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?

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
by T. Harv Eker

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Being In Heaven

If you loved the movie The Secret and you enjoyed the movie What The Bleep, and maybe enjoyed or heard in passing about a movie called The Opus, I think you might be ready for the latest installment in motivational movies.

It’s called Being In Heaven, and it’s the story about a guy who loses everything, then finds people to give him guidance as he finds his way out of all his problems. Not only does he find ways to make money, but ways to live a better life overall.

Once again, it’s an Australian film, and last October they actually showed the film all over the continent in movie theaters. They seem to do it right there, because they didn’t quite do that when The Secret came out, and I think people would have been blown away seeing it on the big screen; it blew me away watching on my own TV at home. Below is a trailer for the movie:

Anyway, you’re probably wondering what the banners are for. It seems that I’m on a mailing list of people who love motivational movies, and they actually wrote me and asked me if I’d like to be an affiliate for the movie. What kind of idiot would I be if I didn’t hop on that? If the trailer is enticing you, then you can click on the banner ad above or below and check it out.

Just so you know, you’re buying the movie from Australia, but when I bought The Secret I bought it from Australia as well, which is why I have the original instead of the one that’s in the stores here now; trust me, there are big differences in the two movies. I think y’all are going to enjoy this one; I’ve already ordered mine.

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Three Videos Of Motivation

Man, I’ve been on a tear. I figured it was time to slow things down, and it’s a Saturday, so what better time than to rest a little bit. So, instead of a lot of words, I hope you’ll indulge me in a little bit of sharing I’d like to do. Here are 3 videos of the motivational type. They’re relatively short, but they remind us of just why we’re all here on Earth, and why it’s a pretty nice place to be.

The Secret DVD

The Secret

The other day, when I was saying there were no secrets in marketing, and there being way too much stuff that’s the same, I also happened to talk about this movie called The Secret, and said I was going to talk about it one of these days. Today’s the day.

Before I go forward, I want to also mention that I wrote a review of The Secret on my Reviews site, which you can check out if you’re so inclined. It was a pretty good review, if I say so myself; this will be a little bit different. This is a fan review.

The Secret came out in 2005, and I actually purchased my copy from Australia before it made it to America. I was in my big phase of self motivation, and had started out with a movie called What The Bleep, which was also a pretty motivating movie that starred Marlee Matlin. I had seen the early promotion for The Secret, and man, from the first sound, I was captured. Here’s the first 20 minutes or so from the movie:

Now, before you watch that, let me tell you a bit more about it. I’ll go ahead and tell you the secret, since it’s 4 years past now. The secret is something known as the Laws of Attraction. The simplistic version of all of this is that what you believe you’ll attract to your life. The deeper version of this is that the universe is all energy, and channeling your energy in the proper way will bring you whatever you concentrate on.

This can be good and it can be bad. For instance, all of us probably dream of great things, but we don’t all have great things. That’s because what we’re thinking about overrides what we say we want. So, if you say you want money, but deep inside you’re worrying about paying bills, paying bills will be the overriding thought, and that worry is what you’ll bring to your life. However, thoughts aren’t the only things about this. You have to follow up the real thoughts with actions, whether they’re positive or negative. When you’re depressed or worried, you tend to stay in that world, that feeling, and thus you find yourself having problems breaking out of it. When you can get out of the depression, you suddenly notice your life feels better, and more positive things are happening for you.

Anyway, I’ve now seen The Secret maybe 50 times or more. Every time I need a boost in my life, I put this movie on. It was fantastically produced, and the music and scenes help with the experience. Something else I got that you won’t get if you decide to buy the movie now is the original cut. In the original, Esther Hicks of Abraham-Hicks was in the movie a lot, but about a year later she asked to be totally removed from it. Someone else took parts of what she said, but it’s not quite the same. It’s still great, though, and you won’t really know what you missed, so it won’t irk you like it irked me.

Here’s the thing about movies like this. Motivation is one of those things where you have to be ready for it to work for you. If you’re in any way skeptical, don’t bother, because it won’t work for you. That’s how many things in life are, by the way. If you don’t believe in hypnosis, you can’t be hypnotized. If you don’t believe you deserve anything better in your life, it will never come. Don’t waste your time; trust me on this one.

But if you’re really ready for something that might make you feel good, something that might inspire you, The Secret is the way to go. There are some fantastic stories in this movie. One lady basically overcame cancer by changing her mindset. Another guy named Morris Goodman was told he’d never walk again, nor leave this ventilator that was breathing for him after he’d crashed his plane, and yet he believed he would walk out of the hospital before Christmas, and thus he did.

Folks, what we really believe, then act upon, we can do. The Secret is powerful stuff if you’re ready to let it take you there. I’m not going to post the movie again, since I posted it a couple of days ago, so I’m going to post What The Bleep instead. It’s not as glossy as The Secret, but it’s good nonetheless.

What The Bleep

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Be Responsible For Your Own Life

I’m slightly going off topic here because, well, I feel a need to urge people to do just what it is they need to do for themselves and their lives.

