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10 Ways to Super Charge Your Motivation in 10 Minutes

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You want to make waves don’t you?

Become a CEO; build a super-successful startup; write a bestseller.

But do you ever have those moments? When you doubt whether you will achieve your goals? When you wonder if it’s worth it? All your hard work, all the sacrifices you are making?

You are in good company!

Every successful entrepreneur I have known have their moments of self-doubt.

But you know what the same people do really well?

They have ways to quickly get back in the game. They shake off their self-doubt and plunge right back into the fight. Because they know that the only thing that really stands between them and their goals are their limiting beliefs. And if they want to reach the stars, they can’t waste a single minute of their time.

What if you could do the same? What if you could quickly banish your moments of self-doubt and return to your quest with renewed motivation?

 

Here are 10 ways to supercharge your motivation in just 10 minutes…

 

1. Put Jobs on the job

Watching a Steve Jobs interview is every bit as energizing as a rock concert. It makes many of us want to put our own ‘dent in the universe’.

Who are the titans that inspire you? Mark Cuban? Jack Welch? Keep a few of their interview videos or podcasts in your phone. 10 minutes of listening to their words is all you need to get back in the game.

 

2. Get Physical

Our bodies have an astonishing influence on our mood. Doing a few pushups or a quick round of shadow boxing will give you a rush of adrenaline and set your heart racing.

And no, you don’t need training in boxing to throw a few punches! You just need to invoke your motivation to fight. Bring out the warrior in you and clash with your challenges head on.

 

3. Power Song

Do you have a song that can magically lift your mood? A ‘power song’ that you just have to shake your body to? Think ‘Rocky’ or ‘Superman’ soundtracks or anything else that gets you moving.

Keep a playlist of power songs on your phone that you can switch on anytime.

 

4. Borrow some Energy

Motivation is contagious. Just pick up the phone and call a friend or colleague who’s doing really well.
10 minutes of hearing about their success stories is all that it will take for you to hang up and get back to work!

If they can do it, why can’t you?

 

5. Write down your BHAGs

You might have SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound), but do you have BHAGs? (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals).

Your BHAGs should stretch the limits of your potential. They are long term goals that challenge you to think way outside your comfort zone. Write your BHAGS in large letters and place the sheet where you can see it multiple times during the day.

 

you only live once motivation quote

 

6. Get a Quick Win

When the odds look overwhelming, get a quick win. Do a quick task from your to-do list, perhaps a task that you had kept on the backburner.

How does this work? By giving you a feeling of progress. If you are feeling stuck, a small feeling of momentum is often all that you might need to recharge your motivational batteries.

 

7. Rewind and Flashback

Are you ignoring your past successes? Haven’t you cracked some really tough challenges in the past?

Think about your past successes and give yourself a part on the back. You can simply visualize them or you can write them down. It might be a great idea to keep a list of achievements and milestones in your computer that you can look at occasionally.

 

8. Make a Movie

Why are you doing all this? What are the rewards along your journey?

Take 10 minutes to close your eyes and visualize the rewards that lie ahead. Play a mental movie visualizing yourself in the future, reaping the rewards of your adventures. The more specific details your mental movie has, the more motivated you will feel.

 

9. Visit the Idea Factory

When you feel stuck, a great way to feel motivated is to churn out new ideas. These ideas can pertain to the current problem that you are facing, or they can be about your business strategy as a whole. Just keep writing down as many ideas as you can in 10 minutes.

The point of this exercise is not to arrive at a groundbreaking solution. Rather, it’s to energize you and make you remember the fact that there are a million possibilities out there. Just remember that you will figure out a way to achieve your goals, no matter what!

 

10. Use your X-Ray Vision

This is probably the least ‘flashy’ method but this works miracles for me.

Just take a look around you right now…do you see a successful business?
A pen, a table, a phone, a computer, a building. Each of those things is made by a company which at one point of time started really small! A company which is now running successfully and is growing.

In fact, wherever you look, you will see signs of success. Often by people who may be far less intelligent and started with far fewer resources than you have.

Ask yourself a simple question: If they are succeeding, why can’t you?

 

whats stopping you motivation quote

 

Keep Moving Forward

Most people will not believe in you and your dreams, and that’s ok. It’s also ok if you doubt yourself from time to time.

But, what is not ok, is if you don’t push ahead even during those moments of self-doubt. That’s what distinguishes the successful from the average…they keep moving forward no matter what.

 

Which of these methods will you use to get a quick burst of motivation? What other methods can you think of?

Peter Banerjea is co-founder of SuccessIsWhat, a success coaching firm that helps people achieve their goals faster, by becoming productivity ninjas and building life changing habits. Get his latest free e-book "Productivity Secrets of 7 Billionaires You can put into Action Right Now" here.

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  1. Cathy Goodwin

    Jul 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I like #3 and #6. I put on the earphones, turn up the speakers and listen to my fave music – which usually is classical country for some reason. Also crossing off even a small “to do list” item is a great energizer. Like the commenter above, I find that doing something 5 days a week – even a small step – adds up to a BHAG.

    If you don’t have an energetic friend who takes calls, you can listen to a webinar or teleseminar recording. People giving a training session are usually jazzed and the style of a free call is designed to get listeners into action!

    • Peter

      Jul 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Great point Cathy! Listening to webinars or podcasts is a great way to give ourselves an energy boost! Addicted2Success has quite a few cool podcasts that I have loved!

