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The Difference Between ‘Getting’ Motivated and STAYING THERE (3 Keys for Long-Term Motivation)

1 September 2011 2 Comments

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There’s 2 ways you can work on raising your motivation:

1.) The lightweight, popular, feel-good approach, where you’re making cute day-planners, putting inspirational quotes on your bathroom mirror and HOPING something will happen, and

2.) The heavyweight, not-so-popular, “OG” approach: the real deal where you’re putting in the daily effort, successfully networking, leading and motivating other people to get focused as you’re MAKING something happen.

The difference between these two approaches is the difference between night and day. It’s the difference between playing “Call of Duty” on your computer and being an actual soldier in Afghanistan RIGHT NOW.

Seriously though, it’s:

>> the difference between following somebody else’s set of routines (sold as a “foolproof method”) and being on a personal mission,

>> the difference between keeping busy with superficial tasks and transforming the environment around you, and

>> for our purposes here, the difference between motivation that lasts for a couple days (maybe a few weeks at best) and motivation that stays with you for the rest of your life.

Now don’t get me wrong, both ways have their uses (you need something to get people started), but if you want to see yourself “burning the midnight oil” for years to come – if you want to make self-discipline and unstoppable motivation a “given” in your life – then you need to GET YOUR WEIGHT UP: you need to leverage your subconscious mind and human nature in ways that AMPLIFY your motivation at the deepest level.

So let’s delve into some of those heavyweight techniques now. Hopefully it all makes sense and doesn’t sound like some crazed lunatic venting his rage at the passive docility of our techno-digital generation (which it actually is by the way).

Step 1: Discover Your Purpose

When it comes to staying motivated, if you don’t have a purpose in life, you’re kidding yourself, because the highest levels of drive and ambition NECESSITATE it. Without purpose, you simply don’t have access to focus of a deeper nature…you might get a “sneak preview” of it from time to time, but you’ll never be there for real.

David Deida, best-selling author of “The Way of the Superior Man” (click here for a great excerpt) says:

“Without a conscious life purpose a man is totally lost, drifting and adapting to events rather than creating them. Without knowing his life purpose a man lives a weakened, impotent existence, perhaps eventually becoming even sexually impotent, or prone to mechanical and disinterested sex.”

Just trust me: if you want to be fully engaged – if you want to go “beast mode” when it comes to your success – do whatever you need to do to discover your purpose, NOW, and orient your goals around that.

Step 2: Work on Your Subconscious Beliefs

This is something else I talk about often, but haven’t returned to in a while. Here’s the Cliffnotes version:

YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS IS ABOUT 0.1% CONSCIOUS, AND 99.9% UN-CONSCIOUS: Your subconscious mind truly is the hidden director behind all of your drives, emotions, behaviors, itches, scratches and freaky-little fantasies, so if you don’t get this part right, you’re unconsciously sabotaging everything you’re working to create.

man sabotaging wires at office

For instance, if you want to start a business and build wealth for yourself, but subconsciously believe that money is evil or people will despise you for having it, you’ll “unconsciously sabotage” everything you do to start that enterprise.

If you want to be healthier or improve a certain illness, but subconsciously believe that you’re guilty for something you’ve done in the past so your body deserves it, you’ll “unconsciously sabotage” everything you do to get well.

So spend some time really thinking about your beliefs, WHY you think they’re true, and how that all relates to your personal goals. I guarantee you you’ll come across TONS of contradictions, hypocrisies and false assumptions that are keeping you on lock down without you even realizing it, because we all have them.

For more help in this area (it is the hardest of all three, by the way, because it’s intangible), check out the accelerated success conditioning program I use on a daily basis to consistently get the most out of myself. Do it.

Step 3: Improve Your Habits in Other Areas

I believe in the power of holistic thinking, and that means that sometimes, staying motivated requires fundamental changes to other aspects of life that don’t really seem related.

For instance, I have an entire section here on the blog about holistic health because one of my biggest self-development “growth spurts” came from deciding to go vegetarian 6 years ago. It saved a brother from depression, and completely revolutionized my day-to-day motivational state.

man eating peach at laptop

I even did a video awhile back called The 4 Elements: A Quick, Simple Morning Routine For More Energy, Creativity & Focus and several other posts as well as a video about “friends,” about how the people in your circle you THINK are holding you down may actually be holding you BACK, and how exactly put an end to that too.

So there you have it. Remember, these are called heavyweight techniques because they’re all “hard” (relative to putting inspirational quotes on your bathroom mirror).

If you think about it, what I’m really saying here is you can only raise your motivation when you CHANGE AS A PERSON, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t see instant results. Change is the one thing everybody wants but still spends their entire life running away from, so give yourself time and compassion as you work against that natural trend.

(Don’t get it twisted either: I still struggle with all this too. Over time, you’ll see that you have to keep coming back to all this and continually refine your process.)

Get to work on these three things and see what kind of realizations you have. Again, it won’t be easy, so check out that weblink I mentioned before for help.



  • khadija said:

    Peace Brian,
    Just ordered the cd’s from TRN website. I want to say thank you for suggesting this valuable tool. It will be another step in the right direction for me to conquer some of my “issues”. Thanks again. Love your blog :)

  • Bryan Ogilvie (author) said:

    Thanks Queen…so glad you got a lot out of it. Keep in touch and be sure to keep me updated, because that’s a fantastic investment you made…take care

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