How do I get motivated every single day?
A boy asked what’s the key to motivation.
He expected a reply long & sour, but his dad kept it short & sweet: “Write down your birthday.
Then, write down your death-day.
Then, write down—MOTIVATION!”
BEING ALIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY IS MOTIVATION EVERY SINGLE DAY
HE WHO TRULY UNDERSTANDS TIME, UNDERSTANDS MOTIVATION
The Delphic Oracle called Socrates “the wisest man in Athens.
Socrates in turn justified the title by revealing the true nature of wisdom:
And so, given that time is the very stuff that life is made of—hence the expression “lifetime”—the question must be raised:
What is TIME?
Who better to ask than Einstein, aka the man considered the very nickname for GENIUS?
Notice listed among the synonyms for genius there’s one rather “strange” addition:
Think about that for a second.
Indeed, it borders on unbelievable that the last name of an actual flesh and blood person serves as a nickname for Genius!
Listed along with the usual suspects—brilliance, mastermind, etc—all of which are abstract nouns, there’s one name that stands out like Shaquille O'neal in a room of gymnasts.
And so, given that Einstein was genius personified, wouldn’t you suppose he knew a thing or two about the nature of time?
What Einstein and many a physicist has long known is every such hers- and history was written before each actor showed up here!
Or as Einstein so eloquently put it:
To put it simply, as Einstein noted:
your lifetime is in effect divided up into seconds, minutes and hours for the sake of preventing everything from happening at once!
Here lies the greatest daily MOTIVATION of all!
According to biology, each fertilized egg—upon conception—contains ALL the genetic information that results in our height, race, gender and so forth.
Clearly, then, each person’s genotype was fashioned beforehand.
As for the phenotype (expression of our genes in the environment), clearly none of us got to choose the circumstances of our childhood.
And so, given the state of affairs:
at which point do we mortals—caught swinging on the pendulum between the two extremes, birth and death—ever get to determine what’s going to happen in the middle?
In 1969, John Lennon was busy touring with the Beatles one moment and the next saw him quit the band.
When questioned about his strange departure, Lennon replied:
In short, your lifetime simply means the book of your life—titled either hers- or history.
… And each book is sliced up into pages called seconds, minutes and hours.
If you can’t get motivated each day to see how YOUR life’s story unfolds, I don’t know what’ll do it for ya.
Here’s some vitamins for thought to chew on:
the next time you so happen to pass by a graveyard, take a glance at it.
… And if you stare long and hard enough, those tombstones will gradually morph into completed hourglasses!
Fortunately for us: we each came into the world packaged with a “gift,” aka genius potential.
Long before the word genius got distorted, it had a far simpler meaning.
In fact, the original meaning of genius is Latin: “attendant spirit present from one's birth, innate ability or inclination [aka, motivation].
According to the ancient Romans, then, each person comes into the world stamped with a genius!
In the Vedic tradition, this ancient wisdom is known as one’s dharma (धर्म).
Now you know why Einstein said:
To put it simply:
so far as each man, woman and child is an individual—which simply means UNIQUE—as a consequence each individual has the capacity to do ONE thing in a special way.
Take a glance at the definition of motivation and its DNA becomes clear:
To “arouse” means to awaken, to inspire to take action.
For this reason, it’s no accident inspiration derives from the Latin meaning “breathe or blow into.
Your genius, or natural ability, literally breathes life into your mind, body and soul.
And this “breath of life” is what we today call motivation!
Just as the mad scientist Dr.
Frankenstein had to first breathe life into his inanimate creature, the same holds for our daily motivation.
To put it simply:
because life is a promise to fulfill, you make good on that promise by discovering what you’re good at, and only then will you know what you’re good for, which can only lead to good results!
If you’ve yet to uncover your gift, well:
In short, your genius is the mother of your motivation!
Here lies the true meaning of the Oracle at Delphi’s maxim: Know Thyself.
Or as Einstein advised:
In short, the most effective way to ensure you’ll stay motivated every single day is to always bear in mind:
you’re literally living on borrowed time + realization you have the genius potential to do something special with that time = most efficient way to stay motivated every single day!
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Remember this awesome short story :
The story goes as follows :
A jobless man applied for the position of 'office boy' at Microsoft.
The HR manager interviewed him, then gave him a test: clean the floor.
The man passed the test with flying colors.