  2. mahdi

    Feb 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    great ideas ! what i do, is remind meself of the hard time in the past en than remind meself that those times are over and that i am not there anymore. Helps me to stay focus on the positive things that are happening now!

    • Peter Banerjea

      Jul 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Hi Cathy,
      I can see how that can work wonders! If we have overcome obstacles in the past, why can’t we do it again! We should all try to derive more inspiration from within!
      Thanks for sharing,
      Peter

  3. Lidiya K

    Jan 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Great post. All of these work.
    I’ll add one more that is similar to the first item.

    Sometimes while checking new blogs of inspiring people I haven’t heard of before, I find a post that is written with such passion, tells such a great story and is so powerful that I need to get up and do something about my goals immediately.

    These posts are a rare thing these days with all the bad content that’s out there, and they are usually longer, but they really touch the reader with the brutal honesty, emotions and experience inside them.
    They make us believe we’re powerful, can achieve whatever the writer achieved, and boost our confidence and motivation to such an extent that we take a step, even if it’s a small one, towards our dream.

    And that’s just another sign that we already possess all we need to move forward and reach our goals. We just need someone to remind us of it every now and then.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Best wishes,
    Lidiya

    • Peter

      Jan 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Hey Lidiya,
      That’s a great point that you have put forward. Yes, reading a powerful post can boost our confidence and give us that critical push. I also like what you say about a small step. I truly believe that it’s those small consistent steps that matter on the road to success.
      Wishing you an exciting journey ahead!
      Peter

  4. Jessica

    Jan 12, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Good stuff!!! I find this to be a go to everyday!

  5. Kathy

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Can’t say enough about #6 – Get a Quick Win. As a writer, sometimes that “quick win” is the very first line of my rough draft or a concluding paragraph that sings.

    Kathy

    • Peter

      Jan 8, 2015 at 2:47 am

      You are right! It’s a great way to stop procrastinating and just kick off the process. Once you begin, you have the momentum to take you further.

  6. Anthony Metivier

    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    “God Gave Rock and Roll To You” by Kiss is on my player almost every morning. And worth quoting in the context of your great article:

    If you wanna be a singer, or play guitar
    Man, you gotta sweat or you won’t get far
    Cause it’s never too late to work nine-to-five
    You can take a stand, or you can compromise
    You can work real hard or just fantasize
    But you don’t start livin’ till you realize …

    God gave rock and roll to you

    • Peter

      Jan 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Hey Anthony!
      These are great lyrics. Very apt indeed! Thanks for sharing.
      Peter

  7. Trish

    Jan 6, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Great article, great ideas. I love #6, get a quick win. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but it’s true, getting just one thing done really recharges the batteries! I’ll keep the other ideas in mind too now. Thanks!

    • Peter

      Jan 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Trish! All the best trying out these quick methods.
      Peter

  8. Steve Reed

    Jan 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Great article Peter and Joel.

    I’ve struggled with motivation for years, not the initial motivation to get started, I’m an obsessive researcher etc, but the motivation to keep going, to get over the hump to where the successful folks hang out 🙂

    I love the BHAG idea, I’ve never been one for keeping my aspirations in check, dreaming big is, or should be part of being a human being in this incredible world we live in.

    What I love about the ideas you discuss, is that they are small steps, things that you can program into your life each day, as part of a routine or ritual. The long term goal is irrelevant on a day to day basis IMHO. As long is you are taking appropriate pitter-patter steps towards it, that should be your focus.

    As an example, I write books for Amazon kindle. Generally 20-30K words. I like the idea of writing one every 6 weeks or so, but it seemed so overwhelming.

    Now, I have a 100% success rate in writing 5 days per week. All it requires is that I put my laptop in a bag, put it in my car, and drive out the gate. When that is done, the ball is rolling and I end up in a coffee shop writing. I small step each day leads to a book in a month.

    I’ve found that brainstorming ideas as you mentioned is an excellent way of keeping the brain working and finding some creativity. The ideas are often poor, most will be discarded, but the very process of writing them out it very powerful.

    Loved the article, got some nice snippets to use in my life, so thanks.

    -Steve

    • Peter

      Jan 6, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Hey Steve,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yes, we usually don’t pay too much attention to our everyday small steps. However, small steps are what build consistency. We all need quick bursts of motivation to keep us going the extra mile – every single day.
      Peter

  9. Jayati Ghose

    Jan 5, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Hey Peter, feeling supercharged after reading the post. Loved the ‘use your x-ray vision’ method, it sure comes handy. Playing my own power song right now!

    • Peter

      Jan 6, 2015 at 2:48 am

      The ‘vision’ method is my favorite! Works every time.

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Your Fears Suck And That’s Why You Must Rinse And Repeat.

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Waking up at 6 am today to go and have a blood test is my worst nightmare.

I’m so damn fearful of needles and it makes me feel sick.

When my doctor said it was time to have a blood test and 10X my energy, I was pumped and crippled with fear at the same time.

 

This sucks big time.

Every time I have a blood test, there’s this big build-up of fear, tension, sickness and everything else that sucks.

I rolled up at the pathology center to try and have my blood test before everyone else. I always walk in like I’m MacGyver until my name is called. Then as I walk to the room where the nurse is, all the confidence, body language and self-talk turns to crap.

