How to get motivated and achieve big things

How to get motivated and achieve big things is a common question I’m asked. Coming up with ideas is easy, getting motivated can be much harder.

Do you have a problem getting motivated? You know what you’d like to do but you just can’t seem to get going?

Many people feel this way and, if I’m honest, I can be like that too. So whenever I struggle to get going, I like to watch a motivational video or listen to a motivational podcast or audio book.

When I need a little push I listen to people who inspire me. People like Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy.

And here’s another inspiring speaker from TEDxVirginiaTech. In this video Scott Geller talks about the psychology of self-motivation. I found this very useful and I hope you will too.  Certainly it’s worth your time to listen to it.

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The secret to being a successful entrepreneur

How often do you hear people say that they’d love to be an entrepreneur? They’ll tell you that they’d love to be a success in business, making a difference to peoples’ lives with great products and services. Then they’ll add the caveat that unfortunately the time’s not right for them at this moment. One day they’ll have a go but their circumstances won’t allow it at present. However very few of those who say they’ll have a go, will ever actually have a go. They don’t really have the desire and they don’t understand the secret to being a successful entrepreneur.

Starting your own business can be a fantastic thing to do and, for most people, it is the only way you’ll ever have the chance to make some serious money. Certainly you’re unlikely to get rich working for someone else.

However to succeed in business you have to get started. The critical ingredient to success in business is you getting off your butt and actually doing something about it. And the best time to do it is always now. It’s simple really.

And the secret to being a successful entrepreneur is to solve problems for people. Every product you sell must solve a problem for the customer. If you can identify problems for which people need a solution and if you can offer those solutions, otherwise known as products, at value for money prices then you can be a success.

Remember this too; you don’t necessarily have to be the first with a solution. If you can improve on an existing solution in some way then you can still make some serious money. For instance, Steve Jobs and Apple were not the first to offer cellular mobile phone handsets, and nor were Samsung. Yet these two companies currently dominate the market for such handsets.

Has your appetite for business been whetted? Do you have any ideas you think might make a difference? You do? Then you have to be prepared to take action. Having ideas means nothing unless you decide to take action.

Plenty of people have ideas which never see the light of day. Occasionally they’ll have ideas but just leave it all too long and then someone else comes along with the same idea and beats them to the draw.

Having ideas is easy. Implementation is the tough bit and there are too few people with the drive and determination to turn a good idea into a business opportunity and then make money from it. So you must take action.

Not tomorrow; not next week; not next year; but right now. True entrepreneurs are doers, they’re not dreamers. So go on, get started right now. Solve peoples’ problems and you’ll be on your way down the road to riches. Good luck.

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Rules for Business Success Simply Explained

Anyone can start their own business. You don’t need any special qualifications. You just need the desire and determination to succeed and a little appreciation of the basic rules for business success.

There are many attractions of running your own business too. When you make a profit it’s all yours. You will be building your own dream rather than helping someone else build their dream. And you will be calling the shots, rather than having to work with someone for whom you have little or no respect.

Now running your own business is not easy of course. However it’s the best chance you’re ever going to have to make some serious money. Look at any self-made millionaire and in all probably they’ve made their money by starting their own company. The chances of you getting rich as a salaried employee are slim to non-existent, unless you work on Wall Street perhaps.

Let me be honest here. There’s no easy formula for success in business; there’s no magic bullet. Business involves some risk and it also involves a lot hard work. You have to be prepared to work hard that’s for sure. Anyone suggesting there are easy ways to make money in business is either dishonest or deluded.

Nevertheless plenty of people do succeed in business, so why not you? If they can succeed then you can too with a little self-belief, surely? Believe you can and you will.

However there are some basic rules you should bear in mind. Here are 12 rules for business success that you must always bear in mind:-

  1. Always have target customers and their problems in mind
  2. Solve a problem for your customer
  3. Create a product around the solution to that problem
  4. You don’t have to be first, just build a ‘better mousetrap’
  5. Remember: Your customer is your boss
  6. Until money is coming in, spend as little as possible
  7. Money in must exceed money out to make a profit
  8. Success depends on making a profit consistently
  9. Your profit margin should be worth the risks you’re taking
  10. Use the skills and resources you’ve got
  11. Be flexible and adapt when necessary
  12. Go for activities where you can add the highest value

With self-belief and determination you can be as successful in business as anyone else. Don’t let negative talk by others put you off. Just go for it, if you think you have what it takes.

Even if you’re not quite sure whether you’ve got what it takes, it’s better to have a go and fail than to spend your life wondering what might have been. Life is too short to look back with regrets.

Business success can be achieved; people do and you can too.

