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Find Your Motivation

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. ~ Ayn Rand

Find your motivation? Sometimes that is far easier said than done.  I’m not sure I totally agree with Rand’s statement that creative people aren’t find your motivationmotivated by a desire to beat others.  I think we all want to win, or at the very least, do our best, and that desire is where you find your motivation.

See winning doesn’t necessarily mean beating others.  To me, winning is doing your best.  That is where motivation comes from.  When you have a big test coming up and you are motivated to put some serious effort into your studying, it’s because you want to win.  You’re winning knowledge and the tangible letter/number grade.  And seriously, who among us wasn’t totally psyched to find they had the highest grade in the class?

So where do you find motivation.  The best place to find it is from within, of course, but from where I’m standing – or sitting if we’re being 100% honest, wanting to beat others isn’t bad. The key is to not let that be your only motivation. So sure, strive to beat others, but more importantly, strive to beat you.  Find your motivation and get it done.

Just Try And Stop Me – Challenge Day 11

Just Try And Stop Me

by Tracie

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.  – Ayn Rand

I am totally loving this quote for a variety of reasons  First, it reminds me of the Queen song Don’t Stop Me Now, and as far as I’m concerned, you can just try and stop menever go wrong with Queen. But more than that, it’s a very powerful quote. If you adopt this mindset, and take charge of your life, you’ll be able to accomplish anything.  Now I’m not saying this quote gives you the okay to ride rough-shod over anybody and everybody.  That’s never acceptable in my mind.  What this quote is saying is that if you have a goal or a dream, go for it.  It’s yours to pursue.  Don’t ask for permission, and don’t wait for someone to come up to you and say, “Hey, you.  Did you want to go grab that dream?  Why don’t you just go for it? It’s okay, I’ll let you.”

The first step in the process is to figure out what it is you really want.  Dream your dream, set your goal, and craft the path you’re going to  take to get it.  Don’t expect somebody to hand it to you. No, if you want something, it’s up to you to reach out and grab it with both hands. Don’t wait for someone to hand it to you, and more than that, don’t let anybody stop you.  If you want it, and you’re willing to work for it, then you will get it.  It’s up to you.  Don’t let anybody get in your way. If they try, harness your power, take control and say ” Just try and stop me!”

I hope you’re enjoying this Positivity Challenge.  Take a second and share your positive thoughts in the comments, on our facebook page or on our live journal community.

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