How To Get Motivated & Stay Motivated

Learning how to get motivated and stay motivated will pay dividends to you later in life as you develop positive motivational habits that keep you focused and determined. Having the desire to stay motivated is a difficult task at times but can be honed and sharpened just like your ability to run. The first big step in determining what keeps you motivated is determining what you are being motivated for.


This means that setting goals must be a critical part of sustained motivation. In order to actually set a motivational routine, again, you need to know what you are being motivated for in order to motivationally prepare properly for the upcoming task or activity. Once you have a goal in mind you can start to mentally prepare yourself for the upcoming activity that must be performed in order to achieve the desired end result you had in mind.


Getting Yourself Psyched Up!


In order to get yourself mentally prepared for an upcoming activity, you can try some of the following.


  1. Visualize Yourself Completing the Goal

Visualization of future success is a great way to get yourself mentally prepared for what you are going to have to do in order to be in that position. Read more about the power of visualization here – “Dream On” – The Power of Positive Visualization to Enlightenment.



  1. Read a Motivational Book


I personally came across a great motivational book the other week by W. Clement Stone titled The Success System That Never Fails. Mr. Stone was said to be The Father of Positive Mental Attitude & Success. In his book, he listed 17 Principles of Success.


  1. Watch a Motivational YouTube Video


Sitting down to watch a motivational YouTube video can improve your motivational levels almost immediately. There is so much to pick from, there is always something motivating for everyone. Try this YouTube video that showcases Motivational Quotes by Pitbull The Rapper.


Completing The Goal & Staying Motivated

It is one thing to get motivated, but it is another thing to stay motivated. Staying motivated requires you to consistently reach goals and accomplish things. Once you have completed a goal you feel a sense of relief and accomplishment which drives your motivational levels and your desire to push forward and achieve even more.


A great way to ensure that you are reaching your goals consistently is to monitor and track your progress. Once you have a clear goal and strategy in mind you can start to track your progress in a journal. This will help improve your motivational levels by creating a sense of accountability as you are holding yourself accountable for your desired end goal when you write in your journal. You will be able to see clearly what you have and have not accomplished when you start monitoring your progress.




W. Clement Stone – The Father of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) & Success

Mr. Stone wrote 2 seminole books on positive mental attitude – (PMA) and success in 1960 & 1962 – “Success through a Positive Mental Attitude” and The Success System That Never Fails”

The books changed my life and the lives and trajectory of millions and rocketed to bestseller status in a matter of months. These 2 Books on Positive Mental Attitude & a Success System to live a more self-actualized life will change your thinking and your life!

Mr. Stone – The Early Years

Mr. Stone was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 4, 1902. His father died in 1905 leaving his family in debt. In 1908 he sold newspapers on the South Side of Chicago while his mother worked as a dressmaker. By 1915 he owned his own newspaper stand. In 1918 he moved to Detroit to sell casualty insurance for his mother.

Stone dropped out of high school to sell insurance full-time. He received a diploma from the YMCA Central High School in Chicago. He took courses at Detroit College of Law and Northwestern University.]

Much of what is known about Mr. Stone comes from his autobiography The Success System That Never Fails. In that book, he tells of his early business life, which started with selling newspapers in restaurants. At the time, this was a novel thing to do, a departure from the typical practice of boys hawking newspapers on street corners.

From selling newspapers, he graduated to selling insurance policies in downtown business offices. His mother managed his new career and together they were very successful.

Stone ran $100 into millions with his strong desire to succeed and by putting into practice the principles outlined in the well-known self-help book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Stone was a living example of the proverbial rags-to-riches protagonist in the Horatio Alger‘s stories he loved. Eventually, he became an ‘angel’ to others, lifting some from the gutter to the heights of success. One of his great success stories was Og Mandino, an alcoholic whom Stone took under his wing. The relationship led to a new life for Mandino, who became the publisher of Success Magazine.

Mr. Stone developed 17 principles of success that he practiced daily and shared and inspired millions to use the power of PMA – Positive Mental Attitude, to live a happier, more productive and successful life.


Mr. Stones Seventeen Principles of Success:

  1. A Positive Mental Attitude
  2. Definiteness of Purpose
  3. Going the Extra Mile
  4. Accurate Thinking
  5. Self-Discipline
  6. The Master-Mind Alliance
  7. Applied Faith
  8. Pleasing Personality
  9.  Personal Initiative
  10. Enthusiasm
  11. Controlled Attention
  12. Teamwork
  13. Learning from Defeat
  14. Creative Vision
  15. Budgeting Time and Money
  16. Maintaining Sound Physical and Mental Health
  17. Cosmic Habit Force


I challenge you like Mr. Stone challenged himself to practice these principles daily and see the personal growth that ensues.


Why You Need Motivation Today

Motivation isn’t just a nice idea; it is a real part of what keeps everyone reaching their goals on a daily basis. However, the level of motivation between people can vary drastically. Everyone knows someone who is highly motivated and seems to constantly be succeeding and growing. Most people also know someone that is just getting by, failing to use their skills and talents despite wanting to succeed deep down.

The difference is not in capability or capacity between the two individuals; it is all in the level of motivation. The good news is that motivation is partially an intrinsic skill that can be taught and mastered. Anyone can learn to tap into their own motivation and sources of inspiration to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.

