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Giving Up on Your Dreams

Have you been thinking about giving up on your dreams lately? If so, it is imperative you read this page in its entirety before you make a decision. Doing so may just keep you from choosing something you’ll certainly regret later.

 “Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams, or Your Dreams Will Give Up On You.”

If you’re on the ropes, and you’ve been thinking about throwing in the towel on your business, a big goal, or an important dream of yours, chances are you believe you are at the end of your journey. But, I am here to let you know that you are not at the end. In fact, you are more than likely in the very middle of your journey, the messy middle to be exact.

This messy middle is the area between your dream and the eventual achievement of it.  It’s an area we should all come to learn more about, because it’s the area where dreams die.

Thus, if you have a dream or a goal you are striving to realize, you may want to familiarize yourself with this area.  Why?  Because cliffs are easier to avoid when we know they are there.

So, if you want to avoid giving up on your dreams, please, keep reading.

The Messy Middle

One thing I’ve realized while striving to bring my own dreams to life, is that they are constantly being tested.  They are constantly tested by the ever changing shifts in industry, tested by time constraints, tested by changing emotions, tested by consistently changing circumstances.  Our dreams are constantly being tested by life.  This makes goal achievement, dream achievement, striving…extremely messy in the middle.

There will always be unexpected factors (external and internal) that get tossed into the equation on our journey.  These extra factors will always change the landscape of the path towards our intended end.  The push and pull of life, ensures that the path is never a straight one.

During my personal STRIVE to create something out of nothing, I’ve been tested more times than I’d like to admit.  This test I speak of, always comes in either the form of a loss of enthusiasm, a lack of motivation, or an uptick in self-sabotaging thoughts and self-doubt.

The Path of Success is Messy

When things don’t go according to plan, we question the very soundness of our dream.  Asking ourselves,”is this even realistic?”

We wonder why we feel so unmotivated, or why we lack the fire we had just a few days ago.

Often, when we can’t quickly pin point the answer, we start to wonder if our decision to pursue our big lofty goals was even the right choice.  We then wonder if we should throw in the towel and just give up.

Cycles of Motivation

What I’ve come to realize, is that there is a pattern to these feelings of wanting to give up.  These feelings come about like clock-work at least every three months.  And for some people it could even be a weekly or monthly thing.  The duration can be different for different people, and vary based on the types of pursuits we are engaged in.

Regardless of the duration, it is phenomena that you should come to count on.  There are cycles to motivation.

This is the way it normally plays out.  You begin your journey, you feel supercharged, highly motivated, and ready to conquer the world.  You have 100% confidence that what you are doing will work and everyone will love it!

You relentlessly attack your dreams, your goals, for a few weeks.  But then, you get your first forms of feedback (or no feedback at all), and an unpleasant form of reality starts to kick in.  It is at this moment, that you realize your ideas, products, projects, or services are not receiving the type of fanfare or excitement that you imagined the whole world would have displayed by now. Or, you feel the results you’re getting, aren’t quite measuring up against the amount of effort you are putting in.  In short, your effort and your results aren’t on par with each other.  When this happens, in minutes, you can go from feeling like hero to a zero.

The Dip of Motivation

The Dip

This feeling, this moment in time of our journey is completely normal.  What you are experiencing, is known as the dip, and there are ways out of it.  If you are reading this, you may be in a position where you want to give up at this point.  Typically, these moments are moments of truth.  Moments when you are forced to be honest with yourself and make the decision of whether your dream, or your goal is really worth it.

Know this before you quit; everyone, and I mean EVERYONE who is striving for a big goal will come to experience these dips eventually.  The difference between the ones who realize their dreams or their big audacious goals, and the ones who don’t, is that the achievers, make up their mind to find a way through this murky area.

7 Best Tips to Keep You From Giving Up On Your Dreams

Best Ways to Avoid Giving Up on Your Dreams

To help you blast through this swamp, this slog, this horrid place where dreams usually die, I am going to provide you with 7 tips you can use to help you get through these dips.

1-Remember Why You Started

Sometimes, all we need to revive our mojo and our momentum, is a deep dive into why we got started in the first place.

If your motivation is sagging, and you feel like you are ready to give up, don’t.  Do this first.  Set aside a day if you can, and just deliberate on the very reasons you were so pumped to rock your dream just a few months ago.  When you do this, you will reconnect with those initial factors that inspired you to action in the first place.

When you give yourself some time to remember why you are chasing your dream, you increase the likely hood that you will stick to it.

Related: Finding Your Purpose Quotes

2-Talk To Someone

One of the worst things you can do, is to just throw in the towel before letting anybody know.  Trust me, I’ve done this in the past, and I’ve regretted it.

When you talk with someone about what you are going through, you are giving your dream another chance at life.

When we open up to someone we trust and whom we know believed in the project or journey we’ve embarked upon, we create an opportunity to release some of the stress and negative feelings we’ve accumulated from our recent dip.  In addition to this, we also create an opportunity to receive the slight positive nudge of encouragement that we really needed.  That nudge of encouragement to just keep moving forward towards our goals.  Don’t kill your dream, talk to someone first.

3 – Join a Mastermind Group  

Revive your efforts with the encouragement and cooperative efforts that are typically found within a mastermind group.

