Motivation. How to Stick at it and Achieve Success

Staying motivated can be a struggle — our drive is constantly assaulted by negative thoughts, anxiety about the future and temporary setbacks. Everyone faces doubt and frustration. What separates the highly successful is the ability to keep moving forward.

There is no simple solution for a lack of motivation. Even after beating it, the problem can reappear at the first sign of failure. The key is understanding your thoughts and how they drive your emotions. By learning how to nurture motivating thoughts, neutralise negative ones, and focus on the task at hand, you can pull yourself out of a slump before it gains momentum.

Reasons We Lose Motivation

There are 3 primary reasons we lose motivation.

  1. Lack of confidence – If you don’t believe you can succeed, what’s the point in trying?

  1. Lack of focus – If you don’t know what you want, do you really want anything?

  1. Lack of direction – If you don’t know what to do, how can you be motivated to do it?

How to Boost Confidence

The first motivation killer is a lack of confidence. When this happens, it’s usually because we’re focusing entirely on what we want and neglecting what we already have or what we’ve already achieved.

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When someone only thinks about what they want, their mind creates explanations for why they aren’t getting it. This creates negative thoughts. Past failures, bad breaks, and personal weaknesses can begin to dominate their mind. They become jealous of their competitors and start making excuses for why they can’t succeed. In this state, people tend to create a bad impression of themselves, assume the worst about others, and lose self-confidence.

The way to get out of this thought pattern is to focus your accomplishments and on feeling proud and grateful for your current achievements. Set aside time to focus on everything positive in your life. Make a mental list of your strengths, past successes, and current advantages. We tend to take our strengths for granted and dwell on our failures. By making an effort to feel grateful, you’ll realise how competent and successful you already are. This will rejuvenate your confidence and get you motivated to build on your current success.

It might sound strange that repeating things you already know can improve your mind-set, but it’s amazingly effective. The mind distorts reality to confirm what it wants to believe. The more negatively a person thinks, the more examples their mind will discover to confirm that belief.

When you truly believe that you deserve success, your mind will generate ways to achieve it. The best way to bring success to yourself, is to genuinely commit to believing that whatever goal you have set yourself, you are 100 per cent certain of achieving it.

How do we do this?

Think about this. As a percentage, how certain are you of losing 40 lbs in the next 6 months? (Really, what percentage? … give it a number)

Whilst mathematically it sounds realistic, 40 lbs in 26 weeks, most people wouldn’t necessarily give themselves a high percentage chance of success, focusing on that particular goal.

But if someone offered you £10000 for losing 2 lbs in the next 10 days, how certain would you be of achieving that goal???  Pretty damned sure, I reckon!! Which means you’re confident that it can be done; and when you’re confident of success, your motivation is stimulated.

Breaking goals down into smaller ‘bite sized’ pieces this way, also means that instead of having to wait ages for your ultimate, end result for success, your mind becomes accustomed and conditioned to achieving little ‘mini’ successes along the way. Each ‘mini’ success has the effect of boosting your confidence and motivation levels even more, spurring you on to the next one.

Developing Tangible Focus

The second motivation killer is a lack of focus. How often do people focus on what they don’t want, rather than on a concrete goal? We often think in terms of fear; “I’m afraid no one will respect me”. “I’m scared of being alone”. “I hate being overweight”. The problem with this type of thinking is that fear alone isn’t actionable. Instead of doing something about our fear, it feeds on itself and drains our motivation.

If we’re caught up in fear based thinking, the first step is focusing that energy on a well defined goal. By defining a goal, you automatically define a set of actions. If you have a fear of where ‘being overweight’ will take you in 5 years, the first thing to do is to create a plan to reduce your weight, eat healthier and become more active. It could be to join a gym, seeking a less sedentary job, revamping your eating habits or contact a hypnotherapist!

The key is that you will have begun the process of moving from an intangible desire to concrete, measurable steps.

By focusing your mind on a positive goal instead of an ambiguous fear, you put your brain to work. It instantly begins devising a plan for success. Instead of worrying about the future, you start to do something about it. This is the first step in motivating yourself to take action. When you know what you want, you become motivated to take action.

Developing Direction

The final piece in the motivational puzzle is direction. If focus means having an ultimate goal, direction is having a day-to-day strategy to achieve it. A lack of direction kills motivation because without an obvious next action, we succumb to procrastination.

An example of this is a person who desperately wants to lose weight, but who spends more time reading about dieting or watching TV programs about healthy eating rather than actually taking action and doing something.

The key to finding direction, is identifying the activities that lead to success; What are the things you’re doing or can do, that really help move you in the direction of your goal? What are some of the things that you’re doing that don’t seem to impact on your progress as much?

Make a list of all your activities and arrange them based on results. Then make a make an action plan that focuses on the activities that lead to big returns. Keeping track of your most important tasks will direct your energy towards success. Without a constant reminder, it’s easy to huge amounts of time watching television, chilling out or involved with things that actually take us further away from our goal.

When your motivation starts to wane, regain direction by creating a plan that contains two positive actions.

The first one should be a small task you’ve been meaning to do, while the second should be a long-term goal. Then, immediately do the smaller task; this creates positive momentum. After that, take the first step towards achieving the long-term goal. Doing this periodically is great for getting out of a slump, creating positive reinforcement, and getting long-term plans moving.

It’s inevitable that you’ll encounter periods of low energy, bad luck, and even the occasional failure. So start today, to begin disciplining your mind to cope with these minor ‘speed bumps’. By being on guard against the top three motivation killers, you can preserve your motivation and propel yourself to success.

Best wishes



Fizzy Drink Horror Stories!

I received an email this week from a client of mine (thanks Karen!) that I thought I would share with you. I think the content originated in America as one of those, "Be sure to pass this on ...." type of emails, which sometimes churn up some astounding statistics.
It explores the benefits of drinking water compared with Coca Cola and reveals some jaw dropping alternative uses for Coke!! (which also applies to many other fizzy drinks for that matter)

Incidentally, a leading biologist, Dr Hans-Peter Kubis conducted a study very recently into the effects of soft drinks on our bodies. Some of his findings were, to put it bluntly, shocking! Needless to say, Dr Kubis doesn't touch soft drinks any more!!

If you're sometimes partial to the odd fizzy drink now and then and you didn't see this article in the news recently, just click the link below. It really is worth a read ....


Thanks again to Karen for the following email. Here's it is in full;


#1.    75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (This likely applies to half the world population)

#2.    In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.    Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism by around 3%.

#4.    One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

#5.    Lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7.    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8.    Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?


#1.    In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

#2.    You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3.    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

#4.    To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.    To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

#6.    To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.    To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8.   To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.


#1.    The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.   The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!"

By the way, I did check to see if any of the above had been 'made up'; Everything mentioned about water is spot on. As for the Coke, a website called 'Truth Or Fiction' has verified most of those claims. (You can check it out by clicking HERE )

So, I think the message is that it's okay to continue buying Coca Cola, just don't drink the stuff !!.

And remember .....