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What Is Motivation?

ironmanmagazine.comI’m considered to be a good motivational speaker, but what exactly is motivation?

My expert opinion: Motivation is like a warm bath. You may feel it for a while, but it soon wears off.

It’s a catchphrase that defines an industry but does little, if any, good because it seldom includes actionable items for you to do while motivated.

As an IRON MAN reader you know what the actions are. You just need to execute them on a regular basis.

I feel I am more of a “restorational” speaker and author. We are all born as a blank slate—no habits good or bad; no challenges, just complete dependence on our caretakers, who are usually our parents.

As the years go by, we pick up bad habits and ditch the dependence. After all, we all want to be self-made.

Here are three easy steps to living a restored life:

• Determine the bad habits that you have picked up.

• Replace them with good habits.

• Start being dependent again.

About that last one: Realize that no one is self-made, but make clear choices about who you are dependent on and surround yourself with. We don’t get to choose our parents, but we do get to choose who we surround ourselves with.

The key to success in any area of life is habits, so think careful and decide what habits you want in your life. If you want to be lean, you should eat well. Drinking beer and eating chips will not help you with that goal. If you want to be wealthy, spending all your money will not catapult you into the financial elite, but working hard, saving and investing wisely will.

The bottom line is that your habits will make or break your life. The good news is, it’s completely in your control. I recommend that you take a peek at to help make your habits a habit!

—John Rowley

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