"You are hired," HR manager informed the applicant, "give me your e-mail address, and I'll send you the application for employment, as well as the date you should report for work.
The man replied " I don't have a computer, or an email! I'm sorry," said the HR manager.
"If you don't have an email, that means you do not exist.
And we cannot hire persons who do not exist.
The man was very disappointed.
He didn't know what to do.
He only had $10 with him.
Once that is spent, he won't have any money to buy any food.
He went to the supermarket and bought a crate of tomatoes with his $10.
He went from door to door and sold the tomatoes in less than two hours.
He doubled his money.
He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60.
He realized that he can survivethis way.
Now he started to go everyday earlier, and return late.
He doubled or tripled his money every day.
Soon, he bought a cart, then a truck.
In a very short time, he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.
Five years later, the man became one of the biggest food retailers in the U.
He started to plan his family's future, and decided to have a life insurance.
He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan at the end of the conversation, the broker asked him for his email address.
The man replied: ' I don't have an email.
The broker was dumbfounded.
"You don't have an email, and yet have succeeded in building an empire.
Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an email?," he exclaimed.
The man thought for a while, and replied, "an office boy at Microsoft!"
If you just lost your Job or Just failed an Interview, don't worry be optimistic !
Good days are on the way and something better is reserved for you.
All you have to do is Explore, Innovate and Explore !!!
And remember, don’t be just office boy.
I have never been good at getting out of bed:
Alarm goes off at 5:30 am
I think I slept on my neck wrong.
I couldn’t get out of bed even if I tried.
I’ll sleep 10 more minutes.
I don’t remember why I have to be up this early anyway.
Motivation will get me up early once or twice a week:
What happens when I run out of motivation?
I sleep in.
I miss the gym.
I don’t eat breakfast.
I get to work late.
I’m tired even though I got more sleep.
Now imagine this alternative:
It’s not a question of feeling good and being motivated to wake up early
I have to wake up early
It doesn’t always feel good, but those are the moments that are the most critical.
That’s where motivation will fail you and only discipline will prevail.
Discipline is the answer
Discipline — a system to automate behavior:
I don’t trust my future self.
He’ll do whatever is convenient for him to do.
If he doesn’t have to do something, he won’t do it.
What does a system look like?
I set the alarm an hour before I have to wake up
I go to sleep in the clothes that I’ll wear in the morning
This allows me to get through my workout and get back home regardless of if there’s traffic or any other extenuating circumstances that might take up time and make me late for work.
Suffocate the excuses and take responsibility for failures in the system:
Recognize when the system is failing and make adjustments.
This is a process, it won’t be perfect the first day – it might take months or years to make it automatic.
Eventually you will have created a habit – the behavior will be second nature and you can move on to automating a different part of your life.
Over a long period of time, these cumulative advantages will become a massive differentiator between you and your peers.
Motivation is temporary, discipline is permanent
If you have any questions about creating a system to automate your behavior or you found this helpful, leave a comment and we can talk about it
Here are the top 6 lessons I have learned on becoming obsessed with my goals:
Only you are responsible for your success.
The truth is, no one is ever going to hand you success.
There is no magic bullet or success pill that you can use to suddenly become successful.
Motivation is elusive.
Like happiness, the more that we chase and objectify it, the more it escapes our grasp.
When you’re motivated, it feels like you have the fuel necessary to take over the world, but when you lack motivation and getting out of bed is a struggle, accomplishing your goals feels impossible.
Why is it so difficult to feel motivated each day?
Motivation is not an object that can be attained, it is the emergent property of being fully engaged with your passion.
When you are consumed with the process rather than the outcome, time flies and you end up achieving your goal.
The motivation wasn’t something separate from the process, it was found through your engagement.
If you want motivation, you need to come into contact with the process, which will fuel you towards the finish line.
Here are four ways to get motivated every single day:
We often lack motivation because we’re either ruminating about the past or obsessing about the future.
When you focus on your breath and allow thoughts to arise and fall without judgement or attachment, there is only peace.
The more that you tune inwards, the easier it’ll be to feel grounded and secure in the present moment, which is where motivation lives.
How can you be motivated if you don’t know where you’re headed? When you lack clear goals, it feels like endless work with no payoff, which instantly zaps your motivation.
If you want to live in a state of motivation, you need to understand how each moment leads to the next in terms of your long-term goals.
