Les Brown 11 keys to motivation (took one of his video I really like from YouTube). Decided to share it with others who don’t know about him yet, and will also translate for those who don’t speak English.
How do you motivate yourself? One of the things that we must do is that we must be involved in working on achieving self mastery. You must work on yourself continuously. Never be satisfied with yourself. Always know that as you invest the effort and time on you, that’s the great ability that human beings have above animals. See a dog can’t be nothing but a dog, a tree can’t be anything but a tree, human being… You’ve got unlimited potential! You can put effort on you, and by concentrating on you and developing you you can transform your life wherever you are right now. So, you wanna work on yourself. You wanna read books that inspire you and motivate you, and wanna listen to tapes over and over, and over again, and I suggest that you listen to tapes when you first get up in the morning. You wanna control the spirit of your day, when you first wake up in the morning, your mind creates 10,5 wave cycle per second, that is when subconscious mind is most impressionable. What ever you hear in first 20 minutes when you wake up, that will affect the spirit of your day. When you listen to tapes, listen with relaxed belief. Believing that this can happen for you, and by listening to them, listen to them over and over and over again, and you will get a break through. And as you continue to work on yourself, you will begin to expand your vision of yourself. You will begin to work towards self-mastery, and you will begin to see it reflect itself in all the dimensions of your life. Your mental life, your physical life, your social life, in your relationships, your monetary life. So, concentrate on developing yourself , because if you don’t, I guarantee you that you will make a settlement . And most people have. In addition to working on yourself, and as you work on yourself you feel good about yourself and as you feel better about yourself, you treat yourself differently. Develop a health plan. See, you can’t feel well and do well if you don’t have good health, (2:04) you can’t perform if you don’t have your health. Your health is valuable. Develop a health plan. A plan that you will follow, because this is the only vehicle that you have to carry you through this experience called life. And you wanna take good care of it, because you love you enough, you care about you, and that’s not easy. It is not easy having a health plan and sticking to it, but you worth it doing it again and again and again, I have lost 22lb several times. Next thing is, as you take care of yourself the next key is , key to motivation, to self-motivation, you wanna live life with energy and passion. (2:53) You wanna make a conscious effort to be lively. See, in life you either saying «hello» or «good bye». You either on the way or in the way. Leave dead people alone. Some people folks just walking around looking sad «how are you doing, honey?» Stay away from these people, just go away from them. It affects you! You wanna smile! You wanna be happy! You’ve got a lot to be thankful for! But you watch some of the faces around you every day. And I tell you , some of these faces, they will put you in a depressed state of mind. So you want to avoid these kind of feces. When you see them coming turn your head! Next thing is that you wanna monitor your inner conversations. The things that you say to yourself. (3:56) You wanna watch them, and in watching them you wanna take charge! «You don’t really need to read anything, forget all of that!» — that’s that inner conversation. «Oh, you don’t need to worry about trying to go into your own business, forget that! You can’t do that, what if you lose everything you’ve got?!» — that inner conversation stop you from doing the things you wanna do. «Les, don’t do that!» (4:20)
The next thing that is the key to self-motivation is that you’ve got to ask yourself «what do I want out of life?» What do you want out of life? What do you want out of a job? (4:32) What do you want out of a career? What do you want out of a relationship? What do you want? What gives you your life? What.. How would you know that you’ve got it?! What will make you happy? You need to know, you need to start asking yourself some questions. «What do I really really truly want?» And you need to be exact about that! Don’t be vague. «Oh, I just want to be happy!» — that’s too vague! What will make you happy! How will you know when you got it? (5:08) zero in on it, be exact, be specific! And as you do that, that will stimulate that super conscious mind or the reticular activating system of your mind, (5:19) that will begin to find those things, to identify with it, and once you begin to determine that’s what you want, take the time to write it down! (5:31) Don’t just think about it, write it down, that is a subjective process that engages the subconscious mind. Write it down! Once you write it down, read it three times a day — morning, noon and night! Why is that important? Because what it will do, it will cause you to focus! It will cause you to concentrate! (5:53) When that other conversation is going on telling you what you cannot do, telling you of all of the impossibilities and all of the obstacles, your concentrating will begin to create a larger vision within yourself, and you’ll start looking for and seeing some new opportunities. (6:09) You’ll start creating some openings for yourself. As you begin to read that every day, every day! Day in and day out, that will make you focus! That will discipline your thinking and you’ll get all kind of creative ideas. (6:25) As I talk to you right now, being involved in this immersion process, you gonna create some openings for yourself, you gonna get some ideas. You gonna feel your adrenaline flowing, and you gonna think about something, some idea you had, and say «I wanna go back, I wanna look at that again! From a different ..vantage point.. (точка зрения) not from the level of the problem of the obstacles that I encountered, but from the higher vantage point!» (6:46) Because what you will begin to see and to know, as I have talked to a higher consciousness within you, that you are powerful! (6:56) That you are a miracle maker! And that inner conversation has conditioned you that you are not! And as you begin to discover the truth