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How to stay motivated to achieve your goals

To stay motivated to achieve anything you have to know what you want, and why …

If you don’t have a clear plan and know your “why”, you’ll lose focus on your goals, or never get started to begin with.

Your “why” is the reason behind why you’re doing what you’re doing.

A person who says “I’m going to start a business to make more money” isn’t likely to get there. Yet, the person who says “I’m going to start a business to make more money in order to get a bigger home with more room for my family” is likely to do just that. The differentiator here is that the person in the second example is doing the thing for a deeper reason.

Be Outstanding! How to Stand Out Above the Crowd

Good is only half a block from average. Excellence lives on the other side of town from good. Outstanding resides in a zip code all by itself!

This Be Outstanding! lesson is devoted to reinvesting in you. Its purpose is to help you to raise the bar, and reach for higher levels of performance from yourself and others than you ever thought possible.

How does one create and sustain outstanding performance?

First and foremost, you must live and die by the spirit of this rule:

“If you are not committed to delivering results that are profound, dramatic and superior – NEVER COMPETE!”

Create a Sense of Urgency and Reach Your Goals

An atmosphere of urgency will create an atmosphere of achievement.

Have you noticed that the people who make things happen in this world value and share the same sense of urgency?

High Achievers work best under a self-determined or externally fixed deadline for achieving objectives. Those who consciously choose not to “sleep at the wheel” realize that regardless of the goal being pursued, they must continually maintain a sense of urgency in order to compete and win.

The Six Basic Messages of a Motivational Speaker

Like it or not, most people consider me a motivational speaker. That has an upside and a downside! Some people really appreciate motivational speakers while others think they are all fluff and no meat (Some are I guess).

So I have been thinking lately about what it is that a good motivational speaker should do, what they should communicate and how they should move people.

Below are the six basic messages of a good motivational speaker (Hint: If you are in a position of motivating anyone, kids, employees or the like, these will be good for you to reflect upon too!)

The Top Six Ways to Stay Motivated

I receive many emails from people that basically ask the same question: How can I keep myself motivated long term? This seems to be quite a common dilemma for many people so I want to address it because it can be done! Here are my tips for staying motivated:

1. Get Motivated Every Day.

Zig Ziglar was once confronted about being a “motivational speaker.” The guy said to him, “You guys come and get people hyped up and then you leave and the motivation goes away. It doesn’t last, and then you have to get motivated again.”

Your Big Life Plan By Jon Gordon

Jon Gordon - Author and motivational speakerIt’s big but you can’t see it. So great that if you could see it you wouldn’t believe it. It’s your destiny and it’s calling you. If you don’t believe me just remember Albert Einstein. He could not speak until he was four years old. He did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was retarded. We know they were wrong.

Or how about Beethoven. His music teacher said, “As a composer he is hopeless.” Wrong again. And let’s not forget Muhammad Ali. His teacher once told him, “you ain’t never going to be nothing. He showed her and the world that he was the greatest after all. We all know Helen Keller’s story and we certainly all know our own story.

Complacency is the Enemy By Jeff Keller

Jeff Keller - author of Attitude is EverythingFebruary 22, 1980. Lake Placid, New York – the host city for the 1980 Winter Olympics. The Soviet Union’s Olympic hockey team was set to play the United States Olympic team in an important game that would probably decide the gold medal. Yet, calling this a “game” was a stretch.

The powerful, professional Soviet hockey team had won four consecutive gold medals and was undefeated in the Olympic games since 1968. The U.S. Olympic hockey team was a collection of untested college players. The 1980 Soviet team was head and shoulders above all of the other Olympic teams.

How to Stay Motivated By Dr. Denis Waitley

Be willing to say to yourself, “I’m on the right road. I’m doing OK. I’m succeeding.” We too frequently become adept at pointing out our flaws and identifying failures.

Become equally adept at citing your achievements. Identify things you are doing now that you weren’t doing one month ago… six months ago… a year ago. What habits have changed? Chart your progress.

Doing well once or twice is relatively easy. Continuously moving ahead is tough, in part, because we so easily revert to old habits and former lifestyles. Over the long run, you need to give yourself regular feedback to monitor your performance and reinforce yourself positively.

From Motivation to Motive-Action By Denis Waitley

With the passing of every new year, each of us needs to understand the magnitude of social and economic change in the world. In the past, change in business and social life was incremental and a set of personal strategies for achieving excellence was not required.

Today, in the knowledge-based world, where change is the rule, a set of personal strategies is essential for success, even survival. Never again will you be able to go to your place of business on autopilot, comfortable and secure that the organization, state or government will provide for and look after you.

Her Words Hurt Me And I Wanted To Quit – Don’t Let It Happen To You By Rene Godefroy

It wasn’t long ago I warned you to stay away from distraction. Now you’re going to know what I mean…

Standing ovation! Yeah! My head often puffed up like a balloon full of oxygen. It’s not a good thing. You see, a standing ovation is the ultimate reward the audience gives us.

It’s kind of ironic since I have always had a hard time receiving compliments and accolades. Something in me tends to doubt the person giving me the accolade is genuine. Some of you might know what I’m talking about. Well, this evening was different…

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