Motivation Is the First Step to Success

By admin / April 1, 2012

You will undoubtedly have dreams. Whether you dream of having the perfect house with the perfect car, or you dream of settling down to have a family, even if you dream of retiring by the time you're 40, the one key to success is doing something about it. It may sound obvious but if you dream of retiring before you reach 40 and yet you aimlessly skip from job to job with no hope to progress a career, it is very unlikely you will achieve your vision.

Motivation can take you far, but it can take you even further if you first find your vision. Your vision will motivate and guide you on your journey to success and personal fulfilment. Trying to succeed at anything without first having a clear vision of what it is you want to accomplish will only lead to you going around in circles and eventually giving up in frustration.

Set goals and ambitions and write them down on a piece of paper. The American inventor Thomas Edison said “All too often, when seeking a vision, it is easy to forget that it is 90 percent inspiration”. Make sure that you are always striving to reach those goals. Sometimes it can be difficult to get the motivation you require in order to succeed at your goals but you can use the goals themselves as the motivation you require. Keep your piece of paper on you and if you are beginning to feel downbeat or sceptical about your goals then look at your piece of paper and remember why you are pushing yourself

Learn to listen to your inner voice. Since your vision starts from inside you, you should learn to listen and feel what your mind and heart truly desire. What stirs you? What is your greatest desire? What kind of dreams do you have? If what you think you want does not really come from the inner depths of your heart and soul, then you will find it difficult, if not impossible, to not give up before you achieve it.

Structuring your life in this way, may seem like it loses its spontaneity but that doesn't have to be the case. Find a career you like, set up a business, and have fun doing it but always remember that if a good opportunity crops up you should take it with both hands..

Presuming you have set reasonable goals you should always be able to see a way to fulfil them. If you set goals that are too difficult you will find it incredibly difficult if not completely impossible to meet your goals. You should try not to alter them if possible; however, we don't know what's around the corner so we can't always plan for it. Don't see this as a failure but take the opportunity to reassess your goals and keep going.

To develop your vision, you must look inside yourself. Vision comes from within, from the spirit or subconscious, whatever you choose to call it. Every one has a vision that is uniquely their own, and you are no different. The hard part comes in understanding your personal vision and how it applies to your personal motivation plan.

All truly successful people have a vision that they follow, no matter what challenges they may face, to its eventual outcome. Begin following the above steps to seek your vision today and remember that true, lasting success will never come to you until you know what your vision is and how you will follow it. And you will be unstoppable if you combine your personal vision with a healthy dose of motivation.


I live in Milngavie, a village 7 miles north of Glasgow, Scotland and have been in the training industry since 1966 helping people, from all walks-of-life achieve their ambitions, their goals, to have positive attitudes, to enhanced their motivation and reach their true potential. Until my retirement, last year, I ran my own Training Company for 15 years. Free e-course on getting the best personal and professional you can be found here

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