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10 Thoughts That Can Super-Motivate You

The true difference between success and failure is your ability to get and keep yourself motivated.

Whether you're an experienced entrepreneur or just starting out, there's nothing more essential to success than keeping yourself motivated.  Here are 10 thoughts that motivational guru Omar Periu shared with me a while back:

  1. Motivation means choosing to do what you'd rather not do, which is why unmotivated people never get anywhere.
  2. Most people want to improve their situation but few take responsibility for motivating themselves to make changes.
  3. People can always validate the decision to avoid unpleasant work. Example: "Today, I'll get organized; tomorrow I'll make cold calls."
  4. Motivation comes from managing your mind and your emotions.  Fail at this and you'll live a life of quiet desperation.
  5. The most depressing and de-motivating sentences in the world usually begin with the phrase "Someday, I'll..."
  6. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, go someplace quiet and replace those thoughts with positive affirmations, prayer or meditation.
  7. To get big results, ask yourself big questions. "Why do I want to be a millionaire?" is far more motivating than "How can I make a living?"
  8. Don't set goals that just excite you; set goals that scare you a little bit. That way they'll strengthen your "motivation muscle."
  9. What holds people back is fear of failure, but if you don't take action, you'll fail by default, so what have you got to lose?
  10. You can have whatever you want in life, but nobody is going to give it to you.  Everything of value must be earned.

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Last updated: Nov 15, 2013


Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for, is an author, speaker, and award-winning blogger. Originally a system architect, brand manager, and industry analyst inside two Fortune 100 companies, he's interviewed more than a thousand successful executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and gurus to discover how business really works. His most recent book is Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know. If you enjoyed this post, sign up for the free weekly Sales Source newsletter.

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