For years, I struggled with staying motivated. It seemed like anytime I started a project, distraction and boredom soon followed.

It left me living well beneath my potential for far too long.

Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there.

I got tired of lacking accomplishments. I knew my capabilities exceeded my current level of success. But how could I escape the lack of motivation that seemed hardwired into my DNA?

Then the lightbulb came on.

Something so simple, yet so profound.

“Was that all it took to become successful?” I struggled with the concept, feeling as though it certainly would require more strategy, tactics and elaborate testing. I wrestled for quite some time, always doubting the simplicity of what I concluded.

But then I took a leap of faith. Turns out, I was right.

Stop looking for complicated concepts. Don’t feel like you need to invest in convoluted theories. If you want to become a motivation machine, it only takes a few simple steps.

1. Fall in Love With the Journey

Forget about your goals for a moment. We spend too much time looking at the end game. Success isn’t something you achieve once and finish the game. It’s a constant progression throughout your life.

It’s not a one-time event.

  • Many see health as an event: “If I just lose 35 pounds, I’ll feel happy and in shape.” But then that happens and they gain it back. Why? Because they never fell in love with the fitness journey.
  • Many see love as an event: “If I could just find love, then I’ll get married a live a beautiful life.” But then that happens and they get divorced a few years later. Why? Because they didn’t experience the fairytale ending they hoped.
  • Many see entrepreneurship as an event: “If we just acquire 1,000 customers, we’d be set.” But then that happens and the business still fails. Why? Because they never fell in love with the customers, product or process.

Whatever you set your mind to do, do it with all your strength. Not just to accomplish a goal. But to feel proud of yourself with each step; to get to the end of a day and know you’ve given it your all; to passionately live–not pursue, live–a life that you adore.

2. Make it Your Unquenchable Passion

You can’t do it all and succeed. I hate to break it to you. Successful entrepreneurs understand that they need the support of a strong team.

And they also know that they should feel deeply passionate about the things they do.

You could spend all day, spread thin across multiple tasks. But it won’t accomplish much, if anything. When we try to do too much, we just can’t give our best effort.

Then the company’s progress pays the price.

Focus solely on those few things you love. You’ll have the energy to give your best effort. And that, my friends, can skyrocket your business.

What about the other things that have to get done?

Simple. Invest in a team.

3. Show Up Every Single Day

Did you know that 29 dominos could knock down the Empire State Building?

No, no Not those Dominos. These:

A domino can knock things down about 1.5x their size. At that gradual increase, you could knock down the Empire State Building with 29 dominos. And you’d start with one about the size of your fingernail. Wow!

This shows the remarkable power of small steps. Think about it in terms of your business. Let’s say you grew at a rate of 1.5x for each month of your startup. You’d grow rapidly.

But it starts by showing up, day after day.

You don’t need to make quantum leaps. It just requires consistency.


An Old Chinese Proverb says,

It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.

We build our entire lives by taking small steps, one day at a time. As entrepreneurs, we should build our businesses the same way. You won’t wake up one day and magically get picked up by TechCrunch.

But if you spent the past 187 days working toward that goal, then you could make that kind of morning a reality. It’s up to you.

How will you implement these simple steps into your day-to-day efforts? In the comments, share a time when you realized the power of small steps.