Motivation is as easy as ABC

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One of the most important keys I have learned about motivation is that Motivation follows Action, NOT the other way around.  Too many sit there waiting for the motivation to act but that is entirely the wrong approach.  The best thing to do is just get busy – take action and you’ll find that the motivation will follow.

With that said, getting motivated is just one piece of the puzzle.  With the countless negativities the world brings about, how do we STAY motivated? Try on these tips from A to Z…

A – Achieve your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

B – Believe in yourself, and in what you can do.

C – Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination.  To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides.

D – Don’t give up and don’t give in. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, more than thrice before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent light bulb. Make motivation as your steering wheel.

F – Family and Friends – are life’s greatest ‘F’ treasures. Don’t lose sight of them.

G – Give more than what is enough. Where does motivation and self improvement take place at work? At home? At school? When you exert extra effort in doing things.

H – Hang on to your dreams. They may dangle in there for a moment, but these little stars will be your driving force.

I – Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people to get the best of you. Stay out of toxic people – the kind of friends who hates to hear about your success.

J – Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And the key to failure is to try to please everyone.

K – keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. When a person is motivated, eventually he sees a harsh life finally clearing out, paving the way to self improvement.

L – Learn to love yourself. Now isn’t that easy?

M – Make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put into work clothes.

N – Never lie, cheat or steal.  Always play a fair game.

O – Open your eyes. People should learn the horse attitude and horse sense. They see things in 2 ways – how they want things to be, and how they should be.

P – Practice makes perfect. Practice is about motivation. It lets us learn repertoire and ways on how can we recover from our mistakes.

Q – Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate – are you going to be a quitter? Or a winner?

R – Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. We must hear the little voice within us telling us to get started before others will get on their feet and try to push us around. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark.

S – Stop procrastinating.

T – Take control of your life. Discipline or self control jives synonymously with motivation. Both are key factors in self improvement.

U – Understand others. If you know very well how to talk, you should also learn how to listen. Yearn to understand first, and to be understood the second.

V – Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on a dry land.

W – Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing. And to believe is something that is rooted out from the roots of motivation and self improvement.

X – X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put on “extras” on your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on.

Y – You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence, because you’re just going to spend it once.

Z – Zero in on your dreams and go for it!!!

I hope you found value with this post today and if you did, please share it with your friends and followers.  What steps do you take to stay motivated?  Please leave a comment below and share your tips.

To Your Success!

Laura Paulson

Laura is a digital marketer and entrepreneur building assets that spin off passive residual income. She created the Marketing Training Portal with 'Quick Hits' Marketing Tips Blog and Newsletter to help fellow entrepreneurs sort through all the noise and information overload for real-world, actionable tactics and strategies to put into action to accelerate their business growth.

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Donna Turner - 6 years ago Reply

Thank you, Laura. That was so uplifting and motivating. It was just what I needed at the time. I’m saving this one!

LauraPaulson Reply:

@Donna Turner, Hi Donna, I hope you found a useful nugget 🙂

motivation forever - 6 years ago Reply

This is a well thought list,Thanks.Getting motivated can be easy at first but staying motivated is the hard thing.However, I think staying focused helps.

marquita herald - 6 years ago Reply

Inspirational list and great advice! Sometimes we stall ourselves by thinking we can’t do something because we don’t have the education, contacts, money, etc. Winning is all about cultivating “possibility” thinking. Thanks!
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LauraPaulson Reply:

@marquita herald, I agree Marquita – getting started is half the battle. Don’t over think things, just get busy and do it, right?! 🙂

Peter Fuller MBA - 6 years ago Reply

Hey Laura

Great post and very motivating 🙂

I am going to see how many of those tip I can tick off my list tomorrow.

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alicia@yboggle - 6 years ago Reply

Motivation is the fuel to take action and go forward. I am going to apply some of your nuggets of wisdom to my business life. Great post.
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Dr. Robert Doebler - 6 years ago Reply


I think we all know how our motivation can be lost at times, especially during trying periods. The most important thing that we have to do is to remember the reason why we are doing it in the first place, if we don’t love what we are doing then motivation is hard to find but we can still get it from other sources whether it be in the form of a person or another goal.

Thanks for your list. I’m definitely printing this out.

Kyle Quinlan - 6 years ago Reply

Cool. “Motivation follows action.”
That’s a really good point that I’ve never really stopped to think about. You’re right though, often times you just need to force yourself to take action and then the motivation to kick in.
Thanks for the awesome and inspiring post.

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