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12 People Who Proved Failure Is Just “Success In Progress”

12 People Who Proved Failure Is Just “Success In Progress”

Everyone knows that failure is no fun and just plain doesn’t feel good.

But what most people don’t know about failure is that it is actually one of the best things for you, and not for the reasons you might think.

Failure isn’t meant to check your ego, keep you “in line” with following the status quo, or keep you tied down and prevent you from dreaming bigger.

Failure is meant to give you a jumping-off point, a next step up on the stairway to success.

Let me explain it another way: as the saying goes, “there are two types of people in this world…”

In this case, there are those who view failure as a negative and those who view failure as a positive.

If you’re like the vast majority of people you meet, you’ll say that failure is a bad thing.

And technically, you wouldn’t be wrong – failure IS bad.

So let me reword the statement about those two types of people: there are those who view failure as a negative reflection of themselves and who stop there, and there are those who view failure as a learning moment and a starting point for follow-up efforts.

Would you rather stop in your tracks and be average (or even unsuccessful) and a failure, or be in the ranks of successful people who failed but continued on, onward and upward?

Sure, while the actual failure itself might be bad (failing an exam, a failed startup costing you a lot of money, a failed relationship, etc), every single failure you encounter in life will give you an opportunity to refine your approach and improve upon the past.

And if that’s not awesome news, well, I don’t know what is!

Successful People View Failure With A Success Mindset

As I said before, if you view failure as the end of the road, then clearly whatever it is that you were attempting to do is going to end there and never have a real chance to become a success story.

But if you view failure as a learning opportunity, and you make a point to change your efforts even a little on your next attempt, your chances of success just increased dramatically – purely because you were willing to try again.

Think of it like this: if you’re trying to start a business and work for yourself, let’s say that you’re pre-destined to have 6 failed business ideas before you find the lucky 7th one that works. (Sure, that might be a generously low number of attempts, but let’s go with it.)

Once you’ve had your first failed business, you’ve only got 5 more to go before you see success. That makes you already about 17% of the way to success!

When each step on the path to success is worth almost 20% of the total journey, it’s fairly easy to see that each failure has a high value.

But here is what you really need to remember as you approach new things and risk failure:

In life, you’ll never truly know how many failures it will take to find success.

What differentiates successful people who failed from unsuccessful people who failed (and gave up) is their success mindset.

In a nutshell, a success mindset is simply a mentality that a person holds that convinces them that success IS in their future, after some predetermined number of preceding failures.

Simply put, these successful people believe that success is the only end-result outcome for themselves, and they need to just keep plodding on until they reach it.

Successful People Bolster Their Chances of Success With Success Quotes & Success Habits

You don’t have to look up statistics on failures vs. successes or find some cheesy success quotes like:

“Success is not the key to happiness…If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” (Herman Cain).

Yes, it’s a good quote and if taken to heart it provides a solid mentality for finding happiness in life and dwelling on good instead of bad.

But maybe you’re not that kind of person. Maybe you need a little bit of a different sort of push.

Maybe you need to find your own set of success quotes — maybe you’ll build your own list of personal mottos, instead, that does the job of getting your fired up and hopping out of bed each morning, ready to give the day your all regardless of what happens by the end of it.

Maybe you’ll use those mottos to be able to get out of bed early every day, ready to absolutely crush it, no matter (or even in spite of) how the previous day ended!

It really doesn’t matter what your definition of “success quotes” is — you could simply wake up and on a daily basis repeat “hey, don’t suck at life today” as your main success quote. Hey, if that works for you, then go for it!

What matters is that you find some quote or quotes that make you feel energized, ambitious, and ready to keep plowing on ahead no matter what happens.

Find something that makes you determined to the point of stupidity to reach your success goals, no matter what life chooses to throw in your path.

With that first-thing-in-the-morning-straight-out-of-bed recitation of your success quote(s), you’ve officially started building your own set of success habits. Congratulations!

All you need to do now to fill in the rest of your success habits are give yourself 2-3 more actions that you repeat on a daily basis to help you maintain your focus and your success mindset. Make sure these habits are actual action, something you’ll definitely notice if you didn’t do (none of those silly little “touch the left side of the mirror and spin in a clockwise circle while combing your hair weirdo moves haha — those you can do without).

Remember: it takes 21 days to make a habit.

Build up those success habits, and make it a routine that you follow every day.

In just 3 weeks, you’ll be a success (hopefully)!

Successful People Who Failed…At First

man in suit with thumbs up showing approval of success after failure-min

So obviously it’s all great talk to go over how to maintain your success mindset with goals, quotes, etc. But what does it look like in a practical application, to have that success mindset be SO ingrained into becoming a part of you that you’ll keep trying and trying until you succeed, no matter how long it takes (or even if it never happens)?

Let’s take a look at a few successful people who failed hard, way more than once, but came out WAY on top!

1) Babe Ruth

You’ve gotta know this guy — home run record holder for 40 years, with 714 career home runs! That’s almost twice as long as his entire baseball career lasted! Talk about a success!

But what you probably didn’t know is that he also had over 1300 strikeouts…making him almost twice as much of a failure as he was a success, if you want to look at things from that angle.

Really, think about it: the guy was twice as likely to strike out than to knock it out of the park, by those numbers, and yet he’s considered an absolute LEGEND in the baseball world.

Just goes to show you how terrible your success rate can be, and yet the overall impression is that you’ll be looked up to for generations!

2) Bill Gates

Most people are vaguely aware of some fact about Bill Gates, stating that he was a college dropout.

They’re right…he’s a Harvard dropout. Not for nothing, but that probably makes him smarter than the average college student in the first place, to even be able to get into Harvard in the first place! (Joking…but for real!)

But did you know this fun fact: his first effort at starting a tech company had to do with counting traffic data? Dang, I’m in the wrong career, that sounds exciting (haha, nope)!

When that company was a total bust because the tech straight up didn’t even work, he and his business partner just brushed their shoulders off and moved on to the next big thing…yup, Microsoft. And the rest is history.

3) Charles Schultz

Alright, who DOESN’T love the Peanuts comic strips?! You’re a monster if you don’t! LOL.

They’ve been around for DECADES, even GENERATIONS, without interruption, so if that doesn’t count as a successful creation I’m not sure what does.

But did you know that Schultz himself thought he was a failure?

Yup. He couldn’t get any comics to fly with his yearbook staff, got rejected from working at Disney, and “the little red-haired girl” that Charlie Brown pines for was inspired by the redhead that he proposed to but was rejected. Ouch.

4) Harland Sanders (aka “Colonel Sanders”)

This guy’s story is a whopper…no, not the burger.

Maybe you’ve never thought about his famous Kentucky Fried Chicken past letting yourself drown in its flavor.

But consider this: he tried to sell his secret recipe to restaurants over 1,000 times before one said it was good enough.

Can you imagine plugging away and aiming for success with that many failures? Most of us would quit after less than a dozen rejections, wow.

5) Jack London

Exceptional author, loved by all for his iconic novel “White Fang,” among many more titles.

His very first stories, however, were rejected over and over for 6 months before a publication took him up on it.