What’s a mastermind group?  In short, it is a group of two or more people whom you meet with regularly, to brainstorm with and encourage one another.  The purpose of these groups is to encourage and help each member of the group reach their goals.

This tip can be a tricky one to initiate, especially if you are lacking motivation.  However, if you can find a way to join a free or paid mastermind group, you will gain access to the type of feedback and encouragement that your dreams need to stay alive.  A best practice is to have one of these groups already in place, before you desperately need one.

4 – Delay Decisions Temporarily

If you feel like giving up, don’t make any rash decisions.  Instead, decide to give your dream a temporary pause.  Part of this pause is delaying any and all decisions related to moving forward, or throwing in the towel all together. Many times, all we need is a bit of time away from the grind.  When we give ourselves this time, we allow ourselves to gain a better perspective on our life, our goals, and our dreams.

Sometimes, all we really need is a timeout.

5 – Ignore The Discouragement and Take Small Steps

This tip is basically persistence in action.   Many times, if we make up our minds to ignore those normal feelings of discouragement, and just decide to take a few more small steps towards your goal, we’ll get over our slump.

This is definitely not a pain free option.  To implement it, don’t do anything drastic, don’t make any decisions, just keep taking small steps in your originally planned direction.  Action begets action.  And some times, all that is needed, is a little kick start of momentum.  And you may be surprised to find out that, that small amount of momentum was just enough to allow for you to come to the conclusion that things will work out.

6 – Ensure You’ve Set a Smart Goal  

If you’ve tried everything above, and you still feel like ‘it just ain’t going to happen’, try dissecting your goals to see if you set yourself up for failure from the get go.  Maybe you just needed to set up a S.M.A.R.T goal, which is a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.

Many people find themselves discouraged when their goals stop seeming obtainable.  And many times, goals quickly seem unobtainable when they weren’t set up as smart goals from the onset.

Maybe you don’t have to give up, maybe you just need to give your goals a SMART tune-up.  To do so, make sure you goals follow these rules:

Specific—What, why, who, where, and which?

Measurable—How much, how many, how will I know when it’s accomplished?

Achievable—How can I accomplish this, is it attainable, how realistic is it?

Relevant—Reasonable, realistic, worthwhile, results-based?

Time-bound—When, what can I do 3 months from now, 6 months, today?

Related: Why You Must Write Down Your Goals

7 – Elicit The Advice of an Expert or Coach

Your last line of defense before throwing in the towel should be your sincere seeking out advice from an expert.

Before giving up, reach out to someone who has already done something similar to that which you are trying to do.  If you can’t find an expert who has done what you are striving to achieve, you can seek out a coach who has helped others achieve a similar goal.

If you pick the brain of an expert who has gone through what you are going through, you may learn a few key insights that you couldn’t see yourself.  And many times, these seemingly small insights can help you improve your results.  And more often than not, improved results is all we really need to give us that extra jolt of confidence needed to keep to it, to stay on track towards achieving our dreams.

Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams

There you have it… seven tips to get you through your dips.  Seven ways to help you help you avoid giving up on your dreams

Yes, dreams start small; however, the ideas that get chased with massive action, persistence, and a resolute determination, are the ideas that get actualized.

If you really want your dream to work, go through each of these steps, one by one.

If you’ve done every single one of these steps to try to revive your motivation, yet your enthusiasm and desire to keep moving forward has flat-lined, then, perhaps a pivot is in order.

Obviously, there are times when quitting and giving up is necessary.  But I believe you chose your grand goal for a reason. Which is why I hope this article helps you stick with it to the end.

Use these tips to push through your messy middle, and get back to reaching for your dreams!  

Till next time,


PS – If you found this resource helpful, but you’re still on the fence bout giving up on your dreams, then read this article on How to Become a Persistent Person. I may just give you the second-wind you need.

High effort, self-discipline, and fearless action are “my things”.  If you could use a bit more of these life-enhancing attributes, or if you want to be nudged from time to time to start taking action on your goals and dreams, follow me on Twitter.





How to Master Your Motivation

First thing is first… If you want to master motivation, you need to master your internal game first.

What do we mean by this?  You need to have a solid set of internal motivators…. And the best way to have this, is through the creation of a compelling goal or goals.

Why do you need compelling goals you ask?  Because, when a compelling goal is created, it will pull you towards it.

We love what Best Selling author, Dr. Joe Vitale shared during an interview that the owner of The Strive conducted with him a long time ago.  He stated that achieving goals are fun and easy for him, and that he finds real pleasure both in working towards those goals, and the actual attainment of them.

Now, if you listened to that interview, you’d know that he has authored 70+ books, which is no small achievement.

And from the sound of it, he did so with a smile on his face….

And the way he was able to do this, was by creating compelling goals that pulled him towards his achievement.  In other words, he created goals that were exciting and energizing to him.  Goals that he could hardly wait to accomplish.


So, rule #1 to master your motivation… related to internal motivation.

You need to set goals for yourself…and not just any goals, but extremely compelling goals.

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Alright, rule #2 to master motivation……is to leverage external motivation.

