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Why You Need Motivation EVERY Morning

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Wake up with motivation every-morning-why

It was happening to me again…

I just laid there. Still. Mind racing, but body stagnant. The battle had begun…

Should I wake up and work out/send emails/write a new article/do anything mildly productive, or should I surrender to just one more hour of sleep.

On most days, this wouldn’t be a battle. I am better than that.

But even the mightiest success chasers need new sources of motivation every once in a while.

You see, most of us are indeed crazed to succeed, and rarely need any external pushes to get ahead. We are intrinsically motivated beasts 99.99% of the time, but one day (or week, or month…don’t judge) there will come a time where you everything will seem gloom, the important goals you’ve set for yourself become less noticeable than an extra 15 minutes of quasi-sleep, and the rollercoaster hits its lowest valleys.

 

That’s why you need motivation every morning.

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WHY?!? Because you CAN create the life you want, but only if you work your a** off to create it.

WHY?!? Because you INSPIRE others through your work, words, and actions, so it’s your responsibility to be a good role model for those who look up to you.

WHY?!? Because certain jobs, people, and friends passed you over, and it’s on you to PROVE THEM WRONG.

WHY?!? Because your family, friends, and supporters WANT TO SEE YOU SUCCEED.

WHY?!? Because you are a LEADER, and because people DEPEND on you.

However, all that being said, I know some days are harder than others, and because there have been days (weeks, months…) that I’ve had this same problem, I want to give you some ways to get motivation EVERY morning.

 

Make it a habit, just like brushing your teeth and tying your shoelaces, to seek sources of motivation every single morning. Watch an inspirational Youtube video, listen to you favorite, potentially-Rocky-inspired song, or get a group of friends together for a daily, 5 minute “pep” conference call.

Meditate and think of all the things in life you are grateful for.

Listen to your favorite self-help audio book or podcast during your commute to the office (I recommend The Law of Success
and Three Feet from Gold as great audio books, and The James Altucher ShowThe Tim Ferriss Show, and EntrepreneurOnFire as awesome podcasts).

Go for a run, or do some pushups, or try some yoga. Something. Get active. It’s amazing how much happier and clear-headed you will start each of your days.

Remember each morning why you do what you do, and who you do it for. Which people have given you opportunities in life? Which people said you couldn’t chase your dreams? Are you supporting your parents, children, friends, family? Why did you get started in “the biz” in the first place? Remember that, and get motivated every morning.

Seeking motivation every morning has helped me have days where I can speak to Ivy Leaguers, appear in a nationally broadcasted commercial, and save babies, all in one day. Those are truly epic days, and every day can and will be just as epic for you if you make it ritual to start every morning motivated! It’s the only way I can work on projects like 2 Billion Under 20 and The Gap Year Experiment and, quite frankly, your work too should serve as a source of motivation every morning as mine does (or you need a new job!!!).

 

Don’t leave it up to yourself. Don’t leave it to “inspiration” or chance. Make motivating yourself a daily practice. You NEED motivation EVERY morning, and with that one habit, anything else will be possible.

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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11 Comments

  1. Tony

    May 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Thank you so much and it’s really an inspiring article that has been shared.Looking forward for more of this.

  2. Ram

    Apr 26, 2018 at 4:54 am

    Morning routine has personally worked wonders in my own case. Visualization and Affirmation are two important morning routines in my life. Within just about a month of practicing it diligently, I can already see great deal of improvement.

  3. Khayelihle

    Sep 12, 2015 at 3:55 am

    wonderful message!. we our own breathrough and break down keys….

  4. lynne

    Dec 4, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Hi… True indeed, to jump start our day , motivation is the answer… Motivation combined with action goes a long way, it keeps us energized, positive and focus. This article is a very good reminder for all of us. Stay motivated ! Thanks for sharing. Great post !

  5. Ad

    Oct 13, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Liked your article. I would say as much as it is important to have a motivated morning, I found beiong motivated before sleeping also very helpful to increase my mental strength and wake up in the same positivity.

  6. CC

    Oct 1, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Jared,

    I’m a long-time reader of addicted2success, but this is the first time I am taking the time to leave a comment! I really liked this article. It struck a chord with me. It felt alive and kicking! Very bold. I like it.

    Tomorrow morning, I’m spending 5 to 10 full minutes dedicated to getting motivated and inspired. What a great idea!

    Thanks for the book recommendations! Didn’t know either of them, though I do know the author Napoleon Hill from reading his Think and Grow Rich book.

    Cheers and keep up the good work!

    CC

    • jaredkleinert

      Oct 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Hey CC! How’d it go?? This is an excellent idea of yours (and one I STILL need to do for myself each day). Perhaps a good hack for both of us would be to put together a “wake-up” mastermind group.

      Here’s what I’m thinking…Find 1-3 friends of yours in your same time zone, and schedule a conference call for 5-10 minutes after you are supposed to be up. So, if you are supposed to arise at 5:30 am, have the group schedule a daily conference call for 5:40. The goal of the call would be super short….share thoughts of motivation in the morning AND serve as an accountability guide for waking up on time. If you are late to the conference call, you have to do push-ups or something similar, and you will be heckled by 1-3 people blowing up your phone and waking you up!!!

      Actually, I’m going to start organizing this for myself…. 🙂

      • CC

        Oct 12, 2014 at 11:44 pm

        Hey Jared,

        Thanks for the great feedback! I’ll certainly try the morning conference call. What a motivator to wake up!

        Also, I have created a “DailyMotivation” bookmark folder in my Google Chrome bookmark bar.

        It’s always a click away, which reduces the barriers and friction before doing it.

        PS: I tried spending 5 to 10 minutes each day dedicated to motivation and it’s been nothing short of awesome! Also, having excellent nights of sleep greatly enhances everything else, motivation included.

        Last but not least, momentum and motivation are tightly coupled! Don’t miss a day!

        Cheers!

  7. jaredkleinert

    Sep 29, 2014 at 3:59 am

    LET’S GET IT!!

  8. Jeanne Loh

    Sep 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

    That’s right! If you don’t motivate yourself no one can help.

  9. Tom

    Sep 28, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Love that you recommend Altucher’s show … he is a seriously inspirational dude. Also, I’ll be hitting up /r/getmotivated on Reddit each morning for that quote driven kick in the ass each morning. Gotta start working out in the morning again as well. Thanks for this post, I needed it! 🙂

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