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The Secret Sauce: Motivation

The Secret Sauce: Motivation

Successful and rising entrepreneurs have a key behavior trait that propels them towards their goals: Motivation towards that goal, the constant fixation in their minds to what they want to achieve.

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Define your Purpose

Successful entrepreneurs know what they want in life, and what is the purpose of their existence. They have chosen a destiny and defined their purpose of living.

Everyday Motivation

Successful entrepreneurs have a system, a daily set of habits, a power routine that defines their work ethic, eventually defining the course of their lives.

Mental Preparation

For daily motivation to arise, mental preparation (the night before and during the morning) is key. Certain visuals, music, and other trigger pieces can set your mind towards your goal.

Self-Discipline and Willpower

Self-discipline and willpower can be in short supply and fail you, but this is your inner fire, your motivation that will sustain you.

Set personal high standards

Successful and motivated entrepreneurs set aside all external forces and distractions and have their own set of high standards. They do things a majority of people find difficult to do, like waking up early or avoiding TV or junk food.

Goal Setting

Goal-setting makes your mind think differently and drives you towards it naturally. The obstacles appear small to a person having enough motivation.

Keep your goal in sight

Entrepreneurs who keep rising and stay motivated are the ones who never lose sight of their goals, always keeping them at the forefront of their minds.

Neil Patel
Self-motivation despises the role of luck, dismisses the component of self-discipline and looks to the power of goals for ultimate achievement in life."

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  • Test as many potential solutions as you can afford to. This avoids the confirmation bias of rationalizing the one solution you chose.
  • Evaluate the criteria for each experiment. 
  • Learn from every experiment, successful or not. 

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Master Self-Discipline
  • Know your weaknesses. You can’t overcome them until you know them.
  • Remove temptations. “Out of sight, out of mind.”
  • Set clear goals and have an execution plan.
  • Build your self-discipline. We aren’t born with self-discipline -- it’s a learned behavior.
  • Create new habits by keeping it simple. Break your goal into small, doable steps.
  • Eat often and healthy. Low blood sugar often weakens a person’s resolve, making you grumpy and pessimistic.
  • Give yourself a backup plan. Give yourself a plan to deal with a potentially difficult situation you know you will likely face.
  • Reward yourself when you accomplish your goals.
  • Forgive yourself when you fall short and keep moving forward.
Read

Besides expanding your knowledge, reading can give you a good head start; this is often what your peers cannot obtain. 

Even if you can't commit to an hour or more of reading every day, start with 20 to 30 minutes.