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Motivation may not be the end-all-be-all on the path to success.  But it is one of the most important factors early on.  Motivation fuels the fire of change.  Without it, you’ll probably never even get started chasing your dreams.  If you want to do great things, you should try to master it.

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What Is Motivation?

Motivation is the general desire to take a particular action.  It can push you forward or pull you along.  Without it, life tends to stagnate.  For human beings, this is tantamount to a slow death.  

 

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Why Motivation?

The path to Achievement usually begins with motivation.  In fact, it’s a vital part of just about everything we humans create.

I don’t claim to be an expert on anything I write about.

Hell, I hardly claim to be an expert on myself.  😂😂😂

These breakdowns are largely for me.  I use them to record and reference.  Unlike most others on this site though, this goal setting page might actually be useful to the outside observer.

No promises.  You can tell me.

Momentum Starter

Motivation is one of the few things that can reverse the inertia of life.  It can push you to get started or to stop.

Basis of Drive

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something to pull you along or push you forward 

Leverage the Hype

When you’re highly motivated, you’re more likely to approach the tasks in front of you with high energy.

Catalyst for Change

Most of us have things we know we should be doing.  Yet it often takes a dose of motivation to make us act.

Finding motivation isn’t necessarily a straight path.  Here’s a quick look at what the journey to cultivate it has been like for me.

Learn with Me

I used to think I was unmotivated.

Perhaps I actually was.

At least, I wasn’t motivated to do certain things (like homework or waking up early).  Yet I’ve always been highly motivated to do other things.

 

grown to understand myself more… plus, i became a father.

 

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My Experience

I’m already an extremely motivated person.

Sure, my drive ebbs and flows like anyone else.

However, I have certain practices that help me maintain high levels of motivation on a day-to-day basis.

At this point though, it doesn’t take much.

I don’t even think I could be unmotivated if I wanted to be.  I’m too obsessed with creating a life worth living.

In the short term, my days are filled with a lot of things I don’t feel like doing.  But over the long term, my desire to get the work done wins out against my own resistance.

 

 

I create goals then mold my character to the traits that those objectives require.  My goals help me discover the man I need to be so that I can do the things I want to do.

So far, they’ve served me well.  Long may it continue.

  • Importance – 90%
  • Passion – 85%
  • Mastery – 92%

Journey Started: ≈1993

Good Life Foundation

Motivation is where it starts.  They are an essential pillar of a good life.  Without them, it’s easy to get blown to and fro by the winds of the world.

Where Motivation Fits in a Good Life

Genuine movitation is one the prerequisites for spectacular Achievement.

For me, it’s an early “Tier X” concept, on the same level as…

 

For me, they’re a “Tier 2” concept, on the same level as Mindset, Habits, Growth, and High Performance.

It is also closely tied to practices like Journaling.

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Cultivating Motivation to Move You Forward

For motivation newbies:

Let’s start with the best advice up front.

Just get started.

Well, at least that is what I would like to say.

For most of my Favorites, this is usually the way to go.  However, without motivation you probably don’t have the will to start to begin with.

 

 

But if you’re 

 

you might need to learn about yourself… self awareness… what has motivated you in your life before? what sounds motivating now?

 

 

 

from finding motivation to manufacturing it

 

motivation will get you started, but it won’t necessarily sustain you

you can even be motivated to do something but still fail to make yourself do it

 

understand dopamine/brain chemistry of motivation

 

useful to get pumped, hard to get pumped everyday… but if you can do it consistently, it’s worth it

There are two types of motivation

 ideally, you use the carrot and the stick… can arise because you’re chasing something out in front of you or because you’re running from something that is behind

 

mindset…

 

Still, motivation is not the end all-be-all.

Mel Robbins says:

“Motivation is Garbage.”

David Goggins says something similar.

I tend to agree with them.  While I do look to fire myself up everyday… that’s what moticuts are all about

grit, mental toughness, and especially discipline 

 

 

How to Stoke the Motivation Fire Step-By-Step

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Encounter Adversity

The best way to become motivated is to have a challenge before you.  In fact, it often takes hitting “rock bottom” to find true motivation.  It’s how we’re wired.  Seek challenges and you’re likely to find the best version of you on the other side

unlikely that you’ll ever become truly motivated/discover true motivation unless you have a challenge before you… unlock your potential

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Find Your Why

The best way to become truly motivated is to have a challenge before you.

unlikely that you’ll ever become truly motivated/discover true motivation unless you have a challenge before you… sometimes, it’s useful to tap into “the dark side” first

If you don’t want it bad enough, you won’t do what is necessary to achieve it.  Most people lack the motivation to even write their goals down, let alone pursue them.  Ironically, goals are motivating.  When you do it right, they provide a constant source of motivation.

