Motivation, the Other White Meat

Hello! your awesomeness!!   I say that a lot, because most people are way more awesome than they give themselves credit for, and people won’t usually know how awesome they are until someone tells them.  Be sure to tell them if you know someone who is.  Of course, all my Vitamin K readers are awesome, and I assume anyone taking the time and attention to read these posts is also awesome — birds of a feather, you know.

MOTIVATION — the other white meat!  It’ll make you climb mountains, run races, run into burning buildings, jump out of perfectly good airplanes! It’ll keep your nose to the grindstone, keep you focused on a task, make you step outside your comfort zone, if it’s strong enough.

Last week I just thought I’d ask our Vitamin K readers how they stay motivated.  I’m publishing the responses I received.  Maybe you’ll identify with some of their responses, or you can add what motivates YOU in the comments.  Your words may give someone else a new perspective.

I’ll start it off.  I’m a motivator. I believe we have power over our own lives and the power to make positive changes.  I read and listen to positive things, associate primarily with positive, forward moving people.  I STAY grateful.  One of my greatest joys is receiving positive responses from my writing and know that I’ve helped another person feel better about themselves and life.  THIS keeps a tiger in my tank ;-)

Peg Haust-Arliss, Central New York
“I know my leverage. For me I think of the consequences of NOT staying focused not going for my goals and dreams. What will the result be then? Pretty scary!  I also know my “big why” Why do I want this goal? What is my real intention. I use my vision board daily and I pay it forward daily to keep momemtum going.”

Elaine from Boston, Twitter: @laineyd7
“I’ve been taping poetry or song-lyric snippets to the bathroom mirror for myself and my housemates (hubs and 2 musician sons). They probably think I’m a cornball, but I cannot help but be happy when I see lyrics to Footloose while brushing my teeth “you can fly if you’d only cut loose….” It’s so true! See, it’s working!”

Stephanie Clark, Ontario
(Goddess of the Written Word, she says.  LOL)
“My motivation comes directly from the fact that I do what I love – write. In addition, it helps that what I write helps people find jobs, and given that I believe that everyone deserves meaningful work, this is super important.  Figure out what you love to do, and motivation doesn’t really give you trouble.  Lastly, I love my little family and even though my daughters are grown, I need to earn money to visit! One went and moved far away! Imagine that! And plane fare across Canada isn’t inexpensive. That’s a big motivator for the rare day when I’d rather curl up with a great mystery.”

Charulata, Central New York
“To keep me motivated:  I challenge myself to do better and achieve it… I don’t easily give up.  Think…  you are better then others and try to achieve it.  I don’t set goals and work on it… just plan on small things and do it.  Afterwards, I motivate others to do the same… it creates a chain reaction.”

Jill from Syracuse, NY:  Twitter: @Jill_HW
“Knowing that I can make a difference keeps me motivated.  Difference to someone, to the earth, to my other half, to my community (however I define it), difference to….”

Mr. Taoist Tai Chi of Syracuse, NY (Tom Wahl)
“The way I stay motivated is through exercise. When I feel uninspired and unmotivated and unfocused, I exercise. Of course that means Tai Chi. Just doing some of the foundation exercises, I feel renewed and raring to go. They say that exercise increases the blood flow to the brain, that’s probably the real story.”

Tamara, from Washington State
“I have a strong desire to create the full life I want. That means SPENDING my time—not wasting it, having it stolen, or letting it slip away without being appreciated.  I want to leave this lasting impression on my grandchildren. My grandparents remain an inspiration to me of what “the good life” is. Not so much in the actual activities they engaged in, but in the happiness and contentment it brought them. They did things they loved, created things that lasted (my grandfather was a carpenter and my grandmother was a seamstress….both construction workers but in different mediums) and they taught me what love of self and others was all about. They taught me about enjoying the fruits of your labors. And that’s what I want my grandchildren to remember about me, and hopefully incorporate into their own mentality, in their own way”

Lisa from Arizona, Twitter: @Lisa_AZ
“Motivation comes from my passion for life’s opportunities. If I don’t put action to the possibilities I may miss a chance to grow. I am also curious to see what the universe will bring next and I DON’T WANT TO MISS ANYTHING!

Nicole from Idaho, Twitter: @NicoleVSanchez
“What motivates me every morning. I think it comes down to vision. I look at my future as it would be if I continue exactly as I am going right now and I look at it with the potential of what it could be if I move forward, tweak a few things, grow myself, my confidence and skills. When I look at what I can potentially do and create, I can help my husband and children, and so many others. I look at all the things I want to do and share in my life, places to travel etc and I want to go towards the future where I conquer my limiting beliefs and I am more empowered. It is truly this vision that motivates me the most :)

Pamela in Elmira: Twitter @pma4brightdays
“Pictures on the fridge: I want to look/feel like THAT! Destinations I’d like to visit are on the wall behind my computer because it makes me smile and reminds me it’s important to still dream as well as work toward achieving bigger dreams.  And, I have a “Give Away” box near the front door: to be filled, distributed, emptied and refilled; because believing one has enough, and having enough faith to let go of a little more seems to free us up to receive “more.”
I always travel with some sort of tablet & writing implement for “brain dumps” and “flashes of genius” and, my personal favorite, remove myself from negative environments and reconnect with other positive-purpose people.”

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?  We’d love to know.  Your words may spark the flame of someone else’s vision.

Be awesome!


Kelvin Ringold

Born to John and Lora Ringold on October 24, 1953, grew up, went to school, graduated high school and joined the Air Force -- turned 18 in basic training. Did 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1991. Moved to Syracuse, worked at University Hospital and retired from there at 55. During that 55 years... I learned some lessons, one of which is that LIFE is what we make it. I spend a major portion of my waking hours helping other people figure out the same thing. Life is what we make of it, and... "when you master your mindset, you master your life." That's my mission: living it, and teaching it.


  • The best motivation for me is the little messages I receive from people saying I made a difference in their life, or even in their day. That opens my heart more every time and motivates me to be, do, and give more.

    If I don’t have that and need to get motivated, I think about what I have already overcome or succeeded in. A look back at how far we’ve come is a great way to get motivated to move forward.

  • I learned years ago that if I didn’t give to the bank of ‘me,’ there wouldn’t be enough of me to manage my life. I stay positive through doing those things that make me ‘me,’ like exercise, meditation, and surrounding myself with the right messages. Then I can really reach out to my clients and share great things, I can get involved in my neighborhood in a meaningful way, and I can enjoy my family with a fresh perspective. I keep garbage out of my head, no room for it! I know small things we do change the world, and love it when the companies I represent and the people I love begin to realize they can change the world, too. (Like this blog does!)

  • I think life is to short no matter how long you live to focus on the ills in life. Everything in life is temporary including life itself so why not live your best life possible (which encompass so much including giving). After all, aren’t you worth it? Don’t forget, it’s the best contribution you make make to society too. Think about it. :-)

  • Having energy to do what I love to do. That comes down to rest, exercise, and the right foods. When I eat natural unprocessed foods, I have lots of energy which keeps me focused and on track.

  • Thanks everyone for sharing all these inspiring thoughts, and thanks Kelvin for giving us a platform on which to share!

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