“Motivation doesn't last, but neither does bathing; that is why we need it daily!” Zig Ziglar

Getting motivated is easy. Staying motivated is hard.

To create long term success, you must learn how to stay motivated day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, and even decade after decade. So, how do you do it? 

Tips On How To Get Motivated & How To Stay Motivated Long Term:

#1: Get clarity on “What You Want!” You have one chance at this brief life. What do you want to create for yourself, for your family and your loved ones?  What type of impact do you want to have while you exist?  When you are on your deathbed, and reflecting on your life, what must have happened, what must you have created for you to not leave this planet with regret? 

As Mary Oliver asked, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

#2: Once you have clarity, ask yourself, “What must happen in the next 12 months to get one step closer to making what I want become a reality?” This is the start of goal setting.  “A goal is a dream with a deadline,” according to Napoleon Hill. 

#3: Create a business plan which breaks down what must happen over the next 12 months to make your goal a reality. Then break that yearly business plan down into quarters, months, weeks, and then days. A good business plan will break down the numbers in such a way that you know every single day what actions you must be taking to create your desired reality.

#4: Review your goals every morning as soon as you wake up and every evening before you go to bed. Most people do not set goals, and those who do only review them a few times a year. You, however, will review your goals 700+ times yearly, if you do so twice per day.  You will massively increase your likelihood of accomplishing your goals by reviewing twice daily.

#5: Learn to control your environment. Have your goals posted in your office, do a vision board, get posters with your favorite quotes, etc. Make your office a place which makes you inspired daily. Also, understand that people are part of your environment as well. Are you spending time with people who do not support your goals? Are negative people bringing you down, etc? Consider spending less time with those people. It is said in business and life that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Analyze those five people closely!

#6: Be very intentional about your self development! As the amazing Jim Rohn stated, “The day you learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job is the day your life begins to change.” What you watch, listen to, and read absolutely matters!

#7: Pay attention to your feelings! Learning to observe your own feelings can become very powerful. If you are feeling sad, down, and depressed, analyze the situation, who is you around, what is going on, what is happening. Then investigate what is causing these feelings. You may find certain people, certain things, certain environments, etc. are creating those feelings. A lot of people don’t realize it, but things as simple as food can create depression in people. Learn to be very observant.

#8: Take action! Nothing breeds motivation like taking action! The more action you take, the more motivated you will be to take more action!  

IMPORTANT NOTE: Following the above eight tips will absolutely help you stay motivated with higher frequently and on a much higher level than if you do not do them. BUT, you will still have times where you do not feel motivated, even by doing the eight tips above. Truly successful people do not wait to get motivated to take action, they take action regardless. Even if they feel depressed, they take action! You are NOT your emotions, and it is 100% your choice to listen to them or choose to not listen to them and take action, even if you are feeling down!

Follow these eight tips, get more motivated, take more action, and create more success!

Thanks for reading!

  Joshua Smith, Realtor/Mentor/Entrepreneur

-Voted 30th Top Realtor in America by The Wall Street Journal

-Over 5,000 Homes Sold & Currently Selling More Than 1 Home Daily