Category Archives: Motivation

A Message to Garcia

A Message to Garcia

One evening, nearly 120 years ago, a man named Elbert Hubbard had something on his mind. He sat down and wrote a 1500 word op-ed piece for the magazine he edited. Nothing special about that.

But those few pages – what Hubbard himself considered a literary trifle – swept round the world, carried from one person to the next, to the next.

Revving Yourself Back Up

You know how your thoughts can sometimes (or often) wander away from the direction you’d been intending to go. You’re familiar with that feeling, right? You walk into the kitchen, look around and can’t quite remember why you came in.

You get distracted by trivialities, and you end the day having done none of the things you so firmly intended that morning.

How to Start DOing

I expect some readers won’t like this one. At least, I HOPE they don’t. Because it’s my intention to get under your skin and irritate the hell out of you. Irritate you enough to stand up on your hind legs and CHANGE SOMETHING. NOW.

You should also be aware that in this article, I’m not talking to you; I’m talking to YOU. The inner you who knows how to actually get things done.

If you’re still reading, it means that you and YOU are in agreement on this.

A Surer Way to Hit Your Goals

About a century and a half ago, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that people would rather look to others for their motivation. And that was at a time we nostalgically consider America’s “rugged individualist” phase. Wonder what he’d say now.

Human nature being what it is, I’d guess that nothing much has changed since the mid-eighteen-hundreds.

Back then they had a well established apprenticeship system under

Too Little Too Late? Phooie!

Ran across two things today within sixty seconds of each other.

First was the graphic on the left. Now, I like this kind of art … always have. If it’s eye catching and says something meaningful, ironic, funny or constructive, I’ll probably enjoy it. And this one, from Lori Deschene’s tinybuddha.com, said exactly what I wanted to hear this morning.

Some folks assume that their expiration date is hopelessly close and begin to act like they’re in their final days – even though those final days might go on for years longer than expected.

Coasting Won’t Get Us There

Success is a peak experience. Nobody just drifts up a mountain

Behind every person who makes a success of something, you’ll find a long, rugged trail of effort and persistence. Somehow the world knows. It can tell who’s paid their dues and who’s just coasted along, putting in the time but not the blood, sweat and grit.

Of course, we sometimes see an exception, a person who rides in on a connection, a coat-tail or a coincidence. But if they didn’t really earn it, their flash across the sky is brief and soon forgotten. Call them what you wish, one-hit-wonders, one-movie duds, or one-sale-burnouts, they don’t know what they did, so it’s a non-repeatable thing.

The Deaf Shall Surely Sing Again

 

Ever feel like things just keep going wrong for you? Is life crapping on you yet again? Maybe it’s even taken away the one thing in the world that you wanted most.

Well, before you give up and throw in the towel, I’d like you to take a couple of minutes and watch the video below.

Ten years ago, Mandy Harvey, while still in her teens and studying to be a singer, lost 100% of her hearing. Then,

Tyson’s Secret

Hypnosis - the secret of Tyson's fierceness

Now retired, former boxer Mike Tyson was professionally hypnotised before his fights to ensure he was as ferocious as possible in the ring.

Tyson won his first 19 fights by knockout after becoming a professional boxer at the age of 18. In the process, he developed a reputation as a particularly vicious and aggressive fighter, who would quickly bear down on opponents at the first bell.

Putting in Stars

Dreaming of Success

Maybe you want more… Tony did. Little Tony was born “in the wrong neighborhood” to relatively poor, working class parents who couldn’t afford to send him to college.

But even as a child, little Tony ached and yearned to amount to something, to be really big in the world. His grades weren’t all that special, but he had one burning desire. He wanted to be a big success.

What It REALLY Takes to Succeed

Eight Traits You Can Develop

Are you really going to accomplish the next thing you decide to do?

Now, I don’t know what your “next thing” — your next goal — might be. It could be a business goal, or a family objective. It may be connected with inner growth, or with your physical health.

But whatever it is, whatever you promise yourself that you’ll do, are you actually going to follow through? Will you keep on till you reach completion?

How to Become a Ten

High Achievers Do it Differently

Pick any office. Go in, watch the workers for a while, and track how much gets done by each individual.

A few will never seem to get around to anything, unless forced to. Most of the employees will do what’s placed in front of them, and not much more. But a select few will quickly get their job done, do it superbly, then jump to do more. They’re the self starters.

Agenda Item 3: Save the World

Giant-Size Bites

Denny was always choking himself at our school lunch table. You’ve heard of biting off more than you can chew? Not Denny. I never saw him chew.

He’d bite off more than he could swallow. At least twice a day he’d shovel in too much and we’d see him stop, his eyes watering, while he strained to get it all down. In the four years I knew him, Denny never learned to take smaller bites.

Will a Name Stop You?

How Small Is Your Sticking Point?

It was a simple question on a business forum run by a large U.S. bank:

“I am planning an ecommerce website to retail paintball products. I’m looking for a [domain] name, but the one I came up with is already registered. So I’m stuck, which puts me back at the start. I want a memorable but short name, that also gets across the business I’m in. It should be an experiential name as well as a functional/descriptive one.”

Motivation Is Caring What Happens

Too Cool to Care

We were standing around, heads hanging, listening to the boss berate us for letting quality slide.

In my early twenties, I worked for a few years in a custom color photo lab where we developed film and made prints for professional photographers. When they shot product setups, weddings or formal portraits, they brought us the film for extra careful processing. And we had a good reputation, but lately we hadn’t been living up to our name.

Comfort Zone Discomfort

If This Is My Comfort Zone, Why’m I So Uncomfortable?

I’m going to stick up my hand and ask a dumb question here: Why does everybody call it a “comfort zone”?

We’re always hearing psychologists, psychiatrists, ministers, teachers, inspirational writers and speakers talking about comfort zones. We’re too comfortable, they say. If we want to make progress, they say, we’ve got to be willing to move out of our comfort zone.

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