8 Habits of the Highly Motivated (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 245)
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”
— Chris Grosser
Motivation is available to all of us. It is the key that opens the door to the morning and the bolt of that same door at night. Without motivation, nothing would ever get done. We would wander, doing only what keeps us interested at any given time before we move on to something else. Without motivation, we would die of boredom.
There are some people who are motivated, but there are others who are driven by their motivation. Motivation not only gets them up, it leaves them too excited to go to sleep. Highly motivated people are truly ahead of the pack, they seize the day differently, and this is what sets them apart from all the rest.
Here are 8 habits of highly motivated people that prove it is good for us to do the same:
1. They set goals and work to reach them.
It is one thing to set goals. It is quite another thing to do the work necessary to reach them. Highly motivated people don’t spend a lot of time fiddling their fingers at their desk. They are always doing something to move the ball forward in the game of life. They know where they are going, what they want, who is involved, and how they are going to make it happen. Goals are mere words on a paper until they are acted upon and then they become reality.
2. They read a lot and are always learning.
Reading is one of the best things a person can do to strengthen their mind, explore the world, understand people, and open themselves up to new ideas and concepts. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates once said if they could have a superpower, it would be to have the ability to read faster. Highly motivated people spend a good amount of time reading and learning from the words and actions of other people. It helps to give you a sense of place and perspective in the world.
3. They always keep it moving.
Highly motivated people encounter problems but they do not dwell on them. If they make a mistake, they own up to it and work to fix it. They don’t allow their own failure or external obstacles get in the way of them accomplishing their goals. Mistakes are seen as part of the journey in getting to the destination. Time, space, and energy are not given over to problems. These things are given over to finding solutions and keeping things moving in a forward direction.
4. They bring order out of chaos.
For many people, when chaos ensues, panic is usually the response. But for highly motivated people, chaos is only an opportunity to introduce order. A highly motivated person does not allow unforeseen negative circumstances cloud their vision or get them off track from reaching their goals. They think of it as part of their job to squelch confusion as soon as it crops up in order to proceed with the priorities of the day.
5. They take time to develop a plan.
While they know they cannot control every single thing, highly motivated people do not leave things to chance. They embrace the power they have been given to make things go in a certain direction. A key result of planning is that everything is able to be done at a quicker rate and with higher quality. Some plan first thing in the morning, others plan the night before, and some others plan all throughout the day. Whenever it gets done, they know that productivity is the result of careful planning.
6. They focus on priorities.
Highly motivated people know that time is always on the move and so instead of dedicating a little bit of time to every thing that crosses their path, they dedicate most of their time to priorities. They do the things that really matter, that will make a difference, that will give the best return on investment in the long run. What they set as a priority ensures that it gets done.
7. They ask questions and get help when they need it.
Highly motivated people do not have a great ego problem. They are never too stubborn or proud to ask for help when it is needed. They ask questions, seek advice, and aim to learn from people who have walked the same or a similar path. They don’t let ignorance and pride keep them from going out and seeking the help they need to reach their goals. You will find that if you just ask, people are more than willing to help you.
8. They express gratitude.
Being thankful helps to keep highly motivated people grounded and level-headed. They never think they are too big to fail or too small to succeed. Every opportunity comes with its own set of risks and blessings, and they embrace them equally. Gratefulness improves one’s happiness and overall wellbeing in life. Highly motivated people know this and so they practice gratitude internally and externally every day.
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
— Thomas Jefferson