How to Stay Motivated at Work and In Life According to Success Coaches
Motivation is perhaps one of the most widely discussed topics in the personal development industry. Sometimes you feel the zest and can be so driven that nothing seems to be able to stop you from taking action and moving forward. And there are also times when you feel totally no energy and you just want to do nothing and let the time pass.
Highly successful people are not the most motivated people in the world nor do they have all the motivation in the world to stay driven 24/7. The difference between extraordinary people and average people is that extraordinary people know how to handle their state of emotion much better than the ordinary people. Yes, motivation is an emotional state. And you can learn how to handle your emotion.
In this article, you will discover how you can stay motivated at work and in life according to some famous success coaches in the world. Let’s dive straight into the meat and discover how you can do so…
- Tony Robbins: Turn your shoulds into musts
Tony Robbins is one of the most famous success coaches in the world. And when it comes to staying motivated and achieving peak results at work and in life, Tony suggests people turn their shoulds into their musts.
The only reason people are not feeling motivated to take action is because what they want is not a must-achieve. A lot of people set goals, but the majority of them fail to accomplish their goals because their goals are not an absolute must-achieve to them. They can live comfortably even without achieving their goals.
Imagine if you are a heavy smoker and smoke a whole pack of cigarette every day. And one day, you feel sick and cough non-stop. So you consult a doctor and the doctor says that you have lung cancer, and if you continue to smoke, you may die within three months. Guess what, at this point, most people will do whatever it takes to stop smoking, no matter how hard the bad habit may seem.
When you have a strong and emotional reason behind what you do, you will turn it into a must-do and never question the possibility of procrastination anymore. This is what you need to do at work and in your life.
Find out a strong and emotional reason to support your goals and your dreams. When your reason is strong and powerful, nothing you can stop you. And this is what Tony means by saying that you must transform your shoulds into your musts.
And remember, when there is a will, there will be a way. It is a matter of your will and not so much about your motivation.
- Jack Canfield: Stay motivated with the masters
Jack Canfield is the successful author of the best-selling book, Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He has sold over 250 titles and more than 500 million copies worldwide. And Canfield believes that if you want to be successful in life and at work, you must stay motivated with the masters.
According to Canfield, producing extraordinary results in life is a challenging work and you need to have daily motivation in order to stay on track and to make progress. And one great way to do so is to seek external motivation to keep your thoughts and attitudes oriented on the success you want. You can do so by committing to lifelong learning such as reading, watching, or listening to books, videos, and even audios.
Canfield says that if you spend just 15 minutes a day listening to motivational talks, read empowering books, or learning a valuable lesson from the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, artists, and other professional athletes, it will inspire you to pursue your own amazing success.
If you read the biography and study successful people across all the industries, you will discover that they all share a common trait, which is that they are great learners and most of them read a lot of books.
Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors in the world says that he spends about 5 to 6 hours a day into reading. Bill Gates did the same thing. He reads about 50 books a year, which means a book a week on average. The successful talk-show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey says that reading is “her personal path to freedom” and she has her own Oprah’s Book Club. The founder of Nike, Phil Knight created his own library behind his executive office and anyone who wants to enter has to remove his shoes and bow.
Therefore, take in Jack Canfield’s advice. Read books and constantly seek to learn from other successful people in the world. You will find the inspiration and motivation you need from there.
- Jim Rohn: Stand guard at the door of your mind
Jim Rohn once said that your life and the way you feel about yourself is largely based on your environment. And if you want to stay motivated at work and in life, you must create an environment that is supportive of your goals and dreams.
Hence, you have to safeguard and filter the information that goes into your head all the time. You do not want unnecessary or unsupportive information gets into your mind because it will affect your thinking, and hence, your mood. Consider watching less TV and choose to read more books instead. And more importantly, make sure you network with other successful and positive people.
Jim Rohn is famous for his saying, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” and it is true. This saying is true for your income, your weight, education, career, and every other area of your life. Successful people choose to mix and network with other successful people. And mediocre people will do the same by networking and spending most of their time with other mediocre people. They spend time complaining, blaming and giving excuses, most of the time.
Take a minute now and think about the people you mix with most of the time. Who are they? And what are the topics they share with you? If you find that your friends are not helping or being supportive in your journey to achieve your goals, perhaps, it is time to say goodbye to them or maybe you should consider spending less time with them.
- Zig Ziglar: See yourself as a success
“If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal,” quoted motivational guru, Zig Ziglar.
You must see yourself as a success before you can become one. And what Ziglar means is that you must envision your success. Whenever you feel like you have no motivation to do something, just envision the success you want.
When you visualize, your mind cannot differentiate between what is real and what is being imagined. Thus, your mind will create the great feelings in your body and make you feel motivated. Whenever you feel like no motivation, just dream and imagine the success you want. Visualize yourself driving your dream car, living in your dream villa by the sea, traveling around the world with your lover, visiting the Eifel Tower in Paris and taking a stroll by the beach in Hawaii, how good is that.
Highly successful people are able to stay motivated most of the time because they are constantly thinking and imagining the success they desire in their head. You can do the same by visualizing the success you want so that you will feel motivated most of the time.
- Tony Robbins: Set empowering goals
It is true that setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. However, why do so many people feel the lack of motivation when it comes to taking action to achieve their goals? Well, according to Tony, you must set empowering goals and not just any goal.
Tony says, “People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals; that is, goals that do not inspire them.” And he is absolutely right. The reason you are not feeling motivated is that your goals are not exciting to you.
Think about it, why some people are able to wake up as early as 4 AM, take a two-hour drive to get to the golf course and just to enjoy the game? And why some people are able to stay up late because they want to watch the drama or to play computer games? The answer is that these activities are exciting to them.
When your goals become exciting to you, you can draw energy from them and stay motivated all day long. Just like the first time when you travel overseas, board the airplane, go to Disneyland, and the first time you buy a new car, things are super exciting to you. Perhaps, you cannot sleep at night and you cannot stop thinking about it. You cannot wait for it to happen.
This is exactly what you need to do to stay motivated at work and in life. Just make your goal exciting and something that you cannot wait to make it happen. And this is what Tony means by setting empowering goals.