responsibility is not about blame or credit; it’s about what you do next.

If you’re responsible for your own results, you take ownership of whatever future that emerges from those results. You continue to move forward towards your goals, even when you encounter setbacks.

3. Don’t wait for perfection, just do it now!

Perfectionists are the hugest losers in life because they either expect things to be perfect before they take action or, if they do take action, they can’t enjoy whatever happens because it’s not the perfect outcome.

The real joy of achievement doesn’t come from what you achieve but from your efforts in trying to achieve it. The only thing that’s perfect in this world is that you’re perfectly free to take action.  Now, as in right now.

4. Eat wisely because success takes energy.

Our civilization currently suffers from a self-induced plague of obesity, caused by the mass consumption of addictive food products that give people life-shortening diseases after first making them listless and drained.

I’m not saying you don’t eat the occasional donut. However, if you want the energy to act, the energy to achieve your goals, you need to give your body the kind of fuel that can create that energy. And it’s not refined sugar.

5. Surround yourself with motivated people.

Numerous scientific studies have shown that the people around you influence your behavior. They define what you consider “normal” and thereby either bring you up (or down) to their level.

If you hang around people who are energized, purposeful and committed to making a difference in the world, that’s what you’ll consider “normal.”  Being motivated will stop being something that you do and instead become who you are.

Geoffrey James writes “Sales Source on Inc.com,” the world’s most-read sales-oriented blog. His new book, Business Without the Bullsh*t, will be published in early 2014. To get weekly blog updates, sign up for his free “Insider” newsletter. @Sales_Source
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2 comments
avacristi
avacristi

Excellent article Geoffrey! One of the greatest barriers to success is a lack of motivation. Work hard enough to achieve successful results and see how motivated you are to achieve further successes as you excel in your performance. Work hard, aim to overachieve your goals and ride the momentum of each success to achieve further successes.:)

padgettsemi
padgettsemi

Waiting for perfection, that one dreamt up moment where you imagine everything to be right in order for you to take action, is one of the most foolish things a person can do.