Everyone wants to be successful because everyone wants to be happy. The definitions of both terms have to be personal. They’ve can’t be the definitions that others have created. For you to truly become successful and happy, you have to determine your own definition and what that definition entails. However, while we’re all in the same boat with the desire to be successful and happy, only a small few actually do anything about that desire or goal.
Most of us wait for success to arrive at our doorstep, just like we wait to be given motivation in order to begin creating our dream or to start working. The problem with this line of thinking, as I’ll talk about in greater depth in the video below, is that action and habitcreate motivation. If we wait for motivation to begin to work on becoming happy and successful, we’ll never accomplish anything.
The problem isn’t that we’re not motivated, it’s that we’re lazy. What’s good about this is that we’re all lazy. Some people have just created better habits that have allowed them to get more shit done while the rest of the world waits for inspiration to fall into their lap.
Watch the video (and click the thumbs up button) to learn how I “stay motivated”.
As you can see, motivation is something I’ve tried to avoid depending on. Why? Because it’s not a constant. Our habits, however are. Read the rest of this entry »
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar
There’s an art to being consistently motivated. It takes discipline.The best of us work at being motivated. We know it’s not something that always occurs naturally, so we take it into our own hands. The others, we leave it to chance. We let our sorrows control our successes. Our fears rule our decisions.
Me? I’ve been on both ends of this spectrum. Within the past few years, however, it’s been all the former. The latter hasn’t shown his face around these parts in some time. Although, having been the guy “living a fearful life” in the past is precicely why I refuse to leave my success and my motivation levels to chance. Where my day’s productivity was once determined by my previous night’s sleep. It now lands squarely on my shoulders. And mine alone.
How did Rourke not win best actor for his role in the Wrestler?!
We all have a reason why, we just have to find and identify the best reason, and hold it close to our hearts and minds on a daily basis.
The difference between the most successful people in the world and those that aren’t living their dreams, is that the uber successful know what they want to do, why they want to do it, and attack that expectation, goal, or whatever you want to call it with a relentless tenacity that is hard to match.
So what does that have to do with music?
The 10 songs on this list remind me of my why. My reason to push on when things get tough, or to work hard when all I want to do is lounge, party, or envelope myself in laziness. These songs inspire me. They’re stories that remind me of the struggle, the suffering and even the redemption of characters that were headed down an endless pitt of self destruction (see The Weary Kind).
It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual. ~ From Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
If a man can find meaning in a concentration camp – where he has been imprisoned for no wrongdoing of his own. Where there is no end in sight – surely we can find meaning in our daily lives where we think none exists.
There are times when it’s hard to be motivated or hungry. When a perfect day consists of sitting on your ass in front of the TV. We’ve all been there. However, there are also times – hopefully this is the vast majority – when it’s hard to not be motivated. When everything you encounter, and everything in your life inspires you to be great: to be extraordinary.
A day in New York
I’m actually writing this on the plane ride back from New York to Vancouver. I had an amazing trip and was lucky enough to spend two weeks in the company of an amazing girl. I was also surrounded by things, people, and situations that inspired me to work harder, and to achieve more.
Like I said earlier, sometimes it’s just easy to be motivated.
I’d start my day with a solid breakfast, usually 4 eggs with toast and an avocado, and then sit down at the computer and answer emails as well as other online stuff like posting an article on my blog.
In the grand scheme of things how important is being healthy and physically to you?
Is it right at the top of your list, or is it something that’s more or less secondary to things like your family, friends, your career or even having a good time?
A lot of the time we grade what’s most important to us, or place them in a list. Family might be #1, friends #2, health #3 and so forth. But doesn’t it make more sense to connect them to one another? Read the rest of this entry »