What if I could show you a new way of thinking that would solve nearly all of your problems?
Would that be valuable to you and your life?
Well, friends, you’re in luck! I’m about to share with you what I believe will be one of the most important things you’ll ever learn. I know, it may sound too good to be true… but it’s not! First, we need to understand that most (if not all) of our problems are caused by the WAY we think.
Every problem in our lives that goes beyond our basic needs is created solely by our minds. But — and this is important — your mind is not playing tricks on you.
I’ll say it another way: you are not broken! But maybe your way of thinking is. Once you’ve changed your thinking, you’ll realize that you can have the life you’ve always wanted. You are in the driver’s seat of your own life! And it all starts with motivation.
Table of Contents
- What is Motivation?
- Find Your Why
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Motivation
- Personal Values and How They Shape Motivation
- Adapting Your Core Values
- How to Stay Motivated
- What To Do If You Have Lost Motivation
- How Your Mindset Affects Motivation
- Positive Affirmations in Psychology Today
- Motivation in Athletics
- Using Your Motivations to Develop Your Millionaire Mindset
- Where to Find Your Perfect Mindset
- Using Your Motivation to Motivate Others Around You
- How to Motivate Employees
- Additional Tips and Tricks to Stay Motivated
What is Motivation?
Motivation is a word you’ve probably heard a million times, but what does it really mean? What are the basics of motivation? The dictionary definition of motivation is, “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.” This is a good starting point for us to dive deeper into motivation and how you can use it to develop that millionaire mindset.
Your motivation comes from your values, goals, aspirations, and personal discipline. It’s not only about what you’d like to achieve, but how you’ll get there. What are your reasons for having financial goals? Why do you want to change your diet or your lifestyle?
Motivation is one of those skills that everyone can benefit from mastering, but it’s just not that easy. And you know what? Motivating yourself and other people can get tough during the grind. Motivation can be found in everything around you from people to environments. From your own motivation to peer motivation and everything in between.
But what does motivation mean? Why do so many people struggle with motivation? Most of the time it’s a lack of discipline. Daily motivation needs constant effort, and without discipline, motivational habits end up failing.
You know what they say: Persistence gets you there, but consistency keeps you there. Poor self-image, lack of planning, not setting goals, sleep, and even your diet can all affect your motivation.
Finding your why means finding your reason to be consistent day in and day out. Watch this video where I explain more:
Find Your Why
Your why leads to your what and your how. Once you’ve locked onto your why, you can use it to drive consistently through those days when your motivation just isn’t there. You see what I’m saying? Without knowing your why, you’ll have nothing to lean on when things get tough.
Why you do what you do is the fuel you need to get your ass out of bed every day in order to do better, be better, and avoid getting stuck when you lack self-motivation.
Never forget why you’re doing what you’re doing, and you’ll eventually get there.
Deep down in your soul, what’s most important to you? What is it that’s more important to you than money? Is it honesty? Integrity? Compassion? Keeping family together? What is it that — if you compromised this aspect of yourself — you’d have a harder time looking at yourself in the mirror?
Again, let’s be real with each other! It’s not about right or wrong; it’s about what serves and what doesn’t. What’s the fuel that keeps your engine pumping?
How to Get the Most Out of Your Motivation
Here are some steps to get the most out of your motivation:
- Read books by those who’ve reached similar goals or by motivational speakers/coaches. Look into amazing books like:
- Remind yourself daily of your why. What goals are you striving for? Use post-it notes, or set a daily reminder on your calendar. Whatever it is, make it easily visible and do whatever it takes.
- Surround yourself with people who are motivated and supportive of your goals.
- Attend events on motivation, self-inspiration, and discipline.
- Master discipline as an essential tool for your self-motivation.
The number one reason most people don’t get what they want is they don’t know what they want. The dream needs to be clear and concise in your mind in order to reach it. True, or true?!
How do you want to live your life? How do you want to play the game? Do you want to play in the big leagues or in the little leagues, in the majors or the minors? Are you going to play big or play small? Are you going to live a level 10 life? It’s your choice.
Personal Values and How They Shape Motivation
For most people, personal values are the main motivator. Your morals and values make up a huge part of who you are, so it only makes sense morals and values would play an important role in motivating you to new heights.
Here’s the thing:
Figuring out your personal values means you have to look at yourself.
Start by asking yourself a few questions like, “When I was happiest, what was I doing? Who was I with? What made me so happy?” and, “When was I the proudest, most satisfied, or most fulfilled? What values did I have in my life during those times?”
In my own life, there were many times when I was completely broke and disappointed in myself. I felt low and didn’t like what was going on around me. I went through twelve businesses, and my values anchored me and encouraged me through those times when I was feeling the worst.
