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Elements of Motivation

By Captain Bob Webb

The person who achieved their goal had a VISION that MOTIVATED them.

 You can if you really want to. A vision that motivates is the standard constant for success across all social classes and/or lifestyles. It does not matter how many years a person spent in classrooms, a motivating vision is the common denominator for achievement. President Abraham Lincoln never went to school; he became President because he had a vision that motivated him. In addition, his vision was so powerful that it motivated everyone around him and that energy motivated the country.

This website will give you the tools to put purpose and meaning in your life, helping you develop a vision, thereby motivating you to a more exciting lifestyle. This can be done if you recognize barriers and work at removing them. A vision that motivates is the secret. Achieving a desired lifestyle is the result.

Three Elements of Motivation  Three elements of motivation
Motivation starts with the desire to be free, to be free from dependency on others, freedom to live the lifestyle we dream of, freedom to explore our ideas. Total freedom is not possible or desirable, but the struggle to achieve that ideal is the basis for motivation.
Visions and Lifestyles
People who have a vision control their destiny and lifestyle. For people without a vision, their destiny and lifestyle is controlled by others.
We become what we think about all day.
To change our lifestyle we must change our thinking habits.
We change our thinking habits by focusing on desired goals.
7 Rules of Motivation
What is takes to hang in there.
How Goals Find a Desired Lifestyle
Most people have a dream of the lifestyle they want to live and are searching for ways to achieve it. Some people achieve it and others never come close. Why?
Develop a Dream
Is daydreaming a form of education? Does daydreaming bring opportunity? If dreams are the beginning of opportunity, don’t they have value?

Dreams are more valuable than money, because dreams find opportunity.
Money FIRST does not fulfill dreams, it can kill them.
Seek your dream, money will follow.

Money is not a goal, it is a reward ONLY for personal achievement.

Setting Goals
Success on achieving goals is dependent on three elements.
The common argument for failure is "I lost interest or I didn’t have enough money." While true, neither one is valid. Motivation depends on many factors with the primary factor being the power of your dreams. Money is one of the barriers that can be overcome. Achievement requires developing attitudes/habits that keep you on track.
Overcoming Failure
Failure is a learning tool. Thomas Edison failed a thousand times before he invented the light bulb. Failure is trying to do things others have not considered. It is a temporary by-product of creativity. It is challenging the learning process.
"We first make our habits, then our habits make us."
John Dryden
Comfort Zones
Comfort zones are directly related to our dreams or goals which is associated with self-fulfilling prophecy. In order to grow and change, we must be discontent with our current comfort zone.
A Goal Is a Journey of Decisions
A goal is a powerful desire that sends us on a journey using decisions to transport us to an unknown destination. Very often, this destination is vague because we encounter opportunities/experiences that change our thinking which changes our direction.


Opportunity is attracted to people with a dream. They are the first to be hired, first to be offered opportunity, and first to be promoted. Bigger the dream the faster doors open. People without a dream are last to be hired, last to be promoted, and first to be laid-off in a force reduction. For non-dreamers, doors remain closed. "WHY?" People with a dream act differently than non-dreamers, dreamers develop an attitude that radiates energy, they have a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives. Radiant energy is an attitude that bosses like and to which they offer opportunity. This is how the impossible becomes possible.

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Motivational Speakers, Emotional Reaction and Rhetoric Hype
A good motivational speaker is a pleasure to listen to and can inspire us to keep pushing when things go wrong. An occasional motivation seminar can make us feel good and can produce positive results. On the other hand, there is a dark side. Emotional hype can become a trap if one is not aware of it.
Events that Motivated Me to Take Action
During my school age years the formal education system was a disaster, I was a straight “F” student. But! I had real world experiences that led me to success beyond my wildest dreams. Today these experiences have helped motivate thousands of people to take action to fulfill their dreams.

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