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If you are like me, then there is a reason you’re reading this blog: you’re “Addicted 2 Success”.

And, if you are like me, then you probably also have a laundry list of things that motivate you to chase after your goals on a daily basis. But, if you are like me, then you know that there are certain days when it seems hard to get out of bed early, work tirelessly throughout the day, or stay positive amidst the rollercoaster ride most ambitious people go through daily.

Only talented people worry about mediocrity however, so instead of putting ourselves down for the occasional lapse in motivational discipline, I want to present all of you with a challenge (and, after reading that, I hope at least half of you yelled, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!” at your computer screen). I call it the Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge.

If you’ve ever watched the Rocky movie series, you would agree that Rocky IV is probably the best movie in the entire series. The movie begins with Apollo Creed taking on Ivan Drago, the 6’5, 260 pound Russian lab-rat who punches so hard that he actually kills Apollo during the boxing match. To avenge his friend’s death, Rocky challenges Ivan Drago to a fight in Russia, and ends up winning in dramatic, Hollywood-esque fashion in the final round of the fight.

While Rocky is training to fight Ivan Drago, he posts a picture of Apollo on his mirror in the cold cabin buried deep in the mountainous Russian terrain where he stays. Why? Rocky realized that, in order to achieve his goals, he needed to be conscious of his motivations, and as he looked at himself in the mirror every morning, the things that pushed him to be successful would be there to stare back at him.

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So, I challenge you, right now, to grab a piece of paper and a pen and take the Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge with me.

Here’s how it works: find a quiet place and think about everything that motivates you to be successful. Then, list these things off in bulleted fashion until you have a comprehensive list of motivations in your life (and if you’re like me, you probably won’t be able to fit everything on one page, but just keep the important stuff and limit it to one page of potent statements). Finally, tape this declaration of motivations to your mirror, on your bedroom door, or somewhere else that you will see every single day.

You don’t have to copy my mirror motivations (and there are certain things that are personal to me that I’ve left off the following list), but here’s a look at what I’ve included on my list.

 

WAKE UP READY…

  • To become the man you want to become.
  • To work you’re a** off to create the life you want.
  • To inspire, empower, and unite others through your work.
  • To achieve your full potential and become successful.
  • To prove to certain programs, jobs, or places that they made a mistake of rejecting you.
  • To prove to people who doubt you that they are wrong.
  • Because you have family, friends, and acquaintances who want to see you succeed.
  • Because hundreds people have bought into your visions and you owe it to them to work you’re a** off.
  • Because countless people have opened doors for you to succeed, and you owe it to them to give it all you have.
  • Because you want this.

Today, you have an endless amount of things motivating you…

GO OUT AND MAKE S**T HAPPEN!!!

Everyone’s Morning Mirror Motivations may be different, but the important aspects of this challenge are that you take the time to think about everything that motivates you on a daily basis, write them down to make these ideas tangible, and place this list somewhere that will constantly remind you of these notions, such as your mirror.

 

Join me in the Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge, share your lists with me and others via the comments section, email (jared at 2billionunder20 dot com), and Twitter if you’d like, and don’t go another day without having your motivations staring you in the face when you think about sleeping in, taking a break, or doing anything else that will hold you back from your true potential.

Go out and make s**t happen!

Jared Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author who’s been named USA Today's "Most Connected Millennial" after spending years identifying and connecting hundreds of the world's smartest and most talented Millennials. His next book 3 Billion Under 30 is out now, and you can get 5 free stories from his new book atwww.3billionunder30.com. You can also say hi at jared@3billionunder30.com.

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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals

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Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.

What is Motivation?

The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.

Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).

Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.

However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals. 

How to Get Motivated

James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.

This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.

4 Ways to Make Starting Easier

1. Schedule it

One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it. 

When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.

An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”

2. Measure something

It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.

3. Extrinsic motivation

This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.

4. Make it public

Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

How to Stay Motivated Long Term

When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.

These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:

1. Stay in your goldilocks zone

The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.

For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging. 

The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.

2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals

Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within. 

For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.

3. Use “chunking”

Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.

Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.

For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.

4. Be flexible

We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.

5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion

Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.

This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.

Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.

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