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In life it is always important to keep in check your goals and what you are striving to reach. Many of us push ourselves to work hard and make money without really understanding why we are doing it. Freedom? A tennis court in the back garden? Your children? Reaching happiness?

What really motivates you to not lie in bed all day?

For me I have two, ones a little less serious than the other. Firstly what I have always wanted since I was a (very) small child, is a water slide from my bedroom to a swimming pool downstairs. Its a little bit of an infantile motivation. However, I have had it in my mind that its something I want to achieve in life and its a silly goal that keeps me motivated and on track.

The second is my girlfriend. I work to make her happy as in turn it effects me too. When I make her smile it in turn fills me with a slice of joy.

Keeping these little things in mind and reminding myself why and having those goals to reach really can help you stay on track. IM is about keeping focus having when you have a reason behind it, it may help you to focus that little bit more.

I mean I am fortunate to love the work I am doing in IM and, although I am only just starting out, its bringing me closer to the things I truly value in life. I'm starting to ramble a bit so I think I'll stop this post here! But please do give us your thoughts on what motivates you! You never know it might be helpful to put your life goals down in text, instead of just in your head.
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  • Profile picture of the author maddiet
    What motivates me?

    1. Hunger
    2. Great people that are also my friends, empower me to think that I can someday become like them, that I can educate and inspire others.
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    • Profile picture of the author eSubmarine
      Originally Posted by maddiet View Post

      What motivates me?

      1. Hunger
      2. Great people that are also my friends, empower me to think that I can someday become like them, that I can educate and inspire others.
      Thats great! Looking up to your friends or people who are successful and really put us on the right path in terms of our motivation. To inspire and educate others is a very admirable goal, it shows a lot about a person.
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  • Profile picture of the author fingers4hire
    Mortgage, lights, cable, internet, cell phone..... All motivators for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author eSubmarine
      Originally Posted by fingers4hire View Post

      Mortgage, lights, cable, internet, cell phone..... All motivators for me.
      Monitary motivations keep us going in a way. I was more talking about goals in life but I suppose it is true that these do push us to success. I find having a strong goal (mortgage etc. is never really a strong emotional goal) that is emotionally linked to you in some way is such a great motivator for those really hard days.

      Maybe thats just me though.
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      • Profile picture of the author maddiet
        Well, the problem is that not all people are lucky to have a job that also emotionally motivates them. I think that you need very good parents and/ or a strong ambition.
        I really can't say I like the job I have now, but it sure brings me money for food and bills.
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        • Profile picture of the author eSubmarine
          Originally Posted by maddiet View Post

          Well, the problem is that not all people are lucky to have a job that also emotionally motivates them. I think that you need very good parents and/ or a strong ambition.
          I really can't say I like the job I have now, but it sure brings me money for food and bills.
          That is so true and really brought something home to me in terms of the work I do. As a freelance property (real-estate for all you US guys!) sourcing agent I am doing something I love, I guess others are sometimes not as fortunate to have this. You make a very good point.
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  • Profile picture of the author soulfulbodymind
    I stay motivated by setting goals. Set goals and do something toward such goal everyday. You will be motivated by your progress. Also, gravitate and communicate with like-minded people or those that are trying to do what you do. Support is crucial for a lot of people.

    As already stated, life's situations is the best motivator (bills, kids, work, play etc). Some of us are in position where we can not lose. We, as humans, are endowed with self-perseverance - so use it!
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  • Profile picture of the author nicelife
    I love to:
    • Prove every narrow minded person wrong
    • Have a free lifestyle and run my business from anywhere in the world
    • Succeed with something that's not so mainstream
    • Challenge myself and Prove to myself that I can make it
    • Get paid for effort, commitment and results as opposed to "just showing up"

    so that's what motivates me . . .


    Probably more things but that's what came to my mind at the moment :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author eSubmarine
      Originally Posted by nicelife View Post

      I love to:
      • Prove every narrow minded person wrong
      • Have a free lifestyle and run my business from anywhere in the world
      • Succeed with something that's not so mainstream
      • Challenge myself and Prove to myself that I can make it
      • Get paid for effort, commitment and results as opposed to "just showing up"

      so that's what motivates me . . .


      Probably more things but that's what came to my mind at the moment :-)
      I really like the first point you make. Personally I find so many people close to me, my friends and family, always say to me I can't do it.

      A typical conversation -

      "Are you stupid, you can't make money on the internet, its all pyrimid scams and your'll just waste all your money."

