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The Legendary Les Brown’s 6 Keys To Self Motivation

Joel Brown (Founder of




Over the years Les Brown’s audio tapes, books, radio shows and speeches have inspired millions around the world to improve the quality of all areas in their life.

We came across the Keys To Self Motivation by Les Brown and have found these keys very helpful in improving and planning our self motivation. Read on, take note and enjoy!


Les Browns 6 Keys To Self Motivation


Self Mastery

One of the things we MUST alway be working on is achieving Self Mastery.

You must work on yourself continuously, never be satisfied with yourself. Always know that as you invest the time and effort on you that’s the greatest ability that human beings have above animals. A dog can’t be anything but a dog, a tree can’t be anything but a tree.

Human being you’ve got unlimited potential, you can put effort on you, and by concentrating on you and developing you, you can transform your life no matter where you are right now.


Stop Settling

Most people settle, What have you settled for lately? You know when you make an out of court settlement that means that you have decided to take something less than you originally wanted to get had you gone in to court and the reason that you’ve settled out side of court is because you didn’t believe that you could get it. Many of us are making an ‘In life Settlement’. We are settling for less than what we actually deserve. We don’t feel good about it but we make it work in our minds.


Develop A Health Plan

You can’t perform if you don’t have good health, your health is VALUABLE. Develop a health plan, a plan that you will follow because this is the only vehicle that you have to carry you through this experience we call LIFE.


Live Life with Energy & Passion

You want to make a conscious effort to be lively. In life you either ‘sing hello or sing goodbye’. You are either ‘on your way or in the way’. You want to smile, you want to be happy, you’ve got a lot to be thankful for.


Monitor Your Inner Conversations

The things that you say to yourself, you want to watch them and in watching them you want to take charge.

Short circuit and override that conversation that’s always going on, 85% of what that conversation will tell you is NEGATIVE. It will tell you that you’re tired when you’re really not tired, it will tell you you can’t do it, it will fill you with FEAR. So you’ve got to watch that conversation, and when you find it going on you’ve got to stand up to it and say “I’m gonna do this anyhow, I’m afraid but I’m afraid not to do it, and I’m not gonna let you stop me”. The biggest challenge in life that you will have is with you.

There is an old African Proverb that says, “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”


Know Why You Are Doing It

It is important to know why you are doing it, because your mind will say “Why bother?” “Why go through all of this?”, “This is too hard”.

Here’s how you can override that… Write down 5 reasons why you deserve it, why you? why do you deserve it? “What meaning and value will it bring to your life”, “what’s so different about you, that you deserve your goal?”

When you write down those 5 reasons, when you have those down moments and you will have them, When that conversation starts talking to you, and it will start talking to you, what you can do is, you can pull that out and read it and it will build you up. It will be your rod and your staff to comfort you through some challenging moments, because you’re gonna have some. Life will knock you between the eyes, it will catch you on the blind side and come out of nowhere, stuff you can’t anticipate. That’s why it is important for you to work on your self, listening to tapes, building yourself up, talking to yourself with power, feeling and conviction, building yourself up day in and day out.

Keys originally from Les Brown’s Audio – Keys To Self Motivation


(Video) Les Brown – Why People Fail


Article By Joel Brown |

I am the the Founder of and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.



  1. alenaf

    Apr 21, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I know there was a youtube video on this with movie clips and music in the background, would you happen to know which video it is from?

  2. JohnL

    Nov 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Everyone who admires Les Brown should thank him for all his hard work

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  4. Sean Meyer

    Jun 27, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Another excellent article Joel. As times get busy, it is easy to forget why we started this journey. Along with this, we tend to forget other habits that helped us in the beginning. A strong commitment to health is something every successful individual needs. Exercise provides way more than a chiseled body. It also helps strengthen your brain, a needed boost to help through the tough times. Thanks again for the article, please keep them coming.


  5. Md Forhad Ahmad Chowdhury

    Jul 9, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    First would like to tell to you Less thank you so much for becoming motivational speaker. My day start with by listening your motivational audio and end also. Now my heart and mind work together and I believe my self. I believe anything is possible for me even I have nothing now. I am behind of my education loan & bills. I believe that I can bring my dream become reality. Thank you again.