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Brian Tracy: Habits of Success

If you want to be successful, then you must develop good habits. However what habits should they be? Fear not, in this video, Brian Tracy presents some interesting ideas on the habits of success.

Brian Tracy is always excellent and always full of wise words and good advice. This video is well worth your time. Let Brian tell you more about habits which he believes are consistent with achieving success.

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The Power of Belief

Here is an interesting talk from Eduardo Briceno given at TEDxManhattanBeach. In it he discusses mind-set, success and the power of belief.

If success is your aim or if you’re keen to encourage someone else to be successful then this video is worth watching.

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Want to know the key to success?

Do you want to know the key to success? Success starts with making a decision. You decide what you want to achieve; then you decide that you will go out and get it. Once your decision has been made you pursue your objective with determination and tenacity.

In 1960 US President John Kennedy made a speech in which he said by the end of that decade the United States would put a man on the moon. And in 1969 the United States fulfilled that promise made by Kennedy.

Kennedy didn’t know how they would achieve the goal he articulated in 1960. He believed in their ability to do it; he believed they could develop the technology to do it; and he made a decision that they would do it; but ultimately in making his promise there was an element of risk.

There is risk in everything we do and nothing exceptional will ever be achieved without some degree of risk along the way. Lesser men and women would allow fear to stop them. However men and women destined for great things will feel the fear and do it anyway.

Greatness cannot be achieved without paying your dues along the way. Anything worth having will come with a price, namely blood, sweat and tears. So be bold, be strong and pursue your dream with passion.

Yes it will be challenging mentally and emotionally. And yes, plenty of people will tell you that it’s not possible or that you’re not quite good enough.

Well don’t listen to the naysayers and negative nellies. If you really want it, whatever it is, just keep pushing and never, ever given up until you get to where it is you want to go.

Greatness can be achieved by anyone with sufficient determination. So whatever it is you really want to do, just go out there and do the damn thing. Do it now. Believe you can and you will.

If you’re still not convinced then watch this video which is a really fantastic motivational speech. Watch it now and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. And the bottom line is; you’ve got to be fearless.

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21 Quotes by Women

Margaret Thatcher once said, “If you want something said, ask a man but if you want something done, ask a women.” Certainly if you want anything done then it’s probably better if you ask a woman. However women are perfectly capable of saying something profound too. To prove the point, here are 21 quotes by women.

  1. I was smart enough to go through any door that opened. ~Joan Rivers
  2. You can’t give up! If you give up, you’re like everybody else. ~Chris Evert
  3. I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life ~Louise Hay
  4. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different. ~Coco Chanel
  5. One cannot accomplish anything without fanaticism. ~Eva Perón
  6. Done is better than perfect. ~Sheryl Sandberg
  7. If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. ~Erica Jong
  8. The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. ~Peggy O’Mara
  9. If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one. ~Dolly Parton
  10. Knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~Rosa Parks
  11. Power’s not given to you. You have to take it. ~Beyoncé
  12. A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence. ~Sonia Sotomayor
  13. You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you. ~Katie Couric
  14. You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness. ~Diane von Furstenberg
  15. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. ~Golda Meir
  16. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. ~Amelia Earhart
  17. The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend time feeling sorry for themselves. ~Barbara Corcoran
  18. I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. ~Lucille Ball
  19. If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don’t, you’re simply ducking your responsibilities. ~Ann Richards
  20. One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning. ~Ruth Reichl
  21. Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. ~Oprah Winfrey

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How to set goals and achieve them

What is life really all about? Paying bills and drifting aimlessly through life is not living it is merely existing. Surely living life should be our aim. A life well lived should include some notable achievements, if you are to realise your full potential and leave a legacy behind you. However achievements require proper goal setting if they are to be accomplished.

This article explores goal setting and how goal setting can be translated into achievement. It is by accomplishing goals that you will get a genuine sense of achievement and you feel your life has meaning.

Why are some people successful and others not so? Successful people generally are no more intelligent than unsuccessful people. In fact many highly intelligent people are unsuccessful in life. It’s not whether you’re clever. Successful people know what they want and they’re determined to get it. Successful people set goals for themselves based on what they want and they pursue those goals with determination and persistence.

You cannot hit a target you cannot see. You cannot turn your dreams into achievements without goal setting. However goals don’t set themselves, nor do they accomplish themselves. It requires effort from you. So get started; identify what matters to you; set goals; keep going; and achieve your aspirations.

Goals must really, really matter:

The act of goal setting alone does not guarantee success. Many people set goals which they fail to achieve. Why do you think that might be? The simple answer is that goals often fail because the goal setter didn’t want the potential prize badly enough.

