Note: The updated article is at 7 Habits of Highly Motivated People.
Motivation is a powerful skill.
It can lift you up from the worst of places, and inspire you to new heights.
After all, nothing is worse than slogging your way through your days, or working your way through a bunch of mundane tasks.
But, like I said, motivation is a skill.
You need to learn it. For many people it does not come naturally. And chances are, many of us have had bad models, bad advice, and worse, bad habits for a lifetime.
One of the most important insights I found was said by Stephen Covey long ago – satisfied needs don’t motivate.
It’s why we need to stay hungry.
Here’s how you stay hungry -- find a problem you hate, and focus on creating a solution you love.
But how you light your fire from the inside out in a sustainable way?
That’s where the 7 habits of highly motivated people comes in.
I wanted to put together a very simple set of habits and practices that actually work for building your motivational muscle and finding your inner mojo.
Here are the 7 habits of highly motivated people at a glance:
- Find Your WHY
- Change Your Beliefs About What’s Possible
- Change Your Beliefs That Limit You
- Spend More Time In Your Values
- Surround Yourself With Catalysts
- Build Better Feedback Loops
- “Pull” Yourself with Compelling Goals
There is a lot of science behind the habits. If you’re that motivated, you can research it through bunches of books, bunches of sites, and brilliant TED talks.
But, I’d much rather that you spent the time simply adopting and applying the habits, so you can set your motivation on fire.
It’s time to do more of what you were born to do.
It’s time to live and breathe the things that you want to live and breathe.
It’s time to rise again from whatever ashes might have burned you down, and let your phoenix fly.
If you aren’t sure where to get started, first read 7 habits of highly motivated people, and then adopt habit #1:
Find Your WHY.
You’ll be glad you did.
I can see your pilot light is on already.