As he became successful, he made it a point to practice his craft by committing to writing 1,000 words daily, or a total of 7,000 per week (short days were compensated for the following mornings). This is an excellent example of a success habit — an action you can take daily to push you farther along the road to the success goals you have for yourself!

6) Ludwig van Beethoven

Alright, let’s just get this one done and over with, short and sweet.

Beethoven, considered one of the best musical composers of all time, was COMPLETELY DEAF.

Remind me again why YOU can’t succeed at whatever you’re putting your mind to? I thought so…

7) Michael Jordan

I don’t care what team you root for. This guy may just be the best basketball player of all time.

And he didn’t even make the team when he first tried out in high school.

First, I’m glad to hear my NBA dreams can still live on, with info like that.

Second, it just goes to show you that the opinions that others have of you or your current skill level are NOT a true representation of what you are actually capable of.

And if you don’t keep pushing for what you know you want, how will you ever know what you really ARE capable of?

8) Oprah Winfrey

YOU get success, and YOU get success, and YOUUUUUU get success!!!!!!

We all know who she is — one of those iconic people who can be referred to by only her first name and there is no question who someone is talking about.

(Side note: now THAT is success!)

Hers might be one of my favorite success stories.

We all know that she has built her huge fan base by how much compassion (and generosity) she has, with things like her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” show each holiday season…I remember the year that everyone in the audience got a new car from her!

But the irony of this incredible character trait of hers is that it is exactly the reason why she was fired from her job as a news anchor!

Well, I think the world (and definitely her audience members over the years) have been much better off because of it, so thanks to whoever fired her — they freed her to reach even higher and become an even bigger success because of it!

9) Stephen King

His very first published book was called “Carrie.” And it was the 4th one that he’d written.

His very first rejection (30 times) was…”Carrie.”

And yet now it’s one of the most popular thriller movies ever.

Even if you’ve never read his books, you still know his name.

Even if you’re feeling like you’ll never make it with what you aim to do in life, you will. Just keep writing your own life story until it has the ending you want it to have. That’s what all the good writers do, after all.

10) Stephen Spielberg

Star Wars fans, unite!

Seriously though, ask someone to name a movie director and chances are good his is the name they’ll think of first. I.e. the guy is a massive success.

But he was rejected from film school THREE TIMES.

For the guy who made epic hits like Star Wars, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and Jaws…I bet the folks who rejected him are feeling a little bit silly, don’t you think?

11) Thomas Edison

black and white chalkboard with light bulb

Maybe you’ve heard this fun fact about him, and maybe you haven’t: It took him about 1,000 failed attempts at the lightbulb before he finally invented one that worked.

Since then, he went on to hold over 1,000 patents, proving that despite what most people would have been crushed by only fueled his fire to make things work and to keep pushing forward.

This guy, by the way, said one of those inspirational success quotes I have ever read:

[bq] “I have gotten lots of results! I know several thousand things that don’t work!”

#optimism

12) Walt Disney

You grew up on Disney movies, didn’t you?

His failure story includes probably my most favorite reason for being fired ever.

He was let go from his job as a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

(I’ll wait until you’re done laughing at that one.)

Yet another failure is that his first cartoon business went bankrupt.

But you know what HUGE lesson there is to take away from his story?

Big dreams are only as big as you let them be. Don’t let other people tell you how big YOUR “big” can be.


What big success stories do you love that have some hidden failures behind them?

What big success story are you dreaming of for yourself?

20 Personal Mottos To Change Your Perspective On Life

20 Personal Mottos To Change Your Perspective On Life

Sometimes we all need some words of encouragement, some words to live by.

Maybe you’re having a rough day, or maybe you just feel like you’ve been in a funk for a while but can’t explain why.

There’s something to be said for not only being able to recognize those moments but also for being able to quickly get yourself out of them. But how can you do that?

With personal mottos, that’s how.

Life hasn’t always been good to me. I mean, I didn’t grow up starving in a third world country with no running water kind of rough, but let’s just say that I know many more people who had a better start in life than I do people who had it worse.

One of the ways that I’ve managed to turn that around and make it a solid, unshakeable habit to keep focusing on the positive is by having a list of personal mottos to read over whenever I feel myself starting to get down, or start to wonder if I’m worth the good that has come my way.

And since these life mottos have been such a God-send for me, keeping me more upbeat, more often…well, I want the same for you.

What Is A Personal Motto?

According to vocabulary.com, “a motto is a slogan or favorite saying, like ‘when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.’”

But I have my own, slightly different motto definition: a motto is a powerful phrase that lifts you up and reminds you to stay positive.

Because that’s exactly what all good mottos should do, right? I mean, my girl loves the show Game of Thrones where the one family has the motto “winter is coming.” It’s totally their favorite saying, if you’ve seen the show, and it’s definitely short enough to be catchy. But not so great for moral, am I right?

You want to be fairly picky about what you decide makes your shortlist of “best mottos.” You want these short, one-liners to be SO good that reading just one of them could get you out of your funk in a second.

Why Do I Need A Personal Motto?

Sometimes it’s all too easy to forget what is best in life.

Sometimes we start to focus on what sucks and we forget to keep working towards our goals. Not necessarily your “routine” goals, like working out, or reading 2 books per month.

I’m talking about your big goals, like making sure to challenge yourself with something regularly, working towards becoming the man you wish you could be, and using your motivation to encourage others to reach for their goals.

If you can’t contribute to bettering the world around you, then what’s the point of life?

But I’m getting off-topic here.

The real reason why you need a personal motto, what we’ll call your life motto, at the very top of your list, is because this ONE phrase is the ONLY phrase you need to either turn your life around or re-motivate you to define yourself, set (and help you reach) goals, decide on what’s next in your life, etc.

Mottos help you do 3 important things:

1) Keep you focused on who you want to be — a “north star.”

It’s all too easy to forget why we get up every morning and get on with the grind that is work and life. I know I’m not the only one who has come home from a day at work and asked myself “what am I even doing with my life?”

But having some of these mottos on hand can quickly remind me.

I actually knew that my day job (ok, day jobs) were 100% against what I wanted my life to look like. I used my mottos to remind me that life is what you make of it and that I was on the wrong track to make my life into what I had hoped — no, dreamed — it would be.

You can do the same.

If you want to be the highest paid lawyer in New York City, then, by all means, go for it. Find a motto that’s going to get you fired up, encourage you to be the best of the best, and constantly remind you that YOU can have ANYTHING you can dream up.

phone wallpaper motivational personal motto that says work for it

2) Serve as quiet reminders to stick to your guns and “go for the gold.”

Knowing exactly who or what you want to be in life doesn’t do anyone much good unless they actually go for it.

Really. Think about it — who cares if you dream of owning your own business and working from home (like I did) if I just kept saying it but never did it?

I knew I needed a change, but for a while, I’ll admit I was a bit scared to make it. What if it didn’t work out? What if I had to go back to my old job, tail between my legs, and admit failure?

But what if I make it happen — what if I succeeded?

If there is one tiny little motto that I think ALL of us should live by, it’s this: no regrets.

Don’t let life pass you by, waiting for things to happen.

