There’s no place for mediocrity in this world. If you want to stand out and succeed, you need to be remarkable. And being remarkable demands a lot of hard work. It demands you to take action and push you to your limits.
And this, in turn, demands you to stay motivated. You need a strong drive and excitement to make your goals real. I developed the Motivation Letter concept to help you out on this one. By continuously reading the letter and visualizing your perfect life you are more likely to thrilled and full of incitement. But sometimes it’s not enough.
The problem lies in the nature of the letter – reading is something passive. Passive is sometimes not enough. In this case you need action. Action is much more stimulating and will give you instant and impressive results.
So, if you don’t see results with the letter and your spirit is low, don’t read, write. When you are feeling lazy and losing your time, take out a sheet of paper and write down what you want from life. And then write “If I’m going to stay like this, my goals in life are not going to come true.” It’s a quite strong line, so take enough time to properly understand what it means.
If you are serious about your goals, this will serve as a wake-up call. It’s a simple concept, but has the power to change your life. Take it and use it for everything.
For example, I have always hated going to the gym. I’ve been going since I was 13 or 14, and I still swear every time I have to go. A part of me insists on staying in bed, going out with friends or doing anything other than working out.
But then, a few months ago I sat down and wrote down this small struggle going on in my mind on paper. I wrote something very simple like: “Do you want to stay healthy and strong, or not?” And the answer was obviously “yes.” So then I wrote: “Well, you know, Mario, if you don’t go to the gym and work out you’ll disastrous in no-time, so you better start going again.”
It may sound simple, wicked and creepy, but that’s what I did. I really sat down and wrote down that. Unlike reading “Mario, you have to go to the gym because…” stuff on paper, this one made me participate actively. When you are lazy you might read the letter fast and say “whatever, today there’s this thing on TV I don’t want to miss.” But when you write it down it turns on a switch in your mind.
I’ve been going to the gym every day since then, even when I was living abroad. I still hate it, but I know it’s the right thing to do. And every morning I’m not in the mood to go, I just write it down. “One time you fail to you will need to another, so better go boy.” So unless there’s something special going on, I’ll go every day.
And the gym is just one short example. I have applied this technique in my life to great success in almost everything I do. From work to study and to relationships, the act of sitting down and writing a message to my mind has always helped. It aligns me back with my goals when I’m starting to go off track.
You can make this tool work for you too. It’s too easy and the results too impressive to miss out on.