Conditioning, conditioning, conditioning. It’s not just a mantra for athletes. To become extremely successful, we must train for the ultimate marathon: the distance of our lives. Just as you can’t sprint a marathon, you can’t do well in life if you don’t know how to stay motivated. Below, I’ll teach you how to stay motivated and break free of fear so you can find longterm success.
How to Stay Motivated: Finding the Right Juice
Even if we’re not always at peak level — and there will be times when we’re not — there’s something that’s motivating us, something that’s fueling us. What we’re fueling up with will determine whether or not we go the distance.
Anger as a Motivator
Our motivations are the juice that fuel us, and we’ve only got two choices when it comes to flavor. You’re either doing what you do based on a positive energy juice, or you’re doing it with a negative energy juice. Both can be extremely effective. In fact, both can get you far. However, the real question is if they’ll get you to finish. With your choice of juice are you going to arrive where you intended to go? What kind of condition are you going to be in when you get there?
People who run on negative energy juice can make pretty decent money. However, not long after they get it, they usually get rid of it again. This is because it was angry energy that got them there; they were rebelling against something, or someone (usually a parent). Since their success was born out of anger, fueled by rage, they couldn’t hold onto it for very long. Now they’re broke and angry! They clearly chose the wrong juice, the wrong motivation.
Fear as a Motivator
Others are so fearful that there will never be enough money — or that they themselves will never be enough— that the insecurity shifts their focus away from the other areas of life. Their insecurity erodes their physical, mental, and emotional condition.
While fear can be useful when it comes to first getting motivated, helping us to get our butts in gear at the start, fear will not help us understand how to stay motivated. When we’re acting on imaginary pain — pain based on negative conditioning that fuels negative motivations — fear acts more like an obstacle to our happiness than an efficient fuel source.
Joy and Purpose as Motivators
How about joy and purpose as motivations? How about loving what you do? These motivators are not only sustainable, but they inspire you to contribute to something beyond yourself. Good or good?
If you’re not juiced by joy and purpose, it ain’t gonna work. At least, not for the distance anyway. You can get short bursts of success and motivation based on anger or fear, but these create stress. You might win the game financially for a short period of time, but you won’t be rich on a spiritual, emotional, and mental level.
The fact of the matter is, you cannot have enough money to not be angry anymore. Additionally, no amount of money will lessen fear. So change your fuel! We want money and happiness. The only way that can happen is if you’re running on supportive juice, not juice that’s going to lead to a crash and burn.
If you want to make money, come up with motivations that are supportive. There’s always family, obligation, more toys or material things — but what are some motivations that really touch the core of our greatest joys in life? What are some different types of juice that relate to happiness beyond, “I have to do this,” or material comforts? We want to hear from you!
For Your Freedom,