50 Words to Your Dreams Chapter 42 Motivation by Michael George Knight

Chapter 42: Motivation

The word motivation broken down is simply the motive to action. What are your motives for acting in the way you do? What motivates you? Is it habit, money, success, recognition, fame? How do we keep up the motivation to continue to bring about dreams when are lose momentum and passion? When you lose focus, become distracted on secondary activities and procrastinate?


I recommend creating daily winning habits you do habitually instead of waiting for motivation to strike you. Don’t rely on motivation to do the things that need to be done, rely on discipline and daily habits to achieve. Yes, use motivation like you would putting salt on a meal for taste but you wouldn’t consider salt as a meal. A lot of people get all motivated and pumped up after reading, watching or listening to something motivational and think they have achieved something without taking action. I call this mental masturbation. The act of mentally getting off on information without taking action, an addiction most people don’t know they have. It can be TV, Books, Movies, Music, TV Shows, Audiobooks, Social Media, YouTube, Seminars, anything that gives you a mental information high without you taking action. Let the motivation move you into action and move you into the game of life, instead of watching on the sidelines pumped like a sports game without being on the field.



The best motivation often comes when people tell you, “You can’t do this or you can’t that.” People rejecting you, people laughing at you, people talking behind your back. The best fuel we need to motivate ourselves sometimes comes from a vengeful state of “I’ll show you.” Or “You just wait and see.” Proving yourself to others and the world has been the fuel of motivation for many of the greats we have come to known. Without pushback to prove themselves it’s likely the greatest people would of only became good. Use this power of I’ll show you to motivate you in action, motivate you into the game of life, motivate you into goal completion and motivate you into pushing yourself through pain and discomfort when the going gets tough.



Another great practice to keep up the motivation on your goals, is by using a journal. If you have been keeping a journal for some time you can look back at the years that have passed. Reviewing and planning your life with a journal gives you the motivation to keep working on your goals. You can look back at your life, see the goals you had and the personal growth you have achieved. You can look back a year and see what you did this day last year and the year before that. See the changes you have made and see the direction your life is going. See the growth in yourself and the changes you have made. Use your journal to review the week you had every Sunday and see what you achieved and plan for the next week. Write your goals down daily, weekly, monthly and keep up the forward momentum you need to keep grinding away on your goals to success. Don’t wait for someone to come along and turn you on and motivate you. Motivate yourself and be your own cheerleader.



  • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. (Raymond Chandler)
  • Giant goals produce giant motivation. (Anthony Robbins)
  • He found that necessity was a great motivator. (Edward Bok)
  • I believe pain is a much better motivator than pleasure. (Larry Winget)
  • I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it. (Edmund Hillary)
  • If you had enough motivation you could do incredible things. (Jim Rohn)
  • Imagination is the key to motivation. (Rene Descartes)
  • In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. (Jane Smiley)
  • Motivation can be summed up as ‘reward, which means: ‘What’s in it for me? (Michael Le Boeuf)
  • Motivation is self-perpetuating. It gathers speed as it rolls along. Living out your motivation gets easier because it becomes a habit. (Jim Cipriani)
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. (Jim Rohn)
  • Motivation requires (Brian Tracy)
  • People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Real obsession needs an unconscious motivation behind it. (Damon Galgut)
  • The ability to self-motivate is a cornerstone of true wealth. (Bob Proctor)
  • The fact that you aren’t where you want to be should be enough motivation. (Unknown)
  • The nine basic motives. The motive of self-preservation. The motive of financial gain. The motive of love. The motive of sex urge. The motive of desire for power and fame. The motive of fear. The motive of revenge. The motive of freedom of body and mind. The motive of desire to build and to create in thought and in material. (Napoleon Hill)
  • The only motivation is self-motivation, and you are always motivated. (Jack Collis)
  • The pursuit of pleasure. We’re all motivated by things that bring us pleasure. (Dexter Yager)
  • The way to stay inspired and motivated is by doing what you like, doing what you love. (Raphael Saadiq)
  • The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it. (John C. Maxwell)
  • Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way. (Les Brown)
  • What is motivation? Motivation is that what induces action or determines choice. It is that which provides a motive. A motive is the ‘inner urge’ only within the individual which incites him to action, such as an idea, emotion, desire, or impulse. (W. Clement Stone)
  • When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. (Greg Anderson)
  • You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyse a change, but it won’t sustain one. It has to be from an internal desire. (Jillian Michaels)
  • You must find a powerful motivation to drive you. (Les Brown)
  • You need to have enough reasons. We need the motivation to push us, different people are motivated by different things. (Unknown)
  • Your motivation depends upon your motives, your reasons for acting in the first place, and the more reasons you have, the more motivated you will be. (Brian Tracy)
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. (Steve Jobs)

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Chapter 42: Motivation

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