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Change Your Life With This “Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge”

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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.

Rocky boxing drago

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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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. AllyMax Pads

    Nov 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Yes! Let’s do this! I’m so game. I’ll be sending my list via email!

  2. Vishal Pawar

    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Wow…. Awesome i need some help for daily motivation.

  3. Shaik Nasir Ahamd

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    damn freaking awesome post…………

  4. kiki

    Jun 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    I will be doing this

  5. All press (@Joey8830)

    Jun 19, 2014 at 12:57 am

    list? up to you I guess just looking at your self in the mirror with a conscious MIND not how good you look but with a conscious MIND and Questions. is a good motivator EGO is a good play only under control tho. boost your self esteem and confidence against the world Failure is the learning Degree of life till you 6 Feet down.

  6. Rick Garlick

    Jun 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I believe that since man realized that anything takes some “motivation” true motivators have been telling people to make a list and keep it with you. So, this is simple a twist on an old, but proven system. That said, I am glad you brought it back to life, but like so many other common sense things, we tend to forget the obvious and need to be reminded of what to do to make sh** happen.
    I like the motivator of “Because you want this.” I’ll use this as well, but I will most likely add something like “…and you know that sitting around and doing nothing will not get you there; no one is going to hand this to you.”

  7. Qamar Pasha

    May 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Great Man….to help others to achieve their goals also shows your greatnes towards mankind. I really appreciate your article and i am going to start ”Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge” today itself.

  8. thembi

    May 26, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Great motivation keep up the good work, setting an example to my family that I may be born poor but I am rich in mind.

  9. talya2312

    May 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This was a great article. But what about becoming the woman you want to become?

    • Quentin Sharone Carson

      Jun 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Hey, here’s a few my sister, 1. I am more than 2. I rule with intelligence not by pain 3. The best is around the corner, 4. I was born to be successful 5. Wealth is in my DNA not poverty 6. I am the CEO/Founder of my life, 7. The world needs me, I am important, I am valuable!!! Say these to yourself for 40 days before leaving the house, and watch the results!!! Blessing and increase to you!
      Quentin Sharone Carson

  10. Chris Schenk

    May 25, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Let’s do it!! Watch out world here we come!!

  11. Dan Western

    May 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Absolutely love this attitude towards life! Great post Jared. Keep up the good motivation.

  12. Pure savage Marketing

    May 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    This is one of the greatest blog ive seen very.consistent very valuable I hope the peoplr that needs it F#!%NG see it cuz its priceless great job buddy

  13. Sheila Makena

    May 22, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Wow!!!! brilliant article! I am writing my mirror list right now and putting it up!! And I will be adding a few of your points as well!!

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How many times have we wished to be in the shoes of a billionaire? People often daydream of having a ten digit bank account, and what they’d be doing with it. In an instant, we’d picture luxury yachts, extravagant sports cars, the finest wine and jewellery, and a whole lot of things which are difficult to pronounce. It is truly difficult to separate wealth and luxury. (more…)

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The Guide to Staying Motivated While Working Alone

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Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.

When you start working for yourself, you quickly realise that one of the biggest problems you face isn’t the job itself. Maintaining your motivation poses a potentially huge difficulty. Much of that difficulty stems from working alone, rather than in a traditional office setting. There is also the challenge of staying focused on the task at hand. With no boss or supervisor looking over your shoulder, social media can distract or cat videos interrupt you.

But the greatest problem by far is a simple lack of motivation. There doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to finish this project right now, making it far too easy to put it off until later. Left unchecked, a lack of motivation can cripple the work you are trying to accomplish. Over the past few years I’ve developed a few go-to tactics to improve my lone working motivation.

Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.

These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.

1. Include short breaks

My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.

2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking

Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.

3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule

A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!

These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!

1. Music

This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!

2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery

When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.

3. Love what you do

This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.

These last few tips are Industry-related!

1. Make sure you have fun projects

Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.

2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year

Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.

3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry

View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.

These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!

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7 Ways Yoga Effectively Motivates You to Achieve Success

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Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.

Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.

Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.

I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.

Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.

Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:

1. It Solves Your Problem

When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.

2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress

Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety. 

Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale

3. Increase Your Focus

Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate. 

Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing,  and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.

4. It Helps in Redefining Success

Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential. 

If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.

5. It Boosts Your Health

Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically  affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments. 

Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.

“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present

Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations. 

Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.

7. Stay Aware and Positive

A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally,  it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self. 

Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.

To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.

Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!

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