I don’t know if all of you know, but I’m a bit obsessed with Pinterest. Even though I don’t have the time to make 90% of the recipes I pin, I like to pin them anyways just in case. But one of my favorite things to pin are the inspirational quotes and pictures. The other day I found a picture with a quote that really made me think….
Why did this make me think you ask? Because yes, maybe a large amount of coffee and/or caffeine (my drink of choice is an ice cold Rockstar…mmmm) is behind a successful person…but what else? What else makes successful people motivated, excited, and full of energy even on days they just want to stay in bed? People have told me so many times that motivation has to come from within…but I think that’s only partially true.
Motivation must start from the inside, yes…you must first have a dream and a vision from within yourself.
But motivation isn’t always what keeps you going throughout hard times…or times when you’re working hard but still seeing no results.
Eric Thomas (who has been my inspiration and spark when I felt unmotivated) always talks about knowing your reason for why you do what you do. He even created a shirt that says on the front “this is why I work, this is why I grind, this is why I hustle.” and on the back is a template where you write in permanent marker all of your ‘reasons.’
I’ve learned we can’t possibly always be 100% motivated and positive and upbeat all of the time (and if you can, I want to know your secret.). I think it’s SO important to have a team around you…of friends, family, students, a spouse, a motivational speaker, a series of books…whatever…the possibilities are endless.
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this past year, is to be successful, you should try to hang out with as many successful people as possible. Talk to them, ask for advice, simply being around them can do wonders. I like to think that their successes…their mental attitude and demeanor will start to rub off on you. You become like the people you surround yourself with.
I always used to beat myself up so much because I couldn’t figure out why I couldn’t keep myself motivated and excited 100% 24/7 365. Without any outside help. I wanted to be able to do it all by myself…or thought that’s what was expected of me. Granted, sometimes that’s an awesome quality to have…but it can be hard to keep up on your own and it becomes exhausting and a very quick road to throwing in the towel.
Now I subscribe to business magazines, business blogs, inspirational speakers and their blogs and/or youtube channels. I am always searching for new ways of thinking, for new outlooks on life. I get onto Twitter everyday and simply read tweets from inspirational sports or business leader accounts.
Not to mention I’ve got an amazing group of friends and my mom is always there to give me advice or back me up whatever comes my way. I recently came across a young inspirational speaker named Preston Ely who has hit it huge in the real estate market. One of his recent blog posts says,
“Your time on Earth is limited, and much is expected of you. People’s lives depend on you getting your act together. This is not just about you. You need to learn, love, give and accomplish as much as you possibly can in the short number of days that has been allotted to you.”
and just today I was listening a video of him speaking about “successful people”. and he said something like
“everyday when I wake up, my first thought is ‘How can I grow today as a person? How can I be better? How can I do more?'”
….now, let that simmer in your skillet for a while.