Ten Ways to Get Insanely Motivated.

Last Updated Sep 8, 2010 2:19 PM EDT

My previous post "Seven Rules for Keeping Motivated" has turned out to be one the most popular I've ever posted. So I'm going to share a little more of the wisdom of Omar Periu, one of the world's best known motivational speakers. According to our conversation, here are ten ways that he keeps himself motivated:
  • Condition your mind. Train yourself to think positive thoughts.
  • Condition your body.
    It takes physical energy to take action.
  • Avoid negative people. Don't take anything that they say seriously.
  • Always remain flexible.
    No plan should be cast in concrete.
  • Act with a higher purpose.
    If it doesn't serve your goal, it's wasted effort.
  • Take responsibility for your own results.
    Don't credit luck, good or bad.
  • Stretch past your limits on a daily basis. That's how you grow and evolve.
  • Don't wait for perfection; do it now!
    Perfection's the enemy of good enough.
  • Be careful of what you eat.
    It takes physical energy to succeed.
  • Hang around motivated people. The positive energy will rub off on you.
I know this stuff works from own my personal experience. After I came up with this list (based upon what Omar told me), I began to read the list to myself at the beginning of each workday. For an entire week, I made a point of referring back to them every time I had a lull in my work schedule. By the end of the week, they were influencing my thinking so much that I felt like a new person.

Note: while I was energizing myself in this way, I was propelled to do something that I'd been putting off for years. A phone call and two emails later and I had resold the rights to one of my out-of-print books. I'll now end up with about $10,000 in additional royalties for writing I did nearly 20 years ago -- all because I motivated myself to do a little extra.

I'll bet there are some calls that you could make -- but aren't -- or connections you could develop -- but aren't, all for the lack of a little extra motivation. If you'll take this list seriously, and make living it into part of your daily routine, I can practically guarantee that you'll quickly push your career -- and your ability to sell -- up to the next level.

Motivation is the ultimate root of success. Especially in sales.

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