Remind yourself constantly that YOU HAVE DREAMS, and you are GOING to see to it that they happen.

3) Act as both an inspiration and a calming force.

Sometimes the world feels like it may as well be entirely on fire, for how upside-down things can get. Just like a hug can help calm a panic attack, or a movie can make you want to change your life, so, too, can a great life motto.

I’ll give you a couple of examples:

Inspiration: “One person can make a difference.” (i.e. get your butt out there and start making change happen. Only one person needs to care for something to matter.)

Calming Force: “Tomorrow is another day.” (In other words, take a deep breath and give yourself a break, because failure and disappointments happen, and that’s totally ok.)

How To Use Personal Mottos

This one is easy. So easy you’re going to wonder why you ever questioned how.

  1. Write down phrases that strike a chord with you (trust me, you’ll know it when you read it). Make the list as long as you want, but somewhere around 20 is probably a good starting point.
  2. Refine your list so that you only leave behind those mottos that truly align with your need for them. Do you need reminders that life isn’t as bad as it seems (i.e. mood boosters), or are you more in need of “go get ‘em” style words? Choose those phrases that match your “theme” for your list.
  3. Write them, type them, record a voice memo of you saying them. Do whatever works best for you so they can easily be put front and center in a moment, every day.
  4. Read (or listen to) them every day. You could wait to refer to them only when you feel like you need them, but they’re a lot less powerful that way. Make a daily habit to familiarize yourself with your entire mottos list; every morning before you start the day is ideal.
  5. Work hard to memorize the list, in full. Why? Because if they’re just plain burned into your brain, you’re far less likely to ever fall into a state of mind where you need them — they have literally become one with who you are.
man in yellow jacket writing personal mottos for daily reminder

Mottos To Live By

You’ve probably heard at least a few of these before, but I want to lay out my favorite list of mottos (some of them famous mottos) here for you, to help you get some inspiration in picking your life’s mottos.

From The Rock stepping in to get you pumped up, to Gandhi reminding you to be the good in the world, there is definitely an inspirational quote motto on this list that will become your life’s motto, and always be there to remind you to be the good version of yourself, instead of the down-in-the-dumps version.

1) Family first. Unknown

If you don’t put your loved ones before everything else in your life, then you’ll live a life unfulfilled no matter what you do.

2) When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you. – Walter Payton

Lots of people can brag. But it takes someone truly great to just quietly do what they do, and let others sing their praise instead of doing it themselves.

two men boxing to earn respect

3) Blood, sweat, and respect. First two you give, last one you Earn.Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

If you put in the effort, you get the recognition. You can’t just demand respect if you haven’t earned it.

4) You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Dr. Seuss

You have no excuses as to why you aren’t going where you want to go in life. What’s stopping you? (hint: only YOU can truly stop yourself from moving forward)

5) Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Judy Garland

Stop comparing yourself to others. There will always be someone better, richer, smarter, whatever than you, so make damn sure that you’re the best of yourself and you’ll be in the position to be one of those “someone betters.”

6) We must become the change we wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

If you don’t like it, change it. Nothing changes by just wishing it to happen, it happens by action.

7) Vision without action is a daydream. Japanese Proverb

You can envision your dream job, dream partner, dream house, dream everything until you’re in the grave. And that’s all it will ever be if you don’t DO something about it.

8) If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

Don’t give up. Even when you think you’ve reached your worst remember this: when you’re at your lowest, the only way to go is up. So get up.

9) He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. Friedrick Nietzsche

As long as you know what you’re going for (your why), you can handle anything that comes your way. It doesn’t matter how you got where you are (i.e. your better life), so much as it matters why you kept fighting for it.

10) You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one. Unknown

Don’t dwell on the past. Process what has come before, and use it to craft what is yet to come into the best it can be.

11) Go to bed with dreams, wake up with a purpose. Unknown

Have a dream. Make a plan. Get up and make it happen.

12) We are what we repeatedly do. Aristotle

Don’t keep dwelling on what you’ve done wrong — dwell on what you’re going to do to become who you want to be.

person petting puppy being kind to those around them using personal mottos

13) Have courage and be kind. Kyle Boureston

You’ll need all the courage you have to get out of your comfort zone and achieve your dreams. But no one likes a jerk. Be kind to those around you, and you’ll find that life gets a whole lot nicer.

14) Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller

If you’re just going to keep spinning your wheels through life and complaining about how things are boring, too routine, or just have no spark to them, it’s time to get off your butt and make life exciting.

15) When somebody tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football. Unknown

Sure, we’ve all seen those “nothing is impossible” inspirational mottos posters. But let’s face it, sometimes we can waste a LOT of time trying to do something that really doesn’t have much of a point. Pick your battles wisely.

16) Keep swinging. Hank Aaron

No matter what’s happening — a bad day, bad luck after bad luck thrown at you — just keep giving live your best and eventually you’ll hit a homerun.

17) While I breathe, I hope. South Carolina State Motto

So long as you are alive, you have the hope of a better day. No matter what happens, it can ALWAYS get better.

18) All that I am, I am because of my mind. Paavo Nurmi

For better or worse, your mind controls you 100%. If you think of yourself as a failure, your mind will make it so. If you think of yourself as a success, well, it’s gonna happen.

19) It’s impossible to feel grateful and depressed in the same moment. Naomi Williams

Make it a habit to have a gratitude session, daily. When you start to focus on what you’re thankful for — what is good in your life — it’s pretty hard to feel bummed about not having more, being better, etc. So long as you are better than you once were, you have something to be happy about.

proud man atop a mountain doing the impossible after adopting a personal motto

20) It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela

We’ve all had those moments where we look back and think “wow.” Make it a point to strive for the impossible, and turn it into one of those “wow, look how far I’ve come” moments.

Final Thoughts On Personal Mottos

Hopefully, this list got you started with being motivated, thinking about starting to DO something about it and how you’re going to get there, and working on your own mottos list. Sometimes motivational quotes are all it takes to get you up and running and raring to go.

But what I really want you to take away from this article is this: always remember, mind over matter. These mottos are simply the tool to help you focus on your mind, over the matters that are eating at you.

You CAN be a success, a go-getter, a rule-breaker, a winner.

You just need to TRY.

How to Develop Self-Mastery:  Get The Results You Want

How to Develop Self-Mastery: Get The Results You Want

You know you need to save your money, wake up early, workout more…

You KNOW exactly what you need to do, but you DON’T do it.

Why?

Because you have not accomplished “self-mastery”.

You’re probably thinking, What does that even mean?

Well, in the simplest terms, it means you lack discipline.

There are two types of people on Earth.

Those that let circumstances determine their effort and results, making sure they never reach full potential.

Then there are those who master the art of discipline and begin to create the results they want by dedicating more effort, hard work, and concentration to the areas they want to succeed in.

Don’t worry though, you CAN become the second type with practice and effort.

I used to let my circumstances define everything I did. I didn’t think I could ever work from home because I grew up in a poor household where my father had to work long hours. I didn’t think I would ever have a stable future or good financial health because my parents spent a vast majority of their money on alcohol and things that DID NOT matter.

