When I first meet someone, and they hear I do motivational speaking, they often ask so how do you motivate?
I then assure them it is not witchcraft, and it fact, The only thing a speaker or coach can do, is hold them accountable to what they say they want.
Here is a guide to get started:
Have written goals you reflect on often. And yes even in this age of slates and laptops,
the power of handwriting this goals still seems to provide more power. I have heard it refered
to digital memory. After you write it down, type it, print it use different fonts, go wild. But get
them written down!
Chunk it down. Make sure that your bold five year goals, are backed up with smaller one
year goals, thirty day goals, or even better, what small thing can I do this week to head me in
that direction? I believe a five year goal that is not buttressed with smaller definable goals is
not a goal at all, merely wishful thinking.
Avoid negative self talk. This is no easy task, I understand. Especially if you have had
failure in the past. These thoughts are next to impossible to eliminate, but not impossible to
replace. Go ahead try it, the next time you catch yourself prophesying failure, stop and add
one albeit small present tense success which might come from positive turn of events.
Avoid negative people. Again, not easy, especially if they truly believe they are being
So what do you do? Listen to their counsel, try to evaluate what wisdom is proffered, thank
them and don’t spend one minute more than you have to with them. The question you need
to ask is are these people actively involved in helping me achieve my goals? Also when
possible, find positive people to replace them. A book I have found very helpful is Think and
Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The language is a little dated, because It was first printed in the
1 930’s. It also has a chapter or two that is a little hocuspocus, but over all I think one of the
best selfhelp books of the last century.
Build on the why. Jim Rohn, one of the truly great speakers and authors of the twentieth
century, suggested that the why of what you wanted was as or more important than the
Was that 6,000 square foot home you want, inspired by the desire to provide safety and
security to your loving family? Is that 1 00,000 plus income you want to have more money to
give to worthy charities? My extra take on this is if you want and need others to help achieve
your goals, having a worthy “why” makes all the difference in the world.
Be gentle with yourself. This was the hardest for me to learn. Who trusts a depressed
motivator or a broke success coach. Remember, failure is an event, not a person.
Try to enjoy the journey. If you have any questions, or you would like to chat, drop me a email
at Wayne@waynepratt.ca . I’d love to hear about your journey.