The Most Important Part of Motivation Is Maintaining It

The Most Important Part of Motivation Is Maintaining It

You know how some days you feel like you could take on the world? You are inspired and motivated and can’t wait to get to work. Having no doubt about your eventual success, you remind yourself that it’s just a matter of time.

When motivation wans

Then there are the other days when even attempting to work on your goals seems completely pointless because success is something that only happens to other people. You’ve been working too hard and too long on this thing and it’s obviously just a waste of time. How could you have ever thought you could make a success of it?

Positive leads to positive, negative leads to negative

Although some days you truly do feel extremely motivated and other days you actually do feel distinctly unmotivated, most days fall somewhere in the middle. The thing that influences how motivated you will be is how motivated you were the day before. And that will depend on the day before that. Once you get into a groove it’s easy to keep going. As you see progress on your initiatives you are motivated to see more progress and you intensify your efforts.

The opposite is also true. A day of no progress is de-motivating, which leads to another day of no progress, which leads to a distinct lack of motivation.

If your motivation isn’t coming from the inside, find it on the outside

Whether you feel motivated or not you need to work on your goals everyday. Otherwise you run the chance of getting so stuck you will never get unstuck.

If your negative attitude is the stopping block that’s keeping you from getting back on track you need to find ways to re-inspire yourself. That might mean watching inspiring videos from people you admire. Or people who have succeeded in your field. Maybe it means looking at pictures of your goal in its completed stage. Perhaps you could write a letter to yourself reminding you of why you decided to pursue this thing in the first place.


Give your motivation a fighting chance. Accomplish a little every day.

Untap Your Potential With Positive Thinking

Untap Your Potential With Positive Thinking

Many of us wish we were better. Better at our jobs, or better with certain skills. The surprising thing is, most of the time, we actually are better than we think we are!

How often have you thought “I can’t do this” before you’ve even tried? When it came to applying for a job, how often have you seen a listing and said “I’m not qualified,” then didn’t even bother applying?

So often our thoughts about a thing set us up for disappointment or failure before we even find out whether or not we actually had a chance for success. You absolutely don’t know what you are capable of until you at least give something a try – with an open mind.

A positive mindset opens you up to possibilities and a willingness to try even harder than your abilities might indicate at the onset.

Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar was a salesman. An outstanding salesman. So outstanding he eventually worked his way up to Vice-President at the Automotive Performance company where he was working. Throughout his career he wrote numerous books about sales and selling and worked as a motivational speaker. Even after an injury reduced his short-term memory, Zig Ziglar continued to speak publicly and write books until his passing in 2012.


His books include “See You at the Top”, Zig Ziglar’s Secrets to Closing the Sale”, “Over the Top”, and “Success for Dummies”.


According to Zig Ziglar, thinking positively is the first step in unlocking your potential. Each one of us is stronger and smarter than we give ourselves credit for. A positive attitude opens potential. A negative attitude closes it down. If you already believe you’re going to fail you are  unlikely to push yourself harder and further. You will never see where your limit is. With a positive attitude you can exceed it.

The Transformative Process of Striving

The Transformative Process of Striving

What is it you want to achieve in life? Do you want to be the owner of your own company? Are you looking to save $100K? Is writing your passion? Do you hope to see yourself in a leadership position? As a manager? Each of us is striving for something.


The pressure of end result thinking

Obviously, it’s important to have goals, to be working toward something. However, making that goal the focal point of your life, keeping it in mind 24/7 may actually be detrimental to your efforts.


The unrelenting thought of your goal creates a lot of pressure in your life as you focus all your hopes and dreams on an outcome. An outcome with no guarantee. It makes every failure feel worse. Every delay feels longer and more significant than it need be. Others in the same field become competitors rather than allies.


The outcome is out of your hands

Absolutely strive. Do your unmitigated best, but don’t become too attached to an outcome exactly as you picture it within the time frame you decided in advance. You have no control over the outcome of any goal or venture.


You cannot control the other people who wrote and published a book in the time you spent looking for (and not finding) an agent. Nor do you have any control over other people who reached your financial goals while you were still trying to pay off debt.


The only thing you have any control over is you. Your attitude is within your control. How you react to circumstances, positive and negative is in your ballpark. Even if someone is striving for the same things as you, their journey is theirs. Your journey is the only one you should be focusing on.



No one starts at the top

As you watch other people succeed while you still working so hard to get your goals off the ground, remember they too went through a learning curve. No one simply pops into existence at the finish line. Each person works, strives, fails in their own way and their own time.


The way to avoid the pressure cooker is to avoid focusing solely on the goal or other people who have or haven’t reached a similar benchmark. Maintain balance by putting in the required effort everyday – without worrying about the outcome. Get better, stronger, more able for the sake of getting better stronger more able.


The only person you should be competing against is yesterday you. You cannot control the outcome, but you can control the process and transform through it.


Creativity Comes In Many Forms

Creativity Comes In Many Forms

Chances are, if you don’t work in a “creative” industry like advertising or the arts, you may not spend a lot of time thinking about creativity. Your job might not call for creativity in the traditional sense of the word. But no matter what you do, you will run into problems at work. Some of those problems can be conquered with creative solutions.

