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  • There is no elevator to success, you gotta take the stairs - Zig Ziglar”.

  • If you find meaning in quotes like this,

  • put them right up where you will see them every day.

  • Here are another 13 tips to get started.

  • Ask Why!

  • If we don't know why we are doing it,

  • then we don't see a point.

  • Whether we want to make a career,

  • change the world, or prove some idiots wrong,

  • these are all great reasons to get going.

  • Simon Sinek, spoke of the Golden Circle.

  • First ask WHY?, then HOW? and WHAT?.

  • If you don't have a purpose right now,

  • pick up a skill that helps you once you do.

  • Like reading fast, learning how to learn or public speaking.

  • Know about the The Dunning Kruger Effect.

  • The theory describes that many of us are too confident

  • when we learn something new.

  • Once we actually start learning,

  • we realize how difficult it is and how incompetent we are.

  • As a result, our motivation drops and many of us quit.

  • The trick to success is to keep going anyways.

  • Once we master an area,

  • our confidence returns.

  • Look For Feedback!

  • Marathon runners know that encouraging spectators

  • can make a massive difference on the last meters.

  • Feedback is a strong force so deliberately seek it.

  • One way, just ask for advice.

  • Most people love giving it, it makes them feel smart.

  • Entrepreneurs who look for investors say

  • Ask for money, you'll get advice."

  • "Ask for advice, you'll get money.”

  • Articulate Your Values!

  • In one experiment, at the beginning of the new school year,

  • 7th graders had to pick a personal value,

  • such as being good at school,

  • making friends or music.

  • Then they spent 15 minutes writing down why this mattered to them.

  • To remind them, the process was repeated every 2-4 month.

  • Within two years,

  • most weak students saw a 10% increase in all grades.

  • A year later, the experiment was repeated.

  • This time, the valuebeing good at schoolwas not even available.

  • The surprising truth. Again, all grades got better.

  • Remind yourself what you really care about.

  • Get A Mentor!

  • Look for charismatic people you can look up to.

  • By following a mentor, we can find inspiration,

  • get new ideas, maybe even find purpose.

  • You might be able to find them around the block.

  • For a list of our favorite mentors, check our website,

  • or the descriptions below.

  • Don't make excuses!

  • To see if you do, Bernard Roth from the Stanford's d-school

  • teaches to reframe problems by asking yourself this particular question:

  • What would it do for me if I had already solved the problem?"

  • For example, if you think you're fat,

  • then ask yourselfWhat would it do for me if I would lose weight?”

  • If the answer is that you would ask that cute girl out on a date,

  • then forget about losing weight and ask her out on a date!

  • Prime Yourself!

  • Canadian researchers observed

  • that salesmen in call centers can be 50% more successful

  • when they see pictures that represent success

  • while making their calls.

  • The effect is called priming.

  • Most of us become smarter in a library,

  • because we tend to be more thoughtful.

  • And many feel more successful when we dress well,

  • stand up straight with our arms out and our heads held high.

  • Make Bets.

  • Make your life a game and take bets.

  • Groups of pretty people do that

  • all over the world to lose weight.

  • The one who can't lose 2 kilos in 6 weeks

  • has to buy cupcakes for everyone.

  • But it also works for reading books

  • or challenging yourself to asking a girl out for dinner.

  • Track Your Record!

  • Records show us where we were coming from.

  • They indicate progress.

  • Good music teachers record the student's first lesson.

  • One year later they show their students what they recorded.

  • Most are amazed how much they progressed.

  • As Nelson Mandela said

  • it always seems impossible until it's done”.

  • Start Small!

  • When we put effort into something and we succeed,

  • we are motivated to continue.

  • It's a self-reinforcing circle.

  • If we aim too high right at the beginning,

  • it's likely that we will fail.

  • This can lead to frustration

  • and we might stop before we even get started.

  • Want to learn how to sing?

  • Start with 5 minutes every morning.

  • Surround Yourself with Positive People!

  • Author Jim Rohn wrote that we are the average of

  • the five people we spend the most time with.

  • To get motivated spend time with positive people

  • that have a growth mindset.

  • Negative people often have a problem for every solution.

  • Get Context!

  • If you need to study math,

  • but your passion is sports and cooking,

  • analyze your favorite football player.

  • Find out how many kilometer he runs

  • and how many goals he scores on average.

  • Then calculate calories and make a healthy meal

  • that would give him enough energy to score 2 goals in one game.

  • Help Others!

  • If they succeed, you get positive energy back.

  • One trick to motivate others is to use purpose.

  • Explain why things matter.

  • Paint a picture of their possible future.

  • Then engage them to take responsibility.

  • Last, give them the right tools and feedback, to help them succeed.

  • Leadership coach Steve Radcliffe calls it

  • future, engage, deliver”.

  • Establish Discipline.

  • As motivation can come and go,

  • discipline will stay and watch you like a hawk.

  • One way to get disciplined is to set a fixed time to do something

  • and then make sure you always do it no matter what.

  • For example:

  • Work out every morning for 20 minutes right before breakfast.

  • Over time it will become a habit and you don't even need motivation.

  • If you have to do something important or make a big decision,

  • switch off YouTube right now and do it.

  • As internet activist Aaron Swartz asked:

  • "What is the most important thing you could be working on right now?

  • And if you aren't working on that, why aren't you?"

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There is no elevator to success, you gotta take the stairs - Zig Ziglar”.

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