How to Stay Motivated: Because Quitters Never Win

“I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute. ” If ever there was a winner attitude in this world, this quote from Warren Buffett encompasses all things motivational. It has confidence, it has faith, and I think I get the strong sense of determination, will power and empowerment in there. Warren Buffett, aged 86, is noooo quitter. He keeps going, keeps trying, keeps getting better.


Just imagine having this kind of impulsive self-motivation in other areas of our lives. If we applied this to our devotion time with the Lord, we would be Paul. If we applied it to a determination to wear makeup everyday, we would be the cover girl for Cover Girl, or whatever brand you love most.


Let’s get gritty and admit to the world that we are lazy, goof-for-nothings without a little push. I have always thought that I could muster it up every day on my own, and I laughed at all those people reading strength finding nonsense.


Then I caved. I am in the middle of self-help reading, and I also decided to create a vision board. When I first heard about this I kinda rolled my eyes, I thought it was dumb. Corny. Sorry blogger I don’t remember! The idea is to create a board with images and phrases that motivate you to keep going on whatever it is you are trying to finish or start doing. The rate of return on a vision board by itself is not measured in dollars, rather in the amount of motivation you get when you see it, and the effort you put into being your best you every day.


Be a finisher. Don’t be one of those back-burner procrastinators. If ever there was a time to start, it’s today. The market is hot, the public needs your know-how, social media is your best friend and nice people have made simple tools to make the whole process less time-consuming. Friend, with age comes rickety crotchety-ness that will only keep you deep in a rut and hold you back. I don’t care if you’re 20 or 90, you still get even more rickety and crotchety as you get older.


Definition of rickety: less physically able to do more.


Definition of crotchety: stuck in a comfort zone and less willing to try new things.


Whatever it is you are shooting for, go ahead and steal Buffett’s quote and make it yours: “I always knew I was going to [lose 15 pounds]. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute. ” Put the phrase that defines your goal in that space, tack it onto your vision board, and say it to yourself every day until it becomes your reality.


What it is

This vision board idea is pretty doggon motivating. It is basically something physical that you put together that stares you in the face every single day telling you what you promised you would (or wouldn’t) do. It is literally a bulletin board. It does not have reminders for your kid’s baseball game carelessly stuck on it. It does have photos, phrases from role models (or from any random person who said something inspiring), it has items or images that remind you of your goal, remind you who you want to be, where you want to go, and what you see yourself doing in 1 year or 5 years – pick a time frame.


Why you need it

A vision board is precisely for people who identify with the phrase, out of sight out of mind. Life and other distractions pull you away from your goals and the discipline necessary to reach them. If you want to exercise every morning to keep up your energy, imagine waking up to pictures of old people jumping out of airplanes every day. You want to be that person, and only one person is going to remind you of your constant desire to be the best version of you. And that is you.


Your vision board is for you, so make it 100% yours! What are your goals? Quitting smoking, saving a thousand dollars, getting over a boyfriend, or organizing your life are all vision-board worthy goals. I find that Pinterest is helpful in finding images that represent my future self. My vision board is for where I see myself in 5 years financially. I put some images that I found on Pinterest of my dream home, ideas for my kids’ college funds, some cool phrases like “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” That’s Winston Churchill, who in my opinion was not very rickety and definitely not at all crotchety.


I’m going to make it pretty and take a fancy photo and then upload it here. While it may not motivate you in your particular goal, it will give you an idea of what it looks like and then you can print and scribble all those things you come across that make you tingle, put it in a highly visible place that you can’t avoid. You will look at it and say, “That’s what I want. That’s what I will work toward today.”


And watch your productivity sky rocket, and eventually your dreams come true.


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