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Are You Motivated to Be Successful in Life?

Take a moment to reflect on your current situation. Do you feel you have control over your life or are you like a sailboat floating with the wind? Life is like a voyage at sea and our motivation to achieve anything in life can easily drift away. For many of us, it’s easy to just go with the flow, letting things unfold on their own.

A smooth sailing mindset is fine, but not having any urge to steer your own path can get you into trouble. Being successful in life does not come naturally. The following questions will help you determine if you are truly motivated to achieve the things you want in life:

Are you following your passions?

This is a big question. So many of us don’t pursue our passions because we aren’t determined enough, or we prioritize money over our dreams. Pursuing our passions takes determination and a commitment to excellence.

Are you kind to yourself?
We are in our own heads 24/7 so it is important the space you create there is a safe and comforting one. If that space is filled with doubts and fears, you cannot possibly feel motivated to succeed in anything in life. Our negative thoughts are like barnacles that attach to the bottoms of boats. If they linger, they will slow us down making it harder to pursue the things that are most important to us. A person can be motivated but to optimize that passion, they must also have the will to reject negative thoughts.

Are you excited about new opportunities?
Becoming complacent by never leaving our comfort zones can minimize our ability to be successful in life. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way to try something new and expand your horizons. It could be anything from joining a community of like-minded people to applying for a new position at work. It has been said that comfort is our greatest trap. Nothing will change if you don’t do something different.
Are you a role model for others?
You may not realize how much your impact on others reflects your character. Can you honestly say that the legacy you leave behind will inspire those around you? How do people perceive you? Are you held in high regard or are you avoided because you are irresponsible or worse, boring? Consider those questions deeply to get a true sense of who you are.
Are you willing to change?
Do not feel discouraged if you don’t have all the answers to these questions or don’t like the answers you did have. We can also gain motivation by recognizing where our areas for improvement are and taking the necessary steps to level up our business and personal lives. If you want to change for the better, you are already on the right track to welcoming a more fulfilling life. It’s full steam ahead from here!


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