The nurse looks at me strangely. I haven’t had this one before. She’s thinking “Geez this guy looks like he’s about to crap his pants, or vomit, or maybe both.”

Why am I so fearful with these routine tests? Probably because I had a few strange experiences when I was a kid and the adult in me still hasn’t forgotten that innocent kid with blue eyes, white blonde hair and the change the world attitude he’s always had.

Back to my story. So, the nurse begins taking my blood and it takes time as she needs to fill up two tubes. It felt like an eternity although the pain was pretty minor – yay!

We get to the end of the test and I’m celebrating like a drunk who’s just woken up and realized he’d won $10k at the casino the night before.

Then the nurse is like “Houston we have a problem.”

My face turns white. “What’s the problem?”

The nurse says “We can only do these tests between Monday to Thursday. Any other day is prohibited. That’s what head office says.”

I’m thinking to myself lots of nasty thoughts like “Well you tell head office to go F themselves!”

I speak with my doctor and he confirms that this is correct. Basically, I have to go through this fearful experiment all over again in a few days’ time.

 

Rinse and repeat.

I go back to the pathology center a few days later and have the test again. It’s a pain in the backside but it must be done. Here’s what’s awesome: I’ve never done multiple blood tests in a short space of time. Doing the test again made this horrible feeling so much easier.

I walked in, did my thing, and walked out. I remembered how to breathe. I remembered how to relax. And I knew what had to be done.

“Facing the same fear multiple times within a few days began to crush all my negative energy”

 

Fears won’t suck as much after a bit of practice.

This fear of blood tests has now changed. It’s still a bit challenging but nowhere near as bad.

My mind has gotten used to what has to happen because practice has made the situation almost perfect.

We all have fears and overcoming them is about embracing the suck, giving it a go and then repeating the process.

Each time you face a fear like blood tests, it gets a little bit easier each time. Sometimes the gains are enormous and other times the gains are small. None the less, facing your fears creates some momentum towards conquering your fear.

Challenging your fears is how you get up close and personal with them. All it takes is a bit of courage and one question: What’s the worst that can happen?

For me, my arm could have fallen off, she could have caused me great pain or I could have passed out. None of these things will see me end up in the cemetery.

 

The feeling of overcoming fear.

Having significantly lessened my fear of blood tests has given me confidence. If I could conquer this massive mountain of internal pain, what else could I do that makes me fearful?

A better question would be, what fear is holding you back that you could practice getting better at?

We all have fears and we can all look them in the face, respect them for what they are, and then have a go at overcoming them.

The feeling of overcoming fear is so good. It gives you strength and resilience to fight the tougher fights. Doing the things that are uncomfortable is how you build a level of comfort that can put you at the top of your field.

We all have fears and those of us who practice overcoming our fears are the ones who get to taste a feeling of success like no other.

Your fears suck but you can overcome them with practice just like I did.

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Embrace The Suck.

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Embrace the Suck

I suck at spreadsheets.
I suck at maths because numbers do my head in.
I suck at attending meetings because I just want action.

You will suck at your first blog post.
You will suck at your first startup, and the one after that, and so on.
You will suck at giving your first speech.

We all suck 24/7.

None of us are 100% motivated all the time.
None of us get anything right the first time – unless it’s a fluke.

We all have nightmares of our failures.
We all secretly want to be perfect – even me.

 

It’s time to embrace the suck.

A lot about life F*cking sucks hard.

My #EmbraceTheSuck story (thanks Sina Fak for the idea) was failing at high school and dropping out. After a break, I went back and finished high school, and the only subjects I excelled at were music and English.

Even though the headmaster told me I’d always be a no good, punk a$$, drop out, I proved him wrong.

I used my expertise in English to become a blogger and that’s why I’m writing these words to you right now.

I failed in the short-term, but by persevering at school, it eventually led me to right now. I could have done nothing and become a bum. I could have listened to my headmaster and agreed with him.

I knew that I was destined to do something big and I believe the movement I’m creating right now is part of my crazy goal to change the world.

All of us can succeed when we embrace the suck and persevere.

“We can listen to our critics or we can lift the middle finger at them and keep going”

Making it through the suck made me smarter, more courageous and it helped me build a newfound resilience.

 

How do we embrace the suck?

1. Be prepared to fail.
2. Look like an idiot.
3. Be willing to start at the bottom
4. Persevere
5. Challenge the critics

When everything sucks, get back up.
Have a second go even if there’s no reason too.
Back yourself and believe you can push through the suck.

 

Embrace the suck is a call to action.

It’s about being prepared to eat sh*t because the upside makes it worth it. It’s about doing what so many are not prepared to do because you believe in yourself.

It’s about taking action and executing instead of being a daydreamer and being stuck in a foreplay of ideas, dreams, goals that never happen.

Starting at the bottom and sucking harder is how you get to the top.

Once you arrive at the top, make sure you help other people who are embracing the suck.

Let’s all commit to doing more things that suck and being okay with it. Let’s challenge each other to be courageous.

If I can go from being a high school dropout to making something of myself, then why the heck can’t you?

Embrace the suck because that’s what the people you idolize and anyone you’ve ever looked up to did.

Embracing the suck is part of life.

“Hello, adversity. Come at me!”

 

One day you’ll look back on all the sucky moments and be proud.

That’s the cherry on top of the cake right there.

