This is a great article from success expert Chris Widener.
I enjoyed it and you will as well.
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
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.”
Zig reminded the gentleman that baths are the same way but we
think it is a good idea to take a bath every day! It is true that
motivation doesn’t last.
We have to renew it each and every day. That is okay. It doesn’t
make motivation a bad thing. We simply have to realize that if we
want to stay motivated over the long term, it is something we
will have to apply to ourselves each and every day.
2. Have a Vision for Your Life.
The root word of motivation is “motive.” The definition of motive
is, “A reason to act.” This is the cognitive or rational side of
motivation. It is your vision. You have to have a vision that is
big enough to motivate you.
If you are making $50,000 a year, it isn’t going to motivate you
to set your goal at $52,000 a year. You just won’t get motivated
for that because the reward isn’t enough. Maybe $70,000 a year
would work for you. Set out a vision and a strategy for getting
there. Have a plan and work the plan.
3. Fuel Your Passion.
Much of motivation is emotional. I don’t know quite how it works
but I do know THAT it works. Emotion is a powerful force in
getting us going. Passion is an emotion, so fuel your passion.
“Well, I like to work on logic,” you may say. Great, now work on
your passion. Set yourself on a course to have a consuming desire
for your goal, whatever it is. Do whatever you can to feel the
emotion and use it to your advantage!
4. Work Hard Enough to Get Results.
You can build on your motivation by getting results. The harder
you work, the more results you will get and the more results you
get, the more you will be motivated to get more. These things all
build on one another.
If you want to lose weight, then lose the first few pounds. When
the belt moves to the next notch you will get fired up to get it
to the notch beyond that!
5. Put Good Materials into Your Mind.
I can’t say this enough – listen to audios. I still listen to
audios regularly. I buy audio clubs from other speakers and I
learn and grow. Their successes motivate me to get my own
Read good books. Read books that teach you new ideas and skills.
Read books that tell the stories of successful people. Buy them,
read them, and get motivated! Buy great music and listen to it. I
just did a spinning class at the club today. Whenever a good song
came on I was actually able to get motivated to ride faster! It
gets you going and motivates you!
6. Ride the Momentum when It Comes.
Sometimes you will just be clicking and sometimes you won’t. That
is okay. It is the cycle of life. When you aren’t clicking, plug
When you are clicking, pour it on because momentum will help you
get larger gains in a shorter period of time with less energy.
That is the momentum Equation! When you are feeling good about
how your work is going, ride the momentum and get as much out of
it as you can!
Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the
President of Made for Success, a company helping individuals and
organizations turn their potential into performance, and succeed
in every area of their lives and achieve their dreams.
Keith Abell, RPh CIP MI