Being Creative

When it comes to creativity, there is no shortage of quotes and anecdotes about what creativity is, and how to be creative. Here are just a few. Maybe you haven’t thought much about creativity. Or maybe you don’t think of yourself as a creative person. If you’d like to be more creative, the question becomes, can you? How do you begin to get those creative juices flowing? We decided to look a little bit deeper into a couple of quotes about creativity to find out.

Pablo Picasso – The Artist

Pablo Picasso said that, “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” The truth of this is easy to see. This line of thinking suggests that we all start out as creative, and some of us lose the inclination as we age. It’s no secret that children lack many of the inhibitions we slowly age into. This leaves kids able to explore and make mistakes without the fear of what others may think. Often too, with the rules of the world coming into focus as we get older, our imaginations can dwindle. Children are the most inventive because they don’t care what the rules are.

Leo Burnett – The Business Man

Leo Burnett started one of the worlds most successful advertising agencies. He said this about creativity. “Curiosity in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” They say that curiosity is a cat killer, but Leo Burnett suggests that being curious, asking questions, and investigating why things are they way they are is the secret to creativity. Looking at any small thing and wondering about it gets your thoughts moving and looking for ways something can be done differently.

Albert Einstein – The Genius

Perhaps the most famous smart guy ever, Albert Einstein said that, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” The key takeaway from this sounds like it should be the “having fun” part, but I think the focus should be on the bit about intelligence. A common phrase among writers is to write what you know. This old adage suggests that you must know your subject before you write about it. The same is suggested by Albert Einstein, to be creative, you must first have the intelligence, and then you can have fun with it.

So Turn on Your Creativity

If you’re faced with a problem at work, or you’re just looking to turn you on your creative faucet, follow the advice of these three. Leave your inhibitions behind and don’t focus on what you think is possible. Always be curious about the situation. Ask questions and poke and prod at a thing, no matter how small it may seem. Finally, learn about stuff. Learn everything you can about the problem at work, or whatever interests you. Then let that intelligence play around.

Is Your Mindset Fixed Or Open To Growth?



When you look around those around you, you will see high achievers low achievers and many people in the middle of the spectrum, sometimes going all out, sometimes laying low. You might think of high achievers as having something special. Bigger brains, a larger allotment of drive, an ability to somehow squash twenty five or twenty six hours into a day.


The fact is we all have the same general tools at our disposal. Some of us are more mechanically inclined, some more artistically inclined, some are athletes and some are academics. Exactly what a person does or how talented they are isn’t of interest here.  What is of interest is how they approach their lives. Whether they have a fixed or open mindset.


Fixed Mindset

A person with a fixed mindset will decide from the get-go that they (and other people) are either good at something or they are not. They believe failure is a definitive answer to the question of their abilities. From a fixed mindset perspective, a person is pretty much born with a certain set of abilities and there’s nothing they can do to change that. So they avoid challenges, give up easily and look at effort as mostly a waste of time.


Generally people with a fixed mindset feel threatened by the success of others. They feel powerless to achieve comparable success on their own.


Growth Mindset

A person with an open mindset has a completely different approach to themselves and their potential. They look at where they at any given moment as a starting point. They believe they have the capacity to learn new things. That failure is simply and opportunity to learn and grow. They embrace challenges and are prepared to put in however much effort is required to get where they are going.


Rather than feeling threatened by the success of others, they are inspired to keep on trying.


Same abilities, different mindset

We may not have any control over our natural abilities, but every single one of us can determine our mindsets. We can choose whether we believe it’s important to keep trying. Whether it’s worth it to heed the advice of others. If we are going to feel threatened by others or inspired by them.


We change our minds all the time. It’s up to us to change our mindset.


Don’t Waste Time Searching For What Isn’t There

Don't waste time searching for what isn't there

When people start on a new venture they often scan the long road ahead and wonder if there’s a way of getting to their destination a little faster.  So they spend time searching for shortcuts to that destination.


Some people find the answer quickly, others take longer, but eventually everybody comes to the same conclusion. The shortcut to success is hard work. Work hard at learning everything you need to know about what you’re doing or what you want to do.


No magic bullet


If you’re not expecting to somehow run into the magic bullet for success you won’t waste time searching for it. You will spend your time wisely, working diligently on one thing to the next. You will set goals and work toward them, one at a time.


Hard work is a state of mind


As much as anything, hard work is a state of mind. It’s the decision to put all your efforts and dedication into what you’re doing instead of wasting time searching for an easier way. In the words of the great coach John Wooden, “Success travels in the company of hard work. There is no trick, no easy way.”


Work hard. Fail or succeed at each task before you, learn from it and move on to the next thing. That is how you will find success. Hard work will inspire you to search out people who can help with advice or suggestions.


With the right mindset hard work doesn’t feel hard at all


Each accomplishment takes you closer to that destination you’re heading for. That sense of accomplishment inspires you to keep going and keep working. With the right mindset, hard work doesn’t seem hard at all. It feels like the shortcut you’re looking for!

When You Feel Like You Can’t

When You Feel Like You Can't


Despite our best intentions and unbeatable motivation at the outset, sometimes we just run out of gas with our goals and get overwhelmed with – I can’t.


Feeling like you can’t do something and actually not being able to do it are two very different things. Sometimes it comes down to a question of changing your mindset. Check out this article about embracing a new mindset from Lifehack.