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Earlier today, a friend of mine called (she doesn’t ever read this blog, so of course she’ll be checking on it pretty soon after this) because she just needed to vent; that’s one of her best phrases. She’s been having a tough go of it lately; actually, she’s been having a tough go of it since I’ve met her. The thing is, though I’ve never told her this directly (though I have said it), almost every single piece of it is her fault. I sympathize with her only because she’s my friend, and for no other reason.

During her rant, she said she’s done everything possible to get things to go in her favor over the years. She asks why good things don’t happen for good people, but they always seem to happen to bad people. She said she’s always trying to think of the positive side of things, but how hard it is because of all the bad stuff that’s gone on in her life. On and on and on it went. Today I was just listening, but I was chomping at the bit. I really wanted to say something, but there are those days when you don’t want to beat up on someone, even if the way I beat up on people is usually fairly kind. I will tell people the way it is, but I’m not brutal.

I’m going to tell a personal story here, if I may. Back in 1991, I lost a very good job. Years later I learned the truth about losing the job, and in reality it had nothing to do with me, but at the time it happens you start to lose a little bit of confidence in yourself. You battle and battle yourself, but sometimes it just doesn’t come through to you.

I was lucky. At the time, the economy was about as bad as it is now, and that means unemployment was extended from the norm of 26 weeks in New York state to an extra 28 weeks. I also sued my past employer, and based on the law they had to pay me during a portion of it. So I had money coming in, but it made it difficult to find work because at any time I had to be available to leave for court, and it would have been hard to get any new employer to go for something like that. I also had problems getting work because the job I’d lost was at a high level. Those employers that did contact me and interview me wouldn’t hire me because they didn’t think I’d stay at the jobs all that long; you know, that “over-qualified” thing.

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I was out of work for almost 18 months. It wasn’t pretty, to be sure. What ended up happening is that the judge took the case and said he’d be making his decision. At that point, my past employer didn’t have to pay me anymore. Unemployment was over with also. I had no money coming in, and I was living alone. I had no prospects for real work, and I was depressed. I was in a bad way, and a bad spot. I was within 30 days of having to make a very critical decision; at age 34, it looked like I was going to have to totally swallow my pride, give up my apartment, and move to another city to live with my parents.

I decided that just wasn’t in the cards. I was going to get work, no matter what it was, and I was going to stay in my own apartment and work my way back out of my problems. The first thing I did was call some of my past contacts; I didn’t have many of them, but I hopped on the phone and called them all, saying I needed work. The second thing I did was go up to the closest gas station and apply to work there. My thinking was that if I could get at least a part time job I’d have a little bit of money coming in, and it would allow me to continue looking for other things, as I was putting in for second shift, and if I needed to work temporary jobs in the meantime during the day then I’d do that also. My main goal was to stay in my apartment; I figured food would come, and my utilities were already totally covered. And, if need be, I could walk to work, as it was just down the street.

I got the part time job within an hour of applying. Two hours later, I got called for a contract job in the city, full time, though no benefits. I didn’t care; it wasn’t great pay, but it was pay. And it was going to be enough to pay my bills, and if I budgeted well enough I’d at least be able to eat. Matter of fact, since I was working at the gas station, I got a discount on their hot foods, so eating wasn’t going to be a problem either.

Back then, I didn’t have anyone to really talk to about my problems, but I did have this resolve that said I would do whatever it took to be independent, and whatever it took to take care of myself. I have that same resolve today as a consultant, and it’s a good thing since I’ve yet to make it at a big time internet marketer. 🙂 It’s a tough road at times being independent, and yet I’ve shown every time that when the chips are down I’ll do whatever it takes to get some money coming in the door, and usually I’m lucky that it’s not chump change, as I like living fairly well.

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Back to my friend. Her problem is that she spends all of her time saying what she “can’t” do and “doesn’t feel comfortable” doing, and that she’s “only qualified to do one thing”. She hasn’t hit that wall of clarity yet that says you do whatever you need to do to sustain yourself so you can hopefully one day get to do what you really want to do.

I believe in the laws of attraction, and in this case if you keep telling yourself you can’t do something, then that’s just what you won’t be able to do. If you spend your time thinking about getting back at someone you feel wronged you, then that’s all you’re going to think about and you won’t be able to progress. If all you can think about are bad decisions you made in your life, or why life keeps picking on you, or that you’re entitled to something else just because, well, whatever your reasoning is, then that’s where you’re always going to be stuck mentally, and if that’s the case then you might as well file for welfare and Medicaid now and just give up because you’re never going anywhere positive. I believe in the laws of attraction as they were discussed in the movie The Secret; what you concentrate on, positively or negatively, you will bring into your life.

My bet, in this day and age, is if my livelihood depended on it I’d probably have figured out the way of making lots of money on the internet. But I haven’t given up on this dream; lucky for me, I will always do whatever it takes to sustain myself and my family until something I really want takes off. Folks, it’s out there for all of us if we can only maintain the proper mindset. Think positively, and your actions will be positive, and eventually positive things will happen to you. Try to define your goals; check out this post, download the survey, and see where you stand as far as goals you want to achieve in life.

It’s not bad people that succeed; it’s driven people that succeed. Sometimes those driven people are jerks; deal with it. Be responsible for your own life; if you are, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

The Power of Clarity

The Power of Clarity
by Brian Tracy

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