“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” — Arnold H. Glasow
Another great motivational clip to remind you that only the strong succeed in this world. All too often we put off what we know we need to do because we’re waiting for the right time — the right mood — the right motivation.
“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” — Elbert Hubbard
Don’t depend on motivation
Sounds kind of hypocritical coming from a motivational blog — but you know all too well that motivation comes in waves. It’s an undulating, effervescent part of yourself that serves you when you need it to. If you rely on motivation to get you through the trials and tribulations of life than you’re setting yourself up for failure.
“The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Motivation is not required to hustle harder. Motivation is not the only means to every ambition. Motivation exists to remind yourself that you innately have a warrior’s spirit within you. It comes and it goes as you so choose to decide to be inspired — or even look for.
Some days you don’t want to hear it — you don’t want to think about it. Other days you need it just to get going. It can come from a quote, a video, a movie, a blog post, a song — the key to harnessing the true power is to realize motivation’s true purpose — to remind you that you can, to kick-start your engine and begin to change your circumstances — no matter how dire they may seem.
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” — G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, 1893
If you can go hard, go hard
Whenever someone has a life changing circumstance that adversely charts an entirely new destination for them — it’s because they decide to do so.
Motivation is the spark to your fire. It gets you going — and understanding that it’s not going to stick around forever is very important. You’ve been there before — on a great workout kick for a few weeks — and then back to your old lazy self. A decision to change a habit which may last for a month or so — then falling right back into it when the motivation fades.
The key is that motivation is not the answer — it’s just the beginning. It should be embraced for the power that it has to change the direction of your life.
The finer things in life
Everybody wants them. Everybody wants to be recognized at being special at something. No one grows up with the ambition to be an average somebody — yet so many forget that and are satisfied with the status quo.
Like the video depicts — if someone is always hustling harder at you, be it in your school work, athletic field or work place — they are going to be the one’s that you end up envying because they are going to be successful and living the kind of lifestyle you always thought was meant for you.
While it may not become evident immediately, it’s the refusal of settling for anything less than the best they can give that makes the who’s-who who they are.
We see the superstars and wish we had what they had — but what makes them any different than you? Each human being has the same potential to push themselves further than they ever thought they could go — in whatever it is that they are pursuing. We’re all on an equal playing field when it comes to perseverance, will power and determination — it’s the one’s that go harder and refuse to give up on their ambitions that get there.
“When people say to me: “How do you do so many things?” I often answer them, without meaning to be cruel: “How do you do so little?” It seems to me that people have vast potential. Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. Yet most people don’t. They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.” — Philip Adams
Success is not given, it’s earned. The finer things in life are not a birth right — they are the result of hours upon hours of blood, sweat and tears. The best of who you are is not some distant destination — it’s what you do right now — with the rest of your day and all the days to follow. Get it? You already can be the best of who you can be by making the decision to be the one that goes above and beyond what any of your peers or colleagues are doing. You’ll be setting yourself up for certain success, consistent improvement and the life you’ve always dreamt of living.
Focus on the now
Stop worrying about what you haven’t done yet, or what you don’t think you’ll ever be able to do — and focus on the now. It’s all that really matters — and right now, if you’re the someone that is reading good books, discerning areas that need improvement and taking action towards sculpting the best you that you can be — you already are being the best of who you can be, the moment you decide that excellence will be your calling card. So keep on hustling harder — or someone else will.
Originally posted on New Hustle