A while back, we wrote an article related to optimal motivation.  And the consensus was this, that in order to find optimal levels of motivation, one needs to have sufficient levels of both external and internal motivation.  The two need to be married.

Now, external motivation, is motivation that stems from the outside….   Here is a nice little definition of external motivation for you….

“External motivation refers to behavior that is driven by external rewards such as money, fame, grades, and praise. This type of motivation arises from outside the individual, as opposed to internal motivation, which originates inside of the individual.”

So, great external motivators come in the form of watching a movie, video, or reading a good book… as they have the ability to remind you of the money, the fame, or the praise that you’ll receive once you reach your goals!!

As such, when we have  strong compelling goals, and we combine them with a healthy dose of external motivation, i.e movies, books, media. Etc… we can really prime ourselves to heightened performance and improved goal achievement…..

And this leads me to third rule we must pay heed to, in order to master our motivation.

You ready for Rule #3 for mastering motivation?


Rule #3 for mastering your motivation is to create a habit trigger around motivation.

High Performance coach Brendon Burchard, … talks extensively on the importance of having habit triggers set in place to keep us doing the things we most want and need to do.

In other words, if we want to stay energized and motivated for achieving our goals, we need to ensure we build in habit triggers that remind us to stay fired up….to keep moving forward, to keep grinding….to keep taking the actions that are going to get us to our mountain top!

Many of the people I’ve interviewed on the podcast in the past, have mentioned how important they found having a morning routine is… to staying motivated….   And in those morning routines…. Many have said they watch motivational videos, or listen to motivational podcasts as part of their morning routine.

In short, they’ve habitualized motivation.  The morning routine is their habit trigger.

Now a powerful technique for habitualizing motivation that Brendon Burchard  suggests… is to simply set a timer on your phone.

Now he speaks about setting a 50 minute reminder to get us up and move around, drink water, and do a bit of exercise every 50 minutes of working on a specific task or project… the result is increased productivity.

However, this same habit trigger hack can be used for motivating oneself.

If you’re a regular reader of The STRIVE, you’ll be doing this unconsciously…because just about everything we publish weaves powerful and motivational quotes, videos, or insights that can get you fired up.

And there you have it guys… 3 ways to master your motivation…..

Here they are again….

1) Focus on your internal motivation: In other words, create compelling goals that pull you into action!

2) Focus on using external motivation: tap external stimuli  (movies, videos, books, magazines) from time to time to remind you what you’ll get when you  achieve your goal.

3) Focus on habitualizing your motivation: create a habit trigger to ensure you are staying fired up for accomplishment.  This can be in the form of a morning routine, using a timer every few hours, or whatever works for you…  Wait a minute…


Mastering your motivation is a choice, and you now have the insights and the tools to make it happen.

Keep going for those dreams friends!

Till next time…..


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Determination Quotes

Success requires determination. In a world full of distractions, doubters, and ceaseless obstacles, it is those who have a resolute and firm purpose, that find a way to achieve their aims.

It doesn’t matter if you’re aiming to lose weight, land that dream job, find true love, or build a fortune, determination will be needed. So, to help inspire the successful attainment of your big goals and inspiring dreams, we’re publishing this collection of determination quotes.

Our hope is they’ll inspire you to keep pushing forward when times get tough (as they eventually will) and find the determination you’ll need to stay the course till you arrive at your destination. So, if you’re ready for the best determination quotes to inspire you to success, let’s dive in:


Best Determination Quotes For Success

1. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” – Napoleon Hill

2. “A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose – a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.” – John Maxwell

3. “If we attack our problems with determination we shall succeed.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

4. “Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.” – Bob Proctor

5. “Faith will get you to a point. Luck will get you to a point. But to achieve the kind of success you dream about, you need to work. There are no shortcuts, you can’t cheat life, just get to work and don’t stop until you reach your highest potential.” – Denzel Washington

6. “Winners are ordinary people with an extraordinary determination.” – Anonymous

7. “A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.” – John C. Bovee

8. “I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.” – David Livingstone

9. “Never consider the the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.” – Brian Tracy

10. “Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.” – Benjamin Disraeli

11. “Drive, determination, passion, and hard work are all free and are more valuable than a pot of cash.” – Richard Branson

12. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

13. “The most essential factor is persistence — the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” – James Whitcomb Riley

14. “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

15. “No matter what’s happening right now, it’s setting you up for next level growth. Keep breathing. Keep going.” – Marie Forleo

16. “Luck is when determination meets opportunity.” – Richard Branson

17. “With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

18. “It’s the size of one’s will the determines success.” – Anonymous

19. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

20. “A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

21. “We must remember that one determined person can make a significant difference, and that a small group of determined people can change the course of history.” – Sonia Johnson

22. “I believe success is achieved by ordinary people with extraordinary determination.” – Zig Ziglar

23. “It pays to be smart, but it pays more to be determined, disciplined, dependable, and driven.” – Adam Grant

24. “Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.” – Ian Duncan Smith

25. “You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

26. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

27. “If you have discipline, drive, and determination… nothing is impossible.” – Dana Linn Bailey

28. “Determination, with an optimistic attitude is the key to success.” – Dalai Lama

29. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. “The determination to win is the better part of winning.” – Daisaku Ikeda

