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I receive many emails from people that basically ask the same
question: How can I keep myself motivated long term? This seems to be
quite a common dilemma for many people so I want to address it because
it can be done! Here are my tips for staying motivated: These are the
top six ways to stay motivated:
1.   Get motivated every day.
2.   Have a vision for your life.
3.   Fuel your passion.
4.   Work hard enough to get results.
5.   Put good materials into your mind.
6.   Ride the momentum when it comes.
These are simple principles, that when you put them to work regularly,
will change your life by keeping you motivated all the time! Get
going!
1.   Get motivated every day.
Zig Ziglar was once confronted about being a “motivational speaker.”
The guy said to him, “You guys come and get people hyped up and then
you leave and the motivation goes away. It doesn’t last, and then you
have to get motivated again.” Zig reminded the gentleman that baths
are the same way but we think it is a good idea to take a bath every
day!

It is true that motivation doesn’t last. We have to renew it each and
every day. That is okay. It doesn’t make motivation a bad thing. We
simply have to realize that if we want to stay motivated over the long
term, it is something we will have to apply to ourselves each and
every day.
2.   Have a vision for your life.
The root word of motivation is “motive.” The definition of motive is,
“A reason to act.” This is the cognitive or rational side of
motivation. It is your vision. You have to have a vision that is big
enough to motivate you. If you are making $50,000 a year, it isn’t
going to motivate you to set your goal at $52,000 a year. You just
won’t get motivated for that because the reward isn’t enough. Maybe
$70,000 a year would work for you. Set out a vision and a strategy for
getting there. Have a plan and work the plan.
3.   Fuel your passion.
Much of motivation is emotional. I don’t know quite how it works but I
do know THAT it works. Emotion is a powerful force in getting us
going. Passion is an emotion, so fuel your passion. “Well, I like to
work on logic,” you may say. Great, now work on your passion. Set
yourself on a course to have a consuming desire for your goal,
whatever it is. Do whatever you can to feel the emotion and use it to
your advantage!
4.   Work hard enough to get results.
You can build on your motivation by getting results. The harder you
work, the more results you will get and the more results you get, the
more you will be motivated to get more. These things all build on one
another. If you want to lose weight, then lose the first few pounds.
When the belt moves to the next notch you will get fired up to get it
to the notch beyond that!
5.   Put good materials into your mind.
I can’t say this enough – listen to tapes. I still listen to tapes
regularly. I buy tape clubs from other speakers and I learn and grow.
Their successes motivate me to get my own successes! Read good books.
Read books that teach you new ideas and skills. Read books that tell
the stories of successful people. Buy them, read them, and get
motivated! Buy great music and listen to it. I just did a spinning
class at the club today. Whenever a good song came on I was actually
able to get motivated to ride faster! It gets you going and motivates
you!
6.   Ride the momentum when it comes.
Sometimes you will just be clicking and sometimes you won’t. That is
okay. It is the cycle of life. When you aren’t clicking, plug away.
When you are clicking, pour it on because momentum will help you get
larger gains in a shorter period of time with less energy. That is the
Momentum Equation! When you are feeling good about how your work is
going, ride the momentum and get as much out of it as

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