Tag Archives: Self-Motivation

Quote of the week

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


10 remarkable quotes by Zig Ziglar

Zig ZiglarOn November 28th, the great Zig Ziglar died at the age of 86. For many years, he has been a great source of inspiration to me and to millions around the world.

So, my first idea was that this week’s “Quote of the week” would be dedicated to Zig. However, after a long time trying to decide which one out of his hundreds of awesome quotes I would post, I decided to turn this into a post from the “10 remarkable …” series.

10 remarkable quotes by Zig Ziglar.

1. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.

2. “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

3. “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

4. “There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.

5. “Timid salesmen have skinny kids.

6. “If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

7. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

8. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.

9. “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.

10. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

RIP Zig Ziglar. Thank you for everyhting. You will be missed.

How to get what you want

In this remarkable TEDx Talk, Mel Robbins, a former criminal lawyer, turned one of the top career and relationship experts in America, shares everything she knows (in less than 18 minutes) about how to get what you want.


Mel Robbins – F— YOU – How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over


Related post:

1. Comfort vs. Achieving your full potential

This is what it takes to be the best

Commitment, consistency, focus, discipline, mental toughness, diligent work ethic, constant and never ending improvement. These are some of the key factors that make you “the best“.

George St-Pierre is the UFC‘s welterweight world champion, and he is considered by many as the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter in the world, and in these videos we get the opportunity to follow his preparation for the toughest fight of his career, when he faced another remarkable fighter named Jake Shields.

Now, you may be wondering: “how does this relate to me?” … “I am not a fighter?” … well, I don’t care what is it that you do, weather you are an entrepreneur, a banker, a nurse or a taxi driver; if you want to succeed, if you want to be the best … you need to embrace all the elements I have just mentioned at the beginning of this post.

I am sure that you do not need to be a fan of MMA or other martial arts to enjoy and get value from these videos.

Note: You can just watch one of the episodes to see what I am talking about. However I have included all three videos in case you really enjoyed them and end up wanting to watch the whole program (that was what actually happened to me. I watch the first-one and I simply could not stop. Now, I am definitely a big fan of George St-Pierre!)


Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

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1. How high are your standards?
2. How mentally tough are you?
3. The Pursuit of Mastery

Inspiration is everywhere

This is one of my favorite videos. It tells the story of Manuel de los Santos, a Dominican Republic former baseball player who in 2003 lost his leg after a motorcycle accident.

A few years later he watched the film ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance‘, and he was inspired to take up golf. Today Manuel plays to a handicap of just three and is competing in high profile tournaments all around the world.



I believe that you that inspiration comes from within. That when you have a clear purpose, this will propel you to achieve anything you want. However, great stories, great books, great speeches, or on Manuel’s case, great movies, can give you that kick in the ass that you need to get going. So, go out there. Expose yourself to great sources of inspiration.

There is no longer the excuse that “you can’t get inspired”. Inspiration is everywhere. You just need to expose yourself to it.

Related posts:

1. Great lessons on creativity, risk taking and mastery by John Mayer
2. How high are your standards?
3. Team Hoyt: Love, courage and devotion
4. Michael Phelps: Focus and determination

Kick your own ass!

Jeffrey Gitomer always delivers remarkable value throughout his books, articles and videos. Here you have a short video that most definitely will get you moving.


My favorite part:

“In order for you to be the best you can be for others, you have to start out being the best you can be for yourself”.

Great stuff!

If you enjoyed this video, I recommend you to watch my previous posts with Jeffrey’s great advice:

Doing Your Best
10 remarkable YouTube channels you should subscribe (including Jeffrey’s video: How to complete any sale that you try)
Jeffrey Gitomer’s views on cold calling


Developing your sense of purpose

Today I have read a great quote from John C. Maxwell which says:

“A person who knows ‘how’ may always have a job, but the person who knows ‘why’ will always be his boss”.

This quote is a great reminder of something I have been talking about for a long time. Knowing ‘why’ is crucial to achieving anything.

And why is knowing “why” so important?

Well, knowing “why” means having a sense of purpose, and purpose is the key element to develop self-motivation and drive.

Do you have problems finding motivation to get something done? Are you having a hard time getting into action? Have you started something and drop it a few days later just “because you do not feel like doing it”?

If the answer to any of these three questions is yes, well I recommend you to ask yourself two simple questions:

1. What do you really want?

What result are you after? What is your real target? Define as clearly as possible what is it that you want to achieve.

2. Why do you want it?

Knowing what is it that you really want is great. But is not enough. Knowing ’why’ is what will unleash the driving force to propel you to go for it, and to keep going.

Bottom line, you need to have a strong enough ’why’ to follow through.

So, next time you start procrastinating or finding excuses not to continue a tough task or assignment, find out if it is connected to what you really want to achieve, and if it is, try to identify ‘why’ you want this. This will help you find the self-motivation and drive you need to keep going forward.