31. “The most essential factor is persistence — the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.” – James Whitcomb Riley

32. “Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” – Mario Andretti

33. “An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.” – Thomas Fuller

34. “Victory is the child of preparation and determination.” – Sean Hampton

35. “Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.” – Rocky Balboa

36. “Determination is the wake-up call to the human will.” – Tony Robbins

37. “All depends on how determined we are to be successful.” – Robert Kiyosaki

38. “Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.” – Abraham Lincoln

39. “Life is not only merriment, it is desire and determination.” – Kahlil Gibran

40. “Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.” – Charles De Gaulle

41. “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Roger Bannister

42. “Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.” – Henry Van Dyke

43. “The difference between men is in energy, in the strong will, in the settled purpose and in the invincible determination.” – Vince Lombardi

44. “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” – Jesse Owens

45. “A resolute determination is the truest wisdom.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

46. “Working hard, being patient and being full of determination is perhaps the most fulfilling way of becoming rich.” – Robert Gardner

47. “Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.” – Horace Mann

48. “Most people fail because they do not have determination and perseverance. Extraordinary people are determined and persevere, that is what makes them extraordinary.” – Catherine Pulsifer

49. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. “The power of determination will make you unstoppable.” – Jean Charest

51. “If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

52. “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

53. “It is your determination and persistence that will make you a successful person.” – Kenneth J. Hutchins

54. “Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.” – Charles Simmons

55. “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” – Napoleon Hill

56. “We will find a way or make one.” – Hannibal

57. “There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that’s to give it everything.” – Vince Lombardi

58. “Take passion and determination anywhere you go and we promise you, you’ll go far.” – Dorothea Jackson

59. “What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration, and the will to win.” – Patty Berg

60. “Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it’s not fine, it’s not the end.” – Oscar Wilde

61. “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

62. “If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.” – Zig Ziglar

63. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – Leonardo da Vinci

64. “Faith can move mountains but determination can help you build new ones.” – Nikita Dudani

65. “Motivation can be found in many different ways, if you can focus on your determination to overcome the odds, rather than how easy it is to quit.” – Dr. Phillip Terrance

66. “Determination is our light against the darkness of temporary setbacks, allowing us to push for victory no matter the obstacles.” – Dr. Moses Simuyemba

67. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

68. “I have discovered in life that there are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, if you really want to go.” – Langston Hughes

69. “You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

70. “Construct your determination with Sustained Effort, Controlled Attention, and Concentrated Energy.  Opportunities never come to those who wait… they are captured by those who dare to attack.” – Paul J. Meyer

71. “In case of doubt, push on just a little further and then keep on pushing.” –  General George S Patton, Jr.

72. “If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair.  Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.  Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

73. “The only good luck many great men ever had was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.” – Channing Pollock

74. “What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations … is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one’s own efforts.” – Hannah Arendt

75. “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success.” – Mark Cuban

Bonus Quote on Determination


“If You Really Want To Do Something, You’ll Find A Way. If You Don’t, You’ll Find An Excuse.”

Jim Rohn

Final Thoughts

There you have it, the best of the best determination quotes for success. We hope you enjoyed the collection and found inspiration and encouragement in each quote.

With that said, please share the page, or any of one of these determination quotes with someone who needs a little push to keep moving forward on their dreams, or anyone whom might appreciate a bit of motivation.

Keep reaching for the stars….

Till you reach them,


PS – If you enjoyed these determination quotes, then you’ll probably love these inspiring quotes about persistence.

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Best Ways to Motivate Yourself

Getting and staying motivated is challenging for everyone.  Sure, it is easy to be motivated when a goal is new, or an activity is still novel.  But staying motivated for the long haul is key for achieving anything worthwhile. Which is why we pulled together this list of time-tested ways to motivate yourself.

It’s a fact, motivation wanes for all of us over time.  It’s just the way things work.  However, just because our motivation levels dissipate, does not mean they have to disappear forever.  So, if you’ve fallen into a slump, and you’re looking for ways to get motivated again, then check out these powerful motivational tips and put them to work for you.   Let’s dive in.


Best Ways to Motivate Yourself Fast

1. Have a Vision

Arnold Schwarzenegger who is an icon of achievement and getting things done said it best when he uttered… “Always discover your vision, and the rest will follow.” 

Truly, the people who have a clear vision for where they want to go, who they want to become, and what they want to achieve rarely lack motivation. 

And not so surprisingly, it’s the people who lack a clear vision who lose steam on most of their undertakings rather quickly, if they begin at all.

Without a powerful vision our motivation to achieve will perish.  So, if you’re lacking motivation to start something, start with your vision.

2. Turn That Vision into A Goal

Creating an inspiring vision is only the beginning.   A vision will get you started, but a vision can typically be blurred, forgotten, and neglected as time passes.  Which is why no one should rely on their vision of the future alone for staying motivated. 

So, the next best way to motivate yourself, is to turn your vision into a goal.  Here’s how…

You take a pen and paper and write down you that vision as a goal.  You be specific about what you intend to do, describing in as much detail as possible what your result will be, and most importantly, you add a deadline.

