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5 New Tricks To Get Motivated


Motivation is what separates the winners from the losers in life. I don’t care what it is that you want out of life, health, wealth, love, or happiness, you will have to draw on intense powers of motivation to get it.

Today I was reading two books that got my mind spinning on the subject from the Nobel peace prize winner, Elie Wiesel and his book “Open Heart” and Seth Godin’s “The Dip.”

Here is a quick overview to five new ways to motivate yourself:

1. Learn when to quit: The hard wiring of you brain is very good at knowing when you are spinning your wheels doing something that is not inline with your ‘end game’ goal. Maybe it’s a mindless career in a 9-5 job you hate, or a relationship with someone you know is the wrong person.

No matter how hard you try you probably will never be able to trick your mind into getting motivated around something that you know deep down is the wrong thing to be doing. It’s better to just quit and make a big change.

Seth Godin says in “The Dip”:

“Sometimes we get discouraged and turn to inspirational writing, like stuff from Vince Lombardi: ‘Quitters never win and winners never quit.’ Bad advice. Winners quit all the time. They just quit the right stuff at the right time…

Extraordinary benefits accrue to the tiny minority of people who are able to push just a tiny bit longer than most. Extraordinary benefits also accrue to the tiny majority with the guts to quit early and refocus their efforts on something new. Quit the wrong stuff. Stick with the right stuff. Have the guts to do one or the other.”

Most of us are either birds or bulldogs. Birds fly off at the first sign of trouble. Bulldogs hold on and don’t let go.

Looking back at my life I tend to be a bulldog. Sometimes it helps me. Sometimes it backfires on me.

The solution is the to find the balance.

How can you avoid being the bird or the bulldog?

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