Daily Promises That Create Motivation
People ask me fairly often how I've kept myself motivated to blog virtually every workday for the past six years. It's simple. I begin every day with the following commitments:
Today I will make something new and different and thereby change the world for the better.
Today I will become strong by overcoming obstacles with persistence and flexibility.
Today I will permit myself to become excited in anticipation of whatever might happen.
Today I will look beyond my preconceptions to see the truths that I missed before.
Today I will remember the miracle of conscious existence, which is all too soon over.
Today I will remain aware of the emotions of others and how they interact with my own.
Today I will spend at least one hour doing something that's just because I enjoy it.
Today I will do my best to remain happy, regardless of the circumstances of the hour.
Today, I will use some of whatever power I possess in the service and for the welfare of others.
Today, I will take action to ensure that I'm in better health than I was yesterday or the day before.
Today I will sit back and marvel at the unexpected, without which life would be boring.
Today I will express, at least once, the joy of the child who still lives inside me.
Today I will be thankful for all the wonderful things in my life: my family, my friends and, yes, my work.
Have a wonderful holiday and fabulous 2013!
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Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for Inc.com, 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.