And that’s it.  When you take this small step you immediately transform your vision into a goal.  Why?  Because a vision with a with a deadline is a goal.  But the best part is, by doing this you will have employed one of the best ways to motivate yourself.  But don’t just take our word for it, take action on this suggestion and watch the magic unfold for you yourself.

3. Create a Habit Trigger

This next suggested way to motivate yourself is one of the simplest tips, yet it is highly effective.    And all it requires is the creation of a habit trigger.

What’s a habit trigger?

In short, a habit trigger is basically a reminder to yourself to do something related to your goal.  For best results, a habit trigger requires the strategic placement of something that can remind you or nudge you to get something done.  

One great example of a habit trigger is the setting of an alarm.  This can be done on your cell phone, or an alarm clock, or whatever device you’d choose to use to remind you to do something.  You can employ a habit trigger like this to remind you to drink more water, get to bed on time, go to the gym, get started on that project, etc.  The key is to consciously create a reminder for yourself that you commit to acting on when you see or hear it.

 Just for reference, a habit trigger can also be something as simple as a message you place above your door, or behind your medicine cabinet, or pretty much anything that will trigger you to act a certain way, do something specific (like 10 pushups), or act on something that is important to you when you see or hear it.

Using a habit trigger can be a powerful way to motive yourself, but it does require some planning ahead and a good dose of commitment.

If you want to take a real deep dive on habit triggers, you’ll enjoy this thorough analysis by behavior psychology expert James Clear: Habit Triggers.

4. Sleep, Sleep, and More Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things anyone can do to start feeling motivated.  Most people don’t realize why they feel so lethargic these days.  They don’t connect their apathy, or lack of motivation with the quality and quantity of sleep they are getting.  And it is tragic too, because the lack of sleep is a silent killer of motivation.

Don’t believe it, well, here’s a good study on the relationship between sleep, motivation, and performance.

So, if you’re looking for a sure-fire way to start feeling more motivated, take it upon yourself to add 30 minutes to an hour more to your current sleep schedule. Then, pay close attention to how you feel in the following days ahead. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

5. Let The Music Move You

Believe it or not, music has a direct line to your emotions.  Which means music, especially the right music, can get you energized you in an instant.

Truly, music is one of the most powerful ways to motivate yourself.  Just do a search through Itunes or YouTube Music, and you’ll notice the plethora of motivational tracks specifically created to get you moving.

So, the next time you don’t feel like doing what you must, search out and play an inspiring song and start thinking of your goals.  You’ll be surprised by how much more willing you’ll become to get to started on what you’ve been avoiding.

Let music be your catalyst to get you back into the game.

6. Avoid Negative Noise

If you want to stay motivated, it is imperative that you avoid all negative noise.  But more importantly, if you want to get your motivation back, you must steer clear of any and all negative influences. 

What are negative influences?  Well, just about every news story, political show, social media posts about politics, social media posts about complaining are negative influences.  Negative influences are also people who doubt you, belittle your ideas and dreams.  And if you dare to allow this type of information into your head, your motivation can be derailed in a second.

So, if you truly want to get your mojo back, and reinvigorate your motivation, it is imperative that you avoid giving your precious attention to any form of negative noise or influences.   

Again, negative noise in the form of negative news and toxic people are silent but deadly for your motivation.  So, if you truly want to motivate yourself, and stay motivated, start weeding out the negative noise in your life.


The final way to motivate yourself is less graceful than the other tips; however, it is no less effective.   When all is said and done, and you’ve tried everything to get motivated, sometimes the best thing you can do is to just go full Nike, and Just Do It!

Employing this last method truly requires mind over matter, but it is highly effective at getting you do that which you lack the motivation to do.  But more importantly, when you take the Nike route, you actually re-ignite your motivation.  It doesn’t happen immediately, but it usually surfaces after you’ve gotten into action.

Forcing yourself to get to the gym, to start on that project, to go to bed early, can often times be the moment when everything turns around for you.  It can be the moment when you get your motivation levels to that point where you never look back, humming along towards your goals without issue until achieved.

Bonus Way To Motivate Yourself

Alright, here is one last and final way to motivate yourself. It’s not your typical advice, but it is very effective. Here it is. To motivate yourself, and stay motivated, it is critical that you maintain perspective.

It sounds simple, but it does require a bit of effort. By maintaining perspective of your progress, of your purpose, of your losses that helped you get to your wins, you will be more inclined to continue weathering the storms of malaise and disinterest.

So, the next time you are feeling unmotivated, take a little break and think about what you’ve accomplished up until this point. Remember why you started. But most importantly, try to see the progress you’ve made up until this point. And then use that progress and renewed perspective to keep pushing forward.

Final Thoughts on How to Motivate Yourself

There you have it,  seven powerful ways to motivate yourself at will. Here they are again as a quick recap:

  1. Have a Vision
  2. Transform Your Vision Into a Goal
  3. Create a Habit Trigger
  4. Get More Sleep
  5. Leverage Music
  6. Avoid Negative Influences
  7. Take Action, Any Action
  • Bonus: Maintain Perspective

To be sure, by applying just one of these motivational tips you see noticeable differences in how motivated you feel. But for maximum effect, strive to apply all seven as often as possible.

