There is a price to pay for success. Only you can define success and determine if you’re willing to pay the price for it.
If you’ve ever paid the price and succeeded then you’ll connect to the message. If you’re wanting success in your life this will give you the reality of what you’ll encounter along the way on getting there.
Have you ever woke up very unmotivated about your day? Maybe you’ve even gone weeks and months lethargic and unmotivated. On the other hand, do you have people you know who seem highly motivated? What’s the best best way to naturally stay highly motivated?
When I first joined a company that was full of highly motivated people I wondered why they were so up and positive. As an Ironman triathlete and owner of my own CPA firm I felt energetic and upbeat and approached each day ready to get after it. I didn’t need all the hype of a 4 CD set of the hottest motivational speakers or book touting a 10-Step program to success. But I was now in a culture that had new people join who had been just the opposite of me and the successful leaders in my company. They had never been really motivated in their life and now for the first time they were motivated to do something special only to have that motivation fade away a week later.
That is when I began my quest to help my new associates stay motivated long after the hype was over.
The Single Biggest Key to Motivation; The Treasure Map Approach™
The best way to create motivation in your life and to keep it is by having a great big and valuable purpose in life. Some refer to purpose as “your why.” Why do you get up in the morning? What excites you? Why do you have certain needs for you and your family that compel you to continue to seek after when you have to face your fears and conquering them?
Your why is like the treasure on the treasure map. The more valuable the treasure the more motivated you’d be at finding it.
Let’s use this analogy. If I buried a box with $25,000 in your back yard and placed a map under one of the 10,000 rocks in a field next to your home as to where it was buried, you’d stay motivated turning over each of the rocks until your found the map. But if the buried treasure was only $100, you might give up looking after turning over 50 rocks.
The key to staying highly motivated is to have a great big why!
I’ve been highly motivated to conquer the finish lines in Ironman triathlons ever since I started racing at age 50 in 2007. Why? For me the lifestyle kept me healthy and fit and able to live a freedom life physically, something my dad, who died of cancer, never enjoyed. In 2015 I was invited to race in the pinnacle of all Ironman’s, The Ironman World Championship held in Kona, Hawaii. I had two major surgeries during that year and perhaps most people would have quit and said it was to much, i.e., their buried treasure was only $100. Yet for me, racing the World Championship was much more. It was freedom! I wanted the physical freedom to never be restricted in want I wanted do. For me, the World Championship was the $25,000 buried treasure. I had to stay highly motivated to train and rehabilitate from the two surgeries. I was fortunate to accomplish my goal of finishing! Found my $25,000 buried treasure too!
I have many great big whys! Spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially, I’m motivated to accomplish all of them. If you build your why, it’s much easier to stay motivated and to fight through the challenges that you’re sure to face as to work to achieve them.
What is Your Great Big Why?
What is your treasure chest? How much is buried in it? Is it so powerful that it would lead you to keep seeking after it? Is it larger than your fears?
Here is a collection of awesome quotes by Muhammad Ali, one of, if not the greatest boxer to ever live. He is a cultural icon for many and was the heavyweight champion at the early age of 22 years old. Being the first and only three-time world Heavyweight Champion, Muhammad “The Greatest” Ali became the most famous athlete in the world.
1 – “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
Pain is temporary, and it will soon be replaced by something else; something greater.
2 – ”I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”
Believe you can because we must start somewhere, right?
3 – ”I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.”
Answer to no one but yourself. You reap the rewards as well as the consequences for your actions.
4 – ”He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
Be the odd man out and do what others cannot.
5 – ”The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
Keep dreaming, do not allow your first success to get in the way of your 2nd or 3rd.
6 – ”It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
Affirmations are incredibly powerful in helping you get what you want. You must believe as well as put the work in.
7 – ”Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
The strong will allow their defeats to empower them rather than to drain their spirits.
8 – ”Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.”
There are so many things that can go wrong in life that it’s pointless to live simply to go on living…
9 – ”It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”
Next time you face an obstacle that appears impossible, decipher the problem and you’ll soon be laughing about your worry.
10 – ”I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.”
Defeat is inevitable. When it comes, prepare and adapt because that’s all you can ever do.
11 – ”Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.”
Success can happen at 12, 21, or 53. You just have to believe you can.
12 – “The man who has no imagination has no wings.”
Imagination carves the way for dreams to become a reality.
13 – ”It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
You’ll never know unless you try, right?
14 – ”We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.”
Death is the final road for us all and unfortunately we must go naked.
15 – ”What keeps me going is goals.”
Find what motivates you to wake up every morning to do the things you do.
Gravity keeps us all on the ground. It’s gravity that is the biggest single factor that NASA engineers have to contend with to lift the shuttle off the ground. It’s so powerful that the size of the rockets that have to create lift to propel the Space Shuttle in orbit are larger than the shuttle itself.
You’ve heard the saying that we are all creatures of habit. I’ll go a step further and add we all creatures of habit that live in comfort zones.
We all like to “feel” comfortable. In our youth we are protected from much of the uncomfortable things of life as we begin to develop habits that keep us “comfortable.” This is why change is so hard because who wants to have self-impose uncomfortable pain?
We’ve all experienced how uncomfortable it is to change. This is why MOST people (about 95%) never really make forward progress. They are locked into the gravitational pull of habits. They never realize the price to pay for change is being uncomfortable in creating better habits.
This pull is as powerful as a mind altering drug.
There are two keys to lifting off just like the Space Shuttle and overcoming this powerful gravity; first, you must have a powerful vision of where you’d like to lead your life. It has to be very strong so you’ll create the second; tremendous desire to fly! The vision is the destination and the desire is the rocket power needed to lift through the gravity of change.
I kept a habits journal as part of a coaching program I went through several years ago. This allowed me to witness for myself how much of what I did was just pure habit. I learned that I had to create a better “mind altering” habit to replace one I currently had that was leading me no where. By doing that I could become a slave to better habits. For example, I used to get up first thing in the morning, go outside and get the newspaper and read it cover to cover before I started my day. That was I habit I had for years. It was hard to replace it but I did. In the exact same amount of time I used to read a bunch of meaningless negative news, I now pray and do personal development study. Its way better to read about positive and motivational topics than what our country’s unemployment rate is.
I took me about 4 years to really replace bad habits and replace them with abundance habits. Now my great habits are just as hard to break as the bad ones they replaced.
Look at your life and take a habits inventory. Write down everything you do for the next 5-7 days. That in itself will be hard because it’s not a habit. You’ll review it afterwards and I’ll promise you’ll see a pattern and be prepared to not like it. Then simply, review your big goals and dreams and create daily habits that would lead you to them.