When you learn perceive each activity as an opportunity to work towards your potential, it provides the fuel you need to power through tough days.
Check in with yourself at the end of each day, each week, each month, and each year.
I know it’s a lot of work, but introspection not only improves your self awareness, but it also helps you stay on track.
The ultimate motivator is not recognizing yourself at the end of the year, which comes from looking back at your week and realizing how much you accomplished.
There’s no substitute for hard work.
It’s nice to pretend that people are motivated each and everyday, but the fact is that motivation waxes and wanes.
The replacement for motivation is willpower, structure, and consistent effort.
If you want greatness, then you need to pay the price.
Are you ready to get motivated? Then get ready to work! Staying motivated requires a lot of effort.
Most people imagine that entrepreneurs and CEOs wake up feeling ready to conquer the day—rarely do they understand the never-ending process of creating the motivation to fuel optimal productivity and endless personal growth.
If motivation was a commodity, it would be incredibly valuable.
The most successful people find ways to stay motivated about their passions.
If you want maximize your growth, then you need to set goals, reflect, and push yourself even when you aren’t feeling it.
Become grounded in the present moment, find your power, and then you’ll discover the motivation you need to achieve your
Here are my 10 ideas for you:
"People often say that motivation does not last.
Well neither does the bath, that's why we recommend it daily," said Zig Ziglar.
I hope my answer will motivate you and give you the tool set to get some great things done.
Motivation doesn’t work (so-called “gurus” are going to HATE me for saying this, but I have to tell you the truth)
I’m going to share a secret with you.
It’s NOT politically correct, but the truth will set you free…
See, I’ve struggled my entire life.
But I’ve been able to get great results despite that:
My parents divorced when I was 10 and I didn’t see my father for years.
Then I got married at the age of 19, while I was still in college, so I HAD to motivate myself to do well in school and provide for my new wife (yes, I worked and went to school at the same time)
So I had to start a business with a friend.
I remember making cold calls to companies in between my college classes, pitching them on $40,000 annual service contracts… trying desperately to hide the fact that I was just a 19 year old kid trying to make money to provide for my family.
The business eventually made $300,000 in revenue, which was AWESOME, but it fizzled out.
But I kept on going and never gave up.
It was’t because of “motivation”.
It was something else… something WAY more powerful than motivation.
I learned it from the ultra-athlete, former Navy SEAL David Goggins (I reveal what it is below, so keep reading)
This man ran 100 miles in 24 hours with multiple stress fractures in both legs, with kidney failure, and urinating blood.
He endured the US Navy SEALs “Hell Week” 3 times, each time going through running, and open water swims, and grueling calisthenics, and sadistic challenges for 5 days with no more than 5 hours of sleep.
Oh yeah, he did it 3 times, each time with broken legs (more stress fractures) and a hole in his heart.
So when he talks about “motivation”, I listen.
Here’s the simple truth he shared.
If you need to be constantly “motivated”, you’ve already lost.
You see, motivation comes and goes.
It’s a fleeting emotion that’s based on external factors.
We get motivated when we hear a fiery talk.
We get motivated when we watch an inspiring video.
We get motivated when we see results from our work.
But after that it goes away, and we go back to feeling sad, scared, and lonely.
If you need an outside force to motivate you to take action, then how serious are you?
But Goggins doesn’t just leave us hanging.
He shares something that’s more powerful and enduring than motivation
And it’s one word…
The world is FULL of such examples:
Kanye West locked himself in his apartment and didn’t take showers for days while he worked on his music and was driven to be a rapper under Jay-Z.
Tiger Woods played golf since he was 3 years old and was driven to be the best in the world.
Julius Ceasar was driven to make something of himself after learning that Alexander the Great conquered the world at the mere age of 30
Elon Musk was driven to start one billion dollar company after another, despite having a hard family life and being back stabbed by his PayPal co-founders.
If you want something bad enough, if you care about something passionately enough, if you value something highly enough, you don’t need “motivation”.
You’re driven to endure, and persevere, and persist.
You’re driven to conquer.
You’re driven to achieve.
You’re driven to succeed.
You don’t rely on external factors… you’re driven internally and NO ONE can take that away from you.
And oddly enough, you find pleasure, and comfort, and solace in the pain, and suffering, and hardship that you endure.
Because you’re pursuing a worthy goal.
A goal that you are passionate about.