For a goal to be achieved the outcome if it’s accomplished must matter to you. If you don’t regard the outcome as being sufficiently worthwhile then you won’t have the motivation to see the goal through to conclusion.

The goal must mean enough to you if the extra effort to achieve it is to seem worthwhile. Make no mistake any goal worth achieving will require a lot of determination, persistence and hard work. Nothing worth having ever comes easy, that’s for sure.

To quote Napoleon Hill, “Desire is the beginning of achievement.” You must have the desire and the outcome must matter to you.

Change your thinking; change you life:

How we think matters too. You can’t achieve much with negative thinking. A positive mind with a genuine sense of direction will take you as far as you really want to go. There are no limits for anyone with enough self-belief and a real sense of what they really want from life. Believe you can and you will. Believe you can’t and you won’t.

The way your mind is currently programmed may be getting in the way of you getting what you want but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can change your thinking and, if you do, it will change your life.

Dream lofty dreams:

Don’t be afraid to have a vision for yourself that is truly inspiring. Don’t be afraid to have dreams big enough to be just a little bit frightening. It is on the edge of your comfort zone that you’ll begin to feel you are really living life to the full.

And your goals should be big enough to stretch you and inspire the desire within you. Be realistic of course but don’t make goals too easy. Anything easy will not give you a sense of achievement, that’s for sure.

Revisit your inner child:

As children there were no limits to our dreams and what we felt we could achieve in life. We all had grandiose ideas about what we might be. Then life took its toll and we all got a little more cautious and a lot less ambitious. Self-doubt crept in and we began to adjust our ambitions downwards. We feared failure and any resulting embarrassment much more than we desired real success.

We didn’t realise that it’s better to try and fail than it is to spend the rest of our lives wondering what might have been. We feared failure but we didn’t realise there’s no such thing as failure, just opportunities to learn and start again.

So goal setting starts with pretending you’re a kid again and sitting down with a notebook and a pen or a tablet computer and start brainstorming. Then just write down a list of 101 of your biggest dreams and goals. Don’t think about whether they can be achieved, just write them down.

From that list identify what really, really matters to you.

And remember this; if the goal really, really matters to you then you will find a way to achieve it. Goals only fail when they don’t matter enough.

Remember life requires balance:

Knowing what you want and why it matters to you will help you achieve your goals.

However never forget your goals should promote balance in your life too. In setting your goals they should benefit you but they should also benefit your loved ones too.

If your loved ones can understand the benefits to them as well as you then they are much more likely to support you in the achievement of your goals. And you will need their support. No one ever achieves anything in complete isolation.

Never, ever lose sight of your loved ones in anything you choose to do.

The art of goal setting:

Start by deciding exactly what you want to achieve and then make a firm commitment to it. You must feel genuinely motivated by your goals.

These goals should be:-

  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-limited

This is the so called SMART technique.

Once you have goals you must write them down. This will make them feel much more tangible.

You must share them with other people too, especially your loved ones.

This approach will have a subliminal effect on you and help in the process of achieving your goals.

Then you must plan the steps you will need to take if you are to realize your goal. The planning process will almost certainly result in a big goal being broken down into a series of smaller goals and activities.

Once you have a plan you can cross off each activity as it’s completed.

6 Steps to Goal Setting:

To summarize the goal setting process:-

  • A goal must be specific
  • A goal must be time-limited
  • A goal must be written down
  • A goal must have a plan
  • A goal has a price to be paid
  • A goal must be in your thoughts every day

11 reasons why goals fail:

If goal setting is something you’ve tried with little or no success then you might feel it would help you if you had a better idea of why goals fail. Fear not dear reader help is at hand.

In the embedded video Vic Johnson from provides some interesting insight into motivation and goal setting. His words are wise and certainly they will make you think.

It’s a fairly short video but well worth your time if your aim is to improve your goal setting technique and set goals that will result in achievements for which you can be truly very proud.

Further Study:

Brian Tracy has produced an excellent book and audiobook on goal setting. This offers three and a half hours of useful advice and guidance. The book is called:-

GOALS! How to Get Everything You Want – Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible.

In this book Brian Tracy explores the key elements of goal setting and the actions necessary to set and accomplish goals of any size. This book will help you determine your strengths, your true values and goals that will really matter to you. Brian Tracy explains how to build your self-esteem and confidence and how to overcome every obstacle and problem. He explains how to respond to challenges and how to continue moving forward regardless of what’s happening around you. This book is a ‘mental fitness’ program for character development and it can help you become the kind of person who can achieve any goal.

I bought the audiobook version and I listen to it frequently when I’m driving. This would be a great addition to your personal development library and it is well worth the cover price. Buy it today.

You can check it out and buy it from Amazon if you CLICK HERE.

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