How to Stay Motivated

A big reason people lack the motivation to do the things they say they want to do is because they haven't taken the time to figure out what's truly important to them. They haven't crystallized their values.

What are values? They are simply the things you believe to be important. They are your "Whys" -- your reasons for doing what you do.

You can tell what your values are by your actions. If you value something, you prioritize it. However, if you say you value something but your actions don't back it up, then it's not really a value. It's just an aspiration.

How do your beliefs fit in with your values?

Your beliefs determine your values and your values determine your behavior (habits, decisions, actions, etc)

To develop values that serve you better, start by examining and adjusting your current beliefs. We go deep into this process in the Mindset Shifts Masterclass.

When you take the time to clarify your values, you'll tap into an endless source of motivation.

When you know what your values are, you'll become self-motivated because you'll start to see how your actions will enable you to experience more of the things that matter to you.

I'd like to share with you a list I wrote of some of my highest values. For each one, I also include my underlying belief that drives the value, along with a brief description of how each value manifests in my life.

Here's my list, in no particular order:

Value: Continual Growth and Learning

Underlying belief:
I believe learning is an important part of being a productive and effective human being.

How this value manifests in my life:
This value is what drives me to continue reading personal development books and learn about new things every day. At this point in my life, this is a habit that I don’t even have to consciously think about.

Value: Self-care/self-love

Underlying belief:
I believe that when you feel good physically, emotionally, mentally, etc, it’s easier to be a good person. You have more energy to deal with life’s challenges and also help others with their challenges.

How this value manifests in my life:
This value is what drives me to eat healthy, exercise regularly and otherwise maintain my health. It’s also what drives me to make time for myself and do what excites me, whether that’s taking a vacation, learning about the cosmos, or writing a blog post on my values ;)

Value: Freedom of time and location

Underlying belief:
I believe success is being able to do what you want, when you want, with who you want, for as long as you want.

How these values manifests in my life:
These values are what have driven me to become what you might call a "digital entrepreneur." As such, I don't need to be at a specific place at a specific time each day, which is immensely important to me.

Because I run an online business, I don’t have the infrastructure that comes along with physical buildings, employees, etc. For some people, it’s their dream to have dozens or even hundreds of employees, an office building, and other trappings of traditional entrepreneurship. That is not my dream.

Which leads me to my next value...

Value: Peace of mind

Underlying belief:
I believe that much of our negative stress in life is self-created. We can have greater peace of mind by making different lifestyle choices.

How this value manifests in my life:
Financially speaking, this value is the reason Vanessa and I enjoy living well below our means. In other words, we spend way less than we make. This gives us the freedom and peace of mind to not have to worry about always making more money just because we're spending more.

This value is also the reason I strive to always be congruent in my thoughts, words, and actions. Acting with integrity helps me sleep better at night.

Value: Self-analysis/introspection

Underlying belief:
I believe self-analysis leads to self-awareness, which makes you a better and more capable human.

How this value manifests in my life:
This value is responsible for my habit of taking the time to think deeply about things, examine my belief systems, etc. You’d be surprised by how many people don’t ever take the time to think about who they are, what they believe and why they do what they do. The reason likely has to do with the fact that they do not place much value on self-analysis or introspection.

Value: Kindness/love

Underlying belief:
I believe that many, if not all of our world problems can be mitigated or completely solved through genuine kindness and love.

Underlying belief:
To me, this is a basic, foundational value. That’s why so it’s interesting to me when people place such a low importance on it. It’s the reason I employ common courtesy in everyday situations, actively listen to people to understand their perspective, and do my best to not let my bad mood affect my interactions with others.

I’d love to hear what you value most! What are some of the things that drive YOU? Comment some of your highest values below.