of who you are, whatever challenge that you are facing in life, and if you are living you are facing some challenge, you begin to know that you are powerful and that you are a miracle maker! (7:14) So as you begin to write down exactly what it is that you want, read it every day! The next thing is, see yourself there! (7:25) How will you feel once you get there?! What will the experience be like for you? What will be different?! What kind of person do you have to become in order to get there? (7:37) Visualize yourself there! Living the experience you wanna see yourself beyond your circumstances, you gotta challenge to see yourself beyond your challenge! See yourself with the challenge already resolved! And knowing that all is well, seeing yourself in control and in charge of your destiny being healthy and happy! (7:59) The next thing is , it is important in the area of motivating yourself, it’s important to know why you are doing it! Because that mind will say «why bother, why go through all of this, this is too hard, no, throw in the towel! It’s not worth it!» Has it ever said that to you before? (8:20)Here is how you can handle that! Here is how you can override that: write down 5 reasons why you deserve it! Why do you deserve what you want? Why you? (8:31) Why do you deserve it? What meaning and value will it bring to your life? What’s so different about you, that you deserve your goal? Or this goal? And when you write down those 5 reasons, when you have some down moments, and you are going to have them, when that conversation starts talking to you, and it’s going to talk to you, what you will do is, you can pull that out and read it, and that will build you up! (8:56) It will be your rode and your staff to comfort you through some challenging moments, because you gonna have some! Life will knock you between the eyes, it will catch you on a blind side, come out of nowhere, stuff you can’t anticipate! (9:11) that will knock the wind out of you! You’d wanna give up! That’s why it’s important for you to work on yourself, listening to tapes, building yourself up, talking to yourself with power, feeling and conviction!
Building yourself up day in and day out! The next thing is, that whatever you do, you wanna develop technical mastery! You wanna be the best at what you do! (9:35) You wanna master it! See, part of self- motivation is — you’ve got to find something that gives you strong sense of competence! Where you become known for that, you develop a reputation of being good at doing that! (9:48) you set some high personal standards for yourself, you are not competing with anybody else, you just unfolding yourself to be the best person that you can be! (9:57) That you wanna give best quality service that you can give, because that is a statement about who you are. The other things, that’s the key to self-motivation is recognize the fact that you are going to get into some slumps. Recognize the fact that you are going to encounter a great deal of failure in life. It goes with the territory. But in the face of that, you wanna be relentless, when you want something don’t expect everybody say «oh, come on, you want this? Oh, great! We wanna give this to you! You are such a nice person! You are doing it for your family, aren’t you?! Great!» No.. Life isn’t like that. But you’ve got to decide that «I’m going to be fearless, I refuse to be denied! And I’m gonna go all out! I’m going to be relentless, I don’t care how many «NO»s I encounter. The next thing is that, if you want something out of life, you’ve got to be willing to go into action! Don’t wait around for things to be just right! Don’t wait for things to be perfect. Don’t wait for the ideal situation, it’ll never be ideal! There always be a reason! Well, as soon as the children’ll grow up, as soon as I pay my bills, as soon as I get my divorce, as soon as I get enough money together. Do what you can where you are with what you have and never be satisfied. A lot of people never take a chance in life, they don’t wanna take any chance, they want for the situation to be ideal! See that’s not walking-by-faith! That’s walking-by-sight! If I’ll see it, I’ll do it?. No, no-no-no, lots.. Lot of people say «if I could see it, I would believe it!» No, no-no, if you believe it, you can see it. And don’t be disturbed, because no one else can see it! That’s not unusual! That is ordinary, because you want some different kind of results in your life, you’ve got to be willing to be unreasonable! If you want unreasonable results in your life, you’ve got to be willing to be unreasonable! Part of being unreasonable, you don’t judge according to appearances. Part of being unreasonable — you can see it because you believe it! That’s part of being unreasonable! Part of being unreasonable, you like Paulo said, you must have the faith to call for those things that be not, as though they were! That’s part of being unreasonable! Most people won’t do that! What are the keys to self- motivation, that empowers you, is that you wanna find the cause larger than yourself! Find something that you can contribute to, find something, that you can make a difference in, because you can! Part of what feeds your larger vision, part of what gives you a reason for being! Part of what gives you your life, is Being able to give something back. You say «I can’t afford to give anything!» You can’t afford not to give!! Give your time! Give your talent! If there is nothing to go around then lick envelopes! I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do, but I’m going over there! It’s part of my tithing in the universe. Once you develop that special sense of mission, and that’s what you develop , when you are part of a larger cause than yourself, it drives you ! You don’t need an alarm clock to get up in the morning, you have special power, you go places and folk will like to be around you. They will know there is something different about you. When you go in they say «hey, that’s somebody important, I wanna know who you are! I just wanna be near you! That energy that you have, that consciousness that you will embody, will affect everybody around you.
1. Work on yourself .
2. Develop a health plan.
3. Live with passion and energy.
4. Monitor your inner conversation.
5. Know what you want.
6. Visualize it.
7. Know your purpose.
8. Master your skill.
9. Be relentless.
10. Take action.
11. Focus on something larger than yourself.