Deep down, you know everything you need to know in order to make a big splash in your life.
There is no secret left to uncover and no big great revolution coming to show us a new way to be productive, grateful, happy, or successful. We know what we need to do. We know what works and what fails. We know the right things to say to ourselves and to our loved ones.
We know more than enough.
Knowledge then is not a problem, but the lack of motivation to do what we need to do slows us down. The motivation to have that conversation, to write that email, to put what you learned into practice in your business, or to change the way you do something for the better is transitory at best.
How on earth do you capture and contain that motivation to see you through your days and your years?
As much as you would love to believe that a Tony Robbins workshop will cure you of your motivation woes forever, the truth is that his words and his impact will only be useful to you in the long term if you constantly remind yourself of his teachings. (By the way, lest there be any misunderstanding: I adore Tony Robbins!)
Motivation lives inside of you. Nobody can motivate you to do anything. You motivate yourself. There is no such thing as a “motivated” person versus an “unmotivated” person. There are only those who bring their motivation to life and those who let theirs sleep through the years.
So if the true source of motivation lives inside of you, you can tap into it to your heart’s desire. You control the ebb and flow of your heavenly gift. You can awaken the giant (affectionately using a Tony Robbins expression) or let it go unnoticed.
What does it take to bring your motivation to life?
First, it takes believing in yourself, and trusting that this source really does live within. If you don’t do this step, nothing else works.
You may have to fight off self-limiting beliefs, dogma, and cultural cliché that insist on some who are born with motivation and others who are bereft of the gift.
Whatever it takes, work your way to believing that motivation comes from deep inside of you, period. Let the rest of the world blame genetics, heritage, and social conditions for their lot in life, you stay in charge of yours.
Second, it takes giving yourself gentle loving reminders of what you know and more importantly, of what you may forget. I made a list for us so we can remember together as we awaken this sleeping force called motivation to keep us company when we most need it.
1. You Are Unique
You are as unique as your fingerprints, and not another person in this world thinks, feels or sees the world the way you do. Don’t forget this one and then ask yourself: What can I offer the world with my uniqueness?
2. You Are Fortunate
You are more fortunate, more blessed and have more resources than necessary to make any dream possible. Proof lies in the utterly desperate situations that plagued hundreds of successful people of our time. They succeeded despite the odds against them.
So embrace whatever you dream, because it is possible and highly likely for you to succeed.
3. You Have Time
You still have a chance. One day, the doors will close on your life and there will be no more chances to take or to miss. Time will be up. Today, you have time. Use every single minute wisely.
Remembering that you are going to die, I quote Steve Jobs, is the best way to avoid the trap that you have something to lose.
4. You Live Now
The odds that your parents, grandparents or previous generations could achieve the kind of dreams you dream today are slim to none, no matter how motivated they were. Chances are life did not afford so many opportunities.
You were born at the right time, in the right century, with the right technology, and infrastructure around you. How incredibly motivating is that?
5. You Have Options
There really were days when people had few to no options. There really was a time when opportunities were scarce and when your economic condition did not improve much from decade to decade. These times are still prevalent in some countries even if you and I cannot even fathom such conditions but let us try.
Put yourself in a world with no options; it will give you a surge of motivation like nothing else.
There is no greater motivation in this world than the moment you truly embrace your gifts, your opportunities and your time. All doors open to you. All goodness beckons you. All success and happiness awaits you.
So seize the moment, tap into that motivation, and use it to step gently into your own greatness.
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27 thoughts on “5 Truths to Jump Start Your Motivation”
Great message here, Farnoosh! I’m right there with you on this. While I too, am a lover of Tony Robbins – I also believe if we don’t tap into the motivation within us, his teachings and practices will be meaningless. As individuals, we are solely responsible for motivating ourselves, and unless we hold ourselves accountable to do what’s necessary, whenever it’s necessary; we will only find ourselves back at ‘square one’ each time we are in need of a fire being lit under us, to act.
Thanks for the inspiring post. Cheers!
Deone, thank you so much. Tony rocks, I know ;)! You just complete my message with your affirmation on motivation and accountability, Deone, and it’s what Tony himself has done and it’s what we each have to do. You are very welcome for the fire, and great to have you here.
Feeling so privileged to write for this wonderful space here, Peter, thank you so much for having me!
You go, Farnoosh! :)
I think looking for motivation outside of oneself is a common habit, which is why a lot of people feel “unmotivated.” I love your insistence that motivation “comes from deep inside of you, period.” When we realize that we have control of how much we do or do not do, it frees us to achieve our biggest goals!