My first value? Freedom.
I didn’t wanna work for somebody else for the next 50 years, and I didn’t want someone else’s dreams to come true because of my hard work.
Secondly, I value making a name for myself; proving that I had what it took to be up there with the big dogs. I didn’t want my parents to think I was a failure or a bum, I wanted them to be proud of me. Can you relate?
Values are simple ideas you protect like:
- Financial Stability
- Freedom of Choice
Anything you believe strongly in is considered a value. If you don’t know where to start, write down what’s important to you.
These can be simple things or general ideas like friends, family, success, and so on. Generally, these are your core values, and the answers might surprise you!
Adapting Your Core Values
Once you’ve nailed down your values, you can use them to fuel your motivation. If honesty is something you value, own that value and use it as a motivator in your personal growth journey.
Motivation is what helps us improve and continue to improve throughout our lives. Personal values change with time, so make sure to reevaluate your values now and then. If your values don’t align with your goals, take a closer look at both so you can adjust.
How to Stay Motivated
Internal motivation is hard to keep up with if you don’t have focus and discipline. Why? Because focus and discipline are at the core of motivation. When you put focus and discipline together with personal values and goals, it creates a powerhouse of energy that will become your fuel. That fuel can last forever if you do it right.
Staying motivated is one of the hardest things you’ll come across. Sometimes, a bad day happens, and you just can’t find your motivation. True or true?! Just remember: you won’t always be motivated, so you must learn to be disciplined.
Here are a few tips and tricks for keeping your motivation even when things get tough:
- Take personal responsibility for your choices; yes, even the bad ones! Accountability helps you have a sense of self-awareness, which is crucial to improving and moving forward.
- Don’t interact with people who are constantly negative or bring you down. Whether it’s family, friends, or coworkers, you’re going to run into people who don’t have any motivation to do better or achieve anything in life. Surrounding yourself with unmotivated people only leaves you feeling unsupported, and the old saying “misery loves company” is true.
- Listen and read motivational speeches, videos, articles, books, or magazines. Reading material from successful people or people who motivate others can boost your own motivation. It offers a sense of community, and lets you know you’re not alone in your journey. There are millions of other people taking control of and changing their lives by using self-motivation.
- Remember the dream! Remind yourself daily of your values, why you started, and where you want to be. Keeping those values at the forefront of your mind when things get tough (and they will get tough!) is imperative to your success.
- Track your progress. By looking back on your achievements, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Tracking your progress can give you a quick self-esteem boost and help you through rough patches. You’ve come so far, keep pushing!
- We are our own worst critics, but it’s important to maintain a balance between accountability and insults. Sometimes, you need to kick yourself in the butt for missing a deadline or not achieving a goal, but don’t be too harsh. You don’t want to create a habit of putting yourself down. You fell down, and that’s ok because failure is not the end. Being afraid of failing can hold you back from success. As Henry Ford once said: “Failure is simply the opportunity to start again, this time begin more intelligently.” Never let a fear of failure, or ACTUAL failure, stop you.
- Take a break now and then. Pushing yourself 110% for weeks on end is exhausting. Taking care of yourself is paramount to reaching your goals. Not only is it ok to take breaks, it’s necessary. Setting dedicated work hours or utilizing a block scheduling system are great ways to avoid overworking yourself. Remember that taking a rest is ok, as long as you get back to the grind. Keep this in mind: A body in motion will remain in motion, and a body at rest will remain at rest. And remember: action always beats inaction.
- Avoid procrastination. If there’s anything that kills motivation, it’s procrastination. If something needs to be done, get it done. Waiting until the last minute only creates more pressure and stress. It can also result in a product that could have been better. Do it now. Sometimes later becomes never.
Self-motivation takes practice, but if you follow these tips, you’ll have an easier time maintaining your motivation in the future. With some creativity and willpower, you really can find the time and energy to make your dreams come true.
What To Do If You Have Lost Motivation
What do you do when you’ve completely lost your motivation? When this happens, you need to go back to the basics. Ask yourself:
- What goal was I trying to accomplish?
- Why did I want to accomplish that goal?
- What lies beyond that goal?
- How was I going to get there?
- Why do I have no motivation?
- Most importantly, where did I go wrong?
A lot of times, we lose motivation because we’re setting unrealistic expectations or goals. For example, if you want to lose weight, you have to understand that losing 20 pounds in one week isn’t possible or healthy to attempt. Or, possibly you want to move up in your corporation, but you don’t have the skills just yet, it will take time and effort to do what you need to get there.