    Md Forhad Ahmad Chowdhury
    Student of Hotel Management

  6. Lynette carey

    Feb 24, 2013 at 8:22 am

    You are well liked Les – I have introduced you to all my friends and they love you here in St Albans. UK. We you tube you all the time. You have changed my life and I aim to see you live one day. Let me tell you just one thing in my life you have made possible. For 9 years I have been longing to go on holiday back to Florida. However, finances have restricted me that I only stayed in England – in a caravan. This year I am coming to Florida! No more money – just changed my mindset. It was hard but I dreamed the dream and am turning it into reality. Let’s just say I am nearly there. The plane tickets were booked in January- and I am working on the last 10 days accomodation in Longboat Key! I am still searching and saving for this part. You see I Followed your advise Les and I am so glad I did. Are you doing any talks from 18th July to 5th August – because I would love to be there! My husband and two children aged 13 and 10 love you too. Such great Life Skills you give us. This is just one way you changed my life, I am also put forward for promotion in my job that .. I now love. You don’t know my friends but they quote you and we live by your quotes. I stumbled upon you on you tube- I have a story that says that through my angels I was led to you via Jim Rohn! Thank you Les Brown! Thank you for being part of my Facebook too.
    Lynette x

    • Didier Verte

      Feb 28, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      The key to happiness is having dreams. The key to success is making your dreams come true.
      Hi Lynette,
      I would like to introduce myself, Didier Verte, from the island of Mauritius. I am getting involved in the motivational coaching sector in a more in a more socio-professional approach as I am a secondary level educator. I was touched by your post and feel that Les has been a source of inspiration for you and has helped you to meet personal achievement and self satisfaction. If you want to contact me on facebook or through my e-mail where we can through positive experiences we can share post, which can lighten the lives of other people.
      P.S: Hope you can fulfill all your plan as “There can be miracle, if you believe”.
      didier Verte


      Aug 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm



    Nov 28, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Can I just say what a aid to seek out somebody who actually is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know easy methods to carry an issue to mild and make it important. Extra people need to read this and understand this facet of the story. I cant imagine youre not more well-liked because you undoubtedly have the gift.

  8. Deji R Yusuf

    Nov 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    this is one great article which even more profound element of truth… Thanks Les Brown and Joel

  9. The Positive Pin

    Nov 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Great Post! True and profound fundamentals. I try to adhere to them as often as I can remember.

  10. audrey

    Sep 12, 2012 at 12:38 am

    I just love your speaking ability you are really amazing. I know you help many people. You just turned my sad night into a happy hopeful one. Les brown you are the best……More, more ,more. Don’t you ever give up don’t you ever give in and keep it coming…..Thank you, Audrey

  11. young

    Sep 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    i m a multivational speaker but the words of joel rlly creatd smtin in me. Tnxxx bro

  12. Mariati Yahya

    Sep 1, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I am a new self published author and I know that writing is not my strong forte but self motivation is! though it need lots of hard work. Loved this site!

  13. Nicole williams

    Aug 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    It’s always good to have a list of people who inspire you and make you take note of the real you, Les Brown is one of my favorites. Your site is a great link, don’t stop.

  14. Lola

    Aug 19, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for this. I will say – knowing how much you want what you want ties up well with “Knowing Why you are Doing It” Great tips.

  15. Inis Lovely

    Aug 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I remember Les Brown. He’s terrific. Thanks for reminding me of him.

  16. Laurent Vigneron

    Aug 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

    There are 2 other key ingredients that come on top of Motivation if one wants to persist until the finish line is reached.

    They are your Environment (things and people) and your Routines (habits).

    Motivation alone is great to start with, but without the other two you will run out of fuel sooner or later.

    The 6 motivation keys in this article are great ways to really create motivation momentum. Thanks Joel!

  17. Kaushal yadav

    Aug 17, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Wow!!! really kick-ass thoughts I just love this sharing. I find tht “monitor ur inner conversation” very related to me and now its time to say goodbye to those fears 🙂 really inspiring thxxx 🙂

  18. Liz Michael

    Aug 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I love Les Brown’s inspirational words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing, Joel. I find that “Knowing Why You are Doing It” can be the clincher. After all, if we don’t have a good enough reason to lose weight, control our drinking or other bad habits, reduce our spending, etc., we’ll never have the momentum to continue when life gets more challenging. It doesn’t matter if we think we “should” do something…we have to dig down in our souls and find our own personal driving force.

  19. jesie

    Aug 16, 2012 at 1:39 am

    thank you for such great motivational words 🙂

  20. Wesley Wyman Kaluba

    Aug 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Great! Inspiring! Thx

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