To take a closer look at why it is important to learn to harness the power of motivation, let’s examine the changes that occur when inspiration is present. This is why you need motivation today.


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focus-on-being-positiveFocus on the Positive

Truly motivated people don’t dwell on mistakes or spend emotional and mental energy on the endless cycle of “what ifs.” They make a decision based on information, understanding and best judgment and then move forward with their choice. However, they are also able to adjust, redirect and refocus rather than getting bogged down. They choose to learn from their failures and turn their negatives into positives.


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Self-Satisfied and Directed

When people are motivated, they aren’t constantly seeking the approval of others. They are able to recognize their own successes by meeting personal goals and objectives. As they are not entrenched in someone else’s version of success, they are independent but also great at working as a team and sharing recognition.

Just as motivation provides self-satisfaction, it also allows an individual to be self-directed. These people don’t wait for a manager or a supervisor to suggest a change; they actively seek assistance, training or the use of new ideas to get the job done.


challenge-changeConfident in Accepting Challenges

People that are inspired to achieve specific goals don’t see roadblocks or crisis situations when their pathway may seem to have an obstacle. Instead, they use creativity and problem solving to work around the challenge, using alternative options to achieve the same goal. They are not defeated by a challenge.


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Doug Dvorak, a top-rated motivational keynote speaker and is available to speak for groups of all sizes to discuss the importance of personal motivation and motivational leadership. To find out more about why you need motivation today or to book Doug, go to


Motivational Leadership 3.0 – How To Be A Motivational Leader

Motivational Leadership 3.0


There are a lot of expectations placed on business leaders today. It can seem overwhelming to try to keep up with all of the tasks, demands, and routines of a corporate leadership job. With so many tasks and activities on your plate, it can be easy to forget the most important role that any leader has to for an organization, and this is the role of providing inspiration and motivation.


There is more to being a motivational leader is more than just checking off a list of boxes on the “good boss” checklist. It is a way of thinking and of approaching the people that are the face and the voice of the company and the brand. Being a great motivational leader means you instill in others a sense of pride and accomplishment rather than just tell them to do this or that. This type of leader builds a team that is trusting and positions them for success. Motivational leaders inspire employees to strive for the best rather than help employees just barely get by.




Create a Vision

As a leader, create a vision of what a motivated and inspired workplace would look like. Would it be people working in collaborative teams with each person contributing based on their personal strengths and talents? Or maybe your team of people should make suggestions and perform problem-solving tasks to do things better, more effectively and more efficiently?


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Once you create a vision, you can strategize and re-engineer the steps to get there. Do employees need training, motivational speakers, a voice at the table or do they need to be recognized for their skills and talents?


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Not Money

A very important factor in motivational leadership is to understand the limited power of money to motivate people. This is why rewards and incentives purely in monetary form are typically earned by the same small number of people over and over. These are the people that are motivated by a bonus or an additional check, they are eternally motivated.


Other people may be motivated by recognition, by promotions, by opportunities or by flexibility in their job. Learning what motivates each employee and structuring programs that capture this personal motivation is always the most effective option.


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To be a great motivated leader you have to be passionate and inspired by what you do. Motivated leaders continue to learn, grow and to develop the skills that continue to inspire those they surround themselves with.


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Becoming a motivational leader starts with learning how to tap into your personal motivation and the motivation of others. To learn more about how to be a motivational leader visit


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Are You a Motivational MVP – Most Vital Player?

Being a Motivational MVP – Most Vital Player is a tough but rewarding position.

Ask yourself, are you a motivated person? If not, you have work to do to become a Motivational MVP so read on. If you are a motivated person, you always know there is more to learn about how you can become an MVP.

The Super Bowl, The Word Series, The Stanley Cup and The NBA Finals each of these famous and storied sports competitions elects an MVP – Most Valuable Player.  The one chosen demonstrates stellar sporting abilities and team leadership skill and is highly motivated to WIN!

Are you motivated to succeed and WIN in life and business?  Being your own MVP – Most Vital Player and taking your “Game” to the next level will deliver results in all areas of your life.  Here are 3 steps to live and practice daily to become and maintain MVP Status.


  • What’s the Goal?What's Your Goal?

What area of your life do you want to impact and change? There are really only 4 areas to focus on for a well-lived life. Personal, professional, family and spiritual.  Ask yourself where do you want to affect positive change?

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“Plan Your Motivational Work and Work Your Motivational Plan”.


A ship on the high seas without a rudder is directionless.  Having a motivational attitude without a detailed plan of action can keep you “rudderless” and moving in the wrong direction. Plan as intensely to achieve your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals.  Hold yourself accountable and realize and recognize that there will be both positive and negative outcomes if you achieve or don’t achieve your goals. Because remember, talk without action is just wind.


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  • Monitor and keep track of your progress.

There is an age old adage in the motivation game that states, “If it can’t be measured, it can’t be managed or tracked”.  Keep a daily motivation journal.  Write down your progress, wins, and losses.  Hold yourself accountable for your own success.


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If you personally commit to incorporating these 3 time-tested and proved motivational strategies, you will be your own MVP – Most Vital Player.


Carpe Diem!


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