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10 Ways to Motivate Yourself For Success

Updated on February 6, 2012


Motivation is one of the great keys to success. There are whole books dedicated to the subject and countless articles have been written upon the matter. Companies, particularly the sales industry will go to great lengths in teaching their team how to acquire motivation. The simple truth is that the power of motivation is hard wired into each and every one of us. We need not look any further than the chambers of our own soul for the rich attributes of motivation. Like a light bulb, we need only to flip the switch for the light to come on. This article will list 10 random ways we can find within ourselves the power of motivation.

10 Motivating Tips

Tip #1 Creative thought: In his bestselling book, Man's Search For Meaning, Victor Frankl tells how he and others survived the unimaginable conditions of Nazi concentration camps. In the absolute loneliness of a prison cell, Frankl describes how some prisoners created universes unto themselves inside their own minds. The very thoughts these prisoners focused on motivated them to survive, and they did. According to Frank's observation, the prisoners that did not train their minds in such a way, unfortunately did not survive the ordeal.Thoughts have the power to change our mood, our feelings and even our health. This leads me to our second tip, which is making everything we do fun.

Tip #2 Make projects fun: I hold to the belief that through thought, we have the power to effect change in our biochemistry. If we set out to complete a project that produces feelings of dread, then it must be that we are thinking of the project in a negative, dreadful manner. However, if we trick our minds to think the project is fun, this will trigger a biochemical response in us that will produce feelings that this will be a fun project.

Tip #3 Surround yourself with happy people: Nothing will bring you down faster than negative people. Politely walk away from these social vampires before it's too late. Happy people create feelings of happiness and confidence. Happy people support the decisions you make in your life. Negative people will be jealous and afraid every time you make a positive change. They will see your new motivation as a condemnation of their own lack of it. They will try to bring you back down to who you used to be.

Tip #4 Run toward your fear: On the other side of every fear is something safe and beneficial waiting for you. Passing through fear will increase your confidence in your abilities to create your life. General George Patton had a great quote, "fear kills more people than death." Remember, death only kills us once. Fear will kill us many times over. The worst thing we can do is close our eyes and pretend that fear does not exist.

Tip #5 Embrace your willpower: If you think you have no willpower you are undermining your own success. You have willpower just like you have a muscle in your arm. It may not be a strong muscle but it's there. You can develop that muscle in your arm just like you can develop will power. Nothing happens until you generate the will to make it happen.

Tip #6 Stay in the present: There is something to be said about the power of now. Don't live in the past, unless you want guilt. Don't live in the future, unless you want fear. Focus on the present and you will find happiness. You cannot become the master of yourself until you can put your attention where you want it. Live in the here and now.

Tip #7 Make a list: Make a list of all the positive things you can think of about yourself. List every characteristic and accomplishment that you are proud of. Keep this list with you at all times. When you are feeling down take out your list and read through it. By doing this you can change your entire attitude from feeling discouraged to feeling positive.

Tip #8 Turn your television off: I know this is a scary thought for some people but stay with me for a moment. When we watch TV we are watching what other people love doing for a living. The average household watches 6-8 hours of television per day. We are so obsessed with other people's success on television that we often forget about our own. This is quality time we can be spending on more positive activities.

Tip #9 Listening on the road: We all have a tremendous opportunity to educate and motivate ourselves when we are commuting to and from work in our automobiles. There is a plethora of motivational audio Cd's we can choose to listen to while we drive. No time should be wasted time.

Tip #10 Create a vision: Create a vision in your mind of who and what you want to be. Then live into that picture as if it were already true. Always act as if you already made millions of dollars. Act as if you were the founder and CEO of a fortune 500 company. Act as if you have already written and published twenty bestselling novels.

Final Notes

It is my hope that these 10 ways to motivate yourself will work for you as it has for countless other successful people throughout history. It is time to get motivated about our purpose in life. May you use the powers of motivation to better yourself, and those around you.


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      JamesPoppell 3 years ago

      Thanks Olivia. I am always looking for ways to stay motivated. Your comment is appreciated. Have a great weekend!

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      Olivia Pellerito 3 years ago

      Great advise here! I will certainly keep these in mind next time I need to get things done.

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      JamesPoppell 4 years ago

      Hi Jason. Thank you for such a wonderful comment. I am honored that you find this hub worthy of your leadership class. Again, thank you and have a great day.


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      Jason Matthews 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is a really great hub! I am thinking about using it in some of the leadership classes I teach. Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource. Voted up!