You now have the keys, but firing up your engines and moving towards your goal is completely up to you. So, what goals will you accomplish with your new found motivation?

Till you reach them,


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If you’re struggling with office motivation and you’re searching for some effective ways to find motivation at work, then this resource is for you. Before we dive into those details, let us first start with the subject of motivation in general.

Why is it that sometimes we go to work smiling, while other times the thought of going to the office fills us with dread? Is motivation really to blame here?

Motivation is this elusive thing that we keep chasing, sometimes without ever feeling able to catch it. But motivation is not a mirage or a pot at the end of a rainbow, and it’s not just in the books and the movies. It’s in all of us, and it’s up to us to find it.

Before we embark on a journey of finding motivation, let’s examine why we lose it.

Why Don’t We Have Motivation at Work?

There are many reasons why you might not feel motivated at work. Sometimes it’s personal. Problems in the family or issues with your partner can bring you down.

Other days it’s just work. A disrespectful boss or a noisy colleague could make your office motivation disappear in seconds.

Personal Issues

People don’t really think about it, but you could lose the will to work simply because you are not happy with where you are in life. Seeing your friends having successful careers, stable marriages, and doing the things you once wished for, could be a real buzzkill.

Problems at Work

Work itself could also kill our will to be there. If you get constantly criticized but never praised, this could be a big demotivator. Also, when work stops being interesting and challenging, and instead becomes a chore, you might start getting tired and lose motivation altogether as well.

What Makes Us Lose Office Motivation?

There could be many reasons why you hate going to the office. Usually, there is a common theme between them. Acknowledging them, finding their relations, and working to change your situation could greatly improve how you feel in the workplace.

Letting Mistakes Affect Your Work

Everyone makes mistakes. No matter how well you do your job, you are still prone to making mistakes. But beating yourself up over them can kill your desire to work. Focusing too much on the negatives can drain your willpower.

Being Micromanaged

Micromanagement is a common problem that many employees experience, and lots of experienced and newly promoted managers are guilty of. Being micromanaged takes away your autonomy and makes you feel like your boss doesn’t trust you to do your job.

Distributing Time Unevenly

We’re all guilty of poor time management. Distributing your work time unevenly can lead to things spiraling out of control. Putting more time for less important tasks and leaving the more important ones for last could slow project progress and mess with your colleagues’ schedules.

Being Unrecognized

You do your job and you give your 100% month after month, putting longer hours and making sure clients are happy, but your boss doesn’t seem to notice your efforts. Yet, you are constantly reminded of your mistakes. Having only your mistakes pointed out, without being praised for your hard work, is a sure way to lose any desire to make an effort.

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Best Ways to Find Motivation at Work

Best Office Motivation Tips

There are many surefire ways to find what motivates you in the workplace. For some employees, it boils down to what they like about their company and job. For others, it’s more about the social connections they make, or the sense of feeling valued.

If you’re struggling to find what really motivates you – or if you’re a company trying to learn how to better motivate your employees – then consider employee engagement software such as Clarity Wave.

Tools like this can help you find what is motivating about work by measuring the workplace climate through regular micro-surveys. This helps employees be heard and appreciated, and fosters a sense of community.

Limit Your Time in the Office

Spending too much time in the office and trying to finish everything as fast as possible won’t get you anywhere. It’s not only unhealthy, but also counterproductive. Your brain has a limit, and going on autopilot for too long will fry it. Instead, track how much time you work on each task. If you are spending too much time on one thing, then look for ways to streamline your process so you can focus on more engaging tasks, or even go home earlier!

Focus on the Positive

You make mistakes, and you will get scolded for them. It’s part of your boss’s job to tell you when you screwed up. It’s unpleasant, but it’s not a reason to stop doing your job. Put your feelings aside and don’t overthink the situation. Almost always it’s not personal, so thinking about it will only accomplish nothing. A simple DO IT is what it takes to fix things.

Results vs. Promotion

Many people focus on what they could get from the company they work for. People work to get a pay raise or promotion. There’s nothing inherently bad with that. But what do you do afterward?

You pushed your boss for that promotion, and in return they will expect you to slam dunk that KPI. And failing will feel like a cold shower. Instead, work to get results as opposed to getting a promotion. That show’s professionalism and altruism and will look much better with your superiors.

Create Daily Goals

One way to motivate yourself at work is to have goals – daily, weekly, monthly. Create goals and stick to them. This will give you enough things to do to keep work from feeling boring.

For example, try creating daily goals that you can accomplish by the end of the workday, and push yourself to do them. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and will boost your motivation.

How to Keep Your Work Motivation Going

The key to keeping yourself motivated in the office is not to accept it as a one-time thing. You should make sure that whatever drives you to get up, dress, and go to work is the same thing that helps you close projects and hit company goals.

Create a Routine

COVID-19 really messed with a lot of people’s way of working. Many were forced to work from home. Now that they are getting back into the habit of going to the office, many aren’t finding that transition easy.

It might help if you create a routine instead of trying to do everything at once. Multitasking sounds great on paper, but in practice will not make you more productive. Having a mental checklist will get you through the hardest of days. Think about the one thing every day that you will absolutely crush. And do it.

