I remember the day so well…
I was working at Magic Masters selling magic tricks. Magic Masters is located in the hotel lobby of the Hilton in downtown Atlanta. That particular day there was barely anyone in the hotel. Which meant no one was coming over. Which meant I had limited opportunity to sell people magic tricks.
I was frustrated and angry about being in debt, not making any money, and working at a dead end job. I wanted to be a professional magician, not sell tricks at a dinky little shop. My blame list for why I was in the situation I was in was very long.
Then, my friend Jon, stopped by with an audio cassette program in his hand and excitingly told me, “You have to listen to this guy.” It was a six cassette program from some motivational speaker who at the time I had never heard of.
I kind of rolled my eyes thinking that all the motivational stuff was B.S. But the thing is…that motivational stuff completely changed my life.
There are three things I discovered from the cassette program my friend gave me:
1) Inspiration and motivation are NOT the same thing. (Tweet this!) Sure you can be inspired by other people’s stories. If you see a story about someone losing a ton of weight, you might be inspired to lose weight. But this isn’t enough to get you to do something about it and make lasting change. Motivation comes from within. You have to work on your own personal motivation if you want lasting change.
2) If you want to succeed, you have to master your personal motivation. As you may know, ever since I was eight years old, I wanted to be a professional magician. It was my dream, it was the vision I had for my life, it was what my gut told me that I should be doing.
I was told it wasn’t practical, that it was too risky, that it was too hard, that it was too complicated, that I wouldn’t make any money doing it.
I remember how it made me feel to have people constantly questioning the vision I had for MY life. It was NOT a good feeling. Plus it only magnified my own fears and doubts.
We all have things that hold us back—whether it’s our own fears and doubts or the oppressions of others. When you dig in and discover what your personal motivation is, nothing can stop you. And you’ll find that you’ll be able to overcome your fears, doubts, and even naysayers.
3) There is a formula for motivation. While I didn’t believe it at first, I soon discovered that there really is a formula for motivation. If you look around, you’ll see that the people that are truly living their dreams seem to be full of energy and super motivated all the time.
What I’ve discovered is that all the super successful people I have ever met use this formula. They figured out what it took to wake up charged every day so they could get the most out of life. This is a key factor in having the freedom in their life to get what they want. (Brendon Burchard is giving away this formula free right here.)
Finding your personal motivation will help you wake up each and every day feeling charged and ready to conquer your goals. You’ll experience more success, have less distractions, and you’ll feel happier. So don’t leave motivation in someone else’s hands. Find your personal motivation and take charge of your life starting today.
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