How to Motivate Yourself

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I picked up a book the other day that captured my attention “100 Ways to Motivate Yourself” by Steve Chandler. Unless you are highly motivated and exactly where you want to be in life, I would recommend you pick up a copy too. I have often looked at people who are talented and thought why can’t I be “discovered”? What do they have that I don’t? If you write poetry, have you ever listened to the words of a song and thought, I can do that good. I have dozens of times. So what is holding us back? Not wanting to steal Chandler’s “thunder” I am going to share only a four ideas from his book. Chandler has several other books out, he holds seminars, and will allow you to sneak a peek at some of his materials on his blog:

The Blog that will Knock Your
Mental Limitations to the Stars!

Create a Vision

Create the vision of what you truly want to be, and then live the part. As Chandler warms up in chapter one he advises us to “create a vision”. Chandler interviewed Arnold Schawarzenegger for a newspaper he worked on at the time. It was 1976 and the movie Arnold was playing in had been a big disappointment, but he (Arnold) did not let that deter him. While working hard at body building he had pictured the body he would have and had met his goals. Now he was sure he could apply the same principles and “live into the picture, as if it were already true.” He pictured himself as a top Hollywood star. This is a goal he attained.


Brainstorm alone. Many of us have experienced brainstorming sessions and know that when brainstorming no idea is tossed out. In fact sometimes the most ridiculous idea is the most brilliant and successful. The objective here is to list 20 ideas daily for a week. We cannot limit our self to reasonable sound ideas because then we may overlook the best ideas of all.

Face Your Fears

Overcome your fear. Are you holding yourself back because you have a fear of public speaking, for example? I remember being afraid of public speaking ever since high school, but attending college it was still part of the class requirement. It is only in pushing forward that we release the hold that fear has on us. Start small. Practice your speech in front of friends and family. Have them give you their honest opinion. The more you practice the easier it becomes. Overcoming a fear is exhilarating. You will wish you had tried earlier. So many times we let our fears loom over us. Can you imagine what we could accomplish once we face them down?

Be the Change in Life You Want Others to be

Be the change in life. He quoted Ghandi “You must be the change you wish to see in others.” My minister always states, don’t preach a sermon, live one. This goes back to our first step in creating a vision and living it. We want others to be friendlier, kinder, happier, more peaceful, so shouldn’t we lead by example?

Check out the Blog. Check out the Books, and stop limiting yourself. You are meant for bigger and better things.

Photo sources: Arnold, Brainstorming, & Book


Icy BC June 29, 2009 at 8:32 AM  

This is wonderful post, Judy..
I'm out to check his site..

Judy Sheldon-Walker June 29, 2009 at 9:07 PM  

Thanks, Icy, I hope you like it.

God bless & take care.

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