A goal that you’re willing to suffer for.
I coach overworked professionals and struggling entrepreneurs to build ruthless focus so they can CONQUER their goals.
tagline “Never Settle”.
This tagline inspired me a lot.
Much more to achieve.
My journey is not yet over!
When I look back, I feel “With all the support I had, it took me 1500+ days(which is really long time) to decently, if not outstandingly, settle down.
What is the case with those aspirants who don’t have much support?” I think I must lend them a helping hand.
Suggestions are welcome.
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Thank you all for your wonderful wishes.
I hope everyone out here will pursue their dreams and goals relentlessly.
There are many people who have struggled a lot to come to a stage in their lives.
Motivation is not a one day job.
You have to find it everyday, every moment, within yourself.
Don't forget there are good days and bad days.
– I have to mention one strategy here.
I’ve followed the principle of silence.
My father taught me this.
Whatever you want to do, do it silently.
Sometimes I disagree with this principle, but for most of the time I agree.
In my case I followed this principle.
Don’t tell everyone before you do.
This is the reason why I have not mentioned the job I am joining.
I’ll let you all know when the time is ripe(I've not yet joined).
Till then, let silence prevail.
“Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise”
– Regarding writing so many exams – I was trying for govt job while I was still working.
But after putting papers, I focused ONLY on civil services for 3–4 years & it was in the fourth year I have written many exams.
Thank You: thanks for your edits & changes.
I can share an incident I experienced which motivates me daily.
Sometime ago, I answered few questions regarding “unknown realised people” in Uttarakhand Himalayas where I live nowadays.
I was fortunate to meet a real enlightened guru who prefers to stay anonymous and he accepted me as his disciple.
Previously, I was so career oriented that I was a part of a rat race.
When I met my Guru, I was facing many difficulties in my career, as well as my personal life.
My girlfriend was pressing me to search for a better job so that I can get a good salary package, prove I am something and ultimately marry her.
I was so depressed that small incidents could make me very angry.
To get some peace of mind, I went for a trek near Panch kedar region.
I met my guru there, as he was also the owner of the trekking company I chose to trek with.
He is not like any traditional guru would look like and he lives like any modern man would live.
It took me some time to realise who he is .
One day, I shared my problems with him and the solution I got from him, changed my life forever.
“You are running towards your destination so fast, without realising that you are missing the whole point of this journey and that is – to enjoy the journey”
He continued :
“First of all, observe your life for a moment and see, you have imagined an ideal life for you in future which might make you happy.
And you are trying to make that dream a reality, isn't it?”
I noded in agreement and then he said:
“People think goals are everything in life and without goals you cannot motivate yourself.
What-if , there is a better solution?
Suppose you want to grow a rose flower in your pot.
Now the goal is – rose flower.
If you remember rose everyday, would it grow? It will only make you sad because it is taking too much time.
What-if you start to enjoy the whole ‘process’ of growing up a plant.
Now instead of thinking about rose daily, you enjoy the process of watering the plant, providing best soil, manure etc.
If you love the whole process, you will create the right environment for the plant while enjoying the process and rose flower will grow automatically.
Why to search for your happiness in future (which might never come), the only reality is ‘this moment', if you will enjoy this moment, future will take care of itself”
This was a long conversation (here I have only mentioned few points we discussed) and it opened my eyes.
Realised beings make complex situations so easy to handle that your life becomes smooth and friction less.
How I solved my problems?
First of all, I started practicing some “very strong meditation techniques” (please check my profile description) due to which my depression, anxiety and anger disappeared, forever.
Due to a calm mind, I could analyse the situation in a better way and I could see 'possibilities' hidden inside the obstacles.
I told my girlfriend, that I don't have to prove anything and if she likes me, accept me as it is, or move on.
That was a great decision, because she moved on as expected and later on, I met a wonderful girl, who is my wife now.
I changed my career path and chose something which makes me happy.
Now, I am happy & satisfied with my life because I am enjoying the journey and not worrying about the destination.
Now, coming back to the question, what motivates me daily?
Now I only do, what I love to do.
There is nothing called work load or work stress in my life, because I enjoy each moment of it.
Guruji guides me in every step and I passionately work on his each advice.
Life is already beautiful 'now', who cares what the future brings…
Enjoy the journey!
*Note : You can try some effective guided meditations available in my profile description.