That is all the motivation you need to embrace the suck.

 

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Keep Going – Never Give Up. Good People Are Always Rewarded.

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Last week there was some real lows. This week there have been some major highs.

At one point, it looked like my career was down the toilet. Everything I worked for looked like it was done.

The reality is that when you hit a low point, there’s always an upside. The point where you want to give up is just the beginning of something new and amazing. When you hit that low, it’s so easy to want to give up.

You feel like you can’t go on and the odds are stacked against you.

Everything and everyone feel like they are working against your vision for your life. Most of all, you don’t know why you’ve suddenly hit this giant low point that feels like it’s going to last forever.

Your motivation is non-existent; you get out of bed and feel like crap; you’re not sure what today will mean – or the next for that matter.

All of this is fine. No, I’m not giving you some empty promise or meaningless reason to go on. What I’m telling you is that you must keep going. Even though you feel like you can’t, you must!

“All of these low points mean something. All of these low points turn into one giant moment of triumph if you keep stacking them up like shot glasses after a big night”

 

Good people are rewarded.

As long as you do your absolute best to be a good person, eventually your life will change.

All those small things you did for people will be remembered.
Someone will give you a chance and believe in you.
An opportunity will come from nowhere that you never expected.

Rewards always come for those who have earned it. How do you earn those rewards? By being a kind, humble and good person that serves the greater good. Let’s dumb it down further. You get the rewards by:

1. Helping people who have nothing
2. Smiling at as many people as you can
3. Answering messages on social media and helping people without getting anything in return
4. Staying positive through books and blogs like this
5. Waiting out the winter cold for summer to come into your life again

This list of five things is how you remain a good person through the chaos that we all experience. Many people say “That sounds easy Tim, but it’s harder than you think.”

That’s why I’ve made it practical with these five points.

 

How my luck changed this week.

I followed this formula I’ve laid out, and this week my luck changed. All of a sudden, I got multiple opportunities to do work that I love and get paid well for it so that I can focus on my blogging.

The messages I got with these opportunities all started with something like this:

“Thank you for sharing your story and having the guts to do so. You’ve inspired me and I appreciate it. I’d love to chat to you about opportunity X. Are you free for a few minutes?”

Then I got two more emails from television networks wanting me to spread some inspiration on their respective shows.

Your luck will change and opportunities will be presented to you if you keep going, never give up and continue being a good person.

It’s a long road towards getting up close and personal with your most important goal but if you stay the path, stay focused and be the person that makes you proud, it will happen.

 

Keep going.

So, if you’ve ever felt like I felt when my career went down the toilet last week, or you’re feeling that way right now, you must keep going.

I believe you can get what you seek if you remain focused and don’t let the negative emotions in your head take over. I know it’s tough but that’s no excuse. If you want your goals bad enough, then you’ll keep motivated to push through the rejection and failure.

Use selflessness to change your perspective. Look at yourself in the third person. See who you are now and who you can be. All of us can be leaders and when we look at ourselves without our self-talk and ego’s in the way, we can see who we really are.

Dare to dream a little. Don’t be afraid to think big. If you have crazy, audacious goals, then that’s even better.

Don’t be talked out of your mission.
Let your passion rip through the barriers that stand in your way.

Never give up. Keep going.

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We All Have It Tough – It’s What You Do With The Struggle.

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Lots of my people who read my stuff email me with their struggles. They’re hoping that I will be blown away by how hard they’ve had it. They think it’s some sort of competition to see who has the most battle scars.

By reading so many of these emails of struggle over the last few years, I realized something: we all have it tough. All of us struggle – even me.

– Right now, I have 14 days left until I’ll be out of a job.
– I’ve got some very challenging personal issues to deal with.
– My investments need a major rework and I’m completely lost.

I’ve been offered an opportunity to do public speaking to a large audience and am scared of whether I should say yes. Do I have what it takes? Will I mess it up?

We all have it tough.

What I’ve learned is it’s what you do with the struggle that will define your future.

 

Are you going to sit there and take it?

That’s right I’m asking you right now. What are you going to do with the struggles?

There are only two options:

1. Toughen up and use the struggles as motivation
2. Be a piss weak, sook, and give up.

Your struggles can take you to a new level. When George Lucas tried to make Star Wars, it was a total F*ck up. Everything went wrong. There were natural disasters, lack of money and even the actors thought it was the worse film ever to be made.

Did the creator of the Jedi Knight give up?

Not a chance. He kept going and defied the odds. His reward? One of the most watched movies of all time and plenty of cash to go with it.

You may still be thinking option two is your only hope. Maybe you could be piss weak and just give up. Then you could sit on the couch, watch Netflix, drink wine and pretend that your struggles didn’t stop you from achieving your goals.

 

The good news is giving up works short-term. The bad news?

After the short-term gain of giving up, and getting to Netflix and chill, you’ll be really pissed off at yourself. You’ll have regret and feel even worse than before you began your journey of struggle. Not getting your goals and making next to no progress feels like crap.I spent several years doing this.

“Every night I would get home, watch a Hollywood movie, go to 7-Eleven for some sugar and send useless texts to the toxic people in my life”

These same people were going nowhere and telling me to give up.

Screw that. I did this for a while and felt so empty. Life had no meaning and I was making no impact. The sugar diet made me sick and I ended up becoming bedridden.

 

The struggle is the beginning.