Keeping goals realistic and manageable can help you avoid setbacks and make the overall goal easier to get to.
One way to make your goals easier to achieve is to break them down into smaller sub-goals. Focus on each sub-goal as you work toward the overall goal. Reaching those sub-goals can fuel your motivation and boost your self-esteem and sense of purpose. Sometimes, it’s just better to approach things on a smaller scale. Many times, thinking small leads to big success.
Getting help from the people around you is also an option when you lose your motivation.
It’s ok to call on those positive and motivated people in our life for help. You never know what someone might do or say to turn things around for the better.
Looking back is the key to reigniting your fire, but don’t let it discourage you. Take a look at what caused you to lose motivation, but don’t dwell on it. Did you lose interest, or fall into bad habits? Did someone talk you out of your goals or put you down? Do you believe what you’re seeking is unobtainable? Self-Reflection is SO important and is a habit you should take the time to cultivate.
Narrowing down why you’re unmotivated can help you find the issue at its core instead of wondering why you can’t get your ass off the couch. Take a long, hard look at your situation and figure it out.
How Your Mindset Affects Motivation
Mastering your mind is the most powerful thing you can do to steer yourself down the road to success!
How you view life, your goals, and yourself impact you directly. Rich people think differently than the rest. You can read more about the 13 Biggest Difference Between Rich & Poor People by checking out my blog post. When you’re not thinking like a millionaire, you’re not going to become one. It’s that simple. Everything is neutral until you get there.
Most, if not all our problems come from how we see our problems. When you find something holding you back, take a close look at it. Take a moment and REALLY think: Is it really the thing you’re focused on what’s holding you back, or is it you? Is the way you think about the obstacle and how you think about the solution keeping you in the dumps? Change your lens, and you’ll change your life. As Wayne Dyer says, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
Your brain has a strong survival instinct and is hardwired for fear.
Fear has kept humans alive for thousands of years, but now that we’re not running around the jungle anymore, hunting and gathering and protecting our families from wild beasts… our mind could actually be holding us back from success.
These days, fear isn’t always a reason to run, in fact, many times fear means opportunity because opportunities are almost always scary! I’m not telling you to ignore your thoughts or warnings, I’m telling you to listen to them, acknowledge them and say four magic words “Thank you for sharing,” and move on. Get into action. Don’t let fear hold you back.
Mindset is everything. A positive mindset isn’t just something that can help improve self-esteem, but everything around you. Once you lose the negativity and start thinking like a millionaire, the path becomes clearer. You start to plan the steps to get there. Millionaires don’t become millionaires because they believe they’ll be poor forever. When your mind is being negative, don’t believe everything you think. Do whatever it takes and start planning for a better future!
Positive Affirmations in Psychology Today
In this article published by Psychology Today, the author tells us that positive affirmations go a long way in igniting and maintaining motivation. If your head isn’t in the game, you’re going to fail. It takes discipline and planning, but as you look closely at your goals, remind yourself you can achieve them and know you deserve them.
If one person in the history of mankind has done it before you, you can do it too. If no one else has done it, you can be the first in line. According to Walter E. Jacobson, M.D., positive affirmations “have value because our subconscious mind plays a major role in the actualization of our lives and the manifestation of our desires.” There it is, straight from the doctor’s mouth. Positive affirmations do matter. Remember friends, everything happens for a reason and that reason is there to assist you.
Motivation in Athletics
How do you think the best athletes in the world go into a game? They go into the game with a winner’s mindset, a positive mindset. They don’t sit in the locker room thinking about everything that can go wrong or how they probably won’t win that day. Instead, they run their minds through the basics. They think about what they have to do to obtain the win. They plan what they need to do to be successful.
A lot of athletes who make it to the top aren’t even the best players as far as skill. In fact, a majority of these athletes at the top are just more disciplined and determined than the rest. They do the extra workouts, put in the time, and stay consistent with their efforts.
Their focus is on their skills, discipline, training, and most of all, the motivation to win. When you think like a winner, you act like a winner. When you think like a millionaire, you’ll become a millionaire. The way you think is the way you act. You can’t be the best if you don’t think like the best, and you certainly can’t get past yourself until you conquer your own thoughts.
Using Your Motivations to Develop Your Millionaire Mindset
Mastering motivation doesn’t happen overnight, but by focusing on your values and developing good habits, you’ll see a change. When you start to focus on positivity and plan for the future, everything starts to get easier and the effort you put forward has more effect.
Your millionaire mindset depends on your level of motivation. The two are connected; mindset and motivation. On the one hand, you can’t use the power of your motivation without a positive mindset, and on the other hand, you can’t create the right mindset without the motivation. You need both to succeed.
