The other day, I was asked a question by a reader and friend.
She asked: “It’s hard for me to stay motivated and consistently make progress towards my goals. How do I get motivated and stay motivated?“
It’s a good question, because when we are motivated, we stay consistent and we make progress. We’ll stay up late, read all the books, put in the extra work, develop the skills, create the habits and do all the little things necessary to realize our goal.
It’s that simple.
This got me thinking about the times where I was driven like an obsessive maniac to accomplish a goal, and the times I was unmotivated and failed.
After searching through my stories, and re-reading the lessons of great leaders and peak performers, I noticed that there are 4 fundamentals to getting motivated and staying motivated.
When we understand and implement these fundamentals we create unstoppable motivation and achieve our goal.
[ Ben’s Note: This is a Guest Post from Emiel Bakker of Focus Supplements. ] After the movie ‘Limitless’ came out in 2011 there has been a surge of interest in the domain of cognitive enhancement. The movie portrays the main character as a stagnant writer whom after consuming a small pill of NZT-48 unlocks all of his brainpower instantly. He is able to learn and analyze situations at an astonishing rate. The movie sparked a surge of interest in the domain of cognitive enhancement because it portrays a situation we can all relate too. … Read More
In the last post we talked about how exponential technologies are creating a need for rapid learning. Today’s topic is about how top performers manage their emotions and remain calm under extreme pressure.
Here’s the problem: Most people walk around in a low level state of anxiety. This constant anxiety clouds our judgment and stops our ability to develop as top performers. Research shows that consistent anxiety causes degradation of the area of your brain that controls willpower and self-control.
It gets worse.
When placed in stressful situations our nervous system kicks in; all learning stops and performance plummets. Worst of all, in high pressure situations we panic and we stop being the best version of ourselves. This is especially frustrating when you are used to performing at a high level.
The first time I saw Laird Hamilton. I knew this guy was a badass. He was jacked, tall, had blond hair, and was a big wave surfer. Hamilton had calm confidence about him that came through even while watching him on TV. For some reason I was really impressed by the guy. He was like a mutant king from another planet. The things he was doing were so beyond anything I could ever dream of doing. He was achieving the impossible and with ease. His laser like focus, calm presence under chaos, and ability to … Read More