Sunday Question – How Do You Motivate Yourself?

I’m thinking this is definitely an appropriate question to ask people on a Sunday. Since most Christians go to church on Sunday, some people might say their religion motivates them, and if that’s the case then it’s a fine answer. Some go to church on Saturday, though I expect if it’s religion the answer still might be the same.

I’ve never really touched the topic of religion on this blog because I’m a nonbeliever. I truly believe that as long as people don’t oppress anyone else because of their belief and if they don’t push their religion on someone else, then it’s all good. Whatever makes people happy and can motivate them to feel as good as they can, I have no problem with any of it.

That means, however, that people like me need other ways to motivate ourselves. I have written about motivational stuff on this blog and my business blog. On this one I had a post titled 10 Things That Lead To A Happier & Healthier You. I had a post showing 3 motivational videos. I had another post with videos and explanations of motivational stuff called The Soundtrack Of Your Life. I had one simple post way back when that gave links to motivational posts. And I’ve written about The Secret, which includes a video of the first 20 minutes or so of the movie, and Being In Heaven, the latest motivational video on the market.

When I need motivation, I turn to things like The Secret, videos, some CDs I have of Zig Ziglar and other presenters, and sometimes I grab one of my “millionaire” books and read some passages from one of them. See, my dream is to be a millionaire, so I have lots of books with the word “millionaire” in the title. I really do believe that if you feel it and believe it you will be it; might take some time, but it’s a reasonable goal.

Once again, what do you do to motivate yourself?

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26 thoughts on “Sunday Question – How Do You Motivate Yourself?”

  1. My wife and I love to travel. We’ve taken a few great trips, but they’ve only made us want to travel more. I look at the pictures we’ve taken and imagine us going to all the places we’ve talked about. That’s enough motivation for me. That and the fear of poverty and starvation.

  2. Hi Mitch.
    What motivates me is my family, my hunger for success on a level I’ve not seen before and the legacy I hope to leave for future generations. These serve as the fuel for my engine. 🙂

  3. Honestly, I do not search for ways to motivate myself. Usually it happened when i get a good idea and my ideas are floating in my mind everyday. I think I am creative person, but if I feel down, nothing can help.

    1. That’s too bad, Carl. I know when one is down that it’s difficult, but there’s nothing that makes you feel good enough, ever, to push forward?

  4. My motivation is wanting to fulfil my dream of having a successful home business. Cos then I can be generous with family, friends and the projects I support. I am a believer so yes my faith is a motivating factor as it is incorporated in all aspects of my life.
    Patricia Perth Australia

    1. Thanks for sharing that, Patricia. I think the yearning for success is one of the greatest motivators out there.

  5. Ok I don’t know if the last one posted, so I’m doing this again. I know it sounds sappy, but what keeps me going is looking at my daughter. Whether she’s smiling at me, giggling at me, or fussing at me, just seeing her face is enough to give me the energy to keep on trucking.

  6. To motivate myself I think about my children’s future. I think about how hard my parents worked to make sure I had opportunities that they did not. Then I think about what I want generations of my family after me to have access to in their lives.

    1. Barbara, I’ve read your stuff about how much you work & how little you sleep, and then you throw karate in there. I get tired just reading your adventures! lol

  7. The best way to motivate myself is to take a break :); a vacation or just a day off from work.

    After that I’m ready to start all over again.

    1. Not bad, Mia. Of course, I work for myself so I haven’t had a vacation in more than 10 years, and taking a break means I don’t get paid, although when I’m writing on this blog I see it as taking a break. 🙂

  8. Family, my “non-existent” retirement…

    When all else fails and I can’t get motivated- I take a walk.

    I always get tons of inspiration when I walk- my mind goes into overdrive.

    1. Ah yes, walking. Carolee, I love going to the lake and walking when I need inspiration or just to clear my mind. It’s a much different walk than going to the gym to do it. And when I’m really down… I drive to Oswego to look at Lake Ontario; now there’s a mind blower!

    1. You’re a better man than I, Rummuser. Things just happen to me as well, but not all of them are motivational. So I acknowledge that I need those boosts sometimes in my life to help my mind get back on the straight and narrow.

  9. I LOVE Zig Ziglar, as a matter of fact he’s here in Atlanta today at the Get Motivated conference … haha. I have a ticket to go and it’s directly across the street from my office, the only problem is I don’t have the “time” to go … meaning I won’t get paid. Unfortunately today money is what motivates me.

    I normally get my motivation from regular everyday people. You should know that I always look for lessons in everyday simple instances. I’m what I call a treasure hunter, it’s there if you look for it.

    When I say people motivate me, I mean I can be in a normal conversation and someone will say just the right thing at the right time and it will get me moving in the right direction. Now, you have to also add to this formula that I surround myself with positive people as I’m allergic to negative people. I’m not saying the positive people don’t say negative things but overall they don’t.

    If I had a blogroll, you could see exactly what I mean. For instance, I follow your blog and you motivate me … your tweets are hilarious too. (Just thought I’d throw that in.)

    1. Kissie, you’re precious and I thank you for that. You know, I can get motivated by certain people here and there also, but I don’t see people all that often, working at home. I really do need to get out more, I must say.

  10. I motivate myself, since I was little I wanted to be a rich and powerful man when I grow up and I want to keep my promise(well at least the rich part, which can be bend a little :D).
    An other, like a second plan motivator, are my friends who are doing really well in this time of economical recession.

    1. Alex, I think we all get to a point where we can motivate ourselves, but there are those times when, I believe, we need or could benefit from a boost from somewhere else.

  11. I am motivated by having a circle of inspirational and motivated people. I believe God places people in our lives at specific times to help us move closer to our purpose in life. In my case, top of that list is my husband, followed by some awesome media professionals.

    I am also motivated by having a radio show that allows me to disseminate information.

    1. You have so much energy, Bev, something that I often feel I lack. I don’t have a circle of people, and you know I don’t have a religion, so I find other places for motivation. Inspiration is always easy, but motivation is what I need to get it done.

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