Self-Motivated? 4 Science-Based Secrets To Achievement And Success


I run every other day.

However, only about a quarter of the time do I feel motivated to run before I begin. Even less so in the winter. It’s cold outside, and I’m quite comfortable inside. Most of the time, I’d rather stay put than put on my running clothes and push my body. But I do it anyway.

At the beginning of every single run, no matter how I’m feeling, my body is resistant. It feels like I’m running through quicksand, and everything hurts. Within thirty seconds, I want to stop. In fact, before I became a more consistent runner, I would stop.

I thought that resistance was a sign I just wasn’t a good candidate for running. Fortunately, a friend told me that everyone feels resistance at the beginning of a run. You just have to push through it until your body warms up. I finally tried it, and she was right. After about a mile, sometimes less, I get in the running groove. My joints loosen up, my breathing is less labored, and I pick up my pace.

I’ve learned to be patient and wait for it. Even when I don’t have the power of motivation inspiring me, I still know to keep going just a bit farther and the pain will let up. As my body and my mind are screaming, “Stop! Stop running right now!” — my higher self reminds me that I can do it. I’ve done it before, and I know I’ll feel better in just a few minutes.

I also know how I feel after a run – how a run gives me energy, helps my creativity, and makes me feel physically and mentally better in general. I also use this information when my body and mind are screaming at me.

So why am I sharing this with you?


Positive Thoughts: 10 Vital Reasons You Must Practice Them

positive thoughtsHow often do you catch yourself in a positive thinking loop?

Are there days when your thoughts are so constantly positive, self-affirming, and confident that you feel upbeat and happy all day?

I’d bet the opposite scenario occurs far more often than the one I just described. I bet on any given day, you could… Continue Reading…

Fear Of Failure: 4 Steps To Tame It And Use It For Success

fear of failure

A guest post by James Johnson


After spiders and heights, it’s the most common fear in the world. It’s big, it’s scary, and it’s the elephant in the room with all of your new ventures and life challenges.

Truth be told? You’re not alone. Nobody enjoys failure. It’s a painful experience we… Continue Reading…

10 Unexpected Ways To Become A Happy Person

happy personMost people spend a lot of time being unhappy.

If you Google the research on happiness and how many people are happy, you’ll find that unhappy people outnumber the happy ones. The majority people in the U.S. (3 to 1) are unhappy with their work and in general.

Those statistics are daunting and sad. We… Continue Reading…

Words Of Encouragement: 50 Quotes To Give You A Boost

Words of encouragementI used to read a book to my kids called, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, his best friend has deserted him, there’s no dessert in his lunch bag, and he’s served lima beans for dinner.

Are there days when you can relate… Continue Reading…

Self-Awareness: 30 Essential Actions For Living Authentically

self-awarenessHow can you have a truly happy and fulfilled life?

I believe it begins by living authentically.

You can’t pretend to be someone you’re not, live by rules that aren’t your own, or make choices reactively — without compromising your self-esteem and emotional health.

So how do you begin to live authentically? It’s hard to be… Continue Reading…