I had no idea of the RIGHT way to do things in life, or how to master yourself and get the results you want because I never had a role model to teach me. I had no idea what was required to accomplish this. But against the odds, I have learned, and I refuse to let you feel the same way.

Mastery of self requires you to go beyond what most people are willing to do. I had to work more than kids I knew, I didn’t party or drink or waste my money. I was disciplined in my direction and journey.

 Most people will NEVER become person number two. It’s a sad but unfortunate truth.

Luckily for you, today’s article is going to cover EXACTLY how to master your own body and mind and cover exactly how to increase will power.

What Is Self-Mastery?

Self-mastery is the process of continuously working on yourself until you are able to develop and evolve into the person you want to become.

This means being able to control eating habits, waking up at the time you would like to, being more efficient in your work and accomplishing more in general.

It may also mean mastering your own thoughts, not allowing thoughts of fear, depression, or anxiety overcome you or control you.

To realize your potential you must not only practice self-mastery in your actions throughout the day but also in your own mind. The health of your own thoughts and emotions will determine most, if not all, of the results you are getting in your life.

Self-mastery requires continuous acts of discipline that will eventually develop into habits and become part of your personality as a whole. Becoming disciplined will allow you to master your own thoughts and feelings, enabling you to be more successful in what you aim to achieve.

Discipline is not something you are born with or something that is gifted to you. It can only be strengthened by continuous practice.

Ways To Become More Disciplined

Discipline is all about staying true to yourself on the things you said you would do. Accomplishing what YOU said you would accomplish.

If you say you’re going to start waking up early every morning but end up not doing so, you’re allowing yourself to disregard your own word. You are breaking a promise to YOURSELF. 

Repeatedly doing this can halt your results, and even cause you to go into depression or lose confidence.

You NEED wins to feel motivated to keep pursuing things. You need to learn how to have self-control.

What does self-control mean? It means that you are able (and willing) to have personal accountability to keep yourself in check. You don’t act on impulse, you act after careful thought.

As humans, affirmation is important to most of us. We want to feel like the effort we put in is justified and will bring results.

The problem with someone who lacks discipline is they will put in the effort for maybe two days and then quit. Then feel like they aren’t capable, when in reality that is very untrue!

You are capable, you just have to train your mind to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Which leads me to my first tip for developing self-mastery.

1) Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

man jumping into lake from rope mastering fear getting comfortable

It actually surprises me quite a bit how quickly people will quit on something AS SOON as it gets tough.

If you want to become successful in new areas of your life, you have to learn to embrace the fact that you will learn new things, things out of your comfort zone!

THIS IS GOOD.

I love the timeless saying by Thomas Jefferson:

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

You HAVE to get comfortable with learning new things, and trying different methods, or else, you will continue to get the same results again and again.

Some ways that I have practiced doing this in my life is by,

  • Waking up before 6:00 a.m.
  • Taking cold showers
  • Using checklists and to do lists
  • Exercising daily

There are hundreds of ways you can step out of your comfort zone every single day, but these are just some of my personal favorites that have made a huge impact on my life.

2) Form new habits and DON’T quit on them.

man with self-discipline working out

This means trying new things that make you uncomfortable, or just might be difficult for you. And NOT quitting on them.

That, my friend, is the definition of self-discipline, and it is absolutely one of the things you can develop if you put your mind do it.

Gah… If I had a dollar for every person that told me they were going to start working on their own business, just to be back working for someone else three weeks later. I’d probably have over $100.

This is the type of behavior that allows you to create the mentality that failure based on lack of effort is okay.

Failure is okay, but failing because you didn’t try is NEVER okay. And you’d be surprised to find out that MOST people fail because they never try as hard as they should or could, not because they just “can’t” do it.

3) Stay accountable and measure results.

use a to do list to stay accountable

You should be trying new things, sticking with them, and being dedicated to new habits and new methods.

But, it’s important to remember, not EVERY new thing you try will be in your best interest.

You may start waking up early every day for two weeks just to find that you’re more tired during the day and aren’t accomplishing near as much. In this case, maybe you should try staying up late to get more work done. Being an early bird isn’t for everyone, after all.

Success in life is never going to be a one size fits all. Stay accountable for your actions by doing them enough to get a good idea of what the results are, then decide what is worth it and what isn’t.

How to Master Yourself Completely

In order to master yourself completely, you must also become more self-aware. This means recognizing your own thoughts and behaviors that are holding you back from your full potential.

For some people, this may be easier than others. But you can start by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings and trying to rewire them in a way that is more healthy, mentally.

For example, if you begin working on your own business and you procrastinate by always telling yourself “why does it matter anyway? I’m not making that much money, maybe this is a waste of my time.”

Then you need to take a moment and reflect on these thoughts and emotions the next time you feel them. Begin rewiring these thoughts by first recognizing where they come from, what they are, and then shutting them the hell up!

Sounds aggressive I know, but the truth is, THESE are the voices and thoughts that are holding us back. They keep you from greatness!!

So in order to fix them, you must first recognize them, then fight them with positive and encouraging thoughts.

Instead of thinking about whether you’re wasting your time working on something, think about what working on this now could do for your future!

One of the most amazing things about self-mastery is that it allows you to replace negative inhibitors and thoughts with positive and encouraging feelings and emotions which will not only change your entire mentality but improve your results drastically.

The art of personal mastery is a journey that is different for everyone. It is accomplished by people every day in different ways and through different actions.

Regardless, we can all gain traction on the road of self-mastery by continuously practicing discipline in our own lives, striving to accomplish things that take us out of our comfort zone, and challenging our own negative thoughts and feelings.

I urge all of you to try some of these things and see exactly how they can drastically change the results you see in your life. I promise you will be surprised by how well it can turn out for you!

Until the next one,

Noah

10 Tips For How To Get Unstuck In Life

10 Tips For How To Get Unstuck In Life

According to dictionary.com, “unstuck” is defined as “freed…from being stuck.”

Why do I define that, specifically?

Because you know it, and I know it — you ARE stuck. And you need a way to GET FREE.

Every single one of us, at some point, wakes up one morning and realizes that they’re just spinning their wheels, going through the same motions every day. We realize that we just aren’t going anywhere in life and we need to figure out how to get out of a rut, ASAP.

We realize that our lives are completely stuck in “park.”

So what do you do about it? What’s the next (or even the first) action to take when you’re wondering how to get unstuck in life?

Read on, my friend, and let your next chapter in life unfold.

1. Reflect on what is good.

How: I know this sounds all sorts of hokey, but you really do need to take a minute to take stock of what isn’t stuck, what doesn’t suck, and what actually does make you feel pretty good. Making a list, taking pictures and making a photo album in your phone to scroll through, or just calling someone you love and trust and having a solid reflection session with them are all great ways to get out of a rut.

Why: When you let the negative things keep replaying through your head over and over, you’re as bad as a broken record stuck in its loop. When you can replace the negative thoughts with the positive things, you give your brain a chance to both get a break from the negative things hounding it, and give it some new loop fodder.

The Result: Good is cohesive to itself. When you start to focus on the good in life, your mind gets better at recognizing it, and your eyes get sharper for seeing more of it.