Looking back, without the struggle, I would have never got off my lazy ass and actually taken action. When I say “It’s what you do with the struggle,” what I mean is this:

Having it tough and struggling – like trying to walk up a hill while there’s a mudslide happening at the exact same time – is a big fat signal that you’re onto something.

The motivation and momentum you need to get started is right there in front of your blue eyes.

“You can’t get started on some mammoth task to change your life unless you get pissed off and do it tough”

If you were doing it easy, there’d be no urgent reason to take action.

When you’re like me and you are about to be unemployed, have lots of tough decisions to make and are unsatisfied with your career progression to date, you have to embrace your circumstances.

Now, this sounds like a lot of big words that you’d read in some 2000-page self-help book that repeats the same ideas over and over.

I’m going to dumb it right down:

The struggle is a sign to get started. When you struggle, things can’t really get much worse. What you’re left with is nothing but upside.

 

What action do we take then when we’re struggling?

Let’s use my situation as an example. Here are the action steps I’m using and implementing this week:

1. Accept where you are right now
– This will give you a reality check.

2. Meditate to relax your busy brain
– Stress will force you to make dumb decisions.

3. Get really uncomfortable
– I said yes to a new business venture that involves a lot of public speaking.

4. Resist the temptation to be pissed off
– Getting angry is only going to make things worse. Reserve your energy.

5. Write three things a day you’re grateful for
– This will force you to find the positive.

6. Delete whingers, sooks, liars and complainers from your contact list
– You’ve got enough issues; it’s hard enough to be positive without having toxic people talk nonsense and distract you.

 

Final step: Chill out amigo.

Your world is not going to end tomorrow. You can always start again. You can always fall down and get straight back up. Don’t be so angry with yourself. We all struggle and you’re doing the best that you can. Focus your energy on building your confidence and supporting your growth mindset.

“My future looks like a nuclear apocalypse right now but I’ve learned through the struggles that I always come out the other side on top”

Being impatient and stressing will only bring on more problems for you. It’s not that bad. Things always turn around. This moment of struggle and how you handle it will define who you become.

All of us have unlimited potential and we’re all struggling every day.

Once you learn to accept the struggle, embrace it and see it as a seed to something better, you’ll be well on your way to becoming someone you’re proud of.

Wish me luck with the struggles coming in the next few weeks. We’re in this together don’t forget.

Peace, love, respect.

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  1. Cathy Goodwin

    Jul 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    I like #3 and #6. I put on the earphones, turn up the speakers and listen to my fave music – which usually is classical country for some reason. Also crossing off even a small “to do list” item is a great energizer. Like the commenter above, I find that doing something 5 days a week – even a small step – adds up to a BHAG.

    If you don’t have an energetic friend who takes calls, you can listen to a webinar or teleseminar recording. People giving a training session are usually jazzed and the style of a free call is designed to get listeners into action!

    • Peter

      Jul 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Great point Cathy! Listening to webinars or podcasts is a great way to give ourselves an energy boost! Addicted2Success has quite a few cool podcasts that I have loved!

  2. mahdi

    Feb 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    great ideas ! what i do, is remind meself of the hard time in the past en than remind meself that those times are over and that i am not there anymore. Helps me to stay focus on the positive things that are happening now!

    • Peter Banerjea

      Jul 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Hi Cathy,
      I can see how that can work wonders! If we have overcome obstacles in the past, why can’t we do it again! We should all try to derive more inspiration from within!
      Thanks for sharing,
      Peter

  3. Lidiya K

    Jan 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Great post. All of these work.
    I’ll add one more that is similar to the first item.

    Sometimes while checking new blogs of inspiring people I haven’t heard of before, I find a post that is written with such passion, tells such a great story and is so powerful that I need to get up and do something about my goals immediately.

    These posts are a rare thing these days with all the bad content that’s out there, and they are usually longer, but they really touch the reader with the brutal honesty, emotions and experience inside them.
    They make us believe we’re powerful, can achieve whatever the writer achieved, and boost our confidence and motivation to such an extent that we take a step, even if it’s a small one, towards our dream.

    And that’s just another sign that we already possess all we need to move forward and reach our goals. We just need someone to remind us of it every now and then.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Best wishes,
    Lidiya

    • Peter

      Jan 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Hey Lidiya,
      That’s a great point that you have put forward. Yes, reading a powerful post can boost our confidence and give us that critical push. I also like what you say about a small step. I truly believe that it’s those small consistent steps that matter on the road to success.
      Wishing you an exciting journey ahead!
      Peter

  4. Jessica

    Jan 12, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Good stuff!!! I find this to be a go to everyday!

  5. Kathy

    Jan 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Can’t say enough about #6 – Get a Quick Win. As a writer, sometimes that “quick win” is the very first line of my rough draft or a concluding paragraph that sings.

    Kathy

    • Peter

      Jan 8, 2015 at 2:47 am

      You are right! It’s a great way to stop procrastinating and just kick off the process. Once you begin, you have the momentum to take you further.