Understand What it is That You Like About Your Work

When you feel unmotivated, think about why you do your job. What is it that you like about it, what made you send your resume in the first place. Your job might not always be “exciting,” “cool,” or “fun,” but it’s what you’ve been paid to you, and what you ultimately agreed to do.

Find what drives you to go to work every single day and remember it when things get hard.

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Is Office Motivation Everything?

What makes an employee successful is a combination of many factors, and what drives someone to do their best often depends on personal traits. But ultimately, success and motivation go hand in hand with happiness.

Being happy in the workplace makes your job easier, and is the type of brand advocacy every company should strive for.

Till next time,


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Ray Lewis was one of the greatest Linebacker’s to ever play in the NFL, if not the greatest. More than almost any other athlete, Ray Lewis embodies the the true heart of a champion. He exudes a level of focus, determination, and work-ethic like no other. Which is why we’ve decided to publish this collection of Ray Lewis quotes.

Our hope is that they’ll inspire you to emulate the drive and work-ethic that helped Ray Lewis achieve much of his success. May they help you smash through all of your life’s challenges with the same ferocity of one of the most fearsome athletes the NFL has ever known.

So, if you’re ready to get fired up with these highly motivating Ray Lewis quotes, let’s dive right in:

Best Ray Lewis Quotes for Achieving Success

Best Ray Lewis Quotes for Motivation

Ray Lewis is a master motivator, and this initial list is a collection of our best Ray Lewis quotes for helping you achieve more success. Apply the wisdom from these quotes in all you do, and we don’t doubt you’ll eventually find more success in all you do:

1. “Never be comfortable with just enough.” – Ray Lewis

2. “Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge that. Because effort is between you and you.” – Ray Lewis

3. “To be the best and stay there, sweat is necessary.” – Ray Lewis

4. “Don’t let your alarm clock, be the only reason you wake up.” – Ray Lewis

5. “The hardest thing to do is work hard when no one is watching.” – Ray Lewis

6. “If you can’t imagine yourself being out of the hood, you’ll keep going back to the hood.” – Ray Lewis

7. “What if we do the impossible?… If I miss anything about my career, it will be to listen to what people say you can’t do and then go do it.” – Ray Lewis

8. “My pain is my badge of honor.” – Ray Lewis

9. “The greatest opportunity is found here today… We already now what yesterday has got for us. It’s already gone. Tomorrow, too far away. What about right now!” – Ray Lewis

10. “I was willing to put in the work.” – Ray Lewis

I Was Willing to Put In The Work Quote By Ray Lewis

11. “I’m pissed off for greatness. Because if you ain’t pissed off for Greatness, that means you’re OK with being mediocre.” – Ray Lewis

12. “One thing about God’s will, you can never see God’s will before it happens. You can only see at the end of it.” – Ray Lewis

13. “It has nothing to do with talent and everything to do with effort.” – Ray Lewis

14. “Man believes in the possible, God believes in the impossible.” – Ray Lewis

15. “I prepare so no one can take what is mine, no one can replace my mind, my heart.” – Ray Lewis

16. “You show me your crowd, I’ll show you your future.” – Ray Lewis

17. “Man doesn’t dictate what you do or how you do it. If you believe in God, believe in God; have your faith in him. That’s where my faith lies.” – Ray Lewis

18. “You have to be careful of people who like to talk a big game but can’t back it up.” – Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis Motivational Quotes

This next batch of Ray Lewis quotes really packs a punch. These are the Ray Lewis motivational quotes that will help you up your intensity and make you want to put everything you got into your tasks at hand. Give them a read and then let them push you to find the success you’re after.

19. “Before anything great is really achieved, your comfort zone must be disturbed.” – Ray Lewis

20. “All I know is grind.” – Ray Lewis

All I know is Grind Ray Lewis Quote

21. “It don’t matter about me. What matters about me is sacrificing for you, for the ultimate goal, which is us.” – Ray Lewis

22. “My thing… is to come in and be who I am, which is the most dominant player in the game.” – Ray Lewis

23. “Do whatever you gotta do to chase your legacy every second of your life.” – Ray Lewis

24. “Greatness is a lot of small things done well stacked up on each other day after day workout after workout.” – Ray Lewis

25. “Every day of my life, I’m trying to find a different way to get better.” – Ray Lewis

26. “Don’t walk through life just playing football. Don’t walk through life just being an athlete. Athletics will fade. Character and integrity and really making an impact on someone’s life, that’s the ultimate vision, that’s the ultimate goal – bottom line.” – Ray Lewis

27. “So, if I give any credit, besides giving all credit to God, for being healthy, it’s just my workout and how much torture I put my body through in the offseason.” – Ray Lewis

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28. “Pay attention who is for you, and who is against you.” – Ray Lewis

29. “Pain is only temporary, no matter how long it lasts.” – Ray Lewis

30. “Effort is between you and you.” – Ray Lewis

Effort is Between You and You Quote

31. “I’ve got kids that are always watching and I taught them to always finish something you started.” – Ray Lewis

32. “You can either make the play or you can watch the play be made.” – Ray Lewis

33. “No matter the circumstances that you may be going through, just push through it.” – Ray Lewis

34. “We get one opportunity in life. Once chance at life to do whatever you’re going to do, to lay your foundation and make whatever mark you’re going to make. Whatever legacy you’re going to leave; leave your legacy!” – Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis Quotes About Life

Ray Lewis is more than just a great football player. He has stepped up to be an inspiration to countless people through the motivational speeches and inspiring pep-talks he’s given across the country. With that said, his advice is not just applicable to finding success on the football field, but also to finding more success in life.

