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What do motivational thoughts do? They help you
take action. This isn't about positive thinking or motivating quotes. Those
have their place in shaping your attitude and thinking. However, what motivates
each of us is unique, so you need to have your own thoughts - those which are
most effective at getting you going.
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" - Albert Einstein
This is a decent quote, and it may help you look at the positive side of a
situation, but what if it just doesn't get you excited? Then you need to apply
a little brainpower to make the idea your own. You have to make it a truly
motivational thought for YOU.
Motivational Thoughts Of Your Own
"Making it your own" means experimenting with a good thought until
you find a way to use it in your own recipe for motivation. Suppose, for
example, you're in a difficult situation and don't feel like dealing with it.
As you sit there, you play around with the idea of opportunity coming from
difficulty. Fortunately, you discover that it pulls you out of your slump to
think about yourself in the future, explaining to a friend how you turned the
difficult situation to your advantage.
This is how you create your own motivational thoughts. Now, it might be more
motivating if you imagine yourself being interviewed someday about how you
overcame this difficult time. The thoughts that work for you are the thoughts
you need to be thinking.
Learn Your Motivations
Experiment and get to know how your mind works. I find that beyond just
thinking a thought, if I explain it to someone, I get excited. That is my own
self-motivation recipe. When I feel unmotivated about writing, for example, all
I explain an idea I have for some article to my wife. By the time I am done,
I'm very motivated to work.
You can get creative in your motivational experiments. Maybe thinking about
being poor makes you get up and get to work. If so, that is a great
motivational thought. If visual thoughts are more motivating than mental
conversations, then use those. See pictures in your head that get you going.
Perhaps when people say you can't do something, you do whatever it takes to
prove them wrong. Then it might be motivational to think about them saying you
When there is a truly uninspiring task you have to do, try promising yourself a
reward for completion - make it one that really means something to you. Keep
that thought in your mind to keep yourself motivated. A trip to the beach and
even a simple bowl of ice cream may be some of your more powerful motivational