  6. Anthony Metivier

    Jan 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    “God Gave Rock and Roll To You” by Kiss is on my player almost every morning. And worth quoting in the context of your great article:

    If you wanna be a singer, or play guitar
    Man, you gotta sweat or you won’t get far
    Cause it’s never too late to work nine-to-five
    You can take a stand, or you can compromise
    You can work real hard or just fantasize
    But you don’t start livin’ till you realize …

    God gave rock and roll to you

    • Peter

      Jan 7, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Hey Anthony!
      These are great lyrics. Very apt indeed! Thanks for sharing.
      Peter

  7. Trish

    Jan 6, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Great article, great ideas. I love #6, get a quick win. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but it’s true, getting just one thing done really recharges the batteries! I’ll keep the other ideas in mind too now. Thanks!

    • Peter

      Jan 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks Trish! All the best trying out these quick methods.
      Peter

  8. Steve Reed

    Jan 5, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Great article Peter and Joel.

    I’ve struggled with motivation for years, not the initial motivation to get started, I’m an obsessive researcher etc, but the motivation to keep going, to get over the hump to where the successful folks hang out 🙂

    I love the BHAG idea, I’ve never been one for keeping my aspirations in check, dreaming big is, or should be part of being a human being in this incredible world we live in.

    What I love about the ideas you discuss, is that they are small steps, things that you can program into your life each day, as part of a routine or ritual. The long term goal is irrelevant on a day to day basis IMHO. As long is you are taking appropriate pitter-patter steps towards it, that should be your focus.

    As an example, I write books for Amazon kindle. Generally 20-30K words. I like the idea of writing one every 6 weeks or so, but it seemed so overwhelming.

    Now, I have a 100% success rate in writing 5 days per week. All it requires is that I put my laptop in a bag, put it in my car, and drive out the gate. When that is done, the ball is rolling and I end up in a coffee shop writing. I small step each day leads to a book in a month.

    I’ve found that brainstorming ideas as you mentioned is an excellent way of keeping the brain working and finding some creativity. The ideas are often poor, most will be discarded, but the very process of writing them out it very powerful.

    Loved the article, got some nice snippets to use in my life, so thanks.

    -Steve

    • Peter

      Jan 6, 2015 at 2:46 am

      Hey Steve,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yes, we usually don’t pay too much attention to our everyday small steps. However, small steps are what build consistency. We all need quick bursts of motivation to keep us going the extra mile – every single day.
      Peter

  9. Jayati Ghose

    Jan 5, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Hey Peter, feeling supercharged after reading the post. Loved the ‘use your x-ray vision’ method, it sure comes handy. Playing my own power song right now!

    • Peter

      Jan 6, 2015 at 2:48 am

      The ‘vision’ method is my favorite! Works every time.

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Your Fears Suck And That’s Why You Must Rinse And Repeat.

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Waking up at 6 am today to go and have a blood test is my worst nightmare.

I’m so damn fearful of needles and it makes me feel sick.

When my doctor said it was time to have a blood test and 10X my energy, I was pumped and crippled with fear at the same time.

 

This sucks big time.

Every time I have a blood test, there’s this big build-up of fear, tension, sickness and everything else that sucks.

I rolled up at the pathology center to try and have my blood test before everyone else. I always walk in like I’m MacGyver until my name is called. Then as I walk to the room where the nurse is, all the confidence, body language and self-talk turns to crap.

The nurse looks at me strangely. I haven’t had this one before. She’s thinking “Geez this guy looks like he’s about to crap his pants, or vomit, or maybe both.”

Why am I so fearful with these routine tests? Probably because I had a few strange experiences when I was a kid and the adult in me still hasn’t forgotten that innocent kid with blue eyes, white blonde hair and the change the world attitude he’s always had.

Back to my story. So, the nurse begins taking my blood and it takes time as she needs to fill up two tubes. It felt like an eternity although the pain was pretty minor – yay!

We get to the end of the test and I’m celebrating like a drunk who’s just woken up and realized he’d won $10k at the casino the night before.

Then the nurse is like “Houston we have a problem.”

My face turns white. “What’s the problem?”

The nurse says “We can only do these tests between Monday to Thursday. Any other day is prohibited. That’s what head office says.”

I’m thinking to myself lots of nasty thoughts like “Well you tell head office to go F themselves!”

I speak with my doctor and he confirms that this is correct. Basically, I have to go through this fearful experiment all over again in a few days’ time.

 

Rinse and repeat.

I go back to the pathology center a few days later and have the test again. It’s a pain in the backside but it must be done. Here’s what’s awesome: I’ve never done multiple blood tests in a short space of time. Doing the test again made this horrible feeling so much easier.

I walked in, did my thing, and walked out. I remembered how to breathe. I remembered how to relax. And I knew what had to be done.

“Facing the same fear multiple times within a few days began to crush all my negative energy”

 

Fears won’t suck as much after a bit of practice.

This fear of blood tests has now changed. It’s still a bit challenging but nowhere near as bad.

My mind has gotten used to what has to happen because practice has made the situation almost perfect.

We all have fears and overcoming them is about embracing the suck, giving it a go and then repeating the process.

Each time you face a fear like blood tests, it gets a little bit easier each time. Sometimes the gains are enormous and other times the gains are small. None the less, facing your fears creates some momentum towards conquering your fear.

Challenging your fears is how you get up close and personal with them. All it takes is a bit of courage and one question: What’s the worst that can happen?

For me, my arm could have fallen off, she could have caused me great pain or I could have passed out. None of these things will see me end up in the cemetery.

 

The feeling of overcoming fear.

Having significantly lessened my fear of blood tests has given me confidence. If I could conquer this massive mountain of internal pain, what else could I do that makes me fearful?

