Motivation Requires Effort

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It takes a lot to consistently keep ourselves motivated.  It is not easy to ensure that our energy levels are at a high enough point so that we can work as hard as we need to, when it is necessary.   In order to achieve our goals and objectives, we need to keep ourselves in the right mindset, focused and committed to doing what we can in order to make our dreams into a reality.  To do all of this, it is often helpful to reference the words of others who can encourage us to keep moving forward.

The following are a few statements intended to encourage us to give of our best consistently and to keep the right attitude as we do so.

  • It doesn’t matter what others say about you. It only matters what you say about you. You will never be defeated by what others say about you. You can only be defeated by what you say about you. – T D Jakes
  • Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with a talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. – Calvin Coolidge
  • It is my right to be uncommon, if I can. I seek opportunity, not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me. I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and succeed. – Dean Alfange
  • If you sincerely want to change your life; raise your standards. What changes people is when their shoulds becomes musts. – Tony Robbins
  • Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything. Take care of yourself and your friends. Have fun, be crazy, be weird. Go out and screw up! You’re going to anyway. So you might as well enjoy the process. Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human. – Tony Robbins


Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance.  She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.  For more of her writing visit





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