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Motivation is the driving force that inspires people to take action in life. Think about a time when you felt really motivated to achieve a goal. How did it feel? How did that feeling fuel your desire to achieve it?

Let me share a quote with you,

"Motivation is something that nobody else can give you…it must come from inside you, and you must possess a constant desire to do your very best at all times and under  any circumstance" - Joe DiMaggio

When you got a spark of inspiration from another's words, seeing their accomplishments or triumphs, was it really those actions that were inspiring? Or was is a feeling within saying, "I can accomplish (....) too" that felt inspiring?

Motivation help encourage you in times of doubt, mourning, sadness, loss, or hopelessness. This feeling can uplift your mind and heart, giving you the strength you need to get through each day. 

Achieving anything of value requires hard work, perseverance, commitment, and energy. You can expect to experience setbacks and failures along your path to success. That is a normal part of life, and an integral aspect of the learning process.

I want to overview 4 Ways to Build a Motivation Mindset:

1. Find the “Why” Behind Your Goals

I once wrote before, the most important spark of this mindset even before you set out to achieve your goals, is you need a powerful why. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to achieve this goal? More importantly, what will be the consequence or pain that you will experience if you do not achieve this goal?”

In the process of creating your dream, the important thing to be aware of is NOT the goals you set, but rather what motivates you towards those goals. Some of our goals may be do to sinful reasons like pride, greed, envy, and therefore the goal should be dropped all together. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “What you get by achieving your goals is NOT as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

2. Know Your Strengths

When you have an awareness of your strengths, it helps you make smarter choices in life because it equips you with the right resources and tools that will contribute to your success. When it comes to your goals, having knowledge of your strengths gives you the confidence and motivation to take action so that you can take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.

If one is unaware of their strengths it causes fear, which leads to passivity. If unaware of your strengths, don't be afraid to ask others. Someone may see a strength in you, that you have never seen or thought of before. 

3. Enjoy the Process

Are you truly enjoying your life or do you find that you are constantly stressed out about everything? So many people are focused on the destination alone that they forget to enjoy the process of getting to where they want to go.

I listen to someone tell me how a story how he met Arnold Schwarzenegger. At the time, my friend was working at a UPS location as a stocker. Arnold came by with a lot of people, and to this day he has no idea why he was in the building. He started a very short conversation with Arnold. Arnold ask, "What do you want to be?" My friend began to reply, "My goal is one day have..." Arnold interrupted and asked again, "No, what do you want to be?" My friend answer, "Happy." Arnold replied, "That was the answer I was looking for. Here is some advice from me. Quit this job." At the end of his shift, my friend quit his job at UPS and began working as a fitness trainer, a job he loves, as he builds his business.

He had no idea what he was going to do the next day, yet he was going to look for something that he enjoyed. Goals aren’t all about the end result. If you want to be consistent over the long-term, you need to find ways to enjoy the process.

If you want to master your life, don’t attach yourself to only outcomes. Slow down in order to achieve more. When you set your goals, life has a way of rearranging itself, a series of events starts in motion that you could never have predicted or planned, to get you there.

4. Stay Hungry

Motivation is like energy. All type of energy obeys the same laws of the universals. Motivation don't run out, it just changes into another type of energy being used somewhere else. Therefore we need to replenish this source and stay "hungry".

Goals give us a sense of direction, but when life takes a turn, it may mean that your goals have to change with it. Willpower and the motivation to succeed are at their peak during the beginning stages of your journey towards the achievement of any pursuit.

The trick is to stay hungry and keep your momentum flowing. A great way to stay connected to your vision is to adopt a ritual that reminds you of why you set out to achieve a goal in the first place.

Create a "Dream Board" to focus on, take 5 minutes every day and journal about your goals. When you do this, it’s like planting a seed. If you water that seed every day, you will be amazed at how quickly your dream can manifest into your reality.

Building a motivation mindset is essential for achieving success in life. Become mindful of doing the very things that will support you in the achievement of your goals. Never forget that your mind is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal for supporting your highest aspirations in life.

Determination is the greatest power. Even if you are not motivated, you will still take action. Yet, this topic is for another time.

“To get what you want in life you must develop the ability to think in the way that will support your goals and dreams.” 

When you master your mind, you master your life.

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