Motivation - The A to Z of Self Improvement


Reprint of an article by Kevin Flatt from the Article Codex website,


Introduction by Dr. Don Rose, Writer, Life Alert




Do you have a hard time getting motivated to achieve your goals? Or just to get out of bed? Legendary director Billy Wilder once said, You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning.” But in order to turn dreams into reality, you have to be motivated to take the necessary actions. The A to Z checklist below can help get you going and keep you going in the direction of your dreams, whatever they may be. --Don Rose




It may be a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that helps us get up and get the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves.


With the countless negatives the world brings about, how do we keep motivated?


A – Aim for your dreams. Avoid negative people, things and places. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”


B - Believe in yourself, and in what you can do.


C – Consider things on every angle and aspect. Motivation comes from determination. To be able to understand life, you should feel the sun from both sides.


D – Don’t give up and don’t give in. Thomas Edison failed once, twice, more than thrice before he came up with his invention and perfected the incandescent light bulb.


E – Enjoy work as if you don’t need money. Dance as if nobody’s watching. Love as if you never cried. Learn as if you’ll live forever. Motivation takes place when people are happy.


F – Family and Friends – are life’s greatest ‘F’ treasures. Don’t loose sight of them.


G – Give more than what is enough. Where does motivation and self improvement take place? At work? At home? At school? When you exert extra effort in doing things.


H – Hang on to your dreams. They may dangle in there for a moment, but these little stars will be your driving force.


I – Ignore those who try to destroy you. Don’t let other people get the best of you. Stay away from toxic people – the kind of friends who hates to hear about your success.


J – Just be yourself. The key to success is to be yourself. And the key to failure is to try to please everyone.


K – Keep trying no matter how hard life may seem. When a person is motivated, eventually they see an improvement in their life, paving the way to increased self improvement.


L – Learn to love yourself. Now isn’t that easy?


M – Make things happen. Motivation is when your dreams are put into action.


N – Never lie, cheat or steal. Always play a fair game.


O – Open your eyes. Distinguish between the horse attitude and horse sense. People see things in 2 ways – how they want things to be, and how they should be.


P – Practice makes perfect. Motivation takes practice. It lets us improve our repertoire and ways to recover from our mistakes.


Q – Quitters never win. And winners never quit. So, choose your fate – are you going to be a quitter? Or a winner?


R – Ready yourself. Motivation is also about preparation. We must hear the little voice within us telling us to get started before others try to push us around. Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark.


S – Stop procrastinating.


T – Take control of your life. Discipline, or self control, is synonymous with motivation. Both are key factors in self improvement.


U – Understand others. If you know very well how to talk, you should also learn how to listen. Yearn to understand first, and to be understood second.


V – Visualize it. Motivation without vision is like a boat on dry land.


W – Want it more than anything. Dreaming means believing. And to believe is something that is grown out from the roots of motivation and self improvement.


X – X Factor is what will make you different from the others. When you are motivated, you tend to put on “extras” in your life like extra time for family, extra help at work, extra care for friends, and so on.


Y – You are unique. No one in this world looks, acts, or talks like you. Value your life and existence, because you’re just going to spend it once.


Z – Zero in on your dreams and go for it!!!


About Kevin Flatt

Kevin Flatt is a Freelance Journalist specialising in Alternative Medicine. He is also the publisher of Natural Health Articles And News. If you are searching for information on improving your health with less drugs and more natural therapy, then this website is for you.


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