      Then I would say.....

      "Have you ever tried to make money on the internet?"

      To which they would either reply no, or to a situation when they themselves lost money. Some people narrow mindedness can hold you back, but if you push past their disbeleaf and use proving them wrong as a motivation it can prove really helpful.

      Proving yourself worth as well, I find with 'typical employment' you just turn up do your 8hours + and go home. You have to work for years and years to prove yourself, yet online you can streamline that process and work for yourself and your own goals, not your bosses or your companies.

      Keep them coming I am finding some of these motivations really interesting and useful to read. Its good to hear from the person behind they keys for once, and what drives them.
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  • Profile picture of the author HorseStall
    The need to make money is often a motivator. ;-)

    I think to enjoying what I do helps, and knowing that doing work will afford me the lifestyle I've grown accustom to.
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  • Profile picture of the author iseo
    Family, friends, traveling for 3-4 months a year, living in multiple countries and staying healthy..as personal items.
    From a business sense, one that gives me all of that and an ability to contribute and teach others is why I'm in this game! (and loving it!).

    Cheers!

    ISEO
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  • Profile picture of the author Rensburg
    Currently, just the thought of being my own boss motivates me.
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    • Profile picture of the author eSubmarine
      Originally Posted by Rensburg View Post

      Currently, just the thought of being my own boss motivates me.
      Keep pushing for it and you will get their. As long as you don't let your focus and determination slide.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daret
    My family is the only motivation that I need. I really care for the well-being of those around me
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  • Profile picture of the author link8
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    An audi r8 and porsche 911...But basically having goals that are worth all the hard work.
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    • Profile picture of the author K.serrattan
      Living with the thought that you have no opportunity is a very dark spot on the mind.

      I found that online business helped me move from having no opportunity, to having so many possible goals and beginning.

      I want to show others, mainly the younger generation that there is always a way out. And you do not have to lie and cheat for it. Don't have to risk your life, just to get by.

      That is my motivation.

      Kris,
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  • Profile picture of the author stephan231
    Only one thing... I hate to death working for someone else i feel it degrades me and that's way I want to have my own business!
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  • Profile picture of the author sarabill2141
    money only motivates me of course!
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    Making lots of money and eventually being my own boss.
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  • Profile picture of the author Katharin
    Originally Posted by eSubmarine View Post

    In life it is always important to keep in check your goals and what you are striving to reach. Many of us push ourselves to work hard and make money without really understanding why we are doing it. Freedom? A tennis court in the back garden? Your children? Reaching happiness?

    What really motivates you to not lie in bed all day?
    Well certainly not happiness because I've been on both ends of *that* scale and it just doesn't happen with money alone. My daughter motivates me... and making sure that the future is secure for her is a good motivator.
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  • Profile picture of the author cainsproducts
    Financial freedom....
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  • Profile picture of the author eSubmarine
    there are some great reasons that people have here.

    having a goal and a reason to achieve something is such a powerful driving force. You would be suprised how many people I have asked this question to and got the answer "to make sh*t loads of money!!" and of course, that is what anybody wants.

    But money is only a window onto other things. A lot of people forget that and that is such an important point. They end up chasing money and not there goals in life. Which if you think about what money is (an invented concept) its nothing in comparison to a dream.

    thanks for joining the discussion rcritchett and great input and the point about riding a bike/learning to drive really hit home to me. It is so so so so SO SO SO true! The mind is just like any tool. You condition it with the correct stimuli and can reach whole new highest. Honestly if I look at my life before I started motivating my mind to be honest, I was depressing, boring, unmotivated, I was pretty much a shell of the person I could have been. When I started looking at what you can do to motivate and program the mind I just reached a whole new level of existence. All the niggling self critisisms that used to get me down....gone. Pure clean concious happy thought.

    I am really interested in new code NLP would you mind giving me a little more detail on what it actually involves. I have a friend who helps me with NLP and I use a piece of software which flashes motivational messages (that i program) on my monitor at a very high frame rate so the sub-concious absorbs it. Amazing tool (its helped me stop picking my nose at formal events LOL!).
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  • Profile picture of the author Darren L Carter
    Good question...

    Really good question...

    I think if everybody asks themselves this question and really USES the answers they come up with then we would all be taking a lot bigger steps towards our goals.

    As for what motivates me...

    One big one is the thought that I will be able to enjoy my dream lifestyle. Do all the things I want to do, go where I want to go, learn what I want to learn, enjoy what I want to enjoy. All with the freedom and choices that go along with being successful and KNOWING HOW to live a great life.