2. Call in the troops.

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How: Are you stuck because you’re swamped with work, housework, social obligations, etc? Try doing something like asking a buddy (or a few) to come to help you out with some yard work one weekend, and you can trade another weekend.

Why: You get your work done in half the time, you get a chance to have someone to talk to while you work and help take your mind off things, and you’ve got a good excuse to crack open a beer a lot earlier in the day. I mean, who doesn’t work with their buds without a Bud?

The Result: Clearly, if recurring, smothering amounts of yard work were keeping you feeling like you were spinning your wheels, you’ll be massively “unstuck” the minute the work is done. You likely also had a chance to at least shoot the breeze a little bit while you worked, which gives you a great opportunity to take your mind off of what’s been weighing you down and keeping you stuck. Mental health breaks are worth more than your weight in gold, sometimes.

3. Commit to a new exercise routine.

How: Whether you keep it simple by just changing what days you work out or you choose to start an entirely new program (like switching your Beachbody workout from P90X to Insanity), make it a point to make a change to your exercise routine if you want to find the shortcut to how to transform your life. If you aren’t big on working out now, then make it a big point to have this be when you start.

Why: Let’s say you simply go from running twice a week to running four times per week. You know you can run, obviously, so why not push yourself to accomplish what really amounts to just a little bit more? You’ll benefit from improved health and fitness – in half the time, duh – and you’ll also benefit from an easy win when you successfully stick to the new routine for a couple of weeks. Studies say that doing 20 minutes of cardio gives you about a 12-hour mood boost. If you work out every morning, you’re basically on a 100% natural “happy pill” for the rest of the day. Why NOT do that more often than you used to?!

The Result: Your mood is boosted, your physique improves (yes, it can, even in just 2 weeks!), and the double-dose of endorphins released during your double-dose weekly workouts will make you twice as happy-feeling as you were before the switch. Congratulations, you’ve literally used biology to force yourself out of your slump! Take that, middle school bio class! #crushedit

4. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

How: You never know, one of those painting-with-booze things that are all the rage these days might be your undiscovered hidden talent, just waiting to be discovered. In all seriousness though, pull out that dusty, creased list of things you’ve always wanted to try, pick one, and go do it.

Why: If you pick something super out of your comfort zone, like hang gliding, you’re obviously going to have a huge adrenaline rush from it. Even smaller “push” activities, like doing a 5K obstacle course or learning to ride a motorcycle, can give you some serious pep in your step.

The Result: Even if you don’t walk away a winner or a new pro, you’ll at the very least walk away 100% proud of yourself for just going out and doing something. You’ll be happier for having crossed something off of the bucket list, no matter how small. If nothing else, you conquered the high wall of hesitation that we all have when considering taking on something new and that in itself is worth being proud of.

5. Channel your inner passion.

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How: Chances are pretty good that while you might be working a job you enjoy, you’re not working your dream job. Chances are also pretty good that you can’t just up and quit tomorrow. Find a new hobby, a volunteer activity, or maybe even some night or online college courses so that you can put some of your passion in your real, everyday life instead of just keeping it locked up in your mind. For me, I’d be playing more pick-up basketball games at the rec center, if not finding a slightly more “pro” version of it locally.

Why: It’s a sad fact that only about 30% of us actually get to work our dream jobs. If that doesn’t make you shed a tear of defeat, nothing will. Finding a way to channel your passion gives you an opportunity to hone in on it, sharpen whatever skills or experiences go with it, and turn the tides in your favor that you might someday be able to make it become your day job. How cool would that be?

The Result: On a regular basis, you’ll have a higher overall sense of satisfaction with life. I mean, I’m gonna be real with you. Worst case scenario, I won’t become a famous NBA player but I’ll enjoy some great games of hoops, make a few new friends, and get in some great workouts. Best case scenario, I get really good at basketball, go semi-pro, eventually work my way up buying my own NBA team and living out my dream life from the spectator’s box. The goal with channeling your inner passion is so that it lights a massive bonfire under your butt that drives you to get out there and make your dream job and dream life happen, non-negotiable. We don’t all get a life do over, so make one for yourself.

6. Travel

How: Take a road trip, buy a last-minute cheap plane ticket (some companies offer $100 flights pretty close to the deadline!), or hop a train that goes literally anywhere. You don’t even need to necessarily plan anything specific, other than a destination (and maybe plan for how many changes of underwear you’ll need).

Why: There’s something inexplicably refreshing about being in a new place…none of your everyday baggage is there to remind you of, well, anything that’s not to your liking about your everyday life. We all need a break once in a while from the “same old, same old” routines we follow, of getting up and getting to work, making dinner and doing dishes at night, mowing the same lawns, watching the same TV from the same couch. A lot of people have a fear of change, so diving in and literally changes everything in a moment is a great way to get over that!

The Result: Who knows? At the very least, you’ll have had a nice little vacation away from daily reality, and feel refreshed when you get back home. But as they say, “adventure awaits…” Who’s to say you won’t end up finding a reason to stay?

7. Make a new daily plan.

How: Analyze what your average weekdays and weekends look like. Chances are that somewhere in your day you’re absolutely killing time with meaningless junk tasks or absolutely nothing. Find those “dead times” in your days, and find something new and better to replace them with. Chances are good that your mornings are underwhelming in their accomplishments, so start there. Maybe add one of those hobbies or online courses, maybe add a weekly call to your mom (who knows, moms are wise — maybe she can just tell you how to get unstuck and save you a lot of time). Maybe just pick up another job or an extra shift and see if you can’t change your financial position enough (and quickly enough) to take your life on a whole new turn.

Why: Why not? That might be a better question. You’re wasting time. Nobody ever got anywhere big in life by sitting around and waiting for the excitement to come to them; they had to get out there and MAKE things happen TO them. With a new financial picture, you can change your car, change your living space, and change your life!

The Result: I, for one, hope you replace that time with something that lights a fire under your butt and puts on you a fast-track to living the life you’re designing. I want you to change up that plan and be happier, more productive, richer, and become one of those people that is always telling everyone around them how they need to be like a shark — always moving or you’re dead. Sharks always move because life is on the move. Stop being complacent and swim against the current for once!

8. Get spiritual.

How: Go to church, find a good religious documentary on Netflix, or just read the Bible, even for the heck of it. Take a quiet, solitary walk through deep nature, stop to reflect on the way ripples on a pond look, or just watch the sun go down. There are obviously countless ways that you can connect yourself with whatever you consider being the spiritual side of life.

Why: If you believe in the story of creation by dust particles in space smashing together to form rocks, then planets, and then eventually life, you’ve got to realize that we didn’t come to exist out of literal pieces of dust to be just as useless in life. If you believe in the story of creation by the hand of God, then you KNOW we didn’t come to exist to just sit around doing nothing new, being nothing worthwhile, and feeling like crap.

The Result: If you do this one right, you’ll have an inexplicable sense of purpose with your life. Maybe you’ll have a revelation and just suddenly “see” your path to your dream life in those pond ripples. Maybe you’ll read a passage in the Bible that really resonates with you, and you’ll suddenly see how you got to where you are and what you’re meant to do in life. Or maybe you’ll just finally get a chance to meditate quietly and let all the stress of life go for a little while, and that will be enough to let you use your clear head to think, feel some peace, and get moving again.

