If you are like me, then there is a reason you’re reading this blog: you’re “Addicted 2 Success”.
And, if you are like me, then you probably also have a laundry list of things that motivate you to chase after your goals on a daily basis. But, if you are like me, then you know that there are certain days when it seems hard to get out of bed early, work tirelessly throughout the day, or stay positive amidst the rollercoaster ride most ambitious people go through daily.
Only talented people worry about mediocrity however, so instead of putting ourselves down for the occasional lapse in motivational discipline, I want to present all of you with a challenge (and, after reading that, I hope at least half of you yelled, “CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!” at your computer screen). I call it the Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge.
If you’ve ever watched the Rocky movie series, you would agree that Rocky IV is probably the best movie in the entire series. The movie begins with Apollo Creed taking on Ivan Drago, the 6’5, 260 pound Russian lab-rat who punches so hard that he actually kills Apollo during the boxing match. To avenge his friend’s death, Rocky challenges Ivan Drago to a fight in Russia, and ends up winning in dramatic, Hollywood-esque fashion in the final round of the fight.
While Rocky is training to fight Ivan Drago, he posts a picture of Apollo on his mirror in the cold cabin buried deep in the mountainous Russian terrain where he stays. Why? Rocky realized that, in order to achieve his goals, he needed to be conscious of his motivations, and as he looked at himself in the mirror every morning, the things that pushed him to be successful would be there to stare back at him.
So, I challenge you, right now, to grab a piece of paper and a pen and take the Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge with me.
Here’s how it works: find a quiet place and think about everything that motivates you to be successful. Then, list these things off in bulleted fashion until you have a comprehensive list of motivations in your life (and if you’re like me, you probably won’t be able to fit everything on one page, but just keep the important stuff and limit it to one page of potent statements). Finally, tape this declaration of motivations to your mirror, on your bedroom door, or somewhere else that you will see every single day.
You don’t have to copy my mirror motivations (and there are certain things that are personal to me that I’ve left off the following list), but here’s a look at what I’ve included on my list.
WAKE UP READY…
- To become the man you want to become.
- To work you’re a** off to create the life you want.
- To inspire, empower, and unite others through your work.
- To achieve your full potential and become successful.
- To prove to certain programs, jobs, or places that they made a mistake of rejecting you.
- To prove to people who doubt you that they are wrong.
- Because you have family, friends, and acquaintances who want to see you succeed.
- Because hundreds people have bought into your visions and you owe it to them to work you’re a** off.
- Because countless people have opened doors for you to succeed, and you owe it to them to give it all you have.
- Because you want this.
Today, you have an endless amount of things motivating you…
GO OUT AND MAKE S**T HAPPEN!!!
Everyone’s Morning Mirror Motivations may be different, but the important aspects of this challenge are that you take the time to think about everything that motivates you on a daily basis, write them down to make these ideas tangible, and place this list somewhere that will constantly remind you of these notions, such as your mirror.
Join me in the Morning Mirror Motivation Challenge, share your lists with me and others via the comments section, email (jared at 2billionunder20 dot com), and Twitter if you’d like, and don’t go another day without having your motivations staring you in the face when you think about sleeping in, taking a break, or doing anything else that will hold you back from your true potential.
Go out and make s**t happen!