As such, you’ll enjoy these Ray Lewis quotes about life, and hopefully, they’ll inspire and show the way to live a more impactful one.

35. “You’ve gotta be hungry for it; ready to put everything into it. EVERYTHING! Every second. You have to be the first one to the line. That’s how leaders are born.” – Ray Lewis

36. “The only thing that follows work is results.” – Ray Lewis

37. “If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today.” – Ray Lewis

38. “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Ray Lewis

39. “When I step on the field, it’s on. I know it’s time to go to work.” – Ray Lewis

40. “Whatever you want to do, Go Do It!” – Ray Lewis

Go Do It Ray Lewis Quote

41. “Success is one thing, impact is another.” – Ray Lewis

42. “Don’t the only way to defeat pain is to recognize pain exists.” – Ray Lewis

43. “You got to be willing to walk through a storm. That’s what I tell people all of the time.” – Ray Lewis

44. “Unshakeable faith and passionate work make all your dreams a reality.” – Ray Lewis

45. “Embrace your pain, maintain your faith, do your work, leave your legacy.” – Ray Lewis

46. “Bottom line, your body is a temple, and you have to treat it that way. That’s how God designed it.” – Ray Lewis

47. “I figured something out. And it is no secret what I figured out. Whatever the majority of people were doing, I found myself doing the opposite. I wanted to chase something great.” – Ray Lewis

48. “In any war, you put your back to mine, I put my back to yours, and let’s do what we gotta do.” – Ray Lewis

49. “There’s one secret to hitting hard, and that is to completely dedicate your body. That’s the difference between a man going forward and a man going backward, no matter how big he is.” – Ray Lewis

50. “Do you. Don’t do it to be liked. Do it to be respected.” – Ray Lewis

Do You - Ray Lewis

51. “What’s the difference between you and the man sitting beside you? It’s 1%. In my business. Only 1% make it. If everyone had the same dream, only 1 will make it from this crowd. Who will be that one?” – Ray Lewis

52. “With all the things I’ve been through, the No. 1 thing that I’ve learned is that we’re supposed to help people through this world.” – Ray Lewis

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53. “You’re always one play away from changing the game.” – Ray Lewis

54. “It’s better to be respected then liked.” – Ray Lewis

55. “Respect is earned. Respect is never given.” – Ray Lewis

56. “When that whistle blows we unleash hell.” – Ray Lewis

57. “Life sometimes is the most amazing thing that you can ever experience when it comes to impacting people.” – Ray Lewis

58. “You got to sacrifice something to get anything that you want to get in life.” – Ray Lewis

59. “What have you sacrificed? Everybody wants something. Everybody wants to make more money, everybody wants a bigger house, everybody wants to change their situation. My question… what are you sacrificing?” – Ray Lewis

60. “Your energy is your currency.” – Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis Energy Is Currency Quote

61. “If you principles are the foundations of who you are, then your potential is limitless.” – Ray Lewis

62. “Your principles dictate how committed you are to being successful.” – Ray Lewis

63. “This foundation, you can’t move it. This frame, you can’t bend it. I don’t just train, I push, I demand. My game, never miss it. My heart, never doubt it.” – Ray Lewis

64. “Until you get to the point in your life, that you want to change it where you will sacrifice anything…it’s the only way change is going to happen.” – Ray Lewis

65. “I always tell people who can’t find a way… DON’T EVER GIVE UP!” – Ray Lewis

66. “A goal remains a goal until you write it on a piece of paper, then it becomes a vision.” – Ray Lewis

67. “I always tried to figure out what’s the difference between good and great. Good is fitting in. GREAT is fitting out!” – Ray Lewis

68. “They say old school doesn’t help, I beg to differ. Old school is the reason I am standing here. My momma putting her hands on me… is the reason I am here.” – Ray Lewis

69. “It’s up to us to change the culture. We can’t let social media dictate what our kids see and can’t see.” – Ray Lewis

70. “Turn your pain into power.” – Ray Lewis

Pain Into Power - Ray Lewis Motivation Quotes

71. “Make your greatest power your greatest ability, which is effort, effort, effort, effort.” – Ray Lewis

72. “I learned that there’s a different side of pain. On the other side of it is GLORY, if you push through it.” – Ray Lewis

Bonus Ray Lewis Quote

Bonus: Out of all of the inspiring and motivational Ray Lewis quotes we’ve covered up until this point, this last one is probably our favorite. It’s short, but it says everything you need to know to achieve more success, make a bigger impact, and reach your full potential in life. Here it is….

“You Can, End of Story.”

– Ray lewis –

Final Thoughts

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There you have it, the most hard-hitting Ray Lewis quotes on the web capable of inspiring your Greatness. Be sure to book mark this page, or come back whenever you want to channel that same relentless energy Ray Lewis used to achieve his Greatness.

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