These are the personal values that make me and keep me motivated.
People ask me fairly often how I’ve kept myself motivated to blog virtually every workday for the past six years. It’s simple. I begin every day with the following commitments:
Today I will make something new and different and thereby change the world for the better.
Today I will become strong by overcoming obstacles with persistence and flexibility.
Today I will permit myself to become excited in anticipation of whatever might happen.
Today I will look beyond my preconceptions to see the truths that I missed before.
Today I will remember the miracle of conscious existence, which is all too soon over.
Today I will remain aware of the emotions of others and how they interact with my own.
Today I will spend at least one hour doing something that’s just because I enjoy it.
Today I will do my best to remain happy, regardless of the circumstances of the hour.
Today, I will use some of whatever power I possess in the service and for the welfare of others.
Today, I will take action to ensure that I’m in better health than I was yesterday or the day before.
Today I will sit back and marvel at the unexpected, without which life would be boring.
Today I will express, at least once, the joy of the child who still lives inside me.
Today I will be thankful for all the wonderful things in my life: my family, my friends and, yes, my work.
Have a wonderful holiday and fabulous 2013!
Geoffrey James writes the Sales Source column on Inc.com, the world’s most visited sales-oriented blog. His newly published book is Business to Business Selling: Power Words and Strategies From the World’s Top Sales Experts. @Sales_Source