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Be Motivated to Succeed

Nothing will fall into your lap unless you look for it, and work for it.

Femi Adebanji




What I have come to appreciate over the years is that achieving real success is akin to a contact sport. It comes only to those who earn it. You don’t win a title match simply because you’re popular; you win because you trained harder, took a few across the chin, lost a couple of rounds, planned strategically, kept getting back up every time you fell and kept swinging until you finally knocked the other guy out cold. You earned it; you brought your A-Game; you kept your focus on winning, and stayed helluva motivated. Like a title match, so is the game of life.

From dreams to reality

Charles de Gaulle said that in order to become good at anything, the only talent you need is motivation. Without motivation, most dreams remain just that, dreams. The sort of motivation that achieves goals does not come in short spurts that die out at the first sign of a setback; instead the sort of motivation that turns dreams into reality is the die-hard type of motivation that is persistent and dogged. It is the type of motivation that separates successes from failures and winners from quitters.

Visualise your future

You will find 99,99% of the time that highly successful people are highly motivated. Successful people maintain their high levels of motivation in a number of ways:

First, they begin with the end in mind. Having a clear idea of their goals and objectives keeps them highly motivated. They always seem to know where they are going, what they want to achieve and they describe their goals in striking detail. The simple reason for this is that they have visualised their goal so often in their minds that their subconscious mind increasingly accepts the goal as being achievable; thus further motivating them. As Napoleon Hill put it, “There is no hope of success for the person who does not have a central purpose, or definite goal at which to aim.”

Second, greatly motivated people have a high degree of self-belief and a ‘solution-focused’ mind-set. Like everyone else, they too experience fears and self-limiting thoughts, however, they have learnt to face and overcome these toxic emotions and focus on the solution. By placing far more focus on the peak performance that created their past successes and accomplishments, the limiting beliefs dissipate and their confidence levels elevate. Belief creates passion and passion in turn drives motivation.

Leave little to chance

Finally, highly motivated people plan strategically by identifying the action steps and milestones that will lead up to the ultimate goal. They leave little to chance , knowing that nothing happens without a plan. Planning strategically achieves four outcomes — first, by having milestones, the goal becomes far more manageable, thus increasing the level of commitment; second, having a plan makes it easier to identify potential challenges as well as the necessary skills and resources needed to proceed to the next milestone; third, having a plan introduces a higher level of certainty as less is left to chance, and they know how to proceed every step of the way en route to their goal.

Finally, having a plan allows them to measure progress and this motivates them to keep going even when challenges arise.

To maintain the high motivation levels needed for success, you must focus fiercely on your goal, believe in yourself, refuse to stay down, have a solution-focused mind-set and have a plan. Remember, success is a contact sport — you have to earn it.

Femi Adebanji is the director of the Mind-Advance Institute and a sought-after speaker and motivator. As a performance consultant he works with individuals and companies to design plans of action to realise their potential, achieve their goals, become more effective and maximise performance. He holds a Masters degree in Financial Economics and an Honors degree in Economics. For more information visit the Mind Advance website.

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5 Inspiring Quotes From Madiba To Stir You Into Action On Mandela Day

In honour of Mandela Day, here are 5 of Nelson Mandela’s most inspiring quotes.

Casandra Visser



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Bouncing Back


“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

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25 Bad Words That Make Other People Feel Inferior

If the harshest thing you have to say about someone is partly true, say the other part.

John Rampton



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Did you know that in every language, there are more negative words than positive ones? It seems we need lots of words to describe our negative feelings, but we’re content with a handful of positive ones.

For instance, researchers have found that most cultures have words for seven basic emotions: Joy, fear, anger, sadness, disgust, shame and guilt.

That’s one positive emotion, and six negative

It’s no wonder so many of us have a hard time keeping our negative comments in check. Over the past six months I’ve been working on the verbal language that I’ve been using that I don’t even realize hurts others and in some cases makes them feel inferior. I even noticed that I’ve used a couple on my personal and business website. This is a “no-no” that I needed to fix.

This post will list 25 negative words you should avoid…so that you stop hurting, belittling and intimidating those around you!

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How To Control What You Can And Influence What You Can’t In Your Life

Every day you need to get up and face numerous challenges. Here’s how you can keep your head in the game — even when all you want to do is quit.

Erik Kruger




On Monday you wake up ready to take on the world. You’re focused, determined and business is doing well. Tuesday feels like you’re invincible and things could not be going any better. Wednesday, your world collapses. You doubt your ability to deliver to your clients. You wonder whether you should still pursue the same business. You think that quitting at this stage is easier than dealing with the ups and downs of entrepreneurship. And you are dramatically reminded that entrepreneurship is hard.

Mix in human nature and it becomes borderline insanity to try and build a business. And yet, the reward is worth it. I therefore want to share three strategies that might help you cope with this tough but deeply rewarding pursuit.

Influence and control

Most of the things in business and life are out of our control. You cannot control how other people react to your service or product. You cannot control how your employees will show up. You cannot control how the market will react and how that will affect your business.

Related: How You Can Do Big Things

This makes it very important to control what you can and then influence the rest to the best of your ability.

So, what can you control? You can control your actions, reactions and perceptions of the challenges you face. Meaning essentially, that you can control yourself and your efforts.

Do this with excellence and you will automatically influence the people around you and the situations you find yourself in.

Override your moods

If we only did the hard work when we felt like it, we would hardly get anything done. Our moods fluctuate like the tides of the ocean. Not because we are temperamental but because the external world has a profound impact on us.

When you wake up to news that the economy is in recession, it has the potential to plant seeds of doubt in your mind. When you receive an email from a disgruntled customer complaining about your service, it has the potential to ruin your day.

The fact is that you can receive a hundred testimonials singing your praise, but you will obsess and become despondent over that one negative comment.

This means that we have to move beyond our emotions. Sure, they are important in the decision-making process and for fostering meaningful relationships. But you cannot allow them to dictate when you will do work.

In other words, work hard, irrespective of your moods, especially on the days when you don’t feel like it.

Create a calibration practice

One of the best ways to deal with this rollercoaster effect is to create a daily calibration practice. I am a big fan of any action taken on a daily basis. Not only because of the accumulation effect that occurs over time, but also because it keeps you focused.

So, what does a daily calibration practice look like?

It differs for everyone. It could range from meditation to a vision board to journaling to listening to a specific playlist of songs. My suggestion is that you give journaling a go.

Because it’s sometimes difficult to start a new calibration practice, I have included my journaling template for you.

It’s called ‘J1G’ (pronounced as jig). I use Evernote or a notebook from HumanWrites for journaling purposes.

J: Journal

For the first few minutes, simply allow your hand to run across the paper. The idea is for you to dump as many of your thoughts onto the paper as possible.

Some questions you can answer in this section are:

  • What am I currently excited about?
  • What am I currently worried about?
  • Where am I currently winning?
  • What can I learn from what happened yesterday?

1: The one thing that you want to get done today

In this time, I usually have a look at my to-do list and decide which one action I want to get done today. Write it down and then expand on why it is the most important action. How will it move you or your business forward?

Related: Better Thinking For A Better World

G: Gratitude

In the last section, you simply write down three things that you are grateful for. Trust me, this is an important daily practice, but even more so on the days when you feel as if life is beating you down.

When you focus on the things that you are grateful for, you crowd out fear and shift your state of mind to a more positive and productive one.

The punch line

If you can stick to the three ideas I outlined above, I guarantee you will develop more resilience and perseverance. You are an entrepreneur because you chose to be one. Do not allow life to impose its will on you. I have no doubt that you will be better off because of all the challenges you face. Not in spite of them.

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