It’s not always easy to constantly stay motived as we all know.

Are you one of those who quit things halfway through due to lack of motivation?

Perhaps you notice many successful people around and have no idea how they reached the top while you are still struggling with your circumstances.

Do you wish to learn how to achieve success and avoid numerous distractions on your way up?

Read on to discover five secrets of the consistent motivation of successful people and what helped them stay focused on their goals. If you do everything right, you could eventually become one of them.

1.   Create an inspiring but achievable goal

An ambitious goal is a primary thing that motivates individuals to achieve success. But it should be realistic and specific.

For instance, if you wish to be wealthy but don’t have an action plan, your dream has no chance to become real. 

It helps to break your path down into smaller steps and set a deadline for each of them so that you can see progress and celebrate it. Celebrating how you have managed to stay motivated leads to more progress and more celebrations.

Well worth it!

Little victories will motivate you to be successful on a consistently high level.

The ultimate goal is something that inspires you to succeed every day. It gives you the energy to immediately get up in the morning.

But it also needs to be something that you’re passionate about. If you choose to do something that doesn’t bring pleasure or is very difficult, you will eventually lose motivation.

Steve Jobs continued working on software and hardware even after being fired from Apple because it was his true calling. So if you find yours, consider you’re halfway to fulfilling your dreams.

2.   Avoid external distractions

External distractions include social media, calls, and unscheduled meetings.

When you scroll through and answer endless messages, you lose the critical time necessary to complete your primary tasks.

According to statistics, each person spends an average of 145 minutes on social media daily. That’s almost 2.5 hours!

The morning hours are when the brain is most productive. So it would be more effective to schedule meetings and work with emails at this time instead of wasting it reading messages.

It’s your choice how to plan it. Just don’t look in your message box every five minutes. Once every few hours or so would be fine.

This is a great way to keep your focus.There’s nothing quite like saying no to distractions that do little to help you stay motivated and experience greater successes and fulfillment.

3.   Keep the body and mind healthy

Motivation to be successful in life is a capricious thing.

It might appear in response to external stimuli and then suddenly disappear without a trace. From a purely physiological point of view, positive emotions cannot appear in a tired body.

Therefore, many successful people (like Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest runner) watch what they eat and choose healthy foods rich in carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, cereals, durum wheat pasta).

They produce a lot of energy that keeps a person motivated throughout the day.

Regular exercising and morning meditation cleanse the body and mind of negative emotions and thoughts. You can create a routine that works best for you.

And don’t forget about quality sleep. Give your brain and body sufficient time to rest because it will be challenging to find motivation and achieve tangible results without enough energy.

4.   Compete with others

Desire to prove your worth and get recognition can also encourage someone to succeed.

Gianni Versace said, “It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better.” A desire to be the best among others motivates us in life and allows us to reach success faster before someone else gets ahead of us.

But what if you’re at the beginning of your path to success?

What are people motivated by when they don’t have a worthy competitor? In that case, you can take one of the famous people who achieved outstanding results in your field and compete with them for fun.

5.   Get motivation from adverse circumstances

If you think that successful entrepreneurs have never been in hot water and come from wealthy families, read their life stories.

Many came from nothing, such as Howard Schultz (the Starbucks founder) and Ralph Lauren. Their extraordinary motivation arose from the need to survive difficult situations.

Fear of getting stuck in adverse circumstances is one of the biggest motivators in life.

Now, look at your life and think of what gets you mad the most. Maybe, it’s the neighborhood you’d want to change or that you don’t possess as many fancy things as your friends.

A healthy dose of negative feelings will help you stay motivated and get out of your aggravating circumstances one day.

6.   Learning from failure and never giving up

Failure is probably the most ordinary thing that happens to every person at some point in their life. But the fear of losing never helped anybody achieve their goals.

The principal difference between the achievers and the ordinary people lies in how they perceive failure. Most people live their lives complaining about insurmountable obstacles and shift the blame on everyone around.

On the other hand, a person with success in their mind understands that failure is just another stepping stone on the way up because it’s a lesson of what works and what doesn’t.

As Bill Gates said, “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” And the vision of how to make things right the next time is what drives you to succeed.

Final Thoughts on how to stay motivated

Success is impossible without motivation.

If a person does not wish to move towards a set goal, they will never achieve it. The good news is that your motivation depends entirely on you.

Of course, it takes some effort and a little creativity, but if other people can do it, so can you.


Natalie Maximets is a certified life transformation coach and a contributing writer at She’s dedicated her heart and mind to helping others through life-changing events and reinventing a better version of themselves


  1. I’m an expert at learning from failure and adverse circumstances. All good suggestions. I would add recognizing and celebrating small accomplishments along the way to bigger goals. It helps keep the dopamine and serotonin flowing in your brain which fuel motivation.

    • I too am a believer in celebrating successes Debbie. I wasn’t aware of the dopamine and serotonin connection, but it makes sense, because celebrations feel good!

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