Today is day eight of our 60 sunrises to success. The topic for today is motivation. Motivation is a daily thing for me and many other successful business owners and entrepreneurs. Motivation is something you 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 need to do it every day. Motivation is not 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 call a homeowner back on a property and, I am getting ready to negotiate. It is important that it gets done right. I will get in the zone by watching YouTube. This gets me more motivated and brings that passion to my phone call. I love watching Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Les Brown, these guys remind me that you’re in control. You are in command of the outcome.
Sometimes you’re not going to be motivated. You are not going to feel like making the phone calls, or making the ads, or going into the meeting, or negotiating a price, or whatever it is. You’re just not going to feel like it.
One of my friends has shared a story with me. Where he was at his job, and he was 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 being undervalued and underpaid.
So he’s about to go make the phone call. And he gets the jitters. 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, and this is your arena. He watched it for about 10 minutes, calls his boss, and he quits
He says 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 yourself that you are 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 my 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 is your motivation? Because of the struggle to build a business or even to have your job or excel at a relationship. Whatever you are 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?
The struggle is real, but the opportunity to change your life and to take control. These could be incremental changes. in a few weeks, we are going to be going on a golfing trip. I have never even golfed, but I got invited. So I am going to go and have fun.
Who knows how it’s gonna turn out? I’m excited to share it with you guys. But the example of something small making an 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 are talking about changing your life, it is 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, and 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 I made that shift. And every day it kept shifting and kept shifting and kept shifting.
Now I get to do what I want. I get to have financial freedom, unlike most people get to experience. It all started years ago with the shift. 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 are like, I have been doing it for a month, and I am not financially free yet. I have been doing it for six months, and I have not quit my job yet. It is the little things that change.
Think about it this way. If you wanted to lose a bunch of weight, and you wanted to eat more salads. You would not eat a salad and then say I did not lose any weight. Guess it does not work. Right? That would be silly, even two weeks of it.
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 is called walk away from the 97%. It is a four-minute speech, and it reminds me of when I get into a scarcity mentality.
When I am like, I do not know if I could do this. I have never done it before. I watch that speech. And I am reminded, walk away from the 97%. Do not do what they do, do not talk how they talk, do not act as they act, and do not engage in what they engage in.
So that little speech reminds me, I am in control, and I need to walk away from the 97%. For those of you who do not know or did not 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. Walking away from the 97%. Do not use the language that they use. And incrementally, over time it is going to start to change. It is the same thing if you want to change your relationship.
Maybe you are a terrible communicator. One thing that I did was I stopped saying but and replaced it with 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.
That shift for me now has made it so when I am describing what I want, I say, and. So the daily motivation, the struggle is real. The opportunity is real. Your dreams can be real, but you’re going to have to go out and get them. 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 my daily motivation right in the morning. I do a little journal entry, do some push-ups, and then I go watch some motivational videos. 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? Today, you have ten things to do. All of a sudden, we start looking at it. We start getting deflated on not wanting to do that. Well, when I’m listening in the morning, and I am reminded that I am in control.
Anything your mind can conceive and believe you can achieve. I keep reminding myself of that. You know what? 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 have ten 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, things take 30 seconds to do, and you stick to your schedule, you don’t need the motivation.
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 is the motivation. It is 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. 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.
– Michael A. Huggins
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