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Looking for Motivation? Don't look here!

Updated: Jul 14, 2019

If there are 10 steps to get to your goal, steps 1-5 are simply to show up. 'Showing up' is the art, science, and discipline of doing what you know you need to do to get your goal. Seems simple right? Well i guess it would be if you didn't have other goals, life obligations, time restraints, stresses, and unlimited will power. You are going to learn what it takes to show up for everything that's important to you right now.

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In order to learn what to do. First you must learn what not to do. And if you have already reached your goals and know how to show up fully to everything in your life stop reading this and go teach other people, your a unicorn, or something very rare anyways, please teach your skills. For everyone else here's what not to do and what to do:

Do Not:

  • Start and stop (yo-yo) on your way to your goals

  • Push to quickly and burn out

  • Don't push enough to get going

  • rely on someone else's motivation for you other then your own

DO:

  • Create a structured program that get's you to your goal AND doesn't overly burn you out. ie- a sustainable pace

  • Schedule your program into the balance of your whole life and all you obligations ahead of time

  • Be kind, encouraging, and directive with yourself

  • Find your purpose for why this important to you

Why did i say don't look here for motivation? Because motivation is overrated. It's fleeting, temporary and rely's on how you feel in the moment to motivate. The only thing that will get you all the way to your (long term) goals is inspiration and purpose. Inspiration is a deeper direction that pulls you towards it no matter how you feel. Call it your path or blueprint, or whatever, basically it asks the question 'why?' Why is this important to you? If you've never done this activity this will change your life. Whatever your answer is to why is this important to you, ask the question again, and again, and again until you reach the very end. Then, you will have your inspiration.


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What to do with it? Take this info and put it on the background of your phone, write it on your mirror, tell your friends, write it on social media, be creative... Listen, life still happens, you can't control a lot of your circumstances. However, what you can control is how you show up in the world. Do it with a purpose and a plan. This will hold you accountable and keep you showing up beyond just motivation. I guarantee it!

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