9. Remove the toxic people from your life.

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How: It’s incredibly hard but pretty simple to do this: you just simply give the person(s) fair warning that they’re making a negative impact on your life, and if they don’t respect you enough to respond to that and make some necessary changes, you just stop interacting with them and move on with your life. It’s hard, but sometimes it just needs to be done.

Why: If you’re constantly trying to get that one friend to get his crap together, or you’re tired of always feeling put down by that one uncle, you’re doing yourself a disservice by continuing to go through the same motions with them over and over again. If things haven’t changed in a long time, and if they don’t change after fair warning and a serious, adult discussion, then you’ve got to believe that they aren’t going to. So you can either choose to stay miserable because of them, or you can decide to break free from it.

The Result: You’ll likely have a few feelings of sadness when the ties are finally cut, but you’ll have a huge sense of relief that you can finally move forward with your own life and stop being held back by these others around you. It is called your life, after all.

10. Admit that you have (and will continue to) make mistakes, and that’s ok.

How: Literally just repeat this personal motto to yourself as often as needed: “I am human; I sometimes screw up and that’s fine. Sometimes life sucks, and that’s fine too. It won’t last forever; I can choose to simply ride it out, or do something about it.”

Why: A lot of us have so much trouble getting unstuck for no better reason than we don’t realize that we put ourselves there, so we are also capable of getting ourselves back out again. I mean, you’re in your current un-dream job because you CHOSE to settle for it. I don’t want to hear complaints about how you couldn’t afford this or that college, or how it was the only job available. Not all of us are willing to be starving artists on the streets, but some people are, and some of them make it big. They just have a bigger willingness to gamble (and a bigger willingness to risk failure) than the rest of us.

The Result: The goal with this effort is simply to slap yourself on the face and wake you up to the fact that life is full of ups and downs, and getting back uphill is just plain hard sometimes. Mistakes are a chance to learn something new and apply that to your future self and see if it can be avoided. If it can’t, then it’s fine to say “oh well” and just roll with it. I mean, did you know that Steve Jobs’ first Macintosh computer was a flop Steve Jobs’ first Macintosh computer was a flop, and he got the boot from the company that he started?

How To Get Unstuck In Life

Maybe you’re reading the list above thinking it sounds too involved, like too much effort, and too unlikely to ever be effective.

But you’re completely wrong.

The list above is the tedious steps you need to go through if you simply fail at the absolute ultimate way to get out of the rut your life is currently in: stop calling it “a rut” and start calling it “life.”

A rut in the mud is caused by the tires that spin it into existence.

Don’t be a tire.


What is your favorite way to get unstuck when you find yourself in a rut?

3 Awesome Ways to Motivate Yourself (Even When You Want To Give Up)

3 Awesome Ways to Motivate Yourself (Even When You Want To Give Up)

Let’s face it – some days are just garbage.

Nothing seems to go right, everyone and everything feels like they’re “out to get you,” and you start to question why you work so hard when things never work out for you anyway.

On those days especially, you need to have ways to motivate yourself.

The days when you wake up and say “I have no motivation today” are the days when you seriously need some good, reliable, get-up-and-go tricks to make sure that you know how to motivate yourself every day.

Wait, Why Do I Need Motivation?

Ok, well…if the above doesn’t sound like you, ever, then you’re lying. Either that or I want to know whatever happy pill you’re taking because clearly, it’s working!

Tell me if this sounds accurate:  you’re reading this post because, at some point in your (I’m assuming) recent life, you’ve had no motivation to do anything, been so not motivated to work, or maybe even felt a little “out of it” and can’t bear the thought of forcing yourself to do anything.

Yeah?

Good, so we agree on that — sometimes life is a big pile of you-know-what, and you only have two choices: wallow in it, or figure out how to get out of it.

Wallowing is not enjoyable for anyone but pigs. So unless you’re planning on being bacon when you grow up, it’s time you got some positive motivation going.

As to why you need motivation, it’s simple:  when you’re old and wrinkly, do you want to look back and have a million regrets for all the things you never got around to doing, changing, feeling, etc., or do you want to look back and be amazed at how much you accomplished in your life and what you have to show for all of your hard work?

(If you answer anything besides “I want to be amazed,” then maybe you need to take a break and read this on another day when your mind is in the right place.)

But regardless of how you’re looking at life right now, know this:  you NEED motivation to keep going, day in and day out, no matter what it takes, if you want to live anything that looks like a good, happy, productive, and successful life.

How To Motivate Yourself

When you’re in that funk where you’re thinking “why am I not motivated,” you’ve GOT to know what to do about it. Try these 3 motivating things below to get yourself pumped up and back in action.

1. Get Planning (And Get Thinking)

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How many times have you found yourself with no motivation, leaving you feeling like you just don’t know where to turn next, what to do, or why you’re feeling so stuck?

Listen close: the reason you’re unmotivated and not sure where to turn in those moments is because you don’t have a solid plan in place.

Whether your plan is for how to respond to these moments or, more importantly, the plan that acts as a straight up to-do action list, it’s the same problem (and the same solution) either way.

Think hard about the root cause of your “needs motivation” feeling.

If you’re feeling blah because you’re not sure what to do next, that’s the easiest solution of all:  whether you’re planning your day at work or home, your week, or even the month (or longer), having a clearly laid out path forward will keep you reliably on track.

The best method for having this motivational action plan, however, is to map out just 3 tasks per day that you’re going to complete today, no matter what (and you might want to have 3 tasks for work and 3 separate tasks for personal so that you can experience a sense of accomplishment in both major areas of your life).

Here’s an example from my life:

1) Work “Big 3”

  1. Finish this month’s bookkeeping
  2. Edit and publish the next post
  3. Finalize next month’s editorial calendar

2) Personal “Big 3”

  1. Log calories and make sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes.  
  2. Give my place a good deep clean.
  3. Read my new book and spend time with my girlfriend.

Do you see how planning your day helps with motivation? It’s no massive, mile-long to-do list; it’s no one beating your back and demanding that you do what they say.

It’s simply you, committing to yourself, that you ARE going to make these pre-defined accomplishments happen today.

If you’re working on a bigger project that you know is going to span over the course of a few days, go ahead and only do ONE task per day until it’s completed (you’d make that judgment based off of how long you’re expecting the project to take vs. how many hours per day you’re available to work on this work or personal project). Make sense?

So planning out the “big 3” for each day for an entire week at a time is also a valid idea, so long as you’re not over-planning any given day or you’ll be asking for trouble.

As for problem part two, not knowing how to keep going when you’re unmotivated, if the big 3 planning method somehow falls short, the next step is to find out what motivates you to learn, to do, or to move.

If watching one motivational YouTube video or podcast is all it takes to get you ready to run, then find some excellent podcasts or a YouTube channel with 5-minute videos (I might even have one of these in the works for 2019, so stay tuned for that…) so that whenever you feel your ambition slipping you can pull it up quickly and easily for a dose of motivation.

