Today is going to be day eight of our 60 sunrises to success. Day eight. And today’s topic is motivation. Motivation is a daily thing for me and many other successful business owners and entrepreneurs, that’s something you just have got to do daily.
Why is it important to do it daily? Well, I heard Zig Ziglar say that motivation is like bathing, you gotta do it daily. Motivation isn’t just something that you can rely on. There has to be an action, you have to be engaged in the doing part of it. I’ll give you a quick example. When I am about to call a homeowner back on a property and I’m going to be doing some negotiating. It’s a really big deal. It’s important that it gets done right. What I’ll do to get in the zone and to get more motivated and bring that passion and excitement to my phone call is I go on YouTube. I love watching Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, these guys remind me, and I’m here to remind you that you’re in control. You are in command of the outcome.
When I say don’t rely on it, because sometimes you’re not going to be motivated, you’re not going to feel like making the phone calls or making the ads or going into the meeting or negotiating a price or, you know, making your offers whatever it is sometimes you’re just not going to feel like it. One of my friends has shared a story with me. Where he’s at his job and he’s not getting paid. But he’s worth it and he knows it. So he asked for a raise. They didn’t give him what he wanted. And so he’s like, you know what? I’m just gonna quit. I’m done working with them. I’m done being undervalued and underpaid. So he’s about to go make the phone call. And he gets the jitters. He’s like, man, I am like, I am cutting the ties I’m getting out of here. So he goes on to YouTube to watch a few videos and he gets focused on this message. You know, you can do this. This is your life. This is your arena. This is you in command. And so we watched it for about 10 minutes, calls his boss and fires him. He quits. He says I’m done. I’m out of here. I don’t need you anymore. It was just 10 minutes, 10 minutes a day. Sometimes if you don’t feel like doing it. Go and watch the video, go and listen to an exceptional presenter. Remind you that you’re in command.
Daily motivation. So what motivated me at the beginning? What motivated me is that I want to be a stay at home parent. I love that idea. Never needing to drop someone off at daycare or missing some exciting part of the kid’s life. I don’t even have kids. But that’s why I built this business. That’s why I got into real estate so I could be a stay at home parent.
So what’s your motivation? Because the struggle to build a business or even to have your job or to excel at a relationship, whatever you’re trying to do, the struggle is real. How do you stay motivated for that? When life knocks you down, how do you get back up? So the struggle is real, but the opportunity to change your life and to take control. These could be incremental changes.
We’re gonna be going on a golfing trip. In a few weeks. I’ve never even golfed, but I got invited. So I’m gonna go and just have fun. So who knows how it’s gonna turn out? I don’t know. I’m excited to share it with you guys. But the example of something small making a big impact would be on your golf swing. You do one millimeter to the right and then down the range it’s dozens of yards in one direction or the other. So when we’re talking about changing your life, It’s not an overhaul. It doesn’t have to be. It could be one millimeter. And that one millimeter over the course of days, weeks, months years, will put you in a different direction. Do you think that I knew six years ago when I decided to quit Jiffy Lube and quit working at Sears I would be a self-sustaining entrepreneur? Do you think I knew where I was going to end up? Not really. I just knew that that day I decided I made that little shift. And then every day it kept shifting and kept shifting and kept shifting. And so now I get to do what I want, I get to have financial freedom, unlike most people get to experience. And it started years ago with the shift and so sometimes you guys are gonna have to work on the shift and it’s not going to feel fun. Or you might not even notice it, it might be so small at the beginning, that sometimes people get deflated. And they’re like, I’ve been doing it for a month and I’m not financially free yet. I’ve been doing it for six months and I haven’t been able to quit my job yet. It’s the little things that change.
Think about it this way. If you wanted to lose a bunch of weight, and you know, you wanted to eat more salads. You wouldn’t eat a salad and then say Well, I didn’t lose any weight. Guess it doesn’t work. Right? That’d be silly, even two weeks of it, like, you have to do it for a sustained amount of time. But that little difference over weeks and months and years is going to be what ultimately makes that change for you.
My daily motivation is listening to a speech. I encourage you guys to look it up on YouTube, by Jim Rohn. It’s called walk away from the 97%. Walk away from the 97%. It’s a four-minute speech. And it reminds me when I get into a scarcity mentality. When I’m like, oh, I don’t know if I could do this. I’ve never done it before. I watch that speech. And I’m reminded, walk away from the 97%. Don’t do what they do, don’t talk like they talk. Don’t act as they act. Don’t engage in what they engage in. So that little form Speech reminds me, Hey, I’m in control I need to walk away from the 97%. And for those of you who don’t know or didn’t know that you could, you absolutely can. The easiest way to walk away is to stop doing what poor people do, watch too much TV. Poor people listen to too much radio. So walking away from the 97%. Don’t do what they do. Don’t go where they go. Don’t engage in what they engage in. Don’t use the language that they use. And incrementally over time is gonna start to change. It’s the same thing if you want to change your relationship. Maybe you’re a terrible communicator. One thing that I did was I stopped saying “but” and replaced it with “and” and it forced me to be more accurate. The more accurate I was the faster my results came in. We just did a quick training, upstairs talking about communication and how easy it is to be misinterpreted. So that little shift for me over years now has made it so when I am describing what I want, I say, “and” I get a lot more instead of saying “but.”
So the daily motivation, the struggle is real. The opportunity is real. Your dreams can be real, but you’re gonna have to go out and get it. You can’t rely on others. You can lean on others from time to time, but they’re not going to pay your bills. They’re not going to build your retirement account. They’re not going to go buy the rental properties for you. They’re not going to go build your business. They’ll support you in it. But it’s something that you got to do. I do the daily motivation right in the morning. I get up. I look at my vision board. I do my affirmations. I do a little journal entry, do some push-ups. And then I go watch some motivational videos or listen to motivational speech while I’m cooking breakfast. And man, it just gets me fired up.
Now part of that you got to remember when we’re making a to-do list for the day, right? And today you have 10 things to do. And all of a sudden we start looking at it. And we start getting deflated on Oh, I don’t want to do that. That one thing on the list I don’t want to do. Well, when I’m listening to things in the morning, and I’m being reminded that I’m in control, right. Anything your mind can conceive and believe you can achieve. I keep reminding myself of that. You know what? I’m conceiving this idea. I believe I can do it. I can achieve it. When you’re making a to-do list, one of the major keys between wealthy people and poor people is the difference between Operating off of a list versus operating off of a calendar. If you got 10 things to do that day, in the morning, schedule them, right at eight o’clock, I’m doing this at 8:02. I’m doing that at 8:17. I’m doing this, don’t make a list because then you’re only going to do the easy stuff or the fun stuff. But if you start to schedule it, okay, sometimes things take 30 seconds to do sometimes they take a half-hour or five hours when you schedule it, put it on the schedule, and you stick to your schedule, then you don’t need the motivation. You’re just doing the next appointment. But you got to get motivated to put it on the schedule and stop operating off of a to-do list. Does that make sense? A To-Do list helps to see what you need to do, but it’s not an action plan. The schedule is the action plan.
So I’ll leave you with this. It’s the affirmations, it’s the motivation, it’s the vision board. It’s getting clear on what you want. It’s like Napoleon Hill said whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. That’s the thing you got to come up with. You got to believe it, if you believe you can believe you will. Eat That Frog. That’s right. How do you eat a frog one bite at a time? You just got to go for it.
Remember to take back your existence or die like a punk. Peace out.