    Peace,
    Darren L Carter
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  • I much prefer being inspired over being motivated :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author miavanru
    My GOALS motivate me.
    To be able to support my family and make them proud.
    Travel and living life to its fullest!
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  • Profile picture of the author Velshire
    All new Audi A8
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  • Profile picture of the author Thimblewimp
    I really want to have super speed internet connection, super computer with massive space of hardisk

    that's my motivation
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    • Profile picture of the author eSubmarine
      Originally Posted by Thimblewimp View Post

      I really want to have super speed internet connection, super computer with massive space of hardisk

      that's my motivation
      I ordered my new computer today

      Motivation to the max
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      • Profile picture of the author Trevor
        What motivates me is the feeling I have when I have done a good job that has been rewarded. I would rather do work that I consider to be "meaningful" with not so many opportunities of monetization than doing something, which I would get paid off more, but without any other purpose than just making money. Hope you understand me :-)
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        • Profile picture of the author kintee
          What really motivates me need money to achieve...so I guess it is money that motivates me. I want to have extra money to put my kids in a better nursery, attend taekwondo lesson and swimming class. I want to have more money so that my wife can quit her higher paid job and settle for a lesser paid job as a yoga instructor (she is only starting out but this is always her passion). Hearing them talking incessantly about their happiness and passion really motivates me. So I guessed it is after all the well being of my family that motivates me.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    1- My crappy day job
    2- My student loans + wife's student loans = about $50K
    3- The crappy economy and high unemployment rate
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  • Profile picture of the author alanaj
    1. Freedom
    2. Love
    3. Family
    4. Health
    5. Financial security
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    The ability to take care of my personal financial emergencies or not have to answer to anyone and live in full control of my life as well as pursue my passion keeps me motivated.
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    THIS
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    • Profile picture of the author robbby
      It's got to be the abiltiy to steer your own ship so to speak
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    The balance between short-term, in-the-moment pleasure and long-range progress toward meaningful goals is the key to happiness itself. Tal Ben-Shahar's book, Happier is an extended study of this principle, and well worth the read.

    skoh... Is that your bed?!
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    • Profile picture of the author skoh
      Originally Posted by sparkie2260 View Post

      The balance between short-term, in-the-moment pleasure and long-range progress toward meaningful goals is the key to happiness itself. Tal Ben-Shahar's book, Happier is an extended study of this principle, and well worth the read.

      skoh... Is that your bed?!
      If that was my bed you would all be invited, (srs) only those in this thread.
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  • I have been thinking about this the last few days.
    Is it More Money? Not really
    Is it internet fame and respect? No.
    I have to say it is my "vision" of what the internet could be.
    I am motivated to develop my concept to see it come to reality.
    Not just another Money Making site, Not just another "membership" income.
    Something totally different than anything I have seen online, Yet.
    That motivates me to learn and understand "how E-business works", and to develop the skills necessary to build my Dream.
    In simpler words, "What motivates me is following my dream."
    I guess it will be cool when I reach my goals, but for now, I am very motivated to stay on the path I am following, which will get me to my goals, dreams, and take me to where my "vision" has become reality.
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  • Profile picture of the author ladonnarb
    The music motivates me the most. Then the money.
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  • Profile picture of the author Drewry_Media
    There are a number of factors that keep me motivated for success. At first, it was the material things. But, in growing up and maturing towards life, there is more to it than making all of the money online, getting the nice house, cars, and other nice things. Getting a quality college education, getting the character, positive spirit and being a team player means alot today . Most of all...helping someone else succeed through positive encouragement !
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I have a balance of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. More of the invisible "Why" within the "What" these days as I release the ego.

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  • Profile picture of the author sprink2814
    My family is what motivates me. When ever I'm feeling down and out I think about my son's and how important it is to stay positive and motivated so they can hopefully learn from that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    Someone tried to imply that I had poor work ethic and that my only accomplishment was graduating from college.

    I'm currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program (for Internet Marketing) and I've done a hell of a lot of other things. Getting pissed has pushed me to work even effin' harder.
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    usually girls=)
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Buckley
    When i make a sale on CB, But i have onnly made one ;(
    over 1000 hops and one sale Finding it harder than ever
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    • Profile picture of the author fxprofitmountain
      I love having time to do what I want. I think free time ~ the desire for free time ~ is what motivates me to work smart.
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