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      JamesPoppell 4 years ago

      Hello and great question. I have always thought these principles come naturally to the types of people you listed. I may be may be wrong but this is my opinion on the matter. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my post.

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      Mrinal Saha 4 years ago from Jaipur,India

      hello JamesPoppell, great post, btw i have a Qs do you think successful people like bill gates, M.Jordan , Steve jobs etc ever watched or read motivation stories and video like we do,,

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      Hello Jadurani. Thank you so much for your comment. I have also heard of "vision boards," mainly from my reading of the book entitled, "The Secret." There is also a website that allows you to create your own mind movie. Basically, you pick a theme song and make a picture movie out of it with positive affirmations printed on the screen for each picture. The theory is that this will drive your dreams deep into your subconscious. Watch your mind movie daily supposedly you will get some great results. I have not tried it yet but you can check it out at or just google mind movies. Take care and have a wonderful day.

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      Jadurani Devi Dasi 5 years ago

      Some great ideas! I think it's important to have a vision, it helps us keep on task and stay motivated for sure. I've heard a lot lately about how some create "vision boards" , it's something I want to look into myself. I could always use a little more focus and motivation!

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      JamesPoppell 5 years ago

      jainismus, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my hub. Have a great day.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great tips, thank you for sharing.....

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Madurai. Conquering fear is so important because it can put the kibosh on all our dreams and hopes for a successful and prosperous life. Have a great weekend.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Hi biancaalice. I carry my list with me every day and it has helped me keep a positive perspective many times over. I have always been a believer and a student of the laws of attraction and I read everything I can find on the subject. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on this hub. Have a great weekend.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thanks Brett. I try to make it a daily habit to always walk through my fear. Also, the idea of living in the now is a lifelong pursuit that has given me peace of mind. Have a great weekend.

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      Madurai 6 years ago from Online

      Out of all the factor, I liked the Fear factor the best. Thanks for sharing:)

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      biancaalice 6 years ago from Southern California

      This is a good guideline to refer to, so that you can stay motivated. The making the list part is my favorite because it's similar to the laws of attraction, of writing what you appreciate about your life and you will draw in more like energy. Excellent.

      Voted up & interesting.

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      A really great hub, I agree with and live by many of the points that you make, especially challenging fears, living in the now and trying to make a part of everything you do fun!

      Thanks for SHARING, up, interesting, tweeted and pinned.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thanks for commenting coast2coast79. I have the same tendencies. I recently read a book you probably have heard of, entitled "The Power Of Now" which talks about this very subject. Thanks again and have a great weekend.

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      coast2coast79 6 years ago from San Mateo, California

      Good advise. I tend to live in the future or the past too often. I can confirm that living in the present helps. Whenever I've been happy I've been "in the now".

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thank you Sparklea, for such a great comment. I enjoy talking with like minded people on this subject. The subjects of motivation and success have captivated me since I was a young kid. The idea of making a list of your accomplishments truly works. Thanks and have a great day.

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      Sparklea 6 years ago

      What a great hub! Terrific suggestions! I, too, am a passionate writer. I have read Victor Frankl's book as well as other accounts of those who experienced the holocaust. Horrifying and inspirational. I love your suggestion to make a list of all the positive things you can think about yourself as well as you encouraging the reader to face his/her fears. THANK YOU, I look forward to reading your hubs. Blessings always, Sparklea :)

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my hub Debbie. I agree, motivation is all about attitude.

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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      I greatly believe that motivation comes from the way we approach things, as you've pointed out in your hub, from being positive to facing and beating our fears. Creating a vision of how I want things to turn out, I find very motivating. I do play games in my head to motivate myself - that makes me sound really bonkers I know!!

      All of your tips are sound advice and thank you for sharing.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thank you jenubouka for such a great comment. I think we can all benefit from practicing these tested and proven tips. Have a great day.

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      I bookmarked this one James. It is so very true in trying to achieve personal success in life and wealth. Wealth does not have to require an excess of zero's after a number, but the wealth of positive thinking as you so brilliantly wrote here. Truly inspirational and something I need to practice on a daily basis.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Thanks for commenting Cyndi. The TV is a good one but a hard habit to break.

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      Some very good tips listed here, especially turn of the tv and live in the present. TV can keep you zoned out unless you're trolling for trends. Thanks for the tips.

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      JamesPoppell 6 years ago

      Sounds great iamageniuster. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great evening.

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      iamageniuster 6 years ago

      I will definitely do this. Let's see if it works.


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