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Set Big Goals

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Fear Setting

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Brainwash Yourself

Affirmations, journaling, moticuts, heroes, gratitude… voices from outside and voice from inside

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Control Mentality

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Become Disciplined

To become your very best, you’ll eventually have to take it one step further… transcend motivation… do it even when you don’t feel motivated

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Remember: just start.  The first time you put your goals on paper, you’re closer to achieving your dreams than 90% of the population.

My Favorite Motivation Videos

Everything you need to learn about goals is online.

I’m no high performance titan.  I stand on the shoulders of giants.  I simply listen to what my Heroes say and apply it.  Not everything sticks.  But enough does to make a lasting impact.

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One of the main purposes of This Site is to catalog my learnings.  I’m not that learned.  But I’m working on becoming moreso.  If you see a “data dump” on this site, you’re looking at unsorted information.  It may be related or completely  unrelated, depending on the topic.

 

The 2 Minute Rule Will Quickly Change Your Life

PNTV: Black Hole Focus

1. Sheep vs. Strategists – 0:59

  • In biology, sheep only respond to what’s in front of them. And many people are like sheep, only responding to the most recent stimuli
  • A strategist is stepping back and asking “what’s the vision and what’s the strategy for my future?”
  • If all you’re doing is going through your life like a sheep, then you’ll have a tough time living a life of deep purpose

2. Ikigai – 3:03

  • Japanese word referring to a reason to get up in the morning
  • That purpose gives you energy and vitality
  • Linked with some of the most long-lived populations

3. Rats Swim – 4:34

  • An interesting study from the ’50s about how long rats could swim before giving up
  • Was found that typically, the rats would swim for 15 minutes before giving up and sinking
  • Then he tested what would happen if he pulled them out before the 15 minutes for a break and put them back. If given breaks, they could swim for 60 hours (or 240x more endurance). This is potentially attributable to a sense of hope.
  • Hope is the belief that your future is going to be better than your present. And having hope in a better future creates energy

4. Greatness x2 – 7:20

  • The two steps of greatness are 1. KNOW! that you can achieve greatness (or believing that you can go the distance) and 2. Decide what you’re going to commit yourself to (finding the courage to dive head-first into one thing)
  • If you could do anything and you were guaranteed not to fail, what would you go for. It’s less about specifically what you want, but more about finding the courage to do it.
  • 99% of people don’t think they’re capable of greatness, so they set lower goals
  • There’s more competition for low-hanging fruit

5. Singularity – 11:02

  • The physics of your purpose
  • A singularity is infinite density and infinitesimal volume combined at the center of a black hole
  • When you’re willing to commit that intensity with that singularity focus, everything gets sucked into it
  • It takes a ton of energy to do great work and you can’t dissipate it on trivial distractions

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How I Use Motivation to Create the Life I want

If you haven’t noticed, I take this stuff seriously.

You don’t have to do it like me.  But maybe you wanna know.  So I guess I’ll tell you.  You might have picked some of it up by reading through this page or clicking on some of the links.

I’ll spell it all out here.

Setting Mile-High Goals

I’m basically obsessed with my goals.  I have do sorts of Goal Setting exercises on a fairly regular basis.  That includes everything from enormous life goals and yearly goals to daily and weekly goals.

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Sincere Fear Setting

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Affirmations & Moticuts

Self Brainwashing

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Bullet Journal Games

gamify things like my habit and productivity tracking, even content production because it makes it fun…

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Aspirational Leaders

Follow people I want to be more like, sometime immersing myself in their content for weeks or months at a time… Heroes, espcially Entrepreneurs and Coaches.

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Favorite Coaches

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My Month in Personal Growth – January 2018

My Month in Personal Growth – January 2018

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My Month in Personal Growth – January 2018

My Month in Personal Growth – January 2018

As I mentioned in my Grateful as Fnck post: I'm going to try to start a regular blogging habit. It's about time.  After all, I've had high-paying copywriting clients for several years now.  I should have started writing for myself when I first began my work from home...

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"YouTube University" has brought many a life-optimizer across my path.  These three are my favorite high performance coaches.

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operation Director, Elegant Themes

Robin Sharma

Tech Support, Elegant Themes

Tim Ferris

operation Director, Elegant Themes

So, You Think You Want to Climb to the Top?

Nice little subtitle for the win.  Nice little subtitle for the win.  Nice little subtitle for the win.  Nice little subtitle for the win. or the win. 

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