A better question would be, what fear is holding you back that you could practice getting better at?

We all have fears and we can all look them in the face, respect them for what they are, and then have a go at overcoming them.

The feeling of overcoming fear is so good. It gives you strength and resilience to fight the tougher fights. Doing the things that are uncomfortable is how you build a level of comfort that can put you at the top of your field.

We all have fears and those of us who practice overcoming our fears are the ones who get to taste a feeling of success like no other.

Your fears suck but you can overcome them with practice just like I did.

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Embrace The Suck.

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Embrace the Suck

I suck at spreadsheets.
I suck at maths because numbers do my head in.
I suck at attending meetings because I just want action.

You will suck at your first blog post.
You will suck at your first startup, and the one after that, and so on.
You will suck at giving your first speech.

We all suck 24/7.

None of us are 100% motivated all the time.
None of us get anything right the first time – unless it’s a fluke.

We all have nightmares of our failures.
We all secretly want to be perfect – even me.

 

It’s time to embrace the suck.

A lot about life F*cking sucks hard.

My #EmbraceTheSuck story (thanks Sina Fak for the idea) was failing at high school and dropping out. After a break, I went back and finished high school, and the only subjects I excelled at were music and English.

Even though the headmaster told me I’d always be a no good, punk a$$, drop out, I proved him wrong.

I used my expertise in English to become a blogger and that’s why I’m writing these words to you right now.

I failed in the short-term, but by persevering at school, it eventually led me to right now. I could have done nothing and become a bum. I could have listened to my headmaster and agreed with him.

I knew that I was destined to do something big and I believe the movement I’m creating right now is part of my crazy goal to change the world.

All of us can succeed when we embrace the suck and persevere.

“We can listen to our critics or we can lift the middle finger at them and keep going”

Making it through the suck made me smarter, more courageous and it helped me build a newfound resilience.

 

How do we embrace the suck?

1. Be prepared to fail.
2. Look like an idiot.
3. Be willing to start at the bottom
4. Persevere
5. Challenge the critics

When everything sucks, get back up.
Have a second go even if there’s no reason too.
Back yourself and believe you can push through the suck.

 

Embrace the suck is a call to action.

It’s about being prepared to eat sh*t because the upside makes it worth it. It’s about doing what so many are not prepared to do because you believe in yourself.

It’s about taking action and executing instead of being a daydreamer and being stuck in a foreplay of ideas, dreams, goals that never happen.

Starting at the bottom and sucking harder is how you get to the top.

Once you arrive at the top, make sure you help other people who are embracing the suck.

Let’s all commit to doing more things that suck and being okay with it. Let’s challenge each other to be courageous.

If I can go from being a high school dropout to making something of myself, then why the heck can’t you?

Embrace the suck because that’s what the people you idolize and anyone you’ve ever looked up to did.

Embracing the suck is part of life.

“Hello, adversity. Come at me!”

 

One day you’ll look back on all the sucky moments and be proud.

That’s the cherry on top of the cake right there.

That is all the motivation you need to embrace the suck.

 

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Keep Going – Never Give Up. Good People Are Always Rewarded.

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Last week there was some real lows. This week there have been some major highs.

At one point, it looked like my career was down the toilet. Everything I worked for looked like it was done.

The reality is that when you hit a low point, there’s always an upside. The point where you want to give up is just the beginning of something new and amazing. When you hit that low, it’s so easy to want to give up.

You feel like you can’t go on and the odds are stacked against you.

Everything and everyone feel like they are working against your vision for your life. Most of all, you don’t know why you’ve suddenly hit this giant low point that feels like it’s going to last forever.

Your motivation is non-existent; you get out of bed and feel like crap; you’re not sure what today will mean – or the next for that matter.

All of this is fine. No, I’m not giving you some empty promise or meaningless reason to go on. What I’m telling you is that you must keep going. Even though you feel like you can’t, you must!

“All of these low points mean something. All of these low points turn into one giant moment of triumph if you keep stacking them up like shot glasses after a big night”

 

Good people are rewarded.

As long as you do your absolute best to be a good person, eventually your life will change.

All those small things you did for people will be remembered.
Someone will give you a chance and believe in you.
An opportunity will come from nowhere that you never expected.

Rewards always come for those who have earned it. How do you earn those rewards? By being a kind, humble and good person that serves the greater good. Let’s dumb it down further. You get the rewards by:

1. Helping people who have nothing
2. Smiling at as many people as you can
3. Answering messages on social media and helping people without getting anything in return
4. Staying positive through books and blogs like this
5. Waiting out the winter cold for summer to come into your life again

This list of five things is how you remain a good person through the chaos that we all experience. Many people say “That sounds easy Tim, but it’s harder than you think.”

That’s why I’ve made it practical with these five points.

 

How my luck changed this week.

I followed this formula I’ve laid out, and this week my luck changed. All of a sudden, I got multiple opportunities to do work that I love and get paid well for it so that I can focus on my blogging.

The messages I got with these opportunities all started with something like this:

“Thank you for sharing your story and having the guts to do so. You’ve inspired me and I appreciate it. I’d love to chat to you about opportunity X. Are you free for a few minutes?”

Then I got two more emails from television networks wanting me to spread some inspiration on their respective shows.

Your luck will change and opportunities will be presented to you if you keep going, never give up and continue being a good person.