If you need a daily mid-day meditation break to clear and reset your mind before you’re ready to tackle more, then make it a scheduled, written down habit to do this, maybe during your lunch break each day.

If you just need a solid quote to get you fired up, then invest in one of those page-a-day calendars that’s all hyper-motivational quotes. Re-read that sucker each day as many times as needed to help you get back on the wagon and knocking out your big 3’s.

2. Call On Your Accountability Buddy

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For most people, this will be their spouse or significant other, but sometimes it can be a friend, co-worker, neighbor, or some random Facebook friend that you don’t really know in person.

WHO your accountability buddy is, is up to you; what matters is that you have one.

When you were a kid in school and had to walk in line to the cafeteria or do a swimming unit in gym class, did they assign you a “buddy?” I’m sure at some point, they did.

But do you know why?

First, it’s easier to keep track of little kids when you only need to locate half of your students because fairly guaranteed the other half is there too, corresponding to the kids you counted/identified.

Second, because if anything happened to you as the buddy in question, you had someone there to look out for you, whether you tripped and face-planted from an untied shoe or started drowning because you were a crap swimmer.

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? (The someone having your back part, not the face-plant or the drowning. Duh.)

The same concept applies to your adult life, believe it or not.

Let’s use weight loss as an example. Studies have shown that a person’s continued use of a particular weight loss program had a 29% increase in adherence if there was a social component to that program.

Think of that in terms of your chances of success being 29% higher, and that’s for something as undesirable and unpleasant to do as exercising and losing weight.

Can you imagine what the increase in success rate would be for something you actually WANTED to do?!?!!?

Most of us have a reasonably healthy guilt reflex. We lie and it makes someone sad – we feel guilty.

We tell someone that we are going to do something and then don’t do it – we feel guilty about letting them down.

If you KNOW that you have to tell someone “yeah, so I didn’t do that thing I promised I’d do,” you’re highly likely to experience a sense of disappointment…with yourself.

You KNOW you’re better than that, you KNOW you’re capable of doing what you said you would, and you KNOW that it’s only hurting YOURSELF to not keep your word.

And if you can’t even trust yourself to keep your word, why should anyone else? (Think about that one for a while, in terms of overall trust of others in you. Motivating in itself.)

If you really and truly have NO ONE that you can partner with, even an online stranger in a Facebook group, then plaster a giant poster on your wall to mimic the sticker charts of your childhood or even a giant calendar where you’ll write down your daily Big 3. Having easy, eye-catching, unavoidable ways of keeping your tasks and goals in front of you is a great way to get in the habit of staying accountable to yourself.

3. Keep Your Long-Term Goals In Mind (And In Sight)

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I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of those graphs talking about compound interest and showing how if Jill starts saving for retirement at age 25 but Jack waits until 35, Jill will be all set for a comfy retired life and Jack will be wondering why he wasted 10 years of what could have been retirement savings trying to marry the financially-smart-but-totally-disinterested Jill.

Or something like that.

But seriously, let’s go with the financial example for a minute.

If you look at your paycheck today, pay all your obligations (bills, debts, etc), and have 25% of it leftover, what will you do with that money? Are you going to put some of it away for retirement and present-day savings, and see what’s left to enjoy, or are you going to say “woohoo, it’s payday!” and go blow it on who knows what useless stuff?

Jill obviously was the type to enjoy her leftover paycheck amount in moderation, whereas Jack treated that cash like it would never run out. (I’m just glad he paid his bills first, to be honest.)

Jill was smart enough to know that she could enjoy life now while working towards making sure that her future was as bright as she dreamed, while Jack didn’t care about what the future held so much as he cared about instant gratification. She took smaller steps today (although larger than Jack’s steps, obviously) which made her big retirement income goals much more easily attainable, so she could stay more easily motivated to work towards them.

The same applies to anything you want out of life: a better job, a higher income, a custom-built house, more freedom to do what you want and when, etc.

If you want a better job today, your Big 3 had better at least occasionally have a task that helps you get that promotion you wanted. If you want a higher income, your big 3 better have you working towards meeting bonuses or maybe getting a part-time job or a side hustle.

If you want a custom-built home, one of your personal Big 3 should probably be to finally start sketching out the floor plan and consulting with an architect, one of these days.

You can see where I’m going with this.

If your personal Big 3 every day, for example, is 1) laundry, 2) cook dinner, and 3) read before bed, chances are good you’re not going to make many changes in your personal life over the next decade.

Make time to learn, to read, to practice, and to grow, as it directly relates to furthering your progress towards those big goals and dreams.

Those long-term goals are what will dictate your smaller, daily, shorter-term goals. Those short-term goals, being much more easily attainable (and more likely to be reached) than the big-picture, longer-term goals, are what makes millionaires vs. miserables.

I mean, in one goal-setting study from Harvard, the small 13% of a class who were goal-setters were making double the income of the majority non-goal-setters by the 10-year mark.

How’s that for taking names and kicking…attainable goals to the curb?

Bonus:  How To Motivate Someone Else

There’s a chance you came across this article while trying to figure out how to help a friend or loved one that suffers from a motivation problem.

While it’s admirable that you’re trying to help, there’s something very important you need to remember: just because you see that someone needs motivation, does not mean that they’re going to be open to your help and suggestions.

That’s the trick with motivation — it’s a singularly internal thing.

You being excited about me winning the lottery (or the opposite) won’t change how I feel about it.

Parents dreaming of raising future Olympic gold-medal athletes won’t be able to make their kid want to play a sport they hate, for anything.

But there are a few things you can try that might help that someone get the internal motivation that you see they’re lacking:

  • Be there for them. Maybe they’re unmotivated because they’re just having a rough go of it lately. Make sure you take the time to listen (to both what’s said and what isn’t said) and help them with any those problems if they want it. Sometimes motivation has to be put on hold until whatever emotional problems are going on can be resolved.
  • Share posts like this with them. No, this isn’t a selfish request from me. I don’t care if you send them my article or someone else’s, just make sure that if they are in need of some self-motivation tips (and are not affected by emotional struggles that overpower it) and offer it up as help. Do be careful that you’re not being overbearing with them by doing so.
  • Think of ways to add some unstructured, unweighted fun into their life. Maybe your friend is just over-stressed from the demands of their job and kids. Offer to meet them for a drink once in a while so they can take a true break. Let them vent if needed, tell them some solid jokes, and make sure to let them know that YOU appreciated the time spent. Make it a more routine event to get together, and make sure to mix it up with what you do in that time.
  • Ask them some “what if” questions. Every so often, ask them what they’d do with $1,000 handed to them. Ask what business they would start if someone else foots the bill. Ask them what they’d do with their time if they won the lottery tomorrow and were set for life. Sometimes getting someone jump started on thinking bigger gives them the spark they need to start working towards living better.

What’s your go-to method for motivating yourself? Leave a comment and let us know!

How to Wake up Motivated Every Morning

How to Wake up Motivated Every Morning

Get up at 4:30 a.m.???

You’d have a better chance of getting me to take an ice bath in the Arctic during the month of December.