Dear Amy, how nice to see you here. I love that we met and I could feel your natural motivation all weekend long at the conference. Yes, it comes from deep inside. I see you have experienced it too. It’s a source that does not stop giving once we turn to it. Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts!
Fine key points here. People often look outside for motivation…this can help of course. However the real test is usually on going motivation and this is where we need to look inside or…look for help. Thankyou
be good to yourself
Hi David, so nice to see you here too!! You are so welcome. Do you look inside for your own source of motivation? I wish I knew this when I was younger, but no way I will look anywhere else now that I know the real answers. :) Great to see you here, David!
Thank you so much Farnoosh. I printed out these 5 Quick Jump Starts and have them tape to my mirror. I think these are worth absorbing for a few days!!!!
Dear Christy, you are so sweet. Glad you enjoyed it. Do whatever you wish with the list if it helps remind you to stay motivated!
This is a great post! Printing this one out!
Heather, thank you!
Thanks for the sharing! I love this and just what I needed at this point!!! Thanks again!
Most welcome, Shirly. Hope it helps keep you motivated for a long time!
Motivation from reading a book or going to a seminar only lasts so long. Even though I wouldn’t mind attending a Tony Robbins workshop or seminar to learn some tools of the trade.
I love the embrace, recognize and use your uniqueness approach. That is what makes us compelling and interesting individuals in my opinion.
Are you stalking me today on the blogosphere, Justin? ;)) JUST kidding!! It seems we see eye to eye on this and on the other topic – saying no and getting to yes – Here’s to reaching for that motivation deep inside ourselves and not relying on the outside world! Thanks so much for brightening up the comments area today, Justin.
A great post with awesome information, Farnoosh. I agree that we live in an age of information overload which means that we can find an answer to virtually anything we want to learn, so that’s not the problem. It is the lack of motivation to start the process for the thing we want to accomplish. The answer lies in our initiative and eagerness to reach the goal in mind.
Thank you Jeannie, so glad you enjoyed it and I can’t echo what you said enough – this information age, this age of the internet and social media – oh we are SO lucky! Thank you for adding your lovely thoughts.
You know you’re right, I always think that I’m unique and it drives me a long way in getting motivated. Maybe I should also try to follow the other 4. I also think that I’m a bit fortunate sometimes. So this is a really good post and is upto the point. Nice!
Aditya, yes you are unique. We all are. Give the other 4 a try and let me know how it turns out. Thanks for weighing in :)!
Thanks Farnoosh. What a great reminder of how lucky every person who reads this is to be here, now. I’, big fan of Tony and of NLP in general. It is one of the most powerful tools I use with clients. Like anything though, a teacher can only give you tools, you must use them yourself. They can and will change your life.
Hello Brian, Tony is beloved just about everywhere. I am not that familiar with NLP I must admit but I might be using it without knowing – I just love Tony for his stories and motivation. Love the angle about the end result lying within us. So true. Thanks for sharing!
I still have to pinch myself every day about the amount of options we have open to us. I’d never have thought I was earning a living writing articles on the internet lol. My teachers wouldn’t believe them if I said so.
I think what gives me the motivation is because I see the opportunities available that weren’t there when I left school. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for all us online people.
Good luck :)
Seriously, right? We have so very many opportunities. And I am amazed every day, Jamie, by having such opportunities open to us that we can do business with anyone in the world from the comfort of our homes or anywhere else. It really is fortunate that we live in this age.
I agree wholeheartedly with these truths and believe that life is what you make it. If you want to make things happen, ultimately, you can. It is one of the reasons that I named my website The World is Waiting.
Beautiful name for a website, Liv, and we just have to remember it :)!
What a great and inspiring piece. Farnoosh, please keep it up. Cheers!!!!
This is a great post. Thank you so much for writing this when you did, so that I could have a fleeting thought to type in a random search at night, and discover this wonderful post.
.I wondered if the feeling I just had was just me. I realize that you have already heard this alot in your comments, but I was compelled to bookmark this page.
I have been through so much in life, and so much was taken from me when I was young that broke a small part of my spirit. I struggled for the past 20 years, since I was seven years old. Many opportunities for my gifts were destroyed by hardship and enemies.
What I anticipated as only a well written article with great advice turned out to be more. When you said that “you still have a chance”, I saw a glare of Heavenly Love and finally realized how my Father believes I still have a chance too.
I’m never too old to make it.
Thank You so much, may you be blessed.