Where to Find Your Perfect Mindset
Watch motivational videos on my T. Harv Eker YouTube Channel, or read the best motivational books written by yours truly like Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. You might even have a song that gets you going and makes you feel unstoppable. I also recommend looking into my free training programs for training your mind and developing a better mindset.
Remember that a millionaire mindset is achievable, but only when you’ve got the right amount of discipline and the motivation to push you toward it mixed with a great plan. If you’re tired of being broke, it’s time to make a change. Start with how you look at your situation. Start thinking like a millionaire, and you’ll start acting like one, too.
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Using Your Motivation to Motivate Others Around You
You’ve probably heard some motivational stories where the main character inspired the entire office, team, or group of people with their motivation alone. How do you create contagious motivation? Once you know how to motivate yourself, you can share your knowledge and inspire real change in the people around you.
We’ve already talked about the self-motivation definition, but what does it mean to motivate a team? The first thing you’ll need to do is the same as the first step in motivating yourself: finding their why.
What motivates people to reach their goals? Your team members have different beliefs, feelings of self-worth, and values. How you navigate and build around your team’s personalities will define their potential for success.
Ask the people around you what their motivations and values are.
You’ll learn a lot about your team like this. You’ll be able to dive deeper into what drives them.
When you understand what motivates your people, you’ll understand why they do the things they do. You’ll be able to help them make better decisions and have more success with your interactions.
Set the example for people around you by maintaining your own self-motivation. When people see you succeeding and reaching goals, it should make them feel inspired.
Inspirational motivation comes from people who are already on the path. Just as you used other’s motivation and success in books and magazines as the match for your own fire, people around you use your motivation for the same thing. Don’t be afraid of or hide from your potential because it can be the biggest motivator to someone who’s struggling.
How to Motivate Employees
Motivating employees is like motivating yourself. You want to understand their personal values, the company’s, and how they align with the goals your employees want to reach.
Finding balance between personal and company values can mean the difference between a satisfied and successful employee or a resentful or unhappy one.
It’s important to create a positive mindset within your team. A positive environment with plenty of support will keep the team going even when things look less than perfect.
Having an honest and positive environment will help everyone understand and value their place on the team.
Circling Back: Tips and Tricks to Stay Motivated
When things look rough and you’re thinking, “I need motivation,” think back on the things I’ve mentioned in this article.
Here they are again for quick reference:
- Read, read, read! Inspirational quotes, sales motivational quotes, business motivational quotes, personal mantras, and books by coaches or motivational experts are all great reading choices. Business motivation and personal motivation are almost always linked, and reading the right material can improve both.
- Listen to lectures or speeches on how to be motivated. The experts know their stuff; you just have to listen and retain the information.
- Minimize distractions like social media, electronics, negative influences, drugs, alcohol, etc. Focus on the goal and remove anything that stands in your way.
- Track your progress and hold yourself accountable.
- Look beyond money, but always keep it in mind.
- Don’t let others shape your goals. They’re yours. Positive influences should have a place in your plans, but no influence should ever completely take over your personal goals or motivation. When you stop caring about other people’s opinions — and that scared, cynical voice in your head — it’s much easier to be successful
- Organization is important. It helps keep things from becoming chaotic, which is a distraction.
- You won’t be able to control certain parts of life. This is a fact that none of us can change, so it’s better to make peace with and learn to deal with what we can’t control instead of trying to fight it. Sometimes, it’s going to rain; be prepared for the rain, but don’t think you can make it stop.
- Daily mantras or habits are important to motivating yourself. Start your day with positive experiences or information.
- Be consistent. When things feel like they’re falling apart, consistency is the key to keeping it all together.
- Believe in yourself. You can achieve your goals with the right discipline and motivation. Poor self-esteem is nothing less than a dream killer. Don’t let those feelings of poor self-image get in the way of progress. Take small steps to improve your overall sense of worth and increase your self-esteem. Remember that anything you negate you can never have.
- Try goal-setting or tracker apps to help monitor your progress and set goals. A lot of these apps are linked to supportive online communities, which can help motivate you when you fall off the wagon.
- Check out my free online training!
Staying Motivated Takes Practice
Remember that motivation comes from both internal and external sources. That means your environment and the people around you can have an enormous impact on your motivation and self-esteem.
Learning how to find motivation and maintain it starts with identifying your values, reinforcing your self-discipline, and crafting a plan to reach your goals. Self-motivation and discipline are skills that need fine-tuning and practice to master.
What motivates you throughout the week? What rituals or mantras do you subscribe to that help you stay focused on your goals? Comment below with your insights. I’d love to hear what keeps you motivated when things get tough.
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