It’s a long road towards getting up close and personal with your most important goal but if you stay the path, stay focused and be the person that makes you proud, it will happen.

 

Keep going.

So, if you’ve ever felt like I felt when my career went down the toilet last week, or you’re feeling that way right now, you must keep going.

I believe you can get what you seek if you remain focused and don’t let the negative emotions in your head take over. I know it’s tough but that’s no excuse. If you want your goals bad enough, then you’ll keep motivated to push through the rejection and failure.

Use selflessness to change your perspective. Look at yourself in the third person. See who you are now and who you can be. All of us can be leaders and when we look at ourselves without our self-talk and ego’s in the way, we can see who we really are.

Dare to dream a little. Don’t be afraid to think big. If you have crazy, audacious goals, then that’s even better.

Don’t be talked out of your mission.
Let your passion rip through the barriers that stand in your way.

Never give up. Keep going.

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We All Have It Tough – It’s What You Do With The Struggle.

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Lots of my people who read my stuff email me with their struggles. They’re hoping that I will be blown away by how hard they’ve had it. They think it’s some sort of competition to see who has the most battle scars.

By reading so many of these emails of struggle over the last few years, I realized something: we all have it tough. All of us struggle – even me.

– Right now, I have 14 days left until I’ll be out of a job.
– I’ve got some very challenging personal issues to deal with.
– My investments need a major rework and I’m completely lost.

I’ve been offered an opportunity to do public speaking to a large audience and am scared of whether I should say yes. Do I have what it takes? Will I mess it up?

We all have it tough.

What I’ve learned is it’s what you do with the struggle that will define your future.

 

Are you going to sit there and take it?

That’s right I’m asking you right now. What are you going to do with the struggles?

There are only two options:

1. Toughen up and use the struggles as motivation
2. Be a piss weak, sook, and give up.

Your struggles can take you to a new level. When George Lucas tried to make Star Wars, it was a total F*ck up. Everything went wrong. There were natural disasters, lack of money and even the actors thought it was the worse film ever to be made.

Did the creator of the Jedi Knight give up?

Not a chance. He kept going and defied the odds. His reward? One of the most watched movies of all time and plenty of cash to go with it.

You may still be thinking option two is your only hope. Maybe you could be piss weak and just give up. Then you could sit on the couch, watch Netflix, drink wine and pretend that your struggles didn’t stop you from achieving your goals.

 

The good news is giving up works short-term. The bad news?

After the short-term gain of giving up, and getting to Netflix and chill, you’ll be really pissed off at yourself. You’ll have regret and feel even worse than before you began your journey of struggle. Not getting your goals and making next to no progress feels like crap.I spent several years doing this.

“Every night I would get home, watch a Hollywood movie, go to 7-Eleven for some sugar and send useless texts to the toxic people in my life”

These same people were going nowhere and telling me to give up.

Screw that. I did this for a while and felt so empty. Life had no meaning and I was making no impact. The sugar diet made me sick and I ended up becoming bedridden.

 

The struggle is the beginning.

Looking back, without the struggle, I would have never got off my lazy ass and actually taken action. When I say “It’s what you do with the struggle,” what I mean is this:

Having it tough and struggling – like trying to walk up a hill while there’s a mudslide happening at the exact same time – is a big fat signal that you’re onto something.

The motivation and momentum you need to get started is right there in front of your blue eyes.

“You can’t get started on some mammoth task to change your life unless you get pissed off and do it tough”

If you were doing it easy, there’d be no urgent reason to take action.

When you’re like me and you are about to be unemployed, have lots of tough decisions to make and are unsatisfied with your career progression to date, you have to embrace your circumstances.

Now, this sounds like a lot of big words that you’d read in some 2000-page self-help book that repeats the same ideas over and over.

I’m going to dumb it right down:

The struggle is a sign to get started. When you struggle, things can’t really get much worse. What you’re left with is nothing but upside.

 

What action do we take then when we’re struggling?

Let’s use my situation as an example. Here are the action steps I’m using and implementing this week:

1. Accept where you are right now
– This will give you a reality check.

2. Meditate to relax your busy brain
– Stress will force you to make dumb decisions.

3. Get really uncomfortable
– I said yes to a new business venture that involves a lot of public speaking.

4. Resist the temptation to be pissed off
– Getting angry is only going to make things worse. Reserve your energy.

5. Write three things a day you’re grateful for
– This will force you to find the positive.

6. Delete whingers, sooks, liars and complainers from your contact list
– You’ve got enough issues; it’s hard enough to be positive without having toxic people talk nonsense and distract you.

 

Final step: Chill out amigo.

Your world is not going to end tomorrow. You can always start again. You can always fall down and get straight back up. Don’t be so angry with yourself. We all struggle and you’re doing the best that you can. Focus your energy on building your confidence and supporting your growth mindset.

“My future looks like a nuclear apocalypse right now but I’ve learned through the struggles that I always come out the other side on top”

Being impatient and stressing will only bring on more problems for you. It’s not that bad. Things always turn around. This moment of struggle and how you handle it will define who you become.

All of us have unlimited potential and we’re all struggling every day.

Once you learn to accept the struggle, embrace it and see it as a seed to something better, you’ll be well on your way to becoming someone you’re proud of.

Wish me luck with the struggles coming in the next few weeks. We’re in this together don’t forget.

Peace, love, respect.

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