Well, at least that’s how it used to be. Now, I’m part of that early morning club that wakes up energized and ready to go.

Honestly, it can change your life in more ways than you even realize. I wake up with the motivation to get out of bed every single morning, and it is something that I firmly believe ANYONE can do.

Not only that, but I think it’s something everyone SHOULD do.

Do I think you need to wake up at 4:30? Maybe not, but that depends on your goals. But you should wake up energized and ready to attack the day by a decent time at least.

If you’re one of those people that thinks “Noah, you’re crazy. I have no motivation to get up in the morning; I’m always tired.”

Stuff your excuses in a sack. Today I’m going to tell you exactly how to be happy and motivated every day!

I’m gonna help you figure out exactly how to wake up energized and motivated, plus feel more awake in the morning!

1) Keep your Sleeping Space Clean

I list this one first because… I HAD NO CLUE. Like, I used to be the messiest, most unorganized person in the world.

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I was a young bachelor, consuming Netflix, eating out every day, throwing my clothes all about the room, never picking things up or making up my bed. I was… a mess, to put it politely.

I had no clue how toxic this was!

You just think “I’m too busy to clean it,” or “it will be too stressful to maintain.”

But I’m TELLING you, heck, PROMISING you, it will change your life if you keep your space clean.

If you’re one of those people that has no motivation when they wake up and just feels groggy when you crawl out of bed, you should REALLY give this a try. It absolutely made a difference for me in finally having some motivation to get out of bed each day.

Some simple things I would suggest are:

  • Just simply tidying up. Sometimes you just need to make sure the clothes are off the floor (stuff that hamper nice and full), the dresser tops and bedside tables are clear of junk (I KNOW your mama taught you what a garbage can was), and the bed is made up nicely (pull the blanket up nice and the rest doesn’t matter).
  • Rearrange your room. I have actually found that rearranging your room before taking on a big change can make you feel very energized, excited, and renewed. It’s sort of like changing environments so that you’re prepared for other changes. Greasing the skids, if you will!
  • Get rid of things that don’t spark joy. I love Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up. She focuses on only keeping things in your life that “spark joy”. I experienced the effect of this the last time I moved, from my old place to my new digs. A roommate and a good friend helped me rid myself of all the clutter in my life. I got rid of anything and everything that didn’t spark joy in my life or didn’t serve a major purpose. If you can look at something and have zero reaction, tell it goodbye and don’t look back.

Doing all of these things allowed me to both wake-up AND go to sleep in my room at ease.

Following this process will help you figure out how to wake up energized and feeling refreshed and prepared for the day.

Don’t underestimate the power of being comfortable and feeling satisfied in your surroundings!

2) Go to bed on time

This is probably the most overused (and patronizing) phrase when it comes to “if you wanna wake up early, do this.”

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Simply going to bed on time isn’t enough. This is something you HAVE to commit to.

Because the truth of the matter is, if you want to know the secret to how to get out of bed, it’s this:  you have to GET GOOD SLEEP.

There is a certain amount of sleep that you need to function properly and feel properly rested. Generally speaking we “adults” 18 and older (based on age, not maturity level) need around 7.5-8.5 hours per night.

You can find out how much time you need to sleep by performing a sleep test on yourself. This article from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard outlines the process in an easy manner if you are unaware of how much sleep you need.

But getting enough sleep is actually not where most people fail. I have observed through past experience and by working with others, the biggest failure in being able to get to sleep on time is staying committed to yourself.

You may have a goal to get to sleep at a certain time, but if you let other people keep you up or you just throw that goal out at the first opportunity, then you have an underlying lack of commitment that you need to address.

No amount of sleep in the world is going to fix that, my friend.

You need to figure out:

  • WHY waking up in the morning and being well rested is important to you (what will you be doing the next day that requires you to be at your best?)
  • HOW that will change your life (what can you accomplish and how can you see your dreams come to life?)
  • How to STAY COMMITTED to doing it (you’ll never see the results you want if you’re lacking in solid follow-through).

This means keeping your word to yourself and staying true to the goals you have set. This may mean missing some parties with friends on occasion, or having to say no to a late night movie. This means being an adult and knowing how to wake yourself up, once and for all.

But it truly can make the BIGGEST difference in the productivity level you are experiencing in your life.

Getting out of bed in the morning will be so much easier for you if you stay committed to a solid bedtime routine and create a schedule for yourself that your body can get used to.

A small bonus to going to bed on time is that when you do stay up or go out, it will feel like a treat (or maybe a death sentence, depending on how far past your bedtime it is and how tired you are), and your friends or partner will know that you’re breaking your normal cycle for them. Talk about an “easy” way to make your loved ones feel more special, by taking that time for them!

3) Build your own list of reliable hacks for how to wake up motivated every morning.

Some other ways to wake yourself up in the morning can be done AFTER you crawl out of bed.

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For different people, this can mean many different things. Here are some morning motivation ideas that I practice personally, that have made a huge difference in building a “motivated morning” routine.

1) Going to the gym

For myself, this morning ritual means working out right when I wake up. I get out of bed, get ready, and go STRAIGHT to the gym. This allows me to get away from my bedroom or other distractions at home that might risk me wasting the morning.

This is so important – especially as someone who works from home – because you HAVE to get out of the house sometimes and just have something you enjoy away from the comfort of your home.

2) Having a morning drink

Some people also LOVE their morning coffee. I am not a caffeine person myself and have tried coffee in the past. While I really did enjoy it, and there are even some science-backed benefits of drinking it, It just wasn’t for me. I would have a crash in the middle of the day and sometimes it just didn’t sit well with my stomach.

This doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you, and having a nice hot cup of coffee or hot tea right after getting out of bed in the morning might be the extra kick you need to get you butt in gear and start crushing the day, ASAP.

3) Meditate or have “quiet time”

Although I like to just get straight into the gym and sweat my heart out on some weights, some days I like to wake up a few minutes earlier and just relax. I don’t check my phone or turn on the TV, I don’t answer any texts or calls, I just have ME time.

I sit somewhere quiet and comfortable and just try to focus on my breathing. I allow myself to drift away from stress, worry, and just let my brain be empty of anything but positive thoughts. I take that time to envision WHERE I want to see myself in the near future and WHO I want to be when I get there.

This process keeps me in line with my goals, motivated, and makes sure that I stay true to who I want to be and that I am getting closer to achieving my goals and manifesting success in my life.

Final Thoughts On Learning How To Wake Up Motivated

At the end of the day, there are countless ways to get yourself out of bed. Maybe a blaring alarm, or an accountability partner.

But there is a difference to be appreciated in just rolling out of bed miserably versus waking up refreshed and ready to attack the day.

I truly want to see the best results for you in your own life, and I want you to experience what it is like to be able to make the MOST out of the day. Your big ideas and big dreams are way too valuable to not be taking action towards them EVERY DAY.

Don’t let difficulty waking up in the morning be the silly little thing that holds you back.

YOU deserve to be your best self, YOU deserve to be “busy living better” and I want to see that for you.

Until the next one guys, stay happy, stay healthy, and NEVER forget your value.

– Noah

